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VOLUME Viii, EDITION 1
on the cover
“Warming Hut” by Randy Asseln. The warming hut is located on a pond on the east side of Lake Osakis.
8 Glory days
Readers spread the love - ONE OF MY
10 Moments in time: A look back at Grandpa’s valley
34 Travel: Cook, Minnesota - The “one-nighter” ladies hit the road again
Editor’s Note: This is the second story from Minnesota’s traveling trio, “the one-nighter ladies.” To determine our second destination, we decided it would only be fair to armwrestle. Jane won the competition, so she selected Cook to be our next focus. Jane made reservations at Elbow Lake Lodge, a location with which she was familiar. This is the only resort on Elbow Lake — a sixmile- long, 1,700-acre lake. “It’s just a short way from Cook,” she told us, with a mischievous grin....
38 Book reviews
Wishing for a Snow Day: Growing Up in Minnesota
D is for Dala Horse: A Nordic Countries Alphabet
Bad Moon Arising
40 Guys & garages on the road
A visit to the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum
44 Back in the day
Murals preserve Faribault’s history
46 Picture This
PHOTOS COURTESY DIANE CHRISTENSEN AND BECKY SCHMIESING TEXT BY AUDREY KLETSCHER HELBLING
48 Crossword puzzle
46 Picture This
Quilt photos celebrate family legacy and memories
FOR SISTERS BECKY SCHMIESING and Diane Christensen, photos of quilts hung on the porch of an abandoned farmhouse hold sweet memories of family and Sunday dinners at Grandma’s house.
Last April the pair returned to their grandparents’ former farm place about 21/2 miles northwest of Seaforth with a rope, hammer and nails to hang and photograph quilts hand-stitched by their grandma, Frances Rohlik. They’d seen a similar image in a Bird Island quilt shop.
The photos, says Christensen, are a tribute to their paternal grandmother, a talented seamstress and quilter who hand-pieced quilts for her 16 granddaughters as high school graduation gifts. Schmiesing’s quilt was the first, created in 1969. In 1974, Christensen received a handappliquéd butterfly quilt.
The two treasure their fullsize quilts made primarily from fabric scraps by a grandmother who never tossed a piece of fabric. Adds Christensen, her grandma did everything one-handed because, at a young age, a nerve in her right arm was cut during a medical procedure, leaving that arm limp. She could, however, move the fingers on her damaged arm.
This avid quilter — she would stitch fancy or practical quilts for anyone who wanted one — also sewed flannel pajamas and crocheted afghans, vests and slippers for family members.
Today Schmiesing and Christensen continue the family quilting legacy passed from their grandma to her daughter-in-law, their mother Dorothy Rohlik. Dorothy stitched quilts for all 31 of her grandchildren.
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Winterfest — Participate in the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club’s Ice Fishing Tournament. Watch the crowning of the Winterfest ambassador and enjoy winter activities on Lake Okabena.
Brrrmidji Polar Days Festival — Annual festival celebrating winter, activities include Polar Plunge, sled derby, broomball, 5K run/walk and more.
Snow Day — Snowshoeing, ice fishing, kick-sledding, cross country skiing, winter crafts and more. Come play in the snow.
Celebration of the Lakes — On North Center Lake, events include hot air balloon launches, sled dog rides, snowmobile racing, family ice skating, horse-drawn hay rides and vintage snowmobile displays.
Ely Winter Festival — This 10-day celebration highlights the unique culture, art, history and traditions of the BWCAW area.
Candle Light Ski — Ski by candle light. Event begins at 5:30 p.m. The beautiful Root River Trail will be lined with candles with bonfires at each end of the ski trek. Soup supper and refreshments will be available at the Whalan Village Hall.
Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival — Celebrating the ethnic heritage of customs, crafts, music, sports, marketplace, foods, and, of course, sliding.
Feb. 4-20 & March 26
Sleigh & Cutter Festival — Old-fashioned ice harvest, vintage snowmobile races, parade, dance, hockey tournament and more.
Puck Days — Antique, Vintage, & Unique snowmobile show will be held on Grant Avenue in Eveleth along with various other events for the whole family.
Wild Turkey Shoot-Out — Boys youth basketball tournament for grades 5-9.
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Join us as we sample some mighty tasty hamburgers at three down-home, smalltown Minnesota eateries.