Business View Magazine | August 2019

99 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE AUGUST 2019 “We are a diverse airport that serves both the General Aviation and the Commercial Aviation needs in this community,” says Steven Wright, Airport Director at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, a general and commercial facility located three miles northeast of the central business district of Brainerd, a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. “And we take both very seriously here and we are constantly improving to make it a better experience for our clientele.” Improvement and growth has been a constant at Brainerd Lakes since the 1920s, when Henry Rosko built the first airfield in the region. By the 1930s, Rosko’s field could not be expanded to meet the growing demands of the aviation industry, and, in time, it was abandoned, while the city sought acreage east of Brainerd to build a larger, municipal airport. Crow Wing County was solicited as a partner, and in 1945, the city of Brainerd purchased about 900 acres BRAINERD LAKES R E G I O N A L A I R P O R T POR TAL TO THE LAND OF 1 0 , 0 0 0 LAKES