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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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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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Kettle River Paddle Festival

The Kettle River Paddle Festival takes place each spring in and near Sandstone, Minnesota and Banning State Park. The weekend-long event includes a downriver race, a “Whitewater Rodeo” in the Kettle’s famous rapids, and lots of time for socializing at the Gaslight Bar in Sandstone. More:

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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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River Falls, Wisconsin- The Swinging Bridge at Glen Park

One of the most beloved icons of River Falls, Wisconsin, is its Swinging Bridge. As a gateway between historic Glen Park and Cascade Avenue, the bridge offers a wonderful view of the South Fork rapids as they begin their entry into the Kinnickinnic River. Glen Park, a 41 acre park established in 1898, is the […]

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