Community Spotlight: Making Gingerbread Houses in Brainerd

The Christmas spirit came to Fancy Pants Chocolate Shop in Brainerd Friday evening with all the candy to boot. What started in a family kitchen is becoming a Fancy Pants Chocolates tradition. And of course you can’t put anything on your gingerbread house without sampling it...

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...

A-Maze-N Halloween Fun

Amazing Halloween fun on the farm. A local farm in Nisswa has created two corn mazes and other Halloween activities that gives families a way to unplug themselves from their devices for a day of family fun. A Maze-N-Pumpkinz has a bouncy house, hay ride, petting zoo, pumpkin...

Community Spotlight-Unlimited Learning

War, poverty, economics, health… You name the subject, and people will form opinions on it. The Unlimited Learning “Great Decisions” program allows people to learn about the issues and discuss multiple views. The program offers literature and videos for background...
Posted On 30 Sep 2014

Community Spotlight: Taste of Pequot Lakes

Rubens, pizza and local homemade food. They were all on the menu during the Taste of Pequot Lakes. Giovanni’s Pizza, Tasty Pizza North, Pine Peaks of Breezy Point and the Hungry Loon served up some of their finest dishes in hopes of gaining more future customers. The taste of...

Community Spotlight-Piper Cub Plane

Brainerd general aviation pilot Craig McDonald has been around airplanes for the large majority of his life. McDonald started working on model airplanes with his friend Rory Fredstrom when they were twelve years old. Fredstrom says he realized even then, the potential to build...
Posted On 01 Sep 2014

New Brewery Brings New Flavors to Nisswa

A new business in Nisswa is attracting curious onlookers. It’s a new brewery and the second one in the Brainerd Lakes Area. For this week’s Community Spotlight, we explain how Gull Dam Brewing company plans on changing the way the community tastes beer. A brewing...

Community Spotlight: Brainerd Author

The Northwoods provides fond memories for countless people, but far fewer people record those memories. Brainerd Lakes author Jodi Schwen wrote down several anecdotes in a number of essays. She grew up in East Gull Lake, west of Brainerd, and still calls the Lakes area Home....
Posted On 04 Aug 2014

Camp Ripley hosts Norwegian Home Guard during The American Dinner

One local non-profit is firing up the grill (PAUSE) to give the Norwegian Homegaurd a taste of Minnesota. Serving Our Troops have helped send deploying Minnesota troops offs with full stomachs for over ten years and they say it’s their way of giving back. One of Serving Our...

Community Spotlight-Pine River-Backus Relay for Life

  The Pine River-Backus Relay for Life served to let cancer survivors know they are not alone. The event gathered 40 survivors with a combined 460 years of battling cancer to prove the disease is a battle, not a death sentence. About 110 people walked laps around the track...
Posted On 23 Jun 2014

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