Ugly Sweater Day in Nisswa

The ugly sweaters have come to town. Nisswa on Saturday hosted a day filled with ugly sweater themed activities. They started the day with Nissswa’s first ugly sweater shopping day. Nisswa’s Chamber office gave free Chambers bucks to anyone wearing an ugly sweater and double if...

Falling Gas Prices Could Start to Impact Car Sales

$2.39 a gallon is the price for gas in Brainerd today. Gas has now dropped about $0.90 per gallon in the last three month. And oil experts don’t expect gas prices to go up anytime soon. However, despite the more than a dollar drop in the price of gas since the summer, car...

Minnesota’s Unemployment Hits 8 Year Low

Minnesota’s unemployment rate is it’s lowest in 8 years. It’s a sign that the economy is back and Brainerd Lakes Area businesses say they’re having problems finding workers to fill their job openings. With jobs increasing some companies especially resorts don’t just look locally...

Shopping Locally Keeps Brainerd Lakes Area Businesses Unique

Shopping locally isn’t just something to do only on Shop Local Saturday. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce says it’s something that should be done all year long. The U.S. Bureau of Labor says $68 out of every $100 spent at a local Mom and Pop store stays in the community,...

19th Annual Brainerd Lakes Chamber Holiday Business Extravaganza

Reconnecting with holiday cheer. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber hosted their 19th Annual Business Holiday Extravaganza Thursday evening. The event allowed local and Twin Cities businesses to promote themselves, as well as getting a visit from a businessman from the North Pole....

Local Business Owners Hope Scavenger Hunt Boast Business After Thanksgiving

Meet Lucky the Brainerd Elf. Starting this Sunday he’ll be hiding in downtown Brainerd. And the first clever elf finder will earn a sweet reward for returning him back to Fancy Pants Chocolates. Clues to find Lucky the Brainerd Elf will appear in The Brainerd Dispatch as well as...

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...

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 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...

Planning to Develop the Mississippi Riverfront

Developing along the Mississippi River to drive more economic development in Brainerd. The League of Women Voters hosted Brainerd city planner, Mark Ostgarden, to talking with them about how developing a two-mile stretch along the Mississippi River can improve the community’s...
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