Fighting the battle against invasive aquatic species in a lake-rich region isn't foolproof but did catch two boats with zebra mussels.
On Memorial Day weekend, a zebra mussel was found in a boat livewell before it launched into Lake Hubert.
As 2013 draws to a close it takes a mixed bag of economic successes and losses with it.
On the plus side, more activity was visible in business start-ups and additions than in recent years. Established businesses branched out or expanded or relocated.
Mother Nature brought out her best behavior Christmas Day.
The National Weather Service reported tranquil was the catch word of the day for weather across most of the nation. The Brainerd lakes area was sparkling beneath a fresh mantle of fluffy snow.