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.
Every loss of life creates a void in families and friends.
In the lakes area, there were a number of deaths of people whose passing also left holes in the community.
One of those came as a shock with the passing of Dr.