BRAINERD, Minn. — From the COVID-19 pandemic to the fight for social justice, and the presidential election to the race for a vaccine — and everything in-between — 2020 was a year to remember. Or maybe a year to forget. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so we've rounded up photos we feel best represents 2020 for our neck of the woods.

Sledders on vintage snowmobiles make their way around a race course Saturday, Jan. 18, at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes during the annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Sledders on vintage snowmobiles make their way around a race course Saturday, Jan. 18, at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes during the annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd street lights illuminate Laurel Street and the Crow Wing County Judicial Center following a recent sunset. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd street lights illuminate Laurel Street and the Crow Wing County Judicial Center following a recent sunset. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd resident Lorraine Bemis enjoys her 90th birthday balloons Friday, May 27, delivered by friends and neighbors keeping their distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bemis was speechless at the kindness of her friends. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd resident Lorraine Bemis enjoys her 90th birthday balloons Friday, May 27, delivered by friends and neighbors keeping their distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bemis was speechless at the kindness of her friends. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Tammy Ebertowski, dressed up like the Statue of Liberty to show her support for the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, gives blood at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Brainerd Friday, April 3. Cayman Loney-Adams, collection specialist II with the Red Cross, administers the donation. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Tammy Ebertowski, dressed up like the Statue of Liberty to show her support for the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, gives blood at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Brainerd Friday, April 3. Cayman Loney-Adams, collection specialist II with the Red Cross, administers the donation. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

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Several Brainerd High School graduates sported decorated caps during their commencement ceremony Friday, May 31, 2019, at Adamson Field. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Several Brainerd High School graduates sported decorated caps during their commencement ceremony Friday, May 31, 2019, at Adamson Field. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Weston Herron waits for a reaction as he displays the Jack of Hearts after a card trick Tuesday, June 23, at his stand on the lawn at his home on St. Louis Avenue in Brainerd. Billed as Mr. Magic, Herron charges 25 cents per trick and selects from several decks on his stand. The curb side magic show has attracted approximately 25 people according to his mom. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Weston Herron waits for a reaction as he displays the Jack of Hearts after a card trick Tuesday, June 23, at his stand on the lawn at his home on St. Louis Avenue in Brainerd. Billed as Mr. Magic, Herron charges 25 cents per trick and selects from several decks on his stand. The curb side magic show has attracted approximately 25 people according to his mom. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd Community Theatre actors wearing face shields perform the play "Sh-Boom! Life Could Be A Dream" on an outdoor stage for a socially distanced crowd Wednesday, July 22, on the south lawn at Central Lakes College's Brainerd campus. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd Community Theatre actors wearing face shields perform the play "Sh-Boom! Life Could Be A Dream" on an outdoor stage for a socially distanced crowd Wednesday, July 22, on the south lawn at Central Lakes College's Brainerd campus. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

A sign of encouragement in downtown Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
A sign of encouragement in downtown Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Forestview Middle School students leave school Thursday, Oct. 29. All middle and high school students in Brainerd will begin distance learning Thursday, Nov. 5. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Forestview Middle School students leave school Thursday, Oct. 29. All middle and high school students in Brainerd will begin distance learning Thursday, Nov. 5. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Minnesota Department of Transportation employee Justin Gilbertson (left) works with a consultant Monday, Nov. 9, to draw samples from the concrete on a span of the Washington Street Bridge in Brainerd. MnDOT will complete an engineering study by the end of 2021 to find the long-term needs for the Highway 210/Washington Street bridge over the Mississippi River. Major preservation work will be done to the bridge structure in 2025. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Minnesota Department of Transportation employee Justin Gilbertson (left) works with a consultant Monday, Nov. 9, to draw samples from the concrete on a span of the Washington Street Bridge in Brainerd. MnDOT will complete an engineering study by the end of 2021 to find the long-term needs for the Highway 210/Washington Street bridge over the Mississippi River. Major preservation work will be done to the bridge structure in 2025. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Voters wait Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the parking lot of Lord Of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter for their turn to vote on Election Day. Limitations on the number of people allowed inside because of the COVID-19 pandemic caused the lines to spill outside of the polling place. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Voters wait Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the parking lot of Lord Of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter for their turn to vote on Election Day. Limitations on the number of people allowed inside because of the COVID-19 pandemic caused the lines to spill outside of the polling place. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller receives the first dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Crow Wing County Public Health nurse Megan Adams Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Crow Wing County Community Services Building. Crow Wing County emergency medical services responders were given the vaccinations to ensure they were safe on emergency calls. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller receives the first dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Crow Wing County Public Health nurse Megan Adams Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Crow Wing County Community Services Building. Crow Wing County emergency medical services responders were given the vaccinations to ensure they were safe on emergency calls. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch