Minnesota Salsa Fest

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Sep 7, 2019 in Uncategorized



Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Aug 23, 2019 in WEM

Love Is Indispensable…

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

#1Corinthians13 #loveispatient


Fargo Song

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Aug 13, 2019 in Recording


Skaug Farm

Posted by Michael Dagen on Mar 4, 2019 in Skaug Farm

I was raised on the Skaug farm two miles west of Rothsay Minnesota. The Skaug family is a mystery to me, even though I feel intimately connected to them. My grandfather Garnett Johnson share cropped the Skaug farm and was willed the property following Inga Nettie Skaug’s passing. Netti passed while talking over the phone with my grandmother Lovey (Laverne).

Nettie, Ida, two youths unkown, Pauli and unkown Nettie, Pauli, Ida, unknown

Around the age of three or four, I remember visiting Nettie with my grandmother.  I was not allowed to enter the house and had to sit and wait on a chair in the entry. Nettie might have worried that I would break something valuable, or maybe there was fear I would freak out from her taxidermy animals? It’s hard to say for sure.

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Four of the five Skaug children died on the farm where I was raised and after Nettie’s passing, the Wilken County Historical Society acquired most of the family’s possessions. A few boxes of photographs and records have been passed on to me and I might write a book someday titled; “Skaug Farm” chronicling my research into Hilmer, Pauli, Ida, Inga Nettie and the pipe wrench inventor Johan Skaug and their parents Peter & Olava (Skagness).  IMG_1091Johan Skaug

There are some who considered the Skaugs’ house to be haunted and my mother and I did experience a few extraordinary happenings during our time there.  I hope to someday share what I discover about this talented family and in the process reconnect with my childhood self who will forever cherish his time at the Skaug Farm.

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Take Back Your Light!

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Jan 27, 2019 in Day Gun, Light Heart Living, Music


Click the flyer to access the “Take Back Your Light” intention event!

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LUV in Disguise

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Jul 10, 2018 in Day Gun

 Day Gun Live at the Nemeth Art Center 6.9.18 Photo by Jeremy Simonson

 LUV in Disguise

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<3 4.29.2018 <3

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on May 29, 2018 in WEM

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Birds Fly in Pairs

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Mar 25, 2018 in Day Gun

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Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Mar 1, 2018 in Abandoned Scout Camp, Music


Leon Boots – Highway Ten

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Jan 31, 2018 in Music, Recording

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Lone Some Luv

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Jan 19, 2018 in Day Gun, Music

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Pull My Finger

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Jan 14, 2018 in Day Gun


Shadows surface killer whale
Shark fin lockless monster tale.  
Hold the reigns this woolly mammoth
Pull my finger trickster hand fist.
Let me kiss you here goodnight
Sweet dreams fight lucid fright.
Talking back to the mirror
You could use a trim hear hear.
What you will until fulfilled
Nothing’s free there is a bill.  
Day Gun

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Winter Me

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Dec 29, 2017 in Day Gun


Wait.   Wait.   Rest.
Winter me. 
Everything in
the Great Hollow Tree. 
A warm whisper tongue
sings it true.
Some days I get it wrong,
someday flowers bloom. 
Some days I fled to run
from falling night. 
Quiet heals,
reflection brings sight.
The time is ripe,
ripe for you.
To say I Love,
I Love You True.
 Day Gun

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