Darrin Nylund with Champion Iron from Floodwood welds steel Wednesday, Jan. 16, on the new Four Seasons Car Wash in Baxter. The general contractor for the project is Baratto Brothers Construction Services. Welders wielded their fiery sparks on a cold day with a daytime high of 13 degrees Wednesday. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
After about 14 inches of fresh snow from two storms, a snowmobiler's light pierces the night on the Paul Bunyan State Trail Saturday, Jan. 5, near Merrifield. The snowcovered trail is a major artery for snowmobilers throughout the winter. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video
With the mild temperatures,Talia Whittenton (left) and Carson Treager-Lane build a snow fort Friday, Jan. 4, in north Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Workers construct the new signal lights at the Cypress Drive and Highway 210 intersection in Baxter Wednesday, Jan. 2, as motorists use a single westbound lane. The work is part of the larger Cypress Drive improvement project led by the city of Baxter.
Dan Johnson skates Wednesday, Dec. 26, with his grandchildren Quinn (left) and Taryn (right) at the Gregory Park skating rink. With the mild temperatures and perfect ice conditions, the park's rink was a popular spot with skaters.
Clouds swirl past the moon as a slow shutter speed captures the passage of time in the night sky Saturday, Dec. 22, in central Minnesota.
A country Christmas may be seen on television and the movies as the ultimate portrayal of the season. The 15th annual Cowboy Christmas at the Nimrod Community Hall Saturday, Dec. 15, was about as authentic as you can find. The hidden gem of a holiday get together among friends from the ranching and farming community is an unvarnished evening of hot dish, children, friends, live country music and dancing. With worn cowboy boots stuffed with pine boughs adorning every table, the atmosphere is country.
Jason Jones helps his son, Tait, create a gingerbread house Friday, Dec. 14, at Harrison Elementary School. Keeping with tradition, the kindergartners invite a family member to the school each year to help decorate the gingerbread houses. Volunteers assemble the gingerbread frames, the frosting is made in the kitchen at the school and family members bring candy to trim the houses. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Volunteers Deb Backstrom (left) and Marie Johnson wrap donated gifts Thursday, Dec. 13, at Home Instead Senior Care in Brainerd. The gifts are for the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program. now in its 10th year. Last year, almost 400 seniors received gifts before Christmas. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
A trumpeter swan exercises its wings Monday, Dec. 10, on the Gull River ice near the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam in East Gull Lake. The shallow water provides an ideal resting and feeding area for the swans with the current keeping the river open during the winter months.