About This Place
Nisswa (pronunciation: /nɪswə/ niss-wə) is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,971 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city is near Gull Lake. This city is well known as a tourist destination due to its many unique stores including Stonehouse Coffee, a coffee shop and cafe that roasts beans in the store, an ice cream parlor and candy shop, The Chocolate Ox, and Zaiser's, a renowned shoe store with many other slightly random items. The Paul Bunyan Bike trail also runs through Nisswa.
Smiley Township was founded in 1900, but local resident Leon Lum convinced residents to rename it Nisswa, from the Ojibwe word "nessawae" (which means "in the middle" or "three"), when the town was incorporated as a village in 1908. On December 4, 1946, Nisswa became a municipality.
Surrounded by lakes, Nisswa is part of the Brainerd Lakes Area.