For more photos of Brainerd's Veterans Day program at the All Veterans Memorial, go to https://bit.ly/2DyTlcr .
Longtime angler, author, educator, TV personality, and volunteer Matt Straw of Brainerd is expected to be inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame possibly at the Northwest Sport show in Minneapolis March 23. The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis., is the epicenter of all things fishing and education for freshwater fishing.
Brainerd resident Becky Newstrom decided to organize a flash mob for Halloween featuring as many woman dressed as witches she could muster. With the time set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening on Brainerd's north side, seven other women showed up dressed as witches and broke into Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance in the driveway of 709 N. Sixth St. The crowd cheered and the women danced, entertaining the trick-or-treaters.
Dressed in her clown costume Monday, Oct. 29, Dawn Graff adjusted a ghost at her family's Halloween display at the corner of South Eighth and Wright streets. For 20 years, she and husband Jon have entertained the residents of the senior care facility Good Samaritan Society-Bethany, which is located across the street. On Halloween night, several residents of Bethany typically make their way across the street along with approximately 200 children.
Nisswa resident Gisela Borgwarth, 83, began swimming in Germany's portion of the North Sea at the age of 10. As a young girl growing up in Germany, she was a member of a group of girls who liked to keep swimming after the swimming pools were closed for the season. She called the group daredevils as they would push the limits of their endurance by swimming in the River Elbe and the North Sea.
When her husband Dennis died by suicide in 2014, Jeri Borgwarth felt an emptiness in her life that she tried very hard to fill.
In an aerial photo taken with a drone Friday, Oct.12, the sunny weather accentuated the leaf color in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. In the background, the water towers of Ironton and Crosby are visible.
The Rollie Johnson Natural and Recreational Area is a series of two small and one large island known locally as "Big Island." These islands are located within Upper Whitefish Lake, are open to the public and are managed by the Minnesota DNR and Crow Wing County under a joint powers board comprised of seven members. The islands include Big Island, Little Island and Steamboat Island, and each has campsites open to the public. But the islands are much more than a camping area.
According to enthusiast Jeanne Larson, pickleball is one of the nation's fastest growing sports. It resembles ping pong but on a bigger scale and played on a tennis court. Players do not have to cover as much court space, making it an ideal sport for the senior set. Larson and her husband Bob are the senior outdoor tennis and pickleball coordinators for The Center. The season starts May 8 and goes through Oct. 31, weather permitting. All the sessions are at the Gregory Park tennis courts with doubles play—partners change every 15 minutes.
What a way to kick off a day of work. During an early morning safety meeting at Consolidated Telecommunications Co. Tuesday, Oct. 2, Eryk Haapajoki was surprised as family and friends filed into the garage at the company's Brainerd Industrial Park location. At first stoic, Haapajoki began to tear up as Brainerd Community Action director Holly Holm listed his accomplishments and announced Haapajoki as the 2018 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.