Free Community College Proposal Impacts CLC

“What I’d like to do is to see, the first two years of community college, free, for everybody who is willing to work for it.” That was President Obama’s message before his annual State of the Union Address last week. And, if that proposal were to pass, Central Lakes College in...

Governor’s Task Force Hold Public Meeting in Little Falls

The Governor’s appointed task force created to strengthen our child protection system was doing just that today in Little Falls. Task Force co-chair Lucinda Jesson says they need to give child care county workers more training, more supervision and more resources to best take...

Golden Apple: PAES Labs Preparing Brainerd HS Students for Real World

Clocking in and getting to work. Some Brainerd High School students are getting real world work experience in the classroom to better prepared for the real world. The program is called PAES, which stands for Practical Assessment Exploration System, and for the last two years it’s...

E-Cigarettes The Latest Smoking Trend

E-Cigarettes. You need a tobacco license to sell their products, but the industry says they don’t contain tobacco, except for the ones with tobacco flavoring of course. Right now because little is known about potential harmful long-term effects of vaping there are few regulations...

Winter Fire Safety

Along with winter come the normal dangers of slipping and falling, along with other as well. But with the lack of snow, members of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are warning about another danger. Grass and other vegetation have gone dormant for the winter, and are...

Northwoods Adventure – Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

It was a sunny, unseasonably warm day when anglers took to the ice Saturday for the 25th annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. The horn to start the event sounded sharply at noon, and exactly two minutes later Zach Shepard came sprinting in a race to register the...

Chocolatier For Love and Support

Chocolate is on Brainerd’s mind with Valentine’s Day right around the corner and Brainerd’s Chocolate Lover’s Extravaganza this weekend. And now is about the time we cheat our diets and sneak some chocolate. Local chocolatier Nancy Williams says these next couple of weeks...

Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza Recap

For 25 years, the Brainerd Jaycees have transformed Gull Lake in Brainerd from a mere sheet of ice in to one of the largest winter tourist attractions in the world. With the sun shining and temperatures near 40 degrees, over 11,000 anglers attended the event, making for one of...

Community Spotlight: Brainerd Lakes Area Ready To Open 3rd Brewery

First there was Jack Pine Brewery, then Gull Dam Brewery opened; soon the Brainerd Lakes Area will be welcoming a third brewery in Downtown Nisswa, Big Ax Brewing Company. The name pays homage to the North Country feel and the people who first settled here. Co-owner Chris French...

Brainerd Schools Receiving Political Attention For National Blue Ribbon Status

Brainerd School’s six elementary schools that received National Blue Ribbon honors are drawing attention from Washington D.C. and St. Paul, during this morning the National Blue Ribbon Breakfast Celebration. Local state and national politicians at the event say they’d like to use...

Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza Preview

For the 25th straight year, the Brainerd Jaycees have taken to Gull Lake in Brainerd prepping for their annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza. A stretch of ice as far as the eye can see will be littered with thousands of anglers tomorrow, but today is when the real work begins. For...

Brainerd Lakes Chamber Ambassadors Reconnecting BLA’s Businesses

Have you seen these blue coats around the Brainerd Lakes Area? They’re the Brainerd Lakes Chamber Ambassadors. They are currently on a new mission in the Brainerd Lakes Area called Grow Minnesota Visits to reenergize the connections between local Brainerd Lakes Area businesses....

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