With his dog Maisy, Austin Engelhart uses a snow shovel Monday, Dec. 14, to create a heart on the ice of Rice Lake in Brainerd. Engelhart said his family has been shoveling peace signs and hearts on the ice in front of their home on Rice Lake for years to provide a positive sign for the season. 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.