January Photographic Opportunities

January … The weather outside might be frightful – but there are still events to photograph or attend!


January 14th & 15th – 21st & 22nd, 2011 ~ PSA Mpls-St Paul Print Circuit ~ 9 am ~ Christ of the Risen Christ , 9050 60th St N, Stillwater, MN

Judging of local and international prints by representatives of local camera clubs. A must see event if you interested in rapid-fire image judging and quality photography. Around 1,800 images were judged last year.

Judging Dates/Times:
January 14th and 21st (Fridays) start time = 6PM. — Dinner for judges and volunteers only, followed by start of small-print judging.
January 15th and 22nd (Saturdays) start time = 9AM.


January 22nd, 2011 ~ Ice Harvest Day ~ 11 am ~ Richardson Nature Center, 8737 East Bush Lake Road. Bloomington, MN

Discover a bit of Minnesota History during the days before electric refrigerators. Hardy ice harvesters sawed massive blocks of ice out of frozen lakes and ponds to keep food chilled. Meet ice harvesting historian, Tim Graf, and costumed interpreters from The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park as attendees use real ice harvesting tools. Cut blocks of ice out of the pond with an old fashioned ice saw, pull an antique plow to mark the ice, make ice cubes or shave ice out of blocks of ice, use a scale to weigh a block of ice and try out many other ice harvesting historical tools that can still be used today. Enjoy a wagon ride pulled by Percheron horses through the prairie. Discover how the Park District tests water quality. Keep warm by an outdoor campfire or head inside the nature center to watch an ice harvesting video.

Adults $5

January 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th, 2011 ~ Hockey North American Championships ~ 8:30 am ~ Maynards, 685 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior, MN

Pond hockey on 10 rinks that are all within the docks of Maynards and Bay Side grill. Well protected area within walking distance from the bars. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights.

Jan 22nd & 23rd: Women & Kids Division
Jan 28th & 29th: Mens Division


January 26th, 2011 ~ International Nordic Ski Jumping Competition ~ 6 pm ~ Bush Lake Ski Jump , 8401 East Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN

Elite athletes from Norway, Finland, Poland, and all across USA will be taking to the skies in Head To Head competition under the stadium lights. Many former and future Olympians will be there perfecting their form in the 2nd leg of the Midwestern 4 Hills Tour. Skiers will be soaring up to 300 feet for trophies and cash prizes. Come enjoy the brand new chalet to watch all the high-flying action indoors!

Adults $5 – on-site parking (first come, first serve) $20 per vehicle

January 29th, 2011 ~ Speed Skating ~ 10 am ~ Lake Phalen, 1615 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN

Speed skating competition held in conjunction with the St Paul Winter Carnival.


January 29th, 2011 ~ Polar Bear Plunge ~ 12 pm (noon) ~ Ramsey Beach, 5050 Lake Avenue N, White Bear Lake, MN

The Polar Bear Plunge — presented by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run® events to benefit Special Olympics. An opportunity to photograph the strong emotions that go along with jumping into frigid waters for a good cause!

Just heard that the Minnesota Roller Girls will have a team there — EXCELLENT opportunity!


January 30th, 2011 ~ Pond Dakota Winter History Festival ~ 12 pm (noon) ~ Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th St, Bloomington, MN

Experience winter on the Minnesota frontier from a dogsled! Dogsled Rides will be given continuously from noon – 4:00 p.m. (Note: please arrive by 3:30 p.m. to ensure your place in line for dogsled rides – additional $2 per person).

After your ride, stop off at the historic Gideon Pond House to warm up around the fireplace with some hot cocoa or cider. Gideon Pond himself will bring to life rich stories of early settlers of Bloomington. Play traditional Native American and Pioneer outdoor games including the ever popular snow snakes game! Experience one of the authentic 1800′s style magic shows scheduled throughout the day and prepare to be amazed!

  • Free hot cider, cocoa and other treats will be available throughout the day.
  • Limited parking is available in the Pond Dakota Mission Park parking lot (please do not park along the driveway).
  • Additional free parking is available at Emmanuel Lutheran Church or in the Kelly Playfield lot.

$3 per person

Other ongoing events in January:

FireJam – Thursdays – Minneapolis, MN
St Paul Winter Carnival – Jan 27th through Feb 6th– St Paul, MN
John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon – Jan 29th through Feb 3rd– Duluth, MN
Night Trains – Saturdays through Feb 26th– St Paul, MN

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