Andrew Doucette has had his fair share of difficulties in life, but thanks to those who supported him, he never let them hold him back.
Doucette, a 2013 graduate of Brainerd High School, was raised in a big family with big family problems.
Barb Klocke lives by a very honest philosophy.
"I think (community involvement) is important. Otherwise you pretty much stay to yourself and are more of a hermit. The more active you are, the younger you stay," Klocke said.
A lifelong Brainerd lakes area resident, Mike Hemmerich remembers a time when his bus ride on State Highway 371 from Nisswa to Brainerd High School was nothing more than trees and lakes all the way to the old Paul Bunyan Land.
Pat Netko of Crosslake believes in the importance of community.
Netko has been in Crosslake since 1997, but her community pride would make you think she was a native. She grew up in Laurens, Iowa, where she was raised with community involvement.
Don Eveland is a member of one of Backus' founding families, so it might be no surprise that he resides now in Backus, though that was not always his intention.
Eveland is a Backus native and number 12 of 14 siblings.
Mary Plein, of Ideal Township, resides at the center of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway - literally and figuratively.
She's involved in both the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA) and the Ideal Community Service Organization (ICSO).
Rister was born in Montrose, Scotland. He was the oldest of six children born during their father's U.S. Navy career in various places including Morocco, Florida and Carleton, Mich.where the family eventually settled.