Tom Hiatt smiles Monday, July 16, while his dad, Brian Hiatt, takes a fish off his line at the Lum Park boat launch dock. Tom's siblings Jane and Dean, all from Bellevue, Neb., concentrate on fishing in the Minnesota sunshine. The National Weather Service reported Tuesday and Wednesday are both expected to be sunny, pleasant days, with highs between 76-80 degrees and calm winds. Wednesday night brings a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Kirk Larson (left) watches as Lance Ray uses a backhoe Tuesday, July 10, to lift the first kettle of beans into place with help by Steve LaBarre and Tim Hidde. The kettles are placed underground on hot coals for the night to cook. This year is the 80th anniversary of Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes. Wednesday, July 11, the five kettles will be opened and the community will be served the renowned meal. What began as an appreciation for area farmers 80 years ago has grown into a large community event.
Poised to jump off the dock Monday, July 2, at the Lum Park swimming beach in Brainerd, Liam Hayes of Henderson, Nev., surveys the scene and takes the leap into the cool water of Rice Lake. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
NISSWA—With temperatures in the 80s, Alexis Ackerman reacts to the pending plunge with Gabe Wilson Thursday, June 28, at the Nisswa Family Fun Waterpark.
A bumblebee hovered over a northern harlequin blueflag iris in a pond Monday, June 25, along the Paul Bunyan Trail near Merrifield. There are two varieties of blueflag iris in Minnesota, with the Minneapolis-St. Paul area being the dividing area, according to Minnesota Wildflowers, a nonprofit information source. The southern variety is lighter blue with a yellow dot on the throat. The perennial wildflower grows on the edges of streams and ponds and blooms from May to August. From a photographer's perspective, the flower is hard to photograph without getting wet feet.
Stoney Brook swells over its banks surrounding memorial benches Tuesday June 19, at Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore. Heavy weekend rains contributed to the high water. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
GRANITE FALLS—Sander Erickson never imagined as a farm kid from Belgrade, Minn., he would enlist in the Navy and spend the next 22 years of his life maintaining every aircraft from Navy cloth biplane to the F-9 jet. The sound of an aircraft motor is music to his ears, he said, and he can tell if it is not being used properly.
A brood of Canada geese goslings are guarded by their parents Thursday, June 14, in a pond near Excelsior Road in Baxter. The families with their young are an annual part of spring and summer in the Baxter area and a reminder for motorists to be aware of newly born wildlife crossing roads, especially on Excelsior. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Amelia Ruppert (left) from Discovery Woods School and Jameela Robinson from Riverside Elementary sing and dance Thursday, May 31, along with 525 kindergartners from Brainerd area schools at the 32nd Kinderfriend Day at Don Adamson Field. The event marks the end of the year for the school children.
Before a late afternoon storm drove the 92-degree temperature into the 60s Tuesday, May 29, in a matter of minutes, Levi Jennings and his friends played in the water at Whipple Beach in Baxter. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch