On the final day of the American Barnstormer Tour stop at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Tuesday, July 17, a pair of F-16s flew over the crowd. With the event featuring the golden era of flight in the late 1920s, the jet aircraft illustrated the dramatic change in air travel. The roar of the barnstormers could be heard since Sunday in the skies over Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Peyton McConkey (left) sings while Athena Rose Swan plays the keyboard and Carter Sobania sings during practice Wednesday, July 18, at First Lutheran Church on South Eighth Street. The group is part of the second year of the Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock Camp in Brainerd. Also in the band Overload were Colton Dols, Dylan Wahoske and William Middagh. The bands from the camp will perform 7 p.m Thursday, July 26, at Tornstrom Auditorium. This music project was founded by Mark Munson, who credited his involvement in music as being an incredible influence on the quality of his life.
The Schott stone barn was built by Frank Schott and his sons William and Anthony. The construction began with the foundation in 1923 and the family worked on the barn for 20 years. The foundation is 2 feet wide and 5 feet deep. The barn measures 50 feet by 33 feet with stone and concrete wall 18 inches thick. It had stalls for 14 cows and several horses.
Tom Hiatt smiles Monday, July 16, while his dad, Brian Hiatt, takes a fish off his line at the Lum Park boat launch dock. Tom's siblings Jane and Dean, all from Bellevue, Neb., concentrate on fishing in the Minnesota sunshine. The National Weather Service reported Tuesday and Wednesday are both expected to be sunny, pleasant days, with highs between 76-80 degrees and calm winds. Wednesday night brings a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Kirk Larson (left) watches as Lance Ray uses a backhoe Tuesday, July 10, to lift the first kettle of beans into place with help by Steve LaBarre and Tim Hidde. The kettles are placed underground on hot coals for the night to cook. This year is the 80th anniversary of Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes. Wednesday, July 11, the five kettles will be opened and the community will be served the renowned meal. What began as an appreciation for area farmers 80 years ago has grown into a large community event.
Poised to jump off the dock Monday, July 2, at the Lum Park swimming beach in Brainerd, Liam Hayes of Henderson, Nev., surveys the scene and takes the leap into the cool water of Rice Lake. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
NISSWA—With temperatures in the 80s, Alexis Ackerman reacts to the pending plunge with Gabe Wilson Thursday, June 28, at the Nisswa Family Fun Waterpark.
A bumblebee hovered over a northern harlequin blueflag iris in a pond Monday, June 25, along the Paul Bunyan Trail near Merrifield. There are two varieties of blueflag iris in Minnesota, with the Minneapolis-St. Paul area being the dividing area, according to Minnesota Wildflowers, a nonprofit information source. The southern variety is lighter blue with a yellow dot on the throat. The perennial wildflower grows on the edges of streams and ponds and blooms from May to August. From a photographer's perspective, the flower is hard to photograph without getting wet feet.
Stoney Brook swells over its banks surrounding memorial benches Tuesday June 19, at Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore. Heavy weekend rains contributed to the high water. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
GRANITE FALLS—Sander Erickson never imagined as a farm kid from Belgrade, Minn., he would enlist in the Navy and spend the next 22 years of his life maintaining every aircraft from Navy cloth biplane to the F-9 jet. The sound of an aircraft motor is music to his ears, he said, and he can tell if it is not being used properly.