Making Midsummer memories

Left to right: Jessica Wickland laughs at the reaction of a crowd member after he receives two air-blown kisses from her fellow 2012 Midsummer Ambassadors Sydney Hylland and Lydia Olund. Photo by Derrick Knutson Bev Otterness, this year’s Midsummer Days grand marshal, had her wave perfected by the end of the parade route. Photo by Derrick Knutson It was a perfect day to partake in the Midsummer Days Parade Sunday, enjoy carnival games and rides or simply sit outside and soak in the sun. Pictured above: Mary Lindquist and her husband Ron, the city’s mayor, tossed handfuls of candy to kids along the parade route.
Photo by Derrick Knutson
Also on Saturday, a good crowd took advantage of the free appreciation lunch, thanks to Peoples National Bank. Serving up some hot dogs and beans in the food line were bank employees, from left, Elaine Keehr, Gayle Bergloff, Hannah Peabody, Moriah Bolstad and Amy Murphy.
Photo by Jon Tatting The Midsummer Golf Tournament at North Branch Golf Course kept many three-person scramble teams busy on Saturday. One team, consisting of Brian Aho and Jay Aho, both of North Branch, and Bob Klingbeil, of Stillwater, played through a little rain on this hole. For results of the tournament, check Sports.
Photo by Jon Tatting Despite the threat of rain, the Kiddie Olympics on Saturday morning began and finished with many kids and some parents receiving medals for their efforts. Handing out the awards were newly crowned Midsummer Ambassadors Mikayla Carlson, Lizzy Anderson and Kaitlyn Johnson. 
Photo by Jon Tatting Bill Stirewalt and daughter Anne of North Branch won first place in both the three-legged race (age 9-12 category) and the water balloon toss. With medals hanging around their necks, they reenacted the three-legged race after the awards ceremony. Photo by Jon Tatting King Gavin Linder and Queen Hannah Bernier led the “Red, White and Blue” Kiddie Parade down the usual route on Saturday morning in downtown North Branch. Once again, North Branch Police temporarily closed off a stretch of Main Street for the parade, which is sponsored by VFW Auxiliary Post 6124. 
Photo by Jon Tatting Also participating were sisters Olyvia and Aubrey Charpentier in their Sea to Shining Sea float. Photo by Jon Tatting Hadley Pruner and Jenna Hankemeier ride in a little red wagon that is decorated for the parade’s “Red, White and Blue” theme.
Photo by Jon Tatting Brooke and Zack Giese having a good time with new Midsummer Ambassador Lizzy Anderson.
Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Mary Sprecher
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The Midsummer Golf Tournament at North Branch Golf Course kept many three-person scramble teams busy on Saturday. One team, consisting of Brian Aho and Jay Aho, both of North Branch, and Bob Klingbeil, of Stillwater, played through a little rain on this hole. For results of the tournament, check Sports. Photo by Jon Tatting

The Midsummer Ambassadors were crowned, activities were participated in, rides were ridden and a good time was had by many at Midsummer Days June 21-23. Photos by Jon Tatting and Derrick Knutson.

Water fight photo by Mary Sprecher.