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Winter Into Spring

By Craig Johnson, March 21, 2024

A lone cottonwood against the distant melting remnants of snow between Bratsberg and Highland in eastern Fillmore County. (Photo by Craig Johnson)

Winter Into Spring


La Crescent-Hokah and Winona hockey players faceoff at the 2024 Minnesota State High School League Section tournament in La Crescent in February 2024. The La Crescent Lancers’ player to the left of the referee looking directly at the camera is Wyatt Farrell (#2) who in the following playoff game in Rochester proceeded to tie the all-time scoring record in Minnesota hockey history scoring 196 goals during his high school career. (Photo by Craig Johnson)


Shedding his headgear—once breeding season is over, whitetail bucks don’t need their antlers anymore—later reappearing in spring. (Houston County photo by Craig Johnson)


Wild turkeys thrive and survive the winter’s elements in this woodland stand near Highland. (Photo by Craig Johnson)



Contributor Craig Johnson lives in Rushford; when not otherwise drumming with area musicians or assisting customers at Rushford’s Ace Hardware, his photographer’s eye is focused on the region’s picturesque scenery or area sports teams for area news publications.



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