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March 13, 2018
Motorists wait at a stop light on South Sixth Street in 2015. The street is scheduled for a complete overhaul. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch file photo
Brainerd businesses brace for downtown street project
March 13, 2018 - 6:00am
March 9, 2018
This undated photo shows the fleet of trucks ready for loading outside of the Tuffy's Pet Foods plant not long after the plant began operation.
Photo courtesy of Tuffy's Pet Foods
'You have to be a little bit crazy': Family shares struggles that built Tuffy's, KLN Brands
March 9, 2018 - 2:24pm
February 28, 2018
Flames fueled by leaking gasoline creep down a slope during a vehicle fire Wednesday at Shipman Auto Parts in Brainerd. The Brainerd Fire Department extinguished the fire after a burning vehicle was pulled from the shop. The repair shop at the salvage facility was also damaged by the fire. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Videoplay button
Fire breaks out at longtime auto parts store in Brainerd
February 28, 2018 - 5:54pm
February 13, 2018
Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington announce the five finalists for the Small Business Revolution contest early Tuesday morning via Facebook Live.
Brainerd not among finalists for $500,000 prize
February 13, 2018 - 1:30pm
January 28, 2018
Dan Garrity of North St. Paul looks back over his shoulder as he backs up while plowing snow for Windsor Snow Removal Company outside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2018. Garrity was one of dozens of workers helping clear the Super Bowl LII site and surrounding areas after a 12-inch snowfall Monday, Jan. 21. (John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Super Bowl LII means good news for her ice cream truck and other side gigs, but not everyone will score
January 28, 2018 - 8:15am
January 11, 2018
Brainerd City Administrator Cassandra Torstenson (left), Brainerd Community Action Executive Director Holly Holm and Dan Hegstad of Lakeland News cheer among the hundreds who greeted the Small Business Revolution-Main Street team. The reception Wednesday at Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd was intended to showcase the city, which is a top 10 finalist for a $500,000 prize to help downtown Brainerd businesses. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Videoplay button
Enthusiastic crowd greets Small Business Revolution team
January 11, 2018 - 5:00am
January 10, 2018
Qigang Chang, left, and Jacob Strombeck say the employee stock ownership plan recently set up at Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services is a much appreciated fringe benefit. Dave Olson / Forum News Service
N.D.-based engineering firm adopts employee stock ownership plan
January 10, 2018 - 7:16pm
December 27, 2017
Anita Berg (left) and Amanda Phillips show off the new logo for Berg’s Country Barn. University of Minnesota News Service
U of M's retail assistance program connects students with rural retailers
December 27, 2017 - 9:00am
November 26, 2017
From left, employee Ashley Vandeputte, customers Carol Hovanes and Mary Beth Moberg, manager Nikki Holst, employee
and family member Wyatt Holst and employee Max Ulm stand outside The SchoolHouse in Nisswa after the first day of Christmas workshops Saturday, Nov. 18.
Old-fashioned Christmas tree lot opens in Nisswa
November 26, 2017 - 8:00am
November 25, 2017
Shoppers arrive at T.J. Maxx in Baxter on the morning of Black Friday. This is the shopping center's first holiday season after opening this fall. Down the street, J.C. Penney sits empty on Black Friday for the first time in its long history in the lakes area after closing this year. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch
Biz Buzz: Shoppers, mild temps combine for Black Friday
November 25, 2017 - 5:00am
November 24, 2017
Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg of Alexandria (left), along with their son, Wyatt (right), got to visit with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who serves as the White House press secretary. The Wittenburgs presented the Presidential Thanksgiving Turkey to President Donald Trump at a ceremony on the White House Lawn Tuesday afternoon. (Contributed)
Trump-pardoned turkey raised in Douglas County
November 24, 2017 - 5:15am
November 18, 2017
Brainerd among Top 20 cities in Small Business Revolution-Main Street competition
November 18, 2017 - 9:00am
November 16, 2017
There is much more to The Last Turn Saloon than the restaurant and bar many are familiar with and those long hidden features are something owner Ed Mattson wants to repurpose and revitalize. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch
Destination Downtown finalist: Last Turn Saloon builds on legacy
November 16, 2017 - 12:00pm
November 13, 2017
Brenda Billman-Arndt is a finalist for the Destination Downtown Brainerd Business Challenge. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch
Destination Downtown finalist: Purple Fern vision creates more than a boutique
November 13, 2017 - 10:00am