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.
The Loyal Order Elbows float, sponsored by Shep's On 6th, rolls through downtown Saturday for the Brainerd St. Patrick's Day Parade. Green was the color of the day for the celebration. Denise Rathman, owner of O' Neary's Irish Pub holds her dog Zoey while handing out beads Saturday to her staff before the Brainerd St. Patrick's Day Parade. Her staff and friends threw green beads to the parade goers. With eyes matching the color of the day, Heather Bagley displays the lucky shamrocks Saturday that decorate her face at the Brainerd St. Patrick's Day parade.
Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection Career Exploration Day took place Friday at Central Lakes College. Nearly 2,400 students from 22 school districts had the opportunity to visit with more than 250 volunteer businesses, nonprofits and educational partners at the 11th annual event.
Heavy snow hangs on trees Friday morning in Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore. It was reported the area received nearly 8 inches of snowfall. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Workers with Niemela Design and Construction wait on a lift Friday for more rafters at the site of the new Casey's General Store being constructed in Baxter with a canopy and gas pumps on a lot close to Highway 210 and Baxter Drive. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Seventeen trumpeter swans swim in the Gull River near the Gull Dam Recreation Area last week. With the cold temperatures, open water is hard to find for the winter visitors. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Scott Erlandson, regional director of International Series of Champions, uses a heavy-tracked earth mover to plow snow onto the track for this weekend's Minnesota Regional Snocross at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. Racing will begin at 9 a.m. both days. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
The super blue blood moon sets beside Brainerd's historic water tower early Wednesday morning. The combination of lunar eclipse, blood moon and super moon was visible in the western hemisphere for the first time in 152 years. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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