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Biz-Buzz: Tiny Adventures Child Care Center opens

Elllyssa Nelson, owner of Tiny Adventures Child Care Center in Brainerd, works with two of her young charges. Renee Richardson/Brainerd Dispatch

Tiny Adventures Child Care Center opened on 908 Maple St in Brainerd, about two blocks east of Eighth Street by Bremer Bank and Pro Build Lumber. The child care center is owned by Ellyssa Nelson, 32. Nelson previously worked in child care. This is her first business. She reported employees have at least a two-year degree in early education child development or more, know CPR and are first-aid certified. The child care center includes a creative curriculum that works with social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative skills of the youngsters at their individual learning rates.

The center follows U.S. Department of Agriculture food nutrition guidelines and takes child care assistance. Nelson worked at Playhouse Child Care Center before venturing out at her own. Two of her staff also had experience working there. Nelson employs four staff members.

Tiny Adventures takes children from 6 weeks of age to the first day of kindergarten and is continuing to take preschool, age 3-5. The center is licensed for 31 children.

Nelson said she wanted to start her own business to fill a need for more child care centers and picked an area in Brainerd she felt was underserved. Since opening, she said it has been a good experience.

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber is making the leap to the other side of the Mississippi River this August.

The chamber is moving its offices from the iconic water tower setting at the corner of Washington and South Sixth streets to the Tyrol Hill shopping mall by Ace Hardware in west Brainerd. The chamber will be taking the west end of the building. The TV Service Center is moving into the office building by Easy Riders Bikes at Washington and North Fourth streets. The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp., which now shares space with the chamber by the water tower, is also making the move.

As readers may recall, the chamber entered a purchase agreement last fall to sell the building at the base of the water tower to attorney Brad Person, who plans to move the Breen & Person Law Office there. The city of Brainerd owns the actual water tower while the chamber owns the building at its base.

Destiny Cruises’ new North Star yacht is scheduled to begin public cruises on Gull Lake starting June 15.

The 65-foot long, $1.8 million double-deck vessel accommodating 120 passengers will dock at Ernie’s on Gull and feature public and private brunch, lunch and dinner cruises through October, Destiny Cruises reported last week.

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“We’re excited to get the boat launched and open for the public,” said newly hired general manager of Destiny Cruises, Nick Strand, in a news release. “There’s been a lot of interest and anticipation surrounding the North Star, and we’re excited to provide customers with a whole new way to experience the splendor of Gull Lake.”

Built in La Crosse, Wisconsin, during the winter, the yacht features an outdoor semi-protected observation deck for passengers and an indoor salon for dining, two bars, a barbecue and full galley.

“The North Star will be the first Coast Guard-certified vessel to have underwater lighting, and will come equipped with state of the art electronics,” the cruise company reported. “A typical two-hour brunch, lunch or dinner public cruise will include a meal and passage on the vessel. Prices start at $24.95.”

“We have been wanting a vessel in this market,” said Mark Ronnei, general manager of Grand View Lodge, adding this has been something Gull Lake has needed for a long time. “This has been something Gull Lake has needed for a very long time and we are looking forward to offering cruises to our guests.”

Destiny Cruises partner Jerry Johnson, owner of Energy Management Collaborative, said the organization looks “forward to it becoming a new tradition for Minnesotans and visitors for years to come.”

WalletHub reported Minnesota is 2014’s eight best state for nurses.

“With nursing programs across the country holding commencement ceremonies in recent weeks, the personal finance social network WalletHub decided to follow up on its Best & Worst Entry Level Jobs Report with an in-depth look at the nursing industry from an employment perspective,” WalletHub reported. To do that WalletHub compared the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia in terms of 15 key metrics — such as the average nurse’s salary, adjusted for cost of living to the projected competition within the industry in 2030. Minnesota ranked: 39th for nursing job openings per capita; 24th in monthly median starting salary for nurses, adjusted for cost of living; 17th for average annual salary for nurses, adjusted for cost of living; 46th for projected number of nurses per Capita (2020); 28th for nursing schools rank; 3rd for number of health care facilities per capita; and 35th for projected percentage of population older than 65 (2030). To see the full report, go to

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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