Another time-honored tradition in the tundra: the Minneapolis Holidazzle winter parade. It’s short but the streets are packed with moving lights and starry-eyed kids straining to see Santa on the final float. As a high school student I was in the Holidazzle marching band one year, outfitted as a toy soldier with LEDs and a battery pack. My mouthpiece froze to my lips.

After this I’m seriously looking into a better low-light camera. Is my 5D sensor getting worse? Shot at 800, 1/30, 3.2… lots of noise.

Ice Maker

Cold job. Slippery too.

Michelle Morth of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board adds another layer of ice to the rink at Pearl Park on Wednesday morning. Rink makers typically spray water for six hours per day for several weeks to make rinks thick enough to for skating. Pearl Park hopes for a “soft opening” over the weekend.