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The Credits BRAINERD LAKES CHAMBER PRESIDENT Matt Kilian BRAINERD LAKES CHAMBER STAFF Nicole Converse, Paula Davis, Colleen Dols, Donna Ehnert, Sue Galligan, Mary Gottsch, Dave Hanson, Madie Heino, Jenna Hollingsworth, Melanie Knosalla, Brian Lehman, Bill Monroe, Cindy Myogeto, Trisha Reilley, Emily Skelton, Katie Wasserman EDITORIAL CONTENT Trisha Reilley, Tourism Marketing Manager

Vacationing in the Brainerd Lakes Area? Visit us at one of our Welcome Centers for more travel information!

GRAPHIC ARTS Donna Ehnert, Marketing Communications Manager

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ADVERTISING SALES Sue Galligan, Brian Lehman, Nikki Lyter PUBLISHER Brainerd Dispatch, Pine and Lakes Echo Journal PHOTOS COUTESY OF CHAMBER BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS 14 Lakes Brewery, Big Axe Brewing Company, Garret Christopherson, Crossing Arts Alliance, Crosslake Community School, Crosslake Treetop Village, Dennis Drummond Wine Company, Envision Photography & Design, Grand View Lodge & Resort, Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake, Jack Pine Brewery, Lakes Area Music Festival, Steve Masimore, Emily Skelton Wes Hanson Builders CROSSLAKE COVER PHOTO Mark J Harlow

Mark J Harlow is a native Minnesotan and Gull Lake, MN resident. Mark is a national award-winning photographer who photographs only true wildlife and natural images with a minimalistic approach. His gallery is in the Kicks on Route 66 Building in Crosslake, MN.

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber would like to thank all the individuals and chamber businesses who submitted photos and gave permission to feature in the Explore Brainerd Lakes Visitors Guide. ©2019 Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce. All Rights Reserved.

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FACEBOOK: Explore Brainerd Lakes

7393 State Highway 371 Brainerd, MN 56401 (800) 450-2838 ExploreBrainerdLakes.com

PEQUOT LAKES OFFICE 31095 Government Drive Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 (218) 568-8911 | (800) 950-0291 PequotLakes.com

CROSSLAKE OFFICE

County Road 3 and Route 66 Crosslake, MN 56442 (218) 692-4027 Crosslake.com

Congratulations to Lacey Doboszenski, our 2019 Explore Brainerd Lakes Photo Contest winner! Lacey submitted this photo through our Facebook page, and won a sweet prize package courtesy of our Brainerd Welcome Center! Special thanks to Lacey and all those who shared their photos!


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What's Your Travel Personality?

Give Me S'more

10 Ways to Enjoy the Water

8 Reasons to Love Loons | Judd Brink

A Destination You Won't FORE Get | Jack Wawro

51 Golf Directory Food & Drink 52 58 Food & Drink Directory 66 Art, Culture & Music 68 Shopping & Retail 71 Home & Cabin Relocation 77

There's Something in the Water: Tastes From Around the Lakes

5 Tips for Closing Your Cabin for Winter

Strong Schools Help Build Strong Communities

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OUR COMMUNITIES

BRAINERD / BAXTER (BRAINERD LAKES AREA)

Welcome to Lake Country!

Nestled in the center of Minnesota, the Brainerd Lakes Area is easy to get to but hard to leave. From abundant nature to rustic or world-class amenities, it’s easy to see why the Brainerd Lakes Area is a popular vacation destination. Enjoy one of Minnesota’s most popular chain of lakes—the Gull Chain of Lakes— that connects 8 lakes and hosts a variety of lodging and dining options. Tee off at one of the area’s nationally recognized golf courses. Visit distinctive shops, local restaurants, and area attractions, like the iconic Paul Bunyan Land—where a talking 26-foot-tall lumberjack has been saying children’s names and captivating people for 65 years.

WE'RE A REGION made up of

several small communities. Each has its own character and charm. Yet we're connected by our abundant resources, strong businesses, and the spirit of our people.

You can do as much—or as little— as you want in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Disconnect from your everyday routine and find yourself making memories for a lifetime.

What are you waiting for?! Explore the Brainerd Lakes Area!

The best part of the day? Relaxing around a campfire, reminiscing about a day well-spent, and knowing the Brainerd Lakes Area is never too far away to do it all again. POINTS OF INTEREST

• Brainerd International Raceway

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Get your adrenaline revving at BIR: Home of the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, the BIR Performance Driving School, and Lakes Jam Rock and Country Music Festival.

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OUR COMMUNITIES

• Downtown Brainerd

Walk downtown Brainerd to find specialty shops and restaurants. Look for the YOU BETCHA mural and pose for a fun photo op.

• Paul Bunyan Land

Visit Paul Bunyan Land—the nostalgic amusement park located on This Old Farm. Kids will love the animated Paul Bunyan statue, the 27 children’s rides, and the Pioneer Village.

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And the Paul Bunyan Trail runs from Brainerd to Bemidji with a stop right in downtown Pequot Lakes. Meander through Breezy Point, Jenkins, and around the Whitefish chain on the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway—a nationally recognized route with 54 miles of paved, wide-shouldered roads.

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No matter when you visit, you’ll take part of Pequot Lakes home with you.

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Caring people that become family Trustworthy, kind & skilled staff onsite 24/7 Onsite health clinics Front desk service 7-days a week Chef prepared meals

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Satisfy your curiosity and come for a tour. Contact Angelique today!

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Pequot Lakes—in the Northern region of the Brainerd Lakes Area— is classic small-town U.S.A. Where “Minnesota Nice” is more than a catchy saying, it’s a way of life. Where you’ll feel no pressure to meet deadlines and demands. It’s a place to reconnect with family and friends and step back to a simpler time. Surrounded by pristine lakes, world-class golf, towering pines, and quaint restaurants and shopping, Pequot Lakes is one of the most picturesque cities in Minnesota.

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PEQUOT LAKES PUBLIC SCHOOLS Big district opportunities, small town community! Voted #1 Best School by residents of the Brainerd Lakes area, Pequot Lakes Schools offer a rigorous academic program, rich opportunities in the arts, and a wide range of award winning athletics and activities for students.

EAGLE VIEW ELEMENTARY Serving students early childhood through grade 4

PEQUOT LAKES MIDDLE SCHOOL Serving grades 5 - 8

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OUR COMMUNITIES

POINTS OF INTEREST

• Trailside Park

Spend some time at Trailside Park, in the heart of downtown and connected right to the Paul Bunyan Trail. Enjoy walking paths, the Pequot Lakes Chamber Welcome Center, the Adams family playground, and the serene Dru Sjodin Memorial Garden.

• Bobber Park

Visit the Cole Memorial building and museum, which was part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal and registered on the National Registry of Historic Places; take a picture next to Paul Bunyan’s oversized log chair; and see the iconic bobber water tower.

• Pequot Lakes Dog Park

Let your dog romp around at the Pequot Lakes Dog Park established by the Babinski Foundation. The park has two separate fenced areas, benches, tables, and dog bags.

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CROSSLAKE With small-town charm and set on the popular Whitefish Chain, Crosslake is the quintessential lake destination. Abundant nature and clean lakes have earned Crosslake the title “Beauty Spot of Minnesota”. Here, the pace is leisurely and the locals are friendly. Spend the day boating The Chain—14 interconnected lakes that provide 119 miles of shoreline and on-thewater fun. Picnic at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Recreation Area and walk across the Pine River Dam to watch the rushing water. Cast a line fishing from shore. Watch the sunset from your cabin at one of the area’s many resorts. Explore specialty shops and boutiques where you’ll find one-ofa-kind clothing and home décor. Let your stresses melt away on the shores of The Whitefish Chain and come see why visitors return to Crosslake year after year.

POINTS OF INTEREST

• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campground

Get an up-close look at a historical engineering marvel at the Pine River dam near the entrance of the campground. Visit the Linda Ulland Memorial Garden and Learning Center adjacent to the campground’s ranger station.

• Crosslake Town Square

Walk the Town Square in the heart of Crosslake and find shops, restaurants, and free music concerts every Saturday night during the summer.

• Historic Log Village

See how pioneers lived at the turn of the century at the Crosslake Historical Society’s pioneer village just across the street from the campground.


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NISSWA

With its acres of undeveloped forests, natural shorelines, and rugged terrain, the Cuyuna Lakes Area is an adventure enthusiast’s playground. The area’s former mining pits were repurposed into crystal-clear lakes that are popular for trout fishing, scuba diving, and kayaking. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert rider, the Cuyuna mountain biking trails will give you an exhilarating rush as you traverse the miles of winding red dirt. If you prefer a little slower pace, you can enjoy farm-to-table dining, craft beer from a local brewing company, or browsing the many antique stores on Crosby’s main street.

Nisswa is located in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area—just North of Brainerd/Baxter. Nisswa has a charming downtown lined with shops and restaurants—you’ll feel like you just walked into a Hallmark movie. Nisswa was recently voted “WCCO Viewers’ Choice for Best Small Town in Minnesota”. (WCCO-TV is the CBS affiliate station in Minnesota.) And for good reason. With its quaint downtown, modern amenities, and friendly faces, Nisswa is your “Up North” destination.

From its humble beginnings to its resilient spirit, you’ll find Cuyuna Lakes full of inspiration that’s hard to resist. POINTS OF INTEREST

• Croft Mine Historical Park

Explore a guided simulated underground mining tour of the Cuyuna Iron Range mining days.

• Soo Line Depot Museum

Visit the historic Soo Line Depot with artifacts, photos, and documents depicting life on the Cuyuna Iron Range in the early 1900s.

• Memorial Park

Spend the day at Memorial Park near downtown Crosby on the shores of Serpent Lake and enjoy camping, a swimming beach, and large playground.

With easy access to golf, the Gull Chain of Lakes, skiing, snowmobiling, and shopping, you’ll find something to do in all four seasons. POINTS OF INTEREST

• Mount Ski Gull

Spend the day skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the winter. Try the Brainerd Zip Line during the summer and fall to add adventure to your vacation (reopens May 2019).

• Nisswa City Park

Visit the Nisswa City Park just off Main Street that features an ice skating rink (in winter), baseball fields, soccer field, picnic tables, and pavilions, restrooms, playground, and basketball court.

• Nisswa Area Historical Society

Enjoy a self-guided tour of Pioneer Village and get a glimpse of life in the early 1900s.

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Personality? SO MUCH GOES INTO PLANNING A VACATION. Knowing what kind of traveler

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YOU HOPE TO BRING YOUR GRANDKIDS TO STAY AT THE SAME RESORT ON THE SAME LAKE THAT YOU DID YEARS AGO. MANY RESORTS THAT YOU REMEMBER ARE STILL HERE AND NOW OFFER “REUNION HOUSES”— WHERE YOUR WHOLE FAMILY CAN STAY UNDER ONE ROOF.

NOSTALGIC You love the warm and fuzzy feelings of reminiscing about a simpler time. And you want to bring your family together to experience a vacation from your childhood. Perhaps it’s bringing your kids to Paul Bunyan Land or walking the dam at Crosslake. You hope to bring your grandkids to stay at the same resort on the same lake that you did years ago. Many resorts that you remember are still here and now offer “reunion houses”—where your whole family can stay under one roof. MINIMALIST You’re not looking for a vacation with a lot of hoopla. The simpler, the better. Your idea of a vacation is biking the Paul Bunyan State Trail, hiking the Crow Wing State Park, or paddling your kayak around one of the area’s quieter lakes. You’re happy with limited amenities that

provide tranquil, abundant nature with easy access to trails and lakes. The Brainerd Lakes Area has lodging options that fit your low-key style. Most area resorts are family owned and still have the rustic charm that you love.

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GLAMPER You bring your lodging with you when you come Up North. Your home on wheels is equipped with modern conveniences like a microwave and shower—tenting it is taking it too far! You like RV parks or campgrounds with amenities and easy access to water (pool or lake). You want to be close to activities like nature hikes, biking, and shopping. But you love having your own personal space and the freedom that comes with it. The Brainerd Lakes Area has resorts, RV parks, and campgrounds with camper hook ups (electric, water, and sometimes sewer).

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You’ve never met a deal you didn’t like. You want amenities, but you don’t want to spend your whole budget on them. You’d rather spend on activities and experiences. You love the thrill of looking for the family friendly eats and low-cost excursions. With parades, firework displays, outdoor music concerts in Crosslake’s Town Square, and turtle races in Nisswa, the Lakes Area offers a variety of free activities. And you’ll easily find hotels and resorts that will make you—and your budget happy! THRILL-SEEKER You’re up for anything. Any time. Any place. You get a rush from the unexpected. Zip line at Mount Ski Gull and feel an exhilarating 50-foot free fall. Get an adrenaline rush driving a race car around a race track at 130 mph at BIR’s Performance Driving School. Your go-with-the-flow nature doesn’t mind staying in a yurt or camping at primitive sites like those at the Rollie Johnson Natural & Recreation Area. You also prefer area resorts that make you feel like you have the place to yourself and give you easy access to be close to nature. LUXURIOUS You want amenities at your fingertips: a lush spa, world-class golf, five-star dining, and endless activities for the kids (hello, waterski schools)! Having reliable Wi-Fi to check email is a must. You don’t mind paying for well-appointed accommodations for the convenience of having everything on-property. You don’t want to sacrifice comfort for the sake of vacation. Many area resorts offer amenities with multiple dining options, pools, beaches, and golf—so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy total pampering.


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Agate Lake Resort

(218) 963-2224 www.agatelakeresort.com Enjoy a quiet, relaxing time in our modern, clean cabins and make memories with your family swimming at our clear, sandy beach and trying the many free water toys, play ping pong and other games in the game room. Campfires under the stars in the evenings are always a favorite.

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

(218) 822-5634 www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com Arrowwood Lodge is the perfect location! Full service hotel with 102 spacious rooms. Baxter's Bar & Grill. Free breakfast buffet. 7,500 sq. feet meeting & banquet space. Paul Bunyan Indoor Waterpark & indoor/outdoor hot tub. Arcade, zipline, fitness center, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, bonfire pit and children's play set.

Bay View Lodge

(888) 543-4182 www.bayviewcrosslake.com Traditional Crosslake vacation destination. Classic clean 3 to 4 bedroom cabins on the beautiful crystal clear waters of the Whitefish Chain. Close to great golf, restaurants, and shopping. Family friendly, large beach, and lots of on-site water activities. We offer beach volleyball kayaking, sauna, paddle boarding and more!

Boyd Lodge

(800) 450-2693 www.boydlodge.com One of Minnesota’s premier family resorts located on the Whitefish Chain. Popular loft cabins are tastefully decorated. Each cabin is equipped with full kitchen, wireless internet, fireplaces and cedar decks with gas grills. Heated pool, sandy beach, and boat rental. Weekly rental in summer, daily rental in fall and winter.

Camp Knutson

(218) 543-4232 www.campknutson.org Camp Knutson's beautiful 30 acre campus is nestled between the pristine waters of Lower Whitefish and Big Trout Lakes near Crosslake, MN. Open year round our modern facilities and northwoods setting make for the perfect location for retreats, weddings, conferences, meetings, training events, or other social gatherings September through May.

Campfire Bay Resort

(218) 575-2432 www.campfirebayresort.com Located on Fish Trap Lake - the perfect place for a family getaway, fishing trip, or gals crafting retreat! Stay in our 2-4 bedroom cabins and enjoy the winter amenities of snowmobile trails, fishing, coffee and gift shop, game room, REC center with basketball, fitness center, day spa, and more!

Farm Island Lake Resort and Campground

(218) 927-3841 www.facebook.com/Farm-Island-Lake-Resort-Campground Family owned and operated resort! Six summer cabins and two sites with full hook-ups: clean, quiet, and restful! Enjoy fishing and fun during your stay, plus an on-site fish cleaning house. We also offer boat, pontoon, and canoe rentals. Open May 1 - October 1. Call (218) 927-3841 for availability.

Fritz's Resort and Campground

(218) 568-8988 www.fritzsresort.com Fritz’s Resort and Campground offers a North Woods family feel to campers. Located on the east side of Edna Lake. Fritz’s offers a clean sandy beach, boat rentals-fishing, pontoon and paddle boats. They also have cabins and an air conditioned rec hall for family fun.

Gull Four Seasons Resort

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Holiday Inn Express, Three Bear Waterpark

Northland Pet Lodge

(218) 824-3232 www.brainerdhi.com Holiday Inn Express – a triple play of entertainment for your next vacation! Our Three Bear Waterpark provides 30,000 square feet of fun! Play Laser Tag for an exhilarating experience for all ages! Try out our game room, play classic and new games! An up north experience with amenities included.

(218) 692-4364 www.northlandpetlodge.com We are the Brainerd Lakes Area premier pet resort offering cat and dog boarding, doggy daycare, dog obedience training, grooming, pet food/supplies and professionally installed underground fencing. Your pet’s vacation includes 3+ hours of adult supervised playtime per day in our 2.5 acre play yards, and unlimited belly rubs!

Leisure Suites of Breezy Point

Quarterdeck Resort

(888) 651-5300 www.leisuresuites.com Leisure Suites of Breezy Point, near Pelican Lake, offers a variety of accommodations and a price range for everyone from deluxe condos on the lake to standard motel rooms and suites nearby. In addition to many outdoor activities, enjoy the Pelican Center waterslide, pool and gym during your stay!

Shing Wako Resort

(218) 765-3226 www.shingwako.com A fun and relaxing family resort on Lake Edward. 12 miles from Brainerd, Nisswa or Crosslake. Relax on our sandy swimming beach, swim and fish in the clear water and play on our eleven park-like acres. There is something for everyone! You will feel right at home! Reunions welcome!

The Woods

(218) 963-2482 www.quarterdeckresort.com Quarterdeck Resort is a four-seasons family resort located on 850 feet of sandy beach on the west shore of Gull Lake. Enjoy lodge suites with full kitchens along with spacious lakeside cottages. Resort amenities include lakefront restaurant, boat docks, marine fueling stations, boat ramp, pontoon rentals, internet, and gift shop.

(218) 829-7507 www.thewoodsmn.com 12 hotel rooms and a junior suite with fireplace and jacuzzi with an up north, woodsy feel are perfect for a quiet, convenient stay. The Woods' fully packed wedding compound is a gem in the heart of Minnesota’s woodland, including a beautiful event center, an A-Frame, and 4 bedroom home.

Niemeyer's Rugged River Resort

(218) 829-4587 www.RuggedRiverResort.com Niemeyer's Rugged River Resort is a family resort. Offering, 100 acres of woods, cabins, seasonal & overnight camping and a houseboat rental. Located on the Mississippi River, minutes from Brainerd and all it has to offer. Rent a boat, fish, kayak, swim in the pool. Join us for your vacation.

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Woodland Beach Resort

(218) 866-0711 www.woodlandbeachresort.com NEWER POOL and HOT TUB!!! Making vacation memories for 82 years. Woodland Beach Resort is located on Bay Lake a 2,392 acre lake with bays, points and islands. We have 20 1-4 bedroom cabins with A/C, decks, grills, and outstanding WIFI. We offer paddleboards, kayaks, boats, pontoons, and a canoe.

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LODGING DIRECTORY OUR LODGING OPTIONS are

almost as endless as our sunsets. Our Lodging Directory will help you find the perfect place to stay based on your preference and budget.

Hotel / Motel Resort / Lodge Waterpark Bed & Breakfast / Historic Inn RV Park / Campground Open Year Round Handicap Accessible Pool

AmericInn Baxter (218) 833-2062 | (800) 634-3444 www.americinn.com 7836 Fairview Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes (218) 822-5634 | (877) OUR-LODGE www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter, MN 56425

Auger's Pine View Resort (218) 575-2100 | (888) 705-5253 www.augerspineview.com 34052 Auger Rd, Motley, MN 56466

Baymont Inn & Suites (218) 822-1133 | www.baymontinns.com 7208 Fairview Road, Baxter, MN 56425

Camp Holiday Resort and Campground (218) 678-2495 | (800) 450-2495 www.campholiday.com 27406 Round Lake Rd, Deerwood, MN 56444

Campfire Bay Resort (218) 575-2432 | (800) 677-7263 www.campfirebayresort.com 31504 Azure Road, Cushing, MN 56443

Comfort Suites / Rapid River Lodge & Water Park (218) 825-7234 | (877) 543-8938 www.rapidriverlodge.com 7376 Woida Road, Baxter, MN 56425

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Country Inn & Suites By Radisson® (218) 828-2161 | (800) 456-4000 www.countryinns.com/baxtermn 15058 Dellwood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

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

Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake (866) 988-0562 | (866) 988-0562 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun's Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Baxter (218) 824-3232 | (888) 824-3232 www.brainerdhi.com 15739 Audubon Way, Baxter, MN 56425

Crow Wing Lake Campground (218) 829-6468 | www.crowwingcamp.com 2393 Crow Wing Camp Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401

Days Inn & Suites - Baxter (218) 829-3080 | (800) 634-3444 www.daysinn.com 14466 Dellwood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Farm Island Lake Resort & Campground (218) 927-3841 29551 Pioneer Avenue, Aitkin, MN 56431

Grand Casino Mille Lacs (320) 532-7777 | (800) 626-5825 www.grandcasinomn.com 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia, MN 56359

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

Hunter Winfield's Resort (320)-676-1100 | www.hunterwinfields.com 510 W. Lake Street, Isle, MN 56342

Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort (218) 829-5226 | (800) 562-7061 www.kavanaughs.com 1685 Kavanaugh Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Madden's on Gull Lake (218) 829-2811 | (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsul Brainerd, MN 56401

Niemeyer's Rugged River Resort (218) 829-4587 | (800) 416-4587 www.ruggedriverresort.com 12241 Stallman Road, Brainerd, MN 56401

Rodeway Inn (218) 828-0027 | www.rodewayinn.com 11617 Andrew St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge (800) 450-4545 | www.ruttgers.com 25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd Deerwood, MN 56444

Shady Hollow Resort & Campground (218) 828-9308 | (800) 450-9308 www.shadyhollowresort.com 1009 Shady Hollow Rd, Pillager, MN 56473

Shamineau Acres Resort (218) 575-2254 www.shamineauacresresort.com 34824 Aztec Road, Motley, MN 56466

Shooting Star Casino and Event Center (218) 936-6723 | (800)-453-STAR www.starcasino.com 777 Casino Road, Manohmen, MN 56557

Summer Breeze Resort (218) 678-2881 | www.summerbreezemn.com 27461 435th Avenue, Aitkin, MN 56431

Super 8 - Brainerd/Baxter (218) 828-4288 | www.super8.com 14341 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

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

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Gull Lake (877)444-6777 | (218) 829-3334 www.recreation.gov 10867 E Gull Lake Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401

Woodland Beach Resort on Bay Lake (218) 866-0711 | (888) 436-7770 www.woodlandbeachresort.com 15596 Woodland Beach Lane Deerwood, MN 56444

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Bay View Lodge (218) 543-4182 | (888) 543-4182 www.bayviewcrosslake.com 12038 Harbor Lane, Crosslake, MN 56442

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

Crosslake Treetop Village (630) 329-5678 www.crosslaketreetopvillage.com 13854 Mary Lane, Crosslake, MN 56442

Lake Edward Resort (218) 765-3419 | www.lakeedwardresort.com 25103 County Road 3, Merrifield, MN 56465

Manhattan Beach Lodge (218) 692-3381 | (800) 399-4360 www.mblodge.com 39051 Co Rd 66, Manhattan Beach, MN 56442

Mission Beach Resort and Campground (218) 765-3447 www.missionbeachresort-camp.com 26847 County Road 19, Merrifield, MN 56465

Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites (218) 692-7829 | (888) 488-7829 www.pinepeakscrosslake.com 14047 Swann Drive, Crosslake, MN 56442

Shing Wako Resort (218) 765-3226 | www.shingwako.com 24713 County Road 3, Merrifield, MN 56465

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Crosslake (877) 444-6777 | (651) 290-5793 www.recreation.gov 35507 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

Whitefish Lodge & Suites (218) 692-2246 | (800) 692-0727 www.crosslakereservations.com 14150 Swann Drive, Crosslake, MN 56442

NISSWA AREA______________________ Agate Lake Resort (218) 963-2224 | www.agatelakeresort.com 9326 Agate Lake Rd, Lake Shore, MN 56468

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

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

Fritz's Resort and Campground (218) 568-8988 | www.fritzsresort.com 26483 State Highway 371, Nisswa, MN 56468

Good Ol' Days Family Resort (218) 963-2478 | (800) 227-4501 www.goodoldaysresort.com 26050 Oak Lane, Nisswa, MN 56468

Grand View Lodge (218) 963-2234 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468

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

Quarterdeck Resort (218) 963-2482 | (800) 950-5596 www.quarterdeckresort.com 9820 Birch Bay Drive SW, Nisswa, MN 56468

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

Sandy Beach Resort (218) 963-4458 | www.sandybeachresort.net 1314 Sandy Point Rd SW, Lake Shore, MN 56468

PEQUOT LAKES AREA______________ AmericInn Lodge & Suites - Pequot Lakes (218) 568-8400 | (888) 568-8400 www.americinn.com 32912 Paul Bunyan Trail Drive Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Black Pine Beach Resort (218) 543-4714 | www.blackpinebeach.com 10732 County Rd 16, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Breezy Point Resort (218) 562-7811 | (800) 432-3777 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point, MN 56472

Galles' Upper Cullen Resort & Campground (218) 963-2249 | (888) 872-8553 www.uppercullen.com 28317 Upper Cullen Rd Pequot Lakes, MN 56472


LODGING // DIRECTORY Highview Campground & RV Park (218) 543-4526 www.highviewcampground.com 11090 Old Co Rd 39, Breezy Point, MN 56472

On Famous Gull Lake

Leisure Suites of Breezy Point (218) 562-5300 | (888) 651-5300 www.leisuresuites.com 30199 County Rd 4, Breezy Point, MN 56472

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Quietwoods Resort (218) 675-6240 www.quietwoodsresort.blogspot.com 4755 Alder Ln NW, Hackensack, MN 56452

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

• Cabins and Condos • Pools & Beach • Reunion Facilities • Great Fishing • Affordable Vacations

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Trapper's Landing Lodge (218) 836-2500 www.trapperslandinglodge.com 1812 Merit Road, Walker, MN 56484

Wilderness Point Resort (218) 568-5642 | (800) 231-4050 www.wildernessresortvillas.com 6316 Wilderness Rd, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Making Memories. Booking Now for 2019 - 2020! Family Vacations, Weddings,

Wildwedge Golf and RV Park (218) 568-5000 | www.wildwedge.com 32620 Paul Bunyan Trail Dr Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Reunions, Corporate Retreats and More. • Lakeside lodge suites with kitchenettes. • Lakeside cottages sleep 10. • New! Lakeside beach houses. • 850 Ft. of sandy Gull Lake beach.

• Boathouse event center with seating for 175 with new outdoor event lawn overlooking Gull Lake. • The Dock Grill and Bar. • Marine services.

QuarterdeckResort.com | 218-963-2482 9820 Birch Bay Drive SW, Nisswa, MN 56468

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NOTHING SAYS SUMMER more than FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO CAMPFIRE CLASSIC No one knows for sure who officially invented the s’more or where its whimsical name comes from. But the Girl Scouts get credit for the first published recipe. It was featured in the Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts instructional guidebook in 1927. The recipe was originally called “some mores,” which was eventually blended and shortened to the “s’more” name we know today. The Girl Scouts couldn’t have predicted that their recipe would become a pop culture icon. Today, Americans buy 90 million pounds of marshmallows each year, and it’s

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estimated that 50% of marshmallows sold are roasted over campfires in the summer. FUN, CREATIVE VARIATIONS The original s’more is roasted marshmallows, graham crackers, and milk chocolate. Experiment with new variations or have a s’mores bar and vote on your family’s favorite modern twist on the original campfire classic. • Try chocolate graham crackers. Or use one chocolate and one traditional graham cracker. • Use peanut butter or a hazelnut spread in place of chocolate. • Trade graham crackers for

PHOTO COURTESY MADDEN’S RESORT ON GULL LAKE

sitting around a crackling campfire with family and friends. And no campfire is complete without the gooey goodness of s’mores. This sweet confection is a tradition that brings adults and kids together—while sharing chocolate-coated smiles and sticky marshmallow fingers. With a history that dates back at least 90 years, there is s’more to the story that makes for interesting campfire tales.


FAMILY ACTIVITIES chocolate chip cookies to sandwich your marshmallow. • Use milk chocolate squares filled with flavor: caramel, raspberry, mint, or peanut butter. PRO TIPS • Place your graham cracker and chocolate on a wood “melting” block or a rock near the fire (but away from the flames) while your marshmallow is roasting. This will simultaneously create the perfect symphony of gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate. • Roast your marshmallow over low flames and hot coals turning the roasting stick for an even, golden marshmallow. • Use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate. Milk chocolate has a higher cocoa butter content, so it melts better than dark chocolate.

Real Vikings. No Horns. August 24, 2019 Nisswa, MN

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Billy Bones Raceway

(218) 828-4245 www.billybonesraceway.com Experience the rush of racing! Speed through twists, curves and straightaways, zooming past buried treasure and infamous pirates. Three racetracks for all levels from kiddies to competitive racers. Younger pirates can ride along in our two passenger go-carts, or drive their own on a track just for kids. Swashbuckling fun!

Cragun's Resort

(218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com We specialize in making family memories that last a lifetime. Cragun’s has more of everything for your vacation—at the best value. Enjoy our long sandy beaches, indoor and outdoor pools, family centered recreation program, water sports like boating, fishing and swimming, and winter activities like snowmobiling, x-country skiing and skating.

Holiday Inn Express, Three Bear Waterpark and Laser Tag

(218) 824-3232 www.brainerdhi.com Offering family fun activities for all ages; waterpark, arcade, and state of the art laser tag. Lodging includes waterpark and hot breakfast. IHG Reward points offers great benefits for all travelers. Waterpark and laser tag hours may vary. Call for current availability.

Lakeshore Conservation Club

(218) 851-8688 www.lakeshoregunclub.com Lakeshore Conservation Club, a nonprofit organization, has been promoting shooting sports since 1954. The club offers trap, skeet, 5-stand to the public, and rifle and handgun shooting to members. Facilities are available for private events.

Mount Ski Gull Crow Wing County Fair

(218) 829-6680 www.crowwingcountyfair.com Mark your calendars for the Crow Wing County Fair from July 30–August 3, 2019! The fair has entertainment for the whole family. Watch animal judging events or take a ride at the carnival! Grandstand events include bull riding, moto cross, monster truck show, tractor contest, and much more!

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(218) 963-4353 www.skigull.com Mount Ski Gull operates a non-profit facility for the youth in central Minnesota, it provides affordable outdoor programs and opportunities with an emphasis on snow sports that result in lifelong character building skills and a healthy lifestyle. We offer skiing, snowboarding, tubing and parties for birthdays, holidays and more.

Northland Kart Kountry

(218) 454-1602 www.NorthlandKartKountry.com Kart Kountry has family fun for everyone! Friendly staff, 3 go kart tracks, batting cages, mini golf, bumper boats, water wars, bungee bounce, jump shot, NASCAR simulators and arcade. Special events and groups welcome. Bring a kid be a kid!

Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

(218) 828-9002 www.piratescove.net/brainerd The adventures and legends of infamous pirates come to life at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf. Putt through the world of 18th century buccaneers and wind your way through mountain caves, over footbridges and beneath cascading waterfalls. Read about wellknown pirates as you test your skills on two award-winning 18-hole courses.

Safari North Wildlife Park

(218) 454-1662 www.safarinorth.com A family friendly destination! Have you ever fed a giraffe, rode a camel, or even mingled with 100s of parakeets? You can even mine for gemstones! With hundreds of animals, birds, and a few reptiles, there is something for everyone! Open daily May 12 - September 30, 9am-6pm.


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Whitefish Chain Yacht Club Free Swimming Lessons

(218) 543-4380 www.wcyc.info Whitefish Chain Yacht Club has been sponsoring accredited swimming lessons focused on lake safety since 1967. Lessons are offered to children 5 years and older free of charge and are held at the Corps of Engineers Campground in Crosslake. To learn more and register go to WCYC.info.

Wildwedge Golf, Mini Golf, Maze and RV Park

(218) 568-6995 www.wildwedge.com Scenic, family-friendly 9-Hole golf course. Award-winning 18-hole miniature golf. 10,000 square foot wooden treasure hunt maze. Driving range. Big rig friendly RV park with FHU for nightly, weekly or seasonal.

Your Boat Club - Gull Lake & Crosslake Locations

(218) 692-3850 www.yourboatclub.com Come enjoy a day/week on the beautiful Whitefish Chain. The Whitefish Chain allows you to travel through 14 lakes without setting your feet on dry land. We offer unlimited boat memberships, daily/weekly boat rentals, slip rentals, gas, bait, tackle, and anything else you might need on the water.

BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL

RACEWAY 2019 Major Races May 24-26

Street Car Showdown

May 31- Jun 2 Wet & Wild Weekend June 7-9

MAP Proving Grounds

July 5-7

PleasureLand RV Show & Go

Aug 9-11

Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Race

Aug 15-18

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Aug 30-Sep 1 GSTA Muscle Car Shootout Sep 13 -15

MAP Proving Grounds 2.0

For a complete list of events, visit our website. Home of the BIR Performance Driving School

www.BrainerdRaceway.com Local: 218-824-RACE (7223) Toll free: 866-444-4455

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PEQUOT LAKES STARS AND STRIPES DAYS | JULY 3–4, 2019 Celebrate our nation’s independence at the Pequot Lakes Stars and Stripes Days in Trailside Park honoring our heritage with food vendors, music, games, parade, and fireworks. On July 3, try your hand at the bean bag toss or listen to live music. Once the sun sets, the spectacular fireworks burst into the night sky.

the farmers beans that baked overnight in the ground as part of a community event. Today, Bean Hole Days is a reminder and celebration of Pequot Lakes’ history. The Burying of the Beans ceremony begins July 16, and is accompanied by a community picnic. Lines form early on July 17 for free beans. Purchase a Bean Hole Days mug and head to the front of the “Fast Pass for Gas” line!

On July 4, come for the all-you-caneat pancakes, kids’ games, craft fair, and the Stars and Stripes Parade!

Trailside Park in the center of town is teaming with people visiting craft vendors, playing games, and enjoying free beans.

PEQUOT LAKES BEAN HOLE DAYS | JULY 16–17, 2019

CROSSLAKE DAYS SEPT 26–28, 2019

Join in the historic Bean Hole Days, which dates back to 1938. City bankers asked local farmers to come in to town for the day, and they served

Visit in September and attend the annual Crosslake Days celebration. Crosslake is beautiful in the fall as the trees burst into hues of auburn


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and amber. The crisp air is the perfect backdrop to cool the heat of the chili cook-off contest. Taste the free samples and vote for your favorite. Local businesses compete for the coveted trophies and for bragging rights! A missing chili pepper hunt, outdoor movies, kids’ games, shopping deals, a bazaar and flea market, and live entertainment make this a fun family-friendly event. CROSSLAKE WINTERFEST JAN 30–FEB 1, 2020 Have cabin fever? Crosslake has the cure. Celebrate Winterfest, a three-day festival, in early February for old-fashioned winter fun. Beginning Thursday, daily clues are released for the Lost Medallion Hunt with more than $1,000 in prizes. Friday, there’s a kick-off party at the Crosslake Community Center with

fun for everyone: sledding, skating, horse-drawn wagon rides, s’mores, and a huge bonfire. Saturday is a full day of activities with the ice carousel, helicopter rides (weather permitting), cross country skiing, Italian Olympics, and shopping. Stop in to participating businesses to warm up and get free soup as part of the annual SoupFest. Don’t forget to vote for which business has the best soup—pride and a golden ladle trophy are on the line! CROSSLAKE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE MAR 14, 2020 If you haven’t experienced Crosslake’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you’ve been missing out on the best parade in the state (WCCO-TV’s Viewers’ Choice for Best Parade in Minnesota)! One visit and

you’ll come back year-after-year. The Crosslake community rallies around this family friendly event. Float after float is buzzing with activity, music, and candy. Stretch your legs and take in some fresh air by running (or walking) the annual Clover Dash 5k, which takes place the morning of the parade. Eat pancakes made by local firefighters, ride in a hot air balloon, and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes (more than $10,000 in prizes are given away). Local shops and restaurants offer deals when you show your blinkie button. End the night dancing away at one of the area establishments with live music. Make the Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade your next tradition. EXPLO REBRA INERDLA KES.COM

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LOCAL EVENTS

Visit explorebrainerdlakes.com for more event information.

JANUARY 2019_______________________________________ Jan 5 Jan 5 Jan 18 & 19 Jan 26 Jan 31 - Feb 2

Ice Fest on Pelican Lake, Breezy Point Battle for the Axe, Baxter 25th Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous, Pequot Lakes Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, Gull Lake 16th Annual WinterFest, Crosslake

FEBRUARY 2019______________________________________ Feb 2 Feb 2 Feb 2 Feb 3 Feb 7 Feb 16 - 18 Feb 22 - 24 Feb 22 - 24 Feb 28

Serpent Lake Fishing Contest and Scorpion Snowmobile Rally, Crosby Brainerd Public School Foundation BIG EVENT, Brainerd Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout Fat Tire Bike Race, Cuyuna Lumberjack Jaunt Cross Country Ski Race, Brainerd LAMF trip to Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Brainerd Nisswa Winter Jubilee, Nisswa Gull Lake Frozen Fore, Gull Lake Brainerd Schools Community Theater: Addams Family, Brainerd CLC Performing Arts Presents Boeing Boeing, Brainerd

MARCH 2019 _________________________________________ Mar 1 & 2 Mar 2 Mar 2 Mar 5 - 7 Mar 9 Mar 13 Mar 16 Mar 16 Mar 16 Mar 22 Mar 23 Mar 24 Mar 29 Mar 29 & 30

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Apr 4 - 7 Apr 7 Apr 12 Apr 13 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr 26 & 27 Apr 26 - 28

Stepping Out-Stage North, Brainerd Solo Piano Concert, Brainerd Lakes Area Wedding Expo, Brainerd CLC Performing Arts Presents George Winston Kinship Partners Presents Purses for Partners, Nisswa Northland Arboretum Arbor Day Wine Tasting, Brainerd 6th Annual Taste of the Cuyuna Lakes, Cuyuna CLC Performing Arts Presents Lee Rocker, Brainerd Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1K, Nisswa Reeds Gun Fair, Little Falls

MAY 2019_ May 2 - 4 May 5 May 5 May 5 & 6 May 5 - 11 May 7 - 9 May 11 May 11 May 11 & 12 May 12 May 18 May 18 May 26 May 24 - 26

CLC Performing Arts Presents A Few Good Men, Brainerd Lakes Area Music Festival, Schubert's Cello Quintet, Brainerd Aviation Days Breezy Point Airport , Breezy Point Good Samaritan Bowl XVI, Brainerd The Bernese Mountian Dog Club of America, Brainerd CLC Performing Arts Presents A Few Good Men, Brainerd Spring Arts and Craft Festival, Brainerd High School CLC Performing Arts Presents Abbey Road Album Tribute, Brainerd Cuyuna Rock, Gem & Mineral Society Rock Show, Brainerd Walleye/Northern Pike Fishing Opener Pike a Palooza Fishing Tournament, Deerwood Kinship Partners Downtown Nisswa Chocolate Walk, Nisswa Family Sundae Funday at Camp Knutson, Crosslake 11th Annual Street Car Showdown, BIR Brainerd

JUNE 2019_ June - Aug June - Aug June 1 June 7 & 8 June 8 June 8 June 8 June 14 & 15 June 15 June 20 June 21 June 24 June 27 - 29 June 27 - 30 June 28 June 30 June 30

Nisswa Turtle Races, Nisswa (Wednesdays) Pine River Duck Races, Pine River (Fridays) Pequot Lakes / Breezy Point Lions Club Cherry Car Show, Pequot Lakes Nisswa Stamman Scandinavian Festival, Nisswa Kayaking at the Campground - US Army Corp, Crosslake 2nd Annual Legends of the Road Classic Car Show, Deerwood Sour Grapes Half and Half Walk/Race, Brainerd Confidence Learning Center Golf & Fishing Classic, Nisswa Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous, Crosslake Little Miss and Mister 4th of July Pageant, Brainerd Outdoor Movies at the Crosslake Campground, Crosslake Miss Brainerd United States Pageant, Brainerd Lakes Jam, BIR Brainerd Cass County Fair, Pine River Lakes Area Music Festival, Summer Solstice at St. Mathias, St. Mathias Race for the Cure - 5K walk/run, 1 mile walk, Baxter Arts in the Park, Brainerd

JULY 2019_ July 3 July 3 & 4

Freedom Days Celebration, Nisswa Stars and Stripes Days, Pequot Lakes


LOCAL EVENTS July 4 July 4 July 5 - 7 July 6 July 6 July 6 July 6 July 9 July 13 July 14 July 16 & 17 July 17 July 18 - 20 July 20 July 24 - 28 July 26 & 27 July 27 July 27 July 27 July 30 - Aug 3

Fourth of July - The American Celebration, Brainerd Fourth of July Celebration, Crosby PleasureLand RV Show and Go, BIR Brainerd Celebrate America with Fireworks, Crosslake Fireworks at Ruttger's Lodge, Deerwood Grandpa's Run for the Walleye, Crosslake Nisswa FireCracker Run - 10K, 5K and Kids Run, Nisswa Ski Loons Waterski Show at Ruttger's, Deerwood Kayaking at the Campground - US Army Corp, Crosslake Ski Loons at Lum Park, Brainerd Bean Hole Days, Pequot Lakes Outdoor Movies at the Crosslake Campground, Crosslake Moondance Jam Classic Rock and Rock Festival, Walker Night Under the Stars at Camp Knutson, Crosslake Summerfest, Pine River Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest on 7th, Brainerd Kayaking at the Campground - US Army Corp, Crosslake Mount Ski Gull's Paul Bunyan Xtreme 5k, East Gull Lake Brainerd Jaycees Lil’ Rubber Duckie Race, Brainerd Crow Wing County Fair, Brainerd

AUGUST 2019_________________________________________ Aug 2 Aug 2 - 4 Aug 3 Aug 3 Aug 3 Aug 4 Aug 4 Aug 7 Aug 9 & 10 Aug 9 & 10 Aug 9 - 11 Aug 10 Aug 10 Aug 10 Aug 10 Aug 10 Aug 10 Aug 11 Aug 14 Aug 14 Aug 14 Aug 15 - 18 Aug 17 Aug 18 Aug 18 Aug 22 & 23 Aug 21 Aug 21 - 25 Aug 23 - 24 Aug 24 Aug 24 Aug 24 Aug 24 Aug 24 Aug 24 Aug 25

Lakes Area Music Festival Sypmhony Under the Stars Powercruise, BIR Brainerd Kids Fishing Derby - Us Army Corp, Crosslake Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra Chokecherry Festival, Pequot Lakes Lakes Area Music Festival Kid's Concert Ski Loons at Lum Park, Brainerd Lakes Area Music Festival Chamber Music Nisswa Crazy Days, Nisswa Deerwood Summerfest, Deerwood Thunder at the Lakes, BIR Brainerd Kayaking at the Campground - US Army Corp, Crosslake Beer Run-Roundhouse Brewery, Brainerd 2nd Annual Blue and BBQ Bash, Deerwood Cardboard Boat Races, Crosslake Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra Quilt Auction at Camp Knutson, Crosslake Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra Ski Loons at Lum Park Lakes Area Music Festival Chamber Music Ideal Fire Department Beef Feed, Ideal Township Hall Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, BIR Brainerd Lakes Area Music Festival Opera Cuyuna Crusher MN Mountain Bike Series Race, Ironton Lakes Area Music Festival Opera Brainerd Lakes Tour Showcase UNOFFICIAL PGA Web.com Tournament, Cragun's Resort, Brainerd Lakes Area Music Festival Chamber Orchestra Lakes Bluegrass Festival, Pine River Summer Lantern Bash, Brainerd Outdoor Movies at the Crosslake Campground, Crosslake Kayaking at the Campground - US Army Corp, Crosslake Paul's Bacon Ride, Brainerd 1st Annual Ruttger's Bluegrass Festival, Deerwood Lakes Area Music Festival Symphony Orchestra Gull Lake Classic Boat Show at Bar Harbor, Lake Shore Lakes Area Music Festival Symphony Orchestra

Aug 30 - Sep 1 Muscle Car Shootout, BIR Brainerd Aug 31 Pancake Breakfast at Camp Knutson, Crosslake Aug TBD This Old Farm Pioneer Days, Brainerd

SEPTEMBER 2019_____________________________________ Sept 5 - 8 Sept 7 Sept 7 & 8 Sept 14 Sept 21 Sept 26 - 28 Sept 27 Sept 27 - 29

Pine River Heritage Days, Pine River Lakes Rodeo- Bulls N Barrels, Brainerd Little Falls Arts and Craft Fair, Little Falls 2nd Annual Farmers Market & Harvest Festival, Deerwood Nisswa Fall Festival & Smokin' Hot BBQ Contest, Nisswa Crosslake Days, Crosslake Outdoor Movies at the Crosslake Campground, Crosslake Minneapolis 500, Brainerd

OCTOBER 2019_______________________________________ Oct 4 - 26 Oct 5 Oct 12 Oct 18 & 19 Oct 18 - 20 Oct 23 - 26 Oct 26 Oct TBD

Haunted Paul Bunyan Land, Brainerd (Fridays and Saturdays in October) Gull Lake Oktoberfest, Brainerd Fall Arts and Craft Festival, Brainerd High School Haunted Trail at Northland Arboretum, Brainerd Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge Oktoberfest, Deerwood Doctor Jekyll And Mister Hyde-Stage North, Brainerd 2nd Annual Zombie Apocalypse 5K, Deerwood Monster Dash 5K, Crosslake

NOVEMBER 2019______________________________________ Nov 9 Nov 28 - Jan 1 Nov 29

Holiday Arts and Craft Festival, Brainerd High School Sertoma Winter Wonderland at the Northland Arboretum, Brainerd (Weekends) City of Lights Festival, Nisswa

DECEMBER 2019______________________________________ Dec 7 Dec 11 - 15 Dec TBD Dec TBD Dec TBD

Brainerd Jaycees Homeless Heroes 5K, Brainerd Snow Queen-Stage North, Brainerd Paul Bunyan Land Enchanted Village, Brainerd Holiday at the Dam, Crosslake Santa's Bobbin to Town, Pequot Lakes

JANUARY 2020____________________________ Jan 25 Jan 30 - Feb 1 Jan TBD Jan TBD Jan TBD Jan TBD

Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, Gull Lake 17th Annual WinterFest, Crosslake Paul Bunyan Land Enchanted Village, Brainerd Ice Fest on Pelican Lake, Breezy Point Battle for the Axe, Baxter 27th Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous, Pequot Lakes

FEBRUARY 2020___________________________ Feb TBD Feb TBD Feb TBD Feb TBD Feb TBD Feb TBD

Lumberjack Jaunt Cross-Country Ski Race, Brainerd Serpent Lake Fishing Contest and Scorpion Snowmobile Rally, Crosby Brainerd Public School BIG EVENT, Brainerd Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout Fat Tire Bike Race, Cuyuna Nisswa Winter Jubilee, Nisswa Gull Lake Frozen Fore, Gull Lake

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WAKESURF

Wakesurfing has taken over as the hot new watersport. Wakesurfers start with the tow rope in hand while standing up and gaining body control and balance. Then, the surfer releases the rope and begins free surfing the wake just feet from the boat. You can only wakesurf behind an inboard V-drive boat where the prop is directly under the boat and in front of the stern.

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Enjoy the Water 2 3 Water Ski

Waterskiing is the most iconic and classic of all the watersports. Here’s a tip: Early mornings and evenings tend to have the calmest waters. Skiing on a lake that’s like glass feels like you’re gliding over the water. Never tried skiing but want to learn? Many of our area resorts offer waterskiing lessons.

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Paddle Board

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) gives you a great workout. Balancing works your abs and paddling works your arms. And the serene scenery along the way can’t be beat. You can even do yoga on a SUP!


FLOAT

There’s nothing quite like floating on the water. The gentle rocking is so relaxing and the water so refreshing. Whether you’re in your arm chair floatie or on an inner tube meandering down the Crow Wing River (and other area rivers as well), take some time to slow down and float.

5 Dive

You might not think of the Brainerd Lakes Area as a scuba diving destination, but the Cuyuna Mine Lakes, which used to be mining pits, offer some of the clearest visibility (30–50 feet!). Diving the Cuyuna Mine Lakes is full of interesting views—you’ve got to see it to believe it.

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Kayak / Canoe

Slow down and take it all in. Canoe or kayak around the lake or down a river. Go solo or with a partner. Either way you’ll find serenity in the views and wildlife as the water laps over your paddles.

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8 Fish

The Brainerd Lakes Area provides excellent fishing and is home to a variety of fish species: walleye, panfish, musky, and bass. Feel the thrill of the tug on your line with a story (and a photo op) to last a lifetime. And when the lakes freeze over, try your hand at a popular past-time: Ice fishing. Rent an icehouse and spend time on frozen water. Or join over 10,000 people on the ice for the Brainerd Jaycee’s Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake. Either way, it’s an adventure you won’t forget.

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Beach-It

Many of our lakes either have public beaches or stops out on the lake that allow you to beach your boat along the shoreline. Anchor and chat with other boat and beach goers; it’s a community on the water! Pelican Lake, Gull Lake, and the Whitefish Chain of Lakes all have great opportunities for shallow water fun.

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Snowmobile, Snowkite, and Ski The Brainerd Lakes

Area is a winter lover’s paradise. Snowmobile across one of our lakes that connect to hundreds of miles of groomed trails that wind through snow-covered evergreens. If all that snowmobiling has you working up an appetite, many Lakes Area restaurants are an easy stop off the lakes and trails. Pick a snow-covered lake and get some air. Literally. Snowkiting is the equivalent to kiteboarding, but in the winter. Even light winds can give you a fantastic ride. Mille Lacs Lake is a popular spot for this growing sport. And after snowkiting, stop at Grand Casino Mille Lacs—for exciting gaming, delicious dining, and lively entertainment. When staying in the Brainerd Lakes Area in the winter, visit Mount Ski Gull for the perfect family-friendly day of downhill skiing and snowtubing.

A FAVORITE OF LOCALS AND VISITORS IS CRUISING THE LAKES ON A BOAT OR PONTOON. WHATEVER YOUR SPEED, GETTING TO AND FROM IN THE LAKES AREA IS MORE FUN BY BOAT.

Boat

A favorite of locals and visitors is cruising the lakes on a boat or pontoon. Whatever your speed, getting to and from in the Lakes Area is more fun by boat. Bring your own boat or you can rent one on most of the popular lakes. Take a dinner cruise on Destiny Cruises on Gull Lake. Enjoy the summer and lake life at its best.

Watercraft & Snowmobile Rentals Available!

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ON THE WATER // SPOTLIGHT BUSINESSES

Bay View Lodge

Nisswa Marine

Wind Water & Wheels

Boats and Beyond Rentals

Sailing Daze

Your Boat Club - Gull Lake & Crosslake Locations

Cragun's Resort

Whitefish Chain Yacht Club

(888) 543-4182 www.bayviewcrosslake.com Located in Crosslake we provide a warm upnorth feel with tranquility. Being on the Whitefish Chain we have activities for the whole family. Enjoy our clean 3 to 4 bedroom cabins with great views of the lake, beach volleyball, bonfires, wood-burning sauna, kayaking, paddle boarding and much more!

(218) 963-7700 www.boatsandbeyondrentals.com Your local, family owned and operated rental adventure center for the Brainerd Lakes Area. We rent pontoons, tritoons, ski boats, wakeboard boats, jet skis, fishing boats, snowmobiles and fish houses. Our boating office is located on Gull Lake in our private marina with gas dock or we can deliver to your lake!

(218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com/things-to-do/marina-boating-fishing/boating If it can be done on the water, you’ll probably find it at Cragun’s Marina. Cragun’s full-service, lake-level marina offers pontoon and speed boat rentals, canoes and kayaks, personal watercraft, fishing boats, stand up paddleboards, hydro bikes, paddle boats, gas, bait and tackle and guided fishing trips.

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(218) 963-2292 www.nisswamarine.com Providing quality boat lines and accessories for everyone from the serious fisherman to the recreational boater, Nisswa Marine has been helping people just like you enjoy the water for 70+ years. Your full-service dealer, including sales, service, storage, and rentals. Experience boat buying the way it is meant to be.

(218) 888-6477 www.sailingdaze.com Sailing Daze offers two and three hour cruises, romantic overnights on the water, or customize your own event. Great for birthdays, anniversaries or just spending time on a truly classic sailboat. Sailing Daze operates on Leech Lake in Walker, MN. The boat is a 41 ft ketch called Knota Lotta.

(612) 508-0220 www.wcyc.info The WCYC is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting boating and water safety on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. WCYC conducts three important programs: navigation buoys, boating safety instruction and swimming lessons. To see the 2019 schedule of events and join go to WCYC.info

(612) 581-2144 www.windwaterandwheels.com We are the "go to people" for everything paddling. We are the home of Crow Wing Kayaks and the Brainerd Lakes Dealer for Paddle North Bamboo Paddle Boards and Lake Pads. We know the area and local conditions to make your trip the very best.

(218) 963-1010 www.yourboatclub.com We’re a full-service marina offering unlimited boating memberships and daily/weekly boat rentals on Gull Lake. Let our certified technicians help you get back on the water or our rental team get you out on the chain. Offering service, parts, gas, bait, tackle, storage, and anything else for the lake life.

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THE OUTDOORS

A Nature Lover’s

Paradise BRAINERD

• NORTHLAND ARBORETUM:

12 miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Trails are some of the best in Minnesota— within the Brainerd city limits!

• PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL:

The longest paved trail in Minnesota—120 miles from Brainerd to north of Bemidji— is popular with hikers, cyclists, and snowmobilers. The Paul Bunyan trail offers picturesque stops and easy access to camping and other amenities.

• CROW WING STATE PARK:

Over 18 miles of hiking trails through the woods and along the Mississippi River with historic landmarks. Camping is available. A new paved trail connects to the Paul Bunyan Trail for easy access for hikers, cyclists, and snowmobilers.

CROSSLAKE

• CROSSLAKE COMMUNITY CENTER: Over 13 miles of

trails for hiking, cross-coun-

try skiing, and snowshoeing. There’s also an outdoor skating rink, sledding hill, 9-hole disc golf course, and tennis courts. Day passes and memberships available.

• ROLLIE JOHNSON NATURAL AND RECREATIONAL AREA:

Locally known as “Big Island”, it’s a series of three islands located within Upper Whitefish Lake offering hiking trails, swimming beaches, and 11 primitive campsites available on a first come, first served basis.

CUYUNA LAKES AREA

• CUYUNA COUNTRY STATE RECREATION AREA: The

recreation area boasts clear lakes for trout fishing and scuba diving. There are 8 miles of paved bike trails and 25 miles of mountain biking trails. In winter, there are 40 miles for fat tire biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing.

NISSWA

• FRITZ LOVEN STATE PARK:

An 80-acre wildlife park with a

playground, picnic shelters, and recreational trails.

• PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL: Nisswa

is located along the 120-mile Paul Bunyan Trail offering hikers and cyclists a place to stop for shopping and dining.

PEQUOT LAKES AREA

• PAUL BUNYAN STATE TRAIL:

Trailside Park, in downtown Pequot Lakes, makes the perfect rest stop for cyclists. Visit the Pequot Lakes Chamber Welcome Center, local shops, and restaurants.

• MAYO LAKE NATURE PRESERVE: 67 acres located on the southern portion of Mayo Lake in Pequot Lakes. The preserve is surrounded by diverse trees, picnic tables, recreational trails, and lookouts to Mayo Lake.

• PAUL BUNYAN SCENIC BYWAY: A 54-mile scenic route of

paved, wide-shouldered roads. Stops include: wildlife management areas, parks, lodging, dining, and shopping.

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THE OUTDOORS // SPOTLIGHT BUSINESSES

Brothers Motorsports

Life Cycle

Easy Riders Bicycle & Sport Shop

Paul Bunyan Extreme Race

(218) 829-6656 www.brothersmotorsports.com Brothers Motorsports is the area's largest recreational product dealer, carrying Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Arctic Cat, KTM, Kymco, Sea-Doo, and Ski-Doo. Brothers Motorsports carries a wide variety of inventory including motorcycles, snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and personal watercraft. Voted #1 Best Motorsports Dealer in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

(218) 829-5516 www.easyridersbikes.com 47 years serving the Brainerd Lakes Area. America’s Best Bike Shops 15/16/17/18. World class products, Trek Certified Service Center, professional staff. Offering all things bikes, e-bikes, snow sports service, mobile service, winter & summer rentals, canoes, kayaks, scooters, skate boards, fitness, XC-skis, alpine & snowboards, archery & more.

(218) 829-8542 www.ridelifecycle.com We believe in helping riders of all ages discover their own “road less traveled” and the serenity that comes from losing yourself in nature. With our full-service shop in Downtown Brainerd and our rental shop on the Paul Bunyan Trail in Nisswa, #findyourself in a new adventure at Life Cycle.

(218) 963-4353 www.mountskigull.com/paul-bunyan-extreme.html The Paul Bunyan Extreme Race is a friends and family event designed to challenge people of all ages and abilities! The race will be filled with 22 obstacles, from mother nature to man-made! Register online as a team or individual. Held on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Mount Ski Gull.

YOUR RENTAL

ADVENTURE AWAITS

Rentals available at Brainerd location and Izatys Resort on Mille Lacs Lake.

Hunts Point Gun Club

(218) 232-7062 www.huntspointgunclub.com Hunts Point Gun Club is your year-round destination for shotgun shooting sports. Enjoy sporting clays, trap, upland bird hunting, & shooting events. Our clubhouse/banquet center seats 200 for weddings, corporate, charity, & family events. Food & drink. Public & memberships welcome. YOUR PLACE FOR SHOTGUN FUN!

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

(218) 678-4650 www.ruttgers.com Looking for a mountain biking vacation but don’t want to rough it? Consider Ruttger’s – located just minutes from the trails. Ruttger’s is a great option for riders with families or for those looking for equal doses of riding and relaxation. Featuring three restaurants, beaches, pools, a spa and more.

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Polaris Sales, Service, and Parts are available at ALL Power Lodge locations.

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THE OUTDOORS

REASONS

TO LOVE LOONS

BY JUDD BRINK | OWNER AND GUIDE OF MN BACKYARD BIRDS

WHEN YOU VISIT LAKE COUNTRY, chances are you’ll hear the common loon’s eerie wail and even see them on the water. Loons—much like the lakes they call home all summer— are an iconic symbol of Minnesota. Learning more about these amazing and adaptable birds will make you love them even more.

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HOW MANY LOONS ARE IN MINNESOTA?

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WHAT DO THE DIFFERENT LOON CALLS MEAN?

Minnesota has the highest loon population outside of Alaska with approximately 12,000 birds.

Loons are one of the most vocal of all water birds. They can be heard during the day, but they’re mostly known for their haunting calls at night. One of the most common questions that I get when guiding is “what are the calls and what do they mean”? People love hearing the four distinct calls.

• YODEL (long, rising call with repetitive notes)

Given by male loons when declaring or defending its territory.

• TREMELO (crazy, manic laugh)

This aggressive, distressed


THE OUTDOORS call is given when alarmed or disturbed and can be used by a loon to defend its territory.

• WAIL (similar to a wolf ’s howl)

This is the most eerie and haunting of all the calls. Used during social interactions between loons or to find each other’s locations.

• HOOT (short low note)

Mostly given between adult loons and chicks or sometimes to other loons in close proximately.

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HOW DEEP CAN A LOON DIVE?

Loons are like torpedoes in the water— diving over 200 feet for fish. They can stay underwater for up to five minutes, and their red eyes help them see under water.

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IS IT TRUE THAT LOONS NEED A LOT OF “RUNWAY” ON THE WATER TO TAKE OFF?

Yes. Because loons’ bodies are heavy compared to their wing size, it can take them up to 600 feet to take off from a lake. Loons are fast once in the air, too. They can fly over 70 mph.

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DO LOONS EVER GO ON LAND?

Loons only go on land to mate and incubate eggs. Loons’ legs are set far back on their bodies making them excellent swimmers but awkward on land.

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WHERE DO LOONS GO IN THE WINTER?

Adult loons are the first to migrate to their winter home on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts while juvenile loons follow about a month later.

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WHERE CAN I SEE LOONS IN THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA?

You can see loons on about any lake in the Brainerd Lakes Area! With our abundant clean, deep

lakes, it’s common to see or at least hear loons during the summer in the area. Please remember to be respectful and share the water with loons. Having loons on our lakes is a good indicator of the area’s overall aquatic health.

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WHAT IS BEING DONE TODAY SO FUTURE GENERATIONS CAN CONTINUE TO LOVE LOONS?

The National Loon Center Foundation was established in 2017 with a mission to restore and protect loon habitats, enhance environmental recreation, and construct a research and education center for migratory wildlife. The foundation and its partners are working to establish a National Loon Center in Crosslake, Minnesota with a target opening in 2022.

JUDD BRINK, is the Owner and

Guide of MN Backyard Birds in the Brainerd Lakes area. MN Backyard Birds provides birdscaping for your home or business to attract and enjoy more colorful songbirds by creating a more attractive and inviting landscape for our feathered friends. For more information about birdscaping and our complimentary consultation contact Judd Brink at (218) 838-4784) or email at info@birdminnesota.com.

MN Backyard Birds offers a free consultation to discuss how to make your home/yard more inviting and attractive for birds with Birdscaping. Turn your yard into a songbird sanctuary! Care & Clean Service available. Explore and enjoy the birds with guide Judd Brink. Take a bird watching tour all the equipment is provided. Judd Brink~ Owner & Guide Phone (218) 838-4784 Email info@birdminnesota.com

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GOLF

A Golf Destination You Won't FORE Get! BY JACK WAWRO | DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT GRAND VIEW LODGE & RESORT

PHOTO COURTESY GRAND VIEW LODGE

OUR AREA OFFERS THE PERFECT BACK DROP TO BUILD A CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE. THESE COURSES ARE CUT RIGHT OUT OF THE MINNESOTA NORTH WOODS... Those of us who work in the golf industry in our area talk often about how spoiled we are to live here. Our area offers the perfect back drop to build a championship golf course. These courses are cut right out of the Minnesota north woods and just when you thought the course you are playing couldn’t be topped, our area has another beautiful championship golf course that you can play. The Brainerd area is home to seven championship golf courses as well as several fun resort-style courses. When traveling to other golf destinations, there are many great golf courses in a small vicinity but most of the time they are very similar, too expensive, too difficult, or private to members only. What

separates us besides this beautiful backdrop is our variety, price, playability, and accessibility. Our golf courses are all very different in style, which makes each experience new to enjoy. As many of you know, golf can be very expensive. Compared to other golf destinations that I have been to, our area is very affordable for golf. Our courses are designed to be very playable and will hopefully lead to you having fun and playing your best golf. Lastly, the golf courses are all open to the public and available to all. If you are looking for a great golf experience, try the Brainerd Lakes Area—maybe we can spoil you too. ABOVE PHOTOS COURTESY GRAND VIEW LODGE


GOLF // DIRECTORY & SPOTLIGHT BUSINESSES

Cragun's Legacy Courses

(218) 825-2879 www.craguns.com/golf Set in a 1,000 acre Audubon Signature Sanctuary, the Dutch Legacy and Bobby’s Legacy offer a superb blend of holes with multiple tee complexes creating a friendly yet challenging course. Cragun’s Reversible Par 3 Course is ideal for novice play and features Foot Golf.

Did you know has that the BLA oles more golf h than lakes?

Golf Directory Brainerd Lakes Area Tour Showcase

(612) 386-1100 www.BrainerdLakesAreaTourShowcase.com Brainerd Lakes Tour Showcase - a community wide initiative to secure an offical Web.com PGA Tour Event locally as soon as 2020. The 2019 unoffical Cragun’s Event runs August 19-22 with over 200 amateurs, pros, celebrities, and sponsors and a $100,000 purse. Visit www.brainerdlakestourshowcase.com; Ron Sanders, 612-386-1100; Kevin Larson, 218820-0755.

Cuyuna Rolling Hills Golf Course

(218) 534-3489 www.cuyunarollinghills.com Cuyuna Rolling Hills is a par 72 championship golf course located just 15 minutes east of Brainerd. We pride ourselves on being the best value in the Lakes Area. For the experienced golfer the course offers a challenging design, while also providing the occasional golfer an enjoyable outing. Established 1923.

Emily Greens Golf Course

(218) 763-2169 www.emilygreens.com Emily Greens, voted the best golf course in the 2018 Best of the Brainerd Lakes contest. A scenic and affordable course that emphasizes ‘Fun on the Golf Course’. Emily Greens features MN’s Largest Green, along with many memorable holes. Come out and see why the players voted us #1!

Breezy Point Resort Deacon's Lodge, Whitebirch Course, Traditional Course (218) 562-7811 | (800) 432-3777 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point, MN 56472 Cragun's Legacy Courses Dutch's Legacy, Bobby's Legacy, Reversible 9 (218) 825-2789 | 888-873-0161 www.craguns.com 11000 Craguns Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401 Crosswoods Golf Course 18 Hole Course (218) 692-4653 | www.crosslakegolf.com 35878 Co Rd 3, Crosslake, MN 56442 Cuyuna Rolling Hills Golf 18 Hole Course (218) 534-3489 | www.cuyunarollinghillsgolf.com 24410 State HWY 210, Deerwood, MN 56444 Emily Greens Golf Course 18 Hole Course (218) 763-2169 | www.emilygreens.com 39966 Refuge Rd, Emily, MN 56447 Grand View Lodge The Pines, The Preserve, The Garden (218) 963-2234 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468 Madden's on Gull Lake Pine Beach East, Pine Beach West, Social 9, The Classic at Madden's (800) 642-5363 | (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401 Northland Kart Country Mini-Golf | (218) 454-1602 www.northlandkartkountry.com 17568 State Hwy 371, Brainerd, MN 56401 Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf Mini-Golf (218) 828-9002 | www.piratescove.net 17992 State Hwy 371 N, Brainerd, MN 56401 Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge Jack's 18, Alec's 9 (218) 678-2885 | (800) 450-4545 www.ruttgers.com 25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd, Deerwood, MN 56444 Whistling Wolf Mini Golf and Gifts Mini-Golf (218) 692-7888 | www.crosslakegolf.com 36006 County Rd 66, Crosslake, MN 56442 Whitefish Golf Club 18 Hole Course (218) 543-4900 | www.whitefishgolf.com 7883 County Rd 16, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 Wildwedge Golf, Mini Golf and Maze Mini-Golf (218) 568-6995 | www.wildwedge.com 32792 Paul Bunyan Trail Dr, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472


FOOD & DRINK

There’s Something in the Water: Tastes from Around the Lakes

The Brainerd Lakes Area is becoming a well-known hub of tap rooms, a new distilling company with a cocktail room, and even a winery. While each of these places have their own vibe and specialty, they all share in the inspiring art of infusing chemistry, ingenuity, and creativity to produce some seriously tasty concoctions. Don’t just take our word for it— taste for yourself!

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Jack Pine Brewery

PHOTO COURTESY JACK PINE BREWERY

Baxter, MN

PHOTO COURTESY ROUNDHOUSE BREWERY

PHOTO COURTESY JACK PINE BREWERY

Roundhouse Brewery

Brainerd, MN

5Rocks Distilling Company Brainerd, MN

JACK PINE BREWERY Jack Pine Brewery’s taproom offers a laidback, family friendly atmosphere that focuses on great beer and good conversation. With 22 high-quality beers on tap at any time, Jack Pine has a great taproom beer selection. From fruit to kettle sour, hoppy to amber, and light to dark, you’ll find a flavor that suits your tastes. The crew at Jack Pine is always experimenting so every few weeks customers have new seasonal beers to sample. Crowd favorites—like the Blood Orange Cream Ale—got its start from this small batch experimentation process. Jack Pine’s taproom is as versatile as its beer. You can play any of the provided family games, attend a sponsored event, or rent the Pioneer Room for your own private event. On warm days, the taproom’s large industrial door opens, and the crowd effortlessly spills out

onto the patio tucked in a grove of pine trees. You’ll forget that you’re within the Baxter city limits.

• LOCATION:

15593 Edgewood Dr. Baxter

• GOTTA TRY BREW:

Vengeance. An award-winning ale infused with fresh-cut jalapeno peppers with just enough heat to keep things interesting and leave you craving more.

PHOTO COURTESY DENNIS DRUMMOND WINE COMPANY

Dennis Drummond Wine Co. Brainerd, MN

• IS FOOD AVAILABLE?

Food trucks are often on-site, or you can order food to be delivered to the taproom.

• WHERE TO BUY:

Available on tap at many Lakes Area restaurants, and in cans at liquor stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area, St. Cloud, and across the Twin Cities. Visit jackpinebrewery.com for more information on where to find Jack Pine beer.

14 Lakes Brewery

Crosslake, MN

PHOTO COURTESY BIG AXE BREWERY

PHOTO COURTESY 14 LAKES BREWERY

Big Axe Brewery Nisswa, MN


PHOTO COURTESY ROUNDHOUSE BREWERY

FOOD & DRINK

5Rocks . Distilling Cotillery

raft dis is the only c mile radius within a 75erd of the Brain Lakes Area! ROUNDHOUSE BREWERY Roundhouse Brewery crafts quality beers in a uniquely historic setting. The shops of the Northern Pacific Railroad were once a bustling community of workers building the railroad as well as their lives and the town of Brainerd. The original roundhouse was a giant circular maintenance garage for trains and cars. The footprint of this roundhouse remains right outside the brewery’s front door. Roundhouse Brewery aims to continue that tradition by brewing and distributing delicious beer while providing a family-friendly experience. Roundhouse offers not only a variety of classic and seasonal brews, but also kombucha, cold press coffee (made in-house with local beans from Reality Roasters),

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lemonade, and root beer. Whether you’re looking for a fun space to meet up and hang out, host a meeting, or enjoy an activity and entertainment, Roundhouse has something for you.

• LOCATION:

1551 Northern Pacific Road (just past the clock tower).

• GOTTA TRY BREW:

46 North. A wild rice ale brewed with organic malts, hops, and wild-grown traditionally harvested wild rice. Crisp, clear with an earthy finish.

• WHERE TO BUY:

Available on tap at your favorite local restaurants and bars and in liquor stores throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area.

5ROCKS DISTILLING COMPANY If the popularity of the area’s breweries is any indication, the new 5Rocks Distilling Company is about to make a splash. Much like its brewery counterparts, distilling companies and cocktail rooms— like 5Rocks Distilling Co.—have boomed across Minnesota. 5Rocks Distilling Co. is one of the newest on the scene and is the only craft distillery within a 75-mile radius of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Family owned and operated, 5Rocks uses locally sourced organics for making small batch spirits. The cocktail room has a distinctive vibe featuring custom cocktails in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Views into the distillery allow for an intimate look at the process of making spirits— from beginning to end. You can


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attend a tour and cocktail making classes where you learn the exact science of making spirits. The cocktail room is the perfect venue for meetings and private events. From celebrating a big event to unwinding after a busy day, you’ll enjoy 5Rocks Distilling’s ambiance and quality-crafted spirits.

• LOCATION:

25 Washington Street NE, Brainerd

• GOTTA TRY:

Specialty liqueurs

• WHO SHOULD GO:

Anyone age 21 and up.

• WHERE TO BUY:

Bottled spirits can be purchased at the distillery and at various Lakes Area liquor stores. Look for 5Rocks on menus at your favorite local restaurants.

DENNIS DRUMMOND WINE COMPANY The Dennis Drummond Wine Company (DDWC) is a beautiful venue with a bistro and event center for special occasions and weddings. You can unwind on the beautiful patio overlooking nature while enjoying a glass of wine or food from the bistro. The event center is the perfect place to host your special event or wedding with seating for

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up to 250 guests. Brides will especially enjoy the private bridal suite to get ready in with their bridal party the day of their event.

tap at any time and a variety of options from ales to stouts to double IPAs, you’ll find something that will make your taste buds happy.

Dennis Drummond will soon be bringing his impressive wine-making experience to the Brainerd Lakes Area when DDWC starts making its own wine from grapes grown in Minnesota. Dennis and Jody Drummond honed many of their skills when they lived and worked in Napa Valley before moving to Brainerd and establishing DDWC. When in the Brainerd Lakes Area, visit the DDWC!

14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company offers an intimate setting for friends and family to enjoy quality beer and good company. The taproom is family friendly with board games and cards. On warm summer evenings, you can play a game of cornhole (bags) on the patio or just relax or take in the surrounding beauty. Visitors often bring their favorite four-legged friends to socialize, too. When vacationing in Crosslake, make sure to stop in and enjoy great beer in this friendly, low-key taproom.

• LOCATION:

11919 Thiesse Road, Brainerd

• GOTTA TRY WINE:

Pink Musketeer. A Minnesota twist on the popular Moscato wine.

• GOTTA TRY FOOD:

Order the chicken pot pie alfredo or the Kingswood roast beef off the chalkboard bistro menu.

14 LAKES BREWERY For the owners of 14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company, opening 14 Lakes in September 2017 was the perfect opportunity to tap into the local craft beer boom and bring quality beer and laidback taproom vibe to Crosslake—with resounding success. With 7 to 10 beers on

• LOCATION:

36846 County Road 66, Crosslake

• GOTTA TRY BREW:

Blond Rush Ale. A clean, crisp, and refreshing ale with a slight citrus taste and mild bitterness.

• GOTTA TRY FOOD:

Order a Kettle River pizza or enjoy snacks sticks from Von Hanson’s Meats.

• WHERE TO BUY:

14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company is just starting to distribute its beer to liquor stores within a 30-mile radius of Crosslake.


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Big Axe Brewing Company is as quaint as downtown Nisswa itself. But don’t let the coziness fool you. Big Axe is serious about brewing good beer and providing a one-ofa-kind atmosphere. With 12 beers on tap, Big Axe has light beer for the novice craft drinker to those who enjoy a hoppy double IPA— and anything in between. Check out the seasonal infusion batches that can include fruited, sour ale, or mint chocolate stout. You’ll appreciate not only the variety but the quality of beer. Kids and nonbeer drinkers will love the homemade cream soda and root beer.

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Big Axe also has a full-service menu that pairs nicely with their craft beers. From hand-pattied juicy burgers to homemade beer cheese soup, Big Axe offers a unified beer and food experience. The patio is the perfect place to

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enjoy the summer sunshine, drink a cold one, and relax after shopping downtown Nisswa.

• LOCATION:

Mainstreet, Downtown Nisswa

• GOTTA TRY BREW:

New England IPA. A juicy hazy softer-mouth tropical beer with a low bitter taste and notes of melon and citrus.

• GOTTA TRY FOOD:

Homemade beer-battered cheese curds

• WHERE TO BUY:

Available on tap at many Lakes Area restaurants, and in cans at liquor stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area, St. Cloud, and across the Twin Cities. Visit bigaxe.com for more information on where to find Big Axe beer.

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BRAINERD COMMUNITY_________ 1991 Kitchen (800) 626-5825 | www.grandcasinomn.com 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia, MN 56359

FOOD AND DRINK DIRECTORY YOU'RE BOUND TO work up an appetite while enjoying Lake Country. We've got your cravings covered!

On the Water Outdoor Dining Bar / Lounge Delivery Brewery / Distillery Coffee Shop Catering

19th Hole (218) 829-2811 | (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401

2 One 8 (218) 936-6723 | 800-453-STAR www.starcasino.com 777 Casino Road, Mahnomen, MN 56557

American Legion Brainerd, Post 255 (218) 829-2249 | www.brainerdlegion255.org 708 Front Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Applebee's (218) 833-1400 | www.applebees.com 15240 Dellwood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Baxter Cafe' & Catering (218) 829-1739 | www.baxtercountrykitchen.com 7788 Fairview Road, Baxter, MN 56425

Baxter's Bar & Grill at Arrowwood Lodge (218) 822-3663 | (877) OUR-LODGE www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter, MN 56425

Bear Trap Lounge at Cragun's 888-873-0161 | www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun's Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Brand Burger Bar (800) 626-5825 | www.grandcasinomn.com 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia, MN 56359

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar (218) 828-8900 | www.buffalowildwings.com 14643 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Cabana Café at Craguns 888-873-0161 | www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun's Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Chef Mike's Catering (218) 232-3734 9364 Wild Rice Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401

Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. (218) 828-0603 | www.christmaspoint.com 14803 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Dennis Drummond Wine Company (218) 454-3392 | www.ddwco.com 11919 Thiesse Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401

Ernie's on Gull Lake (218) 829-3918 | www.erniesongull.com 10424 Squaw Point Rd, East Gull Lake, MN 56401

Fairway's at Madden's (218) 829-2811 | (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401

Fancy Pants Chocolates (218) 828-7844 www.fancypantschocolates.com 704 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Black Bear Lodge and Saloon (218) 828-8400 | www.blackbearlodgemn.com 14819 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Grand Cup & Cone (800) 626-5825 | www.grandcasinomn.com 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia, MN 56359

Boulder Tap House (218) 454-1844 | www.bouldertaphouse.com 15674 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Grizzly's Woodfired Grill & Steaks (218) 822-3877 | www.grizzlysgrill.com 15159 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425


FOOD & DRINK // DIRECTORY Irma's Kitchen 888-873-0161 | www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun's Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Jack Pine Brewery (218) 270-8072 | www.jackpinebrewery.com 15593 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Lakeside Dining Room at Cragun's 888-873-0161 | www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun's Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Last Turn Saloon & Eatery (218) 829-4856 214 S 8th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Legacy Bar and Grille 888-873-0161 | www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun's Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

M & K's Wings Cafe (218) 828-0206 | www.brainerdairport.com 16384 Airport Rd, Ste 7, Brainerd, MN 56401

Madden Bros. Market Coffee Shop (218) 829-2811 | (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401

McDonald's - East Brainerd (218) 829-6925 505 Washington St NE, Brainerd, MN 56401

McDonald's - West Brainerd (218) 829-5201 521 W Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Mickey's Pizza and Subs (218) 829-5588 | www.mickeyspizza.com 417 S 5th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Mino Wiisini (218) 936-6723 | 800-453-STAR www.starcasino.com 777 Casino Road, Mahnomen, MN 56557

Mission Point at Madden's (218) 829-2811 | (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401

Northern Cowboy Flame N' Brew (218) 829-9872 | www.thenortherncowboy.com 19090 State Hwy 371 Brainerd, MN 56401

Northwind Grille (218) 829-1551 | www.northwindgrille.com 603 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401 Papa Murphy's Take 'N Bake Pizza (218) 825-0838 | www.papamurphys.com 7822 Fairview Road N, Baxter, MN 56425

Parfecto Pizza at Madden's (218)-829-2811 | (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401

Pit Happens Catering (218) 851-0003 | Brainerd, MN 56401

Pizza Ranch (218) 454-3290 | www.pizzaranch.com 14643 Edgewood Dr, Suite 110, Baxter, MN 56425

Rafferty's Pizza - Baxter (218) 829-5804 | www.raffertyspizza.com 14136 Baxter Drive, Ste 81 Baxter, MN 56425 5Rocks Distilling Co. (218) 820-3044 | www.5rocksdistilling.com 25 Washington St NE, Brainerd, MN 56401

Roundhouse Brewery (218)-454-BREW | www.roundhousebrew.com 1551 Northern Pacific Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401

Sage on Laurel (218)-454-7243 | www.sageonlaurel.com 606 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Sawmill Inn (218) 829-5444 | www.sawmillinnbrainerd.com 601 Washington Street, Brainerd, MN 56401 Senor Patron (218) 454-7762 314 S 7th St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Smoke BBQ & Brew (218) 936-6723 | 800-453-STAR www.starcasino.com 777 Casino Road, Mahnomen, MN 56557

Stonehouse Coffee and Roastery (218) 961-2326 | www.stonehousecoffee.com 14540 Dellwood Dr, Suite 100 Baxter, MN 56425

The 612 Station (218) 454-1995 | www.612station.com 612 Front Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Plums (800) 626-5825 | www.grandcasinomn.com 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia, MN 56359

The Buffet (800) 626-5825 | www.grandcasinomn.com 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia, MN 56359

Poncho and Lefty's (218) 829-0489 www.ponchoandleftysbaxter.com 14151 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

The Classic Grill (218) 829-2811 | (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11672 County Rd 18 SW, Brainerd, MN 56401

Prairie Bay Grill & Catering (218) 824-6444 | www.prairiebay.3cheersmn.com 15115 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

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FOOD & DRINK // DIRECTORY The Lobby Café (218) 829-2811 | (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401

The O'Madden Pub (218) 829-2811 | (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401

The Shante in Pillager (218) 746-4412 | www.theshante.com 649 Pillsbury Street N, Pillager, MN 56473

The Skillet Restaurant (218) 454-5002 123 Washington St NE, Brainerd, MN 56401 The Woods Hotel & Restaurant (218) 829-7507 | www.thewoodsmn.com 19654 County Road 3 Brainerd, MN 56401

Tim Hortons 6677 (218) 454-1089 | www.timhortons.com 520 W Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Traditions Buffet (218) 936-6723 | 800-453-STAR www.starcasino.com 777 Casino Road, Mahnomen, MN 56557

Up North Bar (800) 626-5825 | www.grandcasinomn.com 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia, MN 56359

CROSSLAKE COMMUNITY_______ 14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company (218) 232-2178 36846 County Rd 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

Andy's Bar & Grill and Wine & Spirits (218) 692-3722 | www.andyscrosslake.com 35453 County Road 3, Crosslake, MN 56442

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Big Al's Bar & Grill (218) 763-2442 21427 Co Rd 36 Emily, MN 56447

Riverside Saloon & Eatery (218) 692-3848 | www.riversidecrosslake.com 35322 County Road 3, Crosslake, MN 56442

Crosslake Coffee (218) 692-3994 35522 County Rd 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

Subway - Crosslake (218) 692-3039 | www.local.subway.com 37733 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

Crosslake Fifty Lakes American Legion and Auxiliary Post #500 (218) 692-2555 | www.post500.com 35112 County Road 3, Crosslake, MN 56442

Dairy Queen - Crosslake (218) 692-4443 | www.dairyqueen.com 36404 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

Jitterz (218) 692-5210 | www.sweetjitterz.com 35752 Allen Avenue, Crosslake, MN 56442

The Bourbon Room Saloon & Eatery (218) 692-3423 | www.bourbonroommn.com 38136 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

The Cedar Chest (218) 692-2657 | www.cedarchestcrosslake.com 33350 County Road 3, Crosslake, MN 56442

The Wharf (218) 692-3454 | www.thewharfcrosslake.com 12986 County Road 16, Crosslake, MN 56442

Zorbaz on Crozz Lake (218) 692-4567 | www.zorbaz.com 36215 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

Lake Country Crafts and Cones (218) 692-4411 | www.lakecountrycrafts.com 36084 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

NISSWA COMMUNITY___________ Manhattan's (218) 692-3381 | www.mblodge.com 39051 Co Rd 66, Manhattan Beach, MN 56442

Adirondack Coffee (218) 967-0111 | www.lovemymug.com 25469 Main Street, Nisswa, MN 56468

Maucieri's (218) 692-4800 | www.maucieris.dropzite.com 34650 County Road 3, Crosslake, MN 56442

Bar Harbor (218) 963-2568 | www.barharborsupperclub.com 8164 Interlachen Rd, Lake Shore, MN 56468

Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar (218) 692-3575 | www.moonlitebay.com 37627 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

Big Axe Brewing Co. (218) 961-2337 | www.bigaxebrewing.com 25435 Main St, Nisswa, MN 56468

Pine Peaks Restaurant (218) 692-4100 | www.pinepeaksgifts.com 35654 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

Big Bob's Backyard BBQ (218) 537-0346 | www.qingforcommunities.com 5616 Maggie Lane, Nisswa, MN 56468

Rafferty's Pizza - Crosslake (218) 692-5505 | www.raffertyspizza.com 14281 Gould Street, Crosslake, MN 56442


FOOD & DRINK // DIRECTORY CHAR (218 )963-8756 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468 Cru (218 )963-8756 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468

Freddy's Sports Grill (218) 963-8756 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468

Grand Breakfast (218) 963-8756 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468 Italian Gardens (218) 963-8756 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468 Jake's City Grille-Gull Lake (218) 454-7100 | www.jakescitygrille.com 2008 Hill Drive SW, Nisswa, MN 56468

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

Main Street Ale House (218) 961-6724 | www.mainstreetnisswa.com 25559 Main Street, Nisswa, MN 56468

Nisswa American Legion Post 627 (218) 963-9946 | www.nisswalegion.com 25807 Main Street, Nisswa, MN 56468

Northwoods Pub (218) 963-8756 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468

On the Rocks (218) 963-8756 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468

Preserve Pub & Grille (218) 963-8756 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468

Dockside Lounge at Breezy Point Resort (218) 562-7811 | (800) 432-3777 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point, MN 56472

Rafferty's Pizza - Nisswa (218) 963-3023 | www.raffertyspizza.com 25457 Main Street, Nisswa, MN 56468

Joe's Pizza (218) 568-4770 | www.pizzaatjoes.com 31089 Front Street, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Sherwood Forest (218) 963-6261 www.sherwoodforestmnlodge.com 8789 Interlachen Road, Nisswa, MN 56468

Latte' Da Coffee & Gifts (218) 568-5550 | www.lattedacoffeeandgifts.com 31038 Government Dr, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Tanque Verde Cantina (218) 963-8756 | (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468

Jake's Beach Grill at Quarterdeck (218) 963-2482 | www.quarterdeckresort.com 9820 Birch Bay Dr SW, Nisswa, MN 56468

Zorbaz on Gull Lake (218) 963-4790 | www.zorbaz.com 8105 Lost Lake Road, Lake Shore, MN 56468

Marina II at Breezy Point Resort (218) 562-7811 | (800) 432-3777 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point, MN 56472

Norway Ridge Supper Club (218) 543-6136 | (877) 878-7945 www.norwayridge.com 34757 Cty Rd 39, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Sweet Life Bakery (218) 330-6083 | www.sweetlife218.com 31038 Government Dr, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 The Hungry Loon (218) 568-8373 4464 Main Street, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

PEQUOT LAKES COMMUNITY ��� Antler's (218)-562-7162 | (800) 432-3777 www.breezypointresort.com 7891 County Rd. 11 Breezy Point, MN 56472

Trapper's Landing Lodge (218) 836-2500 | www.trapperslandinglodge.com 1812 Merit Road, Walker, MN 56484

Commander Restaurant & Bar & JJ's Pub (218) 562-4198 | www.commanderbar.com 30279 Airport Rd, Breezy Point, MN 56472

Dairy Queen - Pequot Lakes (218) 568-5440 | www.dairyqueen.com 30799 Patriot Ave, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

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American Legion Brainerd, Post 255

Baxter's Bar & Grill

(218) 829-2249 www.brainerdlegion255.org Need a place to hold your special event? We can accommodate you! Anniversaries, wedding receptions, birthdays, retirement parties, showers, reunions, meetings & more! Daily specials & events. Visit our facebook page or website for more information. Off-site bar, food and pull tabs available.

(218) 822-3663 www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com Baxter's Bar & Grill is a full-service bar and restaurant located at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes. Serving lunch and dinner specials, fresh pasta, salads, burgers, handtossed pizzas, sandwiches, desserts, appetizers and more. Our bar offers all of your favorite beverages and has daily drink specials. Outside patio available seasonally.

Applebee's Grill & Bar

Big Bob's Backyard BBQ

Cragun's Legacy Bar & Grille

Baxter Café & Catering

Black Bear Lodge & Saloon

Ernie's on Gull

(218) 833-1400 www.applebees.com Come to your favorite neighborhood bar & grill for a perfect margarita paired with our fiesta lime chicken, or a glass of Rodney Strong Cabernet and our creamy penne pasta with Sliced Prime Rib. We feature two happy hours daily from 3pm-6pm and 9pm-12am. See you tomorrow!

(218) 829-1739 www.baxtercafe.com Looking for a good "home cooked" style meal? At Baxter Café & Catering their ingredients policy is simple: Nothing But The Best. The Baxter Café’s Menu is filled with high-quality meals that are made with farm fresh produce, eggs, and meats so their customers can have a great dining experience.

(218) 537-0346 www.qingforcommunities.com We are a catering company that specializes in BBQ for your wedding, grad party or just a family get together. Qing For Communities is our fundraising part of our company that specializes in raising money through the love of BBQ for your local charities or community project.

(218) 828-8400 www.blackbearlodgemn.com Black Bear Lodge & Saloon has been serving quality food and beverages to the lakes area for over 20 years. We've got something for everyone...prime rib, steaks, walleye, ribs, burgers, sandwiches, soups & salads. We are family friendly and our patio deck is dog friendly. Locally owned and operated.

Commander Restaurant & Bar and JJ's Pub

(218) 562-4198 www.commanderbar.com Open daily for breakfast, lunch specials, great burgers, pizza, ribs and much more. Home of the famous Commander Garbage Pizza! Featuring live music every Friday & Saturday night, and karaoke on Sundays. Open from 6:30 am to 2 am every day. JJ’s Pub downstairs is open at 4:30 pm Monday-Saturday.

(218) 825-2725 www.craguns.com/dining/legacy-bar-grille A casual menu served 11 am to sunset during the golf season. Dine on the large patio or in air-conditioned indoor comfort overlooking the emerald greens, pond and rolling fairways of Cragun’s Legacy Golf Courses. Signature walleye sandwich and great happy hour at the Sports Bar.

(218) 829-3918 www.erniesongull.com Dine just feet from waters edge while enjoying a sunset view and your favorite cocktail. Casual unique menu with local favorites and on trend dishes. Outside bar, lakeside deck, live patio entertainment and beach volleyball has made Ernie's a summer tradition for generations.

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Grand Champion Meats - Crosslake

(218) 692-6328 www.grandchampionmeats.com You will find the freshest cuts of beef and pork, as well as a wide variety of sausages, smoked products, chicken and seafood. Stop by today for free samples of our award winning products!

Jack Pine Brewery

Nisswa American Legion

M & K's Wings Cafe

Northern Cowboy Flame N' Brew

(218) 270-8072 www.jackpinebrewery.com Jack Pine pioneered the brewing industry in the Brainerd Lakes area when it opened in January of 2013. After years in a small industrial space, it launched a new brewery and taproom and continues to provide the best selection of high quality craft beer that the area has to offer.

(218) 963-9946 www.nisswalegion.com The Nisswa American Legion is the “Get-together place”! Enjoy some of the best home cooked food around or just stop by for a cold drink. Lunch and nightly specials, full bar. Bar bingo is played on Sundays and Wednesdays. Pull tabs and electronic games, affordable hall rental and catering.

Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's Resort

888-873-0161 www.craguns.com/dining/irmas-kitchen Gull Lake’s freshest restaurant, Irma’s Kitchen is located on the south end of Cragun’s Resort and is open from May into October. All food items are made in house using many of Irma Cragun’s recipes and the freshest local ingredients. Come by boat or car, enjoy our lakeside deck and lounge.

(218) 828-0206 www.wingsairportcafe.com Enjoy daily breakfast and lunch specials. Great burgers, homemade soups and chili, as well as a friendly staff ready to serve you. Catering is also available. Open daily to the public from 5:30 am – 3:30 pm. Located in the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport just minutes from downtown Brainerd.

Iron Range Eatery

(218) 545-5444 www.ironrange.3cheersmn.com This unique venue is a must experience when in the Cuyuna area. The Iron Range offers an appetizing Chef inspired menu using local ingredients whenever possible. Offering indoor and outdoor patio seating (including fire pit and water wall), a full bar and friendly staff, we look forward to serving you.

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Main Street Ale House

(218) 961-6724 www.mainstreetnisswa.com The new favorite in the Lakes Area. Main Street Ale House is a family friendly restaurant and pub located in downtown Nisswa. 30 tap beers, extensive wine and liquor lists, a fresh unique menu all in a modern lodge atmosphere makes Main Street the place to dine in Nisswa.

(218) 829-9872 www.thenortherncowboy.com Come for the food, stay for the view. Located on North Long Lake.  Enjoy 16 tap beers and full menu.  From land to sea we have something for everyone. Try one of our up-north favorites and see what all the Flame N' Brew is about.  Event space and catering available.

Norway Ridge Supper Club

(218) 543-6136 www.norwayridge.com An old-world supper club serving hand-cut steaks, award winning ribs and delectable fish and seafood. We invite you to take a step back in time and enjoy a spirited cocktail or an aromatic glass of wine along with a meal that you won't soon forget.


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Pequot Lakes Supervalu

(218) 568-5001 www.pequotlakessupervalu.com Take the north or south exit off 371 onto Patriot Avenue in Pequot Lakes and you are there. Enjoy our comfortable seating area with our 60" TV while you enjoy your hot or cold Sibley Lake Deli meal. We also have all the fresh produce, bakery, and meat items.

Sherwood Forest

(218) 963-6261 www.sherwoodforest.3cheersmn.com As listed by the Historical Society, this 1920s lodge restaurant is a must experience. Featuring a full bar, mouth watering menu, rustic atmosphere, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and a 3 season patio that can hold 100 people; make Sherwood Forest a must stop while dining in the Lakes area.

The Skillet Restaurant

(218) 454-5002 www.facebook.com/TheSkilletRestaurant/ Historic café in Northeast Brainerd offers the best breakfast, lunch and dinner around. Convenient parking and space for groups as well. Unique menu.

The Woods Hotel & Restaurant Prairie Bay Grill and Catering

(218) 824-6444 www.prairiebay.3cheersmn.com Prairie Bay offers a delicious variety of chef inspired dishes using local ingredients whenever possible. Featuring a diverse menu of sandwiches, pastas, salads, seafood and more, we have something for every palate. Come in and taste why we are the answer to the question, "Where should we eat?"

The 612 Station

(218) 454-1995 www.612station.com Located in the heart of historic downtown Brainerd. Provide customers with a warm, friendly experience while enjoying great food and cold beer. Full bar, 2 daily lunch specials and light catering. Meat raffles, live music, and trip giveaways! Rustic place to gather with old friends or make new ones.

(218) 829-7507 www.thewoodsmn.com Just minutes from downtown Brainerd is The Woods Restaurant and Bar! The open concept with unique woods décor creates the perfect atmosphere for any occasion. We provide a delicious menu, expanded bar choices, and specials. Let us handle all your catering needs, we offer options for any type of event.

Zorbaz on Gull Lake Senor Patron

(218) 454-7762 www.facebook.com/senorpatronmexican Señor Patron offers the finest, genuine Mexican cuisine in the Brainerd Lakes Area; including nachos supreme, fajita taco salad, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos—the works! Groups welcome. Located in historic downtown Brainerd. Open Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 am.

The Last Turn Saloon & Eatery

(218) 829-4856 www.facebook.com/lastturnsaloon/?ref=bookmarks Visit the Last Turn Saloon & Eatery for a step back in time. Historic building with a Cheerstype atmosphere. Meeting and event space for up to 100 people. Catered meals as well as casual dining in a unique setting.

(218) 963-4790 www.zorbaz.com Family-friendly pizza and Mexican joint right on the water with indoor and outdoor seating, tons of taps, and incredible views of Gull Lake. Open until 2 am daily.

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ART, CULTURE AND MUSIC ART IN DOWNTOWN BRAINERD? YOU BETCHA!

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Communities are enriched by the presence of art. The Brainerd Lakes Area is fortunate to have the Crossing Arts Alliance on Laurel Street in downtown Brainerd that provides education and access to art, so our community and visitors can experience it in their own lives. The Crossing Arts Alliance regularly holds art exhibits, adult and kids’ classes, and you can purchase work by local artists. In August 2018, the Crossing Arts Alliance worked with local artist Tony Powers on a bold mission. Tony created and drew a mural on the Crossing Arts Alliance’s exterior wall. The community was encouraged to be involved. Over 150 locals came and painted whatever section they could reach creating a vibrant color collage that truly is a work of art. LAKES AREA MUSIC FESTIVAL BRINGS THE BIG CITY TO BRAINERD Seeing and listening to classically trained musicians, singers, and theater actors live may make you think of New York City or London— something that’s not often easily accessible because of location and cost. The

Come see for your “selfie” and snap a pic!

Lakes Area Music Festival changes that and brings world class performances to Brainerd’s Tornstrom Auditorium (on Oak Street). This music festival attracts nationally acclaimed and world-renowned musicians and performers who share their passion of music and the arts. The best part? It’s free. (Donation-based admissions help ensure that these world-class performances are available to anyone interested in attending.)

Since its inception, the Lakes Area Music Festival continues to grow as audience size continues to increase. The festival now offers a full three-week calendar of musical concerts and shows that appeal to a diverse audience. The Lakes Area Music Festival features more than 160 musicians from around the world: Minnesota Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Hong Kong Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and more. These musicians come to the Brainerd Lakes Area to collaborate on chamber music, orchestral repertoire, opera, and ballet. The Lakes Area Music Festival brings classical music to visitors and locals alike—some of whom wouldn’t otherwise have access to performances of this caliber. Visit lakesareamusic.org to find out more about upcoming concerts.


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Kicks on Route 66...The ART Place (218) 692-5425 www.kicks66crosslake.com PAINT, CREATE, INSPIRE!!! • Adult & children painting classes • Artistic furniture restoration • Creative DIY painting technique/classes • Creation station • Mark J Harlow award-winning photo gallery • Unique gifts • We will host YOUR party ART & SOUL OF CROSSLAKE!

Lakes Area Music Festival

(218) 275-5263 www.lakesareamusic.org Central Minnesota is home to one of the nation's premier classical music festivals! Each August the Lakes Area Music Festival features 150 all-star musicians from the top orchestras and opera companies in the world. Over three weeks audiences enjoy performances of chamber music, orchestra, opera, and ballet at Tornstrom Auditorium.

Stage North Theatre Company

(218) 232-6810 www.stagenorththeater.com Stage North Theatre puts the Community in Community Theatre! We are a non-profit (501. C3) organization. Our primary space is the Franklin Arts Center Theatre. This beautiful, historic, 478 seat theatre is a wonderful place to experience our full production of musicals and plays. Visit our website for complete season information.

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371 Furniture & Mattress

(218) 828-3020 www.371furniture.com Everything you need for inside your home or cabin! 371 Furniture is a family-owned business providing furniture, mattresses, dining room tables, log furniture, pillows and bedding. The only authorized retailer of Flexsteel in the area. Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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BluPaisley Boutique

our Welcome Center Gift Shop! Just South of Brainerd on Hwy. 371.

You’ll find distinctive shops all around the Lakes Area—from downtown Brainerd and Baxter, up to Nisswa, Crosslake, and Pequot Lakes. Many of the shops feature merchandise with an “up North” or Minnesota flair that offer goods by local artists or designers. Other shops have trendy clothing, jewelry, furniture, and décor in a boutique setting. You can find recreational gear for your outdoor adventures at specialty retail stores. And don’t forget the antiques! The shops along Crosby’s main street are known as the “Antique Capital of the Lakes Area”. Enjoy the shopping throughout the area with one-of-a-kind items and great customer service.

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(218) 961-0105 www.blupaisley.com We focus on products that are sustainable, made from recycled and renewable resources, that are fair trade and/or made in the United States. We sell incredibly soft & comfortable women's clothing in sizes XS-2XL; as well as unique global accessories and gifts with a purpose and story.

Christmas Point

(218) 828-0603 www.christmaspoint.com Christmas Point is the Brainerd Lakes Area shopping destination for clothing, shoes, furniture, home decor, and Pandora jewelry. Don’t forget about lunch at Christmas Point. Our cafe’ serves amazing panini sandwiches, salads, and soups. Come and spend the day with us and enjoy a one of a kind shopping experience!


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Common Goods

Emily's Books

Cub Foods

Leslie's

(218) 824-0923 www.commongoodsmn.org Common Goods is a trendy thrift store with locations in Brainerd and Crosslake. Proceeds from the stores support Bridges of Hope, a nonprofit that serves local families in need. Common Goods offers high-quality goods at reasonable prices, including clothing, accessories, sporting goods and home furnishings.

(218) 828-4601 www.cub.com With two convenient locations to serve you on 371 in Baxter and 210 in Brainerd, Cub has all you need from grocery to pet and baby to flowers and cake for your wedding or special event. Cub now offers delivery too. Visit www. shop.cub.com for details.

(218) 825-0495 www.facebook.com/Emilys-Used-Boo ks-149998708434883/ Family owned Business since 2005. Over 100,000 books in many genres for all ages, both fiction and nonfiction. We are very well organized in a well lit building. Our staff is friendly and ready to help you find that special book! We are just North of BIR on Hwy 371.

(218) 568-5981 www.lesliesclothes.com We are proud to be the Lakes Area premier women's clothing store. Located in the heart of Pequot Lakes. We are open 7 days a week!!

Schaefer's Foods

(218) 963-2265 www.SchaefersFoods.com Locally owned and operated for over a century, Schaefer’s Foods provides a full selection of groceries, friendly customer service, top-quality meats, fresh produce, home style deli and we carry your groceries to your vehicle. Our in-house bakery offers breads, buns, donuts, cookies, custom cake decorating and Grandma Bettie Jane’s Pies.

SpaQuest

(218) 252-0233 www.spaquestmn.com Do you sometimes feel so overwhelming you can hardly catch your breath? At SpaQuest, we offer everything from full-body massage, to manicures and pedicures, facials, and waxing. We are here to see you feel pampered, to see you feel relaxed, refreshed, and restored for a new day.

Q Squares Design Consign

(218) 824-0712 www.DesignConsignMN.com Located in a historic venue built in 1876, we professionally showcase quality consignments from around the world. We offer a unique showroom that specializes in a selection of quality antiques, new fine furnishings and more! With over 3000 past and present consignors, you never know what you will find next!

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(218) 454-1642 www.qsquares.com The Q Squares Stores added a new liquor store at our Pine Square location! Our locally owned and operated gas stations, convenience stores, and now 3 liquor stores! Locate stores online for great amenities; E85, premium ethanol-free gasoline, 110 at the dispenser, racing fuels, deli, and live bait!

Totally Kidz

(218) 824-0006 www.totallykidzshop.com Totally Kidz started out selling used and converted into an all new retail shop with large variety of toys, books and games. We also carry popular clothing brands such as Lazy One Clothing, Izzy and Owie other boutique items. Located in historic Downtown Brainerd on Front Street.


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1. CHECK YOUR FURNACE.

A furnace that is clean and well-tuned will last longer, and it will run more efficiently and save on energy costs. You can change the air filter and check the belts for any wear. You also can call a reputable heating and air conditioning company to do in-depth maintenance.

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2. MAINTAIN YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM.

WHILE WE’RE ALL ENJOYING SUMMER NOW, it’s not too early to

An unmaintained septic can be hazardous to lakes and ground water. Get your septic pumped regularly— how frequently depends on how often and how many people use your cabin. A well-maintained septic helps to avoid leaks and contaminating groundwater.

start thinking about—and taking care of—your cabin before the cold hits. Here are some tips for winterizing your cabin to save on energy costs and prevent costly repairs.

3. SEAL YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS.

Inspect windows and doors for air leaks. Drafty windows and doors can cost you money and let in unwanted pests. Weather stripping, caulking, or shrink film are all options to help seal windows and doors.

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4. TAKE CARE OF YOUR YARD.

Some leaves covering your lawn during the winter is okay, but excessive leaves can smother the grass and can prevent the grass from growing in the spring. It can also cause extensive damage to your lawn from unwanted critters. Use a phosphorus-free fertilizer as runoff from lawns goes into lakes, rivers, and even groundwater.

5. CHECK YOUR APPLIANCES.

Many appliances still use energy when they’re plugged in and not in use. Unplug appliances to conserve energy and prevent fires when they’re not in use.

See our Business Directory on page 84 for professionals that will give you peace of mind and do the work for you.


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A.W. Research Laboratories, Inc.

(218) 829-7974 www.awlab.com We are a certified laboratory providing water testing for homes and cabins throughout central Minnesota. As a local, women-owned company, our knowledgeable staff can help you with your drinking water concerns and provide peace of mind that your water is safe! Contact us for a sampling kit and more information.

BlackRidgeBANK

(218) 829-8712 www.blackridgebank.com For everyday life, Go with a pro–BlackRidgeBANK! From home loans to personal and business banking, we have the Brainerd Lakes area covered with four convenient locations. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Business Work Center

Crosslake Communications & Crosslake Economic Development Authority (218) 692-2777 | www.Crosslake.net NEW FREE work space for tourists, guests and area business people! ACCESS TO: high speed Wi-Fi internet (bring your own computer), copy & fax machine, & video conferencing. Working from your up-north place, or just visiting and need a Wi-Fi internet boost? Call Crosslake Communications! 35910 Co Rd 66, Crosslake.

CentraCare Specialty Clinic - Baxter Advantage Seamless Gutters

(218) 270-2663 www.advantageseamlessgutters.com Advantage Seamless Gutters is a full service Gutter installation company with a promise to offer exceptional customer service and create and provide water management solutions. Starting out as a one person company, Owner Cory Jay has grown the company to 30 plus team members efficiently serving its customers needs.

(218) 454-4725 | www.centracare.com CentraCare Health is a not-for-profit health care system that provides comprehensive, high-quality care to people throughout Central Minnesota. We offer numerous specialty services, including brain and spine care, heart care, kidney care, plastic surgery, urology care and wound care in one convenient location. Serving all with compassion, dignity and respect.

Edina Realty

(218) 828-7000 www.EdinaRealty.com/office/brainerdbaxter#1 Minnesota and the Brainerd Lakes #1 Real Estate Company. Featuring all real estate services including sales, rentals, mortgages, title, insurance, and warranty. One stop shopping for all your real estate needs! Edina Realty working for YOU!

Construction Advocates Backyard Reflections, Inc.

(218) 454-1065 www.backyardmn.com Founded in 2000, Backyard Reflections, Inc. is a full-service landscape design/build company with locations in Annandale and Nisswa, Minnesota. From initial consultation through project completion, our talented team specializes in collaborating closely with our clients to transform dreams into reality, creating unique outdoor spaces.

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(218) 330-1544 www.constructionadvocates.com Steve Northway, founder of Construction Advocates, takes the mystery out of designing and building or remodeling a home or cabin. As your own personal "Building Coach,� Steve offers a wealth of design and construction expertise to help you maximize your budget, control the process, and ensure quality, beauty and value.

Frandsen Bank and Trust

(218) 855-1320 www.frandsenbank.com Frandsen Bank & Trust is a full-service community banking, trust and investment services organization with offices located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. All products and services are provided in a true community banking environment where the customer is cared for in a way that nurtures a long-term relationship.


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Greater Lakes Association of Realtors (GLAR)

(218) 828-4567 www.greaterlakesrealtors.com My Realtor® Knows! Your local Realtors® know many things, including the answers to your questions about buying and selling homes. Contact one of our many Realtors and/or Affiliate members to guide you through the process.

Jr's Painting & Prefinishing

(218) 568-8330 www.jrspainting.net Jr's Painting & Prefinishing is owned and operated by Mike (Jr) and Pam Downey. Jr has been serving Central MN as a Professional Painter for over 11 years and has over 29 years experience. We specialize in interior and exterior painting and prefinishing, on site and in the shop.

Lands End Development

(218) 692-5263 www.landsenddev.com Voted "Best Builder/General Contractor" in Minnesota, Lands End Development is a unique design-build firm. Focusing on lake home and cabin design, we promote timeless design and exquisite craftsmanship in a wide range of architectural styles. Based locally in Crosslake, Lands End Development serves the entire Brainerd Lakes and surrounding areas.

Greenheck Auto Glass

(218) 824-6065 www.greenheckautoglass.com Locally owned and operated auto glass repair/ replacement facility. Fast, professional and convenient one stop shop for all your auto glass needs. Give us a call or stop on in and let us know how we can help you.

Lake Country Seamless Gutters

(218) 820-4473 www.lcseamlessgutters.com We preserve your home by protecting it starting from the outside. Providing 5 & 6” seamless aluminum gutters, leaf guards and covers, and gutter cleaning services. We are reputable, dependable, professional, and offer no-fuss service with 12 years’ experience. Call (218) 820-4473 and ask about our free consultations and estimates.

Lonesome Cottage Furniture Co.

(218) 568-8223 www.lonesomecottage.com Looking to decorate your lake home? Lonesome Cottage is the perfect place to start your search. Stop in for amazing factory direct deals on home furnishings from the nation's largest rustic furniture manufacturer. From reclaimed barnwood, to log furniture, to custom designed pieces: we have what you are looking for!

Hy-Tec Construction

(218) 829-8529 www.hytecconstruction.com At Hy-Tec Construction we take a slightly different approach to commercial, industrial, and residential construction. As our name implies, we rely on the latest technology and building methods to ensure our work meets or exceeds the highest standards. Everything we do starts and ends with craftsmanship.

LakePlace.com

(218) 692-6003 www.Lakeplace.com LakePlace.com isn't just the largest and most visited lake property website in the Midwest. We are also a full-service real estate firm with fantastic agents and "brick-n-mortar" offices throughout Minnesota & Wisconsin. Whether buying or selling let us help make your dreams come true!

Nelson Torfin Real Estate Group

(218) 270-4032 www.lakehome.com Nelson Torfin offers over 75 years of combined experience in residential, lakeshore and commercial real estate. Our team’s unique approach to listing or buying assures you will have a team of 5 experts in every aspect of our real estate market and leaders in the industry. EXPLO REBRA INERDLA KES.COM

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Nor-Son Custom Builders

Rapids Cabin Service

Northern Lakes Senior Living

Start to Finish Builders and Remodelers

(218) 828-1722 www.nor-son.com Nor-Son Custom Builders specializes in custom lake homes and renovations that afford you the space, comfort and quality to create lifelong memories. Working with our architects, our craftsmen combine building science with skilled artistry to transform every design detail into a stunning, one-of-a-kind home you can hand down for generations.

(218) 454-2121 www.NorthernLakesSeniorLiving.com It's a good life at Northern Lakes! We are an Ebenezer community providing generous lifestyle amenities and optional home care services in assisted living and Dimensions programming for memory care residents that include individualized aging-in-place options in a beautiful and convenient location. We invite you for a tour and discovery.

Northland Cabin Care

(218) 824-1626 www.NorthlandCabinCare.com Northland Cabin Care specializes in unique lake front rental properties. Looking for a family retreat or “real” cabin experience? Let us help you plan your perfect get away. Private, lake shore, convenient to area shopping, dining and fun.

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(218) 255-2600 www.rapidscabinservice.com Communication with our customers is our top priority. Hometown values, honesty, and integrity are the bedrock to all of our projects. We offer electrical services to fit scheduling needs for home, cabin, and business owners. Design to finish. New construction, remodels, and service calls-24/7. Electrical subcontracting also available. Licensed/Bonded

(218) 828-0585 www.starttofinishbuilders.com The Lakes Area's quality builder For Over 20 Years! Whether we’re working on one of our famous remodels or building a new custom home, you can expect us to treat your project like it was our own. At Start To Finish, our quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are unsurpassed.

Sue Lehman, Realtor®

(218) 838-4159 www.SueLehmanSells.com “Hometown Service with Results!” A hardworking, full-time agent with WEICHERT REALTORS, TOWER PROPERTIES, Sue offers experience & knowledge paired with customer service & attention to detail! Whether selling or buying a starter home or luxury lake home, SUE LEHMAN is a great choice for all your real estate needs!

Wes Hanson Builders

(218) 692-1760 www.weshansonbuilders.com Wes Hanson Builders is a family-owned company with a 30-year tradition of building excellence. We take the time to get to know your one-of-a-kind needs, and bring that individuality and unique character to every square inch of your new home. Our homes are built to be enjoyed for many generations.

Woods to Water Real Estate

(218) 961-1005 www.WoodstoWaterMN.com A real estate brokerage founded on a passion for true Minnesota living. Whether you're looking to buy, sell, rent a vacation home or have your cabin managed, we can help. Wherever your "Up North" is, we've got you covered. We'd love to chat – stop by and say hi!

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providing state of the art facilities for learning, but also have dedicated faculty committed to providing quality education to area students. It’s an exciting time to attend one of our area schools! CROSSLAKE COMMUNITY SCHOOL: SMALL SCHOOL. BIG IMPACT. Crosslake Community School (CCS) is a K-12 tuition-free public charter school with over 250 students and is one of Minnesota’s top Charter Public Schools. In 2014, CCS added an online high school program that has grown to over 120 students, creating flexible learning options for students in central Minnesota and around the state. All students in Minnesota are eligible for this free public online charter school option. In 2018, the school added a Pre-K program to meet the needs of area families.

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CCS is authorized by the Audubon Center of the Northwoods and has a strong focus on environmental education. CCS integrates environmental education into each grade level, building awareness of what students can do in their daily lives to be responsible environmental stewards.

standard classrooms and eight flex classroom spaces, commercial kitchen, multi-use commons, an active solarium, gymnasium with wood flooring and stage, and administrative offices. The facility brings together students, residents, and businesses—a true hub of community activity.

As enrollment at CCS grew, it became clear that a new facility was needed. The community responded with a groundswell of support and CCS students kicked off the 2018/2019 school year in a new facility. The school boasts nine

PEQUOT LAKES PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BIG DISTRICT OPPORTUNITIES. SMALL TOWN COMMUNITY. Pequot Lakes Schools provides over 1,700 students from multiple local communities with a rigorous,


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Voters in the Brainerd Public Schools district recently approved Blueprint 181, a comprehensive long-range plan to make significant investments in their school buildings. Blueprint 181 addresses and standardizes critical building security, health, safety, education and space needs in all twelve of the district's schools with an overall goal of creating facilities that promote opportunity, innovation and success for all learners. At the end of the four years of construction, the community will be home to six 2014 National Blue Ribbons schools that have been upgraded and improved and, in one case, built new. The district’s secondary schools for students in grades 5 through 12 will be updated as well. The revitalized Brainerd High School will encompass additional classrooms, career and technical education / workforce development areas, additional gymnasium space, an eight-lane swimming pool, and a 1,200-seat Performing Arts Center, all of which are being designed to bring worldclass experiences to students and community members.

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These exciting developments will allow Brainerd Public Schools to better prepare the students for the world and workforce of tomorrow. Blueprint 181 allows Brainerd Public Schools to build on the district’s proud past to sustain a promising future for all learners. ST. FRANCIS OF THE LAKES CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: FAITHBASED EDUCATION St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School opened its doors in 1909 as a two-story, eight classroom building. In 1952, a new facility and gymnasium were built, and in 2008 a major renovation and expansion project was completed. The faculty at St. Francis believes in the dignity and respect of each child. The message and way they communicate this to the children is threaded through every instructional act, explanation, conversation—every minute, every day. A Catholic education helps students see the world not as a place to be mastered, but as a temple, a reflection of the mighty and loving hand of God. The heart of all education is rooted in love. Facts and figures, principles and procedures, solutions and systems are the externals of education.

St. Francis serves the Brainerd Lakes Area with students coming from: Brainerd/Baxter, Breezy Point, Crosby, Crosslake, Cushing, Deerwood, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Pine River, and Pillager. St. Francis is accredited through Minnesota Non-Public School Accreditation Association. Accreditation is a framework for the best possible education program for learners. It delivers recognized credibility of the quality of a school program in the eyes of stakeholders and the public.

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Abbie Hoelscher Agency Inc.

(218) 568-8200 www.abbiehoelscheragency.com We specialize in creating Auto, Home, LIFE, and Business policies that fit your needs and protect your dreams. We are your one stop shop.

Lakeland Veterinary Hospital

(218) 829-1709 www.lakelandvet.net Lakeland Veterinary Hospital is an AAHA accredited, small animal practice. Our focus is in providing quality medicine that exceeds our client’s expectations. We also offer boarding and grooming services. AAHA holds our hospital to the highest quality medical standards. We must meet and maintain over 900 standards for accreditation.

Members Cooperative Credit Union

(218) 625-8500 www.membersccu.org MCCU offers local service, smart financial products and dynamic education programs to its branch communities. MCCU is proud to be the largest credit union based north of the Twin Cities, uniting communities since 1936 and serving its member/owners with more locations than any other credit union in the region.

First National Bank

(218) 822-4480 www.fnbnorth.com At First National Bank, we are invested in the growth and success of the Minnesota Communities we serve. As we continue to grow & provide the newest features to our customers, whether that be e-statements, mobile banking, or banking apps, we are committed to providing the best possible banking experience.

Landis+Gyr

(218) 562-4877 www.Landisgyr.com Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of energy management solutions for the utility sector. The company delivers smart grid, including smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control and analytics. The Pequot Lakes location supports product development and delivery for both hardware and software, testing and technical support.

Minneapolis Heart Institute

(218) 855-5280 www.allinahealth.org/MinneapolisHeart-Institute/Locations/Baxter/ Minneapolis Heart Institute, part of Abbott Northwestern Hospital/Allina Health, addresses a full range of heart and vascular needs. In a commitment to improving cardiovascular care throughout the region, our team of highly skilled and local cardiologists see patients at clinics in Baxter, Crosby and Aitkin.

Kriesel Kreativ

(612) 900-3365 www.krieselkreativ.com Empowering businesses on a budget. We are a small creative agency that specializes in assisting small businesses with their online presence. Our skill sets include web design and development, branding and online marketing. We strive to maintain client relationships to keep your websites successful with our monthly site reviews.

Crosslake Community School Growing environmentally literate, community-impacting learners of excellence. Visit our website to see how our seat-based and online programs serve students in the Brainerd Lakes area, as well as the entire state of Minnesota.

Small school. Big impact. www.crosslakekids.org

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FAITH & WORSHIP // DIRECTORY

Faith & Worship

WHEN COMING TO THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA—whether you’re staying at

your cabin or vacationing at one of the area’s lodging options, attending a worship service with a new congregation can be an enriching experience. The Brainerd Lakes area has many different worship options depending on your denomination and your preferences. Attending a worship service while in the Brainerd Lakes Area can strengthen your personal connection to the area, help you meet new people, and remind you that God is with you no matter where you travel.

Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church (218) 692-4673 www.crosslakechristian.com 13919 County Road 36, Crosslake, MN 56442

Immaculate Heart Church (218) 692-3731 www.crosslakecatholic.com 35208 County Road 37 Crosslake, MN 56442

Crosslake Lutheran Church (218) 692-3682 www.crosslakelutheran.com 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

Lakes Area First Presbyterian Church (218) 829-6069 www.fpcbrainerd.org 7761 Excelsior Road, Baxter, MN 56425

Crosslake Presbyterian Church (218) 692-4769 www.crosslakepresbyterian.org 14444 Daggett Pine Rd, Crosslake, MN 56442

Lakewood Evangelical Free Church (218) 829-7251 www.lakewoodfc.com 6284 Fairview Rd, Baxter, MN 56425

First Lutheran Church (218) 829-9552 www.flcbrainerd.com 424 S 8th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Log Church Crosslake (EFCA) (218) 692-4141 www.crosslakelogchurch.org 37218 County Road 66 Crosslake, MN 56442

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (218) 568-5668 30701 Patriot Ave, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 Grace United Methodist Church (218) 568-5755 www.graceumcpequotlakes.org 29318 Patriot Ave, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 Heritage Church (218) 829-3209 www.iamheritage.org 13242 Berrywood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

Our Savior's Lutheran Church (218) 568-4670 www.oursaviorspl.org 30985 Front Street, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 Pequot Lakes Baptist Church (218) 568-4794 www.plbconline.com 30050 Rasmussen Road Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church (218) 829-7092 www.popbaxter.org 6311 Mildred Road, Baxter, MN 56425 St. Francis/All Saints Catholic Churches (218) 822-4040 www.blccnorth.org 404 N. 9th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Lord of Life Lutheran Church (218) 828-9374 www.lolbaxter.org 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter, MN 56425

The Journey North Community Church (218) 824-5617 www.thejourneynorth.com 6785 Woida Road, Baxter, MN 56425

Our Lady of the Lakes - Pequot Lakes (218) 568-4760 www.ourladyofthelakes.weconnect.com 30918 Rasmussen Road Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church - LCMS (218) 829-4317 www.zionbrainerd.org 220 N 8th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

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FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH

424 S. 8th St., Brainerd, MN 56401 Phone: 218.829.9552 www.flcbrainerd.com ● office@flcbrainerd.com LEARNING, BEING & SERVING in FAITH, HOPE & LOVE

Lakewood Church

Service Times

Summer Services

(Memorial Day - Labor Day)

Sundays 9am

School Year Services Sundays 8am & 10:30am Wednesday 5:30pm

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish

(218)829-7251 www.lakewoodfc.com Lakewood Evangelical Free Church is committed to reproducing faithful followers of Christ. We do this through solid Bible teaching, caring for our community, and always sharing the hope that Jesus brings. Our Sunday services are at 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM. Wednesday Family Nights at 6:45 PM (Sep-May).

s Some Churche r hold outdoo he services in t summer!

St. Christopher ~ Nisswa St. Alice ~ Pequot Lakes Our Lakes of Lourdes ~ Pine River Welcome to Our Catholic Churches!

Parish Office Phone: 218-568-4760

Brainerd Lakes Catholic Churches Parish Offices:

Saint Francis, All Saints & St. Thomas

218-822-4040

www.blccnorth.org _______ St. Andrew’s & St. Mathias

218-829-1340

www.blccsouth.org

All Saints Catholic Church 16898 Carlson Lake Rd. - Brainerd, MN 56401 Mass Times: 4:00 pm Sat; 10:30 am Sunday Confessions: 3:00 pm Sat

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church 1108 Willow St. - Brainerd, MN 56401 Mass Times: 4:30 pm Sat; 10:00 am Sunday Confessions: 4:30 pm Tues; 3:30 pm Sat

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 404 North 9th St. - Brainerd, MN 56401 Mass Times: 5:00 pm Sat; 7:30, 9:00 and 11:15 am Sunday Confessions: 7:15 am Mon, 4:30 pm Thur. and 10:00 am Sat.

St. Mathias Catholic Church 4529 County Road 121 - Fort Ripley, MN 56449 Mass Times: 8:00 am Sun Confessions: 7:30 am First Sunday of the Month St. Thomas of the Pines Mission Chapel 11395 Pine Beach Peninsula Rd. - Brainerd, MN Mass Times (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend): 5:30 pm Sat; 9:00 am Sun.

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Lakes Area Music Festival (218) 275-5263 www.lakesareamusic.org 715 Laurel Street, PO Box 96 Brainerd, MN 56401

Greenheck Auto Glass (218) 824-6065 www.greenheckautoglass.com 118 Washington St Each August the Lakes Area Music Brainerd, MN 56401

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Greater Lakes Area Preforming Arts (218) 568-9200 www.glapa.org 30805 Olson Street Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (Pequot Lakes) provides quality entertainment featuring Pequot Lakes Community Theatre productions and guest artists/performers. Visit www. glapa.org or call 218.568.9200.

Kelli Engstrom Photography (218) 232-0333 www.kelliengstrom.com PO Box 1014 Crosslake, MN 56442

I am a creative Wedding and Portrait photographer with more than 20 years of photographing experience.

Kicks on Route 66--The ART Place (218) 692-5425 www.kicks66crosslake.com 36066 County Road 66 Crosslake, MN 56442

Festival presents all-star musicians Greenheck Auto Glass is locally from top orchestras and opera com- owned and operated. Providing panies around the world in orches- quality auto glass replacement/repair within a 40 mile radius of Braintra, opera, ballet, and more! erd. Bring your crack to Greenheck!

B. Johnson and Associates (218) 829-3501 www.brainerdcpa.com 11610 Andrew Street Brainerd, MN 56401

Audit and accounting services, payroll services, individual and business tax planning and preparation, financial planning, management, and computer consulting.

Luminous Prints Photography (218) 330-7846 www.luminousprints.com 14302 Cottage Grove Dr. Baxter, MN 56425

Borden, Steinbauer, Krueger and Knudson, P.A. (218) 829-1451 www.brainerdlaw.com 302 South Sixth Street Brainerd, MN 56401 pher! "I'll meet you at the place that We're your local retail and commer- BSKK provides legal services to Royal Tire (218) 829-8769 www.royaltire.com 615 Washington St Your Brainerd Lakes Area Photogra- Brainerd, MN 56401

makes you feel like you are at your cial tire and complete auto care businesses and individuals throughstore. Nobody, but nobody sells for best!" Email/Call Trina today! out the Brainerd Lakes Area. We foless! cus on business, real estate, personBREWERIES ���������� al injury, estate planning/probate, family law.

Stage North Theatre Company (218) 232-6810 www.stagenorththeater.com Jack Pine Brewery 1001 Kingwood St, Suite B-50 (218) 270-8072 Brainerd, MN 56401 www.jackpinebrewery.com Stage North Theatre puts the Com15593 Edgewood Drive munity in Community Theatre! We Baxter, MN 56425

Brainerd Dispatch (218) 829-4705 www.brainerddispatch.com 506 James Street are a non-profit (501.C3) organizaBringing fresh, locally brewed, beer to Brainerd, MN 56401

tion located Brainerd, Minnesota. the Brainerd Lakes Area since 2012. The Brainerd Dispatch provides Visit our website for complete seaServing flights, pints, and growlers to lakes area news coverage through son information. its daily newspaper (Dispatch) and go at the brewery taproom. newspaper (Echo Journal) AUTOMOTIVE_________ BUSINESS SERVICES �� weekly and on the brainerddispatch.com and pineandlakes.com websites

Brainerd Truck and Trailer (218) 454-2868 www.brainerdtruck.com 16707 Highway 371 North Brainerd, MN 56401

Ashly Gilson Marketing (218) 251-1714 www.ashlygilsonmarketing.com PO Box 2902 Baxter, MN 56401

Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (218) 825-2166 www.brainerdairport.com Service and repair for heavy duty Helping you create a marketing 16384 Airport Road, Suite 5 trucks, construction equipment and program specific to YOUR business, Brainerd, MN 56401

all types of trailers. Mobile service giving you more time for what mat- Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport is truck and gated contract parking ters, your customers, without break- the front door to the Brainerd Lakes available. region. Safe, convenient, and fast ing the budget! air service offered daily. Fly BRD An eclectic mix of ART classes, Mark Worth It. J Harlow's award-winning nature photography, unique gifts, party hosting.. FUN for ALL! ART & SOUL OF CROSSLAKE. EXPLO REBRA INERDLA KES.COM

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CONSTRUCTION ����� Coffee News - Brainerd Lakes (218) 831-0898 www.CoffeeNewsBrainerdLakes.com P.O. Box 196 Pine River, MN 56474

Gullview Technologies (218) 454-7711 www.gullviewtech.com 7651 Universal Road Baxter, MN 56425

Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and Crematory (218) 829-4755 www.nelson-doran.com 202 NE 8th Avenue We provide high capability software Braienrd, MN 56401

Advantage Seamless Gutters (218) 270-2663 www.advantageseamlessgutters.com 7419 Forthun Rd A fun, weekly publication offered development services. Our services Staff members are caring and expeBaxter, MN 56425 FREE to customers at restaurants, include application development, rienced professionals who undercoffee shops, and other area estab- maintenance, QA, DevOps, staff stand that each family is unique and lishments. Exclusive advertising for augmentation and technical help personal requests and traditions are of utmost importance. local businesses at an affordable desk services. rate.

Country Works “Office

Solutions”

Country Works (218) 692-4878 countryw@crosslake.net 37322 County Road 66 Crosslake, MN 56442

Indigo Signworks (320) 846-9698 www.indigosignworks.com 4133 Iowa Street, Suite 100 Alexandria, MN 56308

Advantage Seamless Gutters is a full service gutter installation company with one goal, to offer exceptional customer service and offer water management solutions.

Quality Equipment Sales and Service (218) 297-0991 www.qualityequipmentmn.com 5140 Landmark Drive Brainerd, MN 56401

Bercher Design & Construction (218) 829-1381 www.bercher.com 7676 Design Rd Ste. 100 Quality Equipment is a full line KuboCopy it, print it, ship it, pack it, scan Indigo Signworks is a complete Baxter, MN 56425 it, fax it, e-mail it, create it, computer full-service sign company that de- ta dealership that offers sales, ser-

Lakes Area’s full-service residential access, wide format printing, UPS, signs, sells, fabricates, installs and vice, parts and rentals. Service and parts for many makes and models of and commercial design/build firm for services signs of any scale. FEDEX. 40+ years. Visit bercher.com or give equipment. us a call. "Considerate people, considerate service, consider it done."

Cygneture Title Solutions LLC (218) 828-0122 www.cygnetureonline.com 13021 Evergreen Drive Baxter, MN 56425

LEHMAN & Associates Consulting, Inc. (218) 838-4158 PO Box 262 Provides abstracting, title insurance, Nisswa, MN 56468

Rook Technology Services (218) 821-4793 Construction Advocates www.rooktechservices.com itsupport@rooktechservices.com (218) 330-1544 www.constructionadvocates.com and real estate closings for all real Small business consulting services. We provide enterprise-class IT PO Box 707 estate transactions. Serving the Marketing & Advertising, Meeting support tailored to your business's Nisswa, MN 56468 Facilitation, Small Business Strate- needs and budget. Call today to see Lakes area for over 26 years!

Executive Express (218) 855-6973 www.executiveexpress.biz 13377 Dogwood Drive Baxter, MN 56425

gic Planning & Development, Public how we can help you. Relations; Brainerd Lakes Chamber membership consulting; IQ Magazine advertising.

LINDAR Corporation (218) 829-3457 www.lindarcorp.com 7789 Hastings Road Baxter, MN 56425

Comfortably start and end your business and leisure travel without driving and parking hassles. Up to 18 daily shuttles to and from the MSP LINDAR Corporation- plastics therAirport!! moforming company specializing in concept design, prototyping, production of food packaging, paint products, and custom plastic products for customers around the globe

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Traveler's Fare (218) 829-3187 www.travelersfare.com 102 Laurel Street Brainerd, MN 56401

Providing guidance and services to destinations worldwide, our staff of experienced consultants will take the time to research your best options, and deliver valuable results.

As your personal “Building Coach,” Steve Northway de-mystifies the design and construction process to help you maximize your budget and ensure quality, beauty and value.

Custom Mechanical and Sheet Metal (218) 821-1068 www.custommechanicalUSA.com 6209 Highland Scenic Rd Baxter, MN 56425

A full service heating/cooling contractor with complete mechanical services as well. Providing indoor air quality solutions along with in-floor heating system design & installation.


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Hy-Tec Construction (218) 829-8529 www.hytecconstruction.com 11360 Business 371, PO Box 621 Brainerd, MN 56401

Start to Finish Builders and Remodelers (218) 828-0585 www.starttofinishbuilders.com 17025 Commercial Park Road, Commercial, industrial, and resi- Suite 4, Brainerd, MN 56401 dential construction is what we do. We rely on the latest technology/ building methods to ensure our work meets/exceeds the highest standards.

The Lakes Area's quality builder and remodeler for over 20 years! At Start To Finish, our quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are unsurpassed.

Baxter Cafe & Catering (218) 829-1739 www.baxtercafe.com 7788 Fairview Rd. Baxter, MN 56425

Commander Restaurant & Bar and JJ's Pub (218) 562-4198 www.commanderbar.com 30279 Airport Road We are a full service family cafe. We Breezy Point, MN 56472 have great breakfast and awesome burgers and scratch soups daily. Check out our Facebook page for specials.

Home of the famous Commander Garbage Pizza! Full-service restaurant & bar with live weekend entertainment. Open daily for breakfast at 6:30am. JJ's Pub downstairs.

Baxter's Bar & Grill (218) 822-3663 www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com 6967 Lake Forest Road Baxter, MN 56425

Lands End Development (218) 692-5263 www.landsenddev.com 13817 County Rd 36 Crosslake, MN 56442

Wes Hanson Builders (218) 692-1760 www.weshansonbuilders.com 34103 County Road 3 Crosslake, MN 56442

Crosslake Coffee (218) 692-3994 www.CrosslakeCoffee.com 35522 County Rd 66, P.O. Box Full service bar & grill serving daily 153, P.O. Box 153 Based out of Crosslake, Lands End Located in the heart of lake coun- lunch & dinner specials, fresh pas- Crosslake, MN 56442 Development is an award winning custom lake home and cabin design-build firm. We promote timeless design and exquisite craftsmanship.

try, Wes Hanson Builders is a fami- tas, salads, burgers, hand-tossed ly-owned company with a 30 year pizzas, sandwiches, desserts and tradition of designing & building more. Happy Hour specials! excellence.

Quaint, friendly & cozy! We offer specialty coffees, Iced lattes, smoothies and more. We have fresh baked goods & breakfast sandwiches.

DINING_______________ Neumann Construction Inc. (218) 270-0009 www.brainerdroofing.com 3552 44th St SW Pine River, MN 56474

American Legion Brainerd, Post 255 (218) 829-2249 Neumann Construction is the res- www.brainerdlegion255.org idential roofing specialist in the 708 Front Street Brainerd Lakes area. We install all Brainerd, MN 56401

Big Bob's Backyard BBQ (218) 537-0346 Qingforcommunities@gmail.com 5616 Maggie Lane Nisswa, MN 56468

Ernie's on Gull Lake (218) 829-3918 www.erniesongull.com 10424 Squaw Point Rd We are a catering company that spe- East Gull Lake, MN 56401

cializes in cooking traditional bbq Unparalleled views of Gull Lake all (low and slow) to make your event in a casual fun atmosphere makes Ernie's on Gull a must stop when visor fundraiser a great success. iting the Lakes Area. types of roofing products including Open Monday - Thursday 11a.m. 8p.m., Friday 11a.m. - 10p.m., Saturasphalt, metal, and cedar shakes. day: 12 noon - 8p.m., Sunday: 11a.m. - 6p.m.

Nor-Son Custom Builders (218) 828-1722 www.nor-son.com 7900 Hastings Road Baxter, MN 56425

Applebee's Grill & Bar (218) 833-1400 www.applebees.com Established in 1978, Nor-Son is a de- 15240 Dellwood Dr sign/build company that specializes Baxter, MN 56425

Chef Mike's Catering (218) 232-3734 www.facebook.com/lakesareacatering/ 9364 Wild Rice Rd Brainerd, MN 56401

Fabulous custom catering services, our place or yours. No group too big or small. It is our PLEASURE to cater in custom lake homes and extensive Stop into your favorite local grill to you and your needs! renovations of distinctive quality‌on & bar for our ever-famous Perfect Margarita with your favorite pasta or time and on budget. burger. See you soon!

Grand View Lodge (218) 963-2234 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue Nisswa, MN 56468

Experience exceptional dining at one of our eight dining venues that provide guests with various atmospheres and menus. Open to the public.

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Irma's Kitchen (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com/dining/irmas-kitchen Cragun's Resort, 11000 Cragun's Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Legacy Bar & Grille (218) 825-2725 www.craguns.com/dining/legacy-bar-grille Cragun's Resort, 11000 Cragun's Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Moonlite Bay (218) 692-3575 www.moonlitebay.com 37627 county road 66 Crosslake, MN 56442

A casual menu served during the golf season overlooking the emerald greens, ponds and rolling fairways of Cragun's Legacy Golf Courses.

Lakeside casual dining with a large patio on Crosslake of the Whitefish Chain. DJ’s and dancing every Fri/ Sat night. The place to be since 1933!

Sawmill Inn (218) 829-5444 www.sawmillinnbrainerd.com 601 Washington Street Brainerd, MN 56401

Jake's Gull Lake (218) 454-7100 www.jakesgulllake.com 2008 Hill Drive SW Nisswa, MN 56468

M & K's Wings Cafe (218) 828-0206 www.brainerdairport.com/ wings-cafe.html 16384 Airport Road, Ste 7 Brainerd, MN 56401

Northern Cowboy Flame N' Brew (218) 829-9872 www.thenortherncowboy.com 19090 State Hwy 371 Brainerd, MN 56401

Stonehouse Coffee and Roastery (218) 454-2835 www.stonehousecoffee.com 14540 Dellwood Dr. N, STE 100 Baxter, MN 56425

Located on the south end of Cragun's Resort, Irma's Kitchen is open May-September and features many of Irma Cragun's recipes and the freshest local ingredients.

Family-friendly, freshley-prepared dining experience awaits you. Jake's favorites include our acclaimed JakeWings, lobster tacos, angus burgers, macadamia crusted walleye and prime rib. Famous Sat/Sun breakfast.

Lake Country Crafts and Cones (218) 692-4411 www.lakecountrycrafts.com 36084 County Road 66 Crosslake, MN 56442

Serving breakfast and lunch with homemade soups and great old fashioned hamburgers. Daily lunch and breakfast specials. Open to the public.

What's all the Flame N' Brew about? 16 tap beers, full menu and fantastic view of North Long Lake. Event space and catering available.

Historic Saloon with great food, meeting space, and ambiance.

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Norway Ridge Supper Club (218) 543-6136 www.norwayridge.com 34757 County Road 39 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

The Skillet Restaurant (218) 454-5002 www.facebook.com/TheSkilletRestaurant/?ref=bookmarks Norway Ridge Supper Club, a tradi- 123 Washington Street NE Six restaurants to choose from, tion in the Brainerd Lakes area for Brainerd, MN 56401 Madden's on Gull Lake (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula Brainerd, MN 56401

overlooking the lake or the golf over 70 years! Offering steaks, ribs, course, casual or upscale. Carefully fish, seafood and a full bar. 36 flavors of Kemp's Ice Cream, prepared, locally sourced and made Stonehouse coffee, breakfast and to order. By reservation lunch served all day. Home decor and gifts. Ice Cream Cakes ready/ made to order. Roundhouse Brewery

Last Turn Saloon (218) 330-8210 www.facebook.com/lastturnsaloon/?ref=bookmarks 214/216 8th Street South Brainerd, MN 56401

Brainerd’s oldest restaurant. "Best Breakfast for 43 Miles." Full menu with salad bar and fresh made soups. Private rooms. Hometown service and historic décor.

Main Street Ale House (218) 961-6724 www.mainstreetnisswa.com 25559 Main Street, Suite 1 Nisswa, MN 56468

Unique menu, 30 tap beers, extensive wine and liquor lists, all in modern lodge setting makes Main Street a must stop in the Lakes Area.

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Historic café located in NE Brainerd across from the railroad center. Home cooking at its best! Best breakfast in Brainerd.

(218) 454-2739 www.roundhousebrew.com 1551 Northern Pacific Rd Brainerd, MN 56401

Zorbaz on Gull Lake (218) 963-4790 www.zorbaz.com Roundhouse is located in historic 8105 Lost Lake Road downtown Brainerd. Amazing craft Lake Shore, MN 56468 brews and a large taproom. Family friendly, live entertainment, fun events, games, and various food offerings.

Family-friendly pizza and Mexican joint right on Gull Lake with indoor and outdoor seating, tons of taps, and incredible views. Open until 2am daily.


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Summer Lantern Bash (218) 764-2151 Saint Francis Catholic School www.huff-entertainment.com/ (218) 829-2344 summer-bash.html www.stfranciscatholicschool.org 9033 Raddatz Road 817 Juniper Street Brainerd, MN 56401 Brainerd, MN 56401 August 23-24. 2-day outdoor conSaint Francis School provides a Catholic centered environment for students preschool through 8th grade. A part of the Brainerd Community for over 100 years.

BlackRidgeBANK is a community cert w/camping available. Bean bag erd on Tuesdays or Harley Davidson bank with a focus on superior custourney! World according to Garth 7915 Hwy. 210 Baxter on Fridays tomer service. We have the Brainerd (Garth Brooks tribute), SFO (tribute Lakes Area covered with four conveto Journey) and more!! nient office locations.

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Grand Casino Mille Lacs (800) 626-5825 www.GrandCasinoMN.com 777 Grand Avenue Onamia, MN 56359

Grand Casino Mille Lacs features heart-racing gaming action, luxury accommodations, delicious dining, craft cocktails, and exciting live entertainment! The best stories start here. What’s yours?

Iconic Fest (218) 764-2151 www.iconicfest.com 9033 Raddatz Road Brainerd, MN 56401

July 12-13 w/FREE pre-party on July 11th. Terri Clark, David Ball, The Kentucky Headhunters, & Head East Plus more! 2 Day outdoor concert w/ camping available.

Lakes Jam (218) 640-3785 www.Lakesjam.com PO Box 2856 Baxter, MN 56425

Lakes Jam is a multi day country and rock music festival at Brainerd International Raceway at the End of June. Great camping available!

Lakes Area Growers Market (218) 829-3241 www.brainerdfarmersmarket.com BlackRidgeBANK (218) 829-8712 1001 Kingwood Street www.BlackRidgeBANK.com Brainerd, MN 56401 14084 Baxter Dr, Suite 16 Come to the local Farmers Markets. Baxter, MN 56425 8-12:30 at 1001 Kingwood St. Brain-

Crow Wing County Fair (218) 829-6680 www.crowwingcountyfair.com 2000 SE 13th St Brainerd, MN 56401

Safari North Wildlife Park (218) 454-1662 www.safarinorth.com 8493 State Hwy 371 Brainerd, MN 56401

Bremer Bank (218) 829-8781 Wildlife park featuring animals and www.bremer.com birds from around the world! New 321 S 7th Street exhibits added every year. Special Brainerd, MN 56401

events and group/school visits, A wide variety of banking, investsnack shack, & gift shop. ment, trust, and insurance products The Crow Wing County Fair Associand services. Locations in Brainerd, ation coordinates the annual county Baxter and Aitkin. fair and grounds use throughout the year. Educational non-profit organization that invites membership. Join The Great Lakes Escape today!

(218) 454-2865 www.thegreatlakesescape.com 206 NW 6th Street Brainerd, MN 56401

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Baxter (218) 824-3232 www.brainerdhi.com 15739 Audubon Way Baxter, MN 56425

First National Bank (218) 822-4480 www.fnbnorth.com Enter themed room to find clues, 14521 Edgewood Drive solve puzzles and work together to Baxter, MN 56425

solve your challenge... in 60 minFull-service bank. Experts in busiutes. Great for families, friends and ness and construction loans, 24 team-building! hour ATM and insurance services. Member FDIC. Personal, business, loans, investments, warranties and Holiday Inn Express, Brainerd/Baxter online services. features a Triple Play of entertainment for your next stay in the BrainWildwedge Golf, Mini Golf & erd Lakes Area!

Ideal Green Market Cooperative (218) 543-6565 www.idealgreenmarket.com 34988 County Road 39 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Come to Ideal Corners with your family and explore the Ideal Green Market Cooperative. See local art, taste our local farm foods, become a friend!

Maze (218) 568-6995 www.wildwedge.com 32792 Paul Bunyan Trail Drive Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Frandsen Bank and Trust (218) 855-1320 www.frandsenbank.com Minnesota's best mini golf, scenic 7429 Excelsior Road par 3 golf course, and 10,000 sq ft Baxter, MN 56425 treasure hunt maze. Driving range. RV Park. Lodge rooms.

Frandsen Bank & Trust is a high-quality community bank and provides a wide array of banking products and services to their customers and communities

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GOLF RELATED ������� Members Cooperative Credit Union (218) 625-8500 www.MemberSCCU.org 14633 Edgewood Drive Baxter, MN 56425

Brainerd Lakes Area Tour Showcase (612) 386-1100 www.BrainerdLakesAreaTourShowcase.com MCCU is proud to be the largest 6720 Pine Beach Rd credit union based north of the Twin Baxter, MN 5642

HEALTH & WELLNESS �� Madden's on Gull Lake (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula Brainerd, MN 56401

Better Days Acupuncture (218) 821-0062 www.betterdaysacupuncture@ gmail.com Featuring four courses (63 holes) 1001 Kingwood Street, Suite 119A for every golfer. The Classic at MadBrainerd, MN 56401 den's voted 'best buddies golf trip'

Cities, uniting communities since On a mission to secure a Web.com (The Golf Channel). Multi-bedroom 1936. Visit our newest branch in PGA Tour event. This year’s Pro Am houses perfect for groups Baxter! events are week of August 19 at Cragun’s with ProAm golfers.

Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union (218) 829-0371 www.mmfcu.org PO BOX 2907 Baxter, MN 56425

Crosswoods Golf Course (218) 692-4653 www.Crosslakegolf.com 35878 County Rd 3 Full-service financial cooperative for Crosslake, MN 56442

Offering affordable private treatments to deliver the art of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture to all who desire a side-effect free journey to health and healing.

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge (218) 678-4650 www.ruttgers.com 25039 Tame Fish Lake Road Deerwood, MN 56444

Birch Lake Counseling (218) 692-5101 www.birchlakecounseling.com Home to Jack's 18, a picturesque 14295 Gould Street 18-hole championship course, and Experience golf as it was meant to Crosslake, MN 56442 all your savings and lending needs the Alec's 9, Minnesota's first resort

locally or nationwide through the CO- be played in the north woods. 27 course. Enjoy a drink or a bite at Providing hope and healing for individuals, couples and families. OP Shared Branch Network! Brainerd scenic holes venture through a se- Zig's. We also have locations in Wadena, Area locations - Brainerd/Baxter/Pe- cluded, natural setting. A must play! Hackensack and Remer. quot/Crosby/Staples. Stop in!

Pine River State Bank (218) 587-4463 www.pineriverstatebank.com 103 Mill Street S, PO BOX 67 Pine River, MN 56474

Cuyuna Rolling Hills Golf Course (218) 534-3489 www.cuyunarollinghills.com 24410 State Hwy 210 Deerwood, MN 56444

Whistling Wolf Mini Golf (218) 692-7888 www.Crosslakegolf.com 36006 County Rd 66 Crosslake, MN 56442

Crosslake Drug (218) 692-2502 www.CrosslakeDrug.com 14311 GOULD ST Two courses to choose from, the Crosslake, MN 56442

Dark Moon Mega Mini Golf and Located just 15 minutes east of Your community partner offering Original Whistling Wolf. One of most Brainerd, we offer the best value in deposit products and loan products unique mini golf complexes in the the Lakes Area. Beautiful rolling fairincluding home mortgages, concountry. ways for all levels of golf. struction, commercial, cabin, and hunting land loans. Visit us today! Equal Housing Lender.

RiverWood Bank (218) 824-8400 RiverWoodBank.com 14540 Dellwood Drive Baxter MN 56425

Emily Greens Golf Course (218) 763-2169 www.emilygreens.com 39966 Refuge Rd Emily, MN 56447

Whitefish Golf Club (218) 543-4900 www.whitefishgolf.com 7883 County Road 16 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Encompassing Beauty (218) 692-9642 www.encompassingbeauty.com 35734 Allen Avenue An 18-hole public golf course with a Crosslake, MN 56442

Voted the #1 golf course in the Brainfull bar and grill, and practice range. erd Lakes, Emily Greens is a scenic and affordable 18 hole course feaOur employee-owners are here to turing MN’s Largest Green. support your personal or business needs. RiverWood Bank is a local, community bank where employees are owners and empowered to exceed customer expectations.

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A locally owned pharmacy with a reputation for knowlegeable healthcare advice, friendly service and unique gift ideas found in Crosslake's townsquare.

Encompassing Beauty in Crosslake’s Town Square offers a full-service Aveda salon offering permanent make-up, a unique boutique and Pilates/Yoga/Barre studio.


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Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center and Clinics (218) 828-7100 www.EssentiaHealth.org 523 N Third Street Brainerd, MN 56468

Josh's Place (651) 765-1345 www.JoshsPlaceMN.com 470 Hwy 96 W, #120 Shoreview, MN 55126

Midwest Family Eye Center (218) 828-9545 www.midwestfamilyeyecenter.com 7870 Excelsior Road We provide holistic homes and ser- Baxter, MN 56425

Tanya Hanson Yoga and Retreats (320) 894-0902 www.tanyahanson.com County Road 39 vices for adults with disabilities. We Optometrist and optician. Compre- Breezy Point, MN 56472

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical aim to support people in their develCenter is a nonprofit community hos- opment mentally, emotionally, physpital with 13 Clinics throughout the ically and socially. lakes area, including 3 walk-in care options. Visit EssentiaHealth.org.

FitQuest Athletic Club (218) 829-6453 www.fitquestathleticclub.com 15840 Audubon Way Baxter, MN 56425

hensive eye exams, treatment of eye infections and glaucoma and cataract consultations. Outstanding customer service and satisfaction.

Karma Race Management (218) 330-6151 www.karmaraces.com 402 Buffalo Hills Lane West Brainerd, MN 56401

Northern Hope Functional Neurology - Chiropractic (218) 232-3178 www.northernhopefnc.com A professional event management & 25503 Main Street FitQuest has free weights, cardio timing company. We have numerous Nisswa, MN 56468 machines, fitness classes, locker technologies that will distinguish rooms with saunas/showers, rac- your event and have participants quetball, basketball, pickleball, and coming back year after year. more. Open 7 days a week!

Golden Horizons Assisted Living and Memory Care (218) 692-6650 www.goldenhorizons.org 13631 East Shore Road Crosslake, MN 56442

Lakes Area Eyecare (218) 829-2929 www.lakesareaeyecare.com 7734 Excelsior Road N Baxter, MN 56425

Northern Hope offers extended health care option for those struggling with neurological dysfunction, situational concern, concussion rehab, seizure, stroke rehab, childhood development deficit.

Northern Psychiatric Associates (218) 454-0090 www.npamn.com 7115 Forthun Road, Suite 105 Baxter, MN 56425

The leading provider of optometric services and vision care products in Twenty-two assisted living apart- Brainerd. We will help you achieve ments where residents receive and maintain clear vision for years Northern Psychiatric Associates is home cooked meals, continental to come. a full-service private mental health breakfast, laundry, housecleaning clinic providing psychiatric and psyservices, and more. They also have chological services to all ages in the a locked, secured specialty / memBrainerd Lakes area since 2007. ory facility.

GuidePoint Pharmacy (218) 829-0347 www.guidepointpharmacy.com 108 S 6th St Brainerd, MN 56401

Lakewood Health System (800) 525-1033 www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com 49725 County Road 83 Northern TMS Staples, MN 56479 (218) 454-4386 From our unmatched women’s www.northernTMS.com health program and family practice 7115 Forthun Road, Suite 105 providers, to advanced surgery and Baxter, MN 56425

virtual visits, Lakewood offers care, Family-owned GuidePoint Pharma- compassion, and innovation at every cy has locations in Crosby, Nisswa, turn. Longville, and (starting April 2019) Breezy Point. Services include MedSync, free delivery, convenience packaging, and much more!

Northern TMS provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, an effective and non-invasive outpatient procedure that is used to treat Major Depressive Disorder.

Yoga classes that come to you! Classes for corporate retreats and spouse events. Workplace yoga classes. Perfect for family gatherings, Birthdays and friend getaways.

Thrifty White Pharmacy (218) 829-3529 www.thriftywhite.com 209 Washington St. Brainerd, MN 56401

Thrifty White Pharmacy in Brainerd is 100% employee owned. As an industry leader we are committed to the health of our customers.

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371 Furniture & Mattress (218) 828-3020 www.371furniture.com 16413 Highway 371 Brainerd, MN 56401

371 Furniture is a family-owned business providing furniture, mattresses, dining room tables, log furniture, pillows and bedding. An authorized retailer of Flexsteel in the area.

A.W. Research Laboratories (218) 829-7974 www.awlab.com 16326 Airport Road Brainerd, MN 56401

Certified water testing for your home or cabin. Safe drinking water, real estate transactions, and more. Contact us for a sampling kit and more information.

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY 5843 county road 45 Brainerd, MN 56401 Beaudry Oil & Propane (800) 637-4117 www.BeaudryOil.com 12658 Highway 27 Little Falls, MN 56345

The lakes area leader in utilizing low value wood and manufacturing it into premium color enhanced, natu- LakePlace.com ral and cedar landscape mulch. (218) 692-6003

Family owned & operated for over 35 years. New customers: receive Holden Electric Co., Inc. 50 gallons free on first fill! Great cus(218) 829-4759 tomer plans to save time & money.

Crosslake Communications (218) 692-2777 www.crosslake.net PO Box 70, 35910 Co Rd 66 Crosslake, MN 56442

Crosslake Communications provides high speed internet, cable TV, local and long distance telephone and computer repair. Quality customer service for residential customers, telecommuters and businesses.

CTC (218) 454-1234 www.goctc.com 14385 Edgewood Drive Baxter, MN 56425

CTC is a locally owned Telecommunications Cooperative offering high speed internet, digital TV and local phone service to businesses/residents in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Outdoor Living Landscapes (218) 839-5097 www.lakeplace.com www.gregorhomes.com/out36820 CR 66, PO Box 777 door-living-landscapes/ Crosslake, MN 56442 1387 River Bend Dr SW Expert Professionals in the Lake Brainerd, MN 56401

Shore Market. This is where dreams A father and son company with 19+ come true and lifelong friends are years experience. Built on integrity, www.holdenelectric.com 7669 College RdBaxter, MN 56425 made. Buying or Selling let us help! hard-work, quality, creativity and a focus on customers. Bring your viOur work includes installation and sion to life. maintenance of commercial and industrial businesses, institutional and health care facilities, airports, traffic Landis+Gyr signals, and street lighting.

(218) 562-4877 www.landisgyr.com 6436 County Road 11 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Hudrlik Design Studio (218) 828-5009 www.brainerddesignstudio.com 505 Washington St Brainerd, MN 56401

Rapids Cabin Service (218) 255-2600 www.rapidscabinservice.com Landis+Gyr is the leading global Park Rapids, MN 57470 provider of energy management solutions for the utility sector. The company delivers solutions that make the distribution grid smarter.

Since 1948, third generation owners at Hudrlik Design Studio. We do SO much more than flooring! Friendly design specialists and quality instalLonesome Cottage lation. Residential or commercial.

Jr's Painting & Prefinishing (218) 568-8330 www.jrspainting.net PO Box 384, 4628 Engan Road Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Furniture Co. (218) 568-8223 www.lonesomecottage.com 30773 Patriot Avenue Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Lonesome Cottage is the factory direct showroom for the nation's largest rustic furniture manufacturer: reclaimed barnwood, log furniture, home decor, custom furniture deWe Specialize in exterior and interior sign, and more! painting and prefinishing.

Electric Etc (218) 829-4112 www.electricetc.com 1014 Laurel Street, Suite 100 Brainerd, MN 56401

Lake Country Seamless Gutters (218) 820-4473 Serving the Lakes Area for over 25 www.lcseamlessgutters.com years, Electric Etc. Inc. prides them- 10526 Tranquil Rd selves on quality work, exceptional Brainerd, MN 56401

We offer electrical services that meet the scheduling needs of home, cabin, and business owners. Design to finish. New, remodel, and service calls- 24/7.

Schroeder's Appliance Center (218) 829-3624 www.schroedersappliance.com 16603 State Hwy 371 North Brainerd, MN 56401

Wide selection of appliances including Whirlpool, Maytag, Kitchen-Aid, Amana, Jenn-Air. Competitive pricing. Personal customer service. Serving the Brainerd Lakes Area for over 55 years.

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Northern Lakes Senior Living (218) 454-2121 www.NorthernLakesSeniorLiving.com 8186 Excelsior Road Baxter, MN 56425

Allstate Insurance Brenny Agency (218) 828-8821 www.allstate.com 317 Washington St customer service competitive pricing. 5'' and 6'' seamless gutters, gutter A caring & inviting Ebenezer Assist- Brainerd, MN 56401

Harbo Mulch (218) 838-3185 www.Harbomulch.com

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cleaning, gutter covers, gutter repair ed Living & Memory Care Communi- 25 years serving the Brainerd Lakes - 12 years experience. ty providing generous amenities and Area in house, home, and recrehome care services. Enjoy the Arbo- ational insurance. retum and lakes area conveniences!

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY 6967 Lake Forest Road Baxter, MN 56425 Crosslake Insurance Agency (218) 692-1136 www.crosslakeinsurance.com 13683 County Rd 103 Crosslake, MN 56442

Full-service hotel with 102 spacious rooms. Onsite Baxter's Bar & Grill, Paul Bunyan Indoor Waterpark, indoor/outdoor hot tub, meeting/banquet rooms, fitness center, arcade, outdoor recreation.

Home and Auto Insurance.

First National Bank Insurance Services (218) 568-5800 www.fninorth.com 30886 2nd St PO Box 180 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Bay View Lodge (888) 543-4182 www.bayviewcrosslake.com 12038 Harbor LN Crosslake, MN 56442

Enjoy a classic MN family resort on the Beautiful Whitefish Chain. With a great sandy beach, activities, lake We offer homeowners, automobile, views, restaurants, shopping, fishcommercial, recreational vehicle, ing, and golf nearby. watercraft, life and health insurance products. We offer a wide variety of competitive products to serve your needs.

Ouradnik Insurance Agency (218) 656-7304 www.ouradnikagency.com 4203 Parkway Dr Nisswa, MN 56468

Group health & benefits, individual health insurance, life insurance, home & auto, Medicare, long term health, disability

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

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

Family resort and RV Park on Agate Lake SW of Nisswa. New RV Park offers large FHU sites. Cabin rentals available.

Black Pine Beach Resort (218) 543.4714 www.blackpinebeach.com 10732 County Road 16 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Located on Pelican Lake, Breezy Point Resort has 3 golf courses, 4 restaurants and over 250 lodging rooms with hotel rooms, condos and big cabins.

Farm Island Lake Resort and Campground (218) 927-3841 www.facebook.com/pages/ Farm-Island-Lake-Resort-Campground/153225244718658 29551 Pioneer Avenue Aitkin, MN 56431

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

Located on the shores of Gull Lake, we are the resort you have been looking for. Variety of unit types, pools, beach, and boat rentals.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Baxter (218) 824-3232 www.brainerdhi.com 15739 Audubon Way Baxter, MN 56425

Our hotel provides an up north experience with all the amenities you deserve when staying in the BrainSix summer cabins and two sites erd Lakes Area. with full hook-ups. Thirty-seven seasonal, clean, quiet, restful, and primitive fishing, and fun. Boat, pontoon, and canoe rentals.

Fritz's Resort and Campground (218) 568-8988 www.fritzsresort.com 26483 State Highway 371 Nisswa, MN 56468

Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort (800) 562-7061 www.kavanaughs.com 1685 Kavanaugh Drive East Gull Lake, MN 56401

50 Deluxe units on beautiful Sylvan Lake in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Family owned and operated since 1969. Open year round.

On Lake Edna across from the Paul Bunyan Trail. Clean, modern cabins, nicely wooded campsites, picnic table, fire rings and a sandy beach for Leisure Suites of Breezy Point Your destination awaits, book your swimming. (888) 651-5300 stay today at Black Pine Beach Rewww.leisuresuites.com sort! Located on the Whitefish Chain, 30199 County Road 4 small to large groups are welcome.

Breezy Point, MN 56472

A quiet, clean, groomed family resort on 23 acres with 11 modern cabins. We are close to many restaurants, bike trails, shopping, and oth- Boyd Lodge (800) 450-2693 er attractions.

www.boydlodge.com 36539 Silver Peak Road Crosslake, MN 56442

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

Breezy Point Resort (800) 432-3777 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive Breezy Point, MN 56472

Good Ol' Days Resort (218) 963-2478 www.goodoldaysresort.com 26050 Oak Lane Nisswa, MN 56468

Leisure Suites, near Pelican Lake, offers everything from deluxe condos on the lake to motel rooms and suites nearby, in price ranges for everyone.

12 cottages and 8 lodge rooms on Lower Cullen Lake available for nightly and weekly stays year Premier family resort located on the around. Whitefish Chain. Enjoy total relaxation all year round. Cabins with full amenities, boat rental, sandy beach and outdoor pool. EXPLO REBRA INERDLA KES.COM

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Lost Lake Lodge Resort (218) 963-2681 www.lostlake.com 7965 Lost Lake Road Lake Shore, MN 56468

Minnesota's original family resort. Ruttger’s features 27 holes of golf, full marina service, fine dining, retail establishments, meeting and con- Dennis Drummond Wine Company vention space, a spa and more.

New and remodeled cottages on Lost Lake and the Gull Lake Narrows avail- Wilderness Point Resort able for nightly and weekly stays. (218) 568-5642

(218) 454-3392 www.ddwco.com 11919 Thiesse Road Brainerd, MN 56401

Producing fine wines by offering tastings, retail, bistro lunch & dinner www.wildernesspointresort.com 11:00 am - 8:30 pm daily. Shopping, events, and wedding venues up to 6316 Wilderness Road 250.

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 Madden's on Gull Lake (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula Brainerd, MN 56401

A favorite destination for family vacations, reunions, golf & spa getaways, corporate outings for 90 years. Madden's occupies 1,000 acres, miles of Gull Lake shoreline.

Niemeyer's Rugged River Resort (218) 829-4587 www.ruggedriverresort.com 12241 Stallman Road Brainerd, MN 56401

Cabins, villas and twinhomes on Middle Cullen Lake available for nightly or weekly stays.

BLAEDC is a non-profit created to preserve and enhance the area’s economic base by expanding business, building community and growing jobs in Crow Wing County.

Grand View Lodge (218) 963-2234 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue Nisswa, MN 56468

Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers Club (507) 329-0750 www.brainerd.com/newcomers Woodland Beach Resort 215 S. 5th St. Named Best Venue Outside of Twin (218) 866-0711 Brainerd, MN 56401 www.woodlandbeachresort.com Cities Metro by MN Meetings & Events We help new Brainerd Lakes Area Magazine. We offer venues, services 15596 Woodland Beach Lane residents feel more welcome and at and activities that can suit any group. Deerwood, MN 56444 NEWER POOL and HOT TUB! Woodland Beach Resort is a family resort with 20 1-4 bedroom cabins located on Bay Lake, a 2,392 acre lake.

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102.7 the Word & 104.3 the Pulse (218) 568-4422 www.theword.mn www.thepulse.mn PO Box 409 Pequot lakes, MN 56472

A scenic family resort nestled on the beautiful Mississippi River that’s a Arrowwood Lodge at relaxing environment surrounded by Brainerd Lakes 100 acres of woods and water. (218) 822-5634

Quarterdeck Resort (218) 963-2482 www.quarterdeckresort.com 9820 Birch Bay Drive South W. Nisswa, MN 56468

Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (218) 828-0096 www.growbrainerdlakes.org 224 West Washington Street Brainerd, MN 56401

102.7 The Word shares God's Word through teaching and talk programs www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com along with Biblically based music. 6967 Lake Forest Road 104.3 The Pulse plays contemporary Baxter, MN 56425 Full-service hotel with 7,500 square Christian music 24/7 feet of flexible spaces to accommodate groups up to 300 people. Award-winning staff to provide food and beverage needs.

Quarterdeck Resort is one of the finest boutiques resorts in the Brainerd area. Featuring Lakeside Lodge Cragun's Resort Suites and Cottages all on the wa- (218) 825-2854 ter's edge. www.craguns.com

home in their environment. We provide programs and social events to our members.

Camp Knutson (218) 543-4232 www.campknutson.org 11148 Manhattan Pt Blvd Crosslake, MN 56442

Camp Knutson partners with other organizations to provide retreat/ meeting services AND camps for youth and adults with disabilities, medical conditions, or other identified needs.

Brainerd Elks Lodge #615 (218) 829-2643 www.brainerdelks.org 215 South 9th Street Brainerd, MN 56401

Faith Boost (218) 833-3474 www.faithboostmn.com 31055 Front Street Fraternal Order supporting local Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Cragun's Resort, 11000 Cragun's area for 118 years; charitable giving Handmade, one-of-a-kind, custom of $3.75 million to Youth, Veterans, signs & crafts Live worship & movie Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge (218) 678-4650 www.ruttgers.com 25039 Tame Fish Lake Road

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Minnesota's favorite four-season Community. Where embers and nights to provide family friendly acresort with 47,000 square feet of guests gather socially. Membership tivities in the community. Recovery meetings, bible studies, and more! meeting facilities, trained coordina- 218-829-8538. tors, planned activities and a safe and friendly environment.

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OUTDOOR RECREATION ďż˝ Initiative Foundation (877) 632-9255 www.ifound.org 405 First Street SE Little Falls, MN 56345

Boats and Beyond Rentals (218) 963-7700 www.boatsandbeyondrentals.com The Initiative Foundation builds Love Lake Marina, 19571 Love stronger communities within the 14 Lake Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401 counties of Central Minnesota by

Easy Riders Bicycle & Sport Shop (218) 829-5516 www.easyridersbikes.com 415 Washington St Brainerd, MN 56401

47 years pedaling the best cycling products on the planet. All season rental & recreation consultants for ALL SEASON RENTALS: Pontoons, your outdoor adventures. Trek Ceroffering business loans, nonprofit Tritoons, Ski Boats, Wakeboard tified Service Center. grants, donor services and leaderBoats, Jetskis, Fishing Boats, Snowship training. mobiles and Fishhouses. Private marina on Gull Lake or delivered to your lake!

Mid-Minnesota Women's Center (218) 828-1216 www.midminwomenscenter. blogspot.com 1414 Maple St, PO Box 602 Brainerd, MN 56401

Brothers Motorsports (218) 829-6656 www.brothersmotorsports.com 8194 Fairview Rd The 24-hour shelter and 365-day Baxter, MN 56425 child safety center are programs of MMWC, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to keep families safe from abuse.

Looking for an adventure in the Brainerd Lakes Area? Brothers Motorsports has all you need in Watercraft, ATV, Motorcycles, and ATV's. Rentals available too.

Sowing Seeds For GOD Ministries (218) 670-0536 www.sowingseedsforgod.com 710 1st St NW Aitkin, MN 56431

Cragun's Resort (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com/things-to-do/ rental-requests Cragun's Resort, 11000 Cragun's Christian, sober living for men, wom- Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Hilltop Camper & RV (218) 829-3695 www.HilltopCamper.com 7324 Novotny Rd Brainerd, MN 56401

Hunts Point Gun Club (218) 232-7062 www.huntspointgunclub.com 2142 76th ST SW Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Year-round shotgun shooting sports. Sporting clays, Trap, Upland Bird Hunting & Shooting Events. Clubhouse/Banquet Center Rental. Food & Drink. Public & Memberships Welcome.

(218) 961-0000 www.LakeFunRentals.com 7993 Interlachen Rd (Co. Rd. 77 by Zorbaz), Nisswa, MN 56468

Cycle Path & Paddle (218) 545-4545 www.cyclepathpaddle.com Church/charitable organization serv- 115 3rd Ave SW Crosby, MN 56441 ing Crow Wing County.

There is more than one trail-and more than one kind of bicycle-that can set you free to explore. New, used, rentals, trade-up, accessories and service.

MN Backyard Birds (218) 838-4784 www.birdminnesota.com PO Box 765 Brainerd, MN 56401

Birdscaping and Bird Watching tours Family owned and operated since in the area. Attract & enjoy colorful 1951, Hilltop Camper & RV prides songbirds to your backyard or take a themselves by offering the highest tour to see unique birds. quality RV's on the market today.

en and families in recovery. Uniting to- Full service, lake level marina with gether to bring Life Recovery to com- pontoon and speedboat rental, canoes and kayaks, personal watermunities, one heart & soul at a time. craft, paddle boards, guided fishing trips, snowmobiles, and cross-counLake Fun Rentals try skis.

The Salvation Army (218) 829-1120 www.salvationarmynorth.org/ community/brainerd 208 S 5th Street Brainerd, MN 56401

Life Cycle (218) 829-8542 www.ridelifecycle.com 323 South 6th Street Downtown Brainerd, MN 56401

Mount Ski Gull (218) 963-4353 www.mountskigull.com 9898 Cty Rd 77 SW Nisswa, MN 56468

Downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing all in one location. In the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Ski school rentals, night skiing, chalet, and concessions.

Northland Arboretum (218) 829-8770 www.northlandarb.org 14250 Conservation Drive Brainerd, MN 56401

Over five hundred acres of plants and wildlife, 12 miles of hiking and Pontoon, Tritoon, Boat and Jet lighted cross-country ski trails, enSki Rentals. Brand new, top-notch vironmental education, outdoor equipment. Family owned/operat- events, garden areas, visitor center. ed. Rent on Gull Lake or delivered throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Year round sales and rentals. Bikes of all types; kayaks, canoes and SUPs; Snowshoes. Bike repair/maintenance, parts, accessories and clothing. For Outdoor FUN!

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY 15244 State Hwy 371 Baxter, MN 56425 Power Lodge (218) 822-3500 www.powerlodge.com 17821 Highway 371 Brainerd, MN 56401

Northern Hope Animal Acupuncture (218) 821-5835 www.northernhopeaa.com P.O. Box 425 Lakes area Polaris, Lund, Lowe & Brainerd, MN 56401

CloseConverse (218) 828-3334 www.closeconverse.com 521 Charles Street Brainerd, MN 56401

Nelson Torfin RE Group team of five offers over 75 years of combined experience in residential, lakeshore and commercial real estate.

A full-service business and commerRanger Boat dealer. Also featuring Independently contracted veterinar- cial real estate brokerage serving North Pointe Mercury, Evinrude, Club Car, Tex- ian providing acupuncture, herbal North Central Minnesota for more Realty Advantage tron Off Road, Roxor, Aluma Trailers, & integrative medicine options at than 35 years. (218) 568-1111 Animal Care Center, Lakeland VetArgo, and Polaris Rentals. www.northpointera.com erinary Hospital, in home or equine 4325 W Woodman St, Suite 101 PETS__________________ acupuncture and herbal therapies. Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Brainerd Animal Hospital (218) 829-5118 www.BrainerdAnimalHospitalPC.com 2720 Oak St Brainerd, MN 56401

Small animal medicine, surgery, and dentistry from experienced and caring staff. Grooming services available by appointment. After hours emergency care available

Crosslake Veterinary Hospital (218) 692-4400 www.crosslakevet.com 35668 County Rd. 3 Crosslake, MN 56442

Crosslake Veterinary Hospital is a full service hospital providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly and compassionate service. Emergency services available.

Northland Pet Lodge (218) 692-4364 www.northlandpetlodge.com 34420 County Road 3 Crosslake, MN 56642

(218) 454-0835 www.pamperedpetsmn.com 204 Washington St Brainerd, MN 56401

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Specializing in real estate photography and aerial imagery, we offer the latest invaluable instrumental tools Pampered Pets Groomer has some- in the industry giving you a soaring Positive Realty & Inv Inc thing for everyone. From our self advantage above competitors. (218) 829-1777 service pet wash to our full service www.PositiveRealty.com Pet Groomer. We strive to be the 15244 State Hwy 371 best! Baxter, MN 56425

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As life-long area residents, our agents are market specialists who strive to make the home buying or selling process an experience you will enjoy!

Minnesota and the Brainerd Lakes Area #1 Real Estate Company. FeaThe Brainerd Lakes Area Premier turing all Real Estate services includ- Northern Pacific Center Pet Resort providing cat and dog ing Sales, Rentals, Mortgages, Title (218) 833-2357 boarding, doggy daycare, obedi- & Insurance. Working for YOU! www.npc1871.com ence training, grooming, pet food/ 1511 Northern Pacific Road supplies and professionally installed Brainerd, MN 56401 underground fencing. NPC offers space for a variety of Envision Photography business tenants including working And Design artists, breweries, event spaces, (320) 200-7629 non-profits, manufacturing and comwww.EnvisionPhotographyAnd- panies looking for historic and inspiDesign.com rational workspace. Pampered Pets

Lakeland Veterinary (218) 829-1709 www.lakelandvet.net 7372 Woida Road Baxter, MN 56425

AAHA accredited, small animal practice that offers boarding and grooming services. AAHA holds us to the highest quality medical standards.

Edina Realty (218) 828-7000 www.Edinarealty.com/office/ brainerdbaxter#1 15354 Dellwood Drive Baxter, MN 56425

Johnson Properties owns and manages high quality office space, the Johnson Centre. The company also invests in commercial and residential property for development or sale.

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Kurilla Real Estate Ltd. - Nisswa (218) 963-7333 www.kurilla.com PO Box 779 Nisswa, MN 56468

Positive Realty is locally owned and operated with offices in Brainerd/ Baxter and Nisswa. "Serving the Lakes Area with Integrity for 40 Years".

Specializing in lakeshore properties throughout the beautiful Brainerd Pueringer Investments (320) 266-1197 Lakes Area.

www.BrainerdRentalProperties. com 616 1/2 Front St Brainerd, MN 56401

Nelson Torfin Real Estate Group (218) 270-4032 www.lakehome.com

The #1 source for commercial, residential and office space in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Call us for all your rental property needs.


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Sue Lehman, Realtor®, Weichert Realtors, Tower Properties (218) 838-4159 www.SueLehmanSells.com 17122 Hwy 371 N Brainerd, MN 56401

College Square (218) 454-1642 www.qsquares.com 8218 Highland Scenic Road Baxter, MN 56425

Heritage Church (218) 829-3209 www.iamheritage.org 13242 Berrywood Drive Baxter, MN 56425

Associates in Eyecare (218) 829-1789 www.associatesineyecaremn.com 14453 Edgewood Drive Heritage Church. Loving One More Baxter, MN 56425

Q Squares are locally owned and family operated gas, convenience & liquor stores. Amenities at College Square include gas, fresh food, carto Jesus & Encouraging One Anoth- We have been providing quality eyeHometown Service with Results! Sue er to Grow! Gatherings: Wednesday, care in the Brainerd Lakes area for wash. Find us on Facebook! is a Full Time Agent with Experience 6:30PM; Sundays: 9am & 10:45am; over 25 years. Stop by to see our & Knowledge, paired with Customer Youth & Children! Coffee Bar! great selection of designer eyewear. Service & Attention to Detail!

Woods to Water Real Estate (218) 961-1005 www.WoodstoWaterMN.com 25496 Murray Road Nisswa, MN 56468

Pequot Lakes Baptist Church (218) 568-4794 www.plbconline.com 30050 Rasmussen Rd PO Box 117 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Beautiful Blossoms (218) 692-6675 www.beautifulblossomscrosslake.com 35756 Allen Ave Crosslake, MN 56442

Common Goods Thrift Store (218) 824-0923 www.commongoodsmn.org 16227 State Highway 371 Brainerd, MN 56401

A high-end thrift store with locations in Baxter and Crosslake. Open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 am-6:00 Looking to buy, sell, rent a vacation We are a community of believers in Full service flower shop, offering pm & Noon-5:00 on Sundays, Mehome or have your cabin managed? Jesus Christ. Please join us for Sun- fresh bouquets, fresh cut flowers, morial Day to Labor Day. We can help. Wherever your "Up day worship at 9:30 am -- children's weddings and funerals. We deliver North" is, we've got you covered. church and nursery are available. within a 25 mile radius.

WORSHIP & FAITH ���� Zion Lutheran Church (218) 829-4317 Brainerd Area Youth for Christ www.zionbrainerd.org (218) 825-9149 220 North 8th Street www.brainerdyfc.com Brainerd, MN 56401 PO Box 1131 We believe and teach that the Bible Brainerd, MN 56401 is the true and unerring Word of Brainerd YFC uses mentorship proGod. We strive to live lives of love grams, large & small group trainings, for Jesus' sake. school suicide prevention programs and BAY Rallies to help students RETAIL SERVICES ���� Give Life to Their Story.

Brainerd Lakes Area Catholic Churches (218) 822-4040 www.lakescatholic.org 404 9th St, 1108 Willow St Brainerd, MN 56401

Asian Accents (218) 568 5447 Facebook: Asian Accents 31089 Rasmussen Road Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Unique home decor from Asia. Antique vintage furniture, ceramics, Catholic parishes in the Brainerd textiles, original signed artwork and Lakes area. We strive to be disciples various pieces of decor. Visit us on of the Lord Jesus Christ. We welFacebook @ Asian Accents come you to join us for worship!

Cub Foods (218) 828-4601 www.Cub.com 14133 Edgewood Drive Baxter, MN 56425

BluPaisley Boutique (218) 961-0105 www.blupaisley.com 25527 Main Street Nisswa, MN 56486

Locally owned and newly modeled full-service grocery store with complete deli, bakery, and pharmacy. An environmentally responsible Numerous items available for caboutique that focuses on clothing, tered events: cake, flowers, food gifts & accessories that are either and more! fair trade, made from recycled materials or made in the USA.

Brainerd General Rental (218) 828-2815 www.brainerdrental.com 15248 State Highway 371 Baxter, MN 56425

Emily's Books (218) 825-0495 18318 State Hw. 371 Brainerd, MN 56401

'We are bigger than we look!'' A total of six rooms and a loft with over 100,000 well organized books and a In business serving the lakes area nice friendly staff! since 1993, locally owned Brainerd General Rental sales, rents and services equipment for contractors and homeowners alike.

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J&B Western Store (218) 829-8144 www.jbwesternstores.com 1860 Scearcyville Drive SW Pillager, MN 56473

Up to 500 new and used English and Western saddles, plus western apparel. Thousands of boots, tack items, horse apparel, jewelry, gifts and western antiques.

Party Time Rental is BLA's resource for canopies, tents, tables/chairs & more for every occasion big or small. Providing quality product & excellent service!

Highway 371, 23962 Smiley Rd Nisswa, MN 56468

in New and Used Malibu, Axis, and luxury Avalon Pontoons. We offer Schaefer’s Foods offers a full selec- sales, service, storage, fiberglass tion of groceries, top-quality meats repair, and full pro shop. and bakery, fresh produce, home style deli and more! Small town charm at its best!

Party World (218) 828-2127 www.PartyWorldBrainerd.com 15867 Edgewood Drive Baxter, MN 56425

The Chocolate Ox (218) 963-4443 www.thechocolateox.com Tents & tables, costumes & balloons 25452 Main Street - it's not a party without Party World!! Nisswa, MN 56468 For all your special event's needs!

Morey's Seafood Markets (218) 829-8248 www.MoreysMarkets.com 15811 Audubon Way Baxter, MN 56425

Pequot Lakes Supervalu (218) 568-5001 www.pequotlakessupervalu.com Three retail locations! Baxter, Mot30585 Patriot Ave. ley, & Grand Marais. Smoked fish. Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Music General offers audio/visual/ lighting sales, service and installation. Our award-winning dance studio offers education in all genres of dance.

Pine Square (218) 454-1642 www.qsquares.com 3325 Oak Street Brainerd, MN 56401

Q Squares are locally owned and family operated gas, convenience & liquor stores. Amenities include fresh food, ethanol - free premium gasolines, car-wash, and bait! Check us out on Facebook!

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www.spaquestmn.com 15840 Aububon Way Baxter, MN 56425

(218) 888-6477 www.sailingdaze.com 6166 Morriss Point Rd Walker, MN 56484

Sailing Daze offers two and three hour sailing cruises on beautiful Leech Lake at Walker MN on a 41 ft ketch named Knota Lotta.

Visit our full service spa and salon for a relaxing massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, wax and more. Whitefish Chain Yacht Club SpaQuest is located in the FitQuest (612) 508-0220 www.wcyc.info Complex building.

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Custom Boat Lift Vinyl (218) 562-5330 www.customboatliftvinyl.com 31329 Cherokee Trail Breezy Point, MN 56472

Nitro Square (218) 454-1642 www.qsqares.com 18198 State Hwy 371 Brainerd, MN 56401

They are your full-service dealer, including sales, service, storage, and rentals. They provide you with quality boat lines and superior service.

This candy and ice cream store is filled with chocolates, homemade fudge, bulk and nostalgic candies, saltwater taffy, 28 flavors of ice cream and more! Sailing Daze

Seafood. Fresh fish. Gormet cheese We offer a full service deli with seat& grocery. Ready to eat snacks. Baxing area and WiFi, groceries, fresh ter's summer food trailer. produce, prime cuts of meat, and SpaQuest (218) 252-0233 gas station for a one-stop shop.

Music General (218) 829-0076 www.musicgeneral.com 416 S 7th St Brainerd, MN 56401

Nisswa Marine (218) 963-2292 www.nisswamarine.com 24238 Smiley Road Nisswa, MN 56468

PO Box 377 Crosslake, MN 56442

Established in 1952, we are a non-profit organization focused on serving residents of the Whitefish Chain with three programs; Navigation Buoys, Swimming Lessons, Boating Safety.

Raceway Square (218) 454-1642 www.qsquares.com Custom vinyl tops for all makes and Nitro Square sits at the entrance of 17977 MN-371 & Gull Damn Road models of boat lifts. Variety of mate- Wind Water & Wheels Brainerd International Raceway and Brainerd, MN 56401 (612) 581-2144 rials and colors. includes fresh food, premium gaso- Q Squares are locally owned and www.windwaterandwheels.com line, and racing fuels. Plan your trip family operated gas, convenience & 37322 Co Rd 66 and call to pre-order your racing liquor stores. Amenities include fresh Crosslake, MN 56442 fuels.

Party Time Rental (218) 829-6300 www.partytimerentalmn.com 4750 White Gables Road

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food, U-Haul, E85, and 110 at the dispenser. Find us online for directions.

Schaefer's Foods (218) 963-2265 www.SchaefersFoods.com

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Minnesota Inboard Water Sports (218) 822-4401 www.mninboard.com 15779 Edgewood Drive Baxter, MN 56425

Premier boat dealership specializing

Local manufacturer of Crow Wing Kayaks. We rent and sell kayaks, paddle boards and foam lake pads and rent bikes. We provide shuttle service and tours


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Pequot Lakes Visitor Guide 2019  

The official tourism publication of Pequot Lakes.

Pequot Lakes Visitor Guide 2019  

The official tourism publication of Pequot Lakes.