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Become part of Essentia’s accomplished team in Brainerd and Baxter, Minnesota, where 465 lakes provide endless options for water sports and recreation. These cities, 125 miles north of Minneapolis, are at the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area, one of the state’s top vacation destinations.
Brainerd-Baxter is home to 65,000 year-round residents and is located in one of the fastest growing counties in the state.
The cities of Brainerd and Baxter—and the surrounding area—offer activities for just about everybody.
Stay active year-round with award-winning golf courses; miles of trails perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding; plentiful opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing; and winter sports like skiing, tubing, snowmobiling and more.
Browse unique stores, attend local festivals and events, check out Brainerd International Raceway, or take in a show or musical performance.
Learn more at VisitBrainerd.com, ExploreBrainerdLakes.com, or through the websites for the cities of Baxter and Brainerd.
Find early education programs and a well-rounded, high-quality schools at Brainerd Public Schools. The district serves more than 6,300 students at six elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and three alternative programming sites.
The area is also home to Central Lakes College, a comprehensive community and technical college.
Help bring top-notch care to Central Minnesota by joining one of the Essentia facilities in the Brainerd-Baxter area.
Essentia Health-Baxter Pharmacy
Essentia Health-Baxter Specialty Clinic (OB/GYN)
Essentia Health Convenient Care-Baxter
Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Baxter Clinic
Essentia Health Urgent Care-Baxter
Essentia Health-Brainerd Pharmacy
Essentia Health Convenient Care-Brainerd
Essentia Health-Lakeland Psychiatry Clinic (Brainerd)
Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Brainerd Clinic
Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Good Beginnings OB Clinic (Brainerd)
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center (Brainerd)
Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Orthopedics Clinic
Essentia Health St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center (Brainerd)