Saturday, April 19, 2014


No ice out yet

April 19, 2014

Gary was at Big Blake and noted that it might not be safe for ice fishing, but there's no way get on the water yet.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mark was up at the lake last weekend. He had to park in the cul de sac and walk in. Jake and his dad helped haul stuff in from Halversons. Lots of snow, but things looked good.
Snow that slid off the roof.

Jake and his dad after helping haul supplies.

Monday, February 17, 2014


Arrest in Amery

And the news from Amery is not good.

 Amery, Wis., police chief arrested on suspicion of driving drunk

"Amery, Wis., Police Chief Thomas Marson was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly driving with a blood-alcohol level at nearly twice the legal limit... 

"Speaking to a deputy at his home shortly after midnight, Marson, 55, said slippery roads caused him to slide into a ditch. The deputy smelled a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath and asked Marson if he had been drinking since the crash. Marson said he had not and had his last drink about an hour ago, the report states.

"When asked, Marson said he felt he was over the legal limit to drive. He was unable to recite the alphabet or complete a one-leg stand test, and a preliminary breath test showed his blood-alcohol level was .156, according to the report..."

Monday, February 03, 2014


Dean Marshall NELSON

1942 - 2014 | Obituary | Condolences | Gallery
April 29, 1942 – January 14, 2014 Beloved mate, father and grandfather, Dean Marshall Nelson passed away suddenly on January 14, 2014. He's survived by devoted life partner Deborah Taylor, his loving daughter Michelle Popel, son Mark Nelson (Katrin), grandchildren Preston Anderson and Lauren Popel, favorite cousin Jon Lyman and many loving friends. Dean grew up in the Midway area of St. Paul, MN, and enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Wisconsin, especially with his grandparents Arthur and Emma Lyman. Dean and his first mate, Deborah lived their dream sailing the Caribbean for many years. A fantastic storyteller, Dean was truly fun to be around—he loved all people and living creatures and they in turn loved him. He will be missed by family and friends. Dean was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Violet Nelson. Details of a Celebration of Life for Dean and interment to follow.

Published in Pioneer Press on Feb. 2, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Skip Nelson demonstrating sailing for young David.

One of the many things we are thankful for having Skip around.


RIP: Skip Nelson

Charlie as a pirate

Mark Pickart wrote, "Posting Charlie's pose of a "Pirate" as a tribute to a very dear friend of mine. Skip Nelson ( my boys and I called him the Pirate) passed away last night on his boat where he spent winters. Our side of Little Blake lake will never be the same, he will be dearly missed and was truly one of a kind."

Skip was probably the most senior "resident" on the east side of Little Blake. He grew up spending time in the family cabin, and he was in his early 70s. He knew people and stories from the days when the cabins were just fishing shacks where guys spent weekends with lots of beer and bait on the lake. He was always generous and helpful and just an all-round good guy. He will be missed.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Prize winning landscape

In addition to John and Marcia's gorgeous lawn, another, very different, landscape is a wonderful addition to the east side of Little Blake.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


10 October

Closed things up yesterday. (sigh)

On Tuesday, I took some time to hunt mushrooms. Great results.

Like little light bulbs in the grass

Great camouflage
Like a little tribe in the forest

Low to the ground; collecting dew

Collecting dew out in the open

Sun seeking cousins

Puff balls the size of ostrich eggs
Fugitives in the woods

Surround the tree and climb!

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