All of us have been healthy. Although the continued partial confinement and isolation imposed by COVID protocals again this past year were challenging, we have been able to begin to ”emerge.” Our grandsons are back in school. The farm had another successful berry season. Janet and I were even able to take a short vacation with good friends to a resort on the Minnesota Gunflint Trail.
Jonathan was able to buy the family farm business and real estate from his parents and siblings this past Spring—“lock, stock, and barrel.” Although Janet and I are now “renters” in the house we built and owned for more than four decades, it feels good to have “passed the tourch.” Chris continues to farm with his brother and mush dogs with his sister-in-law, in addition to working part time for the Washburn Marina. Chris’ wife, Honey, is now the "postmaster" in nearby Cornucopia. Magdalen continues her teaching and advising roles for LCO Tribal College at its Red Cliff campus. Jen trains her dogs in preparation for the coming dog sledding season.
After a slow start due to permitting delays and supply shortages, the “reinvestment cottage” we are building on Lake Superior near Cornucopia is nearly complete. We expect it to be finished in time for 2022 summer use. The fully modern four-season cottage will comfortably accommodate six people, features a fireplace, a Bald Eagle nesting site, and fabulous views of the Big Lake. I look forward to spending "retirement time" there in the coming year reflecting with a fire in the fireplace, my books, the eagles, the Lake, friends and family.