Brainerd MN

Brainerd Minnesota Lakes area is a regional shopping, industrial, and tourism center. There are many nearby resorts that take advantage of the many nearby lakes including Gull Lake. The Mississippi River flows right through Brainerd with five road/highway bridges and one railroad bridge crossing it. There is also the Paul Bunyan Trail, a bowling alley in Brainerd, Movie theater in Baxter, mini golf courses north of Brainerd and golf courses, Paul Bunyan/This old farm east of Brainerd towards Garrison. Brainerd is also home to one of the Central Lakes College campuses. More in General Info and Business Directory.

Caution for bicyclists / pedestrians on Paul Bunyan trail in Baxter

August 25 2015 Update trail is also closed near Walmart and other parts of town due to road construction.
There is NO safe passable way to go all the way through Baxter using just the trail.
Only alternatives for going all the way through is to also use roads such as County road 48.
Less than a year after the trail was completed it is closed in the city of Baxter.
earlier 2015-06-27
There are a number of construction projects along the Paul Bunyan Trail /Mississippi River Bike Trail (MRT) in Baxter MN that will make traveling more difficult.

trail closed and road construction
trail closed and road construction

Hazardous Material Cleanup

There was hazardous material clean up at the old railroad foundry location near Washington School in Brainerd MN. There was also removal of gasoline tanks near the former SAVE Grocery store. Both sites are along the Buffalo hills bike/walking trail. Walkers / bikers may want to avoid these areas.

removing ground contaminants at old foundry site
removing ground contaminants at old foundry site
removing old gasoline / petroleum tanks

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