Region 6W is located along the South Dakota border in west central Minnesota. Region 6W consists of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties. The 2000 census identifies 3,346 square miles of land area within the region. There are thirty seven cities and ninety nine townships in the region. Of the region’s thirty seven (37) cities 70% or at least twenty five (25) of our communities have populations of less than 500.