PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — From the COVID-19 pandemic to the fight for social justice, and the presidential election to the race for a vaccine — and everything in-between — 2020 was a year to remember. Or maybe a year to forget. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so we've rounded up photos we feel best represents 2020 in Park Rapids.
Full-time city letter carrier Josh Fisher walks his route Jan. 2 along Main Ave. N. in Park Rapids, pulling his mail truck ahead a couple blocks at a time before circling up and down both sides of the street. Robin Fish / Enterprise
Going airborne in a ditch along Cty. Rd. 4, David Brown (#17) was one of the racers who competed in sub-zero temperatures in the pro class of the USXC Heartland 200 in January. Lorie Skarpness / Enterprise
Thompson, Christenson, Mathisrud, Fenger, Leckner, McKinney and Utke (not pictured) let loose a festive explosion of confetti at the end of Monday's Armory "liftoff." Robin Fish / Enterprise
Keagan Klein whoops with joy after collecting her diploma cover, capturing the event on a GoPro action camera.
Guest speaker Roger Boyce delivered an emotional tribute. Shannon Geisen / Enterprise
A 1947 restored cedar canoe transported Joey Cargol down the mighty Mississippi on a journey of self discovery. He launched the canoe at the Headwaters at Itasca State Park June 1 and arrived at the Gulf Aug. 8, fulfilling his childhood dream. Lorie Skarpness / Enterprise.
A boater moving quietly across the rippling lake near the Itasca swimming beach looked like a poster promoting all that summer in Minnesota has to offer. Lorie Skarpness / Enterprise
Henrik Grannes flies a raptor-shaped kite in the air Saturday, Aug. 1, at the East 40 Tractor Grounds in Park Rapids. Robin Fish / Enterprise
Artist Lili (Payne) Lennox applies shadows to the mural that adorns Aunt Belle's Confectionary in Park Rapids. Shannon Geisen / Enterprise
A willow tree behind Shenanigans in Nevis, believed to be more than a century old, was severly damaged by the Aug. 7 storm. Shannon Geisen/ Enterprise
Chamber staff showed good humor, replacing the damaged 43-foot Christmas tree with what remains, courtesy of "Cindy Lou and the Grinch."
Emma Vatnsdal is a digital producer for InForum and other Forum Communications-owned properties. She earned her degree in multimedia journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead and joined the Forum Communications team as a features reporter in May 2018.