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A closer look at Brainerd


Summer is a great time to discover or rediscover the rich history of our great state, and especially our very own lakes area. 

Having been born and raised in Brainerd, I too often take our natural environment and unique history for granted. This area was shaped by the influence of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the mighty Mississippi, the logging barons and stalwart settlers.  

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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