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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
A flock of birds lands on a bush Friday near the intersection of Washington and Northwest Fourth streets in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
A snowmobiler pops over the crest of a hill Thursday at Lum Park in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Skiers and spectators bundle up against the frigid temperatures Friday during the Brainerd Nordic Ski Invitational at the Northland Arboretum. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch—for more photos go to https://goo.gl/E2uErf