Lake Cottage Remodel…and Duluth

Over the long weekend I stopped in to check up on our lake cottage remodeling project in the Carlton County area. Work has moved along very nicely on the project. This past week the workers completed the soffits. On this project we matched the existing soffit detail, using 3/8" smooth plywood. The soffits angle up on the bottom of th...

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sunday was a glorious day in Minnesota. Ellen and I decided to spend most of it at the west of Minneapolis. We enjoy visiting the Arboretum in the early fall. This visit was perfect in that there were still many annuals and perennials blooming, and of course the fall leaves were turning. The first thing that greets you as you enter ...

NAF and Winter Walk

Yesterday was full of fun events. In the late afternoon I went to the Ole Store as part of my Northfield Area Foundation duties. I have served on the Northfield Area Foundation (NAF) board of governors for about 5 years. This is a great organization that works to raise funds for the foundation.  Then each year NAF disperses funds to...

Sandstone

Last week Ellen and I spent the weekend at our lake cottage. Saturday was such a beautiful day that we decided to drive down to Sandstone and hike around in the old quarry. There was a large sandstone quarry operating in Sandstone for decades. I believe it stared sometime in the mid-1800's and operated right up into the early 1940's....

Visit to Red Wing

Yesterday Ellen and I decided to travel over to visit Red Wing. It was a lovely morning and we thought it would be fun to see what the Mississippi River looked like after all the area rains. We first stopped at the St. James Hotel downtown for their brunch. With perfect weather we requested seating on their outdoor veranda. We could ...

Duluth Visit

Duluth Visit

Last week Ellen and I were at our cottage near Moose Lake, MN. The town looks great after the huge flood of the Moosehorn River, but the people there are still dealing with damages. Many homes and businesses suffered from the sudden rise in the lake and river. Our hearts go out to all of them. But, since we were in the Northern part...

Father’s Day Fun

Father’s Day Fun

This father got to spend the whole day with his wife having fun! We started off with a wonderful brunch at the St. James Hotel in Red Wing. We sat on the veranda overlooking the Mississippi river and the trains passing by. After that feast we strolled around Red Wing looking at the beautiful classic and old cars on display. My absolu...

Otto Talks Pet Safety

Otto Talks Pet Safety

As a construction dog, I spend a lot of time driving to sites to check up on progress. When I drive around in our truck, my owners are very careful to always make sure there is air conditioning and that I am never left alone in the vehicle. Sadly, some owners forget how important these things are. I’m here to give you a brief overv...