Lakes area candidate forums set

Upcoming candidate forums include races in Brainerd, Crosslake, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Brainerd School Board and state senate and house races.

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Lakes area voters will have the opportunity to hear directly from local candidates by attending a series of forums over the next month, courtesy of area chambers of commerce, the League of Women Voters and the Brainerd Dispatch.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, attendees may participate in person or online.

Chamber partners include those representing the Brainerd Lakes, Crosslake, Cuyuna Lakes, Nisswa and Pequot Lakes areas. The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation also helped to fund online broadcasting.

All events are free to attend and open to the public. Organizers will follow all safety rules related to face coverings, room capacity and social distancing. Audiences may also submit written questions to the candidates.

People may choose to attend the events or view them live on Facebook. To manage attendance, RSVPs are requested for certain forums. For more information, visit or call Colleen Dols at the Brainerd Lakes chamber, 218-822-7107.


Upcoming forums

  • Pequot Lakes mayor and city council — 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Breezy Point Resort, Minnesota Room (first floor).

  • Nisswa mayor and city council 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Nisswa Community Center. No RSVP required.

  • Crosslake mayor and city council — 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, Crosslake Community Center.

  • State Senate and House of Representatives — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, Grand View Lodge, Gull Lake Center.

  • Brainerd School Board of Education — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, The Woods Event Center, Merrifield.

  • Brainerd mayor and city council — 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, The Woods Event Center, Merrifield.
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