Bob grew up camping in the summer at Interstate State Park in a small tent with his parents and 5 brothers, while his father was a door to door salesman! Hear this story of literally living in a state park and others in this fun filled interview.
29 years of stories from managing Sibley State Park flow through this interview. From making friends with neighbors who would eventually donate land to the park to land acquisitions as recent as 2017; Dave Lais tells of the expansion of Sibley State Park yesterday and today.
Gary Buellemer not only worked at but also lived in Sibley State Park in the park residence for over 20 years! 40 years of service to the state of Minnesota are told in this interview. You will hear how he came to be Assistant Park Manager at Sibley State Park, guided by his love of the prairie.
Larry's lineage goes far back to some of the original homestead families in the park. He remembers the neighborhood that the park once was. Can you guess what one of the first movies to play in the New London Little Theater was- take a listen and find out.
Diane tells about living in the land of 10,000 lakes! From our small New London Mill Pond to the changing landscape of Lake Andrew, Diane paints a pretty picture of growing up in our local waters including a touching story about a wooden boat, "The Genevieve."
Husband and wife for 50 years the year of this interview, Wayne and Kathy Nordsted tell the story together of the past and present that will cause you to nod along, thinking it is your own aunt and uncle telling you the story.
If you remember a lifeguard watching over you at the Lake Andrew Beach at Sibley State Park in the 1980s or have ever played volleyball at the park- you owe a thanks to Gregg Luther. Past lifeguard at the park Gregg grew up on Lake Andrew on Como Beach and visits each year from Colorado on the 4th of July.
In this second interview of Wally Newstom with his granddaughter he talks about the changes his "Greatest Generation" has seen. His interview highlight below brings to light what diversity in the 1930s looked like in West Central Minnesota.
Roger Strand spent summers on Green Lake, growing up for a love for west central Minnesota. Some may know Roger as Dr. Strand, but if you knew him as kid you may have known him as the keeper of the Snake Den! Listen and learn more about adventures of a little Roger.
Three young cousins tell stories of camping at Sibley with the excitement that only young voices can capture. A wave consumes the pontoon, a shoe is washed out to sea and a story is told through laughs and cousins finishing each other's sentences.
Born and raised with the statutory boundary Justin is a baby of the 1980s who loves visiting the park with his own little one, Lucy. This a great tale of the simplicity of childhood and how that water draws you back into it.
Andy tells the story of the family traditions and natural beauty that drew him to move to west central Minnesota where he built a stone home out of hand and dreams of the possibilities life has to offer.
Roger is the definition of a "local" - having lived in the area his entire life. Walsh is able to describe the landscape during the Dust Bowl, cracked soil and dried up water beds. The history of land use and natural resources in this interview is intriguing to anyone familiar with the landscape and lakes today.
Dick Clayton saw the changes of Parks and Trails through 35 years of service working at the Naturalist at Sibley State Park. Meaningful history of the Department of Natural Resources in Minnesota and Sibley State Park are told.