Katelynn Virnig meditates Monday, Oct. 12, on a sliver of land by the Mississippi River in Brainerd. After Sunday night's rain, clear skies and moderate temperatures opened up the outdoors for autumn enthusiasts. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
I was raised on a farm in western Minnesota where I participated in 4-H, high school sports, and everything that farm kids do for fun after chores. Graduated from Ridgewater Community College with an AA degree and my first taste of newspapering. I worked a summer on the Ortonville Independent as a reporter and photographer.