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.
For those that like to ski, snowshoe, sled, or snowmobile and other activities involving snow you might be in luck snow is starting to go back on the ground.
If you are doing things other than winter sports such as driving, please take extra time and caution.
From MN Department of Revenue: 2/7/2015
"Today the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced it is again accepting tax returns submitted using TurboTax as of 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7.
We took this step after Intuit implemented new “targeted security measures.” We will continue reviewing returns and will remain in contact with the company.
If you already filed your return using TurboTax, you do not need to do anything. We will review your return and contact you if we identify issues.
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In the winter Snow and Ice can make it difficult to drive. Avoid driving, if possible during difficult conditions. If you must drive, Allow extra time to get to your destination. Slow Down. Have snow and ice cleared from your vehicle. Keep your headlights on. Have a survivor kit including water, food, blanket, flashlight, and wear winter clothing including coat, hat, gloves/mittens.
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Video of trumpeter swans on Lake Onamia near Onamia MN, November 2008, December 24 2014, May 2007. Pine River MN near dam in Pine River MN February 2014. bald eagle on ice.
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