Cragun's Resort to host all-employee reunion

Dutch and Irma Cragun accept the Award in Philanthropy Thursday, July 11, at the Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Cragun’s Resort is hosting a reunion for all employees (current and former) the weekend of Nov. 15-17.

The reunion will be at Cragun’s Resort and employees are encouraged to come, spend the weekend and help celebrate Cragun’s rich history.

“Cragun’s will celebrate its 80th year in business in 2020 and has employed thousands of people over those years. We wanted to take this opportunity to show our appreciation for their contributions and acknowledge Dutch and Irma Cragun and the role they have played in so many lives. Our employees do such a great job taking care of our guests. Now it’s our turn to celebrate our employees and have some fun reminiscing with staff members,” said Eric Peterson, general manager of Cragun’s Resort, in a news release.

Cragun’s has a full weekend of activities planned Nov. 15-17, including discounted lodging for employees, former employees and their immediate families. The weekend will kick-off with a bonfire on the beach, bingo and karaoke on Friday evening. Saturday will start with breakfast in the main dining room followed by tours of the resort, golf courses and Cragun’s Legacy Village.

Horse-drawn trolley rides, Cragun’s Trivia, and a scavenger hunt are a few activities planned for the afternoon. Saturday evening will include dinner with a program highlighting Dutch and Irma and Cragun’s history, a dance and ending with karaoke and pizza in the Bear Trap Lounge. Sunday morning breakfast will give everyone a final opportunity to spend time together.


“There have been a lot of changes over the years, but the legacy of Dutch and Irma and outstanding customer service have always been hallmarks of Cragun’s. Dutch and Irma are truly excited to reconnect with employees and hear the direction their lives have taken after leaving Cragun’s. Whether you worked at Cragun’s for three months in the summer or for 30 years, we invite you back to Cragun’s for the reunion weekend,” Peterson said.

The Reunion Committee is looking for stories, memories and photos to share during the weekend. In the news release, the committee members reported they "know everyone must have at least one Dutch story to tell!"

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