2021 Progress Edition

A look at what's been accomplished thus far in 2021, and what to look forward to!

Detail from the 2021 Progress Edition cover published in the Brainerd Dispatch and PineandLakes Echo Journal.
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Our economy has roared back, which was really hard to imagine when we had the COVID closures in late 2020.

- Matt Kilian, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce president


Table of Contents:

Worker shortage dominates • Next generation of Haglins continue entrepreneurial spirit • Breezy Point celebrates 100 years • Escape in the sky • Sew-sew work in Outing so rewarding • Father-son duo open burger company in Staples • Great outdoors proves COVID proof • Finding a groove: Aitkin Hardwoods reshapes itself • Enterprise Academy helps businesses succeed • Do you have the best job? • Bringing classics back to life • Keeping the day rolling, one cup at a time

I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with numerous job titles since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently as Digital Editor. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work these 30+ years. I was present and worked on the our web page when our original website first went live on April 26, 1994.
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