Assorted Photos & Stories

Those sharing just text stories or a few images are listed below (along with any story that might go along with the photo or postcard). Others wishing to share their early resort memories can click here to submit images and/or stories for consideration. Thanks for sharing!

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Lake Itasca, MN, Sauer’s Store
Donated by Barbara Aarestad

“I spent my summers at Detroit Lakes, and the memories of those years are the very best I have. My grandfather, Frank Lhotka of Bagley (at that time) managed Sauer’s Store as pictured on this postcard I found in my aunt’s memorabilia. The whole family lived at the park, and my mom says it’s where she learned to swim, when she fell out of a boat as a little one. I know she has fond memories of living there, despite the hard work they all contributed, to keep the visitors happy.”  -Barbara Aarestad


Walker, MN, Leech Lake
Donated by Steve Twiselton

“Paradise Point was the only resort on Shingobee Bay. The other picture is of Ivanhoe Resort sometime in the 1980’s. Regards.” -Steve Twiselton

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