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Changes are happening at the Nisswa Lake Park and Recreation Area, including more public docks, walking trails, a picnic gazebo, an outdoor classroom, benches, flagpole and a covered bike rack. Thank you for your continued support & contributions!

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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, nestled in the heart of the lakes area. We have been a destination for visitors for more than a century. Generation after generation comes to the area that many call their second home. What keeps them coming back? It could be the beautiful landscape that includes trees and water wherever you look. The Paul Bunyan State Trail runs right through town; and whether you are walking or biking, you will be sure to take in many photoworthy moments. It could be our charming downtown area that boasts door after door of funfilled shopping. There are over 50 shops running up and down both sides of the street, as well as down the side streets. There are coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, gift shops, candy stores and even a brewery. It is always nice to see our locals interacting with our visitors to make sure they are on track to have as much fun here as possible. Maybe is it our event-filled calendar? It has been said that we can fill the town to maximum capacity. We like to celebrate every season here in Nisswa. In the summer, every week we hold our extremely popular turtle races. Oh, and let’s not forget our Freedom Days celebration on July 3. In September, we hold our annual Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Contest. The 6

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town smells amazing and there is always live or follow us on Facebook or Instagram music and plenty of fun for all ages. (Nisswa Chamber of Commerce). Things do not slow down in the See you soon! winter - we are home to one of the largest - Pam Dorion, Nisswa Chamber of charitable ice fishing contests. And the Commerce President Nisswa City of Light Festival turns the town into a holiday card with reindeer, sleigh rides, Santa, carolers and bonfires. Then the whole town turns on the lights, and the season begins. Winter Jubilee is in February and the list of activities is endless. In spring, we welcome the fishermen back as the abundance of lakes begin to open up. You can even participate in the Run for the Lakes Boston Marathon qualifier! We have many more events, but that was a few to let you know we do not slow down on the fun in Nisswa. Whether you BOARD OF DIRECTORS come to one of the events or all of them, Christy Ramler, Chair (XT Creative) you will never run out of places to stay. We Mark Loschko, Vice Chair (Rafferty’s Pizza) have quite a range of accommodations. Mike Owen, Treasurer (First Western Bank & Trust) We even have you covered if you decide Lisa Barnett, Secretary (GrowthZone) to join us for a visit and you just cannot Justin Isaacson (Eagle’s Nest Resort) leave. You will get that smalltown look, but the latest technology at your fingertips. Tina Herron (CTC-Consolidated Telephone Company) Stacy Weldon (Cuyuna Regional Medical Center) Our Realtors are waiting for your call. I could go on and on, but you will just Mike Foy (Main Street Ale House) have to come see for yourself. Make sure Colton Maher (Woods to Water Real Estate) you stop by the chamber office on Main Stacey Waidelich (RW Jewelers) Street and we will make sure you have the Tom Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort) fun you are looking for. You will not be Mark Lelwica (Roundhouse Brewery) disappointed. For more information, visit our website CHAMBER OFFICE MANAGER at Nisswa.com; call our office at 218Kalie Jay 963-2620; email us at info@nisswa.com; www.nisswa.com


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents Welcome to Nisswa................................................6 2021 Calendar of Events......................................10 Nisswa Chamber Premier Events 2021..........11-15 Turtle Races Wednesdays, June 2-Aug. 18......................... 12 Freedom Days Celebration Saturday, July 3................................................. 13 Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Saturday, Sept. 18.............................................14

Nisswa area boasts great parks and beaches............................................... 34-35

Craft brewing options abound Roundhouse Brewery relocates to Nisswa.................................... 62-63

Find a park to your liking right here in Nisswa................................... 36-37

Top golf holes in lakes area..................................64

Women in racing

Places to Golf..................................................65-66

I found the need for speed at BIR.........................38

Area map................................................................67

BIR offers diverse lineup of motorsports.........39-41

Come to Nisswa - it’s easy to get here................68

Cragun’s Resort marks 80-year milestone... 42-44

From shopping to services to organizations, Nisswa offers it all.............................................69

Stay in Nisswa - we offer every type of accommodation................................................48

City of Lights Celebration Friday, Nov. 26.................................................15

Places to Stay.................................................. 49-54

Relax and create memories at Double T Acres............................................70-71

2021 Event Highlights......................................16-20

Lodging grids................................................... 55-57

Stay - make Nisswa your home...........................72

Paul Bunyan State Trail Map................................. 21

Take your boat out and dine by water.................58

Nisswa city information.........................................73

Paul Bunyan Trail remains popular................ 22-23

Places to Dine...................................................59-61

Know your leaders.................................................73

Spring in Nisswa....................................................24

Enjoy Nisswa in the wintertime.......................74-75

Summer in Nisswa.................................................25

Renovations complete at Nisswa Elementary School....................... 76-77

Autumn in Nisswa..................................................26 Winter in Nisswa....................................................27 Shop with us through any season.................. 28-29

Tourism travel to lakes area has evolved over the years.....................................78

Area lakes map......................................................30

Bicycles have evolved over the years with popularity growth..............................................79

Take your pick of lakes in the Nisswa area...31-33

Nisswa Chamber Membership Directory....80-89

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2021

JANUARY2021

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Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza

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Brainerd Public School Foundation “Big Event”

12-14 Nisswa Winter Jubilee 14

Nisswa FIre Department Fishing Derby, noon-2 p.m., Nisswa Lake

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Gull Lake Frozen Flop

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Gull Lake Frozen Fore Golf and Pub Crawl

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Gull Lake Frozen Fore Food Fest

Nisswa Women’s Club 37th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon 2 Nisswa Turtle Race Season Starts 9 Nisswa Turtle Races 11-12 Nisswa - Stamman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival 16 Nisswa Turtle Races 23 Nisswa Turtle Races 24-26 Lakes Jam Music Festival 26 Majestic Pines Artisan and Crafters Market, Nisswa History Center and Museum, Pioneer Village 30 Nisswa Turtle Races

18 Nisswa Turtle Race Season Finale 19-22 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd International Raceway 28 Gull Lake Classic Boat Show, Bar Harbor Supper Club

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JULY2021 MARCH2021 1

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49th Annual Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant and 30th Annual Little Miss Nisswa Program

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Nisswa Freedom Days Festival Nisswa Firecracker Run Up North Nisswa Turtle Races Nisswa Turtle Races Nisswa Turtle Races Nisswa Turtle Races

Nisswa Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge Nisswa Chamber Pretty Good Golf Tournament

Gull Lake Oktoberfest Historic Hauntings at Nisswa History Center and Museum, Pioneer Village

NOVEMBER2021 25-27 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Northland Arboretum Nisswa City of Lights Festival 26

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APRIL2021 23-24 Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes - Nisswa

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Gull Lake Welcome Wannigan & Fishing Opener

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Nisswa Chamber Spring Dinner & Citizen of the Year Celebration

AUGUST2021 4 Nisswa Turtle Races 11 Nisswa Turtle Races 13-14 Nisswa Crazy Days

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Taste of the Holidays, Schaefer’s Foods 1-4 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Northland Arboretum 8-11 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Northland Arboretum 15-18 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Northland Arboretum 22-31 Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Northland Arboretum

*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 2021 The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce organizes and executes four premier events 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, popular traditions in Nisswa. The chamber also partners with community organizations and event planners to host many other fun events in our community throughout the year. We look at Nisswa as the event hub of the Brainerd lakes area. www.nisswa.com

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The 58th year of Nisswa Turtle Races will kick off when the season starts Wednesday, June 2, at the downtown Turtle Track. Registration starts at 1 p.m., and for $5 you can race a turtle and get a commemorative Turtle Race button. Racing gets underway at 2 p.m., no matter what the weather. Turtle Races traditionally draw hundreds of participants from all over the country each week. The official Turtle Track is located in the Chamber Welcome Center parking lot, along the Paul Bunyan State Trail in downtown Nisswa. Starting with heat races, 20 racers at a time cheer as their turtles race for the yellow 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, they get a Turtle Race medal.

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Nisswa Turtle Races: Wednesdays, June 2-Aug. 18

Then the specialty races take place. 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 participants have been

racing turtles for their entire lives. The specialty race winners receive ribbons and prizes, too. The Nisswa Turtle Races are a popular tradition for many families who visit the Brainerd lakes area each year. Kids of all ages race turtles, from babies to greatgrandparents. 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, come to the downtown Nisswa Turtle Track for a great time at 2 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the summer. www.nisswa.com


Dress in red, white & blue and come to Nisswa!

The Brainerd lakes area is definitely the place to be for the Fourth of July holiday, when thousands of visitors descend upon the area to don their red, white and blue to enjoy parades, music, food and fireworks with friends and family. Nisswa hosts its annual Freedom Days Festival on July 3 every year, which falls on Saturday in 2021. 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 the street to watch the parade that features floats, veterans’ groups, a high school marching band, clowns, local royalty, fire trucks and much more. 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 www.nisswa.com

summer sun isn’t as scorching, but there is a ton of candy for the kids. The parade lasts about an hour and is less than one 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. 2021 Nisswa Destination Guide

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Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ: Saturday, Sept. 18 Awaken all your senses in downtown Nisswa!

Fall in the Brainerd lakes area is beyond spectacular with the dazzling gold, orange and red leaves on the trees and the crisp air calling for a cozy sweatshirt. Enjoy this change in seasons by venturing to the Nisswa Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 18, 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. 14

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Pay just $5 for a wristband and kids can play all day, exert some energy and 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 throughout 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. www.nisswa.com


Usher in the holidays with shopping, fireworks!

Downtown Nisswa is definitely the best place to spend the day after Thanksgiving every year - it’s like stepping into a holiday movie scene or a Norman Rockwell painting. You won’t want to miss it! So come and celebrate both the Thanksgiving and the Christmas season at the 40th annual Nisswa City of Lights Festival on Friday, Nov. 26. It’s a day - a weekend, really - when downtown Nisswa focuses on experiencing a beautiful winter festival while many people are focused on Black Friday bargain shopping. Thousands of Christmas lights are 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 and Main Street, take horse-drawn wagons through town, and let children write letters to Santa and place them in a mailbox. www.nisswa.com

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. See 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. 2021 Nisswa Destination Guide 15

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EVENTS 2021

Brainerd Jaycees Virtual Ice Fishing Extravaganza Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021

The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza will go statewide and virtual this year. The 31st annual contest will run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, on any lake in Minnesota, rather than having thousands of anglers gather on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay just south of downtown Nisswa. All six eligible fish species native to Gull Lake will be announced before the contest. Contestants will enter fish into a web-based application that will go live on the contest day. 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.

Nisswa Winter Jubilee Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14, 2021

Continue your celebration of winter and the outdoors by venturing to downtown Nisswa for the 48th annual Nisswa Winter Jubilee on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14. Be sure to check out the fabulous snow sculptures across town, and consider participating and building one. Anyone can join in the fun! The weekend event features the snow sculpture contest, a scavenger hunt, wood splitting contests, 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. 14, 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. 19-21, 2021

Another winter tradition is the Gull Lake Frozen Fore, a three-day celebration that combines snow golfing, dancing and eating on the frozen lake. The 16th annual event will take place Friday-Sunday, Feb. 19-21, at seven locations around Gull Lake, including Madden’s, Ernie’s on Gull, Grand View Lodge, Zorbaz on Gull, Cowboy’s in Lake Shore, the Side Track Bar & Restaurant, and a tent on Hole-in-the-Day Bay. The outdoor weekend festival begins Friday night on Holein-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 in the tent on the ice. Saturday, jump on provided shuttles and play nine holes of winter golf. The day culminates with live music under the big tent. Sunday brings the Gull Lake Food Fest on Hole-in-the-Day Bay. Proceeds benefit Confidence Learning Center and The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes.

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Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Nisswa Youth Scholarship Organization will host the 49th annual Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant and 30th annual Little Miss program Saturday, March 13, 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 23-24, 2021

If you like running, consider participating in the 14th annual Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes, which offers a marathon, half marathon, relay marathon, 10K and 5K races. This year’s event will take place Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, 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. It’s fun to just come and watch the racers too!

Nisswa Chocolate Walk Saturday, May 1, 2021

This event has evolved since its inception, and the fifth annual Nisswa Chocolate Walk will take place Saturday, May 1, with check-in at Wildflower Chocolate on Hazelwood Drive in Nisswa (in The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes building). Tickets will become available Jan. 1, 2021, at wildflowerchocolate. com with a percentage of the profits donated to Little Bellas, a mountain bike mentorship program for girls. Cuyuna has a chapter. All chocolate and chocolatethemed treats will be handmade/homemade artisan business treats paired with a destination host business in Nisswa. The goal is to bring the event back to downtown Nisswa!

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EVENTS 2021

Nisswa Women’s Club Fashion Show Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Nisswa Women’s Club will host its 37th annual Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show and Luncheon on Tuesday, June 1, at Madden’s Town Hall at Madden’s on Gull Lake. 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 11-12, 2021

The sound of Scandinavian music will emanate through Nisswa for the 21st Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival on 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 Music Festival Thursday-Saturday, June 24-26, 2021

Country and rock fans alike will flock to Brainerd International Raceway on Thursday-Saturday, June 24-26, 2021, for Lakes Jam, an annual outdoor music festival that unites fans of both music genres and of all ages for three days of music. BIR, located on Highway 371 between Nisswa and Baxter and nationally known for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August, 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, and also enjoy the rock bands that will 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 Sunday, July 4, 2021

As has been tradition since 2010, the Nisswa Firecracker 10K, 5K and Kidz Run will be celebrated on Independence Day, Sunday, 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. 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 August 2021

The Lakes Area Music Festival - established in 2009 by area resident Scott Lykins - returns for its 13th annual season in August 2021. The nation’s fastest growing classical music festival connects the performers and audience through classical music and inspiring education. Performances range from chamber music and symphonic orchestra to productions of opera and ballet, and are presented with donation-based admission. Each year, a roster of over 200 artists travel to central Minnesota from the top orchestras and opera companies in the world, like the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Metropolitan Opera and more. The 2021 season will also serve as a grand opening of the new performing arts center at Brainerd High School, LAMF’s new summer home. Concerts will be scheduled over the first three weeks in August. More information about these performances and other fun musical activities for all ages throughout the community will be available at lakesareamusic.org.

Nisswa Crazy Days Friday-Saturday, Aug. 13-14, 2021

Nisswa retailers go a little crazy and offer crazy discounts during Nisswa Crazy Days, which will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14. Merchandise lines the sidewalks and spills out onto the street as shoppers pack the town to browse for good buys. Whether you are looking for home decor, 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

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Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 19-22, 2021

The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals will attract thousands of race fans to Brainerd International Raceway, located on Highway 371 between Nisswa and Baxter, on Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 19-22. This event features the world’s best drag racers, the fastest cars, the most loyal race fans and an experience like no other. At center stage are 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 Camping World Drag Racing Series. This kind of racing isn’t for the faint of heart. The Top Fuel Dragsters get down the quarter-mile track in less than 4 seconds at speeds over 330 mph. They crank out 10,000 horsepower along the way. Blink at the wrong time and they’re long gone.

Gull Lake Classic Boat Show Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021

Get up close to beautiful boats lined along the docks at Bar Harbor Supper Club on Gull Lake at the 12th annual Gull Lake Classic Boat Show on Saturday, Aug. 28. 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. Admire these breathtaking beauties on a relaxing 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. 2, 2021

The 10th annual Gull Lake Oktoberfest and Pub Crawl will be Saturday, Oct. 2, 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, fun prizes at varying locations and lots of great food and music. Participating locations have included Ernie’s, Zorbaz on Gull, The Pines at Grand View Lodge, 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 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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PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL

Paul Bunyan Trail remains popular with outdoor enthusiasts

The Paul Bunyan State Trail, a multi-use recreational trail built on a former railroad line between Brainerd and Bemidji, continues as one of the most popular trails in Minnesota. The trail, which was first paved in 1992 and named after the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan, is the longest continuously paved trail in the United States. And it travels right through the heart of downtown Nisswa. The route was part of the Burlington Northern Railroad lines abandoned in 1983. The trail currently covers a distance of 120 miles. The southern extension, completed in 2012, moved the southern terminus to Crow Wing State Park. The route through Bemidji currently follows city roads until an off-road path can be secured. The Paul Bunyan State Trail intersects with the Heartland State Trail in Walker, and in Bemidji joins the Blue Ox Trail, which continues 110 miles to the Canada-United States border. Terry McGaughey, who passed away in 2010, is credited with the idea for the conception of the Paul Bunyan Trail in 1983 after the announcement of the closing of the Burlington Northern Railroad. With more than 25 years of his life dedicated to promoting, lobbying and planning meetings in all 15 trail towns in his own free time, McGaughey earned the respect of the Brainerd lakes area as well as the connecting trail towns. His love for nature and his strong desire to keep our lakes area beautiful is a testament to 22 2021 Nisswa Destination Guide

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the Paul Bunyan Trail and to the appeal of the northwoods. In May 1994, the Department of Natural Resource’s master plan for the trail was adopted by the state, and the following year a 10-foot-wide bituminous treadway was paved for use by bicyclists, inline skaters and hikers. The first 50 miles of the trail were paved in 1992. Today, at 210 miles, the adjoining Paul Bunyan and Blue Ox (Bemidji to International Falls) trails form one of the longest contiguous railroad bed conversion trails in the nation. And one of the most scenic. It is easy to understand the appeal of the Paul Bunyan Trail. Its 100 miles wind around the shores of 21 lakes and over nine rivers or streams. Very little of the trail crosses open fields or immediately borders highways; most of the route snakes through gently rolling landscapes covered in stately pine forests and populated by an abundance of diverse flora and fauna. Towns are situated at comfortable 8-10 mile intervals, with state parks at both the north and south ends of the trail. The Paul Bunyan Trail intersects with several planned or proposed connecting trail routes, including a network of more than 1,200 miles of snowmobile trails. The Paul Bunyan is one of the most popular trails in the state. In the opening

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Nisswa starts to really come alive in spring. The trees are green, the flowers are blooming, and everyone is thawing out after a beautiful Nisswa winter. Spring brings a favorite Minnesota tradition the fishing opener. Anglers from all over the state travel to Nisswa to try their hand at catching walleye and northern pike in early May. Golf courses open and golfers get out to play a round. The Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes brings runners around the scenic Nisswa area as they participate in a 1K, 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon - a Boston Marathon qualifier!

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There is nowhere quite like Nisswa in the summertime. People from all over the country - and the world - travel to Nisswa to enjoy what the area has to offer. Our lakes offer great fishing spots, perfect sandy swimming areas, and lots of room for skiing, tubing and wakeboarding. Our parks are full of families enjoying the nice, warm days. Nisswa’s stores are full of fantastic items for shoppers to peruse. Many restaurants have their decks and patios open to enjoy a meal in the fresh air. The golf courses are abuzz with players hitting the greens. Bikers, runners and rollerbladers hit the Paul Bunyan Trail for some exercise. On Wednesdays, the Turtle Track is full of kids (and the young at heart) trying their hand at racing turtles in our weekly Turtle Races!

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Fall brings a crispness to the air in Nisswa. It is a perfect time to take in a scenic drive or walk down the Paul Bunyan Trail as the leaves begin to change. The kids go back to school, and the streets are filled with couples enjoying a romantic getaway or a group of friends in town for a relaxing weekend. September brings our annual Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge, where competitors take a stab at smoking their very best ribs! There’s still great golfing, fishing and boating to enjoy in the fall.

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Nina Karsky Winter comes, snow falls, and Nisswa is transformed into a scene straight out of a holiday movie. The day after Thanksgiving, Nisswa is lit up for the City of Lights Celebration. Lights twinkle up and down the street, holiday shopping is in full swing, and folks sip hot cocoa while taking in the sights. A fantastic fireworks show lights up the night to kick off the holiday season! The area is full of snowmobilers enjoying the hundreds of miles of trails the lakes area has to offer. Things are in full swing at Mount Ski Gull as skiers and snowboarders make their way down the hill. Lakes become small cities as ice fishermen bring out their fish houses and try their luck at catching the big one.

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Shop with us through any season Nisswa’s unique stores are filled with shoppers during the summer, but there’s still fun to be had in the other seasons fall, winter and spring. Summer might be

the peak tourist season when the streets are teeming with cars and people, but rather than shutter the doors, Nisswa remains open year-round.

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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, from Main Street through Nisswa Square. The driving distance between the Nisswa American Legion 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. Downtown Nisswa offers all the amenities anyone would want or need. In downtown Nisswa you can get your hair cut, grab a latte, buy a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt, eat a meal, find a home decor item or that perfect gift for family and friends. Not only that, you can buy a house, 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, buy a lamp, fill your car with gas - all in downtown Nisswa. www.nisswa.com


You can do all of this and more without 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 don’t like the crowds, save your shopping for these other seasons. 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. Years ago, many downtown shops were considered seasonal businesses. While a couple stores still close for a few months during the off-season, most remain open through the year. Nisswa has the best variety and the finest specialty retail establishments, and Nisswa takes pride in offering exemplary customer service. Additional information can be found at www.nisswa.com.

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Take your pick of lakes in the Nisswa area

GULL LAKE CHAIN OF LAKES: Gull Lake

A landmark attraction in the Nisswa area spans almost 9,500 acres and offers numerous public accesses. People enjoy the chain of lakes for all seasons – from fishing and water activities in the summer months to ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter months.

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

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. www.nisswa.com

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CULLEN LAKES: Lower Cullen

The 512-acre lake borders the north edge of downtown Nisswa, and is part of a chain of three lakes that drain into Gull Lake. A public access is located on the southeast shores of the lake. Maximum depth in the lake is less than 40 feet.

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.

OTHER AREA LAKES: Clark Lake

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

East Twin

The lake is located two miles north of Nisswa. The maximum depth is 45 feet for the 146-acre lake. A public access is located on the west shore.

West Twin

The lake is also located two miles north of Nisswa. The 117 acre lake has a maximum depth of 47 feet. There is a public boat access on the east shore of the lake off of Highway 371.

Lake Edna

The 153-acre lake is two miles north of Nisswa. The public access is located on the northeast side of the lake. Approximately 59 percent of the lake is less than 15 feet deep.

Lake Edward

The lake is located east of Nisswa and covers 2,032 acres. The maximum depth is 75 feet with 59 percent of the lake less than 15 feet in depth. A public access is located on the west side.

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

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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. www.nisswa.com


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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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

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PARKS & BEACHES

Nisswa area boasts great parks and beaches If you love being outdoors, the lakes area has no shortage of nearby parks and beaches to satisfy any outdoor enthusiast. Try any or all of these.

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.

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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

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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riding trails 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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Find a park to your liking right here in Nisswa

The city of Nisswa is committed to providing parks and recreation to the residents and visitors of the lakes area. You’ll find the following parks right in town.

Nisswa City Park

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public restrooms, a warming house and two ice skating rinks - a full-sized hockey rink and a smaller rink for more recreational skating. In the winter, the Zamboni can be seen doing its magic as it maintains the ice to near perfect conditions. The Nisswa Community Center, also located on the park property, provides Play Time three days a week, offering an indoor space for young children to play, interact with others and get some exercise during the winter months. The Nisswa Community Center is used by many nonprofit organizations for gatherings, meetings, fundraisers and open forums while others book weddings, birthday parties and even live entertainment at the Nisswa Community Center.

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Downtown Nisswa also offers Nisswa Lake Park. Nisswa Lake Park, a lakeside park, provides a beautiful recreational area with access to Nisswa Lake for residents and visitors. The 2.1-acre park is adjacent to the public water access on Nisswa Lake, and is easily accessible by car or on foot. By car, it’s located on Hazelwood Drive, directly across from downtown Nisswa and Highway 371. On foot, at the south end of town where the Nisswa Square starts (Ganley’s is on one side of the street and Big Axe Brewery is on the other), look toward the West and you’ll see another way to access www.nisswa.com


Nisswa Lake Park - through the pedestrian tunnel that goes under Highway 371 and leads you to a Department of Natural Resources boat access/landing on Nisswa Lake and Nisswa Lake Park. Before venturing through the tunnel, just adjacent to the pedestrian tunnel is the Pocket Park that offers bench seating, a bird’s-eye view of the south end of town and a relaxing spot to enjoy that treat you just got in Nisswa. Now, take that stroll under Highway 371 through the pedestrian tunnel, through the park to Nisswa Lake. The Nisswa Lake Park Recreational Area currently offers a walking trail, observation areas, picnic shelter, benches, boat docking facilities and an outdoor classroom. The boat docks are public and are there so you can park your boat and venture into downtown Nisswa. Bring your fishing poles because you can fish from these docks, too. Future plans include paving the trails, adding restrooms (portable facilities are available now), an access road and a parking lot. The Brainerd lakes area is well known for its outdoor recreation. While you’re enjoying your stay in Nisswa, be sure to check out the parks the city of Nisswa has to offer.

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Women in racing I found the need for speed at BIR BY PAM DORION For years, drag racing was known as a man’s sport, until Shirley Muldowney, “The First Lady of Drag Racing,” made her appearance in 1958. As the years have clicked by, more and more women are racing in all kinds of different auto sports. As a matter of fact, our local speedway - Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) - is owned by a woman.

All of this was just racing history to me, until my husband bought me my dream car - a 2015 Shark Gray Corvette. As I was learning to drive it, my husband suggested we take it to BIR. I messed around a little bit on the road course, and then one day he thought I should try the Wednesday night street drags, where anyone can bring a car and race it down the track.

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I thought that sounded very safe and fun, so for $25 and a helmet, why wouldn’t I? When I looked around, I could not believe all the women I saw participating in this event. I instantly fell in love and found the need for speed! I love the exhilarating feeling when you are about to take off. I decided to join the Muscle Car Series the next summer. I quickly noticed again just how many women racers there were. The first race was filled with tips from other drivers and many great memories were made. I love to visit and as I made my rounds in the campground, I realized it is whole families out racing or spectating. Drag racing at BIR has now become a huge part of my family. I’ve been racing for three years, and my husband, Cam, has been racing his Mustang for five years. Our daughter, Sydney, started racing in 2020 in the Truck Series. And our son, Thomas, has participated in ice racing for years and is working on his Mustang to race in 2021. I wonder if Shirley Muldowney knows what she started? www.nisswa.com


Brainerd International Raceway offers diverse lineup of motorsports Not a summer weekend goes by without the familiar sights and sounds of mind-blowing motorsports at Brainerd International Raceway, located six miles north of Brainerd and just south of Nisswa. As the largest motoplex in the Upper

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snowmobiles compete on an oval course on open water. You’ll never see anything more entertaining. The highlight of the 2021 schedule, like every year, will be the 39th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, which is scheduled for Aug. 19-22, 2021. This is a chance for race fans to see the stars of the National Hot Rod Association during three days of nitro-fueled drag racing. Here’s what you’ll see: the best drag racers in the world, 11,000-horsepower dragsters going more than 330 mph, open pits where fans can get up close to the teams as they rebuild the cars, the legendary Zoo campground that defies explanation, live music and a legion of crazed fans that can’t get enough NHRA racing. Fans aren’t limited to being spectators at BIR, though. In fact, BIR has opportunities almost every week for people to get behind the wheel and

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test themselves on BIR’s track. The BIR Performance Driving School is a great chance to learn how to handle a car at high speeds, and the drag strip is open to those who want to give drag racing a try during the NAPA Street Legals on select Wednesday nights. Instruction is also available for Superbike riding, autocross and drifting. And most of BIR’s racing events include categories for novice racers who are giving it a try. It’s more affordable than you think. Visit BrainerdRaceway.com for details of all track events and to buy tickets online.

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The Brainerd Lakes Area was forever changed in 1940 with the founding of Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake. Merrill Cragun Jr., better known to all as “Dutch,” was 8 years old when his parents, Merrill Sr. and Louise, started their now famous lakes area resort located in the Pine Beach Area on Steamboat Bay on the south shore of Gull Lake. Now at 88, Dutch has gone from bait boy to resort owner alongside his wife, Irma. When Dutch started working in the family business he was in charge of bait, which included worms, minnows and frogs. He was 9 when Cragun’s Resort officially welcomed guests into the resort in 1941. He stood by as his parents turned tax-forfeited land into what is now a year-round vacation destination that now has more than 200 lodging options, five different dining experiences, three golf courses, more than 400 employees and eight decades of rich history. Dutch remembers when the short summer-only resort season lasted all of nine weeks from around mid-June to just before Labor Day. His home office is a

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testament to all the traveling the Craguns did in the winter months when there was no resort to run. “Nothing happened on Memorial Day,” he said. “Some fishing, but no families. Absolutely too far from the Twin Cities.” Then snowmobilers and other winter visitors started showing interest in the resort, but the cabins weren’t winterized and there was no circulating pump to keep the water from freezing. Dutch recalls the first year golf became an amenity at the resort. Hot dogs and hamburgers were sold out of a tent before the clubhouse was built. He’ll especially never forget his round of golf with former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura; the 20-year-old newspaper article is framed and still in his home office. Much has changed since those early days. Today the resort is in the midst of a $20 million expansion and remodel project that started in 2015. Lobby areas, hotel rooms, cabins, golf courses and the marina have all seen upgraded facilities and amenities. Visitors can now rent new pontoons, speedboats, Jet Skis,

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stand-up paddleboards, row boats, canoes and bicycles to enhance their outdoor experience. Inside, the resort’s hotel-style rooms are undergoing renovations, with new electric fireplaces, carpeting, sliding glass doors and overall layouts. What hasn’t changed, though, is the lake view present from every room, except for those that

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are poolside. And except for the cabins on the golf courses, 90% of the cabins also boast lake views. There are 65 in total, with 21 of them having at least four bedrooms, offering great accommodations for large groups and family reunions. Cragun’s recently acquired the North Star, a yacht that cruises Gull Lake with

guests from May through October, with both private and public cruising options. Golfers have three courses to choose from at Cragun’s - Dutch’s Legacy, Bobby’s Legacy and the Reversible 9. At the Reversible 9, you can even play foot golf, which is a combination of soccer and golf that’s fun for the whole family.

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MINNESOTA’S CLASSIC RESORT

• 1000 acres, miles of Gull Lake shoreline • 287 guest rooms, most with outside entry and views of the lake or golf course • Limitless outdoor fun • Waterski school • Six restaurants – 4 outdoor dining choices

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• 63 holes of award-winning golf • Lakeside spa • Three sand beaches, four pools • Tennis & Croquet Club • Kids activity program

Gull Lake • Brainerd, MN • maddens.com • 800.233.2934

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

Enjoy a True Minnesota Resort Experience and find out why the Minneapolis Star Tribune named Kavanaugh’s Minnesota’s “Best Family Resort 2015” www.kavanaughs.com  |  800-562-7061  |  218-829-5226  |  East Gull Lake, MN 56401 www.nisswa.com

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The Lake is Calling www.breezypointresort.com | Toll Free (800) 432-3777

boat… fish… dine… dance… golf… From our Marina II & dining area to our Lakeside Ballroom, we have what you need for your wedding, corporate retreat, family reunion, or getaway. While you are here remember to enjoy our full-service Coffee Shop featuring Caribou Coffee & a Full Service Spa. 46

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Stay in Nisswa - we offer every type of accommodation

The Nisswa area offers lodging for any type of getaway you plan. Whether you’re visiting for a family vacation, romantic getaway or corporate retreat - even if you’re just stopping for a night - we have a place where you’ll love to stay. Within a 30-mile radius of Nisswa, you have your pick from mom and pop resorts, hotels, motels, 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.

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

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 day care options to give you a break for some alone time. Whether a large resort or a small one, a hotel 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 color 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 and shopping in the lakes area is great all year long.

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

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

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

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 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

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.

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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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 southwest of Nisswa and offers 8 lakefront cabins and 6 quaint inn rooms. The cabins are simple, clean, and well equipped. Birch Bay also offers 175 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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. We have paddleboards and kayaks.

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 lakefront.

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!

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!

Gull Lake Beach Resorts Nisswa, MN 218-656-6965 www.gulllakebeachresorts.com

Nestled along Gull Lake’s popular East Side Beach, our wide array of cozy cabins are just steps away from sandy beaches that make the perfect backdrop for four-season fun. Our units are beautifully arranged with everything needed for enjoying the lake life. Stay at Gull Lake Beach Resorts to make your next getaway picture perfect. From lakefront sunset views to our convenient pontoon rental, we’ve got something for everyone.

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

Gull Lake Resort is a central point for lakeside fun and acres of wooded Minnesota beauty. The 53 acres at Gull Lake Resort include 3,000 feet of glorious lakeshore; the rest is natural woodland with plenty of room to roam. There are 23 housekeeping units that are beautifully done and have perfect elevation to the lake. The resort offers a designated swimming beach, boat rentals and nearly two dozen golf courses in the immediate area.

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

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

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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

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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.

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.

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

Madden’s is Minnesota’s favorite resort destination for families, reunions, couples, retreats and golf outings. You’ll find spacious grounds, 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

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

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

Paul Bunyan Land Campground 17553 State Hwy 18 Brainerd, MN 56401 218-821-9617 www.paulbunyanland.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.

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

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

Oliver Acreage 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.

Located next to Paul Bunyan Land Amusement park, The campground offers 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 9/10th of a mile walk through the woods around the resort where you will see deer and other wildlife, so take your camera along on your walk!

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

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

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 paddle boat, 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.

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

The Harbor on Crescent Bay is an upscale, family-centered RV resort situated on seventy 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 the hotel is a junior two bedroom suite with a kitchenette, fireplace, living room and jacuzzi. Dine next door at B. Merri Gastro Pub Restaurant. Gather on 3 Event Center is the ideal location for your next convention, family event, wedding, banquet or business meeting.

102 spacious guestrooms , 6 multi-room suites Complimentary breakfast ComplimentaryWi-Fi 7,500 sq ft of flexible meeting space Complimentary Shuttle Service to the Brainerd Regional Airport Baxter's Bar & Grill Open Wed.-Sat. 3PM -9PM 30,000 sq ft indoor waterpark Fitness center Firepit for after-function gatherings Arrowwood Rewards Program - stay 10 nights and receive a check for $100! Complimentary in room bottled water

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LODGING Train Bell Resort 21489 Train Bell Road, PO Box 100 Merrifield MN 56465 (218) 829-4941 or (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

Train Bell Resort is a spectacular family resort on beautiful North Long Lake, located right on the Paul Bunyan State Trail. 20 units include air conditioned LakeShore Cabins, LakeSide Condos, Villas and the Grand Lodge for groups. Guests enjoy free use of paddle boards, boats, kayaks, and bikes, plus boat, pontoon and jet ski rentals are available. You’ll love the sandy beach, land and sea activities, water/sand volleyball, three playgrounds, train rides, rec center and more. THERE IS NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT TRAIN BELL - Come see!

• Swimming Pool • Hot Tub and Sauna • Free Breakfast • Truck Parking • Flat Screen TV’s

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.

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.

• Upgraded Suites • Special package rates for school sports groups • Construction Rates Available

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

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• Free HBO/Wi-Fi • Fridge/Microwave available upon request • Just across the street Clean to the Paul Bunyan Trail Comfortable • Pet Friendly Rooms Available Quiet • Easy in/out for Trucks & RVs • Special Construction Rates available

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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 • 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 Beach Resorts Nisswa, MN 218-656-6965 •www.gulllakebeachresorts.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)

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Boat/Motor Rental

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Restaurant On-Site

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Swimming Beach

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Internet Access

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Fireplace

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Air Conditioning

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TV in Units

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Open Year ‘Round

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Harbor on Crescent Bay

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9799 Lakeside Road, Brainerd, MN 56401 320-291-1552 • Theharboroncrescentbay.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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Boat/Motor Rental

Pets Allowed (Call for details)

Restaurant On-Site

Swimming Beach

Whirlpool (W), Sauna (S)

Internet Access

(Indoor, Outdoor) Pool

Fireplace

Air Conditioning

Handicapped Accessible

TV in Units

Open Year ‘Round

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37

2

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5

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In-Room Jacuzzi

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Fireplace

Air Conditioning

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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

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

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

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

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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Take your boat out and dine by water

Nisswa boasts many fabulous places to eat, catering to residents and tourists alike who crave a hearty breakfast, a bite for lunch, a child friendly dinner or a gourmet meal. Of course, you’ll also find everything in between. Visit Nisswa for its famed mini donut stand, candy and chocolate, ice cream, pizza, burgers, coffees and lattes and scones, and oh, so much more. If you’re craving an adult beverage, you’ll find those

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too, including at area craft breweries. What’s fun about Nisswa is you can get to all of these wonderful places not only by car, but by boat! (Or by snowmobile in the winter!) Launch your boat on Gull Lake and find dozens of places to stop for a bite from the far southern tip of the lake to its western and northern boundaries. You can now venture into downtown Nisswa without ever parking a car.

Dock your boat at Nisswa Lake Park, take a short but scenic walk through the park, and you’ll find the tunnel that will take you under Highway 371 to the heart of downtown Nisswa. Of course, you can easily walk the whole downtown area to find the perfect eatery while visiting shops along the way. So there’s no need to pack a picnic lunch while out enjoying a day of fishing or recreational boating. There are ample spots to dock your boat and cool off with a full meal, appetizers and beverages. Whether you’re fresh off the boat 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 and around Gull Lake. An added perk is that both indoor and outdoor dining opportunities are plentiful. With more than 50 eating establishments to choose from within a 20-mile radius, it would take weeks to experience all 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.

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Places to Dine

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 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 at Brainerd Lake - Baxter’s Bar & Grill offers northwoods dining at its finest! Open Wednesday & Thursday from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. for dinner and bar until 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday dinner from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. and bar service until up to 1 a.m. Serving appetizers and small plates, dinner specials, fresh pasta dishes, salads, hand-tossed pizzas with their own twist, sandwiches and desserts. Fresh and locally grown food is incorporated with prices that fit every budget.

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. * Dockside (218) 562-7170 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point Located in the heart of Breezy Point Resort, Dockside serves family friendly entrees on their lake level patio. After 9pm, Dockside is for adults with live bands 6 nights a week, May-September. There are tributes on the deck; Johnny Cash & Neil Diamond Fridays and Elvis on Saturdays mid-June through Labor Day. DJ 8pmMidnight Friday and Saturday nights October-April.

*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 midOctober 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 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. 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. * Irma’s Kitchen (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd Located in the former home of the Hungry Gull Restaurant, all food items are made in house using many of Irma Cragun’s recipes and the freshest local ingredients. Open for dinner mid-June through September. * Legacy Bar and Grille (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd A casual menu served 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 Enjoy a panoramic view of Gull Lake while dining on Cragun’s sumptuous north-country style breakfast buffets. Dairy Queen – Nisswa (218) 963-2163 25312 S. Main Street, Nisswa Featuring all of the famous Dairy Queen

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.

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


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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. Dock 77 (Quarterdeck) (218) 961-1177 www.quarterdeckresort.com 9820 Birch Bay Drive SW County Road 77 Nisswa, Mn 56468 Located on the west side of beautiful Gull Lake, Dock 77 restaurant and bar have one of the most spectacular views on the lake. From our award winning ribs and other in-house smoked meats to “grab and go” burgers and sandwiches, you cannot go wrong with anything on our menu! There is something for everyone at Dock 77. And don’t forget sushi Sunday. Come by boat, car, snowmobile or whatever mode you chose, just come and check us out! 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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Firehouse Subs 15094 Dellwood Drive N., Baxter (218) 828-0629 www.doordash.com Fast Casual, Dine In, Drive Through, Carry Out, Call Ahead, Phone Orders, Door Dash, Food Dudes, Web Ordering, Firehouse Subs App. 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. *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 Eatery is located on Main Street in Crosby. Delicious and unique food, and homemade desserts. Indoor and seasonal outdoor dining featuring local decor, fire pit, and waterfall. A must experience for both locals and visitors!

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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.

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

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.

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE * 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. * 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 Memorial Day 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. * Mission Point at Madden’s (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd A scenic, comfortable dining experience, sourcing the freshest quality fish and finest cuts of meat to create a delicious, memorable meal. Picturesque 180-degree views of Gull Lake are rivaled only by the superb food quality. * 19th Hole (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd Open daily 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. 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! * Lobby Café (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd The Perfect place for breakfast or lunch, conveniently located at the Pine Beach East Golf Course. The Lobby Café specializes in hearty breakfasts, made-from-scratch soups, delectable salads, sandwiches and burgers. * Fairways Restaurant at Madden’s (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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Prairie Bay Grill & Catering (218) 824-6444 (218) 454-5494 event/catering www.prairiebay.3cheersmn.com 15115 Edgewood Drive, Baxter Prairie Bay is the Lakes Area destination for culinary creativity from burgers to walleye. Named best local restaurant two years in a row, this must experience hotspot has proudly served the community for over 15 years. Fresh local ingredients - Catering - Banquets - Events and Full Bar. Rafferty’s Pizza of Nisswa (218) 963-3023 www.raffertyspizza.com 25457 Main Street, Nisswa Featuring award-winning 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 Historical Sherwood Forest is a “do not miss” experience. Check out this early 1900’s lodge with a full bar, large outdoor deck with fireplace, event space and delicious unique food. Atmosphere plus, there is a reason this is the go-to spot for Rehearsal Dinners and milestone celebrations. Open year round. 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.

B. Merri Gastropub at The Woods (218) 829-7507 www.thewoodsmn.com 19624 County Road 3, Brainerd 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 flat plane! Open Monday- Sunday 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Online ordering and take-out available every day.

Breweries

Big Axe Brewing Company (218) 961-2337 www.bigaxebrewing.com 25435 Main Street, Nisswa Big Axe Brewing Company’s taproom provides a fun, relaxing environment. You can enjoy up to 12 different house-made, craft brews. Blonde ales, IPAs, Stouts, root beer and more! Hungry? Grab a Big Axe Burger or bowl of signature, from-scratch beer cheese soup made by Big Axe Kitchen. OPEN DAILY, year ‘round. Jack Pine Brewery (218) 270-8072 www.jackpinebrewery.com 1 5593 Edgewood Drive, Baxter Much like the Jack Pine is the first tree to take root after a forest fire, Jack Pine Brewery was the first brewery to launch in the Brainerd Lakes Area since prohibition. Try it on tap locally or stop by the taproom for a beer flight, pint or a growler to go. Roundhouse Brewery 23836 Smiley Road, Nisswa www.roundhousebrew.com At Roundhouse Brewery, we craft superior beers in a uniquely historic setting. Starting with the highest quality ingredients and a passion for the pursuit of an exceptional pint – we aim to brew and distribute unsurpassed beer to Nisswa, the Brainerd Lakes area and beyond. We believe deeply in this community and strive to provide not only a great beer but an enjoyable experience. With an Event Center, the Wreck Room featuring Axe Throwing and an upcoming kitchen, Roundhouse aims to provide a unique and exciting experience all around.

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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!


Craft brewing options abound Roundhouse Brewery relocates to Nisswa

The Brainerd Lakes Area has become a vacation destination that is visited by guests all year long. The area offers something for everyone, including craft breweries. Big Axe Brewing Company offers food

and music along with great craft beer at their brewery in downtown Nisswa. Jack Pine Brewery, just off Highway 371 in Baxter, is a beautiful venue open year round serving delicious locally brewed beer. Roundhouse Brewery is a craft

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brewery that relocated to Nisswa in 2020. Roundhouse Brewery moved to the building off Highway 371 that previously housed Nisswa’s first craft brewery. Roundhouse, which opened in 2016, was originally located at the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd. “Since then we’ve experienced growth because we’ve got a fantastic product and wonderful staff,” said co-owner Mark Lelwica. “We’re able to create a very warm setting for people to enjoy.” Lelwica and co-owner Dan Meyer first considered the move when their lease at the NP Center was coming up for renewal. Considering the need for expansion, they looked at their options and found that not only was a larger space available in Nisswa, but since it was formerly the home of Gull Dam Brewing Company, it was already equipped with brewing equipment. www.nisswa.com


“The building at Gull Dam was available as an option,” Lelwica said. “We made that decision because we’d be able to move into the location with minimal build up and minimal change of structure as it was. The equipment was still in place in the Gull Dam building and that came along with the purchase as well.” The new, larger location also has space to expand into more entertainment, which the owners believe to be important to the growth of the Roundhouse brand. “We are in the beer industry,” Lelwica said. “But it’s also evolved more into an entertainment industry. We’ve really become a gathering space and we wanted to kind of embrace that and grow into it.” The building will allow them the flexibility to expand their entertainment and brewing operation. There is a large outdoor space with a stage and ample space indoors as well. “Going forward we’ll be able to not just to be a brewery experience, but we’ll also be able to provide a host to private events,” Lelwica said, noting plans include a kitchen and the wreck room, which will start as an ax throwing room to provide another source for entertainment. When you’re visiting Nisswa, don’t forget to enjoy all the amenities the area has to offer, including the awesome craft breweries. www.nisswa.com

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Top golf holes in lakes area Golf Digest Magazine has rated the Nisswa/Brainerd lakes area as one of the top 50 golf destinations in the world. Here are examples of some of the better holes to play among the 18-hole courses in the area:

three more bunkers guarding this narrow green help define this 450- to 294-yard hole. Cut through hardwoods, enjoy the quiet while battling this difficult, but fair test of golf.

Waste bunkers just off the tee, massive bunkering on the left of the fairway and

Risk/reward is the trademark of Bobby’s Legacy. On this 452- to 336-yard dogleg

Breezy Point Resort’s Deacon’s Lodge, Hole 13 (par 4)

Cragun’s Bobby’s Course, Hole 14 (par 4)

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right, choosing how much of the fairway to bite off and then executing the shot is key. Legacy Lake looms large along the right side of the fairway, but four bunkers separate you from a watery doom. Finding the fairway is key to reaching this long and large green.

Grand View’s The Marsh at The Pines, Hole 5 (par 3)

Arguably the best view from the tee box at The Pines. This 175- to 101-yard par 3 has an elevated tee box to display wetlands and a bunker short and a sloping hill right. The tiered green looks inviting, but trust your yardage.

Madden’s Pine Beach East, Hole 9 (par 4)

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Par is a great score on this difficult 425to 345-yard closing hole. Elevated tee boxes put the water running along the left of the fairway more into play. Once on the fairway players can get a feeling of coming home on a British Open style course as the clubhouse and resort surround the green. With water front left of the green and trees to the right, this elevated green is hard to hit and once on, be prepared for a difficult putt.

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Two really good shots are needed to attack this 516- to 409-yard hole nestled in the northeast corner of the property. The fairway is wide, but two fairway bunkers pinch the landing area. The difficulty comes from an elevated green, which slopes from back to front - making it hard to get a second shot near the hole. A front left bunker guards the green.

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Places to Golf 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

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

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

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.

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.

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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Danette is a board-certified acupuncturist offers holistic therapeutic treatment and prevention. Ranging from Chronic pain to metabolic conditions. Accent therapies include: • Tui Na (Chinese Massage) • Cupping • Raindrop Technique • Bioscan Meridian Stress Assessment: FDA Approved retested system.

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GOLFING

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


GOLFING

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

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

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

Explore 27 holes designed as three 9-hole landscapes at this unique championship par 72 course. Five tees at each hole offer flexibility for all skill levels. The Pines’ practice facility features five separate putting greens, a two-sided driving range and a complete short game practice area is available.

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

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

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

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-a-kind!

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

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

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.

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

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Come to Nisswa it’s easy to get here

When you come to Nisswa, you’ll quickly learn there is no better place to visit, vacation, live, work or play. You’ll find 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 via a four-lane highway. 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. 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 escape 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 fly directly to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport in less than an hour. The Brainerd airport is a mere 20 miles south of Nisswa.

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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.

Visit us, it’s easy TRAVEL BY CAR: Brainerd, MN................. 16.5 miles Chicago, IL....................545.8 miles Des Moines, IA............ 380.7 miles Duluth, MN.....................118.8 miles Fargo, ND......................146.7 miles Minneapolis, MN.........138.6 miles Omaha, NE................... 447.9 miles St. Cloud, MN................ 75.6 miles St. Paul, MN................. 149.6 miles Sioux Falls, SD.............. 287.8 miles Winnipeg, Canada....... 311.3 miles

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From shopping to services to organizations, Nisswa offers it all Nisswa’s 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 the players may change between your visits to our charming town. That’s part of what makes Nisswa so unique it’s always fun to check out our new and different offerings. 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 experience all that Nisswa has to offer, you have to go beyond the downtown district. Head south to Hazelwood Drive, the Northland Center, Sportland Corners and beyond to see all that this city has to offer to visitors and residents alike. Nisswa is much more than retail establishments and good coffee. The city is chock full of service businesses 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 www.nisswa.com

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, garden 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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If you venture just a little bit northwest of Nisswa, a few miles down County Road 29 just off Highway 371, you’ll find Double T Acres, a berry farm where you can relax, unwind and spend time outdoors in a scenic setting. In fact, owners Todd and Tracy Linbo - recent transplants to Nisswa - said their goal is for Double T Acres to give people a place to spend time outdoors with friends and family, to find peace and joy, and to create lasting memories. “We know how busy life can get. We want to provide a place where friends and families slow down the pace of life and create meaningful, memorable experiences - together,” their website says. The Linbos opened Double T Acres to the public in 2020. They thank all the people who came out last year, and they - along with their two Labs, Niko and Teak - are eager to greet customers again in 2021. Double T Acres offers asparagus starting in mid-May, which the Linbos sell at the Nisswa Farmers Market held Thursday mornings through summer and fall in the Nisswa American Legion parking lot. People can also stop by the farm for asparagus. www.nisswa.com


At the beginning of July, two varieties of tart cherries start to ripen, and a few weeks later four varieties of raspberries and five varieties of blueberries are ready to be picked in July and August. In September, pumpkins, ornamental corn, gourds, mums and apples are available. The mums and apples are sourced from other farmers. Double T Acres does not grow strawberries, and the Linbos happily send people to the Wallin Berry Farm on County Road 18 in Nisswa for that fruit. People pick their own berries, and the Linbos also sell them at the Nisswa Farmers Market and work with area bakeries and restaurants. “So it’s been pretty neat to work with other small businesses in the area to build on each other’s product lines,” Tracy said. They also enjoyed working with a local community meals program in Pine River-Backus to donate vegetables for free meals to those in need. Last summer and fall they offered hot apple cider and ice cream samples to customers. “Multi-generations come out and pick berries and have a bowl of ice cream with raspberry caramel sauce,” Tracy said, noting the raspberry caramel sauce is made by Wildflower Chocolate in Nisswa using raspberries from the farm. www.nisswa.com

The farm also offers fresh flowers through summer and fall, and the Linbos did some fall decorating for businesses in Nisswa. A goal is to add field to table events in the future, among other plans. The Linbos knew they’d be permanent residents of Nisswa one day after buying a home on Nisswa Lake eight years ago, traveling to the lake nearly every weekend from their former homes in Iowa and South Dakota. “Our goal was to get to Nisswa and do something up here,” Tracy said. They even had the name “Double T” - for Todd and Tracy - picked out, adding “Acres” when they bought the 40 acres of land, of which five acres are fenced for the berry farm.

Buying a berry farm wasn’t exactly their goal. One weekend after taking their UTV riding in the Foothills State Forest, they passed the farm on their way home and thought it would be fun to pick berries. Then they saw the “For Sale” sign. Both Linbos had worked in agriculture for nearly 30 years, and the farm definitely piqued their interest. They bought it and moved to their Nisswa Lake home to become permanent residents. Tracy still works remotely, while Todd manages the farm operations. “We’re very excited to be back in Minnesota, working in agriculture and providing a joyful experience for people,” Tracy said.

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Stay - make Nisswa your home

Believe it or not, but they say eight out of 10 residents have transplanted to the lakes area. Many have come here for vacation, to visit friends and relatives or were just driving through the area - Nisswa in particular - and have fallen in love, made their homes and have never left.

There’s never been a better time to become a resident of the Nisswa area. The locals are friendly and welcoming and were probably in your same shoes not too long ago when they decided to move to Nisswa. Opportunities abound in the lakes area. The real estate market is “hot.”

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People want to move here for many reasons, including the great quality of life up here. It’s a beautiful place to live, no matter the season. In addition, the health care options are fantastic with two hospitals strategically located in the area. Churches are available in every denomination and the schools are strong, providing public and private options. The diverse employment opportunities are endless in the lakes area. Positions are available in manufacturing, technology, education and hospitality, just to name a few of the employment fields in the area. Work from home options are also available and easy to set up. The robust area infrastructure and broadband options make Nisswa conducive to working remotely. There is no better place to live! Nisswa exemplifies a strong desire for quality of life. You can live on a lake, in the woods, in a neighborhood house or apartment. The air is clean, the water quality is superior, the lakes are gorgeous. Young, old, single, married, working, retired … no matter where you are in the spectrum of life, you are sure to find fulfillment and happiness living in the lakes area. Make that call! Call a real estate agent and make your next big decision - move to the Brainerd lakes area. You’ll find real estate agent listings in this Nisswa Destination Guide in the directory section, located at the end of the guidebook. www.nisswa.com


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

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

ICE SKATING Nisswa Skating Rink.............. (218) 963-3931 NISSWA COMMUNITY LIBRARY Located at Nisswa Elementary School..................(218) 961-6876 Summer Hours.........................M-S 10am-2pm School Hours............................M-Th 3pm-7pm ...................................................Sat 10am-2pm

CITY OF LAKE SHORE City Hall ................................. (218) 963-2148 Police Department........................................911

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…......................... Jenny Max City clerk...........................Jonathan Stainbrook Finance specialist.................... Maggi Wentler Police chief.....................................Craig Taylor Fire chief..................................... Shawn Bailey Parks & recreation director.......................... Amber Moon Peterson 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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Know your leaders

A city council made up of a mayor and four council members leads the city 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.

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Enjoy Nisswa in the wintertime Summer is amazing in Nisswa. The hot sun shimmers on the lake, the fish are biting and events abound. There are plenty of things to do in the lakes area in the summer. But did you know it’s worth visiting Nisswa during every season! Take winter, for example. Do you like to snuggle up to a fireplace and enjoy the views? Nisswa has those. In fact, most of our resorts are open all year long. Or, do you like to shop and eat at fantastic restaurants? Again, Nisswa has those and most of our merchants and restaurants are open all year long. Do you like to ice fish? Rent a fish house? We have those. A 5-gallon bucket also works for your chair, but why not rent a fish house with heat, TV, Wi-Fi and a stove to cook those fish? Nisswa in the winter is for you! What about skiing, tubing or snowboarding? Nisswa has that, too. Nisswa is your winter playground with cross-country ski courses, options for renting skis, winter hiking and what

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about snowshoes? Thought about trying snowshoes for the first time? Snowmobiles are also available to rent The winter options in Nisswa are endless! Nisswa is home to Mount Ski Gull, where you can downhill ski, snow tube, snowboard or just take in the view at the chalet. Magic carpets and chair lifts will help you get to the top of the hills because the faster you go UP, the more you get to go DOWN. Nisswa is a given for spring, summer and fall, but give us a try in the winter. We promise you’ll have a ball.

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Renovations complete at Nisswa Elementary School

Nisswa Elementary School, which is part of the Brainerd School District, started the 2020-21 school year in what felt like a brand new building. The elementary school’s $12 million improvement and expansion project that got underway in late May 2019 is now complete. The renovations and additions increased space and improved security at the school.

While the existing building remains, it all looks brand new and modern. The renovation project was part of a Brainerd School District facilities improvement project to improve schools throughout the district. Nisswa School now boasts a new main entrance location toward the middle of the school with the Brainerd School District “B” standing out on a Warrior blue pillar

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► The Nisswa Chamber organizes turtle races for all students every spring. ► A&W Restaurant in Nisswa gives every student a rootbeer 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 during Fire Prevention Week every fall. ► Nisswa American Legion members lead fourth graders on a walk to the Legion where students learn about flag etiquette, including proper flag disposal. ► Nisswa third graders walk a block 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 in a parade, gathering treats from merchants - many in costumes themselves - on Halloween. ► The Nisswa Enhanced Reading Foundation - NERF - provides books for students to bring home and read, classroom grants for classroom libraries, and funding for new books at the Nisswa Community Children’s Library. ► The community is welcome to use the Nisswa Community Children’s library at the school year-round.

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outside if needed. First and second grades are in a lower level area in the middle of the school, with third and fourth grades above them in a newly built second story. These classrooms are all located off a commons area on both levels. The school has a full-size gym now, as well as a second gym, two alternative classrooms, an enlarged cafeteria and remodeled kitchen. The end result is 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. Specifically, the school now has: ► A second gym next to the existing gym to offer a full-size basketball court and drop-down partition. This will allow two gym classes to take place at the same time, as well as community use of the gyms for basketball, volleyball and pickleball leagues, etc. The stage remained and a lift was added to make it handicap-accessible. ► Two levels of classrooms off the gym on the School Street side of the building, with first- and second-grade classrooms on the lower level and thirdand fourth-grade classrooms on the upper level. This includes an elevator. By building a second level in this spot, the school was able to keep its playground and baseball field areas, which are both used by the community. Also, the school building isn’t so spread out. ► The new main entrance that is more obvious than the previous entrance. This entrance will be locked when the school day starts so all visitors will have to enter through the office. Nisswa School offers three classrooms per grade, two early childhood classrooms and one Kinder Club room, with two flexible classrooms to use if there is an influx of students. Security measures will allow different parts of the school to be locked when other parts are in use by the community. That area near the Nisswa Children’s Community Library will be an after-hours entrance into the school so the public can use the library and gyms, with the rest of school locked and inaccessible. Only in Nisswa ► The Nisswa American 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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Tourism travel to lakes area has evolved over the years The lakes area attracts a steady stream of traffic from all directions, especially during the busy summer months. The Nisswa area has one of the longest histories of tourism in the state, evolving over the past century and dating back to the Ojibwe mainly navigating by canoe or walking. Eventually, a trail was created that connected the Twin Cities and northern Minnesota. The Leech Lake Trail passed through Main Street in Nisswa and in front of the current Nisswa Area Historical Society building. People began using any conveyance possible, including horse and wagon and horseback, as trails were carved through the lakes area. Then came the biggest change in tourist travel to the Nisswa area with the introduction of the railroad. One of the first sets of tracks cut partially on logging trails was a short line from Brainerd to Hubert Station near Lake Hubert in 1895. A passenger on the first train ride was Col. Freeman Thorp, who painted portraits of seven U.S. presidents and now has a short street connecting Highway 371 and Hazelwood Drive named after him. Other passengers included many Brainerd residents who purchased homes on Nisswa area lakes. One of the biggest developments that changed the history of downtown Nisswa was the tracks extending north from Hubert Station were originally constructed northwest along County State Aid Highway 77 north and then across Gull Lake toward Lake Shore. The Northern Pacific Railroad was going through Brainerd, and the Brainerd/ Northern Minnesota Railroad was planned to travel through Walker and eventually

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International Falls. The tracks from Hubert Station to the Bar Harbor area were quickly torn up, and new tracks were started going north toward Walker. That course cut through the community that would eventually be known as Nisswa, a town name that officially switched from Smiley Township in 1908. The original train stop in Nisswa was on Poplar Street, but eventually moved a few blocks south near County Road 18 since the trains had trouble gaining speed heading north because of the landscape incline. Tourists, many from the Twin Cities, began traveling north by train and stopping in Nisswa. They would then take various forms of travel to reach the growing number of resorts constructed on area lakes. Growth came as word quickly spread around the state and Upper Midwest about Nisswa’s quality fishing and recreational boating on area lakes. Train travel did increase for years during the summer months with many stops heading north to Bemidji on the Paul Bunyan Express. The growth and popularity of automotive travel expanded around the state in the 1920s and 1930s, although most of the early roads were narrow, single lanes with a dirt surface. Highway 371, a main road traveling north for tourists from the Twin Cities and central Minnesota since the 1930s, has had various upgrades with slight route adjustments between Brainerd and Pequot Lakes. Highway 371 eventually became an all four-lane road from the Twin Cities through Pequot Lakes. The changes have allowed visitors to make a quicker trip to get started on their vacation.

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Bicycles have evolved over the years with popularity growth Bicycling has been a popular activity in Minnesota since the late 19th century. Since its start, the sport has evolved into many varieties of two-wheeled, pedaldriven bicycles powered by millions of cyclists. Evolving along with the popularity of bicycles is the development of tar and dirt trails across the state of more than 10,000 lakes. Since 2001, Minnesota has claimed to have more miles of bike trails than any other state in the country. Minnesota was also ranked the second-most bicyclefriendly state behind Washington in 2017. The state’s extensive network of trails has helped make cycling a popular activity - especially in the Brainerd lakes area. The area has become popular for biking with the combination of the Paul Bunyan Trail, first paved in 1992, and the growth of the Cuyuna Range Bike Trail System around the Crosby area.

History of bicycles, trails Bicycles were an extremely popular means of personal transportation in the early 20th century before the automobile became more widely available. A bike boom occurred across the country in the 1960s and 1970s, as a combination of factors renewed interest in cycling. Many bike shops in Minnesota were founded in this period, and they began selling products from new companies. The state began building trails, like the Paul Bunyan Trail, along former railroad alignments. Minnesota has had a significant railroading history, but about half of the state’s rail lines have been abandoned, opening up the land for new development. The first paved rail trail in Minnesota was the Heartland State Trail in 1977. Trail building has continued at a rapid pace since then, and many rural rail trails have been credited with reviving the small towns they serve. Trails have been built by many different organizations across the state. While the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources operates a system of state trails, counties, cities and nonprofit organizations have also worked to build www.nisswa.com

bike paths. Most trails the DNR operates are multi-use trails, supporting a range of activities that include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and wintertime activities like cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Minneapolis was home to the Rollerblade company, which popularized inline skating in the 1980s. Skaters also benefited from the trail system being built at the time, since they require smooth, paved surfaces.

Changing bicycle trends At mid-century there were two predominant bicycle styles for recreational cyclists in North America. Heavyweight cruiser bikes, preferred by the typical (hobby) cyclist, featuring balloon tires, pedal-driven “coaster” brakes and only one gear, were popular for their durability, comfort, streamlined appearance and a significant array of accessories (lights, bells, springer forks, speedometers, etc.).

Lighter cycles, with hand brakes, narrower tires and a three-speed hub gearing system, often imported from England, first became popular in the United States in the late 1950s. These comfortable, practical bicycles usually offered generator-powered headlamps, safety reflectors, kickstands and framemounted tire pumps. In the United States, the sports roadster was imported after World War II, and was known as the “English racer.” It quickly became popular with adult cyclists seeking an alternative to the traditional youth-oriented cruiser bicycle. While the English racer was no racing bike, it was faster and better for climbing hills than the cruiser, thanks to its lighter weight, tall wheels, narrow tires and internally geared rear hubs. In the late 1950s, U.S. manufacturers such as Schwinn began producing their own “lightweight” version of the English racer.

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Member Directory ACCOUNTANTS B Johnson & Assoc., Ltd.....................................................................................(218) 963-3424 brainerdcpa.com

AUTOMOBILE SALES Mills Automotive Group.................................................................................. (866) 455-7638 millsauto.com

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP....................................................................................... (218) 828-0100 claconnect.com

AUTOMOTIVE BODY SHOP MK AutoBody Inc. ............................................................................................ (218) 963-2991

Clasen, Stegner & Schiessl CPAs, Ltd..............................................................(218) 961-3002 lakesareacpas.com ADVERTISING/SPECIALTIES GLS Promotions..................................................................................................(218) 824-7766 glspromotions.com

AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR Nisswa Automotive............................................................................................(218) 963-2202 nisswaauto.com AUTOMOTIVE TIRES & ACCESSORIES

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

Roy Lake Tire.......................................................................................................(218) 820-3163 roylaketire.com

APPLIANCES Schroeders Appliance Center .........................................................................(218) 829-3624 schroedersappliance.com

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

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

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

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

Schaefer’s Foods ...............................................................................................(218) 963-2265 schaefersfoods.com

Widseth.................................................................................................................(218) 829-5117 widseth.com

BEAUTY/BARBER/SPA Belle Cheveux Salon & Spa.............................................................................(218) 961-0095 bellecheveuxnisswa.com

ART GALLERIES/ARTISTS Carole E Glass...................................................................................................(218) 829-4324 caroleeliseuson.com

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

Quirks...................................................................................................................(218) 961-0100 Lakes Area Artists...............................................................................................(612) 986-5396 ATTRACTIONS/ENTERTAINMENT Brainerd Zip Line Tour.......................................................................................... (218) 656-1111 zipbrainerd.com Brainerd International Raceway...................................................................... (218) 824-7223 brainerdraceway.com Mount Ski Gull...................................................................................................(218) 963-4353 mountskigull.com Nisswa Family Fun Center ...............................................................................(218) 820-3046 nisswaoutdoorwaterpark.com Northland Kart Kountry ....................................................................................(218) 454-1602 northlandkartkountry.com Paul Bunyan Land.............................................................................................. (218) 764-2524 paulbunyanland.com Safari North Wildlife Park ...............................................................................(218) 454-1662 safarinorth.com The Retro Drive-In Theater at The Woods........................................................ (218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com VR Odyssey ....................................................................................................... (218) 454-8787 vrodysseybaxter.com Water Wars........................................................................................................ (218) 831-4390 Wildwedge Golf & RV Park ........................................................................... (218) 568-6995 wildwedge.com

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John’s Barbershop at Schaefer’s......................................................................(218) 568-4425

Moxy Hair Studio............................................................................................... (218) 961-1015 moxyhairstudionisswa.com BED & BREAKFAST The Oliver Acreage.......................................................................................... (218) 568-8560 theoliveracreage.com BERRY FARMS Double T Acres...................................................................................................(515) 494-5449 doubletacres.com Wallin Berry Farms LLC.....................................................................................(218) 963-7456 wallinberryfarm.net BIKE RENTAL Martin’s Sport shop ......................................................................................... (218) 963-2341 martinssportshop.com BOAT CRUISES Breezy Point Resort - Breezy Belle ...................................................................(218) 562-7164 breezybelle.com Gull Lake 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

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BOAT SALES (CONTINUED) Minnesota Inboard Water Sports ...................................................................(218) 822-4401 mninboard.com Nisswa Marine .................................................................................................(218) 963-2292 nisswamarine.com Power Lodge......................................................................................................(218) 822-3500 powerlodge.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

Camp Lake Hubert.......................................................................................... (800) 842-1909 lincoln-lakehubert.com Camp Lincoln.....................................................................................................(800) 842-1909 lincoln-lakehubert.com CAR WASH/OIL CHANGE SNK Car Wash & Oil Change........................................................................ (218) 963-1204 snkcarwashandoil.com CARPET CLEANING/CLEANING SERVICES Complete Cleaning Solutions........................................................................... (218) 821-6005 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 Stepping Stones Childcare Learning Center Inc. North.................................(218) 270-3100 steppingstonesmn.com

Your Boat Club................................................................................................... (218) 963-1010 yourboatclub.com

CHIROPRACTIC Northern Hope Functional Neurology Chiropractic...................................... (218) 232-3178 northernhopefnc.com

BREWERIES Big Axe Brewing Company ..............................................................................(218) 961-2337 bigaxebrewing.com

CHURCHES Living Savior Lutheran Church.......................................................................... (218) 963-9733 livingsaviorchurch.org

Jack Pine Brewery.............................................................................................. (218) 270-8072 jackpinebrewery.com

Lutheran Church of the Cross............................................................................(218) 963-2564 lccnisswa.org

Roundhouse Brewery........................................................................................ (218) 963-2739 roundhousebrew.com

Our Lady of the Lakes Parishes........................................................................(218) 568-4760 ourladyofthelakes.weconnect.com

BUSINESS SERVICES Lehman & Associates Consulting, Inc...............................................................(218) 838-4158

The Journey.........................................................................................................(218) 963-2663 thejourneynisswa.org

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

Timberwood Church......................................................................................... (218) 967-8888 timberwoodchurch.org

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

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

The Harbor on Crescent Bay............................................................................(320) 291-1552 Theharboroncrescentbay.com

COMMERCIAL REPAIR/KITCHEN EQUIPMENT/REFRIGERATION Lakes Equipment Repair....................................................................................(218) 839-5253

Wildwedge Golf & RV Park............................................................................ (218) 568-5000 wildwedge.com

CONFERENCES/MEETING FACILITIES Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes.............................................................(218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com

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

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CONFERENCES/MEETING FACILITIES (CONTINUED) Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

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

Gather on 3 at The Woods .............................................................................. (218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com

Jim’s Electric Company, Inc...............................................................................(218) 828-0250 jimselectric.com

Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa ..........................................................(218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com

EQUIPMENT RENTAL Brainerd General Rental....................................................................................(218) 828-2815 brainerdrental.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake ..................................................................................... (218) 829-2811 maddens.com CONSTRUCTION/GENERAL CONTRACTORS E.L. Builders LLC.................................................................................................. (218) 839-4158 e-lbuilders.com Hy-Tec Construction of Brainerd, Inc............................................................... (218) 829-8529 hytecconstruction.com Matt Dircks Construction, LLC.............................................................................(218) 821-4915 Nor-Son, Inc........................................................................................................(218) 828-1722 nor-son.com Structural Buildings...........................................................................................(800) 535-9722 structuralbuildings.com CONSTRUCTION CONSULTING Construction Advocates.................................................................................... (218) 330-1544 constructionadvocates.com CONVENIENCE STORE/GAS STATION Triangle Nisswa..................................................................................................(218) 963-4492 DELI Cub Foods - Baxter............................................................................................(218) 828-4601 cub.com 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 FLOE Dock & 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 EDUCATION Brainerd Public Schools, District #181............................................................ (218) 454-6900 isd181.org

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EVENT COORDINATORS Nisswa Firecracker Run.................................................................................... (970) 389-0310 runnisswa.com EXCAVATING Honer Excavating............................................................................................ (320) 250-6465 honerexcavating.godaddysites.com 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 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 Brainerd Savings & Loan................................................................................... (218) 824-2101 brainerdsavings.com First Western Bank & Trust................................................................................. (218) 963-7325 firstwestern.bank 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 Edward Jones Investments - Marcy Weaver..................................................(218) 568-2230 edwardjones.com FISHING BAIT/TACKLE Dave’s Sportland Rental....................................................................................(218) 963-2401 davessportland.com S & W Bait and Guide Service.........................................................................(218) 829-7010 sandwbait.com FISHING GUIDE SERVICE Nisswa Guide League......................................................................................(218) 963-2547 nisswaguides.com S & W Bait and Guide Service.........................................................................(218) 829-7010 sandwbait.com Walleyedan Guide Service............................................................................. (218) 839-5598 walleyedan.com

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FITNESS Anytime Fitness - Nisswa.....................................................................................(218) 961-1111 anytimefitness.com Cross Fit Grow..................................................................................................... (218) 851-9153 crossfitgrow.com Takedown Gym.................................................................................................. (218) 454-1770 takedowngym.com

Whitefish Golf Club.......................................................................................... (218) 543-4900 whitefishgolf.com Wildwedge Golf & RV Park ........................................................................... (218) 568-6995 wildwedge.com GOVERNMENT John Poston, State Representative.....................................................................(218) 251-7639 house.leg.state.mn.us/members Lake Shore, City of..............................................................................................(218) 963-2148 cityoflakeshore.com

FLORISTS Petals & Beans.................................................................................................... (218) 961-7385 petalsbeans.com

Nisswa, City of ................................................................................................. (218) 963-4444 ci.nisswa.mn.us

FOOD VENDOR/CONCESSIONS Chuckwagon Grille...........................................................................................(218) 839-5329

SourceWell........................................................................................................(888) 894-1930 sourcewell-mn.gov

KD Kettle Corn....................................................................................................(763) 438-6274

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

Nisswa Mini Donuts.......................................................................................... (218) 820-2332 FURNITURE/CABINETRY Down to Earth Wood........................................................................................(218) 587-3696 downtoearthwood.com GARAGE DOORS Garage Door Store...........................................................................................(218) 824-0022 gdsmidwest.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

Cub Foods - Brainerd......................................................................................... (218) 828-1816 cub.com Pequot Lakes SuperValu ..................................................................................(218) 568-5001 pequotlakessupervalu.com Schaefer’s Foods ...............................................................................................(218) 963-2265 schaefersfoods.com HARDWARE 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

Cragun’s Resort - Legacy Courses - Reversible 9 Golf Course.................... (218) 825-2789 craguns.com

HOME HEALTH CARE/SENIOR CARE/ASSISTED LIVING Good Samaritan Home Care & Hospice.......................................................(218) 963-9452 good-sam.com

Grand View Lodge - The Pines Golf Course .................................................(218) 963-8755 grandviewlodge.com

Hills Crossing Senior Living...............................................................................(218) 203-9820 hcseniorliving.com

Grand View Lodge -The Preserve Golf Course .............................................(218) 963-8755 grandviewlodge.com

Northern Lakes Senior Living............................................................................. (218) 454-2121 northernlakesseniorliving.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake - Classic Golf Course .............................................. (218) 829-2811 maddens.com

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS Stoneridge on Gull Townhome Association...................................................(218) 963-6067

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

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HOSPITAL Cuyuna Regional Medical Center...................................................................(218) 546-7000 cuyunamed.org

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FLAGS/FLAG POLES Falls Flag Source................................................................................................(218) 963-1502 telescopingflagpoles.com

Maddens on Gull Lake - Social 9 Golf Course ............................................. (218) 829-2811 maddens.com


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HOTEL/MOTEL AmericInn Lodge & Suites................................................................................ (218) 568-8400 upnorthlodge.com

RW Jewelers & Boutique...................................................................................(218) 963-3306 rwjewelers.com

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes.............................................................(218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com

LANDSCAPE/LAWN/GARDEN Backyard Reflections.........................................................................................(218) 454-1065 backyardmn.com

Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

Copper Creek Landscapes...............................................................................(218) 232-3445 coppercreeklandscapes.com

Good Ol’ Days Family Resort ........................................................................(218) 963-2478 goodoldaysresort.com

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

Grand View Lodge ..........................................................................................(218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com

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

Nisswa Inn & Suites .........................................................................................(218) 963-3500 magnusonhotels.com Nisswa Motel ..................................................................................................... (218) 963-7611 nisswamotel.com

LIBRARY Nisswa Community Children’s Library............................................................ (218) 961-6876 brainerdnisswa.ss12.sharpschool.com

Roadway Pine River..........................................................................................(218) 587-4499 roadwaypineriver.com

LIQUOR STORE Spirits of Nisswa................................................................................................(218) 963-7488 cityofnisswa.com/index.cfm/spirits

The Woods Hotel ............................................................................................. (218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com

Ye Old Pickle Factory........................................................................................(218) 963-0085 cityofnisswa.com/index.cfm/picklefactory

ICE CREAM A & W Restaurant ............................................................................................(218) 963-4361 awrestaurants.com

LOCKSMITH Turner Towing LLC..............................................................................................(218) 963-4547 turnertowingllc.com

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

LUMBERYARD/BUILDING MATERIALS/SUPPLIES Mattson Lumber................................................................................................. (218) 963-7470 mattsonlumber.com

Ganley’s Restaurant & Malt Shoppe...............................................................(218) 963-2993 ganleysrestaurant.com The Chocolate Ox ........................................................................................... (218) 963-4443 thechocolateox.com 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 INSULATION Expert Insulation of Brainerd, Inc.....................................................................(218) 838-8820 expertinsulation.com INSURANCE 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 INTERNET/WEBSITE SERVICES Growth Zone......................................................................................................(800) 825-9171 growthzone.com JEWELERS Merritt Jewelers................................................................................................. (218) 568-4695 merrittjewelers.com

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MANUFACTURING Viking Label & Packaging, Inc......................................................................... (218) 963-2575 vikinglabel.com MARKETING SERVICES XT Creative Group.............................................................................................(218) 833-2664 xtcreativegroup.com MOVIE THEATERS The Retro Drive-In Theater at The Woods........................................................ (218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.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 Property Source Magazine (Crystal Clear Publications)............................. (218) 746-3042 minnesotapropertysource.com NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS BOLD, Inc...........................................................................................................(651) 485-4305 girlsarebold.org Brainerd Jaycees...............................................................................................(800) 950-9461 brainerdjaycees.com Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp......................................(218) 828-0096 growbrainerdlakes.org

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NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (CONTINUED) Brainerd Public Schools Foundation................................................................ (218) 454-6921 bpsf.org

PET ADOPTION AND BOARDING The Babinski Foundation...................................................................................(218) 568-7387 babinskifoundation.org

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

PET SUPPLIES The Animal House.............................................................................................. (218) 961-7387 nisswapets.com

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

PHARMACY Cuyuna Regional Medical Center ..................................................................(218) 546-7000 cuyunamed.org

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

GuidePoint Pharmacy....................................................................................... (218) 963-7525 guidepointpharmacy.com

Friends of Nisswa Lake Park............................................................................. (218) 821-0362 ci.nisswa.mn.us

PHOTOGRAPHY Chelsie Elizabeth Photography........................................................................ (218) 537-7392 chelsieelizabeth.com

Gull Chain of Lakes Association......................................................................(218) 963-3542 gcola.org Gull Lake Drifters Snowmobile Club...............................................................(218) 568-4633 Lakes Area Food Shelf....................................................................................... (218) 568-8474 lakesareafoodshelf.org Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.....................................................................(218) 828-8517 lakesareahabitat.org Lakes Area Music Festival............................................................................... (585) 355-6868 lakesareamusic.org Mounted Eagles Inc..........................................................................................(218) 454-3228 mountedeagles.org Nisswa Garden Club.........................................................................................(218) 851-2842 nisswagardenclub.org Nisswa Lions Club..............................................................................................(218) 961-7744 nisswalions.com Nisswa School PTO.............................................................................................. nisswapto.com Nisswa Women’s Club..................................................................................... (218) 297-4247 nisswawomensclub.org Nisswa Youth Scholarship Organization........................................................(218) 963-0309 Northland Arboretum........................................................................................ (218) 829-8770 northlandarb.org

PLUMBING Lakes Area Plumbing......................................................................................... (218) 821-6450 lakesareaplumbing.com PORTABLE RESTROOM RENTAL Blakeman Portable Toilets................................................................................. (218) 270-0339 Honey Wagon...................................................................................................(218) 963-2225 honeywagonllc.com POWER EQUIPMENT SALES/SERVICE Midwest Machinery..........................................................................................(218) 829-5356 midwestmachineryco.com PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION Stepping Stones Childcare Learning Center Inc.............................................(218) 270-3100 steppingstonesmn.com PRINTING SERVICES First Impression Printing..................................................................................... (218) 829-1860 brainerdprinting.com Lakes Printing......................................................................................................(218) 829-7790 lakesprinting.com Range Printing....................................................................................................(218) 829-5982 rangeprinting.com

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

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

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

PRIVATE RENTALS Mini Resort on the Whitefish Chain................................................................ (763) 422-4109 whitefishvacations.com

The Babinski Foundation...................................................................................(218) 568-7387 babinskifoundation.org The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes.......................................................(218) 961-0055 outreachprogrambla.org OFFICE SUPPLIES/EQUIPMENT/FURNITURE The Office Shop.................................................................................................(218) 828-9000 theofficeshopinc.com MCSI...................................................................................................................(218) 270-2088 mncopy.com PARTY SUPPLIES/EQUIPMENT Party Time Rental, Inc. ......................................................................................(218) 829-6300 partytimerentalmn.com Party World......................................................................................................... (218) 828-2127 partyworldbrainerd.com PAVING Anderson Brothers Construction....................................................................... (218) 829-1768 andersonbrothers.com PEST CONTROL Mosquito Squad of NC MN ........................................................................... (218) 829-9342 mosquitosquad.com

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE/CABIN CARE Jack’s Cabin Watch.............................................................................................(218) 251-5128 jackscabinwatch.com Nisswa Area Property Management LLC.......................................................(218) 537-0300 Northland Cabin Care...................................................................................... (218) 824-1626 northlandcabincare.com RACE TRACKS Brainerd International Raceway ..................................................................... (218) 824-7223 brainerdraceway.com RADIO Hubbard Radio - Brainerd.................................................................................(218) 828-1244 brainerdradio.net The Pulse 104.3 ................................................................................................(218) 568-4422 theword.mn The Word 102.7 ...............................................................................................(218) 568-4422 theword.mn WWWI - KLKS - KFGI - KKIN Radio.............................................................(218) 828-9994 rjbroadcasting.com

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


REAL ESTATE AGENT/BROKER Arnold Johnson Properties.................................................................................(218) 824-6100 Bill Brekken - RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty.....................................................(218) 232-0257 lakesareacommercialgroup.com

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Close-Converse Commercial Properties......................................................... (218) 828-3334 closeconverse.com Edina Realty - Crosslake...................................................................................(218) 692-5200 edinarealtycrosslake.com

RESORTS Agate Lake Resort..............................................................................................(218) 963-2224 agatelakeresort.com Birch Bay RV Resort.......................................................................................... (218) 963-4488 birchbayrvresort.net Boyd Lodge ........................................................................................................(218) 543-4125 boydlodge.com Breezy Point Resort ............................................................................................ (218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com

Edina Realty - Mike Kennedy .......................................................................... (218) 232-1946 northboundproperty.com

Clamshell Beach - Cottages on Whitefish .................................................... (888) 252-6743 clameshellbeach.com

Edina Realty - Nina Karsky ...............................................................................(218) 821-3373 ninakarsky.com

Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake............................................................. (218) 825-2700 craguns.com

Joe Laudenbach - Keller Williams Realty Professionals ............................... (218) 851-5540 besthomestobuy.com

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

Kurilla Real Estate - Jim Christensen ................................................................(800) 820-2147 lakeshorebroker.com

Fritz’s Resort & Campground........................................................................... (218) 568-8988 fritzsresort.com

Kurilla Real Estate - John Nolan ....................................................................... (218) 820-7515 nolanteam.com

Galles’ Upper Cullen Resort & Campground................................................(218) 963-2249 uppercullen.com

Kurilla Real Estate LTD. ..................................................................................... (218) 963-7333 kurilla.com

Good Ol’ Days Family Resort .........................................................................(218) 963-2478 goodoldaysresort.com

MN Exclusive Real Estate Team....................................................................... (218) 821-0223 minnesotaexclusivehomes.com

Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa ..........................................................(218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com

Positive Realty ....................................................................................................(218) 963-7767 positiverealty.com

Gull Four Seasons Resort .................................................................................(218) 963-7969 mnresortcabins.com

Positive Realty - Keith Schwankl ......................................................................(218) 330-7360 keithschwankl.com Positive Realty - Mark and Gina Meixner......................................................(218) 820-4525 minnrealty.com 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 RENTAL/LEASING Nisswa Square................................................................................................... (218) 330-8228

Gull Lake Realty Management....................................................................... (218) 656-6965 gulllakebeachresorts.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 Madden’s on Gull Lake ..................................................................................... (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Pikedale Lodge...................................................................................................(218) 836-2232 pikedale.com

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

Point Narrows Resort........................................................................................ (218) 568-5552 pointnarrowsresort.com

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

Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake ...................................................................(218) 963-2482 quarterdeckresort.com

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RESORTS (CONTINUED) Samara Point Resort on Gull Lake....................................................................(218) 963-2615 samarapoint.com Sandy Beach Resort ....................................................................................... (218) 963-4458 sandybeachresort.net Train Bell Resort ................................................................................................ (218) 829-4941 trainbellresort.com

RESTAURANTS/FOOD/BEVERAGES A & W Restaurant .............................................................................................(218) 963-4361 awrestaurants.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

Adirondack Coffee..............................................................................................(218) 967-0111 lovemymug.com

Iron Range Eatery ............................................................................................ (218) 545-5444 ironrange.3cheersmn.com

American Legion - Nisswa ..............................................................................(218) 963-9946 nisswalegion.com

Iron Waffle Coffee Company...........................................................................(218) 963-6317 therironwaffle.com

B. Merri Gastropub at The Woods.................................................................. (218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com

Lost Lake Lodge - Tavern .................................................................................. (218) 963-2681 lostlake.com

Bar Harbor Supper Club .................................................................................(218) 963-2568 barharborsupperclub.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake - 19th Hole ............................................................... (218) 829-2811 maddens.com

Baxter’s Bar & Grill ...........................................................................................(218) 822-3663 arrowwoodbrainerdlodge.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake - Fairways at Madden’s ......................................... (218) 829-2811 maddens.com

Big Axe Brewing Company .............................................................................(218) 961-2337 bigaxebrewing.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake - Lobby Café ............................................................. (218) 829-2811 maddens.com

Breezy Point Resort - Antler’s Restaurant .........................................................(218) 562-7162 breezypointresort.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake - Mission Point at Madden’s ................................... (218) 829-2811 maddens.com

Breezy Point Resort - Dockside Restaurant .....................................................(218) 562-7170 breezypointresort.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake - Parfecto Pizza......................................................... (218) 829-2811 maddens.com

Breezy Point Resort - Marina II Restaurant .....................................................(218) 562-7161 breezypointresort.com

Madden’s on Gull Lake - The Classic Grill ..................................................... (218) 829-2811 maddens.com

Breezy Point Resort - Palmer’s Grille at Deacon’s Lodge ............................. (218) 562-6270 breezypointresort.com

Main Street Ale House ..................................................................................... (218) 961-6724 mainstreetnisswa.com

Breezy Point Resort - The Coffee House ..........................................................(218) 562-7179 breezypointresort.com

Pequot Lakes SuperValu Deli ...........................................................................(218) 568-5001 pequotlakessupervalu.com

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

Prairie Bay Grill & Catering .............................................................................(218) 824-6444 prairiebay.3cheersmn.com

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

Rafferty’s Pizza of Nisswa ...............................................................................(218) 963-3023 raffertyspizza.com

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

Schaefer’s Deli .................................................................................................(218) 963-7877 schaefersfoods.com

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

Sherwood Forest ............................................................................................... (218) 963-6261 sherwoodforest.3cheersmn.com

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

StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery ...................................................................... (218) 961-2326 stonehousecoffee.com

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

Wendy’s..............................................................................................................(218) 961-0060 wendys.com

Ernie’s on Gull ....................................................................................................(218) 829-3918 erniesongull.com Firehouse Subs...................................................................................................(218) 828-0629 firehousesubs.com Ganley’s Restaurant & Malt Shoppe...............................................................(218) 963-2993 ganleysrestaurant.com

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Zorbaz on Gull Lake..........................................................................................(218) 963-4790 zorbaz.com SECURITY/SOUND SYSTEMS Peoples Security Co..........................................................................................(218) 828-4828 peoplessecurity.com

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Wilderness Point Resort ................................................................................... (218) 568-5642 wildernesspointresort.com

Grand View Lodge - CHAR Craft Steaks ......................................................(218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com


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SHOOTING SPORTS Lakeshore Conservation Club ........................................................................ (218) 963-4003 lakeshoregunclub.com

Reichert Bus Service..........................................................................................(218) 829-6955 reichertbus.com

SHOPPING/DOWNTOWN NISSWA Ardor Boutique - Nisswa.................................................................................. (218) 454-1570 ardorshop.com

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

Anchored In.........................................................................................................(218) 961-1985 anchoredinnisswa.com Buffalo Plaid, Inc. ............................................................................................. (320) 309-6724

SIDING/ROOFING/GUTTERS

Exterior Pro, Inc.................................................................................................. (218) 851-2845 myexteriorpro.com Roof Co N.A., Inc............................................................................................ (763) 550-0444 roofcompanynaincmn.com

FOUND - A Curated Life .................................................................................(218) 232-2569

SIGNS/BANNERS

J’s Woodworking & Brenda’s Seasonal Specialities ....................................(320) 407-2775

SIGNspot............................................................................................................(218) 829-0950 signspotmn.com

Lundrigan’s Clothing .........................................................................................(218) 963-2647 lundrigansclothing.com Martin’s Sport Shop .......................................................................................... (218) 963-2341 martinssportshop.com Northern Gifts and Sweets................................................................................(218) 851-9224 Olde Crow Gatherings ......................................................................................(218) 963-1212

SKI HILL/SNOWBOARDING Mount Ski Gull .................................................................................................(218) 963-4353 mountskigull.com SKIING RENTAL EQUIPMENT

Quirks! .................................................................................................................(218) 961-0100

Martin’s Sport Shop .......................................................................................... (218) 963-2341 martinssportshop.com

RW Jewelers & Boutique ................................................................................(218) 963-3306 rwjewelers.com

Mount Ski Gull .................................................................................................(218) 963-4353 mountskigull.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 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 Meraki Boutique................................................................................................(218) 961-2080 merakiboutiquenisswa.com The Animal House.............................................................................................. (218) 961-7387 nisswapets.com

SNOWMOBILE RENTALS 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 STORAGE Sully’s Self Storage.............................................................................................(218) 330-6157 sitelinkstore.com/Sullys-Self-Storage TELEPHONE/INTERNET SERVICES

Weise Crafts & Variety......................................................................................(218) 568-4425

CTC...................................................................................................................... (218) 454-1234 goctc.com

SHUTTLE SERVICE/TRANSPORTATION/BUS Ole’s Shuttle Service............................................................................................(218) 821-1615 olesshuttleservice.com

Lakes Country Granite and Tile........................................................................(218) 330-6396 lakecountrygranite.com

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TOWING SERVICE/LOCKSMITH Turner Towing LLC..............................................................................................(218) 963-4547 turnertowingllc.com U.S. POSTAL SERVICES Nisswa Post Office............................................................................................ (218) 963-7907

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UTILITIES/GAS/ELECTRIC Crow Wing Power............................................................................................. (218) 829-2827 cwpower.com Minnesota Power...............................................................................................(218) 722-5642 mnpower.com Xcel Energy........................................................................................................ (320) 255-8610 xcelenergy.com VETERINARY SERVICES Lakeland Veterinary Hospital........................................................................... (218) 829-1709 lakelandvet.net 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 C & L Distributing................................................................................................ (218) 829-2978 candldistributing.com D & D Beverage Company..............................................................................(218) 829-0303 Pepsi Beverages Company of Brainerd...........................................................(218) 829-4196 WINDOW CLEANING SERVICES - COMMERCIAL Elevated Surface Cleaning...............................................................................(218) 820-5544 elevatedsurfacecleaning.com

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