Paul and Lynn Hunt have been making a difference in the lakes area for decades as innovators, investors, employers, volunteers and philanthropists. They've provided a look at how things could be for better living and worked to bring those visions into reality. They turned their self-described insatiable curiosity about the world and a desire to help others, wrapped in an unending interest in finding not only how and why things work but how they can work better. Their curiosity, the Hunts stated, is their biggest asset.
I love technology and gadgets.
Shoppers in search of deals were in force at numerous lakes area businesses on Black Friday. Before 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, there were busy parking lots from Fleet Farm to Costco. A tour of businesses found shoppers in numbers at Best Buy, Target, Kohl's, Home Depot, Walmart, T.J. Maxx, PetSmart, Ulta Beauty, Dick's Sporting Goods, Big Lots, Dunham's and the Westgate Mall, but Menards appeared to be the most packed, with parked vehicles extending out along the service drives leaving to the Baxter retailer.
BAXTER—Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen received a substantial donation to help meet its funding goals this week. Miner's Super One Foods presented the soup kitchen with a $5,000 check Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the company's grocery store in Baxter. "This will pay for a lot of meals," said Pastor Bob Evans, director of Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd, a grassroots community effort to provide meals for those in need. "We're thrilled to be able to help you guys," Patrick Miner, store director, told Evans.
BAXTER—Gone are the cramped narrow aisles with merchandise stacked high overhead, and newly added are more features to make shopping more user friendly in the remodeled Walmart Supercenter in Baxter.
BAXTER—When it comes to Thanksgiving, tradition is strongly intertwined with the meal that brings loved ones together at the table. Yet there are definite differences when it comes to whipped topping and the preference for Reddi Wip or Cool Whip—spray can or round tub. Just a quick Google confirms the struggle pervades even the internet, with Reddi Wip vs. Cool Whip showing up as though it's a prize fighter bout or a renowned court case.
When the call came to a Pillager home announcing they were $2.5 million winners, Louise Pilgrim was speechless. Pilgrim regularly takes part in the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes so it was possible. But the retiree was too savvy to be taken in so quickly. "I couldn't believe it, that I'd be that lucky," she said. The caller even asked her to put her husband on the phone. "He sounded so real."
Black Friday is on—just think of it more as Black Friday week.
Marie Kirsch's vision to create a modern take on her grandmother's kitchen for a downtown Brainerd bakery is the winner of the Destination Downtown Business Challenge.
NISSWA—Lindsay Topp always had an interest in products people could feel good about buying and feel good wearing. She opened her BluPaisley Boutique in Nisswa with those goals, growing the business and its reputation for the past five years. A finalist in the Destination Downtown Business Challenge, Topp is looking to expand and open a boutique in downtown Brainerd. Opening a second boutique in a larger city provides an opportunity to benefit both locations, tap into a year-round population and serve as the online order hub for the boutiques' e-commerce.