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The congregation receives the sign of the cross with ashes during Ash Wednesday services at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Ash Wednesday begins the observance of Lent, 46 days before Easter. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch—for more photos go to https://goo.gl/s4pvje
Everyone watches the progress of a curling stone thrown by James Koski, Crow Wing County Senior Volunteer of the year, during the ceremonial throwing of the first stone Saturday as part of the opening ceremonies for USA Curling's Club National Championships. Hosted by the Brainerd Curling Club, this year's championships are being held Feb. 10-17 at the Fran Holden Curling Arena at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds and feature ten of the best men's teams and ten of the best women's teams from around the country.
Snowmobilers race around the track Saturday during the Amsoil Championship Minnesota Regional SnoCross at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video—for photo gallery go to https://goo.gl/nzZmDy
Grandson Erik Eide, great-granddaughter Rhiannon Eide and great-grandson Xander Eide gather around 97-year-old veteran George Eide, wrapped in a quilt made for him by the Brainerd Quilts of Valor Foundation. The quilt was presented during a surprise ceremony Friday at the American Legion in Brainerd. Quilts of Valor is a nationwide grassroots organization founded in 2003 by quilter Catherine Roberts, who got the idea to comfort veterans with quilts while her son was deployed. For more photos go to https://goo.gl/6WA2o6 .
Phlebotomist Jeff Schmitt draws blood from Aaron Lieser and wife Jennifer Lieser Thursday at Central Lakes College in Brainerd during a American Red Cross blood drive. CLC hosts a blood drive every semester, the winter drive being part of Snow Days activities. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Aisla Inkster gets a shoulder ride from her dad John Inkster Thursday as they watch the Nordic ski meet at the Northland Arboretum. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Snowmobilers gather for the 24th annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous Saturday in Pequot Lakes at Trailside Park. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video—For gallery go to https://goo.gl/NUdxKd
Baxter Elementary School students and teachers gather in a circle around drummers to take part in a Skol chant Friday to support the Minnesota Vikings. The chant took place at Oscar Kristofferson Park in Baxter. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video—For more photos go to https://goo.gl/c1cLqJ Drone video here
Skiers on a ski lift get ready to hit the slopes Monday at Mount Ski Gull. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch—for more photos go to https://goo.gl/hcSggD .
Teams from the Pine River Fire Department, Backus Fire Department, Scamp Trailers and Backus Locker compete Sunday during the Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show at the Pine River-Backus high school gym. The event was a fundraiser for the Backus Cornfest. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video