Business changes altered the area landscape in 2013.
There were additions to the lakes area, moves and new names in businesses large and small.
One of the most noted additions came on the medical services side with the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute clinic. A late spring worked to delay the start of construction but the clinic went up at a fast pace and opened before year’s end on Isle Drive, a growing medical services section of Baxter.
Mills Indoor Shooting and Archery Range opened by Mills Fleet Farm. Dondelinger Chevrolet-Cadillac and Hyundai moved and consolidated operations on Pine Beach Road off Highway 371. That opened the door for Viking Land Harley-Davidson to move into Dondelinger’s vacated space on Highway 210 across from SuperOne Foods.
As the year draws to a close construction continues along Excelsior Road for the Northern Lakes Senior Living complex as it joins and connects with the earlier phases of Arbor Glen and Autumn Glenn.
More change is expected in the vicinity with the recent confirmation of the sale of the former Pine Meadows Golf Course in Baxter to the Good Samaritan Society.
Simonson Lumber, a staple on Washington Street, relocated next to Brock White on the western side of Baxter just off Highway 210 in the former Stock Lumber site. Recently the old Simonson building was taken down, creating a whole new vista for regulars to west Brainerd.
Sullivan Cash-N-Carry Superstore opened in downtown Brainerd on Front Street with party supplies, kitchen gadgets, candy — among a list of other products.
Dining choices expanded with the Boulder Tap House opening in the former Famous Dave’s building in the Baxter Village. Other new restaurants included the Four Seas Super Buffet in the East Brainerd Mall, and Hassies Saloon and Eatery on Highway 210 near the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. Boomer Pizza opened in the mall by Cub Foods in Baxter. And Northwest Pizza/Boardwalk Bread and Bagel on Washington Street gained new owners and a new name of Brick House Pizza Bread and Bagel.
Other longtime names closed their doors or announced retirements, including the Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center on South Sixth Street, which could trace its history back to the 1970s.
And Tom Fitzpatrick, Brainerd attorney who served the city of Brainerd and hosts of other clients from a classic office on Front Street, announced he was retiring at year’s end after practicing law for about 43 years.