Once the Mississippi River acted as a western border for Brainerd. Now the city extends along either side of the river and predictions for the future include an expanded city footprint where the boundaries are extended in a two-mile radius of the current city limits.
Brainerd expects annexation to add residential areas to the 129-year-old city with smaller housing lots to the south and east of the current city limits. Redeveloping neighborhoods and creating affordable housing remains a challenge for the entire lakes area in the face of growth. (Dispatch Photos by Steve Kohls)
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