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...

Brainerd Lakes Area business connecting with customers on social media

Social media. What started as a college fad, is now one of the best ways for companies to connect with their customers. And Brainerd Lakes Area businesses are evolving their marketing to better interact with their customers. As the seasons change, so do the local businesses’...

A piece of Hollywood makes its way to Brainerd

For decades Hollywood has mastered the art of deception. Now some of that deception has made it’s way to Brainerd. Last week the Brainerd Police says they’ve had eight incidences of people trying to use Hollywood prop money as real money. The counterfeit $100 dollar bills at...

Minnesota rasies its minimum wage for the first time in ten years

Tomorrow is not just payday, but the first minimum wage increases for Minnesota in ten years. The state will raise its minimum wage to $8 an hour, the first stop on its way to $9.50 an hour in 2016. However, some local businesses aren’t sure if the raise is the right move for our...

New study found increasing minimum wages boosted job growth

Great news or great coincidence? Minnesota politicians are debating whether a recent study by the Department of Labor about increasing minimum wage boosting job growth is foreshadowing Minnesota’s future or too small of a study to tell. State Representative John Ward (DFL)...

Bemidji Aviation Gets New Charter Jet

Business in Bemidji is taking off. The new citation jet is Bemidji Aviation’s first pure jet that’s available for charter. Bemidji Aviation has offered charter services before with other aircrafts, but this is the first plane that doesn’t have propellers on it....
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