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“Catch a Memory:” Historic Fishing Contest Photos

Fuller’s Fishing Contest in Park Rapids, Minnesota was probably the first major fishing contest in the state. It was certainly the longest running fishing contest, beginning in 1916 and lasting until 1985. The contest was sponsored by Fuller’s Tackle Shops … Continue reading

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Early Logging around Lake Itasca

My thanks to Wayne Ostlie, who has donated the following photos related to early logging around Minnesota’s Lake Itasca. These historic photos (ca 1910) reflect the hardships early loggers faced in cutting the timber that was floated on the Mississippi … Continue reading

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26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Last year I entered my book The Early Resorts of Minnesota in a writing contest sponsored by Writer’s Digest Magazine. Over 2,300 books were entered in “The 26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.” My book was published in 2012, … Continue reading

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Book signing at Arts and Crafts Fair

The 46th annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair attracted its usual large crowd, estimated at around 100,000, including crafters, artisans, antique collectors, and classic car owners. Seven authors and I were invited by Marge Krinke of The Good Book … Continue reading

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And Then There Were None

Recently I had two opportunities to take pleasant steps into the past. One was by visiting my favorite sites at Itasca State Park; the other was to look for the site of an early resort near Park Rapids. The occasion … Continue reading

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Shared photos: Big Whitefish Bay Resort and a Historic Mailboat

I want to thank Tim Donohue for sending photos taken at Big Whitefish Bay Resort during the summers of 1963-64, when he was a young boy. Tim’s sister, Jane, worked at the resort and they both share fond memories and … Continue reading

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Daughters of History

On March 10, 2018, I spoke to the Brainerd, Minnesota chapter of the Captain Robert Orr National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Before my slide presentation, I brushed up on the goals of the DAR on their website … Continue reading

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Latest addition to “Shared Photos”

We are pleased that Rick Wolfe has shared another 70+ postcards, his twelfth contribution. These photos are especially significant to Rick, since some of them show early life at Serpent Lake, located between Crosby and Deerwood, where Rick currently lives … Continue reading

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Arts & Crafts & Books & Gifts in Little Falls

The Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair has completed its 45th year! The two day September event is managed by the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce and is one of the largest in the Midwest, attracting an estimated 100,000 shoppers, … Continue reading

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Here’s Mud in your Eye: Photos of Minnesota’s Early Health Spas

Our many thanks again go to Rick Wolfe, who is once again sharing images from his extensive postcard collection–this time 1910-1940 postcards of early Minnesota health spas. Spas go back at least as far as the Greeks and Romans. Their … Continue reading

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