With temperature hovering near zero, the underground springs that feed Whiskey Creek keep the stream open Friday despite the plunging night temperatures. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
The Wolf Moon rises Monday over frozen Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison Bay. The first moon of the year is closer to Earth and appears larger and brighter. The Wolf Moon is the Native American traditional name for the first full moon in January. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Matt Hochmayr adjusts a snow making machine Wednesday at Mount Ski Gull. The ski resort had two runs open last weekend and is planning on opening at 4 p.m. Friday. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Dressed for the holidays Friday, Sean Kaneski skies on Gull Lake. A group of cold water skiing and wakeboarding enthusiasts gathered at Quarterdeck Resort to enjoy another open water ski on the lake. The large lakes in central Minnesota are not frozen over yet. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video and Gallery
Veterans Dick Ashmun (left) and Michael Williams salute Saturday after laying the first wreath in honor of veterans at the dedication of the updated All Veterans Memorial in Brainerd. After over two years of planning the design to recognize veterans from recent conflicts and wars, the granite slabs were erected this week. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video and Gallery
The 2016 summer storms claimed a 110-foot white pine on the Pine River shore and within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Campground. When the towering monarch, an old-growth giant pine, fell, it came to rest on County Highway 66 in Crosslake and everything except 40 feet had to be removed to clear the bridge. That left the bottom 40 feet and the stump. Curious about how old the tree might be, workers counted the rings and came up with a tree that was 154 years old with the stump measuring 51 inches across. At 40 feet, the pine is still 29 inches wide.
Kirk Larson (left) and Tim Hidde guide the last pot of beans into a bed of hot coals Tuesday at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes. The tradition of Bean Hole Days traces its roots back to 1938, when bankers placed an iron kettle of beans in the ground to thank area farmers. Hundreds of people will line up at noon Wednesday for their free bowl of beans for the 30th consecutive year. Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch Video