Brainerd brā´nərd , city (1990 pop. 12,353), seat of Crow Wing co., central Minn., on the Mississippi River, in a pine-forest and lake region inc. 1881. Founded (1870) by the Northern Pacific RR, it is still a railroad center with repair shops. There is agriculture (dairying poultry oats, wild rice, alfafa) and manufacturing (fabricated metal, construction materials, lumber and wood products).

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