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PROGRESS EDITION 2022

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Where Brainerd students once dissected frogs or passed notes to a crush, local creatives now dance the salsa, glaze pots, paint canvases, sew capes or edit photographs. Visitors can shop for yarn, receive acupuncture, strike yoga poses, enter the world of virtual reality, engage in art therapy and soon, even get a haircut โ€” all in one day, if theyโ€™d like.
Folklore Tattoo is a singly owned and operated shop recently moved from Pequot Lakes to Brainerd and showcases a service called intuitive tattoos.

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As the baby boomers continue to retire, family members are stepping up to take over businesses.
Businesses band together to bring people to their area of town
The resorts of the Whitefish Chain remain locally owned and operated, and many have been owned by the same families for generations.
True North Basecamp and Cuyuna Cove are two such outdoor retreats in the Crosby area that offer cabins and tents to bicyclists, and lake and outdoor enthusiasts who recreate in the region.
The company started when Bill Mattson Sr. purchased Gull Lake Lumber in the spring of 1986
Craig and Karla Axleson sell a variety of natural soy products from their home-based workshop in Brainerd.

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Aitkin businesses that weathered the downturn in the economy during the height of the pandemic attribute their success to local residents and tourists attracted to the small town.
Julie LaValle and Amy LaValle Hansmann are the sole employees of The Mercantile, a thrift shop that moved from the middle of Brainerd to a location out by Brainerd International Raceway.
Growth, challenges and opportunities abound in the lakes area

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