Up North

Sep 09


Island Lake

I was born in Duluth so it always feels good to visit. My grandparents are long gone so now we visit Dan’s niece, Kaye Witzman, when we travel there. It is very relaxing to stay with Kaye as she lives on Island Lake outside of Duluth. We ususally see deer around the cabin. The deer hang out in Kaye’s yard.

Nephews at Iron River, WI

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Steam Threshers at Rollag

Sep 05

img_0772 The Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s get together has been on Dan’s bucket list for years. This year we planned our trip so that we would be in the area over the Labor Day weekend.

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Freeport, Fairmont, and Fargo

Aug 30

img_0794Freeport, Minnesota is not a usual stop when traveling to Fargo. However, a Facebook friend touted the merits of the caramel rolls at Charlie’s Cafe in her post. It is just 19 miles north of St. John’s so we stopped for gas and a caramel  roll. As I was taking a photo of Dan in front of Charlie’s, a man came along and put his arm around Dan and asked if we wanted a photo together. Fritz turned out to be a native of Freeport. We thoroughly enjoyed our small town experience.

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Heading North

Aug 28

imageOur first stop was in Ramsey, MN to see another Boyle cousin, Mickey and her husband, Wayne Adams. We enjoyed dinner and an overnight stay. We went to mass with them on Sunday and enjoyed brunch at the Mad Hatter in Anoka, MN.


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Family History in Person

Aug 24

imageDan made arrangements to meet with his two first cousins, one generation removed. Jerry Sittaur, was an Army nurse cadet during World War II and then had a long career with a VA hospital. Mary Ellen Kennedy, taught school for many years before retiring. I scanned family photos off Mary Ellen’s wall.

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Going Home Again

Aug 21

Going Home Again

It’s been two years since we visited Minnesota and North Dakota. The 2014 trip was for a funeral so we only stayed a few days. This time we are taking three weeks to see our families and friends. It is always nice to talk “Minnesotian” again. We tried an AirBNB listing having an entire house or in our case, half of the duplex. It was a perfect spot from a week-long stay in St. Paul. The Merriam Park neighborhood was new for me so it’s fun to explore and find a great restaurant nearby, The Neighborhood Café as well as the Cahoot’s Coffee Bar. I can’t forget O’Gara’s Bar and Grill that stood on the corner since 1941.

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