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Attention Mark Grabe


Sorry I couldn't respond to the posting on your blog. Just wanted to let you know that I found Grand Forks a very nice place to visit. I enjoyed the friendliness of the people, the blondness of the women, and the flatness of the landscape. I'd go back and visit again.

My personal favorite MN marvel is the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Darwin. Now I know there is someplace in Kansas that claims this honor, but don't believe it.

Mankato's own Seven Wonders (off the top of my head) might include:

  1. The buffalo statue on the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
  2. The Betsy-Tacy house of Maud Hart Lovelace fame.
  3. The Red Jacket Bridge and bike trail.
  4. The Bell Tower on the MSU Campus.
  5. OId Town - an historic district comprised of pawn shops, grain elevators, and tattoo parlors.
  6. The giant concrete flood walls that keep the Minnesota River out of sight and out of mind.
  7. The Blue Earth County Courthouse that barely escaped urban renewal. I don't remember the name of the statue on top of it, but it has one.

I think we used to have the world's largest six-shooter in North Mankato, but I haven't seen the sign lately.

I only wish we had smiling water towers and giant brassieres. And ND's sense of humor.

Take care,



Assuming adult responsibilities

The first time you are asked to act like a real adult can be pretty frightening. Being a ring-bearer is an awesome responsibility.


But it feels great when you bring it off - flawlessly!



 And it builds your confidence enough so you can hit on pretty girls at the reception.


Adult responsibilities - definitely a double edged sword, but something every child should be asked to assume, sooner better than later.


Seven wonders of Grand Forks

I am spending a long weekend attending my stepson Louie's destination wedding here in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I was a little uncertain about what to do with myself while the ladies in the wedding party got their nails done, decorated tables and other girlie stuff.

Luckily this morning's Grand Forks Herald's "Ask Marilyn" advice column had a list of the Seven Wonders of Grand Forks. Not to be outdone by the recent contest selecting the world's seven wonders, Marilym happily supplied a list. I spent the afternoon tracking down these midwestern marvels.

They are:

1. Themis, the Goddess of Justice who stands atop the Grand Forks County Courthouse. 



2. The smiling water tower on South Washington Street - on one side he is winking.



3. The world's largest bra in front of Artsplace - the LWW here provides scale - of height, of course.



4. The Grand Army of the Republic Statue near St. Mary's Catholic Church. A very young face on this soldier.



5. The Ralph Engelstad Arena - home of the fighting Sioux.


6. The (sewage) lift stations named after newspaper columnists - Dave Berry is #16 - I am not making this up.


7. The Kegs Drive In where I had the sloppy joe special - be sure to bring a car since there is no indoor or outdoor seating.


I need to be thinking about the Seven Wonders of the Mankato Area.

Or the Seven Wonders of the Mankato Area Public Schools; media and technology department...

I'd be prepared should Karl visit!