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273 stories with 1482 photos in 2011, 683 stories total on this blog so far.

December 31, 2011: New Years Eve
December 31, 2011: Minnesota Gopher Hockey
December 30, 2011: Winter Weather is here
December 29, 2011: Trains
December 27, 2011: Ice on the Lake
December 25, 2011: Christmas Day at Gilbert Lodge
December 24, 2011: Christmas Baking  Revised 12-25-11
December 23, 2011: Snow arrived just in time for Christmas
December 22, 2011: Visiting the Ruhl Family
December 21, 2011: Winter Solstice
December 20, 2011: Home-Made Dill Pickles
December 19, 2011: Warm Inside and Waiting for Santa
December 18, 2011: Skating in Gilbert Lake and the Christmas Poem
December 17, 2011: Duluth Sunrise and Lodge Visitors
December 16, 2011: Bentleyville Tour of Lights
December 16, 2011: Bellisio's Restaurant in Duluth
December 15, 2011: Dulcimer Players at the Lodge
December 14, 2011: Christmas is Coming
December 13, 2011: Taco Tuesday at Gilbert Lodge
December 12, 2011: Christmas Letter
December 11, 2011: Gilbert Lake in Winter
December 10, 2011: Winter Wonderland
December 9, 2011: Party for SCUBA divers at Gilbert Lodge
December 8, 2011: Dinner out with the Schaeffers 
Revised 12-09-11
December 7, 2011: Pearl Harbor Day
December 6, 2011: A visit from Lon Schmidt
December 5, 2011: Christmas Party for June Persons
December 4, 2011: James J. Hill House in St. Paul
December 4, 2011: Mall of America
December 3, 2011: A visit with Santa Claus
December 3, 2011: Shopping at the Landmark Center in St. Paul
December 3, 2011: Grand Meander in St. Paul
December 2, 2011: Holidazzel Parade in Downtown Minneapolis
December 2, 2011: Dinner at Murrays Restaurant
December 2, 2011: Macy's Santaland
December 1, 2011: Happy Birthday to Josie the Cat
November 30, 2011: Visitors to Gilbert Lodge
November 29, 2011: Christmas Decorations are Appearing
November 28, 2011: Steak Dinner at Gilbert Lodge
November 27, 2011: Christmas Star on Tower
November 26, 2011: Holiday Decorating
November 25, 2011: Black Friday
November 24, 2011: Thanksgiving
November 23, 2011: Apple Pie from Scratch
November 22, 2011: Biscuits and Potato Soup
November 21, 2011: Canals on Gilbert Lake and Driving Class
November 20, 2011: Legacy Chorale Choir Concert
November 19, 2011: Winter is Here
November 18, 2011: Gilbert Lake is Starting to Freeze
November 17, 2011: Seasonal Decoration
November 16, 2011: Library Ladder added to Gilbert Lodge 
Revised 11-27-11
November 15, 2011: Moving Day for Kurt Hanson
November 12, 2011: Dinner and a Play
November 12, 2011: Franklin Arts Open House and Muskrat Trapping
November 11, 2011: Veterans Day 
Revised 11-12-11
November 10, 2011: Trains and Firemen 
Revised 11-12-11
November 8, 2011: Turkey Dinner on a Cool Fall Day
November 6, 2011: Switched back to Standard Time
November 5, 2011: Last SCUBA Dives of the Season
November 3, 2011: Deer and Dinner
November 2, 2011: Deep Diver Paula gets her photo in the newspaper
Updated 11-06-11
October 31, 2011: Halloween at Gilbert Lodge
October 29, 2011: Deep Diver Paula carved her pumpkin underwater
October 28, 2011: Charity dinner with interesting characters
October 27, 2011: Halloween decorations around Brainerd
October 26, 2011: Chase On The Lake at Walker, Minnesota
October 25, 2011: Tonic Sol FA in Bemidji, Minnesota
October 22, 2011: Oktoberfest at Ruttger's on Bay Lake
October 21, 2011: Fund raiser for robotics team
October 20, 2011: Haunted Trail at Northland Arboretum
October 19, 2011: Waste treatment plant tour
October 17, 2011: A visit from John Heltemes
October 16, 2011: A drive along the St. Croix River
October 15, 2011: A visit to Red Wing, Minnesota
October 10, 2011: The Minnow heads to drydock
October 9, 2011: Inspiration Peak in western Minnesota
October 7, 2011: Oktoberfest at the Northland Arboretum
October 5, 2011: Gilbert Lake colors are showing
October 4, 2011: Fall colors in the area
October 3, 2011: Gilbert Lake in the fall
October 2, 2011: A visit to Itasca State Park
October 1, 2011: Worldwide Photo Walk  Details
September 30, 2011: Fall cleaning  Details
September 29, 2011: Dinner at Prairie Bay  Details
September 27, 2011: Paula's 400th SCUBA dive  Details
September 26, 2011: Dinner and a cruise  Details 
Revised 10-06-11
September 25, 2011: Firebug Paula  Details 
Revised 10-06-11
September 24, 2011: Oktoberfest and Fall Festival in Nisswa, Minnesota  Details
September 24, 2011: Alzheimer's fund raising walk  Details
September 21, 2011: Chili Cook-off  Details
September 18, 2011: Vietnam veterans welcomed home Details
September 17, 2011: Morning fog and apple pie Details 
Revised 09-20-11
September 15, 2011: Visit from Shane Toven Details
September 14, 2011: Late summer weather Details
September 13, 2011: National Assisted Living Week Details
September 11, 2011: Tenth anniversary of 9-11 Details
September 10, 2011: More experiences on Gilbert Lake Details
September 8, 2011: Apples and dinner at the lodge Details
September 7, 2011: Peach pie and fishing Details
September 5, 2011: Homeward bound Details
September 5, 2011: Oliver H. Kelley Farm Details
September 4, 2011: Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Part 2 Details
September 4, 2011: Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Part 1 Details
September 3, 2011: Minnesota State Fair, Part 2 Details
September 3, 2011: Minnesota State Fair, Part 1 Details
September 2, 2011: St. Paul trip Details
August 31, 2011: Dinner at the lodge Details
August 29, 2011: A walk along Riverside Drive Details
August 27, 2011: A visit to the Croft Mine near Crosby, Minnesota Details
August 25, 2011: Fishing on Gilbert Lake Details
August 24, 2011: The Castaway on Lake Alexander Details
August 23, 2011: A cure for ants Details
August 22, 2011: Buffalo Steak Details 

August 21, 2011: More Gilbert Lodge and the lake Details  Revised 08-26-11
August 17, 2011: Big Falls and Gull Lake Details
August 14, 2011: Relatives visit Details
August 13, 2011: Show Days at This Old Farm Details
August 13, 2011: Farmer's market Details
August 11, 2011: More fun and fishing at Gilbert Lake Details
August 10, 2011: Some of Paula's diving escapades with a snapping turtle Details
August 8, 2011: Part two of a photo tour of our native flower yard Detail
August 8, 2011: Part one of a photo tour of our native flower yard Detail
August 7, 2011: Visit to the Lindbergh Historic Site Details
August 7, 2011: Charles A. Lindbergh State Park Details
August 6, 2011: Rain and more rain Details
August 5, 2011: The Landing restaurant Details
August 4, 2011: Crow Wing County Fair Details
August 2, 2011: Gilbert Lake friends Details
July 31, 2011: More life at the lodge Details
July 30, 2011: Wild Flowers at the lodge Details
July 29, 2011: Street work on Island Drive Details
July 28, 2011: Fishing on Gilbert Lake Details
July 27, 2011: A visit to McDonalds Details
July 26, 2011: Stuffed Pepper dinner Details
July 25, 2011: More summer on Gilbert lake Details
July 23, 2011: Relay for Life Details
July 23, 2011: Paula diving at Portsmouth Details
July 23, 2011: Crosslake Boat Show  Details
July 22, 2011: Diving in Gilbert Lake  Details
July 21, 2011: Antique car show  Details
July 20, 2011: Summer dinner  Details
July 19, 2011: An evening on Gilbert Lake  Details
July 17, 2011: Tom Lingwall's 65th birthday  Details
July 16, 2011: Swimming in Gilbert Lake  Details
July 15, 2011: Jim Barry retires  Details
July 13, 2011:
Country Sampler Picnic  Details
July 10, 2011:
Rain rain!  Details
July 9, 2011:
Civil War re-enactors at Camp Ripley.  Details
July 8, 2011:
Knitting slippers.  Details
July 7, 2011:
Fishing on Gilbert Lake.  Details
July 6, 2011:
Train seen and fishing lure found.  Details
July 5, 2011:
Summer chicken dinner.  Details
July 4, 2011:
July 4th fireworks.  Details
July 4, 2011:
Annual family picnic.  Details
July 3, 2011: Paula's version of treasure diving.  Details
July 3, 2011: Mark's version of treasure diving on Gilbert Lake.  Details
July 2, 2011: Arts in the Park by Mark.  Details
July 2, 2011: Arts in the Park by Paula.  Details
July 1, 2011: Celebrate Freedom event.  Details
June 30, 2011: Happy 95th birthday to June Persons.  Details
June 29, 2011: Sunset at Long Prairie, Minnesota.  Details
June 28, 2011: Sunset on Gull Lake.  Details
June 27, 2011: The sights of Gilbert Lake.  Details
June 26, 2011: Going away party for Kelsey.  Details
June 26, 2011: Pastry Chef Paula made a party cake.  Details
June 25, 2011: The Farm on St. Mathias.  Details
June 23, 2011: Dinner at the American Legion.  Details
June 22, 2011: The Vagabonds.  Details
June 21, 2011: Summer begins.  Details
Revised 07/06/2011
June 20, 2011: Turtles at Gilbert Lodge.  Details
June 19, 2011: Gull Lake Recreation Area.  Details
June 18, 2011: Buffalo and sweet potatoes.  Details
June 17, 2011: Dinner at Prairie Bay.  Details
June 16, 2011: Flowers in bloom at Gilbert Lodge.  Details
June 14, 2011: Flag Day.  Details
June 13, 2011: Tornado from 10 years ago remembered.  Details
June 11, 2011: Nisswa Stamman music festival.  Details
June 8, 2011: McGruff the Crime Dog.  Details
June 6, 2011: Remembering D-Day.  Details
June 5, 2011: Treasure diving on Round Lake.  Details
June 4, 2011: The Minnow cruises Gilbert Lake.  Details
June 4, 2011: Tree removal at Gilbert Lodge.  Details
June 3, 2011: Spring cleanup.  Details
June 1, 2011: The dock is installed and the Minnow returns.  Details
May 30, 2011: A thunderstorm moved through.  Details
May 30, 2011: Memorial Day ceremonies.  Details
May 28, 2011: The flag and sunset.  Details
May 26, 2011: Bird's eye view.  Details
May 25, 2011: Spring flowers.  Details 
updated 5-26-2011
May 23, 2011: "Accidental Hero" play.  Details
May 21, 2011: Radio Daze antique radio show.  Details
May 20, 2011: Southern Minnesota trip.  Details
May 19, 2011: Buffalo burgers and Pipestone, Minnesota.  Details
May 18, 2011: Wall Drug in Wall, South, Dakota.  Details
May 18, 2011: Badlands National Park.  Details
May 18, 2011: Rapid City, South Dakota.  Details
May 17, 2011: Spearfish, South Dakota.  Details
May 16, 2011: Needles Highway.  Details
May 16, 2011: Custer State Park.  Details
May 15, 2011: Mount Rushmore Memorial.  Details
May 15, 2011: 1880 Train Ride.  Details
May 15, 2011: Keystone South, Dakota.  Details
May 14, 2011: Rapid City South, Dakota.  Details
May 13, 2011: Trip to Huron, South Dakota.  Details
May 11, 2011: Spring flowers.  Details
May 8, 2011: Mother's Day.  Details
May 7, 2011: Hamfest and friends in Duluth.  Details
May 7, 2011: Sunrise in Duluth.  Details
May 6, 2011: Duluth at night.  Details
May 6, 2011: Trip to Duluth, Minnesota.  Details
May 2, 2011: Meeting old friends at Crosslake.  Details
April 30, 2011: Positive Charge Campaign.  Details
April 29, 2011: WWWI Chili Cook-off.  Details
April 27, 2011: Spring is here.  Details
April 24, 2011: Easter in Brainerd.  Details
April 23, 2011: Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Details
April 22, 2011: Chet Timman funeral.  Details
April 20, 2011: Ice is out on Gilbert Lake.  Details
April 18, 2011: Paula's father Chet died.  Details
April 14, 2011: Air Force Band concert.  Details
April 14, 2011: Dinner at the Brainerd American Legion.  Details
April 12, 2011: Slow warming, but still cold temperatures.  Details
April 6, 2011: Hey Culligan Man!  Details
April 4, 2011: Spring weather is here  Details 
updated 4/7/2011
April 1, 2011: Celebration of Nations  Details
April 1, 2011: Negative Electricity Discovered  Details
March 29, 2011: Spring is coming  Details
March 25, 2011: Live Irish music at the Live Well Nightclub  Details
March 23, 2011: Mark was interviewed on TWIT TV  Details
March 23, 2011: Spring snow  Details
March 20, 2011: Dinner on a cold winter day  Details
March 17, 2011: St. Patrick's Day  Details
March 14, 2011: Dinner at the lodge  Details
March 12, 2011: St. Patrick's Day parade  Details
March 11, 2011: Dinner with Friends  Details
March 9, 2011: Old Man Winter  Details
March 7, 2011: Walleye Dinner at the Lodge  Details
March 5, 2011: Photographer of the Year  Details
March 4, 2011: Dinner at The Fort  Details
March 2, 2011: Pipestone, Minnesota, in winter  Details
March 1, 2011: Weather in southern Minnesota  Details
February 27, 2011: Paula arrives back from Grand Cayman  Details
February 25, 2011: Afternoon diving at Grand Cayman  Details
February 25, 2011: Morning diving at Grand Cayman  Details
February 24, 2011: DQ and Brainerd Legion dinner  Details
February 24, 2011: Still more SCUBA diving photos from Grand Cayman  Details
February 23, 2011: Even more SCUBA diving photos from Grand Cayman  Details
February 22, 2011: The SCUBA diving continues at Grand Cayman  Details
February 21, 2011: More SCUBA diving at Grand Cayman  Details
February 20, 2011: Afternoon SCUBA diving at Grand Cayman  Details
February 20, 2011: Paula diving at Grand Cayman  Details
February 19, 2011: Hamfest in St. Cloud, Minnesota  Details
February 18, 2011: Paula heads for Grand Cayman SCUBA diving  Details
February 14, 2011: Valentines Day  Details
February 13, 2011: Spring-like weather  Details
February 9, 2011: Long distance radio reception  Details
February 6, 2011: Super Bowl  Details
February 4, 2011: Paul Hirst birthday  Details
February 2, 2011: Groundhog Day  Details
January 29, 2011: Pizza Paula at Gilbert Lodge  Details
January 28, 2011: Dining at the Nisswa American Legion  Details
January 26, 2011: Mark on TWiT TV  Details  updated 2/1/2011
January 25, 2011: Piano music  Details
January 23, 2011: Inside on a cold day  Details
January 22, 2011: Ice Fishing Extravaganza  Details
January 20, 2011: Winter in Minnesota  Details
January 17, 2011: Mountain Dulcimer playing  Details
January 16, 2011: Gilbert Lodge anniversary  Details
January 15, 2011: SCUBA dive party in January  Details
January 14, 2011: Winter snow  Details
January 8, 2011: Winter at Gilbert Lodge  Details
January 2, 2011: New Mayor in Crosslake  Details  updated 1/15/2011
January 1, 2011: New Years Day  Details
 

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