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.
HARDING—Deck the horses with boughs of holly, flashing lights and bells, and they're ready for the Horse'n Around Harding Christmas Parade. The fifth annual event Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Morrison County city of Harding—population 125—featured 25 units and 52 horses of all shapes and sizes, rolling and and trotting through the main street. The riders and floats first gather at the Gross family farm before dazzling the community with festive and colorful holiday displays.
Jared Ruonavaara with Baratto Brothers Construction shingled the roof of the Crow Wing County Historical Society and Research Library during unseasonably cold weather Monday, Nov. 26—the temperature reached 18 degrees with a northwesterly wind ranging from 9-14 mph. The former Crow Wing County Jail and sheriff's residence is undergoing a $416,592 renovation and the exterior work entails fixing the roof, steps and brick, and a repair of the drainage system.
Longtime angler, author, educator, TV personality, and volunteer Matt Straw of Brainerd is expected to be inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame possibly at the Northwest Sport show in Minneapolis March 23. The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis., is the epicenter of all things fishing and education for freshwater fishing.
Nisswa resident Gisela Borgwarth, 83, began swimming in Germany's portion of the North Sea at the age of 10. As a young girl growing up in Germany, she was a member of a group of girls who liked to keep swimming after the swimming pools were closed for the season. She called the group daredevils as they would push the limits of their endurance by swimming in the River Elbe and the North Sea.
When her husband Dennis died by suicide in 2014, Jeri Borgwarth felt an emptiness in her life that she tried very hard to fill.
The Rollie Johnson Natural and Recreational Area is a series of two small and one large island known locally as "Big Island." These islands are located within Upper Whitefish Lake, are open to the public and are managed by the Minnesota DNR and Crow Wing County under a joint powers board comprised of seven members. The islands include Big Island, Little Island and Steamboat Island, and each has campsites open to the public. But the islands are much more than a camping area.
Kicking off Brainerd High School Homecoming week, newly crowned queen Abby Pelowski and king Brett Hague smile to the parents and students Monday, Oct. 1, after coronation in the high school gymnasium. Visit https://bit.ly/2ReapYF for more photos. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Gallery and Video
Twilight drifting was a special event Saturday, Sept. 15, during the Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds 2.0 weekend at Brainerd International Raceway. The MAP Proving Grounds event features drag racing, drifting, autocross competitions, burnout contests, open-lapping on a road course and a car show. Twilight drifting featured turbocharged cars and trucks in a drifting exhibition for race fans.
Arranging the books Monday, Aug. 27, in the reading nook in her classroom, Lowell Elementary School first-grade teacher Christa Miller prepares for the first day of school Sept. 4. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch