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My favorite photos from the Rainy Lake area of Minnesota

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Here are some of my favorite photos from around my home, International Falls and Rainy Lake, Minnesota

Just browse, you might enjoy the photos, and pick up a tad of information along the way.

The photo you are looking at was taken at the city dock in Ranier, just east of International Falls, it was used in a statewide distribution scenic calendar for 2009. Although the photo was shot in November, before ice-up on Rainy Lake, the publishers used the photo for the month of February.

Scroll down, you will see plenty of fun things to see and do throughout the year here in Minnesota's Vacation Paradise.

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Baby the Rain Must Fall

About 30 motorcyclists passed through International Falls on their way to the annual Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. They were taking advantage of the Waters of the Dancing Sk\y Scenic Byway while heading west. Unfortunately, on this particular day, we were hit with monsoon like rains. Fortunately, it lasted less than an hour and cleared up quickly afterward.

Adoptable Dog in the annual "Dog Parade"

Adoptable Dog in the annual "Dog Parade"

Adoptable Dog in the annual "Dog Parade"

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Field and Stream

Flip to page 44 of the May issue, and you'll find an article featuring International Falls and Rainy Lake. I'd direct you to their website to read the article, but for some reason, it is not on their web??? The article promotes the world class multi-species fishing on Rainy Lake and several local hot spots to take in. Thanks Field and Stream!

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This is me

This is a shot of me modeling a hoodie designed to promote our area. International Falls is the "Icebox of the Nation" and while not really the coldest spot in the U.S., it is probably the most well known cold spot. The hoodie notes the record low of 55 degrees below zero F. If you'd like one, I know how to get you in contact with the folks selling them. Email me at cvb@rainylake.org

Incidentally, the sweatshirts are oxford gray in color, but the snow and sunlight has thrown the color balance off, giving the hoodie a blueish tint. Notice how the light has also made my beard appear white. Go figure. Also, I happen to be standing in front of a welcome runners sign, as the area is preparing for the 31st annual 10K Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run.

Early on a frosty morn'

Early on a frosty morn'

Early on a frosty morn'

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Smokey Bear is our city mascot!

Here, Smokey dons a safety vest and hard hat to celebrate 100 years of paper making at the Boise mill in International Falls. Smokey was erected in 1954 and has been greeting visitors ever since. The statue is there to remind everyone of the importance of forest fire prevention. The regional economy is highly dependent on the forest products industry. Smokey has more seasonal gear and is a popular photo opportunity. Check the photo gallery below. The reason for the fishing vest is the International Falls Bass Championship held in late August every year.

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Big Vic

Big Vic

Big Vic

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