Welcome friends of North Idaho and the Inland Northwest.
This website is an online magazine focused on Coeur d’Alene and the Inland Northwest. Our goal is to highlight community news, opinion, politics, art, and lifestyle.
I (Teuvo Orjala) am the founder of The Real Cd’A. I grew up at 307 S 19th St in downtown Cd’A. In fact, I used to walk over the hill at the end of 19th st to Sanders beach as a kid. You can’t do that anymore…
The picture below was taken from our front yard long before that piece of land across the street was a fancy golf course. I have watched Coeur d’Alene transform and change into what it is today. Love it or hate it.
I’m thankful I grew up with parents who did a lot to help our community grow.
My Mother and Father helped bring food to Art on the Green (including the ice cream), came up with the idea of the south stage, and we still help run the kids art area. My parents also started the Coeur d’Alene Marimba Band, which is still playing and has brought marimba music to many of our local schools.
My father has been a builder in Cd’A for 30+ years and you can’t walk many streets downtown without noticing his craftsmanship. My mother has been a colon hydrotherapist for 28+ years and helped council countless people in our community into a healthier life.
These examples of giving back showed me a life of service to your community is the greatest gift you can ever hope to give.
I started The Real Cd’A because I truly believe we all have a unique story to tell. I want this website to be a place to tell the story of our local community and our region from the perspective of real people with an independent voice.
We often hear that North Idaho is this way or that way but the truth is we are as diverse in opinion and backgrounds as you can imagine. My hope is to help bring some of those voices to light.
If you’re interested in sharing a story we want to hear from you.
The Real Cd’A Team.