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Looking through the icy pane

Walking along Stony Brook in Lake Shore, a family explores the woods and water on a sunny December day.

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While on a walk along Stony Brook Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, Brynlie Blake explores the clarity of the river ice while peering at her mom. With the mild temperatures, Sarah, Brady and Brynlie Blake were enjoying the outdoors at Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

While on a walk along Stony Brook Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, Brynlie Blake explores the clarity of the river ice while peering at her mom. With the mild temperatures, Sarah, Brady and Brynlie Blake were enjoying the outdoors at Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore.

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.
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