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  • Abby Smith

    Meet Abby Smith—24 year-old local librarian. Left her home town of Crosby, MN for college some years ago thinking she would never come back. And yet, here she is, welcoming us in…

  • DAY 15 – TUESDAY, JULY 23

    BRAINERD TO LITTLE FALLS Our route to Little Falls, Minnesota started back at Lum Park in Brainerd, Minnesota. Tom headed out, winding through some neighborhoods until finally reaching the parking lot near the high school—the one slated for a…

  • DAY 14 – MONDAY JULY 22

    CROSBY TO BRAINERD We arrived in Brainerd today. Not the Brainerd lakes area. The City of Brainerd, Minnesota. Victoria ran the last miles into Lum Park at the south end of Rice Lake…

  • Kent Lorentzen

    In Jacobsen Minnesota just down the road from the old Farmer’s Hall lives a renaissance man. Most days you’ll find him in his garden along the river. In the winter he might…

  • DAY 13 – SUNDAY, JULY 21

    AITKIN TO CROSBY (CUYUNA) Day 13 is now long passed, it seems. Tom and I have gotten a bit back logged in our reports out with several very busy days keeping us…

  • Waldeck, Mn – Population 2

    Some places have a voice of their own, and just after mid-day on the 17th in Jacobson, we took a side trip further downriver to Palisade to hear the voice of Waldeck,…

  • DAY 12 – SATURDAY JULY 20

    LONG LAKE TO AITKIN The morning was fresh and cool with a light dusting of rain. We weren’t sure how long it would persist, so we prepared rain gear for the trek…

  • DAY 11 – FRIDAY JULY 19

    PALISADE TO Long Lake Conservation Center Now I grew up in southern Louisiana, with the rivers, lakes, bayous, marshes, and general rains and standing water breeding mosquitos like mad. But I’ll give it…

  • Married couple runs the length of the Mississippi River for ‘Relay of Voices’

    by Sheila McCoy, Morrison County Record Victoria Bradford Styrbecki and her husband, Tom Styrbecki left the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, July 9. The couple is on an…

  • Chuck and Charlie Carlson

    Chuck and Charlie Carlson, father and son, number one citizen and mayor of Palisade respectively—we met with them on Thursday afternoon at Charlie’s house on the Great River Road. The house was…