Brainerd Park and Recreation employees Jason Lyons (left) and Jesse Sanders spray water on the Gregory Park skating rink Thursday, Dec. 17. With temperatures in the 20-degree range, the workers sprayed coat after coat of water on the surface to create a firm ice rink. Warming houses will not be open due to the governor's executive order, Parks Director Tony Sailer said, but benches will be provided to change skates. He urges people to check the park's website for updates and information. 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.