Home of the tatanka …

Exploring in Jamestown. N. D.

Last week my friend and I made a four-day jaunt to Jamestown, N.D. My friend was busy during the days, so I decided to explore a bit. Keep in mind that it was quite cold (about 20 degrees) with a strong wind. Being late fall, there weren’t many tourist attractions open. I did, however, find the National Buffalo Museum, located not far from I-94. You can’t miss the world’s largest buffalo that greets you.

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The museum is in a 6000 square foot rustic log building at the Frontier Village.

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The museum focuses on the history of bison (buffalo) in the plains culture. It also includes remains of prehistoric bison, the firearms used to hunt bison, Plains Indian artifacts, artwork and a children’s room along with a gift shop.

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During the summer months, the museum also maintains a 25-30 head live buffalo herd, which includes one rare albino buffalo, White Cloud. The herd pastures on about 200 acres of land on each side of I-94 and are often visible from the highway.

During this article and in many places, you will find the word buffalo used interchangeably with the word bison. Technically, the American bison – which is very similar to a buffalo – only lives in North America; the two main species of buffalo live in Africa and Asia. Because they are so similar in appearance, American bison are commonly referred to as buffalo.

In the language of Lakota, ‘tantanka’ is translated as ‘buffalo’ or ‘bull buffalo.’ Lakota ceremonies and daily life revolve around sacred reverence for Tatanka. A white tatanka is the most sacred of all.

For more reading on the buffalo, go HERE.

Thanks for reading!





Tradition …

Today many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving – a holiday of tradition, a time where we can pass on customs from generation to generation, a time for sharing and celebrating Thanksgivings of the past, and a time for creating new traditions. Many traditions are based on family customs that have been repeated year after year for many years – things like the food dishes served, watching football, playing games, taking a walk, watching the Macy’s parade, etc. Some traditions are formal; some are silly. Some are new. But all of them are important because tradition binds together the threads of life.

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Enjoy your tradition this Thanksgiving, whether it is an old tradition or you are creating a new tradition. Either way, may you create memories so your tradition lives on.

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Cherish others …

It’s Sunday morning and I am listening to the national news – telling the story of the horror in Paris. Several times they showed a picture of a man, kneeling close to one of the people covered in a white sheet. The man would lift the cover, put it down again, and lift it again. I wonder if it was someone he knew, someone he cherished. Although the news clip was short, he remained kneeling, seemingly unable to leave.


This tragedy, along with other recent horrific news, once again highlights the importance of relationships. It highlights the impermanence of life. It highlights the value of treasuring your family members and friends. (I use friend in the broadest sense.) It highlights the importance of caring for yourself. Life is a journey – but unlike a planned trip, we never know the ending point. Best made plans often never happen. But plans are part of life, so continue making plans – with the simple caveat that you plan to take care of those you treasure along the way.

As you go about your day, think about some of the last words from Steve Jobs: “Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” 

As always, Thank You for reading!

Another Amish Haystack dinner … fun as always

Last night was the monthly Amish Haystack dinner. It is held at the Borgholm Town Hall – about a half hour drive from our house. This is the third time we’ve attended. As in the past, we always find friends at the dinner that we haven’t seen for a long time. So, we enjoy the ‘haystack’ meal, we visit with friends, and we have a good time. What more can you ask?


Pals … these two have been at all of the dinners we attended. I hope they aren’t going to be Thanksgiving dinner.


This guy was behind a little shy.


The horses waiting to take the Amish workers home.


On the way home … the sky was gorgeous against the silhouette of the scenery and buildings.


Night is coming …

As always, THANKS for reading!

Waterfowl for Warriors … getting veterans out hunting

Veteran’s Day, 2015

In honor of all veterans, this year I am writing about a very special veteran’s project in Anoka, Minnesota. For the third year, the City of Anoka hosted the Waterfowl for Warriors event. Each year there are two September hunts for early goose season and two October hunts for regular waterfowl season. The events are held at the Anoka Nature Preserve, a 200-acre parcel of land that was placed into conservation by the City.

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Each event includes a morning hunt where veterans are transported to the field. Volunteers call birds and provide dogs for retrieving, along with patrolling the perimeter of the field to assure a safe hunt and alert people that a hunt is occurring. Ammunition for the hunt is provided by Federal Premium Ammunition, a long-standing employer and community partner in Anoka.The morning’s hunt concludes with a fully-donated lunch. At the first event, Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr presented medallions to each of the Veteran Hunters prior to the hunt. Plaques were also presented, recognizing those who have volunteered to make the hunts such a success.

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The idea for the project was started by Scott Wahl, a state patrol officer from Coon Rapids, and George Walker, an Anoka police officer and former marine. These two were joined and enthusiastically supported by Anoka Council member Jeff Weaver. The hunts are becoming more and more popular – so much so that the city is now stepping in to further help by taking over the registration of veterans for the hunts.

A successful hunt … in many, many ways.


For more stories on the hunts, click HERE and HERE.


As always, thank you for reading my blog.

Photos provided by Jeff Weaver.

A little Sunday decorating …

Yesterday I spent most of the day shopping. I had a specific list of items to get, but I found a few more things. I always try to find things that are on sale or discounted and yesterday I was quite successful.

Remember my blog on spring decorating? If not, you can read it HERE. Now that Halloween is over, I decided to add some fall decor. I first used the new plaid fall-colors tablecloth. Then I added my neutral (tan) tablerunner that I use with many of the table settings. Finally, I added a centerpiece that I found at Michael’s – 70% off, a candy dish with mixed candy corn, and a pumpkin candle holder (saved from a sale last year). It only took a few minutes to go from the spring/summer setting to the fall setting.


The new centerpiece:


The setting is currently complimented by my blooming cactus:

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And the kitchen is brightened up by the new mum plant (also on sale).  (I added scarecrow decorations to many of my plants. The decorations were also on sale.)


Hope this brings a little brightness into your day! Thanks for reading!