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Water Wheel Mills of Minnesota

Posted July 1, 2020 @ 6:48pm

Water Wheel Mills of MinnesotaTour Guide Notes – Visit a stream-powered flour mill...Nestled among the streams and hardwoods of Southeastern Minnesota are two waterwheel flour mills, each over a century old: both still grinding away, both welcoming visitors.In Winona County, Pickwick Mill, in the village of...

 

Extraordinary birding at Salt Lake in western Minnesota

Posted June 19, 2020 @ 12:38pm

Extraordinary birding at Salt Lake in western Minnesota~~~Tour Guide Notes~~~Photo: tree swallow (one of 150 species at Salt Lake)~~~How can there not be a celestial design lab? A bird-watching trip with binoculars and camera to Salt Lake in Lac qui Parle County on the MN/SD border stirs up such meditations.Some 150 species of...

 

The Lost 40 - Minnesota's last stand of ancient pines

Posted June 17, 2020 @ 10:10am

The Lost 40 - Minnesota's last stand of ancient pines~~~Tour Guide Notes~~~The Lost 40: Oh, to decipher the whisper of the wind through these giant ancient pines...It may say “thank you” to a survey crew mistake! On a chilly, northern Minnesota November day in 1882, four forestry surveyors, perhaps disoriented or cold...

 

Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring, MN

Posted June 6, 2020 @ 3:38pm

Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring, MN~~~Tour Guide Notes~~~Why are there two grasshoppers at the feet of the Virgin Mary on the entry plaque of this tiny chapel in Cold Spring, Minnesota?They represent the millions of grasshoppers which invaded the area from 1873-1877, devouring crops, trees, even tool handles and...

 

Read Me - Who is this Tour Guide writing this blog?

Posted May 19, 2020 @ 9:40pm

Read Me - Who is this Tour Guide writing this blog?~~~Dear Voyageur~~~I am a lifetime resident of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, which is now at three-quarters of a century. For the last quarter century, I have been a tour guide here.I have decided to retire from “active duty;” however, instead I have...

 

St. Paul's first resident and original namesake, "Pig's Eye"

Posted May 19, 2020 @ 9:07pm

St. Paul's first resident and original namesake, "Pig's Eye"~~~Tour Guide Notes ~~~Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Perrant – St. Paul’s first namesake ---Born - 1777 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario [although nobody seems to know exactly when or where.] Nor does anyone seem to know exactly how he got that eye...

 

 
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