Planning Business HWY 371

The future of Brainerd’s Business Highway 371 was discussed this evening during a Minnesota Department of Transportation Open House. Business 371 used to be the main highway through the Brainerd Lakes Area before the bypass was built. And MnDOT is starting to plan a project to...

Community Spotlight:Giving Hope This Thanksgiving

Brainerd’s Bridges of Hope is connecting over 300 families with community sponsors for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Bridges of Hope acts as a coordinator for families in need in the area to be set up with sponsors who shop, pack and deliver the Thanksgiving meals. Households...

Brainerd Lakes Chamber Rebranding To Strengthen BLA

Becoming stronger for Brainerd. The Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of commerce has moved its headquarters so it can expand and strengthen the entire Brainerd Lakes Area. With the new location comes a new mentality. The chamber redid its image, branding and mission statements to...

Brainerd School Board is Re-elected

Three of Brainerd’s School Board’s six directors were up for re-election last week. All three were voted to return to their posts on the school board. Board Chair Ruth Nelson and school board directors Tom Haglin and Chris Robinson will stay on the Brainerd School Board who...

Winter Hazard Awareness Week Hit Central Minnesota

Fire and ice are the topics this week during Winter Hazard Awareness Week. Central Minnesota’s Sheriff and Fire Departments are reminding Minnesotans to get ready and be prepared for the winter months. Just because your car might be able to handle snowy conditions better, roads...

Brainerd Baxter to Vote on Sale Tax Extension

To continue an existing half percent sale tax or to find funding for a couple of local projects from elsewhere. That’s the decision voters in the cities of Brainerd and Baxter will have when they enter the polls Tuesday. In 2004 and 2006 voters agreed to adding a half percent...

Remembering Minnesota’s Domestic Violence Victims

16 people in Minnesota this year have lost their lives from domestic violence. Another 35 victims died last year. Tuesday evening Brainerd’s Women’s Center and local law enforcement remembered those victims. Along with floating a candle down the Mississippi River per victim,...

Workshop to Improve Walkability and Bikability in Brainerd

Making Brainerd and Crow Wing County more bikable and walkable. This evening workshop was held in Brainerd to get members of the community more involved with making the area more walkable and bikeable. The workshop targeted local engineers, law enforcement, planners and other...

Brainerd Hosts Fall World Championships During 8th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival

For the 8th time Brainerd held their Great Pumpkin Festival at Gregory Park. Among the activities were a slide, races, contests and tattoos. Brainerd Parks and Recreation Director, Tony Sailer, says, “This is our 8th annual Great Pumpkin Festival and every years it’s been a great...

Construction Booms Brainerd’s Development

There’s construction around the Brainerd Lakes Area… a lot of it from new medical centers and updated sports arena to new housing. There’s new development throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area. Although development might have been slow to return, our late dip into the recession may...

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