Summertime is perhaps the sweetest season of all to those of us who live in "the north". We endure 6 to 7 months of the year with snow on the ground, temperatures than can reach -25°F with windchills nearing -40°F on the darkest of winter nights. Spring and fall are short in Minnesota. Oh, but summertime---sweet, sunny summer. We enjoy more than 15 hours of sunlight per day in the month of June, accompanied by warm days and pleasantly cool evenings. The anticipation of these sun-filled long days is what sustains us through the gloomiest of days, when it is…
Many kids have the opportunity to grow up in exotic places around the world. I got to grow up in Duluth, Minnesota. Growing up I thought that I got a bad shake in life having to grow up in this town that seemed so small and so basic. It took me moving away to college and growing up to really appreciate the beauty of the city that I now can call my hometown.
When I was away in college my father had the chance to achieve one…