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The Best Babysitter

I grew up in a somewhat stereotypical family in the era of my childhood. My mother only worked part-time and this was AFTER we had all gone off to school. With a brother five years older than me, we rarely even had babysitter. Occasionally there might be supervision from either of two grandmothers — one […]

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Gordon, Wisconsin

Brian Finstad submitted the following comment on the draft Feasibility Study, and has permitted us to publish it here. Photos by Greg Seitz, St. Croix 360. I wanted to add some feedback regarding the lack of recognition of Gordon as one of the “Special Places” of the report.  Likely it is that, being a very small place, […]

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The Blueberry Special

The Blueberry Special, a branch of the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad Company, ran between Rush City, Minnesota, and Grantsburg, Wisconsin, beginning in 1884. It crossed the St. Croix River at the Old Railroad Bridge, five miles east of Rush City. It made two round trips each day: one in the morning and one at […]

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Saving the Valley School, built in 1852 in south Washington County

The Valley School District 34 was built in 1852 in what was the lumbering town of Point Douglas, at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers in south Washington County, Minnesota. In January 2012 a small 501(c)3 organization called the Denmark Township Historical Society, signed a contract to save the school. The price […]

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Linn family

The Carl and Lena Kajsa Linn House (a.k.a. The Karl Oskar House)

When Cousin Ken came to visit us from Texas, his special request was to visit the Karl Oskar House, affectionately known as Nya Duvemala. Ken had a special interest in Swedish immigration to the US, not only because of his ancestry, but also because he had read Vilhelm Moberg’s books on Swedish immigration to Chisago […]

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Gammelgården Museum celebrates America’s immigrant story

Gammelgården Museum, located at the bottom of the hill in the town of Scandia, runs primarily on an amazing corps of volunteers and is owned, but not funded, by Elim Church. Its 5 historic buildings tell the story of immigrant life in Minnesota from 1850 to 1880. Although the settlers in Scandia were primarily Swedish, […]

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Portaging from the Bois Brule to Upper Lake St. Croix

In June 2000, I poled up the Bois Brule River then took historic portage path to Upper Lake St. Croix. From there, I traveled down the length of the St. Croix and descended the Mississippi to La Crosse where I live. Here is my journal entry of Day 4 when I portaged over the divide the separates […]

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Kinnickinnic Church

Kinnickinnic Church

The little clapboard church in Kinnickinnic went up shortly after the Civil War when Ulysses S. Grant was president. Built for $2,000, it opened in December 1868 and was shared by the area’s Methodists and Congregationalists for services on alternate Sundays. The Methodist design included pews with a divider down the middle keeping men and […]

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Wolf Creek Settlement

The St. Croix River and its tributaries have been major transportation routes for as long as people have called the region home. Dakota and Ojibwe people used them to travel between their seasonal camps, to trade, and to hunt and fish. Voyageurs also traveled by river to trade for furs, and millions of logs were […]

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Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake

Very few places enjoy a history so representative of this region. Come to Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake to find out how so much history can be encompassed in natural beauty. The land where the park is now located was inhabited by the Dakotas of the Sioux Nation followed by the Chippewa of the Ojibwa […]

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