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Biz Buzz: The Lodge takes on a new name

Arrowwood Lodge is the new name of The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter.

The name change came with new owners as of June 19. U.S. Hotel & Resort Inc. purchased the hotel and water park from Commerce Bank in Edina. And in a news release, stated the ownership change will save jobs and give Lodge employees a more extensive base of benefits than they were previously getting. Regency Hotel Management was hired to manage all operations, sales and marketing, the company reported.

In a news release Tom Biegler, Regency’s president, stated: “We are very happy to be in Brainerd; it is a location we have looked at for a very long time not only because it is such a major destination for leisure guests, but also because it is a great venue for meetings and group events.”

In the news release, Regency reported the Lodge is “in incredible shape, however renovation plans are ongoing.”

Priority renovation plans include putting in new flat-screen TVs and bed packages, Regency stated.

Lisa Paxton, Brainerd Lakes Chamber CEO, in a written statement, said the enthusiasm of the new owners is contagious and their experienced team of hotel professionals is quickly connecting to the community.

Regency Hotel Management operates Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria, Crowne Plaza Hotel Minneapolis West in Plymouth and Best Western Bloomington Hotel at the Mall of America.

“I think we’ve always done a nice job cross-selling our other properties statewide,” Biegler stated. “This will be a great addition for our sales teams in Alexandria, Plymouth and Bloomington.”

The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes was purchased for $4.3 million with $2.7 million for real estate and $1.6 million for personal property.

Area resorts promoted as lists lakes area notables in its list of favorite resorts.

Cragun’s Resort and Madden’s on Gull Lake with 263 cabins and suites was second on the list of “44 Midwest Resorts We Love” by Midwest Living. Madden’s was founded in 1929. “We love the lakeside Madden Lodge dining room,” the magazine reported.

Clamshell Beach – Cottages on Whitefish, Pequot Lakes, owned by David and Lisa Moe was listed as one of the top 44 resorts in the Midwest by

The Moes report Clamshell Beach is No. 10 on the list. This family owned and operated resort has undergone major changes

in the last 16 years, the Moes reported. “We want this resort to be here for many years to come by selling our cottages on a fractional basis we are able to give families who wouldn’t normally be able to buy their dream cottage a chance to do just that,” the Moes said in a news release. The resort, on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, was founded in 1938. Eight cottages, a lodge with game room, two swimming pools and a spa room were added. “It’s small-resort vibe shows in touches like a welcome board listing all the guests and their hometowns, but the spacious new cottages help Clamshell Beach Resort compete with bigger resorts in the area,” Midwest Living wrote.

Breezy Point Resort was No. 14. The magazine reported “it’s easy to fill a week at Breezy Point Resort, no matter the season.”

Grand View Lodge in Nisswa and Good Ol’ Days Family Resort on Lower Cullen Lake, were listed at No. 17. “We love the cabins lining Roy Lake,” the magazine reported and suggested indulging in nightly campfires and ice cream or socials or kayak races at Good Ol’ Days.

Chase on the Lake in Walker was No. 30 with 70 rooms and 46 condo units on Leech Lake. If the weather gets bad, Midwest Living pointed out guests may go to the Wii Room or two-lane bowling alley or on-site Aveda spa. For dining, Midwest Living suggests the wild-rice walleye cakes.

The Economic Policy Institute reported new data recently released shows a job-seekers ration was 3.7 to 1 in April compared to 3.4 to 1 in April, but down since a peak of 6.7 to 1 in the summer of 2009.

Lakewood Health System in Staples reported it launched a new healthy technology system for its “paperless” electronic health records available to medical staff from the emergency room to the patient’s bedside.

Lakes 12 opened another screen Friday and plans to open all 12 screens by midnight Monday in time for the midnight screening of “The Amazing Spider-man.” So all the screens will be open in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

The 371 Pink Elephant recently opened in the former Emily’s Books building just off Highway 371 by Brainerd International Raceway. The thrift store has new and used items and is hosting a grand opening this weekend.

Have a safe, happy and fun Fourth of July celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on that remarkable day of July 4, 1776. Check out for some fun facts like the number of people estimated living in the newly minted nation — 2.5 million. Compare that to the nation’s current population estimate of 313.9 million.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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