Brainerd Tourism Has Record Year

They came for boating, for fishing, for beer, camping, rock n roll, but mostly they came for the lakes. All the reasons combined helped make 2014 one of the best years for tourism in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Brainerd Lakes Area also saw a boost in new attractions. The area...

Community Spotlight: Brewing Beer with Jack Pine Brewery

Jack Pine Brewery has 11 beers, Dead Branch Cream Ale, Duck Pond nut brown ale, Fenceline pale ale, Ice Out IPA, Incognito amber ale, Vengeance jalapeño ale, Big Buck buckwheat beer, Trespass imperial porter aged in a whiskey barrel, Nitro Fenceline and Duck Pond infused with...

Record Highs on Wall Street are Good for Main Street

18,288 and 5,007. Those are the highs both the Dow Jones Industrial and the NASDAQ Composite hit on Monday. 18,288 is the highest the Dow Jones has ever been while the NASDAQ hasn’t hit 5,000 since March 9th 2000. These high numbers mean there’s a lot of confidence in America’s...

MnDOT Unveils HWY 371 Pequot Lakes Bypass Plans

The new the new HWY 371 will cost $58 million dollars to expand Highway 371 from two lanes to four lanes and bypass Pequot Lakes downtown area during the nine-mile expansion. Minnesota’s Department of Transportation says the expansion is necessary as the Brainerd Lakes Area...

Brainerd’s League of Women Voters Push for Cleaner City

More power, a grand event space and a lower unemployment rate. All of these have factored in what Brainerd Mayor James Wallin says has allowed Brainerd to take a giant step forward in 2014. During a meeting last week with Brainerd’s League of Women Voters, Mayor Wallin said how...

Eggs and Issues with State Politicians and Local Businesses

French toast, sausages, eggs, politics and business were on the menu Friday morning at Cragun’s Resort during the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s Eggs and Issues. The casual setting allowed local businesses owners to tell their state politicians how MNSure, taxes, higher minimum wages...

Lt. Governor Announces Broadband Upgrade Grant

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith today announced over $2.5 million dollars in grants is going towards broadband upgrades in Central Minnesota. During today’s announcement the panel said Internet accessibility is a critical part of our evolving infrastructure. Consolidated Telephone...

New Cuyuna Trails Could Add New Money for Cuyuna Lakes

Ready to hit the trails. Cuyuna Lakes’ hope is to create enough mountain biking trails so an experienced mountain biker can ride for three days without repeating a trail. Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce executive director Jessica Holmvig says these trails and scenery add another...

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...

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...

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