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Welcome to Nisswa

We invite you to join us in Nisswa, Minnesota, the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Whether you are visiting for a day, a weekend, a week or longer, you are sure to find something to love about Nisswa. Nisswa is known as the event hub of the Brainerd Lakes Area. With events going on throughout the year Nisswa’s doors are always open, no matter what the season. In the winter, Nisswa hosts one of the largest charitable ice fishing contests in the world. When spring arrives, so does the Run for the Lakes, which is a Boston Marathon qualifying race. Summer is the peak visitor season with plenty of fun things to do throughout the area. The fall colors are amazing and the fabulous events keep on going – the Nisswa Fall Festival and Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge being a good example. It is held the 3rd Saturday of September every year. Check out the full listing of events and activities in the Calendar of Events section on pages 10 through 21 and mark your calendar so you don’t miss a single exciting Nisswa event. When you arrive to the Brainerd Lakes Area, you’ll definitely want to visit downtown Nisswa. You’ll see the “Pretty Good Shopping” sign when you enter downtown. 6 2019 Nisswa Destination Guide

The downtown shopping in Nisswa is much more than pretty good…it’s downright awesome! The downtown boasts over 50 retail and restaurant storefronts. With quaint shops, spots to grab sweet treats, breakfast, lunch, dinner or a great cup of coffee – you’ll find that downtown Nisswa has everything you’ll need. Stop by the Welcome Center and pick up a downtown walking map to help guide your way. The Welcome Center is located right next to the Paul Bunyan State Trail and houses the public restrooms. First trip here? Let the cheerful staff at the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce help you plan your stay. Even if you’ve been coming here for generations and already know how special Nisswa is, stop in and visit the Welcome Center. We always have something new to share. Nisswa is the the place to do it all; so just relax, enjoy the view and join us in our happy place. There are several ways to get great information about Nisswa: visit the website at www.nisswa.com; call the office (218) 963-2620; email info@nisswa.com; follow us on Facebook (Nisswa Chamber of Commerce) or just stop by and say hello. You’ll always be greeted with a happy face in our happy place.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents Welcome to Nisswa.............................................. 6 2019 Calendar of Events.....................................10 Nisswa Chamber Premier Events 2019........11-15

2019 Marks 20 Years for the Nisswa-stämman...................................... 34-35

Nisswa - Voted Best Small Town in MN..... 56-57

Firecracker Run turns 10............................... 36-37

Nisswa - the Busiest Place in the Lakes Area.................................................58-59

Turtles, Racing, Prizes… Nisswa Turtle Races........................................ 12

Kurt Jordi Loves his Clydesdales.................. 38-39

Nisswa - Make us Your Everyday Home..........60

Lakes in the Nisswa Area..............................41-43

Community Information.......................................60

Turtle Races, Live Music, Parade… Celebrate Freedom Days in Nisswa............. 13

Dine Downtown - Nisswa has it All.............44-45 Favorite Parks and Beaches................................46

Major Improvements in Store for Nisswa School.................................... 62-63

Great Food, Great Fun, Great Times… Nisswa Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ...... 14 Christmas Lights, Reindeer, Fireworks… Nisswa City of Lights Festival......................... 15 2019 Event Highlights.................................... 17-21 Spring....................................................................22 Summer.................................................................23 Autumn..................................................................24 Winter....................................................................25 Destination Weddings - Nisswa.................. 26-28 Styles may Change, Popularity Remains the Same...........................................30 Even Pets can Live the Dream in Nisswa......32-33

Nisswa Lake - Home to a New Park.......... 48-49 Brainerd International Raceway 5 Decades of Raw Power and Speed... 52-53 Area Map.............................................................54 Nisswa - It’s Easy to Get Here............................55

Nisswa – Open Year ‘round........................ 66-67 Paul Bunyan State Trail Map...............................68 Paul Bunyan State Trail Everyday Recreation.......................................69 Nisswa – Home to Women’s Golfing.........70-71 Places to Golf.................................................72-73 Nisswa – the Place to Dine................................. 74 Places to Dine.................................................75-79 Nisswa – the Place to Stay.................................80 Places to Stay.................................................81-85 Lodging Grids................................................86-88 Nisswa Chamber Membership Directory............................. 89-98

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019

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JANUARY2019

JUNE2019

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15-18 NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals – Brainerd International Raceway 17-18 Lakes Area Music Festival Concert 21 Nisswa Turtle Race End of Season Lakes Area Music Festival Concert 21 24 Gull Lake Classic Boat Show Viking Festivalen – Nisswa 24 24-25 Lakes Area Music Festival Concert

Brainerd Jaycees Gull Lake $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza

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Brainerd Public School Foundation BIG EVENT 7-10 MNUSA Winter Rendezvous 16-17 Nisswa Winter Jubilee Jubilee – Downtown Nisswa 16 17 Jubilee – Nisswa Fire Department Ice Fishing Derby 22-24 Gull Lake Frozen Fore 22 Gull Lake Frozen Fore: Flop 23 Gull Lake Frozen Fore: Golf and Pub Crawl 24 Gull Lake Frozen Fore: Food Fest

MARCH2019 2 16 23 24 30

Polar Plunge – Breezy Point Resort Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration Miss Nisswa Pageant Lakeshore Conservation Club Wild Game Dinner Nisswa PTO Bloom Event

APRIL2019 13

Nisswa American Legion Easter Turkey/Ham Bingo 13 Kinship Partners Purses Plus 20 Nisswa American Legion Easter Egg Hunt 26 Northland Arboretum Arbor Day Wine Tasting 26-27 Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon – Nisswa

MAY2019 4 5-6 5-11 11 16

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Aviation Days - Breezy Point Airport Good Samaritan Bowl BMDCA’s 2019 National Specialty Gull Lake Welcome Wannigan & Fishing Opener Nisswa Chamber Spring Dinner/ Citizen of the Year Celebration Kinship Partners Downtown Nisswa Chocolate Walk Nisswa Women’s Club Fashion Show

Nisswa Garden Club Plant Sale Nisswa Turtle Race Season Starts Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival Northland Arboretum Sour 7-8 Grapes Half & Half Marathon Habitat for Humanity Benefit 10 Dinner & Auction 12 Nisswa Turtle Races 14-15 Confidence Learning Center Golf & Fishing Classic 19 Nisswa Turtle Races 26 Nisswa Turtle Races 27-29 Lakes Jam Music Festival

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Nisswa Freedom Days Festival Nisswa Turtle Races Lakes Area Artists Art Sale – Nisswa 6 Firecracker Run – Nisswa 10 Nisswa Turtle Races 14 Brainerd Ski Loons Show 17 Nisswa Turtle Races 20 Mount Ski Gull Paul Bunyan Extreme 5k Nisswa Turtle Races 24 25 Nisswa Garden Club Festival of Tables 26-27 Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest 31 Nisswa Turtle Races

AUGUST2019 2-4 4 7 7 9-10 10-11 11 14 14 14

Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Brainerd Ski Loons Show Nisswa Turtle Races Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Nisswa Crazy Days Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Good Samaritan Butterfly Release – Nisswa Nisswa Turtle Races Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Brainerd Ski Loons Show

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Mounted Eagles Run for the Horseshoes 5k Mounted Eagles Walk-n-Roll So They Can Ride Nisswa Chamber Pretty Good Golf Tournament Nisswa Fall Festival and Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge Nisswa Fire Department Pancake Breakfast Bridges of Hope Run for Hope 5k/10k

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Fishing to End Hunger – Gull Lake Gull Lake Oktoberfest & Pub Crawl Nisswa Fire Department Open House 17-19 Lakes Area Food Shelf Home Tour 18-19 Northland Arboretum Haunted Trail 26 Nisswa Fire Department Haunted Barn Nisswa American Legion 27 Children's Halloween Party

NOVEMBER2019 15 21 23 29

Kinship Partners Taste of the Lakes Sertoma Winter Wonderland Begins Nisswa American Legion Thanksgiving Turkey/Ham Bingo Nisswa City of Lights Festival

DECEMBER2019 1 5 31

Nisswa American Legion Children's Chirstmas Party Taste of the Holidays at Schaefer’s Foods Sertoma Winter Wonderland Ends

*For a complete listing of events in the Nisswa area, please visit the EVENTS page on www.nisswa.com **Events subject to change. See website for current information.

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NISSWA CHAMBER PREMIER EVENTS 2019 The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce facilitates 4 events throughout the year: Nisswa Turtle Races, Freedom Days, Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge and City of Lights Festival. These are long standing, premier events held in downtown Nisswa. We partner with several community organizations and event planners for all kinds of other great events that take place in our community. We are known as the event “hub” of the Brainerd Lakes Area. www.nisswa.com

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Turtles, Racing, Prizes‌ Nisswa Turtle Races

Excitement fills the air in downtown Nisswa every Wednesday afternoon as the Nisswa Turtle Races gear up. You can get your commemorative Turtle Race button when registration begins at 1pm with official race time at 2pm. Turtle Races run from June 5th through August 21st, no matter the weather. 2019 marks the 56th year of the Nisswa Turtle Races. The races draw hundreds of turtle racers from all over the country. They come to celebrate the tradition of the Nisswa Turtle Races and more importantly, they come to race turtles at the Turtle Track. The track is located at the Welcome Center parking lot, along the Paul Bunyan State Trail in downtown Nisswa. It only costs $5 to race a turtle! For $5, racers get the collectible Turtle Race button, which is a new design every year, and they get to race in lots of races. Starting with the heat races, 15 to 20 racers at a time cheer as their chosen turtles race for the finish line. The winner of each heat race gets prizes, a 12

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winner’s ribbon AND they get to race again for a chance to be the Grand Champion of the day! Not only does the Grand Champ win additional prizes, he or she gets the coveted Turtle Race medal. Once the Grand Champion earns his or her winner’s medal, the specialty races begin. As part of the Turtle Race registration and with your Turtle Race button, these races include the Resort Race and 4 other specialty races you may quality for: the Tiny Tots Race (5 years of age and under), Out of State/ Out of Country Race, Grandparents Race and the highly competitive Locals Race. The Locals Race is so highly competitive because these local racers have been racing turtles their whole lives and are sure they know how to choose a turtle that is faster than any of the others. The specialty race winners receive ribbons and prizes, too. The Nisswa Turtle Races have become a tradition for many families who visit each year. Kids of all ages race

turtles, from babies to great grandpas, even the turtle race wranglers and volunteers get a chance to race at the end of the specialty races. The turtles are cared for and provided by the Turtle Wranglers who are part of the non-profit Mounted Eagles Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. The turtle wranglers help wrangle the turtles during the Nisswa Turtle Race season and then once the season ends, they release the turtles back into their native habitat.

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Celebrate Freedom Days in Nisswa

There is no better place to be over the 4th of July week than in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Parades, music, fireworks and thousands of visitors come to the Nisswa and Brainerd Lakes Area. The weather is excellent in July; the sun is hot, the lake water is perfect and there are so many entertaining things to do. Nisswa hosts Freedom Days on July 3rd every year. Activities throughout the day include Turtle Races, Water Wars, live music and a rotating list of other fun activities. The BIG event of the day is the Freedom Days parade which starts at 7 pm. Spectators line both sides of Main Street to watch the parade with lots of floats, veterans groups, a high school marching band, clowns, local royalty, fire trucks, etc. It’s one of the best parades in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Nisswa Freedom Days Parade is a favorite among the spectators because not only is it at night when the www.nisswa.com

hot July summer sun isn’t as scorching but there’s tons of candy for the kids. The parade lasts about an hour and is less than 1 mile in length which makes the parade participants love it, too. An estimated 8-12,000 people come to Nisswa on July 3rd to enjoy the festivities. Families line up early with their blankets and lawn chairs to find their perfect spot to view the parade. If it’s fireworks you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find lots of options during the week of the 4th in the Lakes Area. In Nisswa, fireworks are typically held on July 2nd with our partner, Grand View Lodge, at their Party at the Pines. In addition, the 4th of July holiday in the Brainerd Lakes Area is packed with many other activities and festivities. As noted, on July 2nd, there is music and fireworks at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa and on July 3rd, Nisswa celebrates Freedom Days. Cap the night off on July 3rd with fireworks

in Pequot Lakes and enjoy their parade on July 4th. Brainerd has a parade on the 4th followed by a fireworks show later that evening. That’s not all, there’s even more – most of the big resorts shoot off fireworks, plus there are independent fireworks shows around many of the area lakes and even more shows hosted by local communities. With so much to do here, the Brainerd Lakes Area is the place to celebrate your 4th of July week.

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Great Food, Great Fun, Great Times…

Nisswa Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ September is the perfect time to visit Nisswa. The leaves are turning red, yellow and orange, the air is crisp as autumn approaches, the fishing is fantastic and it’s the perfect time to bike the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Or hit the lake to soak up the fall splendor and enjoy the Nisswa Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge. Nisswa puts on some of the best festivals year ‘round, and the Nisswa Fall Festival is one of the favorites. It has been a community tradition for 45 years! The morning kicks off with a pancake breakfast served by the Nisswa Fire Department and is followed by the Bridges of Hope “RUN for HOPE”. Sign up to run in a 5k, 10k and kid’s run. Included in the day’s activities is a medallion hunt, the 1st clue is posted at 10am so get ready to search the area to find the medallion and collect a cash prize. KIDZONE, where kids are king, starts at 10am. A $5 wristband lets kids play all day! KIDZONE is presented by Kinship Partners, a local non-profit 14

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mentoring organization. Bounce houses, obstacle course, slides, money grab machine, face painting and paint your own pottery are just a few of the family fun activities you can enjoy along the Paul Bunyan State Trail. 2019 will mark the 14th year of the Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge. Backyard BBQ enthusiasts from Minnesota and the Midwest come to compete in a BBQ rib contest where cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights can be won. As competitors begin cooking their ribs early in the morning, town soon fills with the wonderful smell of BBQ. By late afternoon, tantalizing ribs and all the fix-ins are ready to eat. Be sure to check the schedule – ribs go on sale early, around 1 pm, and VIP ticket holders eat around 4pm. Live music begins in the early afternoon and goes through the night. The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce partners with the Ye Pickle Factory, Nisswa’s local municipal bar, and Schaefer’s Foods, the locally owned grocery store, to provide

the big tent, bean bag tournament, great outdoor stage and beer garden/whiskey bar, BBQ and much more. Start the day with pancakes, then “RUN for HOPE”, enjoy the bean bag tournament, outdoor music and dancing, KIDZONE and BBQ’d ribs. Don’t miss the Nisswa Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge on September 21, 2019 where you will enjoy food, fun, fall weather, great people and a fabulous town! Downtown Nisswa is THE place to be all year, especially in the fall.

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Nisswa City of Lights Festival

2019 marks the 38th year of Nisswa’s City of Lights Festival. While most people are focused on Black Friday “deals” and getting bargains on the busiest national shopping day of the year, downtown Nisswa is focused on creating a beautiful winter festival. It’s like stepping into a Hallmark movie scene or a Norman Rockwell painting.  Downtown Nisswa is the best place to spend the day after Thanksgiving. Thousands of Christmas lights are put up throughout downtown. Store windows are decorated for the season and lights are strung in all the trees and the feel of Christmas is in the air. Once the prep work is done, and the day arrives, it is absolutely magical. The event begins in mid-afternoon with horse-drawn wagon rides and letter writing to Santa. Step into the caboose for a Polar Express story reading or join in as Christmas carolers from local churches and schools roam the streets singing. Pet the live reindeer and get www.nisswa.com

your picture taken sitting in a sleigh. The Nisswa Area Historical Society’s Pioneer Village is aglow with hundreds of luminaries lighting the walk way. It is the backdrop for several activities including a Live Nativity Scene, free cider and donuts and the Love Lights a Tree program. The Love Lights a Tree ceremony is a beautiful tradition where people can purchase a tree light as a visual tribute to remember, acknowledge and celebrate the lives of loved ones. Each purchase comes with a personalized tree ornament to take home. By 5:30pm, all the Christmas lights are on throughout town for a truly magnificent sight. AND “HO-HO-HO!” Santa arrives! Everyone loves Santa so he makes a special visit to Nisswa just for the City of Lights. Fireworks are the finale of this family focused event and are launched from the Nisswa City Park. The

park is the perfect location to shoot off a fireworks show. It centers the display directly over the ball field and the Turtle Track area of downtown. There’s not a bad spot in town to view the fireworks. Whether you’ve experienced them once, twice or not at all, cold weather fireworks are a must see, especially against a new blanket of fluffy, white snow. Don’t miss the Nisswa City of Lights Festival – it’s always held the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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Brainerd Jaycees Gull Lake $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza

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Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019

In the early 1990’s the Brainerd Jaycees had a desire to develop a signature project – a project that would rally members, raise money for local charities and provide avenues for individual growth, personal development and leadership. With the first contest being held in January 1991, it is certain the founders never expected this event would become the world’s largest ice fishing contest putting the Brainerd Lakes Area and Gull Lake on the map. This winter event generates over $1 million in revenue for area businesses and over $150,000 for area charities annually. There are 150 spots on the prize board and the prizes are distributed throughout the list with fish being judged by weight only, not by species or length of the fish. The 29th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Contest starts at noon but anglers arrive much earlier to claim their pre-drilled hole in the ice.

Nisswa Winter Jubilee Saturday-Sunday, February 16-17, 2019

Join us on President’s Day weekend for some “fun up north”. The 46th annual Nisswa Winter Jubilee will take place on Saturday, February 16th and Sunday, February 17th. Snow sculpture contest, scavenger hunt, poker walk, wood splitting and a medallion hunt make for a great day of fun. There is an indoor bags tournament and live music at the Ye Pickle Factory and the Nisswa American Legion. Dance to live music on Saturday night at the Pickle and the Legion. Sunday, February 17th is the Nisswa Fire Department’s annual fishing derby on Nisswa Lake. Bring your kids to this family fun fishing contest!

Gull Lake Frozen Fore Friday-Sunday, February 22-24, 2019

The 14th annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore, a three-day celebration bringing snow golfing, dancing, and winter fun. The event will take place Friday – Sunday, Feb. 22-24, at establishments around Gull Lake: Cowboy’s, Cragun’s, Ernie’s, The Side Track, The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Jake’s City Grille, Zorbaz on Gull, and a tent at Hole-in-the-Day Bay. The outdoor weekend festival begins Friday night on Hole-in-the-Day Bay with the Frozen Flop (our version of a polar plunge)! Hang around afterward and rock out to some fantastic live music in the tent on the ice! Saturday, jump on provided shuttles and play nine holes of winter golf. The day culminates with more live music under the big tent. Sunday brings the Gull Lake Food Fest on Hole-in-the-Day Bay. Proceeds benefit Confidence Learning Center and Kids Against HungerBrainerd Lakes Area.

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EVENTS 2019

Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration Saturday, March 16, 2019

On Saturday, March 16, 2019 more than 15,000 people will arrive in Crosslake to shake off their cabin fever and enjoy the 45th Annual Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration. Dust off your lawn chairs, load up the family and come early to take part in pre-parade festivities including the 6th Annual Clover Dash 5k, Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast, Whitefish Craft Fair and more! Crosslake establishments and retailers are serving up deals, discounts and fun all day long. Choose your spot along the mile and a half parade route and prepare for more than 100 traditional, unique and entertaining parade entries. Be sure to dress the part too! Costumes are encouraged as we all become Irish, for at least this day!

Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon - Nisswa Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, 2019

The 12th annual Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 in downtown Nisswa. The full marathon course, certified by U.S. Track and Field and as a Boston Marathon qualifier, takes runners on a scenic path through woods and past lakes. Participants may also choose a half marathon, 10k race, 5k family run and a 1k kids run. The all-volunteer race has been run in all types of weather and has grown to attract more than 1,500 runners. All proceeds from Run for the Lakes are donated to various local non-profit organizations.

Kinship Partners Downtown Nisswa Chocolate Walk Saturday, May 18, 2019

Come to Nisswa in May and experience the Downtown Nisswa Chocolate Walk where you get to shop, collect and eat chocolate. Nisswa has over 50 stores in downtown, all within walking distance of each other. Stroll the streets of Nisswa; do a little shopping, grab a cup of coffee, have lunch and best of all, pick up decadent chocolates. Eat them along the way or take them home for a sharable treat. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday in Nisswa in May. Tickets will go on sale January 2, 2019 online at KinshipPartners.org/chocolate-walk. Act quickly, only 250 will be sold. Downtown Nisswa Chocolate Walk… everything is better with chocolate!

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Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival Friday-Saturday, June 7-8, 2019

Celebrating its 20th year, this ever-growing event brings a celebration of Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American folk music to the northwoods. Performers travel all the way from Norway, Sweden and various parts of the United States and the local area to play at The Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music and Dance Festival. Music and singing workshops, a children’s activity area and Scandinavian foods are on tap at the festival. Friday is workshop day with a concert ending the evening at Lutheran Church of the Cross. Saturday, June 8th starts with the fiddler’s parade on the Paul Bunyan State Trail in Nisswa which kicks off the all-day folk music festival and culminates with a smorgasbord feast. Don’t miss the annual gathering of fiddlers, nyckelharpers, hardingfele players, accordionists, guitarists, vocalists, dancers and general aficionados of Scandinavian folk music!

Lakes Jam Music Festival Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29, 2019

Lakes Jam is an annual, outdoor music festival that unites country music and rock-n-roll fans of all ages bringing them together at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) for 3 days of Lakes Jam. BIR, nationally known for the BIR Lucas Oil Nationals, and is an excellent venue for an outdoor music event. It is located on Highway 371 between Nisswa and Baxter. National artists perform on the main stage and smaller acts play on the secondary stage. Thursday and Friday – put on your cowboy boots and hats to get your Jam On with country music. Campers can start partying Wednesday night at the “Zoo” and enjoy the rest of the weekend without leaving BIR. Various country acts will play Thursday night and Friday night’s country headliner is Justin Moore. Saturday switches to classic rock-n-roll with headliner 3 Doors Down. 3 days of music, “1 big party”.

Nisswa Firecracker Run Up North Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Nisswa Firecracker 10k, 5k and Kidz Run is “THE” Lake Country Classic! It’s known for its laid back atmosphere, super comfy event shirts, amazing crawfish boil, free Pabst and The Red, White and Blue Snow party with a Slip’N Slide finish line. The Nisswa Firecracker Run Up North is a northwoods family tradition that has grown exponentially since its debut in 2010. The race starts on Main Street and participants run through town, into the woods on a scenic tour along Lower Cullen Lake. The finish line is at the Nisswa Community Center with awards, prizes and the Kidz Run. Fun for the whole family.

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Paul Bunyan Extreme

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

At the Mount Ski Gull Paul Bunyan Extreme Race, you will be faced with over 20 insane obstacles spread out over a course covered in hills, mud and challenges. Are you tough enough to finish a race designed to finish you? Water slides, rope swings, mud pits and more! There’s only one way to find out. Register as an individual or team, ages 10 and up. Create teams to compete against other businesses, rival sports teams or inner gym bragging rights! Get Extreme at Mount Ski Gull on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 for the Paul Bunyan Extreme Race. Mount Ski Gull and The Lakeshore Conservation Club host the race and bring this event, which is like no other, to the Brainerd Lakes Area. All of the proceeds go to Mount Ski Gull and The Lakeshore Conservation Club in order to support and promote all that they do for the community.

Lakes Area Music Festival

Performances starting Friday, August 2-Sunday, August 25, 2019 The Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) connects the nation’s best performers and audiences through excellent classical music and inspiring education. The 6 free, season performances range from chamber music to symphonic orchestra to opera. These concerts are performed by a stellar collaborative roster including over 140 musicians from such ensembles and conservatories as the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute and more.

Nisswa Crazy Days

Friday-Saturday, August 9-10, 2019 Get ready, get set, get shopping! Nisswa retailers offer crazy discounts during Nisswa Crazy Days, Friday-Saturday, August 9-10. Merchandise lines the sidewalks and spills out into the street as shoppers browse for good buys. Whether you are looking for candles, shoes, specialty foods, toys, artwork, purses, clothing, jewelry or starting your Christmas shopping, Nisswa Crazy Days is the place to be and to SHOP! Come early and give yourself plenty of time to check out the deals that line the street from one end of town to the other. Crazy Days is a long standing tradition for Nisswa merchants and a “must do” for shoppers, both local and visitors alike.

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EVENTS 2019

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway Thursday-Sunday, August 15-18, 2019

The NHRA Nationals are set for August 15-18 and feature the world’s best drag racers, the fastest cars, the most insane race fans and an experience like no other. At center stage is four days of ground-pounding, lightning-fast, blow-yourmind drag racing. Every household name in drag racing competes at the NHRA Nationals on BIR’s world-renowned track – the fastest drag strip in the country. The racers push themselves and their cars to the limits as they compete for a world championship in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. This year’s race again features Pro Stock Motorcycle – always a BIR fan favorite! This kind of racing isn’t for the faint of heart. The Top Fuel Dragsters get down the quarter-mile track in less than 4 seconds at speeds over 330 mph. They crank out 10,000 horsepower along the way. Blink at the wrong time and they’re long gone.

Gull Lake Classic Boat Show Saturday, August 24, 2019

The 11th annual Gull Lake Classic Boat Show is Saturday, August 24 at Bar Harbor on beautiful Gull Lake. This show offers a rare opportunity to witness and appreciate the amazing beauty and craftsmanship of some of the world’s most unique vintage and classic wood boats. These breathtaking beauties are on public display dockside along the shores of Gull Lake. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the sun and learn the history of these inspirations from the past. The event includes live music, breakfast and the Classic Boat Tour of Gull Lake and shoreline parade which departs around 4:30 pm, weather permitting.

Gull Lake Oktoberfest Saturday, October 5, 2019

The 9th annual Gull Lake Oktoberfest will take place on Saturday, October 5th. The Gull Lake Events group joins forces to bring a fun, autumn Pub Crawl to the Lakes Area. FREE shuttle service between locations, commemorative mugs, and lots of great food and music are all part of the event. Participating locations include Ernie’s, Zorbaz on Gull, The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Jakes City Grille, Cowboy’s and The Side Track. Proceeds benefit Confidence Learning Center, Soup Kitchen, and the Food Shelf. This event runs in conjunction with Grand View Lodge’s 9th annual Golftoberfest, featuring live music under a heated tent.

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Summer offers endless opportunities for adventure and celebration. Enjoy numerous water sports and activities; boating, waterskiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, the list goes on and on…but there’s many more things to do besides spending your summer on the water. You can enjoy outdoor concerts, late evening bonfires, a zip over the trees, a competitive go-kart race or a rousing game of golf or mini-golf. Visit with Paul Bunyan, enjoy an ice cream or even go to the zoo. If you like to mingle with lots of people, enjoy BIR’s NHRA Nationals and Lakes Jam. Don’t miss Nisswa Freedom Days and the many 4th of July fireworks shows, going on everywhere throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area. Shop till you drop in August at Nisswa Crazy Days, too. www.nisswa.com

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Fall is a very special time of year. The leaves begin to change color, the weather starts to cool and fall festivities get underway. Enjoy the vibrant fall colors with a bike ride or walk along the Paul Bunyan State Trail, by the lake or through one of the many parks in the area. Take a drive on County Road 77 around Gull Lake and pass some of the Lakes Area’s famous and historic resorts and golf courses. As you drive County Road 77 you will also see Mount Ski Gull where the Zipline will take you over the trees, ablaze with fall color. Don’t forget Halloween; celebrate the season and dress up or take in a Haunted House or corn maze. The Nisswa Fall Festival and Smokin’ Hot BBQ contest is a must attend fall event.

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Winter is not for the faint at heart – it’s cold, very cold, but having snow on the ground and in the air makes up for it. From skiing to snow shoeing, tubing to snowmobiling, ice hockey to ice fishing, winter has a ton to offer. So bundle up, embrace the season and enjoy what the Lakes Area has to offer. Nisswa’s most beloved event, though technically in the fall, is a winter wonderland presented each year on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The Nisswa City of Lights Festival transforms Nisswa into a Norman Rockwell painting with Christmas lights everywhere. The grand finale of the evening is a fireworks display like no other. There is nothing like fireworks against the cold, crisp winter sky and snow just makes it that much better.

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The Brainerd Lakes Area is booming as a wedding destination, and no one knows that more than three busy friends in the Nisswa area who each caters to brides and grooms in her own way. Dyana Rasinski, co-owner of Petals & Beans in Nisswa, provides the floral designs. Dani Sutin, owner of Sweet Life Bakery in Pequot Lakes, bakes the cakes. Chelsie Krafka, owner of Chelsie Elizabeth Photography in Pequot Lakes, captures all the memories on camera. The three women have an easy rapport as they have become friends through working together on weddings of all sizes, from big to small. “It’s really fun to do the big stuff, but then it’s also fun doing the small, intimate ones too,” said Rasinski, noting the “petals” part of her business has really taken off in the past 13 years. “I’m already booking a year-plus ahead to talk floral needs with brides.” The three women want to debunk the myth that brides and grooms have to bring florists, bakers and photographers from home when tying the knot in the www.nisswa.com


Lakes Area. Talent abounds here, as does trust in the wedding vendors. “We appreciate them hiring local businesses, hiring us up here,” Krafka said. “The talent is here. I know all these resorts like the back of my hand. I know the (wedding) coordinators, where to shoot, the time of day for the best light.” Similarly, Sutin designs cakes specific to each wedding, from the style to the flower accents to the made-fromscratch bakery items using the best ingredients possible. She wants people to be happy from the first bite. Rasinski praises the Lakes Area wedding vendor community. “We literally see each other almost every single weekend,” she said. “We all complement each other so well. We’ve all worked together so many times.” Photographer Krafka added: “I can’t shoot pretty things unless I’m given those pretty things to shoot. When I see a dessert with flowers, I’m excited because I know I get to capture it.” The three friends share each other’s photos posted on social media that show off each woman’s creative

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contributions. “My business wouldn’t grow without Dani promoting me and putting my flowers on her cake,” Rasinski said. “My business wouldn’t grow without having other wedding vendors like Chelsie and Dani promoting me and having faith in my work.” “They look to us for trust,” Sutin said, and Rasinski and Krafka agreed. “You have to trust us, whether it’s the baker, whether it’s the florist, whether it’s the photographer or the venue for one of the most important days of your life,” Rasinski agreed, adding they all love to share their expertise with others. “Dani’s the first baker I promote,” she said. “I’m not going to refer somebody who I don’t trust. I know how she works. I know she’s going to be great. I can’t wait to see my flowers on her cake. There’s value to having a florist who cares, a baker who uses good ingredients, a good photographer. It’s so good to have people you trust.” Rasinski does handcrafted, fresh floral designs for bridal bouquets, table settings, centerpieces and hanging installations. She provides fresh florals

for Sutin to dress up wedding cakes. “We work with all budgets and styles and love seeing them come to life when Chelsie and other talented wedding photographers capture their big day. It can be a lot of fun to see where their vision is taking them,” Rasinski said. She did floral work for more than 60 weddings in 2018. Krafka shot her first wedding 15 years ago. One wedding led to two, etc., and in 2018 she photographed more than 20 weddings. She’ll go wherever she is needed, but she mostly does weddings in the Lakes Area for people from the Twin Cities and Fargo, North Dakota, areas. Resorts, cabins, lakes and trees combine to draw people to have their nuptials here. Sutin, a self-described free spirit who hails from Chile, started her career as a cook at area resorts and moved to baking out of necessity. The hours were more conducive to a mom with two young children, and the career allows her hours to be flexible. She started making personalized birthday cakes at homes, and like Krafka, one cake led to two, three, etc. She then made a

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wedding cake for a co-worker’s friend, and that evolved in the same way until she made 20 wedding cakes out of her home. “Then it just got too busy so my husband kicked me out of the house,” she said with a laugh, noting there was always frosting on the counter and cookies in the oven. She rented 700 square feet of space in 2017 in Pequot Lakes to bake, and in October 2018 moved to a spot offering 9,000 square feet of space. Sweet Life Bakery provided cakes for more than 60 weddings in 2018. While her focus is weddings, Sutin does offer various goodies for retail sale - including her best-selling French Macarons - at Latte Da Coffee and Gifts, where her Sweet Life Bakery also is located. Interestingly, her French Macarons recipe resulted from playing around in the kitchen while on maternity leave. While working out of her home, Sutin would meet potential customers at Petals & Beans, tying together the baking and floral aspects of a wedding. Sutin’s business - Sweet Life Bakery

- derives its name from enjoying life and returning to old-fashioned baking in the kitchen with grandma. “I remember Grandma with her apron and whisking in a bowl. You don’t see that anymore,” Sutin said. “ I like to teach my kids how to make cookies from scratch. Take all these fresh ingredients and this happens. The message is to keep this craft alive and remember the smells of the ‘50s.”

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1940s Carl Eliason drove three

1950s Edgar and Allen

1960s Eileen Harrison rode this Scorpion

1970s John Deere snowmobiles,

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of his hunting friends on an early “motor toboggan.” Eliason began making the handbuilt sleds in 1924 in Wisconsin.

snowmobile in 1966. The Harrison family were longtime owners of the snowmobile manufacturing plant in Crosby.

of the more popular machines, and remain as one the four major manufacturers today.

Hetteen and David Johnson of Roseau display some of their company’s first Polaris snowmobiles in the mid-1950s.

featuring the slide-rail suspension, was one of about 200 manufacturers during the snowmobile boom.

like this Yamaha, are engineered for a comfortable ride with plenty of engine power.

Styles may Change, Popularity Remains the Same The challenges of cross country transportation in the winter led to the invention of the snowmobile, which was designed for travel across deep snow. In the second half of the 20th century, rapidly evolving designs produced low-speed machines powered by gas engines. Carl Eliason of Wisconsin began making the original handbuilt “motor toboggan” in 1924 and in 1935 Joseph Bombardier assembled and successfully tested the first snowmobile, with a sprocket wheel and a track drive system steered by skis. Edgar and Allen Hetteen and David Johnson of Roseau, Minnesota, were among the first to build a practical snowmobile in the mid-1950s with the 30

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Polaris company. The early machines were heavy, but that would change over the years as riders wanted more speed and lighter machines. Many manufacturers began building snowmobiles in the 1960s and 1970s, including a Scorpion plant in Crosby, which began experimenting with track snow machines in 1961 and continued to produce showmobiles until 1981. “There were more than 200 companies that were building snowmobiles in the early 1970s,” said Dave Guenther of Breezy Point, who is president of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America and member of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame. “That’s when snowmobiling

went nuts. Ski Doos came out in 1958 and they were built for social riding. They were smaller, quicker and easier to ride. Snowmobile clubs started forming in the 1970s. It was a big social craze. Every place you went they were selling snowmobiles like hardware and grocery stores and even the JC Penney stores. It was such a craze.” Today, there’s more competition for winter riding with the growth of off-road machines like the 4-wheelers and side-by-sides that can be used year ‘round. “Minnesota is still a popular state for snowmobiling with 22,000 miles of trails and many active snowmobile clubs,” Guenther said. www.nisswa.com


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Pets and their owners get to live the dream in Nisswa. Nisswa is a pet friendly community where your pets can stay, play and even dine. Your pets can stay and get pampered at one of several boarding facilities in the area or they can stay with their families in one of Nisswa’s people “Places to Stay” that accepts pets (see pages 81-88 for a listing of Nisswa’s lodging opportunities). It’s always a good idea to call ahead to confirm pet occupancy before making your reservations. Besides places to stay, Nisswa offers plenty of places to play, including the best parks and trails for walking, running and playing ball with your pets. The many lakes in and around Nisswa also provide a playground for your pets. You’ll see them on boats and playing on shore as you cruise by. You’ll most likely see them at some of the quieter boat launches where they love to jump off the docks to fetch the ball and take a swim in the cool, clear water. It seems silly to say that Nisswa has places to dine for your pet, but www.nisswa.com


it’s true. Stop by BlackRidgeBANK or the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce to get your dog a treat and during the summer, drive through Dairy Queen and get your dog a pup cup. Nisswa even makes it easy to clean up after your dog. While you’re out with your prized pet walking and playing in the parks and on the trails, you will find a Mutt Mitt station outside the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center. Speaking of downtown Nisswa, some downtown store owners allow well-behaved dogs in their stores. All you need to do is ask them before taking your four-legged friend in to shop. When you’re out and about town with your pets, please be considerate of the others around you and keep

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in mind that your dog won’t be the only dog in town. Event days can get crowded, so always keep your pet’s safety and comfort in mind. Of course, packing for your pet is key. Make sure you have a leash, and plenty of food and water. If things didn’t come together the way you

planned, you can always get a drink for Fido at the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center located in the heart of downtown Nisswa. The entire staff at the Nisswa Chamber loves pets so feel free to stop by, get a treat and introduce your pets to us.

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The Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival is held the first weekend in June each year in Nisswa. It has grown over the years, yet the format remains much the same as that first festival in June 2000. “I remember that first concert,” said Paul Wilson, event founder and artistic director. He was working on the microphones and setup, and when he turned around he was happily surprised to see the venue was almost full. The 20th annual Nisswa-stämman will take place Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, 2019, under the majestic Norway pines at the Nisswa Pioneer Village with more than 150 musicians. Special events are in the works to celebrate the festival’s milestone year, including an additional large tent in the sunny, open area of the village to have another stage for musical groups and to provide shade. There will be more musicians, with a goal to bring one musical group from each of four Scandinavian countries – Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. After all these years, the festival’s main purpose remains the same: to bring Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American folk music and dance to the Lakes Area in an event designed for the whole family. www.nisswa.com


“We want families to come, so we have performers and crafts in a kids’ area,” Wilson said. “It’s really a family type event.” Wilson and his wife, Mary Abendroth, are key players who brought the annual Scandinavian music festival to Nisswa so many years ago. They played Scandinavian folk music and attended several “stämma” - or low-key gatherings of musicians – on trips to Sweden. The couple has many friends who play Scandinavian music; they just needed someone to step up to organize a stämman closer to home. “One day we were driving through Nisswa. I saw the pioneer village, and it’s set up a lot like an historical farm with log buildings in Sweden where these were held,” Wilson said. He learned that Lee Anderson owned the property, Anderson later donated the property to the Nisswa Area Historical Society, so Wilson sent an email to Anderson. “He has Swedish heritage and he sent back two sentences: ‘Sounds like a great idea. ... I’m looking forward to the smorgasbord,’” Wilson said. Anderson said Pioneer Village was purchased over time starting in 1943 by his father, Reuben, who was 100 percent Swedish. His parents came to the United States from Orebro, Sweden. “Paul suggested the idea of a stämman, which I thought would be great,” Anderson said. “Over the years I have attended most of the events. I love the people and the children. For many of us, it supports and reinforces our Swedish heritage.” Dick Carlson, of the Nisswa Area Historical Society, recalled Wilson saying all those years ago that Pioneer Village

was ideal for a stämman and asking if the historical society would like to participate. “Saying yes was a no-brainer, and we did,” Carlson said. “To this day, it remains as one of the best decisions we ever made.” That first year of the stämman, most musicians hailed from the Twin Cities. Just as they did back then, a Friday night concert kicks off the weekend of Scandinavian folk music with a fiddlers’ parade along the Paul Bunyan State Trail through Nisswa to Pioneer Village, starting Saturday’s festivities. After a day of music that first year, Wilson recalled seeing Anderson going through the smorgasbord line. “He said, ‘Next year, let’s fly over 10 Swedes,’” Wilson said, so year two featured international musicians. “That’s how it grew, because of Lee.” Wilson added: “It turned out that word was getting around in Sweden, so I was getting emails from Sweden from people wanting to come.” A few years later, organizers added workshops at private homes to the stämman. “That’s grown into quite a big part of it,” Wilson said. In 2009, the Swedish ambassador to the United States visited the festival, and Wilson was honored with the Swedish Council of America’s Award of Merit. The event has evolved from one main stage and a tiny tent to two main stages, a dance barn, a kids’ area and a more intimate musical gathering in the Village’s Summer Kitchen. Since year 10, musicians have come from Scandinavian countries to perform. Most stay with host families in the area.

Wilson said the Nisswa-stämman is unique in that very few places in the United States offer such an event. For more information on being a host family or to volunteer for the 20th annual Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival in June, contact Paul Wilson at 218-764-2994.

Event founder Paul Wilson, 67, became interested in Scandinavian music in his late 20s, during the folk revival taking place in the United States and Europe. He played Bob Dylan on his guitar and enjoyed international folk dancing as a recreational hobby. He has Swedish and Norwegian heritage, and started thinking about his roots. He later taught himself to play the fiddle and accordion. He and his wife, Mary Abendroth, played in a five-piece group called Skålmusik, which eventually grew to a group called Skål Klubben. In addition to performing music, they share their love and knowledge of Scandinavian music and culture at schools and libraries across the region.

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Firecracker Run turns 10

The Nisswa Firecracker Run, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in Nisswa on Saturday, July 6, has evolved into a holiday tradition for many families. And that’s just what the event founder wanted. The goal from the start, said David Janowiec, was to “make it a staple, make it a tradition.” The first Firecracker Run in 2010 attracted about 380 participants, and numbers have increased about 25 percent each year to the current 2,500 runners, Janowiec said. “I saw an opportunity to reach a lot of people in town for fun, so we added another element of fun,” he said, adding the event gives him the opportunity to return home during his favorite time of the year.

Janowiec grew up in Nisswa and graduated from Pequot Lakes High School. He now works with The Recess Factory, an event management company based in Colorado that puts on the Firecracker Run. He said it’s also become tradition for his staff in Colorado to come to Nisswa for the event. “They love it and look forward to it as a ‘workation,’” Janowiec said. “The Firecracker Run, which has always included both 5k and 10k runs, is more of an experience rather than just another race”, Janowiec said. “We added elements to make it interesting and appealing for people,” he said. “So many people tell us it’s a tradition for them.”

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There has always been a Slip’N Slide at the end of the race, though it has evolved into something bigger and better over the years. The end-of-race attractions now include two big inflatable Slip’N Slides and a foam machine that spews red, white and blue bubbles. Don’t forget the crawfish boil. Janowiec’s wife is from New Orleans, and that’s where he experienced his first backyard crawfish boil. “I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh. This is great for large crowds,’” he said, so he incorporated it into the Firecracker Run. People are intrigued by it and love it. “My dad learned how to cook crawfish quick,” Janowiec said, noting they make 300 pounds for the race day event. An unplanned tradition that started that first year revolves around the national anthem. That first year, an announcer asked if there was anyone in the crowd who wanted to step up and sing the anthem before the race. Andrea Schutz, a runner from Hastings, came forward and belted out the anthem, leaving everyone speechless. She’s been doing so ever since. Janowiec said race organizers learned something about firecrackers that first year as well. “We always start the event with a firecracker of some kind,” he said, and that first year they lit Black Cats about 300 yards from the starting line. www.nisswa.com


However, they didn’t clarify with runners that the firecrackers were not meant to signal the start of the race. “We lit them off and everyone started running and people were running over the Black Cats going off,” Janowiec said. “That first year, that was a big oops.” Now they light a five-inch cannon that shoots straight up with one loud boom. The Nisswa Firecracker Run’s success led to an identical event in Colorado that is in its fifth year. “It’s the exact same event except it’s in Colorado,” Janowiec said. The Nisswa event fills him with a sense of pride when old friends, mentors and people he worked for while growing up in Nisswa come up and thank him. As for the 10th anniversary event, Janowiec said organizers plan to add a few surprises at the finish line area to continue to entice participants to stick around for awhile before heading downtown or back to the lake on the holiday weekend. “Now it’s become a hodgepodge Independence Day event where we added a bunch of stuff for people to stick around. Kids love it, and it all ties back to Fourth of July summer fun,” he said.

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Kurt Jordi Loves his Clydesdales Kurt Jordi came to the United States from Bern, Switzerland in 1979, and brought with him a background in classical dressage working with Lipizzan stallions. He settled in rural Cass County and began adding to his stable, including his first pair of Clydesdale horses, which he has been bringing to Cragun’s Resort for the past 20 years providing horse-drawn trolley rides for their guests. When asked why Jordi prefers Clydesdales among all draft breeds, he likes to say that, “Clydesdales are the

ones that understand English.” The Clydesdale horses originated from the farm horses of Clydesdale county in Scotland in the 1800’s. Jordi has three Clydesdales on his farm, JJ, Jake and Max, and he rotates the ones he uses to pull the trolley. A typical Clydesdale stands 16 to 18 hands high and weighs 1,800 to 2,000 pounds. Each draft horse can pull 8,000 pounds alone and together, can pull 24,000 pounds. Jordi’s top priority is the well-being of the horses. If the weather is

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too cold, or too warm, the horses stay home. JJ, Jake and Max are carefully groomed before being loaded into the trailer for the 40-mile trip from the farm to Cragun’s. Once at the resort, it takes approximately 1 hour to assemble the harnesses and hook up the horses to the trolley. Jordi loves showing off his Clydesdales and thoroughly enjoys interacting with the guests staying at Cragun’s Resort. He takes guests along the shores of Gull Lake, narrating stories about the resort along the way. A visit to Cragun’s has become a tradition for many families and memories of Jordi and the horses are a big part of that. Jordi loves seeing the families and watching as they grow and change over the years. He especially likes it when they share their Cragun’s memories and stories with him. Every year, Jordi brings his horses to the Nisswa City of Lights Celebration, the day after Thanksgiving, where he shares his love of the Clydesdales with the thousands of people who are in downtown Nisswa to celebrate www.nisswa.com


the season. It is quite a site to see the majestic Clydesdales marching down Main Street in Nisswa with a wagon full of happy people. Jordi and his Clydesdales are a unique family tradition at Cragun’s Resort and the Nisswa City of Lights Celebration. It’s the lake, it’s the horses, it’s the family time together, it’s the season and it’s Jordi making unforgettable memories with you.

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Lakes in the Nisswa Area

GULL LAKE CHAIN OF LAKES: Gull Lake A landmark attraction in the Nisswa area spans almost 9,500 acres and offers numerous public accesses. People enjoy the chain of lakes for all seasons – from fishing and water activities in the summer months to ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter months. Lake Margaret This lake is also part of the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes in Lake Shore. Maximum depth is 26 feet for the 222-acre lake.

Middle Cullen The lake is located between Lower and Upper Cullen lakes. A public access is located on the northeast side of the lake. The maximum depth is 48 feet.

Upper Cullen The lake is part of the Cullen chain of lakes. The lake size is 435 acres with a maximum depth of 41 feet.

Nisswa Lake The lake is located on the north end of the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes. Nisswa Lake is 207 acres with a maximum depth of 23 feet. Round Lake The lake is located on the southern edge of Nisswa, just east of Highway 371. A channel connects Round Lake to Gull Lake. The 1,644 acre lake has a maximum depth of 51 feet.

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Roy Lake The lake is located one mile west of Nisswa and is part of the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes. The lake is 271 acres with a maximum depth of 27 feet. Public access is through the upper Gull Lake channel. CULLEN LAKES: Lower Cullen The 512-acre lake borders the north edge of downtown Nisswa, and is part of a chain of three lakes that drain into Gull Lake. A public access is located on the southeast shores of the lake. Maximum depth in the lake is less than 40 feet. www.nisswa.com

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depth of 47 feet. There is a public boat access on the east shore of the lake off of Highway 371. Lake Edna The 153-acre lake is two miles north of Nisswa. The public access is located on the northeast side of the lake. Approximately 59 percent of the lake is less than 15 feet deep. Lake Edward The lake is located east of Nisswa and covers 2,032 acres. The maximum depth is 75 feet with 59 percent of the lake less than 15 feet in depth. A public access is located on the west side.

OTHER AREA LAKES: Clark Lake The lake is located one mile east of Nisswa, and hosts the Minnesota Hockey Camps and Minneawa Lodge. The 343-acre lake has a maximum depth of 31 feet. The lake is primarily managed as a northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish lake.

East Twin The lake is located two miles north of Nisswa. The maximum depth is 45 feet for the 146-acre lake. A public access is located on the west shore. West Twin The lake is also located two miles north of Nisswa. The 117 acre lake has a maximum

Lake Hubert The lake is located one mile southeast of Nisswa and is 1,294 acres in size. A public access is located on the west side of the lake. Maximum depth is 83 feet. North Long Lake The lake is located south of Nisswa between Highway 371 and east to Merrifield. The 5,998-acre lake has a maximum depth of 97 feet. A public access is located on the east side.

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Pelican Lake The lake is located northeast of Nisswa, and is one of the larger lakes in the area as it covers 8,300 acres. The maximum depth of Pelican is 104 feet with 47% of the lake being 15 feet deep or less. There are also four public accesses on the lake and a public swimming beach. Bluegill, northern pike, walleye and bass are the most common fish in Pelican. Whitefish Chain of Lakes The large chain of lakes is found north of Nisswa – stretching horizontally from Jenkins to Crosslake. The chain covers 7,700 acres, with a maximum depth of 138 feet and connects with the Pine River. The chain is popular for recreational use, but Whitefish also serves as one of the DNR’s primary walleye egg-take sites at the mouth of the Pine River. Because of this, the lake is stocked annually, with at least 5,000,000 walleye fry being put back into the lake from the eggs collected at the walleye trap. Information provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Dine Downtown - Nisswa has it All Downtown Nisswa is known for it’s shopping. But did you know, there’s amazing dining options, too? When you stroll Main Street in downtown Nisswa – you are sure to find anything from a treat to a full course meal to suit your liking. Delicious seasonal treats can be found at the Dairy Queen, A&W Restaurant and Nisswa Mini Donuts which are open Spring through Fall. Awesome coffee shops with pastries and scones include StoneHouse Coffee and the Adirondack Coffee Shop. For a full-fledged breakfast, try the eggs benedict at Ganley’s Restaurant.

The breakfasts there are so good! Lunch is also served and a malt shop is attached to the restaurant so you can satisfy that milk shake craving. Check out the micro-brewery on Main Street! Big Axe Brewing and Café has a great patio, fabulous food and on many weekend nights in the summer, there’s live music for you to enjoy. Rafferty’s Pizza has been voted “best pizza” in the Brainerd Lakes Area several times over. Their home-made sauce is to die for and the salads and sandwiches are great, too. If it’s a sweet treat you’re craving – stop by The Chocolate Ox.

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You’ve been there, the color of the bag you’re carrying around town is a dead give-away. Those green and purple bags are hard to miss just like the Superman ice cream ring around your kid’s mouths! The newest addition for downtown dining is Main Street Ale House. Owners, Chris and Mike Foy of Foy Hospitality brought a great chef and wonderful food to Main Street in Spring, 2018. Lunch and dinner are served 7 days a week. Foy Hospitality also owns another great restaurant on Gull Lake (Ernie’s on Gull). If it’s adult beverages you’re looking – no problem. The Ye Old Pickle Factory is Nisswa’s municipal bar and off sale liquor store. Catch a summer baseball game on the patio or shoot a game of pool or darts indoors. Anchoring the north end of Main Street is the Nisswa American Legion where lunch, dinner and daily specials are served, including a full bar. You can even play bingo twice a week at the Nisswa American Legion. Next time you’re in town, stop by the Nisswa Welcome Center/Chamber of Commerce, grab a walking map from the friendly staff there and follow the turtles to your favorite eating spot!

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PARKS & BEACHES

Favorite Parks and Beaches If you love being outdoors, the Lakes Area has no shortage of nearby parks and beaches to satisfy any outdoor enthusiast. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Fritz Loven Park

Pedestrians can explore Nisswa Lake Park simply by walking through the tunnel under Highway 371 from downtown Nisswa. The city’s newest park is all about nature; featuring walking paths, water garden, pavilion, picnic tables, benches and garbage cans, along with breathtaking views of Nisswa Lake. Boaters can tie up at public dock slips available on Nisswa Lake and follow signs to the park and downtown Nisswa. Motorists can access the park from Hazelwood Avenue.

Nature lovers will want to venture to Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore. The 80-acre park features a babbling brook, tall trees and wildlife for those who seek solitude. At the same time, Fritz Loven is the perfect place for family picnics, hikes and play. Stony Brook, a state-designated trout stream, winds through the park, which offers benches for viewing, a picnic pavilion with electrical outlets, a playground, restrooms and trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. With all it has to offer, the park is a destination for many family reunions and outdoor weddings. To get to Fritz Loven Park, from Highway 371 in Nisswa, go west on County Road 77 through Lake Shore, then go right on Cass County Road 78 at Bar Harbor, and then right on Ridge Road.

Nisswa City Park

Located on the north end of downtown Nisswa, this park has a playground which is adjacent to the Paul Bunyan State Trail, skating rinks & warming house, ball field, community center and more. Nisswa Parks & Recreation Department

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Pelican Lake Public Beach

At Pelican Beach you’ll find a sugar sand beach with swimming and picnic tables, as well as restrooms and changing facilities. Pelican Beach is a shallow beach and swimming area, making it a great place for young kids to swim. From Nisswa, take County Road 18 to County Road 4. Go right on County Road 4 to County Road 118 and turn left. Turn left again at the Public Water Access. Follow past boat access to the beach area parking.

Pillsbury State Forest

await you. Observe wildlife at its best in the pond-filled, tree thickened, natural environment. To get there, travel south of downtown Nisswa on County Road 77 for 9 miles to Beauty Lake Road.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gull Lake Beach

At Gull Lake Beach you’ll find a shaded picnic area, grills, shelter, fishing pier, sandy beach and boat launch. There is a playground and fishing area at the campground. A small fee is required. From Nisswa, take Highway 371 south to County Road 125 (Gull Lake Dam Road). Go right and follow to the campground, park and beach on Gull Lake.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cross Lake Recreation Area

Located at the Pine River Dam in Cross Lake, MN, the Ronald Louis Cloutier Recreation Area, better known as the Cross Lake Recreation Area, offers an abundance of water for boating, waterskiing and fishing, two onsite beaches perfect for swimming and sunbathing and wooded playground and camping area. Situated 22 miles north of Brainerd, MN on Crow Wing County Road 3, the campground entrance is directly across from the intersection of County Roads 3 and 66.

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Nisswa Lake Park now has walking paths, pavilion, tables, benches and more! A visit to Nisswa Lake Park is a must-do for residents and tourists alike. An official sign now welcomes explorers to the park, which is being developed on the west side of the Highway 371 tunnel that takes people from downtown Nisswa to the park and Nisswa Lake, and vice versa. In addition to walking paths through the park, a pavilion and water garden were installed along with benches, picnic tables and garbage cans. The park will feature a bike shelter location and flagpole with flag as well. Visitors will find magnificent views of Nisswa Lake. Dock slips are available on Nisswa Lake near the park during the open water season with signs directing people from the docks to the park and downtown. Signs at the end of the docks announce they are public docks and open for use. “The docks are used on a consistent basis all summer long, bringing people to the park and downtown shops and restaurants,” said Matthew Hill, Nisswa Parks and Recreation director, noting www.nisswa.com


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that more docks are needed and will be supplied as funds become available. Future park development is dependent upon fundraising. The Friends of Nisswa Lake Park organization continues to accept donations to complete the park development. In 2019, the Department of Natural Resources will install a complete boat ramp with parking for up to 15 trucks and trailers. Gull Lake Trail Work also continues on Nisswa’s portion of a multi-use recreational trail around Gull Lake. A 3.1-mile portion of trail will connect the city of Lake Shore to the tunnel in downtown Nisswa via Lower Roy Lake Road and Hazelwood Drive. Trail users can then find the Paul Bunyan State Trail downtown. Trail construction is still a year or two away. Four miles of trail through Lake Shore is complete. The trail follows a wider shoulder on the redone County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 77/ Interlachen Road from www.nisswa.com

Bar Harbor Supper Club to Sherwood Forest, and the trail is off road from Sherwood Forest to the southern city limits at Sandy Point Road. A one-mile trail segment linking Lake Shore and Nisswa remains to be built. Fundraising is underway, and the city of Lake Shore encourages donations to its Field of Interest Fund. Fairview Township is also raising funds to undertake its nearly 8-mile portion of trail. Completion is likely a year or two away. When finished, the Gull Lake Trail will be a 21-mile, paved, multi-use trail that will travel through four communities around Gull Lake - East Gull Lake, Fairview Township, Lake Shore and Nisswa. The Gull Lake Trail will connect the cities and townships into one larger Gull Lake community, bringing new access to resorts, restaurants, parks and nature preserves while providing a safe space off the road for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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For five decades, Brainerd International Raceway has hosted some of the best racers in the world. Located six miles north of Brainerd, BIR offers race fans the best motorsports that Minnesota has to offer. And the 2019 season promises to continue that same tradition. From April through October, BIR’s race schedule is packed full with drag racing, road racing, drifting, Superbike racing, autocross, cruising shows and watercross, where snowmobiles race on open water! There’s always great family entertainment at BIR where many weekends include two different types of racing taking place simultaneously – all for the price of a single ticket. The main event on the race schedule is the 38th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, scheduled for August 15-18, 2019. The Nationals feature the world’s top drag racers piloting the fastest dragsters on the planet for a four-day display of nitro-fueled drag racing entertainment. Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars, which feature 10,000horsepower, are fire-belching rockets-on-wheels that scream down the www.nisswa.com


quarter-mile dragstrip at 330 mph. As they whiz past, the grandstands rattle, sending an unmistakable vibration through the crowd. It all takes about three seconds, so don’t blink. The pits are always open to all fans, and drivers are accessible for autographs and photos, which is what sets the NHRA Nationals apart from any other motorsports. But BIR’s open campground, affectionately called The Zoo, is what really sets BIR apart from other tracks on the NHRA circuit. The celebration is always in high gear at The Zoo, where campers can enjoy live music, fireworks and an endless parade of unique people-moving party wagons. BIR’s spectator events are always family friendly and affordable. In fact, kids who are 12 years old and younger get in free to every event (including Nationals) as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Even parking is free for all events except The Nationals. For those who prefer to be on the track rather than in the grandstands, BIR has many opportunities to get behind the wheel. The Wednesday Night Street

Drags program is open to anyone with a street legal car, helmet and $25. The BIR Performance Driving School is ideal for anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to strap themselves into a race car and fly around a road course. It’s a single-day school with classroom instruction followed by driving sessions. BIR also gives high-speed rides in exotic sports cars, such as a Lamborghini, a Lotus and a Corvette. Check out BIR’s website for more details: www.BrainerdRaceway.com. See you at the track.

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Nisswa - It’s Easy to Get Here It’s official, WCCO-TV, the CBS television station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, just announced Nisswa, Minnesota the Best Small Town in Minnesota! There is no better place to visit, vacation, live or work. So start thinking about making a trip to Nisswa. It’s easy to get here, just follow your heart–that’s right, follow your heart… the “heart” on the Minnesota map that is! (see map on this page.) That very special heart indicates Nisswa’s location in central Minnesota. Nisswa is easy to get to from just about anywhere. When you look at the Minnesota state map you’ll see where State Highways 371 and 210 intersect. This intersection marks the towns of Brainerd and Baxter which

are only 16 miles south of downtown Nisswa. People travel to Nisswa from all around the United States and abroad. Our Midwest friends come here often, some stay at our wonderful resorts, while others stay at their seasonal homes here. It doesn’t matter the stay, everyone loves to come and play in Nisswa. You can come by car, you can come by plane, you can even come by train. If you come by car, you can drive right into downtown Nisswa. Choosing to travel by plane? You can fly from almost any place inside or outside the United States to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Once you’ve arrived at the airport, catch a shuttle, rent a

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car or even fly directly to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, a mere 20 miles from Nisswa. The Amtrak train has a route that stops at the station in Staples, Minnesota where you can call ahead for a cab that will then get you to Nisswa. The drive from MSP is only 2 ½ hours; the flight into the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport takes less than an hour and the train stop in Staples is also less than an hour away from Nisswa. No matter how you choose to travel, it’s easy to get to Nisswa where you can experience some of the best lakes, golfing, lodging, dining, entertainment and attractions. Best of all, when you travel to Nisswa you can say you’ve experienced the “Best Small Town in Minnesota”.

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Who won BEST Small Town in Minnesota? NISSWA DID! Thanks to WCCO (our Minneapolis CBS Affiliate), the community of Nisswa was chosen as the Best Small Town in Minnesota. The category is actually “Best Small Town with population of 5,000 or less”. There are approximately 740 towns in Minnesota and 594 have populations of 5,000 or less. According to the 2010 census, Nisswa’s population is 1,941. Although, with beautiful lakes, fantastic amenities, seasonal homes and thousands of annual visitors, the population SOARS to much more in the summer. Nisswa started as a railroad community. When the railroad first arrived, it opened up the area for tourism, and what once took 4 days to travel by car from Minneapolis, now took 6 hours by rail. When asked about “why Nisswa?”, you’ll hear things like “I loved growing up here, so when I was done with college I wanted to move back here and raise my family in Nisswa”. Nisswa is a very welcoming community. Not www.nisswa.com


only is Nisswa home to 3rd and 4th generations of families, new families are choosing to live here where the quality of life is great, the economy is strong and the energy for “community” is alive and well. Location, location, location…2 ½ hours from Minneapolis, Fargo or Duluth. Nisswa is the BEST Small Town in Minnesota.

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Nisswa - the Busiest Place in the Lakes Area Nisswa is known as the “event hub” of the Brainerd Lakes Area and the “hub” of Nisswa is the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is known for putting on some of the most amazing signature events every year. Besides the events put on by the Chamber, Nisswa is selected by many organizations as the host community for their events. The Chamber of Commerce facilitates events throughout the year including the Turtle Races that are held 12 times throughout the summer on

Wednesdays. Events span from May through December. As an active Chamber of Commerce, the Nisswa Chamber lives for tourism. One of their missions is to bring people to Nisswa and make them want to stay, tell their friends and come back again. The Chamber promotes member businesses, the Nisswa community and the quality of life enjoyed here. There is a wealth of knowledge available at the Welcome Center, the hub of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce. With the variety

of options, everyone is sure to stay busy whether visiting, living here or just passing through the Lakes Area. Spring, summer, fall, winter, there’s something for every season; winter ice fishing tournaments, pub crawls around the lake, music festivals, art exhibits, wood and classic boat shows and much more. Nisswa hosts several 5k, 10k, ½ marathon runs and a full marathon that is a Boston Marathon qualifying race. Bike rides, butterfly releases, haunted barns and outdoor music concerts

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are just a few of the opportunities to entertain you in Nisswa. Enjoy the ample green space, fantastic lakes, bike routes and parks that also make Nisswa the Lakes Area’s “event hub”. With many indoor and outdoor venues, family fun events like the Nisswa City of Lights and the adults only event, the Octoberfest Pub Crawl, Nisswa has something for everyone all year ‘round. Many organizations, like the Brainerd Jaycees, Kinship Partners, Bridges of Hope to name a few, choose Nisswa as their event home. There are great lodging accommodations with plenty of space for people to stay, plenty of places to play within a few miles distance and there are plenty of events to keep people coming back. The event list is long but then again, that’s what makes Nisswa the “event hub.” Want to bring an event to Nisswa or have a partner for your marketing efforts? Whether facilitating an event or cheerleading on the sidelines, Nisswa is the “event hub” of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Call the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce office to get set up, (218) 963-2620.

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Nisswa - Make us Your Everyday Home Do you love vacationing here in the Brainerd Lakes Area? Considering relocating here? You can, and you don’t even have to wait until you retire to enjoy life at the lake. That’s not to say that we don’t welcome retirees to choose Nisswa and the Brainerd Lakes Area for their retirement. Of course, we welcome them, but we also want Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Gen X’ers (1965-1984), Millenials (1982-2004) and future generations to choose Nisswa and the Brainerd Lakes Area to live, work and play.

With manufacturing, tourism, light industrial, technology, health care, education employment opportunities… no matter your field – we have the jobs. The excellent schools in the area are financially solid and offer state of the art curriculums. The Lakes Area faith community offers a spiritual fit for everyone, and there are excellent health care options, as well. Thinking of tele-commuting or working from home? Our broadband infrastructure and mobile service are solid

and strong, with continual improvement so businesses and homes have reliable resources for conducting business locally and abroad. Nisswa – Brainerd – Baxter – Pequot Lakes – Lake Shore – Breezy Point – Crosslake – Crosby and the surrounding communities make up the Brainerd Lakes Area and we are ready for you to move in. Make your plans. Talk to a realtor. Take the leap. Join us in the 56468.

Nisswa City Information CITY OF NISSWA

City Hall/Community Center Reservations...........................(218) 963-4444 Website............................www.ci.nisswa.mn.us Fire Department ...........................................911 Parks and Recreation............. (218) 963-0047 Warming House......................(218) 963-3931 Planning and Zoning ............ (218) 963-2402 Police Department .......................................911 Non-emergency .................... (218) 963-4301 Post Office ............................. (218) 963-7907

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Elementary School ................ (218) 961-6860

City Hall .................................. (218) 963-2148 Police Department........................................911

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Major Improvements in Store for Nisswa School Nisswa Elementary School is one of the schools in the Brainerd School District with expansion and renovation plans that will result in much-needed space and better security. Construction will start in May on an estimated $12 million in improvements to Nisswa School, which currently houses about 330 students. In the spring of 2018, Brainerd School District voters approved three bond referendum ballot questions for $145.71 million to improve all school district

buildings as part of an improvement project that totals $205 million. The goal from the start was for Nisswa Elementary School to have larger core spaces to house 425 students and the current plans offer that. A second level will be built over part of the facility to gain additional space. The current design features additions for a second gym, a secure entrance, upper grade level classrooms and offices including remodeled space through much of the rest of the building.

The second gym will offer a full-size basketball court with a drop-down partition. This will allow two gym classes to take place at one time, as well as offer community use of the gyms for basketball, volleyball and pickleball leagues. The stage will remain in place with an added lift to make it handicap-accessible. A new main entrance and office area will be relocated to the middle part of the school where existing doors are already located. The old entrance will be locked when the school

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day starts so all visitors will have to enter through the new main entrance and office. The school will be able to host early childhood family classes at night so parents won’t have to drive to Brainerd. The school will offer three classrooms per grade, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) room, two early childhood classrooms and one Kinder Club room, with two flexible classrooms to use if there is an influx of students. Security measures will allow different parts of the school to be locked down after hours to allow for community access. “Our plan fulfills the district’s promise

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to our community and dramatically impacts student learning,” Principal Molly Raske said. “In the beginning I knew it was going to be amazing, but I never dreamt it would turn into what it has.” The doors near the Nisswa Children’s Community Library will be an after-hours entrance into the school so the public can use the library and gyms, while the rest of school remains locked and inaccessible. “So it really is a community school where we can have recreational opportunities,” Raske said. Construction will run from May 2019 to fall 2020.

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Nisswa - Open Year ‘round Nisswa is open year ‘round. Summer might be the peak tourist season but spring, fall and winter are also alive with things to do in Nisswa. Spring is awesome, the ice melts, the golf courses come alive and the wildlife migrate back to the area. Summer offers all the things we love that come along with the warm weather. Fall is fabulous, the leaves are vibrant, the fishing is amazing and the eagle and loon viewing is phenomenal. Don’t discount winter, when you can ice fish, snowmobile, downhill or cross-country ski and enjoy outdoor ice skating or ice hockey. The best part of the four seasons is

that Nisswa has it all; lodging, dining AND shopping! Years ago, many of the downtown shops were considered “seasonal” businesses. There are still a couple, but most of the stores are open year ‘round. Besides that, Nisswa has the BEST variety, the FINEST specialty retail establishments and Nisswa takes PRIDE in offering exemplary customer service. Shopping in Nisswa is about the EXPERIENCE of being surrounded by small, unique, independent stores. The quaint shopping district is inviting and easily accessible. The driving distance between Carlson Hardware (north end of town), and

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Triangle Gas Station (south end of town), is only 0.4 miles which makes strolling through Nisswa an easy jaunt. Parking is plentiful, so explore, shop and absorb the small town charm of downtown Nisswa. You can even relax along your way at one of Nisswa’s beautiful parks. Browse and shop your favorite stores, they’re all locally owned and operated, and many of the owners are at their stores every day. Did you know that in downtown Nisswa you can get your hair cut, grab a latte, buy a pair of jeans, find a lamp for your home and even buy or rent a bike? Not only that, you can buy a hammer, get your nails done, eat a pizza, buy a pair of shoes, get a baby toy, eat ice cream, buy a chair, get a new purse, find a book, get your eyes checked, have breakfast and fill your car with gas… all in downtown Nisswa. You can do all of this and more without even leaving Main Street.  The stores are open 7 days a week in the Summer. In the Fall, Winter and Spring the stores may have shorter hours, but they are open. If you’d like more information about downtown Nisswa stores, hours or anything else “Nisswa”, the Nisswa Welcome Center/ www.nisswa.com


Chamber of Commerce and the friendly staff will be happy to assist you. The Welcome Center is located in the heart of downtown and is open 7 days a week (May-September) and 6 days a week (October-April). Additional information can be found at www.nisswa.com

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Paul Bunyan State Trail Everyday Recreation The Paul Bunyan State Trail is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. It follows an inactive railroad corridor belt built in 1893. The trail passes through forests, by lakes, rivers and streams, with flat and open stretches featuring hills and picturesque views. The best part of the trail is that it runs right through the heart of downtown Nisswa. As the central hub of the Paul Bunyan State Trail, Nisswa offers walkers, runners, bicyclists, inline skaters and snowmobilers a great place to stop to eat, shop or take in a community event. Bike fix-it stations can be found in 2 locations in downtown Nisswa; just outside the Nisswa Chamber Welcome Center and at the MN Department of Natural Resources dedicated trail parking lot. Trail maps and more information about the area can be found at the Nisswa Chamber Welcome Center which is located right along the Paul Bunyan State Trail in downtown Nisswa. Stop in and say hi, it’s always nice to meet a new face. Public restrooms are located at the Welcome Center and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. www.nisswa.com

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Nisswa - Home to Women’s Golf Leagues Golfing at Grand View Lodge is not Elaine Lancaster’s first rodeo, but it is her favorite. The ringleader of a small group of women who regularly enjoy golf, nature and companionship, Lancaster calls the Nisswa resort home because, as she says, “There is no better staff, period.” For Lancaster, there is also no better group of women to play golf with than her Thursday morning group that plays at The Pines at Grand View Lodge. The group, which started five years

ago, has grown from four players to 20, but always welcomes new players. There are, however, a few special rules that Lancaster says are the key to this group’s success. “You don’t have to be able to play,” Lancaster said. “That doesn’t make a difference. We have one woman that has played with us a long time and has been a member at Grand View for a long time, but she’s had two consecutive shoulder injuries and she cannot hit a full ball anymore. She comes out with

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us almost every morning and from 70 yards out she plays. We welcome everybody.” “You just have to know, you can’t bring your rule book if you come and play with us. You have to be willing to play with everybody. We are all equal and we all play with one another willingly and happily.” “If you’re good with those and that’s the kind of golf you want than certainly and obviously join us.” The “no rules” rule applies to everything. Some players keep score. Others don’t bother. Some women play 18 holes, most play nine or as Lancaster says “nine and dine.” “We come in and have lunch together,” Lancaster said. “It’s very seldom that when we sit down someone asks, ‘how was your game?’” “It’s more about what a beautiful day it was or if you had a good time. Of course, it’s nice if you can play well.” Lancaster is a Minnesota transplant from Texas. Many in the group winter in warmer climates, but are excited to return here to their summer homes. www.nisswa.com


“I think what makes our group so unique is that some of these gals have played golf a long time,” Lancaster said. “I’ve played for 28 years and though sometimes not being able to play and whatever, my game certainly isn’t what it used to be. But we have so many diverse backgrounds. In the winter we scatter. We’re in California, Mexico, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, but we still stay in touch and can’t wait until we get back.” “They are very special women. Some have had injuries and they’re just not able to play like they used to so nine holes does them great. It’s no pressure. It’s absolutely no pressure golf. It’s just enjoying these beautiful courses. How could you not? When you can hear the loons and see the eagles, it’s just gorgeous.” For those seeking a more competitive group, Grand View offers a variety of women’s groups and outings. But for Lancaster, there is nothing better than playing with her group. “We are so funny,” Lancaster said. “We’re here for the camaraderie because HOME CARE SERVICES

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we’ve earned the right to be here. We’ve raised our families. We’ve done our jobs. We’ve done the laundry and this is where we want to be.” “I’ve known some of these women for 20 years and I will tell you that every one of these women that I play with here are special in my heart. I call them a friend and I can’t wait to get back and see them.” The group also plays at The Preserve and they do sometimes play on Tuesday, but Thursday mornings at the Pines is usually where you’ll find them. To join the group, just ask one of Lancaster’s favorite staff and they’ll get you connected with her. “Tim (Martin) or Jack (Wawro) or any of the guys can get you into the game,” Lancaster said. “We welcome anybody. We have people who have just learned how to play. In fact, a couple has just started playing and you can kind of not be embarrassed because we’ve all been there. We even have our own cheerleader. We cheer everyone on. We love new players. Again, whatever your skill or lack thereof, we welcome you.” HOSPICE SERVICES

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Places to Golf BREEZY POINT RESORT – Deacon’s Lodge Golf Course (218) 562-6262 or (800) 432-3777 (Press 4) www.breezypointresort.com 9348 Arnold Palmer Drive, Breezy Point 18 Holes, Par 72, 6977 Yards

This Arnold Palmer signature course combines the incomparable beauty of surrounding lakes, woods and wetlands with a nationally acclaimed layout built to exceed your expectations. This par 72 championship course features 18 holes and impeccably maintained bent grass greens, tees and fairways that smoothly flow across 500 acres of forest, wetlands and lakes.

BREEZY POINT RESORT – Traditional Golf Course (218) 562-7166 or (800) 432-3777 (Press 4) www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point 18 Holes, Par 68, 5192 Yards

Patti Berg, Les Bolstad & Walter Hagen are some of the famous names that have golfed Breezy Point’s Traditional Golf Course. This is a “shot maker’s” course that rewards accuracy over power and is enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. The charming pro shop and clubhouse are open daily to meet all of your golfing needs.

Dutch Legacy is the crown jewel of the Lakes Area’s golf courses and was rated 5 stars by the readers of Golf Digest. The brilliant design by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the beauty of an Audubon Signature Sanctuary course and the skillful blend of par 3s, 4s and 5s, makes for a course for all golfing levels.

CRAGUN’S LEGACY COURSES – Reversible 9 Golf Course (218) 825-2789 or (888) 873-0162 www.craguns.com 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd 9 Holes, Par 27, Counter Clockwise: 1365 Yards

This is a unique, reversible par 3 golf course inspired by the classic St. Andrews in Scotland. The Reversible 9’s direction alternates daily and is ideal for novice, family and group play. The Reversible 9 also features the new game of FootGolf that combines the two sports of soccer and golf, a great game for golfers and non-golfers to enjoy.

GRAND VIEW LODGE – The Pines (218) 963-8755 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Explore 27 holes designed as three 9-hole landscapes at this unique championship par 72 course. Five tees at each hole offer flexibility for all skill levels. The Pines’

practice facility features five separate putting greens, a two-sided driving range and a complete short game practice area is available.

GRAND VIEW LODGE – The Preserve (218) 963-8755 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Experience golf and nature in harmony as you make your way through this 18-hole, par 72 championship course. Scenic views from eleven elevated tees offer a spectacular experience of nature’s beauty. Five tees at each hole offer flexibility for all skill levels. Voted WCCO's Best of MN 19th hole!

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE – The Classic at Madden’s (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd 18 Holes, Par 72, 7102 Yards

Designed with walking in mind by course superintendent, Scott Hoffmann, The Classic offers spectacular views, challenging shots and an unforgettable experience for anyone who values traditional “classic” golf. The towering oaks and northern Minnesota beauty provide a natural, tranquil and traditional golf experience that is truly unmatched.

BREEZY POINT RESORT – Whitebirch Golf Course (218) 562-7177 or (800) 432-3777 (Press 4) www.breezypointresort.com 7891 County Road 11, Breezy Point 18 Holes, Par 72, 6709 Yards

Whitebirch features over 6700 yards of lush fairways and huge undulating greens with multiple tee boxes. Add to that, trees, sand and water and you have what many consider the best championship golf value in the area. The pro shop offers the latest trends in men’s and women’s golf apparel, accessories and golf items.

CRAGUN’S LEGACY COURSES – Bobby’s Legacy Golf Course (218) 825-2789 or (888) 873-0162 www.craguns.com 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd 18 holes, Par 73, 6807 Yards

Bobby’s Legacy, a Golf Digest 4 ½ star-rated course, was named after its famed designer, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. This is a “shot-makers” dream, with elevated tees, shorter holes and longer, more traditional par 4s and 5s, along with many split fairways and multiple tees that makes Bobby’s Legacy the ultimate in playability for all.

CRAGUN’S LEGACY COURSES – Dutch Legacy Golf Course (218) 825-2789 or (888) 873-0162 www.craguns.com 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd 18 Holes, Par 72, 6879 Yards

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MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE – Pine Beach East (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd 18 Holes, Par 72, 6154 Yards

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One of Minnesota’s best short game courses, with a par 3 Golf Course and scenic holes from 75-175 yards winding through the great northwoods. Wildwedge has enough distance, sand and water to challenge the more experienced golfer without intimidating the beginners. Fun for the whole family with: Par 3 Golf, Mini Golf, Maze, RV Park, Motel Rooms.

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE – Pine Beach West (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd 18 Holes, Par 67, 5070 Yards

The most unique Brainerd Lakes Area golf course, this par 67 accommodates today’s golfer by being quick to get around and challenging to score. So challenging, you’ll need every club in your bag. Think Pine Beach West doesn’t fit into your trip? Take “The Owner’s challenge”, break par and your round is on them!

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE – The Social 9 (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd 9 Holes, Par 28, 1341 Yards

The Social 9, overlooking Gull Lake, is ideal for a quick nine and is perfect for juniors, beginners and more skilled players to work on short-game skills. This course is great for a warm-up to playing a full 18 on The Classic or a fun way to end the day with your golf group. Its postage stamp greens make it a great place for the accomplished player to practice.

WHITEFISH GOLF CLUB (218) 543-4900 www.whitefishgolf.com 7883 County Road 16, Pequot Lakes 18 Holes, Par 72, 6462 Yards

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The Pine Beach East course, designed by James Dalgleish, a Scottish golf course architect, was established in 1926. The lovingly maintained historic course retains its 1920’s charm but with rebuilt greens, added bunkers and natural fescue grass. Pine Beach East features a 618 yard, par 6 hole – A one-of-akind!

Minnesota’s Scenic Lakes Area is the Whitefish Golf Club, a Golf Digest 4 ½ star rated classic style 18 hole golf course that provides the perfect spot for a relaxing round of golf while taking in the breathtaking scenery.


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If it’s a spectacular variety of food you’re looking for, look no further than Nisswa. Just in downtown alone, you can feast on a burger, bowl of beer cheese soup, a pizza, breakfast, tacos, ice cream, even an excellently prepared steak. Fine cuisine in Nisswa isn’t just about downtown though, there are fabulous restaurants everywhere in the surrounding area. With more than 50 eating establishments to choose from within a 20 mile radius, it would take weeks to experience every single one of them. Choices ranging from “flip-flop, short wearing” casual to “sit down, black tie formal”, will keep even the most experienced foodie satiated. With options you can drive to, boat to, bicycle to and even walk to, you could make your whole vacation in Nisswa about food. Refer to the “Places to Dine” (see pages 75-79) section of this book and you will be amazed at the variety of fabulous venues available for your dining pleasure. If that seems too overwhelming or it’s not enough to satisfy your culinary curiosity, stop by the Nisswa Welcome Center, the friendly staff there will help direct you in finding your happy eating place. www.nisswa.com


Places to Dine A & W has been in downtown Nisswa since 1966. Open seasonally; May through September. It’s time for a Frosty Mug of Real Draft Made Fresh Daily A&W Root Beer and the Classic Root Beer Floats. All American Food: Delicious Burgers, Dogs, Fries, Rings, Wisconsin White Cheddar Cheese Curds and Much more!

Adirondack Coffee (218) 967-0111 www.lovemymug.com 25469 Main Street, Nisswa

Born in 1993 as central Minnesota’s premier espresso bar and gourmet coffee retailer, Adirondack features fresh-roasted coffee and espresso; amazing hand-made pastries, homemade bread and bagels, specialty drinks, treats galore! Enjoy a latte and scone in their courtyard or meet a friend for breakfast in their cozy shop.

American Legion – Nisswa (218) 963-9946 www.nisswalegion.com 25807 Main Street, Nisswa

Nisswa American Legion, the “Get-together Place”, is open to the public serving lunch Monday-Saturday 11:30am-2:30pm. Play Bingo Wednesdays 6:30pm and Sundays 3:30pm, Meat Raffle Fridays 4:30pm and

desserts. Fresh and locally grown food is incorporated with prices that fit every budget.

pull tabs every day! Enjoy Burger Mondays, Coney Dog Tuesdays, Wing Night Thursdays and Friday Night dinners. See you at the “Get-together Place”.

Big Axe Brewing Company (218) 961-2337 www.bigaxebrewing.com 25435 Main Street, Nisswa

Bar Harbor Supper Club (218) 963-2568 www.barharborsupperclub.com 8164 Interlachen Road, Lake Shore

Bar Harbor Supper Club (known as the Granddaddy of Gull Lake) is celebrating their 80th birthday. Whether you’re looking for Prime steaks, fresh seafood or a great burger, Bar Harbor has something for everyone. Dine indoors or on the lakeside patio. Reservations recommended.

Baxter’s Bar & Grill (218) 822-3663 www.arrowwoodbrainerdlodge.com 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter

Located at Arrowwood Lodge in the Brainerd Lakes – Baxter’s Bar & Grill offers northwoods dining at its finest! They serve daily lunch and dinner specials, fresh pasta dishes, salads, hand-tossed pizzas with their own twist, sandwiches and homemade

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Big Axe Brewing Company serves the freshest, finest quality brews, homemade root beer and delicious food. Grab a bite from Big Axe Kitchen, options including burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and daily specials. The dog friendly patio and kid’s menu make Big Axe enjoyable for the entire family. OPEN DAILY, year ‘round. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

BREEZY POINT: * Antlers Restaurant (218) 562-7162 www.breezypointresort.com 7891 County Road 11, Breezy Point

Enjoy Sterling Silver steaks, prime rib, walleye, scallops, large shrimp and more in a causal, upscale setting; or dine on the patio overlooking Antlers Gardens and Whitebirch golf course. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week, May through October with late fall/ winter open hours Wednesday – Saturday for dinner and Sunday for breakfast/brunch.

* Dockside (218) 562-7170 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point

Located in the heart of Breezy Point Resort, Dockside serves family friendly entrees on their lake level patio. After 9pm, Dockside is for adults with live bands 6 nights a week, May-September. There are tributes on the deck; Johnny Cash & Neil Diamond Fridays and Elvis on Saturdays mid-June through Labor Day.

*Marina II Restaurant (218) 562-7161 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point

Marina II is located in the heart of Breezy Point Resort with wonderful water views of Breezy Bay. Breakfast is served 7 days a week year ‘round. Dinner is offered May through September, featuring dry ages steaks, lobster, walleye and lots of other good things.

* Palmer’s Grille at Deacon’s Lodge (218) 562-6270 www.breezypointresort.com 9348 Arnold Palmer Drive, Breezy Point

Open to the public, Palmer’s Grille is located in the Deacons Lodge Club House. Dine indoors or on the patio. Open for lunch and dinner May through midOctober serving appetizers, salads, gourmet burgers, steaks and seafood. Full bar and ice cold taps.

Thurs. 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Mid May - Oct. Nisswa Legion Parking Lot

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A & W Restaurant (218) 963-4361 www.awrestaurants.com 5446 Lakers Lane, Nisswa


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BREEZY POINT Cont: * The Coffee House (218) 562-7179 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point

Located in the heart of Breezy Point Resort, the “Coffee House” features a wide selection of the famous Caribou specialty coffees, homemade cinnamon & caramel rolls plus several flavors of scones, all locally made. The “Coffee House” also has a service counter featuring your favorite flavors of Kemps ice cream. Free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating, open daily throughout the year. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Cowboy’s of Lake Shore (218) 963-6200 www.cowboysoflakeshore.com 8385 Interlachen Road, Lake Shore

Cowboy’s of Lake Shore is your neighborhood restaurant priding itself on providing excellent service and really good casual food. Cowboy’s tries hard - very hard to personally greet you with an open door and a big welcoming smile. Open 7 days a week with breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and food to go, makes Cowboy’s the place to eat. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

CRAGUN’S: * Bear Trap Lounge (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd

* Lodge Dining Room (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd

Enjoy a panoramic view of Gull Lake while dining on Cragun’s sumptuous north-country style breakfast buffets or delicious entrees such as Cragun’s famous oven-roasted prime rib or northwoods pan-fried walleye. Dock your boat right in front of the Dining Room. Cocktail service available. Reservations accepted. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Dairy Queen – Nisswa (218) 963-2163 25312 S. Main Street, Nisswa

Featuring all of the famous Dairy Queen ice cream treats and cakes plus hot dogs, BBQ’s, Bakes Snack Melts and Artisan Sandwiches. Come and enjoy a treat on the patio. Open for the season Spring through early Fall.

Ernie’s on Gull (218) 829-3918 www.erniesongull.com 10424 Squaw Point Road, East Gull Lake

The view of Gull Lake from Ernie’s lakeside deck is nothing short of amazing. Quality food and great service all in a unique lakeside dining atmosphere truly makes Ernie’s on Gull the place to dine in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Open daily at 11 am year ‘round.

Located in the main lodge of Cragun’s, the Bear Trap Lounge offers pizza, sandwiches and appetizers, perfect compliments to the drink of your choice. Watch the game on the big screen TV or enjoy singing along with Karaoke most Friday and Saturday evenings.

Ganley’s Restaurant & Malt Shoppe (218) 963-2993 www.ganleysrestaurant.com 25396 Main Street, Nisswa

Enjoy downtown dining with Ganley’s. Breakfast is served all day with lunch starting at 11 am. Tasty foods include hamburgers, soups, salads, sandwiches and daily specials. Sidewalk dining is available for those beautiful, warm summer days. Open year ‘round, serving malts, ice cream and treats in the summer. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

GRAND VIEW LODGE: * CHAR Craft Steaks (218) 963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Experience classic traditions seared with flavors that sizzle. Committed to excellence, CHAR sources only the finest ingredients. You will find premium craft steaks, local fish and produce. CHAR also features Minnesota beer, spirits and a unique selection of wines. Smoked, seared, roasted or grilled, CHAR lets their craft speak for itself.

* Cru Restaurant & Wine Bar (218) 963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar features a vast cellar of over 2,000 bottles of worldly wines. Cru’s decadent fare uses local and regional flavors. Rich

* Cabana Café (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd

Located by the indoor pool, the Cabana Café is open for breakfast, lunch and light dinners. The Café menu includes coffee drinks, breakfast sandwiches, make your own salads and wraps, burgers and sandwiches and a variety of snack items. Full cocktail service is also available.

* Irma’s Kitchen (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd

Located in the former home of the Hungry Gull Restaurant, all food items are made in house using many of Irma Cragun’s recipes and the freshest local ingredients. The menu will showcase local products and ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner mid-June through September.

* Legacy Bar and Grille (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd

A casual menu served 11am to sunset during the golf season. Dine on the large patio or in air-conditioned indoor comfort overlooking the emerald greens, pond and rolling fairways of the Legacy Golf Courses. Signature walleye sandwich and great happy hour at the Sports Bar.

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décor creates an intimate and relaxing atmosphere, providing the perfect dining experience for any occasion. Open year ‘round.

Your spot for fun, food and sports. Whether you’re just getting off of the course or stopping by to watch a game, Freddy’s has the perfect refreshing beverages and fantastic food for you. The menu features mouthwatering wings, juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches and a full bar. Open seasonally.

* Northwoods Pub (218) 963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Northwoods Pub is a relaxing family-friendly restaurant and pub located on the lower level of the Main Lodge of Grand View. Savor the flavors of Chef-created sandwiches, burgers and house made pizza. Stop in and enjoy a variety of featured local and Minnesota-made craft beers and seasonally scheduled live music. Open year ‘round.

* On the Rocks (218) 963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

On the Rocks features two waterfalls, built-in fire pits and wooden pergolas that create a perfect place to enjoy the variety of appetizers, burgers and sandwiches offered. The stone designed patio bar is the ideal place to relax, sip and dine. Open seasonally, weather permitting.

Iron Waffle Coffee Company (218) 963-6317 www.theironwaffle.com 8785 Interlachen Road, Lake Shore

* The Preserve Pub & Grille (218) 568-4944 www.grandviewlodge.com 5506 Preserve Boulevard, Pequot Lakes

Jake’s City Grille Gull Lake (218) 454-7100 www.jakescitygrille.com 2008 Hill Drive SW, Nisswa

Tanque Verde Cantina is the perfect place to grab a bite, enjoy a cocktail and take in the views of Gull Lake. Offering delicious southwestern flavors including tacos, burritos and salads, you’ll never have to leave the beach. Try the famous Prickly Pear Margarita. Open seasonally.

Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite, a juicy burger or a healthy salad, the Preserve Pub & Grille will satisfy your craving. Named “The Best Golf Course View in Minnesota’, The Preserve Pub & Grille is the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious Meal. Open Seasonally. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Iron Range Eatery (218) 545-5444 www.ironrange.3cheersmn.com 6 West Main St., Crosby

Iron Range is the go-to in the Crosby area with a focus on quality, inventiveness, community and fun! It offers a unique and seasonal menu, partnered with an incredible atmosphere. Iron Range welcomes all Miners, Bikers, Hikers, Locals and Visitors! Indoor and Outdoor Season seating available.

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Voted “Best Breakfast Place” by Best of Brainerd Lakes, the Iron Waffle is a cute, cozy coffee shop just minutes from downtown Nisswa. Featuring all varieties of coffee drinks, specialty sweet liege waffles, an assortment of sweet treats and with indoor and outdoor seating, the Iron Waffle is the place to be!

Jake’s is the perfect place for a family night out or a relaxing evening after a day on the water. The menu includes macadamia crusted pan-fried walleye, herb roasted chicken, great burgers and cowboy ribeye steak. Breakfast is served on the weekends featuring Jake’s famous jumbo caramel rolls.

Lost Lake Lodge (218) 963-2681 www.lostlake.com 7965 Lost Lake Road, Lake Shore

A gorgeous lake side setting that offers fresh, inventive and local cuisine options with a few fun surprises mixed in as well. Come by boat to enjoy patio seating overlooking the Gull Lake Narrows or dine inside one of the two cozy dining rooms. Full bar and banquet areas available. Open year ‘round. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE * 19th Hole (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

Open daily 11am-9pm. Enjoy a beverage, a casual bite to eat or catch your favorite sporting event on TV. During summer, the patio pool deck is perfect for lunch, sunning or watching golfers on Pine Beach East. The 19th Hole is a great gathering spot for a celebratory drink after your round!

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(218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

Casual and family-friendly with enticing food prepared to perfection. A wide and varied menu ranging from abundant sandwiches to wholesome salads to delectable entrees. Overlooking the lush greens of the historic Pine Beach East Golf Course.

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* Lobby Café (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

The Perfect place for breakfast or lunch, conveniently located at the Pine Beach East Golf Course. The Lobby Café specializes in hearty breakfasts, madefrom-scratch soups, delectable salads, sandwiches and burgers. Open 7am-2pm daily.

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*Freddy’s Sports Grill (218) 963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

* Tanque Verde Cantina on the Beach (218) 963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa


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MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE Cont.: * Mission Point at Madden’s (formerly the Dining Room at Madden Lodge) (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

A scenic, comfortable dining experience, sourcing the freshest quality fish and finest cuts of meat to create a delicious, memorable meal. Picturesque 180-degree views of Gull Lake are rivaled only by the superb food quality. Memorial Day to Labor Day beach-side dining is available by boat or car.

* Parfecto Pizza (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

Come by boat or car! Fresh-baked pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, beer and wine. Located in Madden’s Tennis & Croquet Club, ParFecto Pizza is open daily at 5pm-midnight and open for lunch at 11am through Labor Day. Dine indoors, on the deck overlooking the lush greens of the croquet and lawn bowling lawns or take a pizza out on the boat.

* The Classic Grill (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

A warm, inviting setting to enjoy a chef-inspired lunch or dinner, on the scenic deck or by the cozy fireplace. Serving only the finest fresh ingredients, The Classic Grill is a “can’t miss” dining experience in the Brainerd Lakes Area. --------------------------------------------------------------------

Petals & Beans (218) 961-7385 www.petalsbeans.com 24463 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa

Petals & Beans is the premier wedding florist in the Lakes Area. Besides the captivating arrays of fresh-cut flowers, Petals & Beans offers deluxe coffee bar delights, breakfast and soup or chili served daily during the winter months.

Prairie Bay Grill & Catering (218) 824-6444 www.prairiebay.3cheersmn.com 15115 Edgewood Drive, Baxter

Prairie Bay is the Lakes Area’s true local destination restaurant and has proudly served the community for over 14 years. They are known for their culinary creativity as well as a constant supporter of all things local. Fresh – Seasonal Menus – Catering – Banquets – Full Bar

Rafferty’s Pizza of Nisswa (218) 963-3023 www.raffertyspizza.com 25457 Main Street, Nisswa

Featuring awardwinning traditional and artisan pizzas in a family setting. Pizza dough and sauce made daily on the premises, topped with only the freshest ingredients. Cold beer, wine and beverages. Dine in or carry out, outdoor patio setting. Open daily, year ‘round in downtown Nisswa. Call ahead or order online at Raffertyspizza.com.

Main Street Ale House 218-961-6724 www.mainstreetnisswa.com 25559 Main Street Suite 1, Nisswa

Northern Cowboy offers casual dining with great views of North Long Lake. The menu includes homemade appetizers and soups, in-house smoked ribs and chicken, tons of specialty sandwiches, some up north favorites; like Almond crusted Walleye, augratins and a new twist on bread pudding. Available for catering/ banquets. Open daily at 11:00

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Sherwood Forest (218) 963-6261 www.sherwoodforest.3cheersmn.com 8789 Interlachen Road, Lake Shore

Sherwood Forest is your historical destination restaurant tucked between Lake Margaret and Gull Lake. Enjoy a casual atmosphere, unique menus and a full bar with incredible fireplace views. Open year ‘round – Fresh – Local – Seasonal Menus – Deck Dining – Weddings – Banquets.

StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery (218) 961-2326 www.stonehousecoffee.com 25346 South Main Street, Nisswa Imagine the freshest coffees right out of the roaster, delightfully rich, extraordinarily aromatic and alive with flavor. Enjoy the espresso and coffee bar, with some of Minnesota’s most delicious pastries. Share the inviting, comfortable, relaxed atmosphere

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Pequot Lakes SuperValu Deli (218) 568-5001 www.pequotlakessupervalu.com 30581 Patriot Avenue, Pequot Lakes

Enjoy a variety of tasty deli meats, cheeses, homemade sandwiches, Di-Fresco pizzas, rotisserie chicken and more from the Pequot Lakes SuperValu Sibley Lake Deli. Incorporated into the deli is a large, cozy seating area with tables and chairs where you can enjoy lunch or dinner by the big-screen TV and fireplace.

Schaefer’s Foods Deli opens at 7am. Featuring breakfast made to order and a lunch menu with a wide selection of sandwiches, burgers, homemade soups, broasted chicken and BBQ ribs. Also offered is take and bake pizza. Dine in or take out. Pick up your salads, lunch meats and cheeses for your trip to the cabin.

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Main Street Ale House is a family friendly restaurant and pub located in downtown Nisswa. 30 local and regional tap beers, extensive spirits and wine lists, a fresh rotating menu and patio dining makes Main Street Ale House your new favorite in the Lakes Area. Located next to the Post Office in downtown Nisswa.

Northern Cowboy Flame N’ Brew (218) 829-9872 www.thenortherncowboy.com 19090 State Highway 371, Brainerd

Schaefer’s Deli (218) 963-7877 www.schaefersfoods.com 23962 Smiley Road, Nisswa

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with great friends, great conversation, great coffee and the incredible artwork of Samantha French.

Subway of Nisswa is locally owned and operated. Not only do they offer Subway’s famous sandwiches on freshly baked bread, they also offer a wide variety of catering options. There is plenty of seating and parking. Hours vary by season, check website for details.

Sweet Life Bakery 218-568-2199 www.sweetlife218.com 31038 Government Drive, Pequot Lakes

The Woods Restaurant and Bar (218) 829-7507 www.thewoodsmn.com 19624 County Road 3, Brainerd

Eggs for an appetizer, and order anything from burgers, sandwiches, pastas or their delicious steaks! The Woods Stew and Wood’s Cake are a must to try! Delicious Prime Rib every Friday and Saturday nights!

Wendy’s (218) 961-0060 www.wendys.com 4872 County Road 77, Nisswa

At Wendy’s, it’s all about serving up fresh food. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the “Up-North” décor around the grand fireplace. There’s parking for boats/trailers and for the outdoor enthusiast, Wendy’s is right off the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Cool down with a Frosty® or warm up with Wendy’s rich, meaty chili.

Nestled in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area, they have a unique in “The Woods” feel! This one of a kind restaurant has beautiful décor including big trees and log walls. With a full menu, you must try the Scottish

Zorbaz on Gull Lake (218) 963-4790 www.zorbaz.com 8105 Lost Lake Road, Lake Shore

The Lakez Area hot zpot! 46 beerz on tap, bezt margaritaz, frezh homemade pizzaz and great Mexican food. Outdoor patio & deck. Come by car, boat or float plane! Live DJ & Dance party every Friday & Zaturday. Open Monday-Friday 11am-2am, Zaturday & Zunday 10am for Breakfazt Menu & Bloody Mary Bar.

Breweries

Big Axe Brewing Company (218) 961-2337 www.bigaxebrewing.com 25435 Main Street, Nisswa

Big Axe Brewing Company’s taproom provides a fun, relaxing environment. You can enjoy up to 12 different house-made, craft brews. Blonde ales, IPAs, Stouts, root beer and more! Hungry? Grab a Big Axe Burger or bowl of signature, from-scratch beer cheese soup made by Big Axe Kitchen. OPEN DAILY, year ‘round.

Jack Pine Brewery (218) 270-8072 www.jackpinebrewery.com 15593 Edgewood Drive, Baxter Much like the Jack Pine is the first tree to take root after a forest fire, Jack Pine Brewery was the first brewery to launch in the Brainerd Lakes Area since prohibition. Try it on tap locally or stop by the taproom for a beer flight, pint or a growler to go.

Roundhouse Brewery (218) 454-2739 www.roundhousebrew.com 1551 Northern Pacific Road, Brainerd

Roundhouse Brewery crafts superior beers in a uniquely historic setting. Starting with the highest quality ingredients and a passion for the pursuit of an exceptional pint, Roundhouse Brewery aims to brew and distribute unsurpassed beer to the Brainerd Lakes Area and beyond.

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Subway (218) 963-9789 www.subway.com 24400 Smiley Road, Suite 1A, Nisswa

The Sweet Life Bakery is located in beautiful Pequot Lakes. They take the simplicity of baking at home to a grander scale, allowing them to make and bake bigger and better. All of Sweet Life’s products are made with love, from scratch and with only the best ingredients.


Nisswa - The Place to Stay When it comes to choosing a “place to stay” for your family vacation, corporate retreat or romantic weekend getaway, the Brainerd Lakes Area has just the “places to stay”. Within a 30 mile radius of Nisswa you can pick from mom and pop resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts as well as large resorts. Some properties include golf courses, restaurants, water parks, spas and recreational opportunities like boating, skiing and paddle boarding. Looking for the “old fashioned kind of cabin” with basic amenities and beautiful clean lakes? There are many of them in the Nisswa area. With hundreds of lakes within close proximity, choose from “places to stay” on large bodies of water to very small ones. Looking for a big resort? Nisswa has those, too. You can golf in the morning, have a midday lunch or snack, hit the beach for some fun in the sun, eat an amazing dinner and listen to live music without ever leaving the resort. Got the kiddos along for the fun? The Brainerd Lake Area has amazing attractions for all ages. Many of the lodging properties offer organized kid’s activities, with kids clubs and/or 80

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daycare options to give you a break for some alone time. Whether a large resort or a small one; there’s something for everyone at any age. If resorts aren’t your style try one of the local hotels. Some of the finest hotels in the Midwest are right here in the Brainerd Lakes Area, offering indoor and outdoor swimming pools and water parks. Even better, skip the pool and go “jump in the lake”! The area lakes are pristine and well taken care of so enjoy them; whether you’re swimming, boating, fishing or just hanging out.

Nisswa and the Lakes Area isn’t just for summer, either. The majority of the “places to stay” are open year ‘round. Of course, summer is the busiest season, but spring is beautiful when the ice comes off the lake and the wildlife return. Fall is breathtakingly gorgeous with the changing of the leaves and crisp air and winter is remarkable with snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing. PS – the fishing in the Lakes Area is great all year long!

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Places to Stay Open year ‘round for family vacations, fishing, reunions and quiet getaways. Agate Lake Resort is family owned and operated and offers a peaceful, clean and well maintained resort with fun activities for children and many free amenities like paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and much more. Situated just west of Gull Lake and close to the best golfing, restaurants and shopping in the Lakes Area. A great place to make memories and a family tradition!

AmericInn Lodge & Suites – Pequot Lakes Highway 371 & County Road 16 Pequot Lakes MN 56472 (218) 568-8400 or (888) 568-8400 www.upnorthlodge.com

AmericInn is centrally located in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota’s premier four-season recreational region. Located on the Paul Bunyan State Trail system and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway it provides you with access to hundreds of miles of trails for biking, hiking or snowmobiling. Five minutes from the Whitefish Chain of Lakes with nearby great shopping and restaurants and next to Wildwedge Par 3 golf and Mini Golf. Meeting room on site.

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes 6967 Lake Forest Road Baxter, MN 56425 (218) 822-5634 www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com

Boyd Lodge 36539 Silver Peak Road Crosslake, MN 56442 (218) 543-4125 or (800) 450-2693 www.boydlodge.com

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes offers 102 spacious rooms and suites - so large they feel like cabins. The whole family will enjoy the indoor ‘’Paul Bunyan Water Park’’ and 2,400 square foot video arcade room. On site is Baxter’s Bar & Grill, the place to dine and relax with your favorite beverage. And with 7,500 square feet of flexible meeting/ banquet space Arrowwood Lodge is the perfect spot for your next meeting, conference, special event or wedding reception.

Birch Bay RV Resort 1497 Sandy Point Road SW Drive SW Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-4488 www.birchbayrvresort.net

Tucked away in Nisswa, Birch Bay RV Resort is your gateway to the Lakes Area. Birch Bay is located on Agate Lake just south west of Nisswa and offers 9 lakefront cabins and 6 quaint inn rooms. The cabins are simple, clean and well equipped. Birch Bay is home to MN’s newest RV park. The park offers seasonal and nightly sites. No matter the getaway you seek, Birch Bay is perfect for your family.

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Since 1934 Boyd Lodge has helped families create lasting vacation memories. Come relax in either the Loft Style Cabins with wood burning fireplaces or the new Cottages with screened-in porches. Located on the beautiful Whitefish Chain of Lakes, Boyd Lodge is your four-season destination offering something for everyone; planned summer activities, amazing sugar sand beach, miles of on-site hiking and cross country skiing trails and the best sunsets you will find anywhere.

Breezy Point Resort 9252 Breezy Point Drive Breezy Point MN 56472 (218) 562-7811 or (800) 432-3777 www.breezypointresort.com

You’ll find accommodations including hotel, condos, vacation homes and unique retreats with 4 to 11 bedrooms. Breezy Point Resort’s 5 restaurants feature dry aged steaks, seafood, family friendly pizzas and basket food. Enjoy live entertainment 6 nights a week May through September in the Dockside Lounge with outdoor tributes to Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond Fridays and Elvis Saturday and Sunday evenings. Golfers can enjoy 54 holes of golf including Arnold Palmer’s signature Deacon’s Lodge.

Clamshell Beach – Cottages on Whitefish 35197 S. Clamshell Dr Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 (888) 252-6743 www.clamshellbeach.com

Rated “Best of MN” by the Star Tribune, this small resort has big resort amenities including two heated swimming pools, great sandy beach, full service lodge and adjoins the championship Whitefish Golf Course. All cabins have central A/C, washer/dryers, dishwashers, fireplaces and much, much more! Open year ‘round. Maintenance Free ownership available – come take a tour – Free.

Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake 11000 Craguns Drive Brainerd MN 56401 (218) 825-2700 or (888) 873-0162 www.craguns.com

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Cragun’s has a rich tradition of hospitality since 1940. Located on the spectacular shore of Gull Lake, Cragun’s offers more four-season lodging and recreational choices than any MN resort. It’s simply the best value in MN. Every unit overlooks Gull Lake with a balcony or patio. The world class Legacy Courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., were named the ‘’Midwest’s #1 Course’’ and ‘’Best Courses in the State’’ by Golf Digest.

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Agate Lake Resort 9326 Agate Lake Road Lake Shore MN 56468 (218) 963-2224 www.agatelakeresort.com


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Eagles Nest Resort 5108 Poplar Avenue Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2336 or (800) 922-0440 www.eaglesnestnisswa.com

Eagle’s Nest Resort’s spacious housekeeping cabins with screened porches are nestled among the pines on Lower Cullen Lake and offer a relaxing fun filled vacation for the entire family. Enjoy the clear, shallow and sandy beachfront or spend the day on the lake fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding or canoeing. Relax while the kids play on the two acre playground or walk the Paul Bunyan State Trail to Nisswa for a little shopping. Unplug and relax.

Fritz’s Resort & Campground 26483 Highway 371, PO Box 803 Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 568-8988 www.fritzsresort.com

Enjoy modern housekeeping cabins with A/C, cable TV, Wi-Fi, picnic tables, fire pit and deck or screened porch to enjoy the beautiful Lake Edna sunsets. With a sandy beach and crystal-clear lake, the swimming and fishing are perfect. Rent a paddleboat, paddleboard, fishing boat or pontoon for water fun and enjoy basketball, tennis, volleyball, playground or rec hall for additional family entertainment. Located 1 mile north of downtown Nisswa across from the Paul Bunyan State Trail.

Galles Upper Cullen Resort and Campground PO Box 72 Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2249 or (888) 872-8553 www.uppercullen.com

championship golf, a par 3 course, a world-class spa, full event and wedding facilities and activities galore – it’s hard NOT to find a reason to come to Minnesota’s Most Awarded Resort!

Gull Four Seasons Resort 4132 St. Columbo Road Brainerd MN 56401 (218) 963-7969 or (800) 964-4855 www.mnresortcabins.com

New Cabins! Enjoy an affordable vacation/fishing trip on beautiful Gull Lake at Gull Four Seasons where huge off-season savings and specials are offered! All condos/ chalets have central A/C, dishwashers and fireplaces, the traditional cabins include kitchens and A/C, gas grills at all units. There is a playground, indoor/outdoor pools, kiddie pool, whirlpool, game room, swimming beach, tennis, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, fishing boats/ motors, pontoons, boat lifts, laundromat and new reunion facility! See you at the lake!

Gull Lake Resort 1304 Gull Lake Lane East Gull Lake MN 56401 (218) 829-1344 www.gulllake.com

Gull Lake Resort is a central point for lakeside fun and acres of wooded Minnesota beauty. The 53 acres at Gull Lake Resort include 3,000 feet of glorious lakeshore; the rest is natural woodland with plenty of room to roam. There are 23 housekeeping units that are beautifully done and have perfect elevation to

the lake. The resort offers a designated swimming beach, boat rentals and nearly two dozen golf courses in the immediate area.

Hidden Paradise Resort 20621 Hidden Paradise Road Brainerd MN 56401 (218) 963-3180 www.hiddenparadiseresort.com

On beautiful North Long Lake, Hidden Paradise invites you to enjoy the seasons. Spring is time to reel-in walleye, northern pike, bass, sunnies and crappies. Summer is when North Long Lake beckons you to fish, water ski, float or sunbathe on the shallow shore. Fall is “golden” with color and more fishing. Just minutes from the Paul Bunyan State Trail, downtown Nisswa and great golfing opportunities, this is the place to be.

Hideaway Resort on Upper Hay Lake 34088 N. Oak Drive, Pequot Lakes MN 56472 (218) 568-4249 www.hideaway-resort.com

You are invited to enjoy Upper Hay Lake, known as the headwaters of the Whitefish Chain. Bring back a tradition of family vacations with magical moments…and renew your childhood memories while you enjoy the sunrise views from the brand new deluxe lakeshore cabins. Open year ‘round with fully furnished cabins (just bring your own towels). Hideaway Resort is located near the Paul Bunyan State Trail and is close to great shopping, dining and family fun.

Galles Upper Cullen Resort features modern, familystyle lodging with 12 non-smoking, air conditioned, housekeeping cabins near the Paul Bunyan State Trail and on a secluded “Golden Pond” lake. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, cabin-side parking and 35 wooded acres with nature trails, playgrounds, swimming area and weekly hay wagon rides in the summer. Enjoy the activities, the cry of a loon, a golden sunset or just relax. 3 & 4 bedroom air conditioned “lake homes” also available.

Good Ol’ Days Family Resort 26050 Oak Lane, PO Box 358 Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2478 or (800) 227-4501 www.goodoldaysresort.com

Good ‘Ol Days Family Resort – where memories of a lifetime are made – is located 6 blocks from downtown Nisswa on Lower Cullen Lake and on the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Over 300 holes of golf and dozens of restaurants are just minutes away. This 4-season family resort features 12 new housekeeping cottages and 8 lodge rooms overlooking beautiful Lower Cullen Lake. All units are lake level, tree-shaded and on the lake front.

Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa 23521 Nokomis Avenue Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2234 or (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com

The historic Grand View Lodge has been providing guests with memorable vacations since 1916. With deluxe accommodations, eight  dining venues, 45 holes of

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Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort 1685 Kavanaugh Drive East Gull Lake, MN 56401 (218) 829-5226 or (800) 562-7061 www.kavanaughs.com

Lost Lake Lodge & Restaurant 7965 Lost Lake Road Lake Shore MN 56468 (218) 963-2681 or (800) 450-2681 www.lostlake.com

Discover the hidden gem of the Brainerd Lakes Area on the Gull Lake Narrows with award winning cuisine, private beach, hiking trails, boat rentals and guest docking. This boutique resort offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cabins, new 2, 3 and 4 bedroom cottages with upscale furnishings/appliances and an optional, value priced, all-inclusive dining package. With privacy and seclusion, this enclave in the woods is minutes from nearby golf courses and has the finest on-property restaurant in the area.

Lykins Pinehurst Resort is located on Gull Lake. The fishing is great and the swimming and dock areas are well-suited for water activities. You can build incredible sand castles on the beach and see the most breath-taking sunrises. The deluxe housekeeping cabins offer a choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms and include a living/dining area, kitchen and bathroom with shower. Each unit is spacious and sparkling clean. Come start making vacation memories at Lykins Pinehurst Resort.

Madden’s on Gull Lake 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula Brainerd MN 56401 (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com

Madden’s is Minnesota’s premier resort destination for families, reunions, couples, retreats and golf outings. You’ll find upscale lodging, 63 holes of golf and award-winning restaurants, lakeside spa, kid’s program, 3 beaches and a wide variety of recreational offerings. Family owned and operated for 89 years, gracious service, genuine hospitality and FUN is Madden’s mission and passion.

on North Long Lake

Your Complete Vacation destination

Fabulous fishing full of beautiful sunrises & sunsets, excellent biking adventures and family memories in the making · 2 bedroom 2 bath villas with fireplaces · Grand Lodge can sleep up to 20 · 3 bedroom condos with fireplaces · 2&3 bedroom cabins feet from lake

Mini Resort on the Whitefish Chain 11711 Milinda Shores Road Crosslake MN 56442 (763) 422-4109 www.whitefishvacations.com

Whitefish Vacations Mini-Resort is a lake-front property located on Rush Lake, a part of the Whitefish Chain in the Brainerd Lakes Area. There is a main house and a guest house with accommodations for up to 16 people and an in-ground pool. Convenient location with shopping, golfing , fishing and much more nearby! Enjoy a relaxing getaway in beautiful northern Minnesota at Whitefish Vacations Mini-Resort.

Minnewawa Lodge 24621 S. Clark Lake Road Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2444 www.facebook.com/minnewawalodge

Nisswa Motel 5370 Merril Avenue Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-7611 or (800) 254-7612 www.nisswamotel.com

Paul Bunyan Trail

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The Magnuson Hotel is located on State Highway 371 just minutes from Grand View Lodge, Gull Lake, the Paul Bunyan State Trail, lake accesses, golfing and downtown Nisswa shopping. The rooms were remodeled in 2014 and amenities include Wi-Fi, breakfast, hot tub, sauna and indoor pool. Pets are accepted in designated rooms. The pool is open to the public for a small fee.

The family owned historic Minnewawa Lodge, located on the beautiful shores of Clark Lake in Nisswa, MN, is a seasonal resort, a year ‘round event center and the home of the legendary MN Hockey Camps. With 1300 feet of lakeshore nestled on 13 acres of towering pines, the majestic Minnewawa Lodge is the perfect setting for memorable large group events, family reunions, weddings and team building retreats.   Contact them now to plan your special event.

Your Family Fun Resort

21489 Train Bell Road · Merrifield, MN 56465 Brainerd Lake Area For reservations: 1-800-252-2102 · Phone: 218-829-4941

Magnuson Hotel & Suites Nisswa 24186 Smiley Road Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-3500 www.magnusonhotels.com

The Nisswa Motel is located one block from the shops and restaurants of downtown Nisswa. The Paul Bunyan State Trail for biking, walking and snowmobiling is also just one block away. The Nisswa motel has 17 clean, comfortable units with a variety of room sizes, prices and bed configurations. Stay at the Nisswa Motel and you will see that it is one of the best lodging values in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

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It’s time to enjoy a True Minnesota Resort Experience at Ka v a n a u g h ’s Resort. Family owned and operated since 1969 and celebrating their 50th year of welcoming guests to the Lakes Area. Enjoy extraordinary lodging, perfectly kept grounds, abundant amenities and crystal-clear Sylvan Lake for the perfect vacation getaway in any season! They look forward to seeing you at Kavanaugh’s, because building memories is what they do.

Lykins Pinehurst Resort 1414 Pinehurst Lane Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2485 www.pinehurstongull.com


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Oliver Acreage, The 7396 45th Avenue SW Pequot Lakes MN 56472 (218) 568-8560 www.theoliveracreage.com

The Oliver Acreage is located on 88 acres of wooded and meadowland 14 miles west of Highway 371 between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. This four season facility offers two different lodging options. The Barn Lodge features three bedrooms, two full baths, a full kitchen/dining area and an event room. The Farmhouse B&B features two queen bedrooms with private full baths and an optional third full sized bedroom.

Point Narrows Resort 991 Point Narrows Road Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 568-5552 www.pointnarrowsresort.com

Point Narrows Resort, located on Upper Gull Lake and close to the Paul Bunyan State Trail, great golf courses, fine dining, shopping, water slides, miniature golf and go carts, offers completely furnished housekeeping cabins with full kitchens, air conditioning and wood decks or screened porches. On site there is even a beautiful ₈⁄₁₀ mile walk through the woods around the resort where you will see deer and other wildlife, so take your camera along on your walk!

Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake 9820 Birch Bay Drive SW Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2482 or (800) 950-5596 www.quarterdeckresort.com

Quarterdeck Resort is a four-season boutique resort featuring all new Cottages and Beach Houses, and Lakeside Lodge Suites. Situated on the west shore of Gull Lake, the resort features 27 acres with nearly 850 feet of sandy beach. Resort amenities include a Beautiful Restaurant in the lower level, Boathouse Event Center, Boat Docks, self-serve Marina Fuel 24 hours a day, Boat Ramp, Pontoon Rental and gift shop in the new lobby.

the shore of Gull Lake. Comfortably modern with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and charming, personal touches. Unique nature preserve to explore by boat, kayak, canoe or pontoon, all available.

Sandy Beach Resort 1314 Sandy Point Road SW Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-4458 www.sandybeachresort.net

Situated on the west side of Gull Lake, Sandy Beach Resort offers a peaceful surrounding ideal for families. Sandy Beach is centrally located offering a wide variety of local shopping, entertainment and dining. Nearly all the cottages are on the lake shore and the beach is always available to every guest. With gull Lake’s northern pike and largemouth bass fishing grounds nearby, the fishing is excellent including great walleye fishing spring and fall and pan fishing year ‘round.

Sebago Resort 21735 Briarwood Lane Nisswa, MN 56468 (913) 961-7497 www.sebagoresort.wixsite.com/ sebagoresort

Looking for a vacation getaway that reminds you of simpler times? Sebago on the north side of Round Lake is just that place. Connected to Gull Lake with outstanding fishing, it is an ideal location near golf courses, dining and shopping. The six housekeeping cabins are quaint, simple and reasonably priced. A hidden treasure in the Lakes Area, Sebago Resort has been a “Time and a Place” for families and vacationers since 1926.

The Woods Hotel 19624 County Road 3 Brainerd, MN 56401 (218) 829-7507 www.thewoodsmn.com

The Woods Hotel is quaint, newly renovated and just minutes from shopping in Nisswa and Brainerd, the Paul Bunyan State Trail, area lakes, golf courses and BIR racetrack. 12 up north woodsy rooms are perfect for a quiet, convenient stay. Connecting to the hotel is a junior two bedroom suite with a kitchenette, fireplace, living room and jacuzzi. Dine next door at The Woods Restaurant. The Woods Banquet and Convention Center is the ideal convention, banquet and meeting center.

Towering Pines Resort 35172 S. Clamshell Drive Pequot Lakes MN 56472 (218) 543-4738 www.toweringpines.com

Settled in among mature pine trees and the 14 lakes of the Whitefish Chain, you will find the “Up North” decorated cabins clean and comfortable. The many amenities include paddleboards, kayaks, Fun Bugs, paddleboats, mini-golf, basketball, wooded trails, giant outdoor games, arcade and much more. Mid-June through mid-August includes a variety of family-type structured weekday activities. Coin-operated laundry, ice cream/treats shop and bait available on site!

Rodeway Inn Hotel 2684 Highway 371 Pine River MN 56474 (218) 587-4499 www.rodewayinn.com

Conveniently located on Highway 371, next to Houston Ford car dealer in Pine River, the Roadway Inn offers convenient access to the Paul Bunyan State Trail, great dining and easy access to Nisswa shopping, Breezy Point, Leech Lake, Northern Lights Casino and Walker. Amenities include continental breakfast, guest laundry, Free HBO and Wi-Fi. Ask about the pet-friendly rooms. All the rooms are clean, comfortable and quiet. Rodeway Inn, a Choice Hotel.

Samara Point Resort on Gull Lake 1026 Birchwood Hills Trail Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2615 www.samarapoint.com

RECAPTURE SIMPLE PLEASURES...a comfy chair on the porch of a lakeside cottage...lazy days and star-filled nights reconnecting...dockside fishing...celebrating sunset from a waterside swing. Generations enjoy Samara’s classic, lake-level housekeeping cabins with wood-burning fireplaces and screened porches, each right on

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Train Bell Resort 21489 Train Bell Road, PO Box 100 Merrifield MN 56465 (218) 829-4941 or (800) 252-2102 www.trainbellresort.com

Clean, comfortable, reasonable

The Brainerd Lakes Area, Brainerd Hotels and Baxter Hotels offer a unique blend of up north ambiance, Minnesota hospitality and outstanding fun that you and your family will return to time and again! Representing the hotels, water parks and the Lum Park RV Park, Visit Brainerd’s lodging gives you all the amenities you deserve and centralized access to the entire Brainerd Lakes Area.

Wilderness Point Resort 6316 Wilderness Road Pequot Lakes MN 56472 (218) 568-5642 or (800) 231-4050 www.wildernesspointresort.com

Wilderness Point Resort with 2,650 feet of shoreline, including a sandy beach and over 30 wooded acres on Middle Cullen Lake, offers both secluded rustic cabins and newly constructed 3-5 bedroom villas and twin homes for rent and for sale with whole or quarter ownership available. Wilderness has a clubhouse with an indoor pool, fitness center, spa, sauna and game room. Wilderness Resort’s new townhomes and the clubhouse are open year ‘round for your enjoyment.t.

Wildwedge Golf & RV Park 32792 Paul Bunyan Trail Drive Pequot Lakes MN 56472 (218) 568-5000 www.wildwedge.com

• Right in downtown Nisswa! • Walking distance to shops and trails! • Get on the trail right from your door!

A perfect place to play and relax!

17 units • free wi-fi • cable tv • in-room fridge, microwave and coffee pot in-front parking • secure bike storage • direct trail access • boat and trailer parking

Wildwedge RV Park and Lodge has large shady sites with full hookups. A 2-bedroom suite and a motel room are also available for rent above the lodge if you don’t have an RV. Nightly, weekly or seasonal. Pullthrough or golf course sites. Wildwedge is perfect for the whole family and all ages as it has a par 3 golf course, driving range, a mini golf voted best in the state and a 10,000 square foot wooden maze.

800.254.7612 or 218.963.7611

info@nisswamotel.com • nisswamotel.com • 5370 Merrill Ave., PO Box 291, Nisswa MN 56468

Swimming Pool Hot Tub and Sauna Free Breakfast Newly Remodeled

Flat Screen TV’s Upgraded Suites Special package rates for school sports groups

CLOSE TO PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL AND NISSWA SHOPPING 24186 North Smiley Road, Hwy 371 and County Road 13 Nisswa, MN 56468

1-218-963-3500 www.magnusonhotels.com/magnuson-hotel-suites-nisswa • Continental Breakfast • Free HBO/Wi-Fi • Fridge/Microwave • Just across the street to the Paul Bunyan Trail • Pet Friendly Rooms Available • Easy in/out for Trucks & RVs • Hot Pizza & Snack available at the Front Desk

Clean Comfortable Quiet

HWY 371, PINE RIVER | next to Kimber Creek across from the to Paul Bunyan Trail 218.587.4499 • 800.450.4499 | Reservations: www.rodewayinn.com/hotel/mn078

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Train Bell Resort is a spectacular family resort on beautiful North Long Lake, located right on the Paul Bunyan State Trail. 19 units include LakeShore Cabins, LakeSide Condos, Villas with A/C and fireplaces and the Grand Lodge for groups. Guests enjoy paddleboards/boats, kayaks, bikes and boat/pontoon rentals. You’ll love the sandy beach, land and sea activities, water/sand volleyball, three playgrounds, train rides, movie theatre, rec-center and more. THERE IS NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT TRAIN BELL – Come see!

Visit Brainerd 14084 Baxter Drive Suite 12 Baxter MN 56425 (218) 825-0410 or (800) 450-7247 www.visitbrainerd.com


Birch Bay RV Resort 1497 Sandy Point Road SW, Nisswa MN 56468 218-963-4488 • www.birchbayrvresort.net

Boyd Lodge 36539 Silver Peak Road, Crosslake, MN 56442 218-543-4125 or 800-450-2693 • www.boylodge.com

Breezy Point Resort 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point MN 56472 218-562-7811 or 800-432-3777 • www.breezypointresort.com

Clamshell Beach – Cottages on Whitefish 35197 S. Clamshell Drive, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 888-252-6743 www.clamshellbeach.com

Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd MN 56401 218-825-2700 or 888-873-0162 • www.craguns.com

Eagles Nest Resort 5108 Poplar Avenue, Nisswa MN 56468 218-963-2336 • 800-922-0440 • www.eaglesnestnisswa.com

Fritz’s Resort & Campground 26483 Highway 371, PO Box 803, Nisswa, MN 56468 218-568-8988 • www.fritzsresort.com

Galles Upper Cullen Resort and Campground 28317 Upper Cullen Road, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 • PO Box 72, Nisswa MN 56468 218-963-2249 or 888-872-8553 • www.uppercullen.com

Good Ol’ Days Family Resort 26050 Oak Lane, Nisswa, PO Box 358, Nisswa, MN 56468 218-963-2478 or 800-227-4501 • www.goodoldaysresort.com

Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468 218-963-2234 or 866-801-2951 • www.grandviewlodge.com

Gull Four Seasons Resort 4132 St Columbo Road, Brainerd, MN 56401 218-963-7969 or 800-964-4855 • www.mnresortcabins.com

Gull Lake Resort 1304 Gull Lake Lane, East Gull Lake, MN 56468 218-829-1344 • www.gulllake.com

Hidden Paradise Resort 20621 Hidden Paradise Road, Brainerd, MN 56401 218-963-3180 • www.hiddenparadiseresort.com

Hideaway Resort on Upper Hay Lake 34088 North Oak Drive, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 218-568-4249 • www.hideaway-resort.com

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Whirlpool (W), Sauna (S)

(Indoor, Outdoor) Pool

Handicapped Accessible

83

5

Boat/Motor Rental

5

Restaurant On-Site

52

Swimming Beach

12

Internet Access

22

Fireplace

70

Air Conditioning

5

TV in Units

Nightly Camp Sites

9326 Agate Lake Road, Lake Shore, MN 56468 218-963-2224 • www.agatelakeresort.com

Seasonal Camps Sites

Agate Lake Resort

Open Year ‘Round

Resorts Campgrounds RVs

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18

W

24

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W/S

250

I/O

W/S

13

O

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I/O

W/S

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20

340

I/O

W/S

32

I/O

W

23

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Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort 1685 Kavanaugh Drive, East Gull Lake, MN 56401 218-829-5226 or 800-562-7061 • www.kavanaughs.com

Lost Lake Lodge & Restaurant 7965 Lost Lake Road, Lake Shore, MN 56468 218-963-2681 or 800-450-2681 • www.lostlake.com

Lykins Pinehurst Resort 1414 Pinehurst Lane, Nisswa, MN 56468 218-963-2485 • www.pinehurstongull.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401 218-829-2811 or 800-642-5363 • www.maddens.com

Minnewawa Lodge 24621 S. Clark Lake Road, Nisswa, MN 56468 218-963-2444 • www.facebook.com/minnewawalodge

Point Narrows Resort 991 Point Narrows Road, Lake Shore, MN 56468 218-568-5552 • www.pointnarrowsresort.com

Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake 9820 Birch Bay Drive SW, Nisswa MN 56468 218-963-2482 or 800-950-5596 • www.quarterdeckresort.com

Samara Point Resort on Gull Lake 1026 Birchwood Hills Trail, Nisswa, MN 56468 218-963-2615 • www.samarapoint.com

Sandy Beach Resort 1314 Sandy Point Road SW, Lake Shore, MN 56468 218-963-4458 • wwwsandybeachresort.net

Sebago 21735 Briarwood Lane, Nisswa, MN 56468 913-961-7497 • www.sebagoresort.wixsite.com/sebagoresort

Towering Pines 35172 S. Clamshell Drive, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 218-543-4738 • www.toweringpines.com

Train Bell Resort 21489 Train Bell Road, PO Box 100, Merrifield MN 56465 218-829-4941 • 800-252-2102 • www.trainbellresort.com

Wilderness Point Resort 6316 Wilderness Road, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 218-568-5642 or 800-231-4050 • www.wildernesspointresort.com

Wildwedge Golf & RV Park 32792 Paul Bunyan Trail Drive, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 218-568-6995 • www.wildwedge.com

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Seasonal Camps Sites

Boat/Motor Rental

Pets Allowed (Call for details)

Restaurant On-Site

Swimming Beach

Whirlpool (W), Sauna (S)

Internet Access

(Indoor, Outdoor) Pool

Fireplace

Air Conditioning

Handicapped Accessible

TV in Units

Open Year ‘Round

LODGING

Resorts Campgrounds RVs

Number of Units

LODGING

I/O

14

7

280

I/O

W/S

20

11

10

30

W

8

31

6

19

19

37

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Internet Access

Pets Allowed (Call for details)

Breakfast

In-Room Jacuzzi

Whirlpool (W), Sauna (S)

On a Lake

(Indoor, Outdoor) Pool

Fireplace

Air Conditioning

Suites

Handicapped Accessible

Open Year ‘Round

Bed & Breakfast Hotels Private Rentals

Number of Rooms

LODGING

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BED & BREAKFAST The Oliver Acreage 7396 45th Avenue, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 218-568-8560 • www.theoliveracreage.com

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HOTELS AmericInn Lodge & Suites - Pequot Lakes Highway 371 & County Road 16, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 218-568-8400 or 888-568-8400 • www.upnorthlodge.com

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W/S

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter, MN 56425 218-822-5634 • www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com

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W

Magnuson Hotel and Suites Nisswa 24186 Smiley Road, Nisswa, MN 56468 218-963-3500 • www.magnusonhotels.com

43

W/S

Nisswa Motel 5370 Merrill Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468 218-963-7611 or 800-254-7612 • www.nisswamotel.com

17

Rodeway Inn Hotel 2684 Highway 371 SW, Pine River, MN 56474 218-587-4499 • www.rodewayinn.com

30

W/S

The Woods Hotel 19624 County Road 3, Brainerd, MN 56401 218-829-7507 • www.thewoodsmn.com

13

PRIVATE RENTALS Mini Resort on the Whitefish Chain 11711 Milinda Shores Road, Crosslake, MN 56442 763-422-4109 • www.whitefishvacations.com

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Nisswa Chamber of Commerce

ACCOUNTANTS B Johnson & Assoc., Ltd.....................................................................................(218) 963-3424 brainerdcpa.com CliftonLarsonAllen LLP....................................................................................... (218) 828-0100 claconnect.com Crust CPA, LLC....................................................................................................(218) 825-9299 crustcpa.com Justin Clasen & Company, Ltd..........................................................................(218) 961-3002 lakesareacpas.com ADVERTISING/SPECIALTIES Arrow Mapping................................................................................................. (218) 270-3778 arrowmapping.com Competition Sports............................................................................................ (218) 330-4574 GLS Promotions..................................................................................................(218) 824-7766 glspromotions.com

Water Wars........................................................................................................(218) 831-4390 AUTOMOBILE SALES Mills Automotive Group.................................................................................. (866) 455-7638 millsauto.com AUTOMOTIVE BODY SHOP MK AutoBody Inc. (see ad page 53)................................................................... (218) 963-2991 AUTOMOTIVE DETAILING Fast Trax Auto and Storage..............................................................................(612) 750-5687 fasttraxauto.net AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR Nisswa Automotive............................................................................................(218) 963-2202 nisswaauto.com BAKERY

PB Promotions, a Vernon Company.................................................................(218) 393-3310 pambraland.vernonpromotions.com

Cub Foods - Baxter............................................................................................(218) 828-4601 cub.com

APPLIANCES

Cub Foods - Brainerd......................................................................................... (218) 828-1816 cub.com

Schroeders Appliance Center (see ad page 65).................................................(218) 829-3624 schroedersappliance.com ARCHITECTS/ENGINEERS Nor-Son, Inc........................................................................................................(218) 828-1722 nor-son.com Structures International......................................................................................(218) 963-3401 sinisswa.com Widseth Smith Nolting........................................................................................(218) 829-5117 wsn.us.com ART GALLERIES/ARTISTS Carole E Glass...................................................................................................(218) 829-4324 caroleeliseuson.com Kevin Matthews Pottery/Glaze 2 Amaze......................................................(218) 232-4982 kmpottery.com Lakes Area Artists.............................................................................................. (612) 986-5396

Schaefer’s Foods (see ad page 100)....................................................................(218) 963-2265 schaefersfoods.com Sweet Life Bakery.............................................................................................. (218) 568-2199 sweetlife218.com Wildflower Chocolate....................................................................................... (218) 851-8828 wildflowerchocolatemn.com BEAUTY/BARBER/SPA Belle Cheveux Salon & Spa (see ad page 56)................................................... (218) 961-0095 bellecheveuxnisswa.com GLOW, LLC......................................................................................................... (218) 851-0525 glowbystacie.com John’s Barbershop at Schaefer’s......................................................................(218) 568-4425 Meraki Hair Studio............................................................................................(218) 961-2080 merakihairstudio.mysalononline.com

ATTRACTIONS/ENTERTAINMENT Brainerd Zip Line Tour (see ad page 31)................................................................. (218) 656-1111 zipbrainerd.com

Moxy Hair Studio............................................................................................... (218) 961-1015 moxyhairstudionisswa.com

Mount Ski Gull (see ad page 31)...........................................................................(218) 963-4353 mountskigull.com

Therapeutic Touch & Spa...................................................................................(218) 316-1590 therapeutictouchmn.com

Northland Kart Kountry (see ad page 71)............................................................(218) 454-1602 northlandkartkountry.com Paul Bunyan Land.............................................................................................. (218) 764-2524 paulbunyanland.com Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf...........................................................................(218) 828-9002 piratescove.net Safari North Wildlife Park (see ad page 98).......................................................(218) 454-1662 safarinorth.com The Great Lakes Escape....................................................................................(218) 454-2865 thegreatlakesescape.com

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Salon 77............................................................................................................. (218) 831-3562 salon77llc.com

BED & BREAKFAST The Oliver Acreage.......................................................................................... (218) 568-8560 theoliveracreage.com BERRY FARMS Jake and Scout’s Excellent Berry Farm, LLC......................................................(218) 821-1145 jakeandscoutsberryfarm.com Wallin Berry Farms LLC.....................................................................................(218) 963-7456 wallinberryfarm.net

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Life Cycle (see ad page 24)...................................................................................(218) 963-0699 ridelifecycle.com BOAT CRUISES Breezy Point Resort - Breezy Belle (see ad page 50-51)......................................(218) 562-7164 breezybelle.com Destiny Cruises..................................................................................................(855) 953-3784 destinycruisesllc.com BOAT RESTORATION Harbor Classics Boat Repair and Restoration LLC (see ad page 48)................ (218) 831-0136 BOAT SALES Bertha Boatworks (see ad page 43)......................................................................(218) 543-4100 berthaboatworks.com Minnesota Inboard Water Sports (see ad page 9)............................................ (218) 822-4401 mninboard.com Nisswa Marine (see ad page 33)......................................................................... (218) 963-2292 nisswamarine.com Power Lodge......................................................................................................(218) 822-3500 powerlodge.com BOAT STORAGE Fast Trax Auto and Storage..............................................................................(612) 750-5687 fasttraxauto.net Nisswa Marine (see ad page 33)......................................................................... (218) 963-2292 nisswamarine.com Northern Shores LLC..........................................................................................(218) 963-0477 BOAT/PONTOON/JET SKI RENTALS Bertha Boatworks (see ad page 43)......................................................................(218) 543-4100 berthaboatworks.com Boats and Beyond Rentals, Inc. (see ad page 43)..............................................(218) 963-7700 boatsandbeyondrentals.com Dave’s Sportland Rental (see ad page 42).......................................................... (218) 963-2401 davessportland.com LAKE FUN RENTALS (see ad page 43)............................................................... (218) 961-0000 brainerdboatrentals.com Your Boat Club................................................................................................... (218) 963-1010 yourboatclub.com BREWERIES Big Axe Brewing Company (see ad page 44).....................................................(218) 961-2337 bigaxebrewing.com Jack Pine Brewery (see ad page 79).....................................................................(218) 270-8072 jackpinebrewery.com Roundhouse Brewery........................................................................................ (218) 454-2739 roundhousebrew.com CAMPGROUNDS/RV PARKS Birch Bay RV Resort.......................................................................................... (218) 963-4488 birchbayresort.net Fritz’s Resort & Campground........................................................................... (218) 568-8988 fritzsresort.com Galles’ Upper Cullen Resort & Campground................................................(218) 963-2249 uppercullen.com Hidden Paradise Resort......................................................................................(218) 963-3180 hiddenparadiseresort.com Wildwedge Golf & RV Park (see ad page 70)....................................................(218) 568-5000 wildwedge.com CAMPS BOLD Girls Camp.............................................................................................(651) 485-4305 girlsarebold.org

SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids..........................................................(218) 568-6923 servprobrainerdandparkrapids.com CATERING SERVICES Prairie Bay Grill & Catering (see ad page 45)....................................................(218) 824-6444 prairiebay.3cheersmn.com CHILD CARE Precious Years Learning Center........................................................................(218) 963-1088 Stepping Stones Childcare Learning Center Inc. North.................................(218) 270-3100 steppingstonesmn.com CHIROPRACTIC Northern Hope Functional Neurology Chiropractic...................................... (218) 232-3178 northernhopefnc.com CHURCHES Living Savior Lutheran Church.......................................................................... (218) 963-9733 livingsaviorchurch.org Lutheran Church of the Cross (see ad page 57)..................................................(218) 963-2564 lccnisswa.org Our Lady of the Lakes Parishes........................................................................(218) 568-4760 ourladyofthelakes.weconnect.com The Journey.........................................................................................................(218) 963-2663 thejourneynisswa.org Timberwood Church......................................................................................... (218) 967-8888 timberwoodchurch.org COFFEE SHOPS Adirondack Coffee..............................................................................................(218) 967-0111 lovemymug.com Breezy Point Resort - The Coffee House (see ad page 50-51)............................ (218) 562-7179 breezypointresort.com Iron Waffle Coffee Company...........................................................................(218) 963-6317 theironwaffle.com StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery (see ad page 44)..............................................(218) 961-2326 stonehousecoffee.com COMMERCIAL REPAIR/KITCHEN EQUIPMENT/REFRIGERATION Lakes Equipment Repair....................................................................................(218) 839-5253 CONFERENCES/MEETING FACILITIES Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes (see ad page 53).................................... (218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com Breezy Point Resort (see ad page 50-51)................................................................(218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa (see ad page 4).................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake (see ad page 27).............................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com The Woods Banquet & Event Center (see ad page 75)......................................(218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com CONSTRUCTION/GENERAL CONTRACTORS Hy-Tec Construction of Brainerd, Inc............................................................... (218) 829-8529 hytecconstruction.com Matt Dircks Construction, LLC............................................................................ (218) 821-4915 Nor-Son, Inc........................................................................................................(218) 828-1722 nor-son.com Ron’s Construction LLC......................................................................................(218) 963-2677 CONVENIENCE STORE/GAS STATION

Camp Confidence.............................................................................................(218) 828-2344 campconfidence.com

Triangle Nisswa..................................................................................................(218) 963-4492

Camp Lake Hubert (see ad page 63)................................................................. (800) 842-1909 lincoln-lakehubert.com Camp Lincoln (see ad page 63)...........................................................................(800) 842-1909 lincoln-lakehubert.com

Cub Foods - Baxter............................................................................................(218) 828-4601 cub.com

Minnesota Hockey Camps............................................................................. (218) 963-2444 mnhockeycamps.com CAR WASH/OIL CHANGE SNK Car Wash & Oil Change........................................................................ (218) 963-1204 snkcarwashandoil.com CARPET CLEANING/CLEANING SERVICES Custom Clean.....................................................................................................(218) 692-5326 customclean.com

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Cub Foods - Brainerd......................................................................................... (218) 828-1816 cub.com Pequot Lakes SuperValu (see ad page 2)............................................................(218) 568-5001 pequotlakessupervalu.com Schaefer’s Foods (see ad page 100).................................................................... (218) 963-7877 schaefersfoods.com DENTISTS Nisswa Dental....................................................................................................(218) 963-2970 nisswadental.com

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Nisswa Smiles....................................................................................................(218) 963-6330 nisswasmiles.com

Brainerd Savings & Loan................................................................................... (218) 824-2101 brainerdsavings.com

DOCK/MARINE SERVICES

Frandsen Bank & Trust (see ad page 67).............................................................. (218) 963-3316 frandsenbank.com Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union............................................................. (218) 829-0371 mmfcu.org

Paper Storm..........................................................................................................(218) 818-3177 paperstorm.net DRY CLEANING/LAUNDRY SERVICES Crystal Cleaners.................................................................................................(218) 828-0337 crystalcleanersandtailors.com EDUCATION Brainerd Public Schools, District #181............................................................ (218) 454-6900 isd181.org

Randall State Bank.............................................................................................(218) 454-2165 randallstatebank.com FINANCIAL SERVICES/INVESTMENTS Edward Jones Investments - Jason Martinson, Nisswa................................ (218) 963-0020 edwardjones.com Edward Jones Investments - Marcy Weaver..................................................(218) 568-2230 edwardjones.com Riverwood Financial............................................................................................(218) 316-7189 riverwoodfinancial.com FISHING BAIT/TACKLE Boomer’s Bait & Tackle (see ad page 41)............................................................ (218) 961-0850 boomerstackle.com Dave’s Sportland Rental (see ad page 42).......................................................... (218) 963-2401 davessportland.com S & W Bait and Guide Service.........................................................................(218) 829-7010 sandwbait.com FISHING GUIDE SERVICE Nisswa Guide League......................................................................................(218) 963-2547 nisswaguides.com

Glynlyon............................................................................................................(888) 881-4959 glynlyon.com ELECTRICIANS

Royal’s Guide Service.......................................................................................(218) 829-6672 brainerdfishingguide.com

Hoffbeck Electric & Design, LLC.......................................................................(218) 963-9568 hoffbeckelectric.com

S & W Bait and Guide Service.........................................................................(218) 829-7010 sandwbait.com

Holden Electric Co., Inc.................................................................................... (218) 829-4759 holdenelectric.com

Walleyedan Guide Service............................................................................. (218) 839-5598 walleyedan.com

Jim’s Electric Company, Inc...............................................................................(218) 828-0250 jimselectric.com EQUIPMENT RENTAL Brainerd General Rental....................................................................................(218) 828-2815 brainerdrental.com EVENT COORDINATORS Nisswa Firecracker Run.................................................................................... (970) 389-0310 runnisswa.com EXCAVATING Stumvoll Excavating......................................................................................... (218) 838-8898 EYE CARE/VISION Associates in Eyecare (see ad page 67)..............................................................(218) 963-2020 associatesineyecaremn.com Lakes Area Eyecare (see ad page 71)...................................................................(218) 829-2929 lakesareaeyecare.com Midwest Family Eye Center (see ad page 72).................................................... (218) 828-9545 midwestfamilyeyecenter.com FARMERS MARKET Nisswa Farmers Market (see ad page 75)............................................................(612) 710-0962 brainerdfarmersmarket.com FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

FITNESS Anytime Fitness - Nisswa (see ad page 53)............................................................ (218) 961-1111 anytimefitness.com Cross Fit Grow.................................................................................................. (507) 382-6500 crossfitgrow.com Nisswa Yoga (see ad page 62)............................................................................(530) 840-0307 nisswayoga.com Takedown Gym.................................................................................................. (218) 454-1770 takedowngym.com FLAGS/FLAG POLES Falls Flag Source (see ad page 63)...................................................................... (218) 963-1502 telescopingflagpoles.com FLORISTS Petals & Beans.................................................................................................... (218) 961-7385 petalsbeans.com FOOD VENDOR/CONCESSIONS Brent Rocks.........................................................................................................(218) 839-2042 brentrocks-rockengraving.com Chuckwagon Grille...........................................................................................(218) 839-5329 KD Kettle Corn................................................................................................... (763) 438-6274

American National Bank of Minnesota - Pequot Lakes............................... (218) 568-4999 anbmn.com

Nisswa Mini Donuts.......................................................................................... (218) 820-2332

BlackRidgeBANK (see ad page 76)......................................................................(218) 963-7325 blackridgebank.com

Northwoods Food Factory LLC....................................................................... (612) 309-6830

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Bertha Boatworks (see ad page 43)......................................................................(218) 543-4100 berthaboatworks.com Brainerd Lakes Docks & Lift (see ad page 65)......................................................(218) 961-3625 brainerdlakesllc.com D. H. Docks, LLC (see ad page 16).......................................................................(218) 963-2566 dhdocks.com Minnesota Inboard Water Sports (see ad page 9)............................................ (218) 822-4401 mninboard.com Nisswa Dock (see ad page 41).............................................................................(218) 963-2584 nisswadock.com Nisswa Marine (see ad page 33)......................................................................... (218) 963-2292 nisswamarine.com DOCUMENT SHREDDING


FUNERAL/CHAPEL

HOME CARE/HOSPICE

Brenny Funeral Chapel..................................................................................... (218) 828-5051 brenny.com

Good Samaritan Home Care & Hospice (see ad page 71).............................. (218) 963-9452 good-sam.com Heartland Hospice.............................................................................................(218) 829-1252 heartlandhospice.com

FURNITURE/CABINETRY

NISSWA CHAMBER MEMBER DIRECTORY

Down to Earth Wood........................................................................................(218) 587-3696 downtoearthwood.com

HOME HEALTH CARE/SENIOR CARE/ASSISTED LIVING

Lonesome Cottage.............................................................................................(218) 568-8223 lonesomecottage.com

Comfort Keepers................................................................................................(218) 822-3200 waitepark-581.comfortkeepers.com

Natural Tones Custom Furniture (see ad page 48)..............................................(218) 963-3733 naturaltonesfurniture.com GARAGE DOORS

Edgewood Vista................................................................................................. (218) 828-3691 edgewoodseniorliving.com

Garage Door Store...........................................................................................(218) 824-0022 gdsmidwest.com GARBAGE/RECYCLING Nisswa Sanitation..............................................................................................(218) 963-4758 nisswasanitation.com

Good Samaritan Home Care & Hospice (see ad page 71).............................. (218) 963-9452 good-sam.com Hills Crossing Senior Living (see ad page 61)..................................................... (218) 203-9820 hcseniorliving.com Northern Lakes Senior Living............................................................................. (218) 454-2121 northernlakesseniorliving.com

GOLF COURSES

HORSE/WAGON PROVIDERS

Breezy Point Resort - Deacon’s Lodge Golf Course (see ad page 50-51)........ (218) 562-6262 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Traditional Golf Course (see ad page 50-51)...................(218) 562-7166 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Whitebirch Golf Course (see ad page 50-51)..................(218) 562-7177 breezypointresort.com Cragun’s Resort - Legacy Courses - Bobby’s Legacy................................... (218) 825-2789 craguns.com

Action Entertainment...........................................................................................(218) 839-2514 greatnorthernnews.com

Cragun’s Resort - Legacy Courses - Dutch’s Legacy..................................... (218) 825-2789 craguns.com Cragun’s Resort - Legacy Courses - Reversible 9 Golf Course.................... (218) 825-2789 craguns.com Grand View Lodge - The Pines Golf Course (see ad page 4)........................... (218) 963-8755 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge -The Preserve Golf Course (see ad page 4)...................... (218) 963-8755 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Classic Golf Course (see ad page 27).......................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Pine Beach East Golf Course (see ad page 27)........(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Pine Beach West Golf Course (see ad page 27)......(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Maddens on Gull Lake - Social 9 Golf Course (see ad page 27).....................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Whitefish Golf Club.......................................................................................... (218) 543-4900 whitefishgolf.com Wildwedge Golf & RV Park (see ad page 70)....................................................(218) 568-6995 wildwedge.com GOVERNMENT John Poston, State Representative.....................................................................(218) 251-7639 house.leg.state.mn.us/members Josh Heintzeman, State Representative.......................................................... (651) 296-4333 house.leg.state.mn.us/members

HOSPITAL Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (see ad page 61).........................................(218) 546-7000 cuyunamed.org Essentia Health (see ad page 64)..........................................................................(218) 829-2861 essentiahealth.org HOTEL/MOTEL AmericInn Lodge & Suites................................................................................ (218) 568-8400 upnorthlodge.com Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes (see ad page 53).................................... (218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Good Ol’ Days Family Resort (see ad page 29)................................................. (218) 963-2478 goodoldaysresort.com Grand View Lodge (see ad page 4).................................................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Magnuson Hotel and Suites - Nisswa (see ad page 85)...................................(218) 963-3500 magnusonhotels.com Nisswa Motel (see ad page 85).............................................................................(218) 963-7611 nisswamotel.com Rodeway Inn Hotel - Pine River (see ad page 85)..............................................(218) 587-4499 rodewayinn.com/hotel/mn078 The Woods Hotel (see ad page 75).......................................................................(218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com Visit Brainerd (see ad page 73)..............................................................................(218) 825-0410 visitbrainerd.com ICE CREAM A & W Restaurant (see ad page 79)......................................................................(218) 963-4361 awrestaurants.com Dairy Queen - Nisswa (see ad page 45).............................................................(218) 963-2163

Lake Shore, City of..............................................................................................(218) 963-2148 cityoflakeshore.com

Ganley’s Restaurant & Malt Shoppe...............................................................(218) 963-2993 ganleysrestaurant.com

Nisswa, City of (see ad page 29).........................................................................(218) 963-4444 ci.nisswa.mn.us SourceWell - National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA).....................................(218) 895-4119 njpacoop.org

The Chocolate Ox (see ad page 99)....................................................................(218) 963-4443 thechocolateox.com

GROCERY

Boats and Beyond Rentals, Inc. (see ad page 43)..............................................(218) 963-7700 boatsandbeyondrentals.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

Cub Foods - Baxter............................................................................................(218) 828-4601 cub.com Cub Foods - Brainerd......................................................................................... (218) 828-1816 cub.com Pequot Lakes SuperValu (see ad page 2)............................................................ (218) 568-5001 pequotlakessupervalu.com Schaefer’s Foods (see ad page 100).................................................................... (218) 963-2265 schaefersfoods.com HARDWARE Carlson Hardware of Nisswa Inc. (see ad page 34)......................................... (218) 963-7645 carlson.doitbest.com Mills Fleet Farm...................................................................................................(218) 829-3521 fleetfarm.com HEALTH/BEAUTY Avon - Independent Sales Rep. Sandy Strom-Gieseke............................... (218) 838-7006 youravon.com/sstrom

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INFORMATION/TECHNOLOGY On Systems, Inc..................................................................................................(855) 512-1024 onsystemsinc.com INSULATION Expert Insulation of Brainerd, Inc.....................................................................(218) 838-8820 expertinsulation.com INSURANCE AgencyOne........................................................................................................(218) 829-2844 agencyonemn.com LakeShore Insurance Partners.......................................................................... (218) 961-2452 Nisswa Insurance Agency................................................................................(218) 963-1000 nisswainsurance.com

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Northridge Insurance Agency Inc. (see ad page 64)..........................................(218) 829-1166 northridgeins.com Ouradnik Insurance Agency LLC.....................................................................(218) 656-7304 ouradnikagency.com State Farm Insurance - Brett Laugen................................................................ (218) 829-1764 insurebrainerdlakes.com

INTERIOR DESIGN Massie Creek.................................................................................................... (218) 838-7223 massiecreek.com INTERNET/WEBSITE SERVICES Growth Zone (see ad page 78)............................................................................. (800) 825-9171 growthzone.com JEWELERS RW Jewelers & Boutique (see ad page 26).........................................................(218) 963-3306 rwjewelers.com LANDSCAPE/LAWN/GARDEN

NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES Brainerd Dispatch Newspaper (see ad page 39)............................................... (218) 829-4705 brainerddispatch.com Echo Journal (see ad page 39)..............................................................................(218) 568-8521 pineandlakes.com Lake Country Journal Magazine.....................................................................(218) 828-6424 lakecountryjournal.com Lakes Area Advertiser..........................................................................................(218) 961-3111 lakesareaadvertiser.com Lakes Area Living Magazine.............................................................................(218) 851-1220 lakesarealivingmagazine.com Property Source Magazine (Crystal Clear Publications)............................. (218) 746-3042 minnesotapropertysource.com NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Acorn Hill EAAT, Inc........................................................................................... (540) 454-1711 acornhilleaat.org

Backyard Reflections (see ad page 80)...............................................................(218) 454-1065 backyardmn.com Copper Creek Landscapes...............................................................................(218) 232-3445 coppercreeklandscapes.com

BOLD, Inc...........................................................................................................(651) 485-4305 girlsarebold.org

Landsburg Landscape Nursery.........................................................................(218) 829-5519 landsburgnursery.com

Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp......................................(218) 828-0096 growbrainerdlakes.org

Matt Dircks Construction, LLC............................................................................ (218) 821-4915

Brainerd Public School Foundation................................................................. (218) 454-6921 bpsf.org

LAWN SERVICE

Bridges of Hope................................................................................................. (218) 825-7682 bridgesofhopemn.org

Green Dog Property Management................................................................. (218) 330-6571 Landscape Maintenance Inc.............................................................................(218) 831-1051 lmilawncare.com Nick’s Lawn Service, Inc...................................................................................(218) 232-5053 nickslawnservicemn.com LIBRARY Nisswa Community Children’s Library............................................................ (218) 961-6876 brainerdnisswa.ss12.sharpschool.com LIQUOR STORE Spirits of Nisswa (see ad page 29)....................................................................... (218) 963-7488 cityofnisswa.com/index.cfm/spirits Ye Old Pickle Factory (see ad page 29)...............................................................(218) 963-0085 cityofnisswa.com/index.cfm/picklefactory LOCKSMITH Turner Towing LLC..............................................................................................(218) 963-4547 turnertowingllc.com LUMBERYARD/BUILDING MATERIALS/SUPPLIES Mattson Lumber (see ad page 64)........................................................................(218) 963-7470 mattsonlumber.com MAGICIAN Hudson Magic, LLC...........................................................................................(612) 361-6505 hudsonmagic.com MANUFACTURING Viking Label & Packaging, Inc......................................................................... (218) 963-2575 vikinglabel.com

Brainerd Jaycees...............................................................................................(800) 950-9461 brainerdjaycees.com

Community Action of Pequot Lakes..................................................................(218) 851-2764 communityactionpequotlakes.org Confidence Learning Center............................................................................(218) 828-2344 campconfidence.com Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trail Association.................................................................... brainerdlakesareasnowmobiletrails.com Friends of Nisswa Lake Park (see ad page 7)......................................................(218) 821-0362 ci.nisswa.mn.us Gull Chain of Lakes Association......................................................................(218) 963-3542 gcola.org Gull Lake Drifters Snowmobile Club.............................................................. (218) 568-4633 Kids Against Hunger - Brainerd Lakes Area...................................................(218) 961-0055 kidsagainsthungermn.org Kinship Partners, Inc. (see ad page 57).................................................................(218) 829-4606 kinshippartners.org Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.....................................................................(218) 828-8517 lakesareahabitat.org Lakes Area Music Festival............................................................................... (585) 355-6868 lakesareamusic.org Mounted Eagles Inc..........................................................................................(218) 454-3228 mountedeagles.org Nisswa Garden Club.........................................................................................(218) 851-2842 nisswagardenclub.org Nisswa Lions Club..............................................................................................(218) 961-7744 nisswalions.com

MARKETING SERVICES

Nisswa School PTO........................................................................................................................ nisswapto.com

McElway Marketing Services......................................................................... (218) 963-5036 mcelway.com

Nisswa Women’s Club..................................................................................... (218) 297-4247 nisswawomensclub.org

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Weizenegger - Engel Insurance.......................................................................(218) 829-4721 we-ins.com

XT Creative Group.............................................................................................(218) 833-2664 xtcreativegroup.com


NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (Continuted) Nisswa Youth Scholarship Organization........................................................(218) 963-0309 Northland Arboretum........................................................................................ (218) 829-8770 northlandarb.org

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Pequot Lakes Community Education...............................................................(218) 568-9200 district.isd186.org

Northland Cabin Care...................................................................................... (218) 824-1626 northlandcabincare.com RACE TRACKS Brainerd International Raceway (see ad page 52)..............................................(218) 824-7223 brainerdraceway.com RADIO

Pioneer Village - Nisswa Area Historical Society.........................................(218) 963-3570

Hubbard Radio - Brainerd.................................................................................(218) 828-1244 brainerdradio.net

United Way of Crow Wing County..................................................................(218) 829-2619 www.unitedwaynow.org OFFICE SUPPLIES/EQUIPMENT/FURNITURE

The Pulse 104.3 (see ad page 78) ........................................................................(218) 568-4422 theword.mn

The Office Shop.................................................................................................(218) 828-9000 theofficeshopinc.com PARTY SUPPLIES/EQUIPMENT Party Time Rental, Inc. (see ad page 37)..............................................................(218) 829-6300 partytimerentalmn.com Party World......................................................................................................... (218) 828-2127 partyworldbrainerd.com PAVING

The Word 102.7 (see ad page 72).......................................................................(218) 568-4422 theword.mn WWWI - KLKS - KFGI - KKIN Radio.............................................................(218) 828-9994 rjbroadcasting.com REAL ESTATE AGENT/BROKER Arnold Johnson Properties................................................................................ (218) 824-6100 Bill Brekken - RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty.....................................................(218) 232-0257 lakesareacommercialgroup.com

Anderson Brothers Construction....................................................................... (218) 829-1768 andersonbrothers.com

Close-Converse Commercial Properties......................................................... (218) 828-3334 closeconverse.com

PEST CONTROL

Edina Realty - Candy Rusk............................................................................... (218) 821-4886 candyrusk.com

Mosquito Squad of NC MN (see ad page 65)...................................................(218) 829-9342 mosquitosquad.com PET SUPPLIES The Animal House.............................................................................................. (218) 961-7387 nisswapets.com PHARMACY Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (see ad page 61).........................................(218) 546-7000 cuyunamed.org Essentia Health (see ad page 64)..........................................................................(218) 829-2861 essentiahealth.org GuidePoint Pharmacy....................................................................................... (218) 963-7525 guidepointpharmacy.com PHOTOGRAPHY Chelsie Elizabeth Photography........................................................................ (218) 537-7392 chelsieelizabeth.com PLUMBING Lakes Area Plumbing......................................................................................... (218) 821-6450 lakesareaplumbing.com PORTABLE RESTROOM RENTAL Blakeman Pumping Service..............................................................................(218) 963-4431 blakemanpumping.com

Edina Realty - Crosslake...................................................................................(218) 692-5200 edinarealtycrosslake.com Edina Realty - Mike Kennedy (see ad page 55)..................................................(218) 232-1946 northboundproperty.com Edina Realty - Nina Karsky (see ad page 67)...................................................... (218) 821-3373 ninakarsky.com Joe Laudenbach - Keller Williams Realty Professionals (see ad page 37).......(218) 851-5540 besthomestobuy.com Kurilla Real Estate - Jim Christensen (see ad page 3).........................................(800) 820-2147 lakeshorebroker.com Kurilla Real Estate - John Nolan (see ad page 3).................................................(218) 820-7515 nolanteam.com Kurilla Real Estate LTD. (see ad page 3)...............................................................(218) 963-7333 kurilla.com Positive Realty - Keith Schwankl (see ad page 35)............................................. (218) 330-7360 keithschwankl.com Positive Realty - Mark and Gina Meixner......................................................(218) 820-4525 minnrealty.com Positive Realty - Tina Foster............................................................................... (218) 330-5461 RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty (see ad page 64)....................................................(218) 963-9554 lakesrealty.com

Honey Wagon...................................................................................................(218) 963-2225 honeywagonllc.com POWER EQUIPMENT SALES/SERVICE

Weichert Realtors - Tower Properties, Sue Lehman....................................... (218) 838-4159 suelehmansells.com

Midwest Machinery..........................................................................................(218) 829-5356 midwestmachineryco.com PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION

Woods To Water Real Estate (see ad page 73).................................................. (218) 656-2787 woodstowatermn.com RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT

Precious Years Learning Center........................................................................(218) 963-1088 Stepping Stones Childcare Learning Center Inc.............................................(218) 270-3100 steppingstonesmn.com PRINTING SERVICES First Impression Printing..................................................................................... (218) 829-1860 brainerdprinting.com Lakes Printing......................................................................................................(218) 829-7790 lakesprinting.com Range Printing....................................................................................................(218) 829-5982 rangeprinting.com Viking Label & Packaging, Inc......................................................................... (218) 963-2575 vikinglabel.com PRIVATE RENTALS Mini Resort on the Whitefish Chain................................................................ (763) 422-4109 whitefishvacations.com PROPERTY MAINTENANCE/CABIN CARE Green Dog Property Management................................................................. (218) 330-6571 Jack’s Cabin Watch.............................................................................................(218) 251-5128 jackscabinwatch.com Nick’s Lawn Service, Inc...................................................................................(218) 232-5053 nickslawnservicemn.com

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Power Lodge......................................................................................................(218) 822-3500 powerlodge.com RENEWABLE ENERGY Pinnacle Commercial & Development............................................................ (218) 820-2431 dakotaplainscommercial.com RENTAL/LEASING Nisswa Square...................................................................................................(218) 330-8228 RESIDENTIAL DESIGN North House Residential Design...................................................................... (612) 327-7582 northhouse-rd.com RESORTS Agate Lake Resort..............................................................................................(218) 963-2224 agatelakeresort.com Birch Bay RV Resort.......................................................................................... (218) 963-4488 birchbayrvresort.net Boyd Lodge (see ad page 47)................................................................................(218) 543-4125 boydlodge.com Breezy Point Resort (see ad page 50-51)................................................................(218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com Clamshell Beach - Cottages on Whitefish (see ad page 82).............................(888) 252-6743 clameshellbeach.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

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Hidden Paradise Resort......................................................................................(218) 963-3180 hiddenparadiseresort.com

Cragun’s Resort - Bear Trap Lounge................................................................ (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

Hideaway Resort on Upper Hay Lake............................................................(218) 568-4249 hideaway-resort.com

Cragun’s Resort - Cabana Café...................................................................... (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort (see ad page 28).............................................(218) 829-5226 kavanaughs.com Lost Lake Lodge (see ad page 39).........................................................................(218) 963-2681 lostlake.com Lykins Pinehurst Resort.......................................................................................(218) 963-2485 pinehurstongull.com

Cragun’s Resort - Irma’s Kitchen...................................................................... (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake (see ad page 27).............................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Minnewawa Lodge (see ad page 83)..................................................................(218) 963-2444 facebook.com/minnewawalodge

Dairy Queen - Nisswa (see ad page 45).............................................................(218) 963-2163

Fritz’s Resort & Campground........................................................................... (218) 568-8988 fritzsresort.com Galles’ Upper Cullen Resort & Campground................................................(218) 963-2249 uppercullen.com

Point Narrows Resort........................................................................................ (218) 568-5552 pointnarrowsresort.com Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake (see ad page 49)........................................... (218) 963-2482 quarterdeckresort.com Samara Point Resort on Gull Lake....................................................................(218) 963-2615 samarapoint.com Sandy Beach Resort (see ad page 47).................................................................(218) 963-4458 sandybeachresort.net Sebago Resort.....................................................................................................(913) 961-7497 sebagoresort.wixsite.com Towering Pines Resort........................................................................................(218) 543-4738 toweringpines.coim Train Bell Resort (see ad pages 69 & 83)................................................................(218) 829-4941 trainbellresort.com Visit Brainerd (see ad page 73)..............................................................................(218) 825-0410 visitbrainerd.com Wilderness Point Resort (see ad page 84)...........................................................(218) 568-5642 wildernesspointresort.com RESTAURANTS/FOOD/BEVERAGES A & W Restaurant (see ad page 79).....................................................................(218) 963-4361 awrestaurants.com Adirondack Coffee..............................................................................................(218) 967-0111 lovemymug.com American Legion - Nisswa (see ad page 77)......................................................(218) 963-9946 nisswalegion.com Bar Harbor Supper Club (see ad page 5)..........................................................(218) 963-2568 barharborsupperclub.com Baxter’s Bar & Grill (see ad page 53)..................................................................(218) 822-3663 arrowwoodbrainerdlodge.com

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Cragun’s Resort - Legacy Bar and Grille........................................................ (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Cragun’s Resort - Lodge Dining Room............................................................ (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

Ernie’s on Gull (see ad page 45)............................................................................ (218) 829-3918 erniesongull.com Ganley’s Restaurant & Malt Shoppe...............................................................(218) 963-2993 ganleysrestaurant.com Grand View Lodge - CHAR Craft Steaks (see ad page 4)................................ (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Cru Restaurant & Wine Bar (see ad page 4).................. (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Freddy’s Sports Grill (see ad page 4)............................. (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Northwoods Pub (see ad page 4)................................... (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - On the Rocks (see ad page 4).......................................... (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Tanque Verde Cantina on the Beach (see ad page 4).....(218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - The Preserve Pub & Grille (see ad page 4).....................(218) 568-4944 grandviewlodge.com Iron Range Eatery (see ad page 45)....................................................................(218) 545-5444 ironrange.3cheersmn.com Iron Waffle Coffee Company...........................................................................(218) 963-6317 therironwaffle.com Jake’s City Grille Gull Lake............................................................................... (218) 454-7100 jakescitygrille.com Lost Lake Lodge (see ad page 39).........................................................................(218) 963-2681 lostlake.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - 19th Hole (see ad page 27)........................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Fairways at Madden’s (see ad page 27)...................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Lobby Café (see ad page 27).....................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com

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Good Ol’ Days Family Resort (see ad page 29)................................................. (218) 963-2478 goodoldaysresort.com Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa (see ad page 4).................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Gull Four Seasons Resort (see ad page 81)......................................................... (218) 963-7969 mnresortcabins.com Gull Lake Resort................................................................................................. (218) 829-1344 gulllake.com

Big Axe Brewing Company (see ad page 44).....................................................(218) 961-2337 bigaxebrewing.com Breezy Point Resort - Antler’s Restaurant (see ad page 50-51)...........................(218) 562-7162 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Dockside Restaurant (see ad page 50-51)........................ (218) 562-7170 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Marina II Restaurant (see ad page 50-51)........................ (218) 562-7161 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Palmer’s Grille at Deacon’s Lodge (see ad page 50-51).....(218) 562-6270 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - The Coffee House (see ad page 50-51)............................ (218) 562-7179 breezypointresort.com Cowboy’s of Lake Shore...................................................................................(218) 963-6200 cowboysoflakeshore.com

Eagles Nest Resort.............................................................................................(218) 963-2336 eaglesnestnisswa.com


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RESTAURANTS/FOOD/BEVERAGES (Continued) Madden’s on Gull Lake - Mission Point at Madden’s (see ad page 27)...........(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Parfecto Pizza (see ad page 27).................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - The Classic Grill (see ad page 27)..............................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Main Street Ale House (see ad page 45).............................................................(218) 961-6724 mainstreetnisswa.com Northern Cowboy Flame N’ Brew.................................................................. (218) 829-9872 thenortherncowboy.com Pequot Lakes SuperValu Deli (see ad page 2).................................................... (218) 568-5001 pequotlakessupervalu.com Petals & Beans.................................................................................................... (218) 961-7385 petalsbeans.com Prairie Bay Grill & Catering (see ad page 45)....................................................(218) 824-6444 prairiebay.3cheersmn.com Rafferty’s Pizza of Nisswa (see ad page 99)......................................................(218) 963-3023 raffertyspizza.com Schaefer’s Deli (see ad page 100)........................................................................ (218) 963-7877 schaefersfoods.com Sherwood Forest (see ad page 45).......................................................................(218) 963-6261 sherwoodforest.3cheersmn.com StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery (see ad page 44)..............................................(218) 961-2326 stonehousecoffee.com Subway of Nisswa............................................................................................(218) 963-9789 subway.com Sweet Life Bakery.............................................................................................. (218) 568-2199 sweetlife218.com The Woods Restaurant and Bar (see ad page 75)...............................................(218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com Wendy’s..............................................................................................................(218) 961-0060 wendys.com Zorbaz on Gull Lake..........................................................................................(218) 963-4790 zorbaz.com RIDING STABLES Pine River Riding Stables...................................................................................(218) 587-5807 pineriverstable.com SAILING Gull Lake Yacht Club & Sailing School........................................................... (218) 831-8945 glyc.com SECURITY/SOUND SYSTEMS Peoples Security Co..........................................................................................(218) 828-4828 peoplessecurity.com SHOOTING SPORTS Lakeshore Conservation Club (see ad page 31).................................................(218) 963-4003 lakeshoregunclub.com SHOPPING/DOWNTOWN NISSWA Ardor Boutique - Nisswa.................................................................................. (218) 454-1570 ardorshop.com bluPaisley Boutique (see ad page 59)...................................................................(218) 961-0105 blupaisley.com B’s Factory Outlet.............................................................................................. (954) 999-3102 Buffalo Plaid, Inc. (see ad page 74)..................................................................... (320) 309-6724 Carlson Hardware of Nisswa Inc. (see ad page 34)......................................... (218) 963-7645 carlson.doitbest.com CoCo & Co..........................................................................................................(218) 961-1011 cocoandconisswa.com Compliments! with Artgarbs............................................................................ (218) 963-0680 complimentsnisswa.com

Main Street Market (see ad page 45)...................................................................(218) 961-6724 mainstreetnisswa.com Martin’s Sport Shop (see ad page 66)..................................................................(218) 963-2341 martinssportshop.com Meg’s Cabin.......................................................................................................(218) 961-3000 megscabin.com Near + North....................................................................................................(320) 266-5035 Niche..................................................................................................................(651) 230-5552 nichemn.com Nichole’s at Town & Lake..................................................................................(218) 963-2623 North Root Studio, LLC..................................................................................... (763) 245-1843 Primrose Park...................................................................................................... (612) 916-4668 primroseparkmpls.com Quirks! (see ad page 36).........................................................................................(218) 961-0100 Rebecca’s............................................................................................................ (218) 963-0165 rebeccasnisswa.com RW Jewelers & Boutique (see ad page 26).........................................................(218) 963-3306 rwjewelers.com The Chocolate Ox (see ad page 99)....................................................................(218) 963-4443 thechocolateox.com The Dock Panther................................................................................................(218) 961-1010 dockpanther.com The Fun Sisters Up North (see ad page 57)...........................................................(218) 961-0071 thefunsisters.com The Green Porch (see ad page 59).........................................................................(218) 963-1212 The School House..............................................................................................(952) 217-9950 theschoolhousenisswa.com The Woodland Meadow................................................................................. (218) 963-0036 thewoodlandmeadow.com Totem Pole...........................................................................................................(218) 963-3450 facebook.com/totempolemn Turtle Town Books & Gifts (see ad page 59)........................................................ (218) 963-4891 turtletownnisswa.com Zaiser’s (see ad page 25).......................................................................................(218) 963-2404 shopzaisers.com SHOPPING/OUTLYING AREAS OF NISSWA Ardor Boutique - Baxter.....................................................................................(218) 961-0130 ardorshop.com Common Goods Thrift Store.............................................................................(218) 824-0923 commongoodsmn.org Costco Wholesale............................................................................................. (218) 855-5740 costco.com Leslie’s Boutique (see ad page 22)........................................................................ (218) 568-5981 lesliesclothes.com Lonesome Cottage.............................................................................................(218) 568-8223 lonesomecottage.com Weise Crafts & Variety......................................................................................(218) 568-4425 SHUTTLE SERVICE Ole’s Shuttle Service............................................................................................(218) 821-1615 olesshuttleservice.com SIDING/ROOFING/GUTTERS Advantage Seamless Gutters...........................................................................(218) 270-2663 advantageseamlessgutters.com Exterior Pro, Inc.................................................................................................. (218) 851-2845 myexteriorpro.com

Eclectic Sole (see ad page 56)...............................................................................(218) 961-3444

Roof Co N.A., Inc............................................................................................ (763) 550-0444 roofcompanynaincmn.com SIGNS/BANNERS

FOUND - A Curated Life (see ad page 58)........................................................ (218) 232-2569

Aardvark Artwork..............................................................................................(218) 963-7794 aardvarkartwork.com

Indulge Your Senses...........................................................................................(218) 961-2766 indulgeyoursensesnisswa.com

Graphic Element................................................................................................ (218) 330-1532

Life Cycle (see ad page 24)...................................................................................(218) 963-0699 ridelifecycle.com Loide’ Oils & Vinegars Tasting Bar (see ad page 23)........................................ (218) 961-6457 loideoilsandvinegars.com Lundrigan’s Clothing (see ad page 47)................................................................(218) 963-2647 lundrigansclothing.com

SIGNspot............................................................................................................(218) 829-0950 signspotmn.com SKI HILL/SNOWBOARDING

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Mount Ski Gull (see ad page 31)..........................................................................(218) 963-4353 mountskigull.com

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VETERINARY SERVICES

Martin’s Sport Shop (see ad page 66)..................................................................(218) 963-2341 martinssportshop.com Mount Ski Gull (see ad page 31)..........................................................................(218) 963-4353 mountskigull.com SNOWMOBILE RENTALS

Lakeland Veterinary Hospital........................................................................... (218) 829-1709 lakelandvet.net

Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital......................................................................... (218) 568-5095 pequotvet.com VIDEOGRAPHY Easy Street Video Productions..........................................................................(218) 851-5900 easystreetproductions.biz

SPA/MASSAGE SERVICES

WATER PARKS

Breezy Point Resort (see ad page 50-51)................................................................(218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com Grand View Lodge - Glacial Waters Spa (see ad page 4).............................. (218) 963-8700 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - The Spa (see ad page 27)...........................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Moxy Hair Studio............................................................................................... (218) 961-1015 moxyhairstudionisswa.com

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes (see ad page 53).................................... (218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com Grand View Lodge (see ad page 4).................................................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Nisswa Family Fun Center (see ad page 32).......................................................(218) 820-3046 nisswaoutdoorwaterpark.com

Quarterdeck Resort (see ad page 49).................................................................. (218) 963-2482 quarterdeckresort.com Therapeautic Touch & Spa.................................................................................(218) 316-1590 therapeutictouchmn.com TELEPHONE/INTERNET SERVICES CTC - Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (see ad page 67).......................(218) 454-1234 goctc.com USA Northland Directories.................................................................................(712) 274-8811 usanorthland.com TELEVISION STATIONS Lakeland Public Television..................................................................................(218) 751-3407 lptv.org TILE AND GRANITE Lakes Country Granite and Tile........................................................................(218) 330-6396 lakecountrygranite.com TOWING SERVICE/LOCKSMITH Turner Towing LLC..............................................................................................(218) 963-4547 turnertowingllc.com TRANSPORTATION/BUS/LIMO/TAXI Reichert Bus Service..........................................................................................(218) 829-6955 reichertbus.com TRAVEL SERVICES Claudia Around The World Tours (see ad page 38)........................................... (218) 513-8922 claudiaaroundtheworld.com TROPHIES/ENGRAVING Winners Trophy & Engraving...........................................................................(218) 838-3779 winnersengraving.com U.S. POSTAL SERVICES Nisswa Post Office............................................................................................(218) 963-7907 UTILITIES/GAS/ELECTRIC Crow Wing Power............................................................................................. (218) 829-2827 cwpower.com Minnesota Power...............................................................................................(218) 722-5642 mnpower.com Xcel Energy........................................................................................................ (320) 255-8610 xcelenergy.com

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WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS Culligan Water Conditioning............................................................................ (218) 829-5137 culliganwater.com WEDDING VENUES American Legion - Nisswa (see ad page 77)......................................................(218) 963-9946 nisswalegion.com Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes (see ad page 53).................................... (218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com Breezy Point Resort (see ad page 50-51)................................................................(218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Grand View Lodge (see ad page 4).................................................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake (see ad page 27).............................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Sherwood Forest - A Prairie Bay Restaurant (see ad page 45)..........................(218) 963-6261 sherwoodforest.3cheersmn.com The Oliver Acreage.......................................................................................... (218) 568-8560 theoliveracreage.com The Woods Banquet & Event Center (see ad page 75)......................................(218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com WHOLESALE/DISTRIBUTION/VENDING Bernick Companies - Brainerd..........................................................................(218) 829-3156 bernicks.com C & L Distributing................................................................................................ (218) 829-2978 candldistributing.com D & D Beverage Company..............................................................................(218) 829-0303 Pepsi Beverages Company of Brainerd...........................................................(218) 829-4196 Viking Coca-Cola..............................................................................................(218) 829-2204 vikingcocacola.com WINDOW CLEANING SERVICES Elevated Surface Cleaning...............................................................................(218) 820-5544 elevatedsurfacecleaning.com YOGA Nisswa Yoga (see ad page 62)...........................................................................(530) 840-0307 nisswayoga.com

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Boats and Beyond Rentals, Inc (see ad page 43)...............................................(218) 963-7700 boatsandbeyondrentals.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

Northern Hope Animal Acupuncture.............................................................. (218) 821-5835 northernhopeaa.com


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