Photos: Bemidji celebrates water in all its frozen forms

Night ski race in Bemidji
The 19th annual Montebello Niteski night cross country ski race featured a 6K course and a 2K kid's tour. Thirty-seven participants between the ages of 7 and 55 took to the course Friday night.
Monika Lawrence for MPR News

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.

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