Essentia Health Laying Off 900 Workers

Essentia Health is laying off 900 workers, or about 6% of its workforce, to make up for lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Essentia leadership made that...

Safari North Wildlife Park Opens Drive-Thru Exhibit

Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd has opened their gift shop and drive-thru exhibit for the first time today in weeks. The park is not allowed to be open to foot...

“Lake Country Cares” Hosting Business Webinar

Lake Country Cares, a new initiative started by the Brainerd Lakes Area business community, is hosting a live Webinar today from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Brainerd Lakes Chamber...

Retail Stores Open Up After Stay-at-Home Order Ends

As many retail stores continue to open up across the state, business owners are dealing with a new reality for the traditional shopping experience. From asking customers...

21 Cases of COVID-19 Reported at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany

Good Samaritan Society – Bethany, in Brainerd, Minnesota, has confirmed that 13 residents and eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19. All residents, staff, and...

Over 17,000 COVID-19 Cases in Minnesota

The death toll from COVID-19 stands at 748 today, an increase of 17 from yesterday. 14 of those were long term care facility residents. 608 of the total deaths were those...

No One Injured in Fire at Brainerd City Hall

A fire forced the evacuation of the historical Brainerd City Hall building today. No one was injured during the fire that was reported around 12:30 this afternoon....

In Business: Rafferty’s Pizza Makes Adjustments to Keep Staff and Customers Safe

Rafferty’s Pizza in Brainerd continues to serve the community despite having to make a few adjustments to keep their staff and customers safe. The restaurant is known for...

Bemidji and Brainerd Malls Set to Open on Monday

A new set of guidelines are in place for both the Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji and the Westgate Mall in Brainerd. While they both are set to open on Monday, a lot of...

CLC Looking to Keep Summer Education Program Running This Year

Central Lakes College will be, like many schools around the country, trying to keep their summer education program running. The college feels confident they are prepared...

Sidewalks Near Historic Courthouse in Brainerd Will Be Closed For Repairs

Sidewalks near the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse in downtown Brainerd will temporarily close for concrete repairs. Repairs are scheduled to start on Monday, May...

Essentia Health Pharmacies Offering Curbside Pickup

Essentia Health pharmacies are now offering curbside pickup to safely serve visitors. Each Essential Health location has created a designated area where staff members...