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2022 Brainerd Lakes Area Progress Edition

Growth, challenges and opportunities abound in the lakes area

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Detail from the cover of the 2022 Brainerd Lakes Area Progress Edition.
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Change.

It’s a constant in business, especially during the last three tumultuous years. Even before the pandemic, change seemed to be coming as fast as a loaded toboggan on a steep, icy hill...

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A changed workplace and workforce ......................................................1

Generations of families enjoy Whitefish Chain .......................................1

Sugarberry Creek Candle Co. brings great outdoors home ...................2

Nature Link Resort gets guests to unplug ...............................................3

Franklin Arts Center’s creative community ............................................13

Readers share job and career advice ...................................................13

The Mercantile Thrift & Gift tries to find something for everyone ........ 14

Aitkin taps into small town charm with business savvy ........................25

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Next generation steps up in the family business .................................. 25

Folklore Tattoo offers intuitive experience ............................................ 26

True North Basecamp, Cuyuna Cove provide outdoor getaways .........27

Sanchez Burrito manifests the American Dream ...................................37

Crosslake Town Square businesses thrive on camaraderie ..................37

Mattson Lumber faces change as family ...............................................37

For companion videos and photo galleries to go with the stories profiled in the annual Progress Labor Day edition go to the Dispatch homepage www.brainerddispatch.com where readers, viewers and listeners will find links to videos and photos. Readers can also connect with Dispatch stories via a daily podcast, the Brainerd Dispatch Minute.

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