Our company, like our team, is raised in Northern, MN. Our earliest memories revolve around reeling in walleyes and watching our parents dedicate a great deal of time to improving our community. Now, it’s our turn to follow their example by applying our passion and energy to creating a new source of economic value in the Brainerd area.

After spending a combined 15 years in construction, we’ve come to understand that great companies are distinguished by a keen focus on the details and an even keener focus on customer service. We’ll deliver this keen focus on every parking lot, stripe we paint, every crack we seal, and every square foot of asphalt we sealcoat.

We’re proud to have been raised by this community and we’re excited to bring asphalt maintenance services to Brainerd, Nisswa, and beyond.

The Crew

Owner Ted Nelson with a Brown Trout



Prior to starting Lakes Pavement, I graduated from NDSU and then spent two years in Bozeman, MT working for an asphalt maintenance company. This is where I learned to preserve pavement. I was heavily involved with the owners, learning not only how to apply treatments, but what it takes to run a successful business. I became the first Superintendent of the crews that they hired.


With my new knowledge and a desire to be back with family, I moved back home to Nisswa to start Lakes Pavement. I’m very excited to be home. I’ve lived in this community my whole life. It’s where I learned to hunt, fish and work hard. And now, it is where I get to provide a service that helps to maintain the quality of our Lakes Area. 

Cooper Tollefson


I’ve been hunting, fishing, working and learning in the Brainerd Lakes area for my entire life. I love it here. I’ve always dreamed about owning my own business in the lakes area and Lakes Pavement is my opportunity to make that a reality.

One thing that really gets me excited about Lakes Pavement are the opportunities that I will have to work with other area business owners and homeowners. I really enjoy learning about new customers and figuring out ways that I can provide a service that will bring value to their businesses and lives. I can’t wait to be out maintaining your parking lot or driveway, but most importantly, I look forward to getting to know you along the way.

Owner Cooper Tollefson with Fish