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AdverTEES Sponsor Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Black Pine Beach Resort

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Black Pine Beach Resort is our AdverTEES Sponsor this week at all the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's Welcome Centers - Highway 271 south of Brainerd, Pequot Lakes and Crosslake!
A message from our sponsor: Black Pine Beach Resort on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes between the towns of Pequot Lakes and Crosslake has more than you've imagined to make your vacation the best one yet. Beautiful cabins featuring A/C, zone heat, tiled floors, fireplaces, comfortable furniture, satellite TV, free high speed wireless, decks, big sandy beach, convenient boat launch, attractive grounds and the intriguing and unique Secret Garden. More? Yes. Fresh, clean aromas inside every cabin because they're scrubbed from ceiling boards to floor corners. Customer service that really is exactly what you've been seeking for a restful, carefree vacation. Don't hesitate. Call today and start enjoying what you never thought you'd find. 1-877-575-1455 or

Black Pine Beach Resort
10732 County Road 16
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
(877) 575-1455


AdverTEES Sponsor August 22-28: Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest on 7th

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest on 7th: Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 3, in downtown Brainerd! Ribs, live music, children's games - how can you go wrong with the 10th Annual Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest on 7th in downtown Brainerd. Form a team and enter the rib competition or come cast your vote for the best ribs and best costumes! New this year check out the Battle of the Bands from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy festivities throughout the day. Live bands will conclude the day's events with Shirts & Skins performing 7- 10 p.m. and Unknown Prophets performing 10-midnight. A great day of fun planned for people of all ages! Celebrate summer with an outdoor barbecue! The event will feature a rib-cooking competition, arts, crafts and food vendors, family activities and live music. Originally started in 2002 as the Great Northern BBQ, the Street Fest on 7th is now in its fourth year with its new name and format.The Brainerd Jaycees are a leadership development organization for men and women ages 18-40. Established in 1939, this chapter of 150 people donates more than $200,000 and 75,000 hours to the Brainerd Lakes Area annually. More information on the Brainerd Jaycees and activities can be found at


AdverTEES Sponsor August 15-21: Radco Truck Accessory Center

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A message from Radco Truck Accessory Center, our AdverTEES Sponsor at the Brainerd Lakes Area Welcome Center:

At Radco Truck Accessory Center we say, “When Your Truck Looks Good, You Look Good.” We specialize in accessories for your truck, van and SUVs. Radco is your source for vehicle accessories. Whether you want your ride to look great or to protect your investment, Radco is your best choice. We also can help you with your commercial needs to upfit your vehicle for your business needs to haul your equipment and tools. Our corporate store is located near the junction of Highways 18 and 25 on the southeast corner of Brainerd. We also have Minnesota locations to serve you in Duluth, St. Cloud, Blaine and Burnsville. In the Dakotas you will find us in Fargo and Sioux Falls. We offer Leer Fiberglass toppers, Radco Aluminum toppers, Curt Trailers hitches, Access Roll-up Tonneau Covers, Weathertech floor liners, Thule cargo carriers and many other accessories. Stop in to one of our locations or shop online at or find us on Facebook.


Crosslake AdverTEES - Golden Horizons Assisted Living and Memory Care

Monday, August 15, 2011

Golden Horizons Assisted Living and Memory Care was the AdverTEES Sponsor July 18-24 and August 8-14 at the Crosslake Welcome Center.
A message from Golden Horizons:

Golden Horizons, "Welcome Home.”
The moment you walk through the front door you’ll feel comfortable. You will experience the friendly staff and elegant surroundings that only is Golden Horizons. We understand at Golden Horizons that moving can be both exciting and difficult. That is why you will find our compassionate staff there for your everyday needs, because peace of mind is important to us.
Golden Horizons, “where life begins ... again.”
Golden Horizons Assisted Living offers services that are tailored to meet the individual needs of each resident. We base our philosophy of care upon resident choice, dignity, privacy, individuality and independence. We are committed to working closely with each client so that his or her desires are fully met in our facility. Our 24-hour, seven-day-a-week care provides you with security and peace of mind that we are always available for you.
This well-planned senior community offers a full array of amenities. You can relax and read a book in front of the cozy fireplace, watch a movie in the theater room, enjoy coffee in the café or have some iced tea in the sunroom and watch the deer outside. If you like bingo, cards and music you can get together with your friends at these activities. For your convenience you can go to the on-site beauty / barber shop. And, if you like exercise there are walkways with flower gardens for your enjoyment.
Our communities are a place where conversations and welcoming faces are easy to come by. You will find that our apartments and health care combine independence for an active and
social lifestyle with personal care in a warm, noble setting. Our compassionate staff will guide you to find the best level of care options to fit your individual needs.

Golden Horizons Assisted Living and Memory Care
13631 East Shore Road
Crosslake, MN 56442


AdverTEES Sponsor August 1-7: Prairie Bay

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A message from our AdverTEES Sponsor: Prairie Bay Grill and Catering, the AdverTEES Sponsor July 18-24 and August 1-7 at the Brainerd Lakes Area Welcome Center, is your true local restaurant here in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Our goal is to provide our guests, new and loyal, with a great dining experience every time they visit. We want to create an atmosphere that is comfortable to everyone, whether from the cabin or right off the farm. Prairie Bay has been in Baxter for seven years now, and we work hard every day to set ourselves apart from the “chain” restaurants that you find just about everywhere.

The most important thing to know about us: we love food! Whether it is cooking, serving, eating, or just talking about it, food is our profession and our passion. We make nearly everything fresh, to order, for you and source as much local product as we can. Chef Matt has created great relationships with more than 20 farmers in the area and as the seasons progress, we have a constant supply of fresh goods coming in the back door. There is nothing better than a tomato picked off the vine that day, right down the road, and put on your plate that night.

Our menu changes frequently as fruits and vegetables come into their seasons, and also when inspiration hits. Because we are not a chain, we make the type of food we would like to eat. We have thick stacked sandwiches and hand-tossed wood oven pizzas. Pasta dishes, seafood/pork/chicken entrees, fresh salads, and of course amazing steaks. There is lots for the kids as well, including pizzas, pastas, and the chef’s favorite grilled cheese. Our signature item and a must have is the Build your own Bruschetta. With more than 12 ingredients and garlic-brushed toasts, this fan favorite is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds.

Not only do we have a full-service restaurant, but we also cater events of any size, all year long. From pig roasts to large wedding receptions our goal is to bring the quality of an in-house dining experience to your event. Catering menus are custom built for every occasion and we can make any budget stretch its furthest. We can host large parties here as well, for seminars, Christmas parties, or just getting together with a few friends. In addition to catering we offer private chef service for a one-night occasion or a whole summer season.

We are here to share our passion and our food with all adventures to the northland. Come visit us today and join our extended family!

Prairie Bay
15115 Edgewood Drive
Baxter, MN 56425
(218) 824-6444


Pequot Lakes AdverTEES - Iven's on the Bay

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Iven's on the Bay was the AdverTEES Sponsor July 25-31 at the Pequot Lakes Welcome Center.
A message from Iven's on the Bay:
Iven’s on the Bay overlooks the idyllic Brainerd Bay of North Long Lake and is open year round. Join us in our lushly appointed dining room for a romantic night out, in our comfortable yet contemporary “Martini Bar” for a fun night out with the girls or on our second level deck in the summer for the best views of North Long Lake! Every night from 4-7 p.m. our friendly bartenders serve up a great “Happy Hour” in our “Martini Bar." Enjoy half-price appetizers, buy one get one on tap beer, house wine and rail drinks, plus $2 off all martinis and margaritas. Monday nights our kitchen serves up our great Iven’s burger for $5. Each month our chef creates a new Prix Fixe (complete meal) including a glass of wine for $25. With a picture perfect backdrop of the lake seen from all areas of the establishment, an award-winning wine list, a menu that utilizes fresh and seasonal ingredients (some right out of our own garden) and the best service in the area, Iven’s is the right choice when you are looking for a memorable night out. Iven’s on the Bay is open seven days a week from May-October and Wednesdays through Saturdays from October-April. Call for reservations today at (218) 829-9872.

Iven’s on the Bay Restaurant and Catering
19090 State Highway 371 North
Brainerd, MN 56401


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