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Get to Know: Brainerd/Baxter

Population: Brainerd: 13,500 (2012); Baxter 7,800 (2012)

Location: You can’t talk about Brainerd without Baxter. Approximately 126 miles north of the Twin Cities, Highway 371 splits—if you go right, you’re in downtown Brainerd and if you stay left on the bypass, you’re in Baxter. “The towns just blend together,” says Richard Polipnick, executive director of Visit Brainerd.

Get to Know Fargo-Moorhead

Population: 208,000

Location: The Fargo-Moorhead CVB is unique for its coverage of two cities, two counties and two states. The CVB is located on the far eastern edge of North Dakota, bordering Minnesota; 220 miles to Winnipeg, Canada; 235 miles to Minneapolis/St. Paul; 250 to Sioux Falls, S.D.; and 200 miles to Bismarck, N.D.

Transportation: Two interstates (Interstate 29 and Interstate 94), Fargo Jet Center, Hector International Airport, nine nonstop service flights, five airlines and Amtrak service.

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