Dancing at the Old Mill
Grinding Day at Old Mill State Park, an annual event in late August, is a celebration of a century old tradition of grinding wheat, meeting friends, and enjoying nature at this oasis on the prairie.
The park is on the site of Lars Larson’s flourmill, which began grinding wheat in 1896. In its heyday, the flourmill was slow, grinding barely four bushels of wheat an hour. People waited...
Name: Luke Heuchert
Home: St Thomas, ND
Occupation: High School senior helping out on family grain farm.
Seen: At the WPA water tower at Lake Bronson State Park after a day of fishing at the dam for perch and rock bass. Kittson County doesn't have a lake. The dam, which was the largest WPA program in Minnesota employed 600 people creating the Lake Bronson Reservoir which provides water during...
Trails Q & A
Name: Luis Ocana
Home: South Minneapolis
Work: Stone molder for federal highways
Seen: Eating Alambre tacos made of sirloin steak, green peppers, bacon at Glendalough State Park.
Like about Glendalough: Very clean lake to fish and swim with children. The children caught eight fish today that we fried up tonight.
Best camping experience: This is my second time, like very much,...
The camping season has begun with the return of the state park camp hosts. Rebecca and Sarah are ready for a busy season of directing visitors to the wonders of Charles Lindbergh State Park near Little Falls. You too can become a state park camp host. For information go to: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteering/stateparks/campgroundhost.html
Name: Craig Larson
Work: Groundwater geologist
Seen: Looking for warblers at Itasca State Park for a birding weekend.
Most unique experience: At Minnesota Twins ballpark we saw a migrating Yellow Rail in left field. It must have confused the field as a wetland and since they hide so well it stood still for the entire nine innings.
Equipment: This is a Swift binocular. I like the...
Name: Ginny Gelms
Job: Elections Manager, Hennepin County
Seen: Hiking on the Red Pine Trail at Itasca State Park for a weekend of camping at backpack site six.
Gear: Keen hiking shoes, REI backpack, tent, whistle and stove and enough freeze dried food for three days.
Trail Treat: Apple sauce, turkey jerky, maybe a hard-boiled eggs and for sure chocolate chip cookies fried on a...
The June sky turned an angry thunderstorm blue bringing rain down on John A. Latsch, canoeing near Camp Glory, now Bass Camp, on the Mississippi River above his hometown of Winona.
Latsch, a wealthy, 47-year-old grocer, loved to fish, hunt and explore the byzantine backwaters of the Mississippi River in his little boat. Back in 1907, the Mississippi River bottomland was privately owned...
Birch Lake State Forest north of Melrose is an emerald island in the midst of a bountiful sea of farmland.
That is the way James Kubow, a summer campground host at the forest, describes his home from May to September.
“This forest is a real gem,” said the retired para-medic from Chisholm Minnesota who spends his summers back home in Minnesota and his winters down south...
The forests where the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers meet have been a gathering place for hundreds of years.
Ojibwe and Dakota, trappers and traders, settlers and searchers came to this place that is now Crow Wing State Park to trade, share news, stories and promise.
Each year, canoeists, kayakers and the Crow Wing Muzzleloaders gather at the park to enjoy the historic...
The Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails are well highlighted on our Lake Country map. The Itasca and Bemidji State Parks, the Migizi Trail in the Chippewa National Forest along with the bed and breakfast we planned to stay was clearly marked.
Our Fourth of July vacation was neatly planned. We fun time for our twin daughters, biking and hiking for mom and dad, neatly set, perfect, no flaws, then...