Unusually mild temperatures attracted crowds to ski, fish, curl — and swim — during Bemidji's Winterfest celebration this past weekend.
Events began Friday evening with the Montebello Niteski races, a lighted trail ski event in town, and the Curling Bonspiel on Lake Bemidji, which continued next morning. On Saturday, there was frozen turkey bowling, the Bemidji Jaycees BRRRmidji Plunge, the Hardwater Classic ice fishing tournament and the YPN Cornhole Tournament.
Proceeds from entry fees contribute to a variety of local nonprofit organizations.
Photojournalist Monika Lawrence ventured out to take in the fun.