13155 Sylvan Avenue, Lindstrom, MN – Just Listed

13155 Sylvan Avenue, Lindstrom, MN

Just Listed

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2 BEDROOMS | 1 (1 full ) BATHROOMS | 1062 SQUARE FEET

Comfortable home on a quiet street! Large private yard with oversized 2 stall garage. 2 bedrooms, living room and large dining area. Very convenient location! Walking distance to quaint downtown Lindstrom and DQ.

 

Gilligan’s Island Then and Now!

Gilligan’s Island was a beloved television show of the 1960’s.  Many, from Gen Z through The Greatest Generation, still watch this humorous show today on DVD or MeTV or on other channels that feature the oldies.

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Did  you know that the pilot show finished filming in Hawaii in 1963.  In the background as the Minnow sails out of port in the opening credits you can see a flag at half mast. The flag was at half mast for the assassination of JFK.  This scene was left in for the entire first season.

Speaking of first season, 1964, it was filmed in black and white.  The Sherwood Scwartz hit production was then filmed in color starting in the second season.

Jerry Van Dyke turned down the role of Gilligan.  Might have been a mistake for Jerry but was a huge success for Bob Denver.  Bob is also known for playing in the TV series Dobie Gillis.

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Archie Bunker was looked at for the role of the Skipper and Raquel Welch as Ginger.  Tina Louise was a perfect Ginger Grant and Alan Hale, Jr. is the only Skipper for me.  Alan Hale, Jr. also played a blacksmith in the Clint Eastwood movie Hang ‘Em High. He also played a chef named Gilligan on “Batman.”

The news announcer voice the castaways always tuned into on their radio was that of Charles Maxwell.  He was a character actor who appeared on Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Lawman, Rawhide and The Rifleman.  He never received credit for his role on Gilligan’s Island which turned out to be his longest recurring role.

Jaws, Richard Kiel, the famous bad guy in two James Bond movies and Mr. Larson in “Happy Gilmore”, played a Russian bad guy in one episode with the castaways.  That is a very young Kurt Russell playing the Jungle Boy in another episode.

The “The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle” was sung by the Wellingtons.  They were the singing group that appeared on the show as the Mosquitoes. They also sang “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” another 1960’s success.

Denver, Colorado is named after Bob Denver’s Great-Great-Grandfather.

Where is the island? About 250 SE of Hawaii.

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Gilligan’s Island had 99 episodes.

Tina Louise and Dawn Wells are the only two from the cast that are still with us.

For more fun facts click on Gilligan’s Island.

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8306 Vincent Avenue S, Bloomington, MN

8306 Vincent Avenue S, Bloomington, MN

For Sale

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2386 SQUARE FEET

Cultured home in a lovely executive area! 3 bedrooms with an office/ possible 4th. Huge private lot with a professionally manicured yard and shade trees. Slider off huge family room to deck makes the perfect home for entertaining.

 

6545 377th Street, North Branch, MN

6545 377th Street, North Branch, MN

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4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1932 SQUARE FEET

Wonderful, quiet area outside of North Branch. Lovely, up-graded home with private yard to enjoy those lovely summer nights. 4 bedrooms and 2 baths plus an office gives plenty of room flexibility for family or hobbies. Quartz in the kitchen and roomy garage…a home to please everyone!

 

Did you know?

Recently I was watching the Travel Channel and listened to a program filled with, Did You Know?, information.  Even after years of working, traveling, talking with people from other parts of the country and world I am still amazed at what I don’t know.

Did you know that:

The Red River on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota flows North and empties into Hudson Bay, Canada.

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Minnesota drains into 3 major water flows: the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River,  Lake Superior and Hudson Bay, Canada.

Lake Traverse and Big Stone Lake are next to each other with low land between them virtually connecting them.  Lake Traverse is the headwaters for the Red River and Big Stone Lake is the head waters for the Minnesota River.

Lake Superior has tides.  That is right, depending on time of day you can see the water move up and down.  While they are not huge variations they are noticeable if looking for them.  We noticed this when we were in college and duck hunting back in the bay out of Gary New Duluth.  We set up field decoys on the shoreline that were out of the water and by mid morning they were in the water.  In the afternoon they were dry again.

A large part of Minnesota’s land was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase.

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Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Her Wizard of Oz ruby slippers use to be in the Grand Rapids Museum.  We saw them on a family vacation. They are now housed at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Many probably know that SPAM is from Hormel Foods located in Austin, Minnesota.  But did you know there are currently 12 flavors of SPAM and a SPAM Museum?

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Frank C. Mars, a real-life Willy Wonka was born in Minneapolis.  He introduced the Milky Way candy bar in 1923. You can also thank him for introducing Snickers in 1930 and 3 Musketeers in 1932. You buy one for only 5 cents.

Minnesota really does have more shoreline than California. In fact, it has more shoreline than California, Hawaii, and Florida combined. Of course, that’s only if you consider rivers and streams.

Just a few fun filled, Did You Know, Minnesota facts to get hungry learning or you can say they are all wet or there is no place like home.  Enjoy!

 

 

8306 Vincent Avenue S, Bloomington, MN – Just Listed

8306 Vincent Avenue S, Bloomington, MN

Just Listed

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2386 SQUARE FEET

Cultured home in a lovely executive area! 3 bedrooms with an office/ possible 4th. Huge private lot with a professionally manicured yard and shade trees. Slider off huge family room to deck makes the perfect home for entertaining.

 

6545 377th Street, North Branch, MN – Just Listed

6545 377th Street, North Branch, MN

Just Listed

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4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1932 SQUARE FEET

Wonderful, quiet area outside of North Branch. Lovely, up-graded home with private yard to enjoy those lovely summer nights. 4 bedrooms and 2 baths plus an office gives plenty of room flexibility for family or hobbies. Quartz in the kitchen and roomy garage…a home to please everyone!

 

28445 Forest Boulevard, Wyoming, MN

28445 Forest Boulevard, Wyoming, MN

For Sale

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1344 SQUARE FEET

Beautiful 5.5 acres for building or renovating current home. Very private tree covered wildlife filled property. Home is a handyman special but has possibilities. 3 bedrooms on one level, 2 baths and 3 car garage.

 

28445 Forest Boulevard, Wyoming, MN – Just Listed

28445 Forest Boulevard, Wyoming, MN

Just Listed

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1344 SQUARE FEET

Beautiful 5.5 acres for building or renovating current home. Very private tree covered wildlife filled property. Home is a handyman special but has possibilities. 3 bedrooms on one level, 2 baths and 3 car garage.

 

Minnesota Has 52 Native Trees!

Did you know that Minnesota has 52 native trees?

With spring starting in Minnesota I started to think about planting some trees and got curious about our trees.  Questions like what species do we have?  Are there specific areas that certain trees grow in?  Do we have invasive trees?  Can I grow fruit trees here?

I did some looking and found out that our own Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a wonderful site on the subject of native trees.

From reading I found out that we have two basic categories of trees in Minnesota, Deciduous and Coniferous, more commonly known as Evergreens.  Basically, deciduous are trees that drop their leaves each autumn and coniferous trees are cone-bearing trees that have thin, needlelike leaves.  Another great source on native trees is, A Beginners Guide to Minnesota Trees, produced by the University of Minnesota.

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When traveling from south to north through Minnesota a person will notice that coniferous trees become more and more prevalent.  Coniferous trees tend to stand up to harsh winters better than deciduous trees.  This is why the landscape changes as you move north.

For wildlife, both trees have there places.  Deciduous are for, most species, a better source of food where the coniferous is a better shelter during bad weather.  Spruce grouse in far northern Minnesota have a diet consisting of almost all pine needles.  One of the few animals in Minnesota that dines so exclusively on pine needles.

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Here is fly in the ointment, there is a coniferous tree that sheds its needles each fall.  Say it ain’t so!  Aren’t they called evergreens?  The Tamarack tree, that you see in wetter areas, has needles but drops them each fall.

We also have an invasive species of deciduous tree, Buckthorn, that does not drop it’s leaves in the fall.  If you see green leaves late in the fall into winter it is most likely Buckthorn.  This is a very invasive species that our DNR wants you to to eradicate.  They have nasty thorns so watch out.

Take a few minutes and look into our varied family of Native Trees in Minnesota.  We have fruit bearing trees, nut trees, maple syrup producing trees, etc., etc.  Minnesota has very large timber and pulp industry too.

Learn something about Minnesota’s 52 Native Trees, you will be glad you did!