CONTENTS


FEATURES

NATURE
28    Birds of Winter
By Bill Marchel
Believe it or not, Minnesota, one of the coldest states in the nation, is a winter destination for many bird species.

RECREATION
32    Pond Hockey
By Andrea Baumann
Lace up your skates, it’s time for old-fashioned Minnesota Pond Hockey.

WINTER
36    Sleigh Rides
By Tenlee Lund
Doug Taylor offers Lake Country residents an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Minnesota winters by horse-driven open sleigh rides.

OUTDOORS
40    Hit the Trails
By Mike Rahn
Snowmobile clubs and government agencies partner to enhance snowmobiling opportunities in Lake Country.

DEPARTMENTS

IN EVERY ISSUE
4     Editor’s Journal
6    Contributors
8    Lake Country Letters

ECHOES OFF THE LAKE
10    Front Porch  |  Hot cocoa bar ideas, a snappy New Year’s appetizer, the popularity of the Brainerd history Facebook page
16    Health  |  Healthy for the Holidays
18    Lake Country Lore  |  Bovey’s Picture “Grace”
22    Arts  |  Five Wings Arts Council
24    Traditions  |  Anishinabeg-Ojibwe Storyteller
44    Winter  |  New Year’s Eve Candlelight Snowshoe Hike
48    Cooking  |  Pheasant Pot Pie
50    Family  |  From Opa! to Uff da!: A Gastronomical Odyssey
52    Holiday  |  Paulstad Calendars
56    Foods 
|  Scandinavian Lefse
58    Lake of the Month  |  Gull Lake
60    History  |  Finding Christmas Past: A MsStorian Adventure
64    Business 
|  Takedown Gym
67    Calendar of Events
70    Advertising Directory
71    Poem 
|  Winter Forge