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Poultry Displays Changed At Fair

The Beltrami County Fair had to remove live birds from its poultry displays in 2015 after the recent H5N2 virus swept across Minnesota. There are many new things replacing the birds, including a bee hive display, live swine and a 4-H contest that will feature a judge choosing the...

Summer Camp Designing a Stronger Workforce

This may just look like kids having fun during the summer vacation. But it’s also a way Central Lakes College is preparing Brainerd Lakes Area kids for the possibility of a life in technical and engineering fields. With a growing demand for tech workers, CLC educators say it’s...

Artistic Duo’s Journey Continues

Ken and Roberta Avidor are traveling from Bemidji to Brainerd by bike. Transportation company Jefferson Lines dropped them off in Bemidji on July 26th. From there, they’ve been biking to small towns along the path and drawing scenes from the places they visit. Jefferson...

BLA Businesses Bouncing Back After Violent Storm

Last month’s violent storm blazed a trail from the southwestern corner of Gull Lake up threw Nisswa, downing trees and closing businesses. Cragun’s Resort lost power for about a week and saw 24 of their cabins damaged. Despite the storm the Brainerd Lakes business community...

Bemidji State Housing Project Breaks Ground

University Heights will be a 56-bed apartment complex at Bemidji State. It will feature 16 apartments spread through four floors. To celebrate years of hard work, Bemidji government officials took part in a ground-breaking ceremony. The project has an estimated summer 2016...

Park Rapids Escape Room

Evergreen Fun Park has opened an escape room in 2015. It’s a form of adventure entertainment where a group gets “locked” in a room and must find a way to escape by solving puzzles. Learn more about what makes their room unique here.

Cragun’s & Madden’s Ready to Rejoin Summer Fun

Golf. Pontooning. Gull Lake. These summer traditions at the south end of Gull Lake have been put on hold for the last 2weeks since a violent storm uprooted summer fun However this summer Maddens says they’ll finished the summer season just short of full capacity. The storm...

Bemidji Homeless Shelter

The Nameless Coalition for the Homeless in Bemidji has been pushing for a new shelter in the downtown area. Their hope is to create an ideal spot for those in need, especially those who deal with alcoholism issues, to conveniently seek shelter in winter months. Learn more about...

Local Brainerd Man Beats Hepatitis C

Meet Steven Hobson. He’s a 62-year-old veteran from Bemidji now living in Brainerd. In the mid-70’s he joined the military and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. One early morning while helping on-call in the hepatitis ward his life changed. After followup tests...

Half A Million Trees Blown Over in Brainerd Lakes Area

Pillsburby State Forest was in the heart of last week’s ferocious storm and lost over 1300 acres of trees. With that much downed timber the DNR is looking for the best way to use the available wood. Over the next couple of weeks the DNR will assess the trees left standing...

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