Infrastructure

Today’s infrastructure for tomorrow’s growth

Each municipality and community in the Brainerd Lakes Area has invested in the infrastructure to meet the future needs of a growing commercial sector. Businesses have access to high-quality, accessible transportation avenues and the technological infrastructure necessary for growth.

Exceptional utility service with below-average rates

Local utilities have kept pace with the area’s growth and resulting demand by upgrading and enhancing their services where needed and adding the features today’s businesses require.

Innovative, advanced infrastructure sets the area apart

Advanced infrastructure is making the Brainerd Lakes Area more attractive to businesses.

Fiber optic ring fits into the future
In partnership with the Independent School District 181, Consolidated Telecommunications Company (a regional telecom co-op) has installed a fiber optic ring in the Brainerd Lakes Area. With simple end-point electronics upgrades, this ring transmits almost any amount of data, guaranteeing the necessary bandwidth for area businesses without slow and costly installation. The ring serves most of the Brainerd-Baxter area and features spurs running to Nisswa and the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. Additional expansion is planned soon.

Using trash to heat Crow Wing County

The Crow Wing County Landfill is collecting the natural gas emitted from degrading trash and is using it to fuel a boiler system. This recirculated energy completely offsets the landfill’s natural gas use. Crow Wing County is making this renewable energy source available, for energy and industrial activities, to companies that choose to locate near the landfill.

In addition, for the last 15 years, the county has operated a system that has saved millions of dollars at its 564-acre waste management complex, delayed disposal area construction and significantly reduced emissions.

Utility Contacts by Community     
  Electricity Water Wastewater Natural Gas Telecom
BaxterCrow Wing PowerBaxter MunicipalBaxter MunicipalCenter Point EnergyCTC
Brainerd Public UtilitiesWells    Xcel EnergyCharter
Nextera
CenturyLink
 
BrainerdBrainerd Public UtilitiesBrainerd Public UtilitiesBrainerd Public UtilitiesCenter Point EnergyCTC
Charter
Nextera
CenturyLink
SCI Broadband 
Breezy PointCrow Wing PowerWellsBreezy Point Wastewater SystemXcel EnergyCharter
Minnesota Power 
CrosbyMinnesota PowerCrosby MunicipalSerpent LakeMinnesota Energy ResourcesCTC
 Sewer DistrictCharter
CenturyLink
CrosslakeCrow Wing Power WellsCrosslake Municipal Xcel EnergyCrosslake Communications
DeerwoodMinnesota PowerDeerwood MunicipalSerpent LakeMinnesota Energy ResourcesCTC
Sewer DistrictCharter
CenturyLink
IrontonMinnesota PowerIronton MunicipalSerpent LakeMinnesota Energy ResourcesCTC
 Sewer DistrictCharter
CenturyLink
NisswaMinnesota PowerWellsNisswa MunicipalXcel EnergyCTC
Charter
Nextera
CenturyLink
Pequot  LakesCrow Wing PowerPequot Lakes MunicipalPequot Lakes MunicipalXcel EnergyCharter 
Minnesota Power   

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