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My favorite photos from the Rainy Lake area of Minnesota

Updated on September 22, 2014

Here are some of my favorite photos from around my home, International Falls and Rainy Lake, Minnesota

Just browse, you might enjoy the photos, and pick up a tad of information along the way.

The photo you are looking at was taken at the city dock in Ranier, just east of International Falls, it was used in a statewide distribution scenic calendar for 2009. Although the photo was shot in November, before ice-up on Rainy Lake, the publishers used the photo for the month of February.

Scroll down, you will see plenty of fun things to see and do throughout the year here in Minnesota's Vacation Paradise.

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Baby the Rain Must Fall

About 30 motorcyclists passed through International Falls on their way to the annual Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. They were taking advantage of the Waters of the Dancing Sk\y Scenic Byway while heading west. Unfortunately, on this particular day, we were hit with monsoon like rains. Fortunately, it lasted less than an hour and cleared up quickly afterward.

Adoptable Dog in the annual "Dog Parade"

Adoptable Dog in the annual "Dog Parade"
Adoptable Dog in the annual "Dog Parade"

And more photos from the Ranier Summer Festival - August 12, 2011

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Yes, the parade starts out going to the dogs!  Dog owners proudly walk their costumed pets. It's a good thing volunteers also parade the adoptable dogs in the area.Typical dog walkerColor Guard leads the regular paradeGrand PoobahAnd Grand MarshallFree will offering hot dogs to support the dog pound! It was a good day, people were very generous.Got to have some classic transportation!Kids love this form of transportation, the Ranier Train.Russ's grandkids enjoyed this rideNo dunes in Ranier....but there's a dune buggy?
Yes, the parade starts out going to the dogs!  Dog owners proudly walk their costumed pets. It's a good thing volunteers also parade the adoptable dogs in the area.
Yes, the parade starts out going to the dogs! Dog owners proudly walk their costumed pets. It's a good thing volunteers also parade the adoptable dogs in the area.
Typical dog walker
Typical dog walker
Color Guard leads the regular parade
Color Guard leads the regular parade
Grand Poobah
Grand Poobah
And Grand Marshall
And Grand Marshall
Free will offering hot dogs to support the dog pound! It was a good day, people were very generous.
Free will offering hot dogs to support the dog pound! It was a good day, people were very generous.
Got to have some classic transportation!
Got to have some classic transportation!
Kids love this form of transportation, the Ranier Train.
Kids love this form of transportation, the Ranier Train.
Russ's grandkids enjoyed this ride
Russ's grandkids enjoyed this ride
No dunes in Ranier....but there's a dune buggy?
No dunes in Ranier....but there's a dune buggy?
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Field and Stream

Flip to page 44 of the May issue, and you'll find an article featuring International Falls and Rainy Lake. I'd direct you to their website to read the article, but for some reason, it is not on their web??? The article promotes the world class multi-species fishing on Rainy Lake and several local hot spots to take in. Thanks Field and Stream!

This is me

This is a shot of me modeling a hoodie designed to promote our area. International Falls is the "Icebox of the Nation" and while not really the coldest spot in the U.S., it is probably the most well known cold spot. The hoodie notes the record low of 55 degrees below zero F. If you'd like one, I know how to get you in contact with the folks selling them. Email me at cvb@rainylake.org

Incidentally, the sweatshirts are oxford gray in color, but the snow and sunlight has thrown the color balance off, giving the hoodie a blueish tint. Notice how the light has also made my beard appear white. Go figure. Also, I happen to be standing in front of a welcome runners sign, as the area is preparing for the 31st annual 10K Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run.

Early on a frosty morn'

Early on a frosty morn'
Early on a frosty morn'
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Smokey Bear is our city mascot!

Here, Smokey dons a safety vest and hard hat to celebrate 100 years of paper making at the Boise mill in International Falls. Smokey was erected in 1954 and has been greeting visitors ever since. The statue is there to remind everyone of the importance of forest fire prevention. The regional economy is highly dependent on the forest products industry. Smokey has more seasonal gear and is a popular photo opportunity. Check the photo gallery below. The reason for the fishing vest is the International Falls Bass Championship held in late August every year.

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Fun with Smokey Bear

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Smokey became the symbol of forest fire protection in 1945, making him 65 years old. Should he retire?Visitors take advantage of the photo op.Smokey Bear Park fills with family fun every August during the International Falls Bass Championship.Smokey ready for anglingSmokey, where's your wool coat? Yes, he wears a buffalo check red plaid wool coat most of the winter.
Smokey became the symbol of forest fire protection in 1945, making him 65 years old. Should he retire?
Smokey became the symbol of forest fire protection in 1945, making him 65 years old. Should he retire?
Visitors take advantage of the photo op.
Visitors take advantage of the photo op.
Smokey Bear Park fills with family fun every August during the International Falls Bass Championship.
Smokey Bear Park fills with family fun every August during the International Falls Bass Championship.
Smokey ready for angling
Smokey ready for angling
Smokey, where's your wool coat? Yes, he wears a buffalo check red plaid wool coat most of the winter.
Smokey, where's your wool coat? Yes, he wears a buffalo check red plaid wool coat most of the winter.

Big Vic

Big Vic
Big Vic
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And then there's his twin.

Vic greets visitors to Ranier, just a couple miles east of International Falls. Big Louie is Vic's twin. They began life as part of a land management protest on Rainy Lake. Vic took up residence in Ranier after the dispute. Louie ended up outside the Lakeside View Restaurant in Barnum, Minnesota, just south of Cloquet on I-35. Stop in and say hi to Louie if you're ever passing by. Vic and Louie are 30 foot tall Voyageurs, the term used for the French Canadian laborers that carried furs east and trade-goods west. Using huge North Canoes, the Voyageurs would paddle and portage all day for months.

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Who doesn't like Fall Colors - again, click to enlarge and rotate.

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I like Rainy Lake/Voyageurs National Park

Rainy Lake is part of Minnesota's only National Park, Voyageurs, created to showcase the natural beauty of the area. Rainy Lake has an interesting history that includes being part of the major waterway used by the Voyageurs, being the site of a late 1800's gold rush, and being one of the best walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass fisheries in the state. The photos show the beauty of our area. My thanks to Elisa Winterland for the use of some of her great summer fun photos.

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"The Voyageur" a 49 passenger tour boat for Voyageurs National Park.Gold mine shaft on Bushyhead Island, the only horizontal shaft in the gold mine district.Foggy DayFoggy DockLooking west from the seaplane dock just below the Ranier RapidsLooks like fun, could be dangerous, courtesy Elisa WinterlandVisitors arrive at Little American Island to tour the defunct gold mineI call this "Jump in the Lake" courtesy Elisa WinterlandVoyageurs National Park participates in the Ranier Days celebration by providing north canoe rides.Some equipment from the head frame of the gold Mine on Little American Island
"The Voyageur" a 49 passenger tour boat for Voyageurs National Park.
"The Voyageur" a 49 passenger tour boat for Voyageurs National Park.
Gold mine shaft on Bushyhead Island, the only horizontal shaft in the gold mine district.
Gold mine shaft on Bushyhead Island, the only horizontal shaft in the gold mine district.
Foggy Day
Foggy Day
Foggy Dock
Foggy Dock
Looking west from the seaplane dock just below the Ranier Rapids
Looking west from the seaplane dock just below the Ranier Rapids
Looks like fun, could be dangerous, courtesy Elisa Winterland
Looks like fun, could be dangerous, courtesy Elisa Winterland
Visitors arrive at Little American Island to tour the defunct gold mine
Visitors arrive at Little American Island to tour the defunct gold mine
I call this "Jump in the Lake" courtesy Elisa Winterland
I call this "Jump in the Lake" courtesy Elisa Winterland
Voyageurs National Park participates in the Ranier Days celebration by providing north canoe rides.
Voyageurs National Park participates in the Ranier Days celebration by providing north canoe rides.
Some equipment from the head frame of the gold Mine on Little American Island
Some equipment from the head frame of the gold Mine on Little American Island

If you are not the lead dog, the scenery never changes.

Photo courtesy Tom Walter

Photo courtesy Tom Walter
Photo courtesy Tom Walter
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Wilderness equals Wildlife

Extensive forestland around International Falls provides habitat for all sorts of wildlife, making the area a wildlife watchers dream. There are birding checklists and suggested routes available through the International Falls, Rainy Lake and Ranier Convention and Visitors Bureau. Call them at 1-800-325-5766. As this photo suggests, some wildlife is not bothered by human activity at all.

An extensive network of forestry and secondary roads in Koochiching County can bring you through many types of habitat, and during migration season, there are birds all over.

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Three does in a freshly mowed field.look under the pine bough, there's a ruffed grouseMoose in Voyageurs National Park. Photo courtesy VNPThe state bird, the loon.The national bird, the bald eagle.
Three does in a freshly mowed field.
Three does in a freshly mowed field.
look under the pine bough, there's a ruffed grouse
look under the pine bough, there's a ruffed grouse
Moose in Voyageurs National Park. Photo courtesy VNP
Moose in Voyageurs National Park. Photo courtesy VNP
The state bird, the loon.
The state bird, the loon.
The national bird, the bald eagle.
The national bird, the bald eagle.

You just don't see this every day!

You just don't see this every day!
You just don't see this every day!

This, you could probably see every day.

This, you could probably see every day.
This, you could probably see every day.

Beam me up?

Some logging operations deliver wood to the Boise paper mill already chipped and loaded into vans. To empty the van, the whole truck is tipped on a huge hydraulic lift. Chips move from the delivery/process center, shown here, to the mill through an overhead pipeline.

Winter can be beautiful. - click to enlarge and rotate.

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Winter 2010 - click to enlarge and rotate.

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International Falls crews string lights on a Christmas Tree set up at the end of 3rd Street, adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau offices. The next four photos are courtesy of Janine Burtness of the CVB.Every year, the Mann's give horse-drawn rides as the holiday season kicks off.Okay, a scene from "A Christmas Story" it's not, but it is a nice shot of downtown International Falls.The Chamber/CVB offices decorations.Santa is always a big hit.Looking west down the Rainy River.Smokey in buffalo check cruiser jacket.snowy trees along the waterfront.snowy treeseven more snowy trees.
International Falls crews string lights on a Christmas Tree set up at the end of 3rd Street, adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau offices. The next four photos are courtesy of Janine Burtness of the CVB.
International Falls crews string lights on a Christmas Tree set up at the end of 3rd Street, adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau offices. The next four photos are courtesy of Janine Burtness of the CVB.
Every year, the Mann's give horse-drawn rides as the holiday season kicks off.
Every year, the Mann's give horse-drawn rides as the holiday season kicks off.
Okay, a scene from "A Christmas Story" it's not, but it is a nice shot of downtown International Falls.
Okay, a scene from "A Christmas Story" it's not, but it is a nice shot of downtown International Falls.
The Chamber/CVB offices decorations.
The Chamber/CVB offices decorations.
Santa is always a big hit.
Santa is always a big hit.
Looking west down the Rainy River.
Looking west down the Rainy River.
Smokey in buffalo check cruiser jacket.
Smokey in buffalo check cruiser jacket.
snowy trees along the waterfront.
snowy trees along the waterfront.
snowy trees
snowy trees
even more snowy trees.
even more snowy trees.

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

St. Thomas Aquinas Church
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
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A Historic Building!

The most common question in International Falls is: "So, where's the falls?" and the answer could be; "Go look at St. Thomas."

Industrialist Edward W. Backus forged ahead with civilization, damming the Rainy River just below the falls and harnessing the tremendous water power. Rock quarried from the falls was used to construct the church.

The photo shows hoar frost on bare trees near the south end of the Church.

I can't resist this!

A painter got the contract to paint the steeple on his church. Wanting to save his congregation as much as possible, he bought just enough paint to do the job. However, halfway through, he realized he had miscalculated and would not have enough paint. Resourceful soul that he was, he thinned the remaining paint until he had enough and finished the job.

He put away his ladders and stepped back to admire his job and was horrified to see the steeple was two distinctly different shades. The painter turned his head to heaven and asked: "Oh God, what will I do now?" Just then, clouds broke and the sun burst through as a voice boomed out from the sky and said; "Repaint, and stop your thinning."

Sorry.

Payback here

Don't give up the day job.

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Quirky Art? - Click to enlarge and rotate

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Sculpture outside Rainy River Community College
Sculpture outside Rainy River Community College
Sculpture outside Rainy River Community College
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Basshenge?

Travel a little west, and you'll see "Basshenge" a roadside artwork that was the dream of Joseph Gustafeste. Various sized bass violins were cut from sheet steel and mounted on concrete pillars in a rough circle, kind of like Stonehenge. This quirky roadside art can be found on the north side of Highway 11 just east of Birchdale.

If you spot Basshenge, just a little further down the road will be the turn to Franz Jevne State Park. If you have never hiked there, you should, there are great views of the Long Sault rapids.

Holy Cow!

Hay Man?

Hay Man?
Hay Man?

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Rainy Indeed!

The above photos were snapped on July 1, 2010, following an early morning downpour that overwhelmed the storm sewer system. It took an hour, perhaps more, to drain from the streets. As you can see, passenger cars couldn't make it through, but an 18-wheeler had no problem.

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Pat Roche AccessStretching the ropeGettin' readyFirst, the National AnthemGet ReadyPull!Pull harder!Ah VictoryAnd Again!And a reaction
Pat Roche Access
Pat Roche Access
Stretching the rope
Stretching the rope
Gettin' ready
Gettin' ready
First, the National Anthem
First, the National Anthem
Get Ready
Get Ready
Pull!
Pull!
Pull harder!
Pull harder!
Ah Victory
Ah Victory
And Again!
And Again!
And a reaction
And a reaction

International Tug of War

International Falls is just across the Rainy River from Fort Frances, Ontario. So, why not stage a tug of war over the river? Above is a look at the 2010 event. A 1200 foot rope stretches from the Sorting Gap Marina in Fort Frances to the Pat Roche Access in International Falls. Each team sings their national anthem, then gets organized and at the starters call, it's pull, pull, pull!

For 2010, the International Falls team managed a win, in 2011, the Canadians took the trophy. In 2012, a huge storm blew up just at the time the event was scheduled to start and it had to be called off for safety reasons. The U.S. team won the 2013 events with ease. in 2014, however, high water flooded the pulling areas and posed dangers so the Rainy River was declared the winner.

This has started to draw national attention in each country, so does that qualify as international attention?

The Tug of War is scheduled to coincide with the July 1, Canada Day and July 4, Independence Day celebrations.

Grousing About - click to enlarge and rotate.

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Hunter walking trailOriginal port-a-pottyDead end spurs off of national forest roads are marked with an alphabetical addition to the road number.The lost 40 is not lost, merely remote.National forest road.Miit Lake CreekHuh????Glove LakeSign of fall.Big Fork River.
Hunter walking trail
Hunter walking trail
Original port-a-potty
Original port-a-potty
Dead end spurs off of national forest roads are marked with an alphabetical addition to the road number.
Dead end spurs off of national forest roads are marked with an alphabetical addition to the road number.
The lost 40 is not lost, merely remote.
The lost 40 is not lost, merely remote.
National forest road.
National forest road.
Miit Lake Creek
Miit Lake Creek
Huh????
Huh????
Glove Lake
Glove Lake
Sign of fall.
Sign of fall.
Big Fork River.
Big Fork River.
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What the???

In the above photos, you take a little trip around the southwest corner of Koochiching County. This is also the far northwest corner of the Chippewa National forest. As you check the photos, note that the Forest Service has devised a system to keep a record of just when safety signage was installed. I can't make heads or tails of it, and the reason for keeping this record escapes me as well.

The photo above shows the Peter Fussy marker. Peter died of a heart attack at this spot along Caldwell Brook in 1979 and his family erected this marker in his memory. It has been there and maintained for 35 years now.

The gallery below is made up of photos on ruffed grouse hunting. My friend Ron "Willburr" Wilcox tagged along and several of the photos are his. .

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Hunter walking trails in Koochiching County, Minnesota.This is me.This is Ron Wilcox.Forestry road with several walking trails branching off.The Galvin Line is a key forestry road.Nice trail.High bush cranberries, ruffed grouse love 'em.An old forestry road that is somewhat overgrown and might as well be called a walking trail now.It was a good year for various berry bushes.Aspen regrowth is a favored habitat for ruffed grouse.
Hunter walking trails in Koochiching County, Minnesota.
Hunter walking trails in Koochiching County, Minnesota.
This is me.
This is me.
This is Ron Wilcox.
This is Ron Wilcox.
Forestry road with several walking trails branching off.
Forestry road with several walking trails branching off.
The Galvin Line is a key forestry road.
The Galvin Line is a key forestry road.
Nice trail.
Nice trail.
High bush cranberries, ruffed grouse love 'em.
High bush cranberries, ruffed grouse love 'em.
An old forestry road that is somewhat overgrown and might as well be called a walking trail now.
An old forestry road that is somewhat overgrown and might as well be called a walking trail now.
It was a good year for various berry bushes.
It was a good year for various berry bushes.
Aspen regrowth is a favored habitat for ruffed grouse.
Aspen regrowth is a favored habitat for ruffed grouse.

Cool Photo?

Cool Photo?
Cool Photo?

Signs of the times, and other place you might recognize. - click to enlarge and rotate.

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Wildwood/Plum Creek town hall, east of Northome and south of Gemmell.Trestle Lake, south of Big Falls.Wirt Lake, near...you guessed it, Wirt.Lindford Free ChurchPicnic area at Keuffner's Landing, Big Fork River.View from the seaplane dock on Rainy River.Rainy Lake Bike TrailRay Janz Fishing Pier, Rainy River, International Falls.Spruce Lake, near the Noma Lake CampgroundPhonebox Corner
Wildwood/Plum Creek town hall, east of Northome and south of Gemmell.
Wildwood/Plum Creek town hall, east of Northome and south of Gemmell.
Trestle Lake, south of Big Falls.
Trestle Lake, south of Big Falls.
Wirt Lake, near...you guessed it, Wirt.
Wirt Lake, near...you guessed it, Wirt.
Lindford Free Church
Lindford Free Church
Picnic area at Keuffner's Landing, Big Fork River.
Picnic area at Keuffner's Landing, Big Fork River.
View from the seaplane dock on Rainy River.
View from the seaplane dock on Rainy River.
Rainy Lake Bike Trail
Rainy Lake Bike Trail
Ray Janz Fishing Pier, Rainy River, International Falls.
Ray Janz Fishing Pier, Rainy River, International Falls.
Spruce Lake, near the Noma Lake Campground
Spruce Lake, near the Noma Lake Campground
Phonebox Corner
Phonebox Corner

Koochiching County Veterans Memorial

This memorial honors all Koochiching County Veterans of all eras and services.

Veterans Memorial

Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorial

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Visitors are often interested in seeing Tamarack, a hardwood that turns color and sheds leaves that mimic pine needles. In the fall, they add some great color, and in the spring when they green up again, the hue of green is distinct and quite beautifA young oak many years from being mighty.Caldwell BrookCaldwell BrookDinner CreekDinner CreekTilson Bay Ski Trail, a great hike with wildlife watching possibilities.See the Deer?See them any better here,Cause after this shot, they are gone!
Visitors are often interested in seeing Tamarack, a hardwood that turns color and sheds leaves that mimic pine needles. In the fall, they add some great color, and in the spring when they green up again, the hue of green is distinct and quite beautif
Visitors are often interested in seeing Tamarack, a hardwood that turns color and sheds leaves that mimic pine needles. In the fall, they add some great color, and in the spring when they green up again, the hue of green is distinct and quite beautif
A young oak many years from being mighty.
A young oak many years from being mighty.
Caldwell Brook
Caldwell Brook
Caldwell Brook
Caldwell Brook
Dinner Creek
Dinner Creek
Dinner Creek
Dinner Creek
Tilson Bay Ski Trail, a great hike with wildlife watching possibilities.
Tilson Bay Ski Trail, a great hike with wildlife watching possibilities.
See the Deer?
See the Deer?
See them any better here,
See them any better here,
Cause after this shot, they are gone!
Cause after this shot, they are gone!

Woods and Water!

The Rainy Lake region is blessed with abundant woodlands and waterways. Voyageurs National Park was established to showcase the pristine wilderness quality of Rainy Lake. Nearly all of Koochiching County is within the Pine Island, Koochiching or Smokey Bear State Forests. For those wondering, the name of our county is pronounced Koo-Cha-Ching.

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Turn here to visit the Voyageurs National Park Rainy Lake Visitor Center.View from the Visitor Center grounds looking southwest.Black Bay on Rainy LakePicnic areaRainy Lake Visitor Center.
Turn here to visit the Voyageurs National Park Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
Turn here to visit the Voyageurs National Park Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
View from the Visitor Center grounds looking southwest.
View from the Visitor Center grounds looking southwest.
Black Bay on Rainy Lake
Black Bay on Rainy Lake
Picnic area
Picnic area
Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
Rainy Lake Visitor Center.

Art Photos?

Over the years, grants have helped pay to have historic and decorative murals painted in Downtown International Falls. One at the intersection of third street and third avenue depicts the historic Iltis Drug Store, an early 1900s Independence Day celebration and Edward W. Backus standing in front of his "City of Destiny" vision for International Falls. Another tells visitors that Rainy lake is just east of town on Highway 11, and suggests Rainy Lake is full of fish. (which is true) Naturally, there is an elk on the side of the Elks Club building. The Border Theatre is depicted on the wall of the building that used to abutt the theatre. Do you remember seeing movies in the Border or Grand? You'll get a chance to tell me about it, there will be a comments section below.

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The Voyageur

The 49 passenger tour boat launched in 2009. The National Park Service provided free public tours for her maiden voyages in September.

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The Grand Mound at the confluence of the Big Fork and Rainy Rivers.
The Grand Mound at the confluence of the Big Fork and Rainy Rivers.

Grand Mound

Ancient burial mounds can be found all along the Rainy River and you will find additional information in the lens links listed below.

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      ViolaSuSi 4 years ago

      Like the 'Early on a frosty morn''. Fantastic photos.

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      Pete Schultz 4 years ago

      @pavlo-badovskyi: the photos were shot with a Nikon D60 digital. Thanks for checking out the photos.

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      pavlo-badovskyi 4 years ago

      Your winter photos are amazing! Which camera did you use in a frosty weather? What is also amazing - photo of trucks having sex LOL ! Great lense!

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      Autumn and winter look absolutely stunning there! Thanks for the virtual tour!

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      Thanks for the journey, I've never been to Minnesota before.

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      Nomadabstracted1 4 years ago

      I very much enjoyed the trip through your part of Minnesota! I spent a day in Minneapolis in June (I was passing through waiting for a Megabus) and took quite a few pictures of the city. Oh, and I was in Grand Forks too - also a very cool city!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      This was so much fun ... I enjoyed the humorous surprises along the way. Especially loved the outhouse! Too bad it's a reality these days. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. I have a new appreciation for Minnesota.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I had a ball looking through your photos of the Rainy Lake area of Minnesota. I can't believe that you have so many statues around there (or whatever the heck that Hay Man was). Love that Smokey the Bear is your town mascot. Rainy Lake looks absolutely beautiful.

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      Hi Pete, ow I know why these photos are your favorite. They are lovely and Rainy Lake area looks so pretty :)

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      Char Milbrett 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful. My Painting with Acrylic lens includes some paintings I did of Rainy Lake for the Arts for the Parks competition...

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love seeing these photos and Basshenge was really cool!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wow. stunning pictures. really enjoyed my visit. thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, Pete! I live in Alabama where we wonder how you good people can possibly live in such a cold place, just as I'm sure you folks wonder how we down here can possibly tolerate such terrible heat! Enjoyed your photos. All the best.

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      Pete Schultz 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Dave,

      I greaatly enjoy sharing my photos with others and appreciate your kind comments. Thanks for visiting my lens, come visit in person sometime, I'll give you the grand tour!

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      Pete Schultz 5 years ago

      @KarenCookieJar: Smokey Bear is a favorite photo op here in the Falls. I've suggested we could have an easy fathers day get-up for him, all we need is a large loud tie.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      Great lens! I loved all the photos, I really like Smokey the Bear.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Love the photos. They have a real hometown feel to them - probably because that's your home town. Nice article.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Love the photos. They have a real hometown feel to them - probably because that's your home town. Nice article.

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      elyria 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens and what a great collection of photos, love them!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Since I'm in your neighborhood, I thought I'd stop back here just to smile, was good to see Vic again!

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      You have done such an excellent job with sharing your photos. I feel like I've been to Minnesota.

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      jaken5 6 years ago

      I love your winter photos. You are great at capturing nature in its beauty!

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      whoisbid lm 6 years ago

      Rainly Lake Minnesota is not in my mental map!

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      I love that you have four season. It's beautiful. I thought my favorite thing was the Smokey Bear statue but then I saw the chair sculpture and the outhouse and I give up. You have a ton of stuff to see. Fantastic lens.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I want go camping here. I am putting this in my Favorite lens lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really cool pics, thanx a lot for the share. All seasons seem beautiful @ this place.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      @Pete Schultz: sands that is.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      @NoYouAreNot: That's fine with me...I likewise would love to visit your beautiful beaches, but only in the winter....where white snads beats white snow. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      You are so lucky, working in such a beautiful environment! I would love to visit, but only for the summer -- I'm a Mediterranean flower, and don't get by very well in cold climates :D

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      Rusty Quill 6 years ago

      Great location and quirky humor all rolled into one - thanks for stopping by my family tent lens with a comment. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A great lens, one of the best ive seen.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Beautiful collection of photos! I love the "lead dog" photo and caption!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the winter and fall pictures! Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Peter, I was thinking of Int'l Falls and RRCC connections from decades ago, and your name popped up. Your photos are great and 3 of my favorites are St. Thomas Church, Hay Man, and "Cool Photo". I also appreciate your distinctive sense of humor - always did. Take care.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      This area is absolutely beautiful. I have not been in this area before. Your pictures have made me want to go. Who knows one day I just might.

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      Wow! what a beautiful place and you have so many wonderful photos to share!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a beautiful piece of US. Looks like some places in Canada. Am sure it is really cold.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      Tipi, nice to hear from you again, and yes, when you move back "Home" we can collaborate, no problem. Thanks for the comments and compliments.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful tour of Rainy Lake area once again, Pete, it is beautiful. I have been planning on back to the Voyageurs area sometime this year, but am not sure of when. Would love to work on some lenses together to publish on Squidoo. You real are good with a camera. {{SquidHugs}}

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Like Smokey Bear and friend. Thanks for sharing, Pete.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      Minnesota looks like a great place to visit, I love the snow pictures

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

      It does look very chilly but as you said winter can be beautiful, you certainly captured some great shots in amongst these. Nice lens.

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      Sandy_Petersen 6 years ago

      These are wonderful! My family has been to Smoky Bear Park in I' Falls but not to see Big Vic or Big Louie. I'm a freelance writer as well as an amateur photographer. One of the items on my bucket list is to try to visit all of the quirky, iconic statues in Minnesota at some time. This past summer we went down to Frazee, MN, to get a photo of Big Tom the Turkey. I'll have to get back up to the Falls and get photos of Big Vic and Big Louie as well as a digital image of Smoky. I read the Big Thermometer was dismantled. Is that true? Sad to hear.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      Wonderful photo's. Thanks for the tour.

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      Stacy Fordham 6 years ago

      I've never been to Minnesota. Nice pictures. Thanks for visiting my "Please Like My Lens" page and for the comments.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have some amazing photographs of the beautiful Lake Minnesota, the wildlife and the waters of this lake are stunning.l

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      @mistyriver: thanks for visiting and commenting. As to -55....after -20 it really doesn't matter, you wear a closet to go outside anyway.

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      mistyriver 6 years ago

      Beautiful photos! Although my favorites are the autumn ones and the murals as I'm not a huge fan of cold weather, 55 degrees below, brrr!

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      We have long time friends in MN. Hubby has visited there often -- camping, fishing, portaging, enjoying the sights. I've only been there once but loved it. Great lens!! Lensrolled to my "travel" lenses.

      Re: squirrel soup: Most yankees gag just thinking about it, but never once saw anyone eat less than 3 bowls of it once they taste it the way hubby makes it.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      @TonyPayne: Thanks so much. I have visited several of your lenses, and have enjoyed my trips. I really appreciate your kind comments.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great photos and I love the overall design of the lens too. Very nice lens.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      As you might guess, I highly recommend visiting Minnesota, and I have many suggestions of things to see and do. If you have any questions, email me at cvb@rainylake.org.

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      wow, got to see another place, I am really beginning to want to go to Minnesota, and this gives me more reasons