• Oakmound Congregational Church

    Who Wants a Free Church?

    I became aware of this church this morning when someone posted a photo of a newspaper ad which read, “For Give Away: A Rural Church near Moorhead, MN. Must be moved.” I called the number in the ad and talked to a gentleman named Alvin Swanson who gave me directions, and fifteen minutes later I […]

  • St. Pauli Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church

    St. Pauli Lutheran Church

    This is St. Pauli Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Almond Township, Big Stone County, just a short drive north of Ortonville on US Highway 75. As I understand the explanation on this page, I think this church was built in 1896 after a split within the Norwegian Lutheran community created two new congregations with separate […]

  • Mehurin Township Hall

    Mehurin Township Hall

    This old township hall stands alone beside a gravel road in Lac Qui Parle County, just a few miles east of the border with South Dakota.  I found it particularly beautiful, on top of a hill, with purple blooms in the prairie grasses. Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

  • Headwaters of the Mississippi River

    Headwaters of the Mississippi River

    Within the borders of Lake Itasca State Park, about twenty miles southwest of Bemidji, Minnesota, flow the headwaters of the Mississippi River.  The source of the Mississippi River was discovered in 1832, when Ojibwe Chief Ozawindib guided Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to the lake. On the left is Lake Itasca.  On the right, the Mississippi River. […]

  • Northcote, Minnesota

    Northcote, Minnesota

    Northcote, Minnesota is a tiny little roadside town along Highway 75 in Kittson County.  It was founded as a center of commerce for the surrounding farms and has slowly dwindled in population over the years.  Northcote was founded on the Hill Siding, a railroad siding named after railroad magnate James. J. Hill.  The largest of […]

  • Noyes, Minnesota

    No Entry: Noyes, Minnesota

    Noyes, Minnesota is the most northwestern settlement in Minnesota.  It sits right on the Canadian border, and just across the Red River from Pembina, North Dakota, two miles west.  Although there are inhabited farmsteads in the area, there are very few residents (we only saw two inhabited places) in the actual town, largely due to […]

  • split-rock-feature

    Split Rock Lighthouse

    Split Rock Lighthouse and the state park of the same name are about 40 minutes northeast of Duluth, just down the highway from Two Harbors.  It is a very enjoyable stop on the North Shore of Lake Superior, highly recommended if you’re in the area. This is the former staff housing and restored lighthouse keeper’s […]

  • Ortonville

    Lunch in Ortonville

    We stopped for lunch in Ortonville during our trip to photograph some places in July of 2012, and we couldn’t pass up the chance to to shoot a few places in such a beautiful little town. Ortonville is a small resort town of about two thousand nestled on the southern shore of Big Stone Lake, […]

  • ib-feature

    Interstate Bridge

    This is what remains of the Interstate Bridge between Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin.  It has been converted to a public fishing pier.  Built in 1897, the Interstate Bridge was the first bridge to span the bay between Duluth and Superior.  It was originally a rail and wagon bridge with a swing span in the center, and […]

  • Old Highway 10

    The Lost Highway

    This is the former US Highway 10 near Detroit Lakes.  It was closed in the seventies when Highway 10 was widened to four lanes, leaving this stretch blocked-off and abandoned.  Today, deer and snowmobiles are the only traffic.  These photos were taken in the fall of 2010.  The hike through here is effortless and the […]

  • Lockhart, Minnesota

    Lockhart, Minnesota

    Lockhart, Minnesota is a near-ghost town in Norman County, Minnesota.  It’s an unincorporated community with just a few residents, but home to what was once a very impressive school.  There were several volumes of a book called “The History of Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota: Their People, Their Industries and Institutions” by John Turner and […]

  • Sundal, Minnesota

    Sundal, Minnesota

    Sundal, Minnesota is in Norman County and notable for two striking structures of entirely different character.  Sundal is a loose knit collection of farmsteads with a reported population around twenty.  On the east end, the abdandoned creamery — the building with the smokestack you see below.  On the west end, the beautiful Sundal Lutheran Church. […]

  • Melvin, Minnesota

    Melvin, Minnesota

    Melvin, Minnesota is in Polk County, about 14 miles southeast of Crookston, and is something of an enigma.  There is very little written history of Melvin to be found online, but the physical remains tell the story of a place which was once significant in the lives of a small number of Minnesotans.  There appear […]

  • Tabor, Minnesota

    Tabor, MN

    Tabor is about 20 miles northeast of East Grand Forks in Polk County and is considered part of the Grand Forks metropolitan survey area.  Tabor has never been home to a railroad, a rarity in the flat plains of this part of Minnesota.  Tabor was settled beginning in 1877, primarily by Czech farmers and their […]

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Oakmound Congregational Church

Who Wants a Free Church?

I became aware of this church this morning when someone posted a photo of a newspaper ad which read, “For Give Away: A Rural Church near Moorhead, MN. Must be moved.” I called the number in the ad and talked to a gentleman named Alvin Swanson who gave me directions, and fifteen minutes later I […]

St. Pauli Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Pauli Lutheran Church

This is St. Pauli Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Almond Township, Big Stone County, just a short drive north of Ortonville on US Highway 75. As I understand the explanation on this page, I think this church was built in 1896 after a split within the Norwegian Lutheran community created two new congregations with separate […]

Mehurin Township Hall

Mehurin Township Hall

This old township hall stands alone beside a gravel road in Lac Qui Parle County, just a few miles east of the border with South Dakota.  I found it particularly beautiful, on top of a hill, with purple blooms in the prairie grasses. Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

Headwaters of the Mississippi River

Headwaters of the Mississippi River

Within the borders of Lake Itasca State Park, about twenty miles southwest of Bemidji, Minnesota, flow the headwaters of the Mississippi River.  The source of the Mississippi River was discovered in 1832, when Ojibwe Chief Ozawindib guided Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to the lake. On the left is Lake Itasca.  On the right, the Mississippi River. […]

Northcote, Minnesota

Northcote, Minnesota

Northcote, Minnesota is a tiny little roadside town along Highway 75 in Kittson County.  It was founded as a center of commerce for the surrounding farms and has slowly dwindled in population over the years.  Northcote was founded on the Hill Siding, a railroad siding named after railroad magnate James. J. Hill.  The largest of […]

Noyes, Minnesota

No Entry: Noyes, Minnesota

Noyes, Minnesota is the most northwestern settlement in Minnesota.  It sits right on the Canadian border, and just across the Red River from Pembina, North Dakota, two miles west.  Although there are inhabited farmsteads in the area, there are very few residents (we only saw two inhabited places) in the actual town, largely due to […]

split-rock-feature

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse and the state park of the same name are about 40 minutes northeast of Duluth, just down the highway from Two Harbors.  It is a very enjoyable stop on the North Shore of Lake Superior, highly recommended if you’re in the area. This is the former staff housing and restored lighthouse keeper’s […]

Ortonville

Lunch in Ortonville

We stopped for lunch in Ortonville during our trip to photograph some places in July of 2012, and we couldn’t pass up the chance to to shoot a few places in such a beautiful little town. Ortonville is a small resort town of about two thousand nestled on the southern shore of Big Stone Lake, […]

ib-feature

Interstate Bridge

This is what remains of the Interstate Bridge between Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin.  It has been converted to a public fishing pier.  Built in 1897, the Interstate Bridge was the first bridge to span the bay between Duluth and Superior.  It was originally a rail and wagon bridge with a swing span in the center, and […]

Old Highway 10

The Lost Highway

This is the former US Highway 10 near Detroit Lakes.  It was closed in the seventies when Highway 10 was widened to four lanes, leaving this stretch blocked-off and abandoned.  Today, deer and snowmobiles are the only traffic.  These photos were taken in the fall of 2010.  The hike through here is effortless and the […]

Lockhart, Minnesota

Lockhart, Minnesota

Lockhart, Minnesota is a near-ghost town in Norman County, Minnesota.  It’s an unincorporated community with just a few residents, but home to what was once a very impressive school.  There were several volumes of a book called “The History of Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota: Their People, Their Industries and Institutions” by John Turner and […]