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Buffalo Skin’s “14 Lions” are on the loose!

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Apr 20, 2017 in Abandoned Scout Camp, Buffalo Skin, Day Gun

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Our Love is Powerful

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Sep 2, 2016 in Abandoned Scout Camp, Day Gun, Music

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Hey Moon I LOV U

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Aug 24, 2016 in Abandoned Scout Camp, Day Gun

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Dorthy Fix Minneapolis Show Aug. 24th

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Aug 11, 2015 in Abandoned Scout Camp, Dorthy Fix, Music

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2014 Barter Fest Performance Schedule

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Sep 17, 2014 in Abandoned Scout Camp, Barter Fest, Music

Performance schedule for Barter Fest’s hay wagon stage:

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Leroy     Noon-12:45

Open Mic     12:45- 2:15

 

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Old School     2:15-3:00

 

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Michael Mitchell     3:15- 3:30

 

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Buffalo Skin     3:45-4:15

 

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Natasha Vodkavitch     4:30-5:15

 

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Al DeSautel     5:30-6:15

 

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Amanda Standalone     6:30-7:15

 

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Karen Townsend     7:15-8:00

 

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Dorthy Fix     8:15-8:45

 

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Duluth Spin Collective     8:45-9:30

 

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Leon Boots     9:30-10:15

 

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Matt Faulkingham     10:15- 10:45

 

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Sycamore Smith     11:00-12:00 am

 

Indoor Schedule 504 N Front St:

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Brain Washh     12:00-1:00 am

 

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DJ Guy Jean     1:00 am – ???

 

The 2014 Barter Festival is made possible by the Hewitt Lions Club, the City of Hewitt and “by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultrual Heritage Fund”.

 
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Freeing a Fountain of Youth

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Apr 23, 2014 in Abandoned Scout Camp, Action

Being a recent transplant to this area, I see our small struggling communities as prime places to create your own opportunities. The cost of living here is low, the natural environment is bountiful and we are within visiting distance to three large cities. Oh, speaking of large cities, I am reminded: there is no traffic here! Since making this place home, I have noticed the lack of people in their twenties and thirties. Where did they all go? You guessed it, to the big cities to chase jobs, culture and education. But what if we were to convince them to stick around or come back? I can definitely relate to growing up in a small town and wanting to get away, but now I find myself in an even smaller town! Who would have guessed it?!

When the time finally came to consider life after high school, I remember not really knowing what I wanted to do for “a living”. I had the good fortune of enrolling in the post secondary program which gave me a taste of college during my senior year. I remember being coached; “if you don’t go to college in this day and age, you will never get a real job”! Well it wasn’t too long after my first year of college, that my parents told me I would have to take out a loan to continue. Being enrolled in a music industry program, I found my real passion after class by writing and recording music with friends. Even with the threat of; “you are on your own if you quite college”, I walked away and have never looked back. I liken these first independent years to a tree’s thickest grow rings. When living on your own you grow in a hurry!

Not being tied down by debt, I was able to raise enough money to take a trip to Europe and Turkey a year after dropping out of college. This experience gave me a broader perspective of this small world we share. The opportunity to see other cultures in action and have a temporary break from the same old influences is hard to beat. Staying clear of a pile of debt allows one to have experiences and take risks that wouldn’t otherwise be prudent. Getting out and seeing the world a bit, can help to foster appreciation for where you come from.

Rather than encouraging our youth to leave the area for higher education, what if we could convince them that everything they needed to succeed can be found right here?  Thanks to the internet, we are more than able to connect with the world and educate ourselves for little or no cost.  That said, we can’t forget about the wealth of knowledge to be found from family, friends, regional neighbors, tech schools and the local library.   Maybe you share similar dreams with your children and could start a company together? Maybe you kind of like your parents and wouldn’t mind building your own house on a portion of their land to stay close to home? If you see or hear about a neighbor or local family starting a business, make a point of supporting them. If we truly desire to thrive as small communities once again, we best return to a path of interdependence. No better way to do this than by encouraging and supporting the youth in hopes of keeping their dreams, ideas and energy around.

M.Dagen

Michael Dagen works and lives in what he calls, “the suburb of Wadena” aka the City of Hewitt. Michael is a song writer, audio engineer, and passionate lover of the outdoors.

Article published in the Wadena Pioneer Journal the week of March 18th, 2014.  

 
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Bring on the light!

Posted by Ralph E. Cook on Dec 21, 2013 in Abandoned Scout Camp, Action

Dear Campers,

We finally made it to the Winter Solstice!  To be honest it was starting to get hard watching the days grow shorter and shorter and shorter and SHORTER, but finally; this is as far as the darkness will take us!  I admit, this is the first time in my life that I have TAKEN the time to really experience the four seasons with all their depth & beauty.  One of the greatest gifts of having dogs as companions is the wonderful routine of the daily walk.  No matter the weather, they get your ass out there!  You never know what you might see, discover or realize when you spend a little time in nature.  There is nothing better than losing yourself on a walk (or ski).  Give it a try!

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Not having to travel for work for a WHOLE YEAR has really given me a chance to ground myself in this place I call home.   It damn near took the whole year to come to grips with the fact that I don’t have to leave!  I am so very thankful to no longer be constantly uprooting my thoughts, dreams and projects.  As the days grew shorter leading up to the solstice, I decided to rest and reflect on the past year, knowing that this down time would be needed so that the BEAST inside of this individual would be ready to be released!!!  (Are you ready for this!?)

River

I feel very fortunate to come to THIS time in this life.  I am no longer afraid of anything.   I know who I am and why I am here.   I will share and use the knowledge that I discover in this lifetime to help others.  I will no longer hesitate to use all the gifts granted to this individual.   I acknowledge that I do and will make mistakes.  I know that I am loved and I will always aim to love, even those who I disagree with the most.  I will always speak up and protect the place I call home:  EARTH.

 

Your Scout,

Michael

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