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Please make your tax ded deductible eductible donation payable e to our 501c3 partner — the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, c/o Friends of Nisswa Lake Park. Mail to: Friends of Nisswa Lake Park PO Box 262, Nisswa, MN 56468 To learn more about this project or volunteer, visit www.NisswaLakePark.com or call (218) 963-0047.

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Welcome to Nisswa We invite you to join us in Nisswa, Minnesota, with a beautiful year-round landscape featuring the ideal outdoor setting of woods and hundreds of lakes combined with championship golf courses, fine dining and plenty of retail shopping. Whether you’re looking for a big or small resort, a bed and breakfast or a hotel, we promise Nisswa has lodging to meet your needs. Just visiting for the day? Well, Nisswa has plenty to do like fun-filled attractions for the entire family. You can enjoy the popular Paul Bunyan State Trail by walking or biking in the spring, summer or fall and snowmobiling in the winter. While on the trail, you will pass by the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Nisswa. Besides the trail, you can experience a zipline ride through the trees, take a boat cruise on the lake, hike through the forest or just hang out at the beach. There’s also great fishing - either from shore or boat on your own or with a guide. Nisswa has been a destination for visitors for more than a century. 6

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We preserve that rich history while also keeping up with the latest technology needs of our guests. Nisswa, known as an event hub in the lakes area, hosts events all throughout the year. Make sure to check our event schedule and previews throughout the 92 pages of this guide. You will definitely want to visit downtown Nisswa. The charming retail and restaurant community has more than 50 store fronts near downtown with quaint shops, places to eat or to have a cup of coffee. Stop by the chamber office for more information. Many people have been visiting Nisswa for generations and have a special relationship with our community. If it’s your first trip to Nisswa, enjoy your stay. There are plenty of things to do. For more information about Nisswa, stop in our chamber office; visit our website at nisswa.com; call our office at 218-963-2620; email us at info@nisswa. com; or follow us on Facebook (Nisswa Chamber of Commerce).

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents Welcome to Nisswa................................................6 2020 Calendar of Events......................................10 Nisswa Chamber Premier Events 2020.........11-15

Plenty of lakes means plenty of chances to catch some fish..............................................32

Places to Dine..................................................60-63

Area Lakes Map.....................................................34

Golf trips are made easy thanks to resort bookings...........................64-65

Race a turtle in downtown Nisswa Season runs Weds, June 3-Aug. 19................ 12

Nisswa is home to lots of lakes...................... 35-37

Places to Golf..................................................66-67

Favorite parks and beaches...........................38-39

Area Map...............................................................68

Honor our nation at Freedom Days Annual patriotic event is Friday, July 3........... 13

If you haven’t visited Nisswa Lake Park, it’s time you do............................................ 40-41

Discover how easy it is to get to Nisswa.............69

Welcome a change in seasons at Fall Festival Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge...........................14

Thurlow T-ball tradition marks 50 years in summer 2020......................... 42-43

Celebrate the holidays at City of Lights Downtown comes to life with lights.................15

Carlson steps down as historical society president........................44-45

It’s school as usual even amidst the construction at Nisswa Elementary...........70-71 Publishing Information........................................... 71 Nisswa offers it all - shopping, services and organizations.......................................72-73

2020 Event Highlights.....................................16-20

Choose Nisswa for a place to stay......................48

Paul Bunyan State Trail Map.................................22

Places to Stay..................................................49-55

A corner that’s nearly complete: What’s next for Sportland Corners?................ 74

Trails offer everyday recreation in any season.....................................................23

Lodging Grids..................................................56-58

Make Nisswa your everyday home....................75

Dining opportunities abound in Nisswa..............59

Nisswa City Information........................................75

Spring......................................................................24 Summer...................................................................25

Find fresh produce through summer and fall in Nisswa........................ 76-77

Autumn....................................................................26

Longtime turtle racer..............................................78

Winter......................................................................27

Mattson Lumber owner serves as 2019 Nisswa Citizen of the Year ..............................79

Shop in Nisswa all year-round.............................28 Kristi Copham keeps Brainerd International Raceway dream going.....................................30

Nisswa Women’s Club to celebrate 100 years of service.........................................80 Nisswa Chamber Membership Directory.....81-89

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IceFest - Breezy Point Resort Brainerd Jaycees Gull Lake $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza Lumberjack Jaunt – Northland Arboretum

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Brainerd Public School Foundation “BIG EVENT” Nisswa Winter Jubilee Jubilee - Downtown Nisswa Jubilee – Nisswa Fire Department Ice Fishing Derby Gull Lake Frozen Fore Gull Lake Frozen Fore: Flop Gull Lake Frozen Fore: Golf and Pub Crawl Gull Lake Frozen Fore: Food Fest

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

Habitat for Humanity Benefit Dinner & Auction 10 Nisswa Turtle Races 12-13 Nisswa - Stamman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival 17 Nisswa Turtle Races 19-20 Confidence Learning Center Golf & Fishing Classic 24 Nisswa Turtle Races 25-27 Lakes Jam Music Festival

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Nisswa Turtle Races Nisswa Freedom Days Festival Lakes Area Artists Art Sale — Nisswa 4 Firecracker Run — Nisswa 8 Nisswa Turtle Races 12 Brainerd Ski Loons Show 15 Nisswa Turtle Races 19 Good Samaritan Butterfly Release — Nisswa 22 Nisswa Turtle Races 23 Nisswa Garden Club Festival of Tables 24-25 Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest 26 Brainerd Ski Loons Show 29 Nisswa Turtle Races 31 Lakes Area Music Festival Gala

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Good Samaritan Bowl Gull Lake Welcome Wannigan & Fishing Opener Nisswa Lions Purse & Tool Bingo Kinship Partners Purses Plus Nisswa Chamber Spring Dinner/ Citizen of the Year Celebration Northland Arboretum Plant Sale Nisswa Women’s Club Fashion Show

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Lakes Area Music Festival Symphony 101 Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Nisswa Turtle Races Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Nisswa Crazy Days Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Nisswa Turtle Races Lakes Area Music Festival Concert Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals — Brainerd International Raceway Lakes Area Music Festival Concert

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Fishing to End Hunger – Gull Lake Gull Lake Oktoberfest & Pub Crawl Nisswa Fire Department Open House (fire prevention week 4-10) Lakes Area Food Shelf Home Tour Northland Arboretum Haunted Trail Nisswa Fire Department Haunted Barn Nisswa American Legion Children’s Halloween Party Halloween Bash — Nisswa American Legion

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

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Nisswa Chamber Pretty Good Golf Tournament Mounted Eagles Run for the Horseshoes 5k Mounted Eagles Walk-n-Roll So They Can Ride 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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Taste of the Holidays at Schaefer’s Foods Nisswa American Legion Children’s Christmas Party 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 2020 The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce facilitates four premier events throughout the year in downtown Nisswa: Nisswa Turtle Races on Wednesdays through summer, Freedom Days on July 3, Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge in mid-September and the City of Lights Festival at the end of November. These events are longtime traditions in Nisswa. The chamber partners with community organizations and event planners for other great events that take place in our community throughout the year. We consider Nisswa to be the event hub of the Brainerd lakes area. www.nisswa.com

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Nisswa Turtle Races celebrate their 57th year when the season kicks off Wednesday, June 3, at the downtown turtle track. Registration starts at 1 p.m. when you pay $5 to race a turtle and get your commemorative Turtle Race button. Racing gets underway at 2 p.m., no matter what the weather. These races traditionally draw hundreds of turtle racers from all over the country each week. The turtle track is located at the Chamber Welcome Center parking lot, along the Paul Bunyan State Trail in downtown Nisswa. Starting with the heat races, 20 racers at a time cheer as their turtles race for the finish line. The winner of each heat race receives prizes and a 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 Champion win additional prizes, he or she gets a Turtle Race medal.

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Next, the specialty races begin. Anyone who has registered and has a Turtle Race button can participate in the following five specialty races: Resort Race (for those staying at a resort), Tiny Tots Race (for ages 5 years and under), Out of State/Out of Country Race, Grandparents Race and Locals Race. The Locals Race is highly competitive because these local racers have been racing turtles for their entire lives.

The specialty race winners receive ribbons and prizes, too. The Nisswa Turtle Races are a tradition for many families who visit the Brainerd lakes area each year. Kids of all ages race turtles, from babies to great-grandparents. The turtle wranglers and volunteers get a chance to race at the end of the specialty races as well. The turtle wranglers are from the local nonprofit Mounted Eagles Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. They help wrangle the turtles during the Nisswa Turtle Race season and then release the turtles back into their native habitat at the end of each racing season. Whether you’re a veteran turtle racer, a first-time racer, a spectator or cheerleader, the downtown Nisswa turtle track is the place to be at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through summer.

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Annual patriotic event is Friday, July 3

The Fourth of July week brings parades, music, fireworks and all kinds of family fun to the Brainerd lakes area when thousands of visitors flock here to enjoy the lakes and many amenities. Nisswa hosts its annual Freedom Days Festival on July 3 every year, which falls on Friday in 2020. Activities throughout the day include Turtle Races, Water Wars, live music and a rotating list of other fun activities. Of course, the day’s biggest event is the Freedom Days Parade at 7 p.m. on Main Street. 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 spectators because not only is it at night when the hot July summer sun isn’t as scorching, but there’s tons of candy for the kids. www.nisswa.com

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The parade lasts about an hour and is less than 1 mile in length, which the parade participants love. An estimated 8,000-12,000 people come to Nisswa on July 3 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 love, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find lots of options during the week of the Fourth in the lakes area, with

fireworks lighting up the night sky on several different nights. In Nisswa, fireworks are typically July 2 with our partner, Grand View Lodge, at their Party at the Pines, which also features music and food. Stay in downtown Nisswa after the parade for continued entertainment. You’ll also have the opportunity to take in more parades - enjoy the Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Parade at noon July 4, followed by a parade at 4 p.m. in Brainerd and fireworks in Brainerd that night. In addition, most of the big resorts in the lakes area shoot off fireworks, plus there are independent fireworks shows around many area lakes and even more shows hosted by local communities. The Brainerd lakes area is definitely the place to celebrate your Fourth of July week.

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Welcome a change in seasons at Fall Festival Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge is Saturday, Sept. 19

Soak up the fall splendor in the Brainerd lakes area by participating in the Nisswa Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 19, in downtown Nisswa. The Nisswa Fall Festival has been a community tradition for 46 years. The morning kicks off bright and early with the Nisswa Fire Department serving a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the fire hall, followed by the Bridges of Hope Run for Hope that starts and ends downtown. Sign up to run a 5K, 10K or kids run. The day’s activities include a medallion hunt, with the first clue posted at 10 a.m. with more to follow at various merchants’ stores. Have fun deciphering the clues and searching the area to find the medallion and collect a cash prize. KIDZONE, where kids are king, starts at 10 a.m. at the Pioneer Village. Pay just $5 for a wristband and kids can play all day, exert some energy and 14

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display their creativity with a variety of fun activities, including face painting and crafts. KIDZONE is presented by the Nisswa Area Historical Society. The day includes the 15th annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge, which you can’t miss with the tantalizing smell of barbecue filling the Nisswa air. Backyard barbecue enthusiasts from Minnesota and the Midwest come to compete in a barbecue rib contest where they can win coveted cash prizes,

trophies and bragging rights. Competitors begin cooking their ribs early in the morning, so the whole town soon fills with the wonderful smell of barbecue and the sound of back and forth bantering and conversation. By late afternoon, mouth-watering ribs and all the fixings are ready to eat. Be sure to check the schedule tickets to eat ribs go on sale early, around 1 p.m., and VIP ticket holders eat around 4 p.m. Live music begins in the early afternoon and goes through the night. The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce partners with Ye Old Pickle Factory, which is Nisswa’s municipal bar, and Schaefer’s Foods, which is the locally owned grocery store, to provide a bean bag tournament, outdoor stage, beer garden/whiskey bar, barbecue and a relaxed atmosphere that will have you coming back year after year.

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Downtown comes to life with lights Friday, Nov. 27 Celebrate both Thanksgiving and the Christmas season at the 39th annual Nisswa City of Lights Festival on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27. While many people are focused on shopping and finding bargains on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, downtown Nisswa is focused on experiencing a beautiful winter festival. It’s like stepping into a Hallmark movie scene or a Norman Rockwell painting. Downtown Nisswa is definitely the best place to spend the day after Thanksgiving. Thousands of Christmas lights have been strung throughout downtown, from merchants’ stores to the chamber gazebo to all trees both small and tall. Store windows are decorated for the season and the feel of Christmas is in the air. Nisswa truly turns into an absolutely magical place on this day. The festival begins mid-afternoon when people gather around bonfires that are lit along the Paul Bunyan Trail, horse-drawn wagons take people on rides through town, and children write letters to Santa and place them in a mailbox. www.nisswa.com

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Step into the caboose to hear “The Polar Express” story being read or join in as Christmas carolers from local churches and schools roam the streets singing. Pet the live reindeer and get your picture taken with them while sitting in a sleigh. The Nisswa Area Historical Society’s Pioneer Village is aglow with hundreds of luminaries lighting the walkway that is the backdrop for several activities, including a live nativity scene, free cider and mini doughnuts 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. At 5:30 p.m., all the Christmas lights are turned on throughout town for a truly magnificent sight and Santa arrives atop the city fire truck to hear children’s wishes at the gazebo at 6 p.m. Fireworks are the finale of this family focused event and are launched from the Nisswa City Park at 7:30 p.m. The park is the perfect location to shoot off the fireworks show, centering 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. Be sure to buy Blinkie Lights, as well as a $5 commemorative City of Lights button to get discounts at more than 75 lakes area stores from Black Friday through Dec 31. The Nisswa City of Lights Festival is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving. 2020 Nisswa Destination Guide 15

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Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020

You can bet the celebration will be huge as the Brainerd Jaycees mark its 30th annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Saturday, Jan. 25, on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-theDay Bay just south of downtown Nisswa. The ice fishing extravaganza generates more than $1 million in revenue for area businesses and more than $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. Large prizes have included a pickup truck, fish house or allterrain vehicle. The 30th 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 Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16, 2020

Celebrate all things winter at the 47th annual Nisswa Winter Jubilee on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16, in Nisswa. Be sure to check out the snow sculptures across town, and consider participating and building one. The weekend event features the snow sculpture contest, a scavenger hunt, poker walk, wood splitting, smoosh races, medallion hunt and a good old-fashioned outdoor winter parade. Indoor activities include a bags tournament, live music and dancing at Ye Old Pickle Factory and the Nisswa American Legion. The Nisswa Fire Department hosts its annual fishing derby from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, on Nisswa Lake. Cost is just $5 per hole. Bring the whole family to this fun fishing contest.

Gull Lake Frozen Fore Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23, 2020

The 15th annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore, a three-day winter celebration that combines snow golfing, dancing and eating on the frozen lake, will take place Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23, at seven locations around Gull Lake, including Cowboy’s, Ernie’s, The Side Track, The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Jake’s City Grille, Zorbaz on Gull, and a tent on Hole-in-the-Day Bay. The outdoor weekend festival begins Friday night on Hole-in-the-Day Bay with the Frozen Flop (a version of a Polar Plunge), which raises money for charities. Hang around afterward and rock out to live music by Rock Godz in the tent on the ice. Saturday, jump on provided shuttles and play nine holes of winter golf. The day culminates with live music by Brat Pack Radio under the big tent. Sunday brings the Gull Lake Food Fest on Hole-in-the-Day Bay. Proceeds benefit Confidence Learning Center and The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Nisswa Youth Scholarship Organization will host the 48th annual Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant and 29th annual Little Miss program Saturday, March 7, at Nisswa Elementary School. To be eligible for the Miss Nisswa Pageant, the participant must be in 11th or 12th grade, live within a 10-mile radius of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, have gone to Nisswa Elementary School in any grade or attend school in the Brainerd School District. The five areas of competition are essay, talent, on-stage question, evening gown and written essay. Little Miss Nisswa participants must be in second grade at Nisswa Elementary School. Three girls will partner with Miss Nisswa, Miss Nisswa First Princess and Miss Nisswa Congeniality for appearances throughout their year of service. The Miss Nisswa winners receive scholarships of various amounts.

Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon - Nisswa Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, 2020

The 13th annual Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes - offering a marathon, half marathon, relay marathon, 10K and 5K races - will be held Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 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 by lakes on Saturday. Participants may also choose a half marathon, relay marathon or 10K race. Friday night are the 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 nonprofit organizations.

Nisswa Lions Club’s Designer Purse & Tool Bingo Saturday, May 9, 2020

The Nisswa Lions Club will host its second annual Designer Purse & Tool Bingo from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Nisswa American Legion to raise funds to help fight diabetes. Ten rounds of bingo provide the opportunity for participants to win their choice of a designer purse or a tool. Only 220 tickets will be sold, and this event did sell out in 2019. Order tickets by calling 218-232-3528 or stop at The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes (formerly Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area) on Hazelwood Drive.

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EVENTS 2020

Nisswa Women’s Club Fashion Show Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Nisswa Women’s Club will host its 37th annual Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show and Luncheon on Tuesday, May 26, at Madden’s Town Hall at Madden’s on Gull. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for socializing and purchasing gaming tickets. The luncheon will be served at noon. This annual fundraiser for local scholarships and other charitable donations features Nisswa area merchants showcasing their latest styles on women from the area who serve as models.

Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival Friday-Saturday, June 12-13, 2020

The Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival will celebrate its 21st year Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, at various locations in Nisswa.This event brings a celebration of Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American folk music to the northwoods with performers traveling here from Scandinavian countries and various parts of the United States and the local area to play. Saturday is the big day with a fiddlers parade along the Paul Bunyan Trail to the Nisswa Pioneer Village, where stage performances, music and singing workshops, a children’s activity area and Scandinavian foods are on tap all day, culminating with a smorgasbord feast at the Nisswa American Legion. Friday is workshop day with a concert ending the evening at Lutheran Church of the Cross. Don’t miss the annual gathering of fiddlers, nyckelharpers, hardingfele players, accordionists, guitarists, vocalists, dancers and general aficionados of Scandinavian folk music.

Lakes Jam

Thursday-Saturday, June 25-27, 2020 Lakes Jam, an annual outdoor music festival that unites country and rock music fans of all ages for three days of music, will be staged Thursday-Saturday, June 25-27, at Brainerd International Raceway, located on Highway 371 between Nisswa and Baxter. Nationally known for the Lucas Oil Nationals in August, BIR is an excellent venue for an outdoor music event. National artists perform on the main stage and smaller acts play on a secondary stage. Put on your cowboy boots and hats to get your Jam On with country music, including Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi, Chris Lane, Runaway June and Tracy Lawrence. Rock bands will also perform. Campers can start partying Wednesday night at the “Zoo” campground and enjoy the rest of the weekend’s festivities without leaving BIR.

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Nisswa Firecracker Run Up North

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Nisswa Firecracker 10K, 5K and Kidz Run will be celebrated on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, in downtown Nisswa. Known for its laid back atmosphere, the Nisswa Firecracker Run Up North offers comfortable event shirts, and the finish line boasts a Slip’N Slide, bubble machine, crawfish boil and free Pabst. This northwoods Fourth of July family tradition has grown exponentially since its debut in 2010. The race starts on Main Street and participants run through town and into the woods on a scenic tour along Lower Cullen Lake. The finish line is at the Nisswa Community Center with awards, prizes, Kidz Run and above mentioned festivities on the jam-packed grounds.

Lakes Area Music Festival July 31-Aug. 23, 2020

The Lakes Area Music Festival summer series, established in 2009 by area resident Scott Lykins, will open Friday, July 31, with the Season Opening Gala and conclude Sunday, Aug. 23, with many concerts and events in between those dates. The opening gala will take place at the Northern Pacific Center Event Space, with most other concerts at Tornstrom Auditorium. Both locations are in Brainerd. This festival connects the nation’s best performers and audiences through classical music and inspiring education. The free season performances range from chamber music to symphonic orchestra to opera. These concerts are performed by a collaborative roster that includes more than 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. The Lakes Area Music Festival also performs a series of concerts throughout the year in Nisswa.

Nisswa Crazy Days Friday-Saturday, Aug. 7-8, 2020

Nisswa retailers offer crazy discounts during Nisswa Crazy Days, which will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8. Merchandise lines the sidewalks and spills out into the street as shoppers pack the town to 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 longstanding tradition for Nisswa merchants and a must-do for shoppers, both local and visitors alike.

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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway

EVENTS 2020

Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 13-16, 2020

The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals are set for Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 13-16, at Brainerd International Raceway, located on Highway 371 between Nisswa and Baxter. This event features 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-your-mind 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 quartermile 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, Aug. 29, 2020

The 12th annual Gull Lake Classic Boat Show is Saturday, Aug. 29, at Bar Harbor Supper Club on 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 that departs around 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Gull Lake Oktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020

The 10th annual Gull Lake Oktoberfest and Pub Crawl will be Saturday, Oct. 3, at participating locations around Gull Lake. The Gull Lake Events group joins forces to bring a fun, autumn Pub Crawl to the lakes area. The event offers free shuttle service between locations, commemorative mugs and lots of great food and music. Participating locations include Ernie’s, Zorbaz on Gull, The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Jake’s 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 10th annual Golftoberfest, featuring live music under a heated tent.

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PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL

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Paul Bunyan Trail Crow Wing State Park to Baxter/Brainerd .. 13 mi. Baxter/Brainerd to Merrifield .............................. 9 mi. Merrifield to Nisswa .................................................. 7 mi. Nisswa to Pequot Lakes.......................................... 6 mi. Pequot Lakes to Jenkins ........................................ 3 mi. Jenkins to Pine River ................................................ 6 mi. Pine River to Backus ................................................ 9 mi. Backus to Hackensack ............................................ 8 mi. Hackensack to Walker .......................................... 23 mi.

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Trails offer everyday recreation in any season The Paul Bunyan State Trail runs right through the heart of downtown Nisswa with a parking area just south of Nisswa Square. You’ll find the year-round trail is in constant use by walkers, runners, inline skaters, bicyclists and snowmobilers. As the central hub of the 115-mile Paul Bunyan State Trail - which runs from Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd to Lake Bemidji State Park just north of Bemidji - Nisswa offers trail users a great place to stop to eat, shop or take in community events. The Paul Bunyan Trail is the longest of Minnesota’s state trails and the longest continuously paved rail-trail in the country. It follows an inactive railroad corridor belt built in 1893, passing through forests and by lakes, rivers and streams with flat and open stretches as well as hills. You’ll find many picturesque views along the trail. You’ll also find two bike fix-it stations in downtown Nisswa just outside the Nisswa Chamber Welcome Center and at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 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. Public restrooms are located at the Welcome Center and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gull Lake Trail Work continues on 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 www.nisswa.com

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 County State Aid Highway 77/Interlachen Road from 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. 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.

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Michael Karkosh (left) and Steven Karkosh spent the 2019 fishing opener on Gull Lake.

A sure sign of spring in the Nisswa area is the walleye and northern pike fishing opener in May, where anglers dig their boats out of storage and hit the open water. An annual tradition for nearly six decades is the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Wannigan, where Nisswa chamber staff, chamber members and Miss Nisswa royalty ply the water in a pontoon boat offering complimentary coffee and doughnuts to anglers on Gull Lake. The Wannigan launches from Bar Harbor Supper Club and churns through Lake Margaret before heading south onto the big lake in search of anglers needing sustenance. Spending the fishing opener in the Nisswa area is a family tradition for many, including Michael and Steven Karkosh, whose family has stayed at an area resort for 30 years. The 2019 fishing opener was the third the brothers spent on Gull Lake. They like the Nisswa area lakes, and eating pizza downtown.

Steve Thomas (left), Bob Schmidt and Larry Schmidt fish Gull Lake in May 2019.

Brothers Larry and Bob Schmidt, along with brother-in-law Steve Thomas, have spent quite a few years venturing from the Twin Cities area to Gull Lake to fish. They like the lake itself and area resorts where they have stayed. The Schmidts said their father came to Gull Lake years ago, and the tradition continues with the next generation.

Travis Scott has been coming to the Nisswa area from West St. Paul for more than 10 years. It was a tradition since age 12 to come here with his dad, and when his dad died, Scott started bringing friends with him. He likes Nisswa because of the friendly and respectful people, and because the city is clean and taken care of.

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The Corbett family, of St. Paul - Caroline, Brenda, Hannah and Angela - enjoy a summer day in Nisswa Square.

The people. The shops. The restaurants. The wildlife. The lakes. People like Nisswa in the summertime for a variety of reasons. Two women who have seasonal sites at Upper Cullen Resort & Campground in Nisswa like the friendly people in Nisswa and at the resort, among other things. “Bar Harbor,” Diane Kinnard, of

Diane Kinnard (left), of Princeton, and Charlotte Zielin, of Fergus Falls, love Nisswa’s friendly people.

Princeton, said immediately when asked what she likes most about Nisswa in the summer. Her family has come to Nisswa for at least the past 40 years and has always gone to Bar Harbor Supper Club. “Shopping in Nisswa,” she added, citing fun shops to buy clothes and home furnishings. “We just like to explore around

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town,” said her friend, Charlotte Zielin, of Fergus Falls. “It’s relaxing.” She added: “It’s our home away from home.” Brenda Corbett and her family, of St. Paul, have been coming to the Nisswa area for vacation for more than 30 years, staying for a week each summer at Causeway on Gull. “We like the happy hour at the Chocolate Ox on Thursday nights,” said Angela Corbett, referring to the two-for-one ice cream cone deals from 7-9 p.m. “And there’s so many good restaurants.” “I like seeing the deer along the road,” said her daughter, Caroline. “I like going shopping here.” Daughter Hannah loves boat rides on Gull Lake. Brenda Corbett, the girls’ grandma, said Nisswa has changed over the years but they still love the week they spend in the area.

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Susie Anundson, Laura Leonard and Melissa Seamans cruise Main Street in Nisswa on a crisp fall day.

Fall - the leaves begin to change to vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange. The morning air becomes brisk until the sun pops out and warms things up. Outdoor activities are still in full swing. Venture to Nisswa and soak up those fall colors and cooler days with a bike ride or walk along the Paul Bunyan State Trail, by the lake or at one of the many area parks. Take a scenic drive on County Road 77 around Gull Lake and pass some of the lakes area’s famous and historic resorts and golf courses. You’ll drive by Mount Ski Gull where the Zipline will take you over the trees, ablaze with fall color. Nisswa celebrates this season with its Fall Festival and Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge, along with Halloween festivities, Oktoberfest, and late season golf and open water fishing. This is yet another perfect time of year for a girls getaway weekend. That’s what Jackie Fraser of Winnipeg, Ann Marie Jasper of Vadnais Heights and Nicolle Hebeisen of Dundas did one weekend when they enjoyed a weekend of shopping and eating in Nisswa. “Ganley’s is a must when I come up here,” Hebeisen said. These ladies enjoyed the quieter atmosphere compared to summer and

Jackie Fraser, Ann Marie Jasper and Nicolle Hebeisen enjoy a fall girls getaway weekend in Nisswa

cruising through Nisswa shops, as well as end-of-season sales. Fraser called Nisswa in the fall season “super cute, inviting and calming,” while Jasper said the town is “adorable, very friendly.” Susie Anundson, Melissa Seamans and Laura Leonard ventured north from Maple Grove as part of a group of seven couples, taking a colder fall afternoon to

check out downtown Nisswa. They also liked visiting shops in a quieter setting, taking advantage of the season’s closeout specials, and said they also like spending time at the brewery and Pickle Factory. “It’s not as busy as during the summer. I like that,” Leonard said.

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Nick and Abby Wendt show off their Christmas sweaters with friends Shae Lingenfelder and Jenny Schleper in downtown Nisswa.

Winter may bring the cold, but you’ll find if you simply bundle up and dress warm, you’ll have the time of your life playing in the snow and on the ice while embracing all Mother Nature has to offer during this season. From skiing to snowshoeing, snow tubing to snowmobiling, ice hockey to ice fishing, winter is just plain fun in the lakes area.

Jace and Erica Peterson, along with Erica’s parents, Bruce and Rita Kitsch, stop in the Nisswa Welcome Center during a winter visit.

Nisswa’s most beloved event is a winter festival presented each year on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The Nisswa City of Lights Festival transforms our town into a Norman Rockwell painting with Christmas lights as far as the eye can see. The grand finale of the evening is a fireworks display like no other. There is nothing like fireworks

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against the cold, crisp winter sky, and snow just makes it that much better. The Kitsch family - Bruce and Rita from Webster, North Dakota, and their daughter and son-in-law, Erica and Jace Peterson from Starkweather, North Dakota - had fun traversing the downtown Nisswa streets one colder day. The family vacations in Nisswa at the end of November every year, and Rita said the City of Lights is right out of a Hallmark movie. Jace compared the whole town of Nisswa to a Hallmark movie. The family enjoys Nisswa’s relaxing, quieter atmosphere this time of year. They particularly like choosing a different restaurant every night for dinner. “We come here and just hang out and relax,” Rita said. Abby and Nick Wendt of St. Cloud have an area cabin and always head into Nisswa. “We bring our fellow travelers to the area. We like to come here for the lights festival,” Abby said. One winterlike day they brought friends Shae Lingenfelder and Jenny Schleper, both from New Orleans, to downtown Nisswa. They all called Nisswa a great little town. “We love the shops. We love the community. It’s clean,” they said. “This time of year, this is our jam,” Nick said. “It’s cozier. It’s slower and nice to walk around.” Also be sure to check out the Nisswa Winter Jubilee in mid-February, which offers numerous fun activities to get people out of the house for a fun winter day.

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Shop in Nisswa all year-round Summer might be the peak tourist season in Nisswa when the streets are bustling daily with shoppers, but there’s

also plenty to do in Nisswa in spring, fall and winter. Rather than shutter the doors, Nisswa is open year-round.

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few months during the off-season, most remain open year-round. Nisswa has the best variety and the finest specialty retail establishments, and Nisswa takes pride in offering exemplary customer service. Shopping in Nisswa is about the experience of checking out small, unique, independent stores. The quaint shopping district downtown is inviting and easily accessible with all stores within an easy walking distance. The driving distance between the Nisswa American Leagion at the north end of town to Triangle Gas Station at the south end of town is about a half mile, which makes strolling through Nisswa an easy jaunt, no matter what the season. 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, coffee shops or restaurants. Browse and shop your favorite stores - they’re all locally owned and operated, and many owners are at their stores every day. Did you know that in downtown Nisswa you canComfortably 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, visit a dentist, 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. Stores are open seven 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/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 seven days a week from May-September and six days a week from October-April. Additional information can be found at www.nisswa.com.

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Kristi Copham keeps Brainerd International Raceway dream going Kristi Copham’s life changed in November of 2018 when her husband, Jed died in a swimming accident in Florida.

Not only did she lose her 46-year-old husband and father of their two children, but she also lost her business partner as

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owners of Brainerd International Raceway. “There wasn’t a thought of not continuing,” said Kristi, one of the few female owners of a major auto racing facility in the United States. “There are days when I wonder about (owning the track). I certainly wouldn’t have bought the track by myself. I had been with (Jed) every day at the track, and I didn’t ever plan to do it on my own.” But, despite the tragic loss, Kristi was determined to keep the business going. She spent the winter months after the tragedy meeting with friends and business mentors to review BIR’s operation and establish a plan for the 2019 race season. She then began meeting with the track’s management team to develop a plan, especially splitting up Jed’s duties. “It became easier as the season went on,” Kristi said in an interview in August 2019. “We had the team in place to do the job. That made it easier.” Kristi helped oversee some facility projects in 2019, continuing a trend of improvements since the Cophams purchased the track in 2006. A safer track layout was completed in 2019 by splitting the road course from a shared section of the drag strip into two separate tracks. Plus, seven acres of asphalt were spread, which allowed the NHRA to put their professionals together instead of having them separated on either side of the facility. www.nisswa.com


“We’re always looking at improving things,” Kristi said. “We also need another big (storage) building.” BIR also features 200 acres of camping with areas slated specifically for families, a playground, a driving school, band stage and Wheelie Bar and Grille, along with 164 full-service recreational sites, shower trailers and in-field deluxe condominiums. The raceway employs 15 full-time, year-round staff members with 35 seasonal staff and more than 300 temporary workers for Nationals. 2020 Season The 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is scheduled for Aug. 13-16, 2020, at BIR. The Brainerd event once again follows the Northwest Nationals in Seattle on the 24-race schedule. The 2020 season at Brainerd International Raceway is packed with thrilling motorsports that are perfect for the whole family. BIR’s 2020 schedule offers a diverse lineup of racing action, from ground-pounding dragsters to high-flying Superbikes to gravity-defying watercross (snowmobiles on open water) to wheel-to-wheel road racing to jaw-dropping drifting. It’s going to be another amazing season at BIR.

The focal point of the season, again, will be the 39th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Aug. 13-16. The stars of the National Hot Rod Association descend on BIR for a weekend of nitro-fueled racing action. These are the best drag racers on the planet, piloting 11,000-horsepower dragsters at more than 330 mph. It’s an experience you won’t find anywhere else. And the party at the end of Race Day rages on all night in the campground affectionately called “The Zoo.” If you’d rather trade in your grandstand seat for a driver’s seat, BIR has many opportunities for getting behind the wheel and on the track. The BIR Performance Driving School is a great opportunity to learn how to handle a car at high speeds and then put that knowledge to work on BIR’s road course. The drag strip is open to those who want to give drag racing a try during the Wednesday Night Street Drags, which also include the chance to learn about autocross and drifting. Most of the racing at BIR includes categories for those who are giving racing a try with their street car, truck or bike. Visit www.BrainerdRaceway.com for details of all events and to buy tickets online.

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Sherree Wicktor owns S&W Bait on Highway 371.

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has owned S&W Bait, located along Highway 371 between Brainerd and Nisswa.

“There’s still a big demand for live bait, and we still put in long hours,” Wicktor said, “but fishing has changed.

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People still like to fish, but they needed to change the way they fish because weedlines are deeper and the lakes are more clear.” Wicktor said the avid anglers are still smart anglers, but some of the casual anglers just want to have fun. “Many of the tourists who come here also like to relax and do more bobber fishing off the weedlines,” she said. “And most tourists don’t focus on one type of fish. They like panfish or walleye. And we have so many different lakes in our area so people always have a good chance to catch fish.” Wicktor adds that she has been seeing more young anglers because of the popularity of high school fishing teams. “A lot more kids are getting back into fishing,” she said. “And they fish year-round for all species. They really like fishing for active species like eelpout and carp.” Speaking of year round, Wicktor said ice fishing is growing in popularity in northern Minnesota. “It’s really popular with the fancier ice houses,” she said. “Two years ago someone suggested that I stock frozen pizza and extension cords (in the bait shop). They said more people now have generators for their fish houses, so they have pizza ovens and TV sets.” S&W Bait carries night crawlers, leeches by the pound and a variety of minnows, including the all important redtails. They also have a variety of fishing tackle from rods and reels, hooks, bait buckets, nets and anything else you may have left at home. They sell fishing

Jason Erlandson shows off a fishing rod at Sportland Bait.

licenses, both resident and non-resident, and fish house licenses, both resident and non-resident. S&W Bait is the home of the Nisswa Guides League. Another longtime bait shop in the Nisswa area is Dave’s Sportland Bait & Tackle. They offer Nisswa Fishing Guide services, boat rental, live bait and fishing supplies, and daily fishing updates. “The biggest thing that has changed is the serious anglers are more mobile because there’s more information available about where the hot bite might be,” said Jason Erlandson, of Sportland Bait. “(Anglers) may move around to lakes (out of the area) instead of grinding it out (fishing) one lake.” Erlandson adds that 90 percent of his fishing customers are tourists visiting the lakes area.

“We still have a lot of grandmas and grandpas fishing off the dock,” he said, “And we have a lot of people fishing with the kids at the family cabin. We don’t see as many big groups, with eight to 10 anglers, coming from the resorts.” The other fishing trend, according to Erlandson, are the baits avid anglers in our area use. “The big summertime bait was the redtail chub about 10 years ago,” he said, “but in the past three or four years, people started using slip bobbers with leeches to catch fish.” Dave’s Sportland Bait & Tackle, which opened in 1976, carries all the essentials, including the popular redtail chub. The shop is close to Gull Lake and only minutes from Pelican Lake and the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

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Nisswa is home to lots of lakes

Lake Margaret This lake is also part of the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes in Lake Shore. Maximum depth is 26 feet for the 222acre lake. 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. 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 www.nisswa.com

on the southeast shores of the lake. Maximum depth in the lake is less than 40 feet. 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.

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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.


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 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.

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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. 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. 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.

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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.

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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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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.

Fritz Loven Park

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 offers youth programs throughout the year. Contact 218-963-0047 for programs offered.

Nisswa Lake 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.

Pelican Lake Public Beach

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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.

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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 Crosslake, 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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If you haven’t visited Nisswa Lake Park, it’s time you do

After years of hard work raising funds and seeking grants and donations, the Nisswa Lake Park and Recreation Area is worth checking out. You’ll find the park on the west side of the Highway 371 tunnel that takes people from downtown Nisswa to the

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park and Nisswa Lake, and vice versa. Trails wind through the 2.1-acre park, with a center area boasting a covered bike shelter, benches, picnic pavilion and an outdoor classroom. At a high point overlooking Nisswa Lake is a bench with flagpole and plantings.

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dates to 2007, when property on Nisswa Lake became available. The Friends of Nisswa Lake Park formed to raise funds to buy the property and partnered with the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to manage the funds. In 2009, a local couple committed to selling property to the city for a park with a $300,000 donation, on the condition the city obtain a $500,000 Department of Natural Resources Parks and Legacy Grant to buy the property. That grant was awarded in 2010. That year, the Friends of Nisswa Lake Park raised $67,000 from more than 170 people, organizations and businesses. That was the tipping point in finalizing the park property purchase in December 2010. The fundraising group and city have been active in raising awareness and funding for the park development since then and laid the groundwork for the development seen in the past two years. One major donor gave $35,000 in 2017 to prepare the property and build trails. The city matched that donation to fully fund the trail system. That donor then gave $50,000 for the picnic pavilion. The late Millie Gjertson is honored for

her donations with an engraved stone at the park’s entrance. The Friends of Nisswa Lake Park continue to raise funds for future park development, including a lake overlook scenic plaza, site lighting and power, parking lot and access road, performance space, Americans with Disabilities Act access trail to the waterfront, a waterfront boardwalk, bathrooms and pavilion facility, fishing pier and native plant rain garden. Nisswa City Park Nisswa City Park is located in the heart of Nisswa, at the north end of downtown just off the Paul Bunyan Trail. This park is always a hub of activity, featuring a playground, ball fields, skating rinks and warming house. Fritz Loven Park Find solitude at Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore. The 80-acre park features Stony Brook, tall trees and wildlife for those who love the peacefulness that nature offers. Take a hike in this park on foot, snowshoes or cross-country skis, and bring the kids to play on a playground or sled down a hill.

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Maggie, Lizzy, Jackie and Mimi Thurlow

Thurlow T-ball tradition marks 50 years in summer 2020 When Scott “Mike” Thurlow started the free Thurlow T-ball program in

Nisswa 50 years ago this year, he likely never imagined the program would

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continue long after he was gone, or that his three daughters - now in their 20s would be responsible for the program’s continuity. That tradition will continue in summer 2020. The program is still free and open to all kids ages 2-8 at Nisswa City Park. Check with Nisswa Parks and Recreation on the time and day, and attend every week or whenever you can. Thurlow started the program in 1970, long before daughters Maggie, Jackie and Lizzy were born. He bought about $100 worth of equipment - flimsy bases, bats, tees, balls and a few gloves for kids who might need them. Those same bats, tees and balls have been used every summer ever since. “This is what we grew up doing in our life and what our parents instilled in us - serving the community,” daughter Maggie said as the reason the three sisters and their mom, Mimi Thurlow, continue to run the program each summer. “It’s about the idea of keeping the honor of dad - to keep that tradition alive, be respectful to him and keep his legacy alive,” Jacki agreed. “If that meant still running the program he started when he was our age - why not? He gave so much, it’d be so hard to see the program diminish.” www.nisswa.com


And Lizzy said: “My reason is my dad. When he first started T-ball he wanted it to be a program for kids to come and for kids to connect and learn the basics. He made it available for all families.” Thurlow T-ball has always been offered for an hour one night a week during summer for free to any parents who want to bring their children to learn the basics of playing ball, including how to hold and swing a bat, how to run the bases and how to field a ball. In the process, these youngsters learn about sharing and leadership. And there’s no pressure for kids to attend every week; there’s no registration or fees. They can show up whenever their families’ schedules allow. The program has remained basically the same since Mike Thurlow - who died unexpectedly in January 2007 at age 64 - started it. On a typical Thurlow T-ball night, most parents sit in the shade along the first baseline near the dugout while others stand near the pitcher’s mound to encourage the kids fielding balls. When a ball is hit, players in the field swarm toward it, tumbling over each other to be the one to come up with the ball. After hitting the ball, kids are told to drop the bat and run - hopefully down the first baseline. Most youngsters do just that with encouragement, or with mom or dad holding their hand along the way. Lizzy said it’s enlightening to watch the young players learn skills week to week. The Thurlow sisters and their mom plan to celebrate the 50th year of Thurlow T-ball in summer 2020. “Back when he was our age, he had the drive and motivation to give back and try something he loved. He was willing to start a free program,” Jackie said of her dad. “We understand it’s something that needs to happen so we’ll take turns stepping up. No matter what it takes, we’ll give back to the Nisswa community. It’s an area that helped raise us.” “He instilled that motivation and passion in all us girls growing up, the drive to impact Nisswa in any way he could,” Lizzy said, noting her dad wanted to impact the community while helping make community members a little bit healthier as well. “My biggest goal is having the opportunity to someday have my own children doing this and keeping the legacy going,” Maggie said. www.nisswa.com

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Carlson steps down as historical society president For more than 30 years, the Nisswa Area Historical Society’s History Center and Museum has been the place where residents and visitors to the lake country have an opportunity to immerse themselves in local history. The society continues to thrive, although there was a leadership change in 2019. Dick Carlson, a person who has been influential in the growth and success of the society, stepped down as the historical society’s president. Carlson, known as the “keeper of Nisswa’s history,” has been involved with the center for 25 years. “You can’t believe the history here,” Carlson said of the Nisswa area. “I’ve always liked American history, but we inadvertently purchased a log home on an historic site on Clark Lake. That’s when I really became interested in the history of that house, and the area.” The Nisswa Area Historical Society started as The Caboose Society (the historic train caboose in downtown 44

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Nisswa was originally run as a museum). Both the caboose and depot were in place during the Nisswa centennial in 1986. The caboose was eventually moved a few blocks north, near the site where the current Historical Society’s History Center and Museum are located. “I was involved in preserving the caboose after the centennial,” Carlson said. “We moved the caboose, and Carl

Boberg donated the depot building. About that same time, Madden’s was selling their (Lumbertown) village, and people wanted to keep (the village) in the area. So it was moved to Nisswa (becoming the Pioneer Village portion of the museum). The Livery building was also built, and Lee and Penny Anderson gave us the (current Historical Society) building.” Dick, and his late wife, Leanne,

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helped negotiate the sale and appraised the valuable antiques the museum collected. “Leanne was recognized for her interest in antiques,” Dick said. The Carlsons are examples of the many volunteers who have helped run the society over the years. As a volunteer, Carlson has been one of the most welcoming and knowledgeable volunteers - greeting people with a smile and always having a great story. “Helping put the (historic) buildings together was a highlight,” Carlson said of his career. “I’m also proud of the event that we host, like the Nisswa-stamman that has become one of the biggest Scandinavian events in the country.” The one project that Carlson hoped would be completed was the construction of a replica of the St. Colombo Mission. “That was a marvelous structure,” he said of the mission that was located south of Nisswa, “but we couldn’t get funding to build it (on the museum property). We could have used it for weddings.”

Carlson does plan to continue volunteering at the center and will hold the honorary title of president emeritus and be the curator. “I plan to stay involved as the curator and a greeter for historical society guests,” he said. The Nisswa Area Historical Society will continue to be a vital part of the Nisswa landscape. Over the next few years it will undergo a process of upgrades to bring new offerings to the community. The history of the Nisswa area is rich, and by visiting the Nisswa History Center and Museum, you will experience how this small community, brought together by a lumber company, developed into today’s thriving community. Membership for the Nisswa Area Historical Society is $15 per individual, $20 for families and $30 per business. Volunteers are needed throughout the summer for various events on the grounds and in the Nisswa History Center and Museum building.

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Choose Nisswa for a place to stay Whether you’re visiting while on a family vacation, romantic getaway or corporate retreat, the Nisswa area has lodging for you. Within a 30-mile radius of Nisswa, you have your pick from mom and pop resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts and large resorts. The various properties can include golf courses, restaurants, water parks, spas and recreational opportunities like boating, skiing and paddle boarding. If you’re looking for an old-fashioned cabin with basic amenities on a beautiful, clean lake, come to the Nisswa area. With hundreds of lakes within close proximity, you can choose to stay on a large body of water or a very small one. If you prefer a big resort, the Nisswa area can accommodate you. You can golf or play tennis in the morning, have a midday lunch or snack, hit the beach or pool for some fun in the sun, eat an amazing dinner and listen to live music without ever leaving the resort. Perhaps you want to 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. Or skip the pool and go jump in the lake - area lakes are pristine and well taken care of so enjoy them whether you’re swimming, boating, fishing or just hanging out. The Brainerd lakes area has amazing attractions for all ages. Many of the lodging properties offer organized kids’ activities, with kids’ clubs and/or daycare options to give you a break for some alone time. Whether a large resort or a small one, a hotel 48

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or a bed and breakfast, there’s something for everyone at any age. As an added benefit, most lodging properties 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 returns. Fall is breathtakingly

gorgeous with the changing of the leaves and crisp air; winter is remarkable with snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing; and spring is a great time to watch the ice go off the lakes and fish again on open water. An added bonus is that 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 8 lakefront cabins and 6 quaint inn rooms.  The cabins are simple, clean, and well equipped.  Birch Bay also offers 125 HUGE RV Sites.  RV sites can be rented nightly or for the season.  No matter the getaway you seek, Birch Bay is perfect for your family.

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

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.

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 championship golf, 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!

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

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

New Cabins! Reunion Facility. Indoor, Outdoor and Kiddie Pools, Swimming Beach. Enjoy an affordable vacation on beautiful Gull Lake. All Condos and Chalets have central A/C, dishwashers and fireplaces. Our Cabins include kitchens w/ dishwashers and A/C. Gas grills at all units. There is a playground, whirlpool, game room, tennis, paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes, fishing boats/motors, pontoons, boat lifts, laundromat! Off-season savings and specials are offered!  See you at the lake!

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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.

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

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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.

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Kavanaugh’s......your best vacation ever! We invite you to discover the difference that Kavanaugh’s tradition of excellence can make. Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area has given families the best in lake country vacations, and has been helping make memories, since 1969. Stay in a deluxe vacation cottage, townhome or suite | Boat, fish or swim in beautiful Sylvan Lake | Relax in our indoor and outdoor pools Golf on world-class courses, including 108 holes within 1 mile | Enjoy miles of paved walking and biking trails Winter activities abound...groomed snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating

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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.

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

It’s time to enjoy a True Minnesota Boutique Resort Experience at Kavanaugh’s on beautiful Sylvan Lake. Family owned and operated since 1969 and welcoming families for over 50 years.  Enjoy extraordinary lodging, perfectly kept grounds, abundant amenities and crystal-clear Sylvan Lake for the perfect vacation getaway in any season!  We look forward to seeing you at Kavanaugh’s, because building memories is what  we do.

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 M i n n e s o t a ’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, 4 pools, and a wide variety of recreational offerings. Family owned and operated for 91 years, gracious service, genuine hospitality and FUN is Madden’s mission and passion.

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 MiniResort.

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

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.

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

The Nisswa Inn & Suites 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

We offer overnight camping with 32 spacious sites. Water, electric and sewer available. Discounted Amusement park tickets offered to our camping guests, with shuttle service. Outdoor games and board games available to borrow, books to take, clean and family friendly restrooms and showers. Open May 1st thru Oct 1st.

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 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.

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.

14 housekeeping cottages and 8 lodge rooms

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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.

Paul Bunyan Land Campground 17553 State Hwy 18 Brainerd, MN 56401 218-821-9617 www.paulbunyanland.com Located next to Paul Bunyan Land Amusement park


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

The Harbor on Crescent Bay 9799 Lakeside Road Brainerd, MN 56401 320-291-1552 Theharboroncrescentbay.com

The Harbor on Crescent Bay is an upscale, familycentered RV resort situated on seventy-five acres of lakefront, riverfront and woods on the Lower South Long Lake Chain. We offer sponsored activities for children and adults, great fishing, watersports and many other amenities to enjoy and make memories.

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. Coinoperated laundry, ice cream/treats shop and bait available on site!

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

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!

ONLY AT MADDEN’S

NEW in 2020 ‘The Pavilion’ Event Center • New Guest Rooms • Tennis & Croquet Club • Multi-Bedroom Houses • Kids Camp and More! • 6 Restaurants • 63 Holes of Award-Winning Golf • Lakeside Spa • Three Sand Beaches/Four Pools M I N N E S OTA’ S

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

LODGING

We’re so much more than cabin country. Brainerd and Baxter are the epicenter of the Lakes Area with nationallyknown hotels, family fun and water parks, great shopping, dining and craft beer. Visit Brainerd is whatever adventure you choose. Representing the hotels and campground in the cities of Brainerd and Baxter, we provide all the amenities you deserve and a centralized location 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

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. Pull-through 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.

Our peaceful surroundings are ideal for family and making lasting memories

picnic tables, lawn chairs & grills for all cabins tennis court • boat launch boat & motor rental lakefront cabins with safe, sandy beach excellent fishing spring and fall

1314 Sandy Point Road SW | Lakeshore, MN | 218.963.4458 | sandybeachresort.net

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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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Pets Allowed (Call for details)

Whirlpool (W), Sauna (S)

(Indoor, Outdoor) Pool

Handicapped Accessible

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83

5

Boat/Motor Rental

12

Restaurant On-Site

22

Swimming Beach

70

Internet Access

5

Fireplace

30

Air Conditioning

95

TV in Units

Nightly Camp Sites

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

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Agate Lake Resort

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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

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17553 State Hwy 18, Brainerd, MN 56401 218-821-9617 • www.paulbunyanland.com 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

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9799 Lakeside Road, Brainerd, MN 56401 320-291-1552 • Theharboroncrescentbay.com

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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Nightly Camp Sites

Seasonal Camps Sites

Boat/Motor Rental

Pets Allowed (Call for details)

Restaurant On-Site

Swimming Beach

Whirlpool (W), Sauna (S)

Internet Access

Fireplace

Air Conditioning

Handicapped Accessible

TV in Units

Open Year ‘Round

(Indoor, Outdoor) Pool I/O

Paul Bunyan Land Campground

Point Narrows Resort

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Fireplace

Air Conditioning

Suites

Handicapped Accessible

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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 by Wyndham Pequot Lakes Highway 371 & County Road 16, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 218-568-8400 • www.upnorthlodge.com

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

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Nisswa Inn & Suites 24186 Smiley Road, Nisswa, MN 56468 218-963-3500 • www.magnusonhotels.com

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W/S

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

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

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W/S

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

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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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Dining opportunities abound in Nisswa Whether you’re fresh off the lake with both kids and pets in tow, or dressed to the nines and ready for a night of fine dining, you’ll find the perfect place to eat in Nisswa, where both indoor and outdoor dining opportunities are plentiful. Take a break while shopping downtown to grab a bite to eat while sitting outside or

to get re-energized with a cup of coffee, a latte and a snack while enjoying a perfect summer day. If you’ve brought your dog for a stroll downtown, that’s no problem. Fido is welcome to curl up under your chair outside while you eat. Some merchants even offer water bowls outside their stores for pets. If you’re out on the Gull Lake Chain,

Relax and stop in for a special treat. Don’t forget to order your DQ cake! Find us on DQcakes.com

NISSWA 25312 South Main St. 218-963-2163

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PEQUOT LAKES 30699 State Hwy 371 218-568-5440

PINE RIVER 306 Front St. 218-587-4762

Whitefish Chain, North Long Lake or Pelican Lake enjoying a day of fishing or recreational boating, there are plenty of dining spots where you can dock your boat and cool off with a beverage, appetizers and full meals. You can now dock your boat at Nisswa Lake Park and meander into downtown Nisswa for a few hours of shopping, eating and drinking. Many dining establishments offer music and entertainment as well, including live music on the patio or inside. Nisswa is sure to have whatever food you may be craving. Downtown alone, you can feast on a burger, bowl of soup, pizza, salad, breakfast items, tacos, ice cream or a mouth-watering steak. You’ll also find fabulous restaurants beyond downtown. 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-flops, shorts-wearing casual to sit down, black tie formal are sure to keep even the most experienced foodie satiated. With dining options you can drive to, boat to, bicycle to and walk to, you could make your whole vacation in Nisswa about food. You’re sure to be amazed at the variety of fabulous venues available for your dining pleasure. If the options are too overwhelming or you’re not sure where to satisfy your culinary curiosity, stop by the Nisswa Welcome Center where the friendly staff there will help direct you in finding your happy eating place. They’ll happily give you a walking map so you can follow the turtles to find your favorite spots to dine. 2020 Nisswa Destination Guide

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

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

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

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

Bar Harbor Supper Club is also known as the Granddaddy of Gull Lake. 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 desserts. Fresh and locally grown food is incorporated with prices that fit every budget.

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

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  casual, 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 Tuesday-Saturday at 4:30pm for dinner and Sunday from 10am-1pm for breakfast/ brunch.

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

*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 aged steaks, lobster, walleye, and lots of other good things. Family friendly dinners offered weekends November through February.

* 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 mid-October serving appetizers, salads, gourmet burgers, steaks and seafood. Full bar and ice cold taps.

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

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.

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

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.

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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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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 and Artisan sandwiches. Come and enjoy a treat on the patio. Open for the season Spring through early Fall.

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.

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.

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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

Located in the main lodge of Cragun’s, the Bear Trap Lounge offers pizza, a perfect compliment 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.

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

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

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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, MaySeptember. There are tributes on the deck; Johnny Cash & Neil Diamond Fridays and Elvis on Saturdays mid-June through Labor Day. DJ 8pm-Midnight Friday and Saturday nights October-April.

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


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GRAND VIEW LODGE Cont.: * 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 décor creates an intimate and relaxing atmosphere, providing the perfect dining experience for any occasion. Open year ‘round.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

* Fairways Restaurant at Madden’s

(formerly The Restaurant at Madden Inn & Golf Club)

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

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

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

Prairie Bay Grill & Catering (218) 824-6444 (218) 454-5494 event/catering www.prairiebay.3cheersmn.com 15115 Edgewood Drive, Baxter

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

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

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, 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. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

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

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, hot meals, 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.

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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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 Charred Elote Corn Fritters for an appetizer, and order anything from burgers, sandwiches, pastas, unique tacos or their delicious seafood dishes! The Woods Mini Donut Platter is a must to try!! 10 minute lunch specials, nightly features and a seasonal soup sampler are all the rage!

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.

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 MondayFriday 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, fromscratch 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.

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


Golf trips are made easy thanks to resort bookings A number of years ago, “Golf Digest” ranked the Brainerd lakes area among the top 50 golf destinations in the world. Thanks to a concerted effort by the resorts that are home to most of the nationally ranked courses in the area, visiting for golf has only gotten better. New and exciting restaurants, spas and other amenities along with access to many of the top lakes all work to make the lakes area a great family vacation spot. But one hidden gem often overlooked is the ease at making your golf trip a reality. Tim Bauman at Cragun’s Resort and Tim Martin at Grand View Lodge are just two golf package experts who take the worry off everything, but your golf game. Bauman said with cabins along the course as well as at Cragun’s Resort, a group of 16 or more can easily be accommodated. But the demand is high, he said. “It used to be you could sneak one of these bookings not that far out, but the demand is changed such that if 64

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you’re not booking these nine months out, they’re gone,” Bauman said. “Many of these groups are contacting us right after they finished their golf trip from last year.” Bauman said the biggest demand is for the cabins on the Legacy Golf Courses. But the key point is for these groups to be in close proximity to everyone. “A lot of these golf groups are up with their buddies from college or whatever,” Bauman said. “They really just want to be together. Whether it’s playing pool or

ping pong at the cabin or hanging out at the bar at the golf course. It’s really about them being together. The most popular thing is truly fire pits. They want to sit around and play bean bags or just have open outdoor space.” Cragun’s is updating its meeting spaces at the resort to be more hospitality specific. The meeting areas are then surrounded by rooms to create a natural noise buffer and to allow large groups to be close. The concept is big with wedding parties, Bauman said One of the best selling points for

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making the lakes area a golf destination is the reciprocity agreement among many of the resorts. Book your stay at Grand View Lodge and get a tee time at Breezy Point Resort’s Deacon’s Lodge. “We include golf at the Pines or Preserve and we’ll take care of the tee times there,” Bauman said. “The nicest thing about doing a golf package is when you have 12 guys coming up, you come to the golf shop - everyone is paid. Everything is done and paid for before they even get to the resort.” Grand View Lodge was the first to bring championship golf to the lakes area and they aren’t behind with any of their other amenities either. Grand View’s Loon Lodge sleeps 16 and the resort has multiple other cabins that sleep up to 12 guests. Martin said the No. 1 priority for groups is booking enough beds and then it’s getting the best possible rate. “The No. 3 thing is amenities, like our clubhouse suites have gas grills and patios,” he said. “The Fairway Townhomes, some of those come with pool tables or foosball tables.” Bauman said the game room experience is a big selling point at Cragun’s. Martin suggested booking as early as possible, but also being as organized as possible before calling. He said for the best likelihood of landing a spot at Grand View, book 50 weeks out or even a year. “Grand View has a rebooking policy so if your group comes in September you have two weeks to rebook for next year,” Martin said. “If you do that, the cabin is yours. If you don’t then it goes back into a sales pool. My suggestion is as soon as you have dates make your reservation.” The size of your group, how many rounds of golf and at which courses you want to play golf are also key information that will help a group get the best possible rate or at least have a good idea of the complete cost. Both Martin and Bauman said the best asset with dealing directly with the resort is golf costs and room costs are included in one price. There are plans that even include meals. “It’s going to be organized,” Martin said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. Granted there may be slips here and there, but that’s just communication. Working with a golf sales rep, 99% of the time, www.nisswa.com

you’re going to get what you’re asking for. Your tee times are going to be set. When you’re staying off site, your tee times aren’t always the tee times you want. “Another thing, because your golf packages are included with your stay, only one person has to check in at the clubhouse. People aren’t paying individually. They come to the course and they’re ready. The pro shop is aware

of the group. Outside services and the starter are aware of your group. Everyone knows what’s going on.” Madden’s on Gull and Breezy Point Resort offer similar golf package opportunities. While there is a golf course for everyone in the lakes area, there is also a resort staffed with someone willing to make your golf trip an annual highlight.

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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

Named in honor of Arnold Palmer’s father “Deke”, Deacon’s Lodge is considered one of Palmer’s best designs. Sculpted from 500 acres of Northern Minnesota wilderness, Deacon’s Lodge combines the uncompromised beauty of surrounding lakes, woodlands and wetlands with a nationally acclaimed layout meticulously maintained to exceed your golf adventure expectations.  Featuring massively wide bent grass fairways, masterfully designed green complexes, and native transition areas throughout, Deacon’s Lodge guests are greeted by 18 championship holes equally deserving of signature hole status.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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As Functional Chiropractic Neurologists and Functional Medicine Doctors, we appreciate a team effort at a neurological and holistic approach for optimal body and brain function. We place your health goals as priority to develop a specific plan for your wellness concerns. Our team takes pride in understanding your current needs and applications necessary to to get your life back. • Successfully treated Advanced Neurological Conditions: Traumatic Brain Injuries (Concussions), Seizures, Migraines, POTS, Strokes, children body/behavior dysregulation • Board Certified Functional Chiropractic Neurologists • Certifications in Pediatrics • Over 20 years combined experience

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Massage

Cassandra Holtz, Massage Therapist, Certified Cupping Technician

Therapeutic massage is focused on pain reduction, relaxation for the mind/body, improved circulation to enhance range of motion. Customized treatment plans offered: • 30-60 min massage with optional cupping or hot stone add on • Massage or cupping added onto your chiropractic appointment • Zerona fat emulsifying cold laser application for weight management and metabolic concerns.

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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!

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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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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 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.

Tucked away in the tall pines and majestic oaks of the 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.

WILDWEDGE GOLF, MINI GOLF & RV PARK (218) 568-6995 www.wildwedge.com 32792 Paul Bunyan Trail Dr., Pequot Lakes (on Hwy 371, 2 miles north of Pequot Lakes)

9 Holes, Par 27, 1200 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!

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.

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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


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Discover how easy it is to get to Nisswa Location, location, location. Come to Nisswa and you’ll quickly learn there is no better place to visit, vacation, live, work or play. It’s quite easy to get here - we’re located in the heart of central Minnesota, exactly where the heart on the map to the right indicates. We’re just 2.5 hours from Minneapolis, Fargo and Duluth. Nisswa is an easy jaunt from just about anywhere. Look at a Minnesota state map and find where State Highways 371 and 210 intersect. This intersection marks the cities of Brainerd and Baxter, which are only 16 miles straight south of downtown Nisswa. People travel to Nisswa from across the United States and abroad. Our Midwest friends come here often, some staying at our array of lodging

options and others staying at their seasonal homes here. It doesn’t matter the stay, everyone loves to come and play in Nisswa. Come to us by car, by plane or by train. If coming by car, check out the map on this page showing various distances. Know you can drive right to Nisswa via a four-lane highway, yet quickly escaping the urban setting for a relaxing, peaceful upnorth experience. If traveling by airplane, you can fly from almost anywhere inside or outside the United States to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Once you’ve arrived at the airport, catch a shuttle or rent a car to drive the 2.5 hours north to Nisswa, or catch another plane and

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fly directly to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport in less than an hour. The Brainerd airport is a mere 20 miles south of Nisswa. Consider taking the train to get to Nisswa. Amtrak has a route that stops at the station in Staples, where you can call ahead for a cab that will then bring you to Nisswa in less than an hour’s drive. No matter how you choose to travel, it’s easy to get to Nisswa where you can experience some of the best lakes, recreation, lodging, dining, entertainment and attractions. And remember that WCCO-TV, the CBS television station in Minneapolis, in 2018 named Nisswa as the Best Small Town in Minnesota. We welcome you to come discover that for yourself. Play, stay and live in Nisswa.

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school. It’s all part of a Brainerd School District facilities improvement project that totals $205 million - including the $145.71 million bond referendum school district voters approved in April 2018 to improve schools throughout the district. “We’re building so we accommodate the growth in school. We need a school that can accommodate these families coming in,” Principal Molly Raske said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve grown significantly.” Construction includes the addition of a second gym, two alternative classrooms, a two-story classroom addition, as well as work on a more secure entrance. Work will continue inside those spaces through the 2019-20 school year. In summer 2020, the entire interior of the school will be closed and every floor and wall will be refurbished. Renovations will include an enlarged cafeteria, remodeled kitchen and offices, and remodeled space through much of the rest of the school building. The end result will be larger spaces to accommodate students and, most important, security and the ability to lock down certain parts of the school building as other parts are in use. Raske said no educational space will be lost this school year as work continues. “Which is perfect because we don’t have any space to take away,” she said. Nisswa School’s project is expected to be nearly complete by the start of the 2020-21 school year. Only in Nisswa • The Nisswa Lions Club donated $2,131 to pay off students’ outstanding lunch balances at Nisswa School, as

well as $4,000 for new playground equipment. • The Nisswa Amercan Legion collects countless school supplies for Nisswa students every year. • Rafferty’s Pizza in Nisswa provides free pizza incentives for students throughout the year.

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• The Nisswa Chamber organizes turtle races for all students every spring. • A&W Restaurant in Nisswa gives every child a root beer float to kick off the summer season right before their turtle race. • The Nisswa Fire Department brings a truck and firefighters to the school for a lesson on fire prevention. • Nisswa American Legion members visit Nisswa School to teach flag etiquette to fourth graders with a hands-on lesson. • Nisswa third graders walk to city hall to take on the roles of mayors and community members in a hands-on lesson about local government. • Nisswa students in all grades don costumes and walk throughout the downtown area, gathering treats from merchants - many in costumes themselves - on Halloween.

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Nisswa offers it all - shopping, services and organizations In Nisswa, the goal remains the same, though the players may change. The goal is to keep all of our buildings full to provide the best experience for all who venture here. And those buildings are occupied, though perhaps by someone new since the last time you visited. Business continues to flourish in Nisswa, with something new always happening. Every visit is a different and unique experience - it’s rarely the same encounter from season to season - with businesses moving, businesses expanding and new businesses coming in. It may be just one new business, one expanded business or a mixture of the two. And we’re not just talking about downtown Nisswa. If you truly want to 72

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and organizations. Though not an exhaustive list, you can find the following in Nisswa, including many right downtown on the main streets. For your health, we have dental, pharmacy, eye, chiropractic and gym services. For beauty, we have hair salons, spa services, a barber shop and a flower shop. Nisswa has accountants, insurance agencies, banks and real estate offices. We have our own post office and churches of many denominations. We have gas stations, auto repair, restaurants, a bookstore with children’s games, hardware store, sporting goods store and pet supply shop. We even

have our own elementary school with preschool offerings. Are you interested in joining a service organization? Nisswa has those, too, in the forms of a Lions club, women’s club, 4-H club for youth and more. And, of course, everyone knows that Nisswa offers some “Pretty Good Shopping” as well, complete with free parking. Not bad for a town that got its start as a railroad stop and now offers year-round living and recreational options.

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A corner that’s nearly complete: What’s next for Sportland Corners? A transformation of the part of Nisswa historically known as “Sportland Corners” is nearly complete, with just one business retaining the “Sportland” name. Dave’s Sportland Bait & Tackle continues to occupy a tiny building just east of Schaefer’s Foods, a longtime anchor on one of the four corners. The Sportland Cafe, which closed long ago and sat empty for years, is now long gone. In its place is a new building housing American National Bank and a Stonehouse Coffee location. Across Highway 371, Holiday Stationstore anchors the southwest corner, with Wendy’s occupying the northwest corner. Next up for Sportland Corners are road improvements, all in the name of safety. In summer 2020, a project designed to make the Highway 371-County State Aid Highways 13 and 77 intersection at Sportland Corners safer will take place. That intersection project will include adding left turn lanes from CSAH 13 (by the bank and grocery store) and CSAH 77 (by Holiday and Wendy’s) onto Highway 371 to help the flow of traffic coming off those roads. The project will include replacing the signal lights. Also in summer 2020, an improvement project will take place on 3.2 miles of CSAH 13, from County Road 137 to CSAH 4. A year later, in 2021, 2.7 miles of CSAH 13 from Highway 371 (Sportland Corners) to County Road 137 will be improved. A detached trail may be built along part of CSAHs 13 and 77 as part of the summer 74

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project to install left turn lanes onto Highway 371 at those intersections. The trail would be detached from the Highway 371 intersection going east on CSAH 13 until after the first curve at Lutheran Church of the Cross, and west on CSAH 77 until the Wendy’s entrance.

Continuing east on CSAH 13, the trail would merge with the shoulder and go along a widened shoulder to the city’s border with Lake Edward Township. The widened shoulder would be included in the county’s 2021 CSAH 13 improvement project.

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Make Nisswa your everyday home If you love vacationing in the Brainerd lakes area, why not consider relocating here? No matter what your age, you can choose to play, stay and live in the Brainerd lakes area. We have the jobs with employment opportunities in manufacturing, tourism, light industrial, technology, health care, education and more. Our top-notch area schools 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. For that growing number of residents who telecommute or work from home, the lakes area’s 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 - which started so many years ago as a railroad community that embraced tourism - is a welcoming community that is home to third and fourth generation 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. It’s time to take that leap and join us in the 56468. Know your leaders A city council made up of a mayor and four council members lead the city

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of Nisswa and the staff at city hall. The city has had a city administrator since July 2017. Staff also includes a city clerk, finance specialist, planning and zoning administrator, parks and recreation director and public works director. Nisswa has a six-member police department led by a longtime chief of police. The city’s volunteer fire department is led by a fire chief with more than 20 years of firefighting experience, and the department has substations in Lake Edward Township and Lake Shore, as well as its main station downtown. The city has two municipal liquor operations in Ye Old Pickle Factory, a bar and off-sale liquor store downtown, and Spirits of Nisswa, an off-sale liquor store near Schaefer’s Foods. Residents can get involved in city government by serving on the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission/Board of Adjustment, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, or Public Works Committee.

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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CROW WING Sheriff’s Department Non-emergency......................(218) 829-4749

CASS COUNTY Sheriff’s Department Non-emergency......................(218) 547-1424

CITY DEPARTMENT HEADS City administrator/clerk................. Jenny Max Finance specialist..................... Maggi Wentler Police chief.....................................Craig Taylor Fire chief...................................... Shawn Bailey Parks & recreation director...........Matthew Hill Planning & zoning administrator............................. Brittney Cotner Public works director......................Tom Blomer Ye Old Pickle Factory manager.... Terry Wallin Spirits of Nisswa manager............ Brian Farrell

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Find fresh produce through summer and fall in Nisswa You can find farmers markets sprinkled throughout the Brainerd lakes area starting in the spring and going all summer long and into fall, including right in downtown Nisswa. Rain or shine, the Nisswa Farmers Market features area vendors selling local, organic, farm-fresh foods from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays from mid-May through mid-October in the Nisswa American Legion parking lot on Main Street. At the height of summer, you can find a huge assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade honey and baked goods, meats and even soaps, lotions, hand-dyed yarn, jewelry and fresh flowers. Be sure to check out this colorful array of mouth-watering items. Get updated information each week by “liking” Nisswa Farmers Market on Facebook. 76

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Berry farm Nisswa is also home to a berry farm on County Road 18. You’ve likely driven by the field of strawberries with the “u-pick” sign along the road. That’s Wallin Berry Farm LLC, where you will find fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

Open since 1979, brothers John and Calvin Wallin own the farm. Calvin and Shirley Wallin, with help over the years from their children and grandchildren, run the strawberry farm. The season depends on the weather, with strawberries usually ripe for picking mid-June into July.

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The farm also offers raspberries and blueberries from mid-July to mid-August, and some may be available in fall also. For information on picking times and produce that’s available, “Like” Wallin Berry Farm, Nisswa, MN on Facebook or call 219-963-7456.

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Longtime turtle racer Nisswa Turtle Races are a tradition for most people who visit Nisswa in the summer, and even for those who live here year-round. For one 19-year-old from Oklahoma, Nisswa Turtle Races are not to be missed. Kinzie Lewis has raced turtles every summer since she was nearly 3 years old, ever since she’s ventured north to stay a week with her grandparents - Alan and Patty Fleet - at their Gull Lake cabin. Better yet, Lewis has all of her turtle buttons, ribbons and medals she’s won over the years to prove it. “I especially remember when I was little, going to catch the turtles,” Lewis said. “We’d set them on the ground and see which was faster.” Lewis would get mad if she couldn’t find a turtle and had to use one provided at the turtle track, said her grandma. “The turtle hunt - looking for the golden turtle - was the highlight of her trip,” Patty said, adding that after the turtle races, they’d take the turtle right

back to where they’d found it. Today, no one can bring their own turtle to the races. Instead, they are provided by turtle wranglers - or people from the Mounted Eagles Therapeutic Horsemanship program. Lewis said there’s a huge bulletin board at her grandparents’ cabin dedicated to turtle race memorabilia. Every time she’d win a turtle race, Lewis would stick her medals on the bulletin board. Her family believes Lewis won a wooden turtle in the last year of racing that saw the grand champion racer get a hand-carved turtle. It says “Mini Donut Man” on the back. Lewis’s photo at nearly 3 years old is featured on a page in the book “Brainerd Bound” that is dedicated to the Nisswa Turtle Race. In summer 2019, Lewis had her first stint as a turtle racing judge, and she loved it. She participated in the turtle race for volunteers as well.

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Mattson Lumber owner serves as 2019 Nisswa Citizen of the Year The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce has a longtime tradition of surprising a deserving person each year and bestowing that person with the Nisswa Citizen of the Year honor. Recipients are always in awe, each believing many others are more deserving of the honor. The Nisswa Chamber couldn’t be more proud of the recipients of this honor, including the 2019 honoree, Bill Mattson, longtime owner of Mattson Lumber, just south of Nisswa on Highway 371, across from Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay. Citizen of the Year criteria include that the person be a servant of Nisswa, demonstrating passion and commitment toward the betterment of the community. Those nominated do not need to be chamber members, nor do they need to be Nisswa residents. Seasonal residents qualify, too. Anyone interested in nominating a candidate for 2020 should submit a written letter to the chamber that includes the core reasons why a particular nominee should be selected as the winner. The writer must also submit his or her own address and phone number, should more information be requested. The winner will be chosen in spring 2020. Mail letters and contact information to: Nisswa Citizen of the Year Selection Committee, C/O Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 185, Nisswa, MN 56468. Like those honored before him, Mattson was “totally surprised” to learn he’d earned the award in 2019. His roots run deep in Nisswa. His grandparents, John and Anna Mattson, moved to the area in 1896 from Missouri, settling on Lake Edward Township property just two miles east of Nisswa that is now the Mattson Century Farm. It’s where Bill and Betty live today. Bill is the third generation Mattson to live there. Bill’s grandfather helped organize the first school district, helped build the schoolhouse and later was elected to the www.nisswa.com

first school board. His grandmother also served on the school board, and Bill’s father later served 16 years on the board as well. The Mattson family was also influential in the Nisswa Community Church. Bill attended Nisswa Elementary School and graduated from Brainerd High School. He started working for Standard Lumber Company in Nisswa after graduating from high school, eventually becoming the manager. Then, 33 years ago, he bought an existing lumber company that he turned into Mattson Lumber Co. Mattson is involved in the Nisswa community, but tends to fly under the radar with his activities. “Unpretentious,” is how former Citizen of the Year Cindy Terwilliger described Mattson as he humbly accepted the award. His community involvement includes: Nisswa Lions Club, past president and Melvin Jones award recipient; Nisswa American Legion member; Lakeshore Conservation Club member and past president; Nisswa Historical Society, past board member; Crow Wing County Historical Society, past board member; Mid-Minnesota Builders Association of Crow Wing, Wadena and lower Cass County, member; Nisswa Chamber, member since 1986; Brainerd Chamber; and Nisswa-stamman volunteer. Bill and Betty have hosted exchange

students from Turkey and Luxembourg through the Nisswa Lions, and have hosted Nisswa-stamman performers from Sweden. He has been a supporter of Nisswa Park & Recreation, Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant, Nisswa Elementary School’s Bloom fundraiser, Nisswa City of Lights, Nisswa School Parent Teacher Organization, Boy Scouts, Gull Lake Drifters, Lutheran Church of the Cross youth, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge of Brainerd, Brainerd Youth for Christ and Sertoma Sunrise Club. “I feel rooted here. It’s a nice place to live,” Mattson said of Nisswa. John Wallin, the 2018 Nisswa Citizen of the Year, said: “I have personally known Bill my whole life, and if anyone in the Nisswa area deserves the Nisswa Citizen of the Year award, I highly recommend Bill Mattson to be the recipient of this honor.”

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Nisswa Women’s Club to celebrate 100 years of service Nisswa has several active service clubs, including the Nisswa Women’s Club, which will mark 100 years of community service in 2020. The club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary at its Aug. 20, 2020, meeting at Cragun’s Legacy. This nonprofit organization serves the Nisswa lakes area. The club provides scholarships to local high school seniors and nontraditional women students at​ Central Lakes College, and it makes other charitable donations that benefit the Brainerd lakes area.

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Established in 1920 as the Nisswa Sewing Club and also known as the Nisswa Busy Bees, the organization began with 14 members. The club’s original activities were to sew quilts and layettes and sell them to raise funds for the needy. Club donations were given to various charities, and the organization sponsored a girls club. In 1935, the club changed its name to the Nisswa Women’s Club and continued with the primary purpose of service to the community. Since 1961, the Nisswa Women’s Club

has been awarding scholarships to Nisswa and Brainerd lakes area students. In 2019, the club gave six $1,500 scholarships to high school students and six $1,500 scholarships to nontraditional students at CLC. Membership is open to any woman, and the club’s website says “all shapes, sizes and ages are welcome.” Members include women from throughout the Brainerd lakes area, and from as far away as Colorado, Arizona and Illinois. The hummingbird is the club’s official insignia.

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Structures International......................................................................................(218) 963-3401 sinisswa.com

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

Widseth Smith Nolting........................................................................................(218) 829-5117 wsn.us.com ART GALLERIES/ARTISTS

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

Carole E Glass...................................................................................................(218) 829-4324 caroleeliseuson.com Quirks...................................................................................................................(218) 961-0100 Lakes Area Artists.............................................................................................. (612) 986-5396 ATTRACTIONS/ENTERTAINMENT Brainerd Zip Line Tour.......................................................................................... (218) 656-1111 zipbrainerd.com

Schaefer’s Foods .............................................................................................. (218) 963-2265 schaefersfoods.com Wildflower Chocolate....................................................................................... (218) 851-8828 wildflowerchocolatemn.com BEAUTY/BARBER/SPA Belle Cheveux Salon & Spa............................................................................ (218) 961-0095 bellecheveuxnisswa.com GLOW, LLC......................................................................................................... (218) 851-0525 glowbystacie.com John’s Barbershop at Schaefer’s......................................................................(218) 568-4425

Brainerd International Raceway......................................................................(218) 824-7223 brainerdraceway.com Mount Ski Gull...................................................................................................(218) 963-4353 mountskigull.com

Meraki Hair Studio............................................................................................(218) 961-2080 merakihairstudio.mysalononline.com

Nisswa Family Fun Center ..............................................................................(218) 820-3046 nisswaoutdoorwaterpark.com Northland Kart Kountry ....................................................................................(218) 454-1602 northlandkartkountry.com

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

Paul Bunyan Land.............................................................................................. (218) 764-2524 paulbunyanland.com Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf...........................................................................(218) 828-9002 piratescove.net Safari North Wildlife Park ...............................................................................(218) 454-1662 safarinorth.com

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

BED & BREAKFAST The Oliver Acreage.......................................................................................... (218) 568-8560 theoliveracreage.com BERRY FARMS Wallin Berry Farms LLC.....................................................................................(218) 963-7456 wallinberryfarm.net

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Life Cycle ...........................................................................................................(218) 963-0699 ridelifecycle.com Martin’s Sport shop ......................................................................................... (218) 963-2341 martinssportshop.com BOAT CRUISES Breezy Point Resort - Breezy Belle ..................................................................(218) 562-7164 breezybelle.com Gull Lake Cruises Cruises...................................................................................(218) 316-7005 gulllakecruises.com BOAT RESTORATION Harbor Classics Boat Repair and Restoration LLC )....................................... (218) 831-0136 BOAT SALES Bertha Boatworks ..............................................................................................(218) 543-4100 berthaboatworks.com Minnesota Inboard Water Sports .................................................................. (218) 822-4401 mninboard.com Nisswa Marine ................................................................................................. (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 ................................................................................................. (218) 963-2292 nisswamarine.com Northern Shores LLC..........................................................................................(218) 963-0477 BOAT/PONTOON/JET SKI RENTALS Bertha Boatworks ..............................................................................................(218) 543-4100 berthaboatworks.com Boats and Beyond Rentals, Inc. ......................................................................(218) 963-7700 boatsandbeyondrentals.com Dave’s Sportland Rental .................................................................................. (218) 963-2401 davessportland.com LAKE FUN RENTALS ....................................................................................... (218) 961-0000 brainerdboatrentals.com Your Boat Club................................................................................................... (218) 963-1010 yourboatclub.com BREWERIES Big Axe Brewing Company .............................................................................(218) 961-2337 bigaxebrewing.com Jack Pine Brewery..............................................................................................(218) 270-8072 jackpinebrewery.com Roundhouse Brewery........................................................................................ (218) 454-2739 roundhousebrew.com

Camp Lincoln.....................................................................................................(800) 842-1909 lincoln-lakehubert.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 SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids..........................................................(218) 568-6923 servprobrainerdandparkrapids.com CATERING SERVICES Prairie Bay Grill & Catering ............................................................................(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...........................................................................(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.......................................................... (218) 562-7179 breezypointresort.com Iron Waffle Coffee Company...........................................................................(218) 963-6317 theironwaffle.com StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery.......................................................................(218) 961-2326 stonehousecoffee.com COMMERCIAL REPAIR/KITCHEN EQUIPMENT/REFRIGERATION Lakes Equipment Repair....................................................................................(218) 839-5253

CAMPGROUNDS/RV PARKS

CONFERENCES/MEETING FACILITIES

Birch Bay RV Resort.......................................................................................... (218) 963-4488 birchbayresort.net

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes............................................................ (218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com Breezy Point Resort ............................................................................................(218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

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 Paul Bunyan Land Campground....................................................................... (218) 821-9617 paulbunyanland.com The Harbor on Crescent Bay............................................................................(320) 291-1552 Theharboroncrescentbay.com Wildwedge Golf & RV Park............................................................................(218) 568-5000 wildwedge.com CAMPS

Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa .......................................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake .....................................................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com The Woods Banquet & Event Center ..............................................................(218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com CONSTRUCTION/GENERAL CONTRACTORS Hy-Tec Construction of Brainerd, Inc............................................................... (218) 829-8529 hytecconstruction.com

BOLD Girls Camp.............................................................................................(651) 485-4305 girlsarebold.org

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

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

Nor-Son, Inc........................................................................................................(218) 828-1722 nor-son.com

Camp Lake Hubert.......................................................................................... (800) 842-1909 lincoln-lakehubert.com

Ron’s Construction LLC......................................................................................(218) 963-2677

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Structural Buildings............................................................................................(218) 963-3401 sinisswa.com

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CONVENIENCE STORE/GAS STATION

EXCAVATING

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

Stumvoll Excavating..........................................................................................(218) 838-8898 EYE CARE/VISION Associates in Eyecare.......................................................................................(218) 963-2020 associatesineyecaremn.com Lakes Area Eyecare...........................................................................................(218) 829-2929 lakesareaeyecare.com Midwest Family Eye Center............................................................................. (218) 828-9545 midwestfamilyeyecenter.com FARMERS MARKET

Cub Foods - Brainerd......................................................................................... (218) 828-1816 cub.com Pequot Lakes SuperValu................................................................................... (218) 568-5001 pequotlakessupervalu.com Schaefer’s Foods............................................................................................... (218) 963-7877 schaefersfoods.com DENTISTS Nisswa Dental....................................................................................................(218) 963-2970 nisswadental.com Nisswa Smiles....................................................................................................(218) 963-6330 nisswasmiles.com DOCK/MARINE SERVICES Bertha Boatworks..............................................................................................(218) 543-4100 berthaboatworks.com Brainerd Lakes Docks & Lift...............................................................................(218) 961-3625 brainerdlakesllc.com D. H. Docks, LLC................................................................................................(218) 963-2566 dhdocks.com Minnesota Inboard Water Sports................................................................... (218) 822-4401 mninboard.com Nisswa Dock.....................................................................................................(218) 963-2584 nisswadock.com Nisswa Marine................................................................................................. (218) 963-2292 nisswamarine.com DOCUMENT SHREDDING

Nisswa Farmers Market....................................................................................(612) 710-0962 brainerdfarmersmarket.com FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS American National Bank of Minnesota - Pequot Lakes............................... (218) 568-4999 anbmn.com American National Bank of Minnesota - Nisswa..........................................(218) 656.1380 anbmn.com BlackRidgeBANK..............................................................................................(218) 963-7325 blackridgebank.com Brainerd Savings & Loan................................................................................... (218) 824-2101 brainerdsavings.com Frandsen Bank & Trust....................................................................................... (218) 963-3316 frandsenbank.com Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union............................................................. (218) 829-0371 mmfcu.org Randall State Bank.............................................................................................(218) 454-2165 randallstatebank.com FINANCIAL SERVICES/INVESTMENTS Edward Jones Investments - Jason Martinson, Nisswa................................ (218) 963-0020 edwardjones.com

Paper Storm..........................................................................................................(218) 818-3177 paperstorm.net DRY CLEANING/LAUNDRY SERVICES

Edward Jones Investments - Marcy Weaver..................................................(218) 568-2230 edwardjones.com

Crystal Cleaners.................................................................................................(218) 828-0337 crystalcleanersandtailors.com EDUCATION

Dave’s Sportland Rental................................................................................... (218) 963-2401 davessportland.com S & W Bait and Guide Service.........................................................................(218) 829-7010 sandwbait.com

Brainerd Public Schools, District #181............................................................ (218) 454-6900 isd181.org Central Lakes College...................................................................................... (218) 855-8000 clcmn.edu ELECTRICIANS Hoffbeck Electric & Design, LLC.......................................................................(218) 963-9568 hoffbeckelectric.com Holden Electric Co., Inc.................................................................................... (218) 829-4759 holdenelectric.com Jim’s Electric Company, Inc...............................................................................(218) 828-0250 jimselectric.com EQUIPMENT RENTAL

FISHING BAIT/TACKLE

FISHING GUIDE SERVICE Nisswa Guide League......................................................................................(218) 963-2547 nisswaguides.com Royal’s Guide Service.......................................................................................(218) 829-6672 brainerdfishingguide.com S & W Bait and Guide Service.........................................................................(218) 829-7010 sandwbait.com Walleyedan Guide Service............................................................................. (218) 839-5598 walleyedan.com FITNESS

Brainerd General Rental....................................................................................(218) 828-2815 brainerdrental.com EVENT COORDINATORS

Anytime Fitness - Nisswa.................................................................................... (218) 961-1111 anytimefitness.com Cross Fit Grow..................................................................................................... (218) 851-9153 crossfitgrow.com

Nisswa Firecracker Run.................................................................................... (970) 389-0310 runnisswa.com

Takedown Gym.................................................................................................. (218) 454-1770 takedowngym.com

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


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Falls Flag Source............................................................................................... (218) 963-1502 telescopingflagpoles.com FLORISTS Petals & Beans.................................................................................................... (218) 961-7385 petalsbeans.com FOOD VENDOR/CONCESSIONS Chuckwagon Grille...........................................................................................(218) 839-5329 KD Kettle Corn................................................................................................... (763) 438-6274 Nisswa Mini Donuts.......................................................................................... (218) 820-2332 Northwoods Food Factory LLC....................................................................... (612) 309-6830 FURNITURE/CABINETRY Down to Earth Wood........................................................................................(218) 587-3696 downtoearthwood.com Natural Tones Custom Furniture ......................................................................(218) 963-3733 naturaltonesfurniture.com GARAGE DOORS Garage Door Store...........................................................................................(218) 824-0022 gdsmidwest.com GARBAGE/RECYCLING Nisswa Sanitation..............................................................................................(218) 963-4758 nisswasanitation.com GOLF COURSES Breezy Point Resort - Deacon’s Lodge Golf Course .................................... (218) 562-6262 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Traditional Golf Course ...............................................(218) 562-7166 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Whitebirch Golf Course ...............................................(218) 562-7177 breezypointresort.com Cragun’s Resort - Legacy Courses - Bobby’s Legacy................................... (218) 825-2789 craguns.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 ................................................. (218) 963-8755 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge -The Preserve Golf Course ............................................ (218) 963-8755 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Classic Golf Course ...............................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Pine Beach East Golf Course ...............................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Pine Beach West Golf Course .............................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Maddens on Gull Lake - Social 9 Golf Course .............................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Whitefish Golf Club.......................................................................................... (218) 543-4900 whitefishgolf.com Wildwedge Golf & RV Park ...........................................................................(218) 568-6995 wildwedge.com GOVERNMENT

Pequot Lakes SuperValu .................................................................................(218) 568-5001 pequotlakessupervalu.com Schaefer’s Foods .............................................................................................. (218) 963-2265 schaefersfoods.com HARDWARE Carlson Hardware of Nisswa Inc...................................................................(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 HOME CARE/HOSPICE Good Samaritan Home Care & Hospice...................................................... (218) 963-9452 good-sam.com Heartland Hospice.............................................................................................(218) 829-1252 heartlandhospice.com HOME HEALTH CARE/SENIOR CARE/ASSISTED LIVING Edgewood Vista................................................................................................. (218) 828-3691 edgewoodseniorliving.com Good Samaritan Home Care & Hospice...................................................... (218) 963-9452 good-sam.com Hills Crossing Senior Living.............................................................................. (218) 203-9820 hcseniorliving.com Northern Lakes Senior Living............................................................................. (218) 454-2121 northernlakesseniorliving.com HORSE/WAGON PROVIDERS Action Entertainment...........................................................................................(218) 839-2514 greatnorthernnews.com HOSPITAL Cuyuna Regional Medical Center..................................................................(218) 546-7000 cuyunamed.org HOTEL/MOTEL AmericInn Lodge & Suites................................................................................ (218) 568-8400 upnorthlodge.com Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes............................................................ (218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Good Ol’ Days Family Resort ........................................................................ (218) 963-2478 goodoldaysresort.com Grand View Lodge ......................................................................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Magnuson Hotel and Suites - Nisswa ..........................................................(218) 963-3500 magnusonhotels.com Nisswa Motel .....................................................................................................(218) 963-7611 nisswamotel.com Rodeway Inn Hotel - Pine River .................................................................... (218) 587-4499 rodewayinn.com/hotel/mn078 The Woods Hotel ..............................................................................................(218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com Visit Brainerd ......................................................................................................(218) 825-0410 visitbrainerd.com ICE CREAM A & W Restaurant .............................................................................................(218) 963-4361 awrestaurants.com

John Poston, State Representative.....................................................................(218) 251-7639 house.leg.state.mn.us/members

Dairy Queen - Nisswa .....................................................................................(218) 963-2163

Josh Heintzeman, State Representative.......................................................... (651) 296-4333 house.leg.state.mn.us/members

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

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

The Chocolate Ox ...........................................................................................(218) 963-4443 thechocolateox.com

Nisswa, City of .................................................................................................(218) 963-4444 ci.nisswa.mn.us SourceWell - Formerly National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA).....................(218) 895-4119 njpacoop.org GROCERY Cub Foods - Baxter............................................................................................(218) 828-4601 cub.com Cub Foods - Brainerd......................................................................................... (218) 828-1816 cub.com

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ICE HOUSE RENTALS Boats and Beyond Rentals, Inc. ......................................................................(218) 963-7700 boatsandbeyondrentals.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com INFORMATION/TECHNOLOGY On Systems, Inc..................................................................................................(855) 512-1024 onsystemsinc.com

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Notics Systems & Security................................................................................ (218) 851-8496 notics.io INSULATION Expert Insulation of Brainerd, Inc.....................................................................(218) 838-8820 expertinsulation.com

MANUFACTURING Viking Label & Packaging, Inc......................................................................... (218) 963-2575 vikinglabel.com MARKETING SERVICES

LakeShore Insurance Partners.......................................................................... (218) 961-2452

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

Nisswa Insurance Agency................................................................................(218) 963-1000 nisswainsurance.com Northridge Insurance Agency Inc....................................................................(218) 829-1166 northridgeins.com Ouradnik Insurance Agency LLC.....................................................................(218) 656-7304 ouradnikagency.com State Farm Insurance - Brett Laugen................................................................ (218) 829-1764 insurebrainerdlakes.com Weizenegger - Engel Insurance.......................................................................(218) 829-4721 we-ins.com

NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES Brainerd Dispatch Newspaper ...................................................................... (218) 829-4705 brainerddispatch.com Echo Journal.......................................................................................................(218) 568-8521 pineandlakes.com Lake Country Journal Magazine.....................................................................(218) 828-6424 lakecountryjournal.com Lakes Area Advertiser..........................................................................................(218) 961-3111 lakesareaadvertiser.com

INTERIOR DESIGN

Property Source Magazine (Crystal Clear Publications)............................. (218) 746-3042 minnesotapropertysource.com

Massie Creek.................................................................................................... (218) 838-7223 massiecreek.com INTERNET/WEBSITE SERVICES

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

Growth Zone..................................................................................................... (800) 825-9171 growthzone.com JEWELERS RW Jewelers & Boutique..................................................................................(218) 963-3306 rwjewelers.com LANDSCAPE/LAWN/GARDEN

NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Brainerd Jaycees...............................................................................................(800) 950-9461 brainerdjaycees.com Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp......................................(218) 828-0096 growbrainerdlakes.org Brainerd Public School Foundation................................................................. (218) 454-6921 bpsf.org

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

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

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

Confidence Learning Center............................................................................(218) 828-2344 campconfidence.com

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

Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trail Association.................................................................... brainerdlakesareasnowmobiletrails.com

LAWN SERVICE

Friends of Nisswa Lake Park.............................................................................(218) 821-0362 ci.nisswa.mn.us Gull Chain of Lakes Association......................................................................(218) 963-3542 gcola.org

Landscape Maintenance Inc.............................................................................(218) 831-1051 lmilawncare.com LIBRARY Nisswa Community Children’s Library............................................................ (218) 961-6876 brainerdnisswa.ss12.sharpschool.com LIQUOR STORE Spirits of Nisswa............................................................................................... (218) 963-7488 cityofnisswa.com/index.cfm/spirits Ye Old Pickle Factory.......................................................................................(218) 963-0085 cityofnisswa.com/index.cfm/picklefactory LOCKSMITH Turner Towing LLC..............................................................................................(218) 963-4547 turnertowingllc.com

Community Action of Pequot Lakes..................................................................(218) 851-2764 communityactionpequotlakes.org

Gull Lake Drifters Snowmobile Club.............................................................. (218) 568-4633 Kinship Partners, Inc...........................................................................................(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

LUMBERYARD/BUILDING MATERIALS/SUPPLIES

Nisswa Garden Club.........................................................................................(218) 851-2842 nisswagardenclub.org

Mattson Lumber.................................................................................................(218) 963-7470 mattsonlumber.com

The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes.......................................................(218) 961-0055 outreachprogrambla.org

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Nisswa Discount Printing...................................................................................(218) 831-0080 nisswaprinting.com


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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE/CABIN CARE

Nisswa Lions Club..............................................................................................(218) 961-7744 nisswalions.com

Jack’s Cabin Watch.............................................................................................(218) 251-5128 jackscabinwatch.com

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

Northland Cabin Care...................................................................................... (218) 824-1626 northlandcabincare.com

Nisswa Women’s Club..................................................................................... (218) 297-4247 nisswawomensclub.org Nisswa Youth Scholarship Organization........................................................(218) 963-0309

RACE TRACKS

Northland Arboretum........................................................................................ (218) 829-8770 northlandarb.org

Brainerd International Raceway .....................................................................(218) 824-7223 brainerdraceway.com RADIO

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

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

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

The Pulse 104.3 ................................................................................................(218) 568-4422 theword.mn

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

The Word 102.7 ...............................................................................................(218) 568-4422 theword.mn

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

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

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

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

PEST CONTROL

Edina Realty - Crosslake...................................................................................(218) 692-5200 edinarealtycrosslake.com

Mosquito Squad of NC MN ...........................................................................(218) 829-9342 mosquitosquad.com PET SUPPLIES The Animal House.............................................................................................. (218) 961-7387 nisswapets.com PHARMACY Cuyuna Regional Medical Center .................................................................(218) 546-7000 cuyunamed.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 Honey Wagon...................................................................................................(218) 963-2225 honeywagonllc.com POWER EQUIPMENT SALES/SERVICE Midwest Machinery..........................................................................................(218) 829-5356 midwestmachineryco.com PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION 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

Edina Realty - Mike Kennedy ..........................................................................(218) 232-1946 northboundproperty.com Edina Realty - Nina Karsky .............................................................................. (218) 821-3373 ninakarsky.com Joe Laudenbach - Keller Williams Realty Professionals ...............................(218) 851-5540 besthomestobuy.com Kurilla Real Estate - Jim Christensen ...............................................................(800) 820-2147 lakeshorebroker.com Kurilla Real Estate - John Nolan .......................................................................(218) 820-7515 nolanteam.com Kurilla Real Estate LTD. .....................................................................................(218) 963-7333 kurilla.com Positive Realty - Keith Schwankl ..................................................................... (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 ............................................................................(218) 963-9554 lakesrealty.com Weichert Realtors - Tower Properties, Sue Lehman....................................... (218) 838-4159 suelehmansells.com Woods To Water Real Estate........................................................................... (218) 656-2787 woodstowatermn.com RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT Power Lodge......................................................................................................(218) 822-3500 powerlodge.com RENEWABLE ENERGY Pinnacle Commercial & Development............................................................ (218) 820-2431 dakotaplainscommercial.com RENTAL/LEASING Nisswa Square...................................................................................................(218) 330-8228

Lakes Printing......................................................................................................(218) 829-7790 lakesprinting.com

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

Range Printing....................................................................................................(218) 829-5982 rangeprinting.com

North House Residential Design...................................................................... (612) 327-7582 northhouse-rd.com RESORTS

Viking Label & Packaging, Inc......................................................................... (218) 963-2575 vikinglabel.com PRIVATE RENTALS Mini Resort on the Whitefish Chain................................................................ (763) 422-4109 whitefishvacations.com

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Agate Lake Resort..............................................................................................(218) 963-2224 agatelakeresort.com Birch Bay RV Resort.......................................................................................... (218) 963-4488 birchbayrvresort.net

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Eagles Nest Resort.............................................................................................(218) 963-2336 eaglesnestnisswa.com Fritz’s Resort & Campground........................................................................... (218) 568-8988 fritzsresort.com Galles’ Upper Cullen Resort & Campground................................................(218) 963-2249 uppercullen.com Good Ol’ Days Family Resort ........................................................................ (218) 963-2478 goodoldaysresort.com Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa .......................................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Gull Four Seasons Resort ................................................................................ (218) 963-7969 mnresortcabins.com Gull Lake Resort................................................................................................. (218) 829-1344 gulllake.com Hidden Paradise Resort......................................................................................(218) 963-3180 hiddenparadiseresort.com Hideaway Resort on Upper Hay Lake............................................................(218) 568-4249 hideaway-resort.com Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort ....................................................................(218) 829-5226 kavanaughs.com Lost Lake Lodge .................................................................................................(218) 963-2681 lostlake.com Lykins Pinehurst Resort.......................................................................................(218) 963-2485 pinehurstongull.com Madden’s on Gull Lake .....................................................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Minnewawa Lodge ..........................................................................................(218) 963-2444 facebook.com/minnewawalodge Point Narrows Resort........................................................................................ (218) 568-5552 pointnarrowsresort.com Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake ................................................................... (218) 963-2482 quarterdeckresort.com Samara Point Resort on Gull Lake....................................................................(218) 963-2615 samarapoint.com Sandy Beach Resort ........................................................................................(218) 963-4458 sandybeachresort.net Towering Pines Resort........................................................................................(218) 543-4738 toweringpines.coim Train Bell Resort .................................................................................................(218) 829-4941 trainbellresort.com Visit Brainerd .....................................................................................................(218) 825-0410 visitbrainerd.com Wilderness Point Resort ...................................................................................(218) 568-5642 wildernesspointresort.com RESTAURANTS/FOOD/BEVERAGES A & W Restaurant .............................................................................................(218) 963-4361 awrestaurants.com Adirondack Coffee..............................................................................................(218) 967-0111 lovemymug.com

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American Legion - Nisswa ..............................................................................(218) 963-9946 nisswalegion.com Bar Harbor Supper Club ................................................................................(218) 963-2568 barharborsupperclub.com Baxter’s Bar & Grill ..........................................................................................(218) 822-3663 arrowwoodbrainerdlodge.com Big Axe Brewing Company ............................................................................(218) 961-2337 bigaxebrewing.com Breezy Point Resort - Antler’s Restaurant ........................................................(218) 562-7162 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Dockside Restaurant ..................................................... (218) 562-7170 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Marina II Restaurant .................................................... (218) 562-7161 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Palmer’s Grille at Deacon’s Lodge ...................................(218) 562-6270 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - The Coffee House ......................................................... (218) 562-7179 breezypointresort.com Cowboy’s of Lake Shore...................................................................................(218) 963-6200 cowboysoflakeshore.com Cragun’s Resort - Bear Trap Lounge................................................................ (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Cragun’s Resort - Cabana Café...................................................................... (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Cragun’s Resort - Irma’s Kitchen...................................................................... (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Cragun’s Resort - Legacy Bar and Grille........................................................ (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Cragun’s Resort - Lodge Dining Room............................................................ (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Dairy Queen - Nisswa......................................................................................(218) 963-2163 Ernie’s on Gull .................................................................................................... (218) 829-3918 erniesongull.com Ganley’s Restaurant & Malt Shoppe...............................................................(218) 963-2993 ganleysrestaurant.com Grand View Lodge - CHAR Craft Steaks ...................................................... (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Cru Restaurant & Wine Bar........................................ (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Freddy’s Sports Grill ................................................... (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Northwoods Pub ......................................................... (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - On the Rocks ............................................................... (218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Tanque Verde Cantina on the Beach ...............................(218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - The Preserve Pub & Grille ...........................................(218) 568-4944 grandviewlodge.com Iron Range Eatery ............................................................................................(218) 545-5444 ironrange.3cheersmn.com Iron Waffle Coffee Company...........................................................................(218) 963-6317 therironwaffle.com Lost Lake Lodge - Tavern ..................................................................................(218) 963-2681 lostlake.com

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Boyd Lodge ....................................................................................................... (218) 543-4125 boydlodge.com Breezy Point Resort ............................................................................................(218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com Clamshell Beach - Cottages on Whitefish ....................................................(888) 252-6743 clameshellbeach.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com


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RESTAURANTS/FOOD/BEVERAGES (Continued) Madden’s on Gull Lake - 19th Hole ...............................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Fairways at Madden’s ..........................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Lobby Café .............................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Mission Point at Madden’s ...................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Parfecto Pizza.........................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - The Classic Grill ......................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Main Street Ale House .....................................................................................(218) 961-6724 mainstreetnisswa.com Northern Cowboy Flame N’ Brew.................................................................. (218) 829-9872 thenortherncowboy.com Pequot Lakes SuperValu Deli .......................................................................... (218) 568-5001 pequotlakessupervalu.com Petals & Beans.................................................................................................... (218) 961-7385 petalsbeans.com Prairie Bay Grill & Catering ............................................................................(218) 824-6444 prairiebay.3cheersmn.com Rafferty’s Pizza of Nisswa ..............................................................................(218) 963-3023 raffertyspizza.com Schaefer’s Deli ................................................................................................. (218) 963-7877 schaefersfoods.com Sherwood Forest ...............................................................................................(218) 963-6261 sherwoodforest.3cheersmn.com StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery ......................................................................(218) 961-2326 stonehousecoffee.com Subway of Nisswa............................................................................................(218) 963-9789 subway.com The Woods Restaurant and Bar .......................................................................(218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com Wendy’s..............................................................................................................(218) 961-0060 wendys.com Zorbaz on Gull Lake..........................................................................................(218) 963-4790 zorbaz.com SECURITY/SOUND SYSTEMS Peoples Security Co..........................................................................................(218) 828-4828 peoplessecurity.com Notic Systems & Security.................................................................................. (218) 851-8496 www.notics.io SHOOTING SPORTS Lakeshore Conservation Club ........................................................................(218) 963-4003 lakeshoregunclub.com SHOPPING/DOWNTOWN NISSWA

Loide’ Oils & Vinegars Tasting Bar ................................................................ (218) 961-6457 loideoilsandvinegars.com Lasered From the Heart.....................................................................................(218) 820-6689 laserengravermn.com Lundrigan’s Clothing ........................................................................................(218) 963-2647 lundrigansclothing.com Martin’s Sport Shop ..........................................................................................(218) 963-2341 martinssportshop.com Meg’s Cabin.......................................................................................................(218) 961-3000 megscabin.com Near + North....................................................................................................(320) 266-5035 Nichole’s at Town & Lake..................................................................................(218) 963-2623 North Root Studio, LLC..................................................................................... (763) 245-1843 Olde Crow Gatherings ......................................................................................(218) 963-1212 Quirks! .................................................................................................................(218) 961-0100 RW Jewelers & Boutique .................................................................................(218) 963-3306 rwjewelers.com The Chocolate Ox.............................................................................................(218) 963-4443 thechocolateox.com The Dock Panther................................................................................................(218) 961-1010 dockpanther.com The Fun Sisters Up North ...................................................................................(218) 961-0071 thefunsisters.com The School House..............................................................................................(952) 217-9950 theschoolhousenisswa.com The Woodland Meadow................................................................................. (218) 963-0036 thewoodlandmeadow.com Turtle Town Books & Gifts ................................................................................ (218) 963-4891 turtletownnisswa.com Zaiser’s ..............................................................................................................(218) 963-2404 shopzaisers.com SHOPPING/OUTLYING AREAS OF NISSWA Common Goods Thrift Store.............................................................................(218) 824-0923 commongoodsmn.org Costco Wholesale............................................................................................. (218) 855-5740 costco.com Lonesome Cottage.............................................................................................(218) 568-8223 lonesomecottage.com Massie Creek.....................................................................................................(218) 838-7223 massiecreek.com Meraki Boutique................................................................................................(218) 961-2080 merakiboutiquenisswa.com The Animal House.............................................................................................. (218) 961-7387 nisswapets.com Weise Crafts & Variety......................................................................................(218) 568-4425

Ardor Boutique - Nisswa.................................................................................. (218) 454-1570 ardorshop.com

SHUTTLE SERVICE/TRANSPORTATION/BUS

Anchored In.........................................................................................................(218) 961-1985 anchoredinnisswa.com

Ole’s Shuttle Service............................................................................................(218) 821-1615 olesshuttleservice.com

bluPaisley Boutique ...........................................................................................(218) 961-0105 blupaisley.com B’s Factory Outlet.............................................................................................. (954) 999-3102

Reichert Bus Service..........................................................................................(218) 829-6955 reichertbus.com SIDING/ROOFING/GUTTERS

Buffalo Plaid, Inc. ............................................................................................ (320) 309-6724

Advantage Seamless Gutters...........................................................................(218) 270-2663 advantageseamlessgutters.com

Carlson Hardware of Nisswa Inc. ................................................................. (218) 963-7645 carlson.doitbest.com CoCo & Co..........................................................................................................(218) 961-1011 cocoandconisswa.com Compliments! with Artgarbs............................................................................ (218) 963-0680 complimentsnisswa.com Eclectic Sole .......................................................................................................(218) 961-3444 FOUND - A Curated Life ................................................................................ (218) 232-2569 J’s Woodworking.............................................................................................. (320) 407-2775 jcpatzwoodworking@gmail.com Life Cycle ...........................................................................................................(218) 963-0699 ridelifecycle.com

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Exterior Pro, Inc.................................................................................................. (218) 851-2845 myexteriorpro.com Roof Co N.A., Inc............................................................................................ (763) 550-0444 roofcompanynaincmn.com SIGNS/BANNERS Aardvark Artwork..............................................................................................(218) 963-7794 aardvarkartwork.com Graphic Element................................................................................................ (218) 330-1532 SIGNspot............................................................................................................(218) 829-0950 signspotmn.com SKI HILL/SNOWBOARDING Mount Ski Gull .................................................................................................(218) 963-4353 mountskigull.com

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SKIING RENTAL EQUIPMENT

Boats and Beyond Rentals, Inc ......................................................................(218) 963-7700 boatsandbeyondrentals.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com SPA/MASSAGE SERVICES Breezy Point Resort ............................................................................................(218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com Grand View Lodge - Glacial Waters Spa .................................................... (218) 963-8700 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - The Spa ...................................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Moxy Hair Studio............................................................................................... (218) 961-1015 moxyhairstudionisswa.com Therapeautic Touch & Spa.................................................................................(218) 316-1590 therapeutictouchmn.com TELEPHONE/INTERNET SERVICES CTC - Consolidated Telecommunications Co................................................(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 TRAVEL SERVICES Claudia Around The World Tours ................................................................... (218) 513-8922 claudiaaroundtheworld.com U.S. POSTAL SERVICES

Northern Hope Animal Acupuncture.............................................................. (218) 821-5835 northernhopeaa.com Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital......................................................................... (218) 568-5095 pequotvet.com VIDEOGRAPHY Easy Street Video Productions..........................................................................(218) 851-5900 easystreetproductions.biz WATER PARKS Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes ............................................................ (218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com Grand View Lodge .......................................................................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Nisswa Family Fun Center ..............................................................................(218) 820-3046 nisswaoutdoorwaterpark.com WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS Culligan Water Conditioning............................................................................ (218) 829-5137 culliganwater.com WEDDING VENUES American Legion - Nisswa ..............................................................................(218) 963-9946 nisswalegion.com Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes ............................................................ (218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com Breezy Point Resort ............................................................................................(218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com Grand View Lodge .......................................................................................... (218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake .....................................................................................(218) 829-2811 maddens.com Sherwood Forest - A Prairie Bay Restaurant ..................................................(218) 963-6261 sherwoodforest.3cheersmn.com The Oliver Acreage.......................................................................................... (218) 568-8560 theoliveracreage.com The Woods Banquet & Event Center .............................................................(218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com WHOLESALE/DISTRIBUTION/VENDING Bernick Companies - Brainerd..........................................................................(218) 829-3156 bernicks.com

Nisswa Post Office............................................................................................(218) 963-7907

C & L Distributing................................................................................................ (218) 829-2978 candldistributing.com

UTILITIES/GAS/ELECTRIC

D & D Beverage Company..............................................................................(218) 829-0303

Crow Wing Power............................................................................................. (218) 829-2827 cwpower.com

Pepsi Beverages Company of Brainerd...........................................................(218) 829-4196

Minnesota Power...............................................................................................(218) 722-5642 mnpower.com

Viking Coca-Cola..............................................................................................(218) 829-2204 vikingcocacola.com

Xcel Energy........................................................................................................ (320) 255-8610 xcelenergy.com VETERINARY SERVICES Lakeland Veterinary Hospital........................................................................... (218) 829-1709 lakelandvet.net

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WINDOW CLEANING SERVICES Elevated Surface Cleaning...............................................................................(218) 820-5544 elevatedsurfacecleaning.com

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


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