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, Amusement Parks in area. Brainerd is also home to one of the Central Lakes College campuses. More in General Info and Business Directory.

Covid-19 basics

More information at:
Vaccine connector
and additional sources

  • keep drinking water fountains and other water fixtures in proper working order (many places this is building code, except outside lines that might freeze that are drained out)- if they have been not used for a while they may need to be flushed by keeping water running -- it is abuse to deny people water
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Keep at least 6 to 12 foot distance from other people when possible. wearing masks is not a substitute for this.
  • Stay at home when sick(not meaning stuck there inside but distancing from others, doing what is neccessary)
  • avoid unnecessary travel and avoid large groups
  • cover your cough/sneeze - wash hands
  • when possible bag tissues in trash double bagging may be beneficial
  • Don't touch your face, since that moves germs in your hands go to your face
  • masks highly recommended, and required in State of Minnesota, many localities, and many businesses in public indoor settings and close settings outside
  • Face and nose coverings can stop spread both ways. The more layers and better fit the better the protection for you and others. Make sure it is breathable.
  • CDC face covering guidance
  • Minnesota Department of Health face covering requirements and recommendations
  • This is highly recommended and required since some since some people may not have symptoms and can still spread. . Wear protective gear (PPE) when necessary including masks and gloves
  • people with breathing trouble, or other health problems caused by wearing it, may choose one that works better, try a suitable substitute such a face shield and/or additional distancing. Masks not recommended for people younger than 2 years old or when sleeping.
  • If wearing cloth masks be sure to keep it clean/laundered as germs are likely to build up on it.
  • Medical Problems/needs: When possible call first or use telemedicine/ online visits when being treated for anything that isn't an emergency/urgent
  • Do whatever you can distanced from others online - classes, work, etc.
  • Remember basic things to stay healthy-
    • Stay hydrated - drinking enough water
    • eat healthy foods
    • get plenty of rest/sleep
    • get exercise and fresh air
    • exercising every day -- walking, running, or biking can help build lung capacity
    • Don't be sedentary. Sitting or laying in place too long can cause blood clots. Most people have stopped sitting in cars or planes so this solves one problem. Avoid sitting too long doing distance learning, telecommuting, watching tv and avoid laying too long recovering from an illness. Blood clots are associated with people ill from the coronavirus.
    • avoid drinking alcohol since this will make you dehydrated and make it harder for your body to fight off infections
    • avoid smoking and avoid vaping since it will make you and others more susceptible to getting ill.
    • good oral hygiene- brushing teeth and flossing and rinsing
    • stay up to date with (all necessary(MMR for children,tetinus,influenza,etc)) vaccinations for other illnesses and wellness checks including for children. Also keep up to date with checkups and (all necessary) vaccinations for pets and animals

      all over 16 in MN are eligible starting March 30 2021 however providers may have priority groups (elderly, those more at risk,and essential workers) in the case of shortages
    • Keep things clean and sanitary -clean surfaces, wash dishes, rinse and take out recycling, take out garbage(This does NOT mean leaving big items that you have been waiting to get rid of at the curb), wash clothes, shower/bathe(this is not a substitute for frequent hand washing)

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originally published March 30 2020. Updated March 26 2021
This information is checked over with sources above as well as other sources. the author Nathan Steffenson runs this web site, is a licensed substitute teacher, Certified Interscholastic Coach and has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science/Information systems.

Bear by Mississippi river

I had to look to see what the other people were looking at from the bridge. I seen they were looking at a bear. I search my place for a better camera. Even though my smart phone is good, not good enough. So, I get my big camera.


Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning

  • tips from CDC
  • Do have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. If the detector sounds leave your home immediately and call 911.
  • Do seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.

Brainerd Public Schools

Brainerd (mn) public elementary schools have already restarted in person at a reduced schedule.
starting february 16 2021 students will start 4 days a week at forestview middle school.
brainerd (mn) high school will also be back at a reduced schedule in person.

some parents have opted to distance learning.


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