Red Lake Inc., buys Bemidji-based KC’s Best Wild Rice

Red Lake, Incorporated recently purchased Bemidji business KC Wild Rice, the first off-reservation business venture for the company.

Red Lake, Inc. was founded 10 years ago to be the force of economic change for Red Lake,” said Red Lake, Inc. CEO Charles Dolson.

“Kent Bahr founded KC’s Best in 1994 with the goal of providing the best products, at the best prices, with the best service. That he chose us to carry on the tradition of the company he so carefully built over the years is a testament to how far we’ve come. It is truly an honor. We intend to build upon his legacy of quality and service for decades to come.”

Red Lake, Inc., has numerous business interests in the Red Lake Nation, including the fisheries, propane, the trading post, Red Lake Nation Foods and Ponemah Market.

KC’s Best Wild Rice offers a variety of products, ranging from cultivated to wild-harvested Canadian and Minnesotan wild rice.

“Kent Bahr started this company as a way for youth church and sports programs to fundraise by selling a quality product at a fair price. Through his passion and dedication, KC’s Best continued to grow into the successful company it is today. Kent is well-respected in both our community and this industry,” said Dolson.

“Red Lake, Inc. has worked hard to create sustainable, successful businesses to provide economic stability and job opportunities for our people, and we are proud to add KC’s Best to our family of companies.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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