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, mini golf courses north of Brainerd and golf courses, Paul Bunyan/This old farm east of Brainerd towards Garrison. Brainerd is also home to one of the Central Lakes College campuses. More in General Info and Business Directory.

Minnesota Solar Jobs doubled in 2 years

February 10, 2016
News release from Minnesota Department of commerce http://www.mn.gov/commerce

"Minnesota solar jobs more than doubled in past two years, with bright future ahead for state’s solar industry"

"SAINT PAUL – The number of solar jobs in Minnesota more than doubled during th
e past two years and, thanks to solar-friendly state and federal policies, the job surge is expected to continue, according to the Minnesota Solar Jobs Census.

difficult driving conditions

In the winter Snow and Ice can make it difficult to drive. Avoid driving, if possible during difficult conditions. If you must drive, Allow extra time to get to your destination. Slow Down. Have snow and ice cleared from your vehicle. Keep your headlights on. Have a survivor kit including water, food, blanket, flashlight, and wear winter clothing including coat, hat, gloves/mittens.
for current conditions go to www.511mn.org

Income tax filing season open

News release by Minnesota Department of Revenue
http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota taxpayers can begin filing their state income tax returns as of Tuesday, January 19, 2016. For the benefit and convenience of Minnesota taxpayers, this is also the same date that the Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting federal income tax returns.

Electronic Filing and Direct Deposit
Choosing electronic filing and direct deposit is the most secure way to get your refund. Last year, over 2 million Minnesota taxpayers used electronic software to file their taxes. Visit MN department of revenue website to see the list tax software providers that are certified to submit electronically filed returns ....

Real ID

Update 1-8-2016 "Bottom line up front: Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with a driver’s license or identification card issued by a state that does not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act (unless that state has been granted an extension to comply with the Act) must present an alternative form of identification acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to board a commercial domestic flight.

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