Carver County Crop Check

Was out and about for a little bit today.   Like most of Minnesota we’ve had a wet spring and first half of the summer and things just can’t seem to dry out before we get hit with more rain.  Spring planting was late and then the floods came.  Rivers and creeks out of their banks, prairie potholes turned into lakes.

Creek still out of its banks

Creek still out of its banks

This scene is very common, even now the 19th of July.

More damage from a creek flooding

More damage from a creek flooding

This creek has returned to it’s banks, but you can see clearly where the flooding was.

Ruined Crops

Ruined Crops

This pot hole is pretty much a loss I think  The farmer has planted soy beans in it and they are up, but about three inches high.  Unless we have a very late frost not much will come of this.

Water Damage

Water Damage

Lastly this is a corn field.  The wet conditions have been hard on the corn, stunted growth, yellowing and various heights of corn tell the tale. The fields that do look good are ones that were in ground that does not flood and were planted before the flooding rains.  Even those, however, are a couple weeks behind other parts of Minnesota I have seen.

Carver County seems to have taken the brunt of the excess moisture this year.    A few roads are still closed due to flood damage to the road.  A July 2nd article mentions that the state has sustained an estimated 32 million dollars of flood damage.  9.2 million, nearly 1/3 of the Minnesota total is in Carver County.    http://www.kduz.com/2014/07/02/mn-flood-damage-estimatescarver-county-hit-hardest/

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Budejovice Church, Montgomery, Minnesota

A few months ago in the grips of cabin fever, I lashed out in a fit of defiance, and took a day off of work when the sun took occasion to shine.  As I’m wont to do, I got in the car and drove the country roads.  Sometimes the less idea I have of where I’m going the better.  Like most times, this technique paid off.

I came upon a wonderful country church and cemetery.  I didn’t’ realize at the time of taking the photos there is a great story behind the church.

St John's Chapel

Budejovice Chruch,  Montgomery, Minn

I Am The Way, Truth And Life - John XIV 6

I Am The Way, Truth And Life – John XIV 6

“Built in 1868 by Czech settlers who later moved to a bigger parish in Montgomery, the Budejovice Church had not been home to a congregation in more than a century.”.  The church was adopted by a caretaker and restored.  My words would only come up short, so watch the video.

Since the video it would appear the church has had the siding replaced, received a new roof and is having the steeple worked on and looks as in the photo below which is a similar angle to some of the shots in the video.

Budejovice Church, Montgomery, Minn

Budejovice Church, Montgomery, Minn

I couldn’t find any details about the new work.

References:

http://www.southernminn.com/lonsdale_area_news_review/news/local/article_c296fdb9-5c04-5617-a41c-58860d0efeef.html

 

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Country Roads and Farm Houses

There is nothing as refreshing to me as simply driving the backroads in search of whatever is over the next hill.  It restores my mind and makes me think of time decades ago when the family farm was flourishing.

Country Roads

Country Roads

Roads such as the one above are peaceful things.  No traffic jams, almost no traffic, time to pull over and snap a photo without risking your life or endangering other motorists, room to turn around if you decide you want to go the other way, you can travel at your own pace without impacting others, you will see wildlife, the road goes through things rather than around, you feel the road, it’s soft not hard like tar or cement,you might see livestock on the road, you will see tractors on the road, you will see places with character,  sanitization is for interstates. [shout out to James Joyce]

 

Farm House

Farm House

Traditional farm houses are an interest of mine.  This style was common to the upper midwest.  They were added onto as the farm and family grew.  This one has a nice porch on the front you can just make out under the tree.  This house is in nice shape and is well maintained.  Many traditional farmhouses are having the same fate as the barns, so I’m preserving them as part of my rural photography collective.

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After the rain in Silver Lake

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Silver Lake, Minn after the rain

We’ve had a wet spring here and I’m tired of grey rainy days, but there is nothing I like better than when the sun pops out after a thunderstorm.  Above is Silver Lake Minnesota, a nice little town in McLeod County.

We had driven from Litchfield and were following behind the storm as it travelled east.  We saw this rainbow and variations of it for nearly an hour.  If you look closely you will see it’s a double rainbow.

Double rainbow just outside of Silver Lake, Minn.

Double rainbow just outside of Silver Lake, Minn.

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Rain Rain Go Away

Wet Spring 2014

Wet Spring 2014

Wet Spring 2014

Wet Spring 2014

It’s been a wet spring in Carver County Minnesota.  Farmers are waiting to get into the fields to get planting.  Southwestern Minnesota is in better shape in that regard with much of it being planted by Memorial Day.

Drier weather is ahead we are told.

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Main Street, Currie, MN

Main Street, Currie Minnesota

Main Street, Currie Minnesota

Sunday morning in small town Minnesota.  Currie Minnesota, is the Gateway to Lake Shetek and home to the End Of the Line Rail Museum which houses a train, a depot and assorted buildings.

Georgia Northern #102

Georgia Northern #102

Georgia Northern #102

Georgia Northern #102

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Finnish Pioneer Park

If you ever are in Cokato, Minn and up for a little history, you can can find it by heading three miles North on Wright County 3.    You will find yourself at a corner with a school, a sauna, a log cabin and a Temperance Hall.   Until I stumbled across it, I did not know of it’s existence.

The story of the Minneapolis Finntown begins with the 1864 arrival of Finnish immigrants on their way to homestead land near Cokato, in Wright County, some fifty miles west. Minneapolis became their “big city.” Already in the late 1860’s, Finnish immigrant men returned to raise capitol for their homesteads, working in the Minneapolis brickyards. Their families came to expect regular migrations between the homesteads and Minneapolis. The pattern became the way the Finntown community formed and continued. Minneapolis became the workplace, and the rural areas became the homes.  (1)

The Cokato Finnish American Historical Society preserves the history of the Finnish pioneers and others who settled in this area of Wright County. The society is a non-profit organization that owns and maintains several historic buildings located three miles north of Cokato on County Road 3. The Finnish Pioneer Park is commonly known as Temperance Corner: (2)

My shots are a mixture of some taken this spring and some from late spring 2013.  While I’m not generally a fan of snow photos, I think the snow helps give perspective to how this  place feels in the when the Finnish people lived there during the winter.

Log Cabin – Built in 1866, this 10′ x 12′ cabin was home to 15+ people one winter.

Log Cabin that housed 15 people for a winter

Log Cabin that housed 15 people for a winter

 

Savu Sauna – Built in 1868, acclaimed to be the oldest sauna in North America.

Believed to be the oldest Sauna in North America

Believed to be the oldest Sauna in North America

Lee School house – Opened in 1899 and originally located in French Lake Township.

Lee School House - District 31

Lee School House – District 31

 

Temperance Hall – One of the oldest functioning temperance halls, built about 1896.

Temperance Hall

Temperance Hall

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Marker recognizing the Temperance Hall on the NRHP

Pioneer Memorial – Erected July 1949 in memory of the Finnish pioneers.

Pioneer Memorial

Pioneer Memorial

Memorial Inscription

Memorial Inscription

Sources:

1) http://www.minnesotafinnish.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B76F90461-1145-48F3-966A-D703311B249D%7D

2)http://www.cokato.mn.us/?page_id=1073

 

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