Paint by Lantern
My roommate, Pam, and our camp lit up by the "Sunshine of the Night", my dad's old Coleman 200A lantern made in 1957.
We spent a week on this island in Big Lake north of Ely off the Echo Trail. Big Lake Wilderness Lodge has two islands for rent on the lake. It was awesome.
We brought my sister, Barb, and her two grandkids the next year. It was like kid heaven there - they had a blast!
Dad's 200A still works, and has helped to turn me into a gas lantern addict. I think the count is 19 right now. :-O
Saving the Forest
35mm film shot of my roommate of 26 years, Pam, holding up an ancient cedar? near the Cascade River along a small section of the Superior Hiking Trail that we walked.
The expression on our Golden Retriever, Misty's face is priceless. She didn't approve of this tree-holding-up business at all.
Pam died of complications from diabetes last week on 10/16/18. She was 62 years old. The world has lost a very generous soul.
The Mighty Fisher-girls
35mm film shot of my roommate of 26 years, Pam, and our Golden Retriever, Misty doing some fishing on Two Island Lake near Grand Marais, Minnesota.
Misty is thinking that bass for lunch might just hit the spot.
Pam died of complications from diabetes last week on 10/16/18. She was 62 years old.
Both of her legs had been amputated due to neuropathy. She contracted MRSA during the second one that they managed to take care of, but a few months later it came back.
After her system went into renal failure, the decision was made to stop all treatment. She lasted a couple more days and then finally got released from the pain she had been going through for years.
RIP Pammy Lou. The world is a poorer place without your generous soul in it, but thank God you aren't suffering anymore.
Pam Reed 5/11/1956 - 10/16/2018
Barb Fashant 12/17/1949 - 11/15/2017
I have walked alone to a different drummer all my life. Now I will find out what it's like to stand alone.
In 30 years, someone can fill lots of voids in another person's life. You have left many indelible marks on my life and on countless other lives.
There were so many happy places over the years. I hope you are able to revisit them now.
RIP, Pam. Thank God you aren't suffering anymore.
Rock Valle Lutheran Church near Echo, Minnesota. I love all the fancy woodwork on this one!
I have been unable to find a build date or any history for this church. If you have any information please contact me.
Prairie Community Church UCC
Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, Minnesota. I was trying to find the Methodist church in Lester Prairie that my great aunt's husband used to preach at, and I ran across this pretty little place.
Prairie Community Church was a German Evangelical Church starting in 1899. Since 1957, they have been a member congregation of the United Church of Christ, a unity of the Evangelical and Reformed church and the Congregational Christian churches.
I have been unable to find a build date or any history about this church. If you have any information, please contact me.
You can visit them at the Prairie Community Church website.
St. Cornelia's Episcopal Church at the Lower Sioux Reservation near Morton, Minnesota.
In 1860, Dakota Chief Wabasha and two other Dakota men, Good Thunder and Taopi had asked Episcopal Bishop Henry Whipple to start a church and school on the reservation. In 1862, a cornerstone for the church was selected by Chief Wabasha and laid by Whipple. Most Minnesotans should know what happened next; the U.S./Dakota Conflict of 1862. The work on the church was almost finished, but it was destroyed during the conflict. After the conflict, hundreds of Dakota were exiled and it was over 20 years before they returned.
When the Dakota returned, church construction began on land that Good Thunder donated. The same cornerstone that was laid in 1862 was laid again, and construction began around 1889. The new church, named St. Cornelia's after Bishop Whipple's wife, Cornelia, was consecrated in 1891. Most of the construction was done by locals on the reservation.
According to the Minnesota Historical Society in their NRHP application,
"St. Cornelia's Episcopal Mission Church is a small Gothic Revival structure of granite native to the area. The cruciform plan building includes a crenelated tower at the north transcept and a small narthex extension at the entrance (west facade). Battered buttresses mark the bays of the nave of the church. Memorials include a rose window on the upper front gable for Bishop Henry Whipple's wife, Cornelia, and an arched window over the altar for Rev. S.D. Hinman, who began mission work with the Dakota during the Agency period. Interior walls are of brick and rafters are exposed."
The church is still being used in 2018, though recently a section of the granite on the outside of the back of the church collapsed. I am unsure if the damage compromised the building or not.
St. Cornelia's is listed to the National Register of Historic Places.
Date Added: October 11, 1979
NRHP #: 79003717
Church of St. Wenceslaus, a Catholic church in New Prague, Minnesota. It started out as a Catholic hamlet settled by Czech immigrants. In 1857 the parish was organized, and in 1861 a log church was completed along with a log rectory in 1862.
After the first church burned, a second church was built in 1868. In 1873, they replaced the log rectory with a brick one. A school and a convent were added in 1878 and around 1880. When the parish outgrew those buildings, they were replaced by the current ones.
The present Romanesque Revival and Georgian style church was built in 1907, the rectory in 1908 and the school in 1914. The convent was replaced in 1949.
Visit the St. Wenceslaus Website.
This church is on the National Register of Historic Places.
NRHP Reference#: 82003035
Added to NRHP: February 19, 1982
St. Boniface Catholic
St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart, Minnesota built in 1902. The parish is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, and is currently part of The Roman Catholic Area Faith Community of St. Anastasia & St. Boniface. I have been unable to find any history about this church. If you have any knowledge of its history, please contact me.
You can visit their website at www.stanastasia.net/
Life changed abruptly starting in 2012 when I was laid off of my job of 13 years, and then in 2014 when my second job (which had become my first) was outsourced to India. It's not good to be pushing 60 and out of a job.
Thanks to the (now defunct) Trade Adjustment Act, though, I have been able to make lemonade out of those lemons. I just got my bachelor's degree! The degree is in Individualized Studies with a focus on Technical Communications. I am currently employed, but I am looking for a Tech Comm-related position, either within the company I work for or elsewhere. If anybody is "in the know" about such a position, please contact me.
I love photography, and it has been a hobby of mine since the mid-1970s when my Dad bought me my first 35mm SLR camera, a Pentax H2. From there I progressed to a Pentax Spotmatic SP-1000 and used that for years.
In 2003 I finally went to digital with a couple of Fuji point-and-shoot cameras, but since 2008 I've been using Pentax digital SLRs and loving it.
I am a Minnesota girl through and through! From 1994 to 2009 I had a very popular website called "The Woodshed" which included an extensive Minnesota section.
After buying a house I had to give it up, so I'm happy that there are other outlets now to be able to showcase my love for the State of Minnesota.
Please don't be offended if I don't respond to comments. Very limited time, and what I usually do instead is to go look at your stuff if you've been looking at mine.
NOTE ABOUT MY GALLERIES: I am currently doing some splitting up and rearranging of my galleries because some of them are way to lengthy. This is just a heads-up that if you can't find an image that was in a gallery, it may have been moved within the gallery or to a new one.
In my rearranging, I have also accidentally lost a few images AND deleted some that were near-duplicates, so please don't feel snubbed if you can't find an image somewhere in a gallery.