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David and Amy Andersen’s new home overlooks Fish Hook Lake. It has a two-car, attached garage and woodshop, along with a detached garage. (Photos by Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

Fish Hook Lake home evokes timeless character By Shannon Geisen sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com Dr. David and Amy Andersen moved into their new house in July, but it already feels like home. It may have helped that they lived on a neighboring Fish Hook Lake lot for 24 years. Plus, they are utterly satisfied with their finished lake home, designed with the help of Land’s End Development. At this point, they can’t think of they would’ve done differently. “I think we got it right,” Amy said. When the three-acre Eagle Point Drive lot came up for sale in December 2016, the Andersens purchased it knowing an older, smaller house would be torn down to make way for a larger one. The new home is roughly 4,000 square feet. An attached garage and woodshop add another 2,000 square feet. It all rests about 200 feet from Fish Hook Lake, a large, green lawn sloping to the beach. Construction began July 2017, with the Andersens moving in one year later. “We had an idea of what we wanted. We wanted a home that we could grow old in, so we didn’t want any stairs,” Amy explained. “Everything we did was with the thought we’re going to get old and need to be able to live in the home.” Amy also sought a natural, everlasting look.

The Andersens love to entertain. David built the pine dining room table, which seats 10. Amy likes the open floor plan so she can visit with guests while cooking dinner. “When we looked at designing, I didn’t want a home that screamed 2018. I wanted a home that was more classic, that you can come in in 10 years and say ‘OK,’” she said. There are a lot of design elements that are a clear indicator of the year it was built, she said. “I tried to stay away from that and went with more timeless features.” The Andersens incorporated red pine salvaged from their property for the living room’s main feature: a stone fireplace. The mantel is constructed from “a huge, beautiful Norway pine” that was struck by lightning. “We were told it would die. We didn’t want to cut it down, but

we did, then had a miller friend who has a portable saw cut it up for the mantel,” David said. The stones were set using recessed, black mortar joints. This style is repeated on the home’s exterior as well. “This, I thought, was really unique. I like not having the mortar and seeing the black underneath,” Amy said. “The guys that did this were amazing.” An entire wall of sliding glass doors open to a three-season, lake-side porch. The porch screens are also retractable, “so at night when the mosquitoes come out, we can just put the screens down,” Amy said. “It’s like having the outside inside.

It’s very nice.” They use the space for grilling and entertaining. David built the 10-foot-by-4foot dining room table, which seats 10. It’s made of reclaimed pine. He spent about six months on the project – cutting, planing and sanding. Lots of sanding. “That’s the biggest part,” he explained, in order to make a seamless and level table. A thin layer of bark trims the edge. “It makes it unique. It’s not just a board,” he said. The result is a heirloom, albeit hefty, piece of furniture. It took eight men to hoist the tabletop onto its legs. “It’s probably in the neighborhood of 500 pounds,” David said.

He also built a bench, plus two end tables for the living room. One of them doubles as a dog kennel for Skylar, their black Lab. A dentist by trade, David says woodworking is strictly a hobby. “Keeps me out of trouble,” he joked. “When we’re not building a house, I have something to tinker on.” Amy has already requested a coat rack for his next project. “He’s made a lot of stuff for me, which is fun,” she said. “For me, it’s neat. I can go out and buy stuff, but to have him make and us to design it together is really special.” A wine bar in the dining room includes pull-out coolers for pop and adult beverages. “We’re not having to run to the refrigerator; we built them right in,” Amy said. While the deck, windows and garage were a priority for David, Amy honed her attention on the kitchen. “I love to cook, so I wanted a very useable kitchen. I wanted lots of cabinets, so we have room to put everything in. The kitchen really was important,” she said. The center island features an induction glass top stove – an idea the Andersens discovered at a friend’s house. “There are a couple cool things about it. One, it won’t heat up without a pan, and you have a


Designer finds healing in mini-camper redo By Shannon Geisen sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com Theresa Otterness wants to tell her story. She is dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. After trying to hide her struggles from family and friends, Otterness said she now wants to be open and honest in the hopes it will help someone else with depression. Depression is a chemical imbalance and an ongoing battle, Otterness explained. “Depression and burden – you can mesh those words into one – because that’s what we think,” she said. “Depression is a liar and a thief, but perception is reality, so if I perceive that I’m going to be a burden in everyone’s life, that’s my reality. My brain is lying to me. My brain is not working right because I’ve got chemicals dumping into it every time I go into that fight-or-flight mode, and it’s distorting my perception of things. It’s no way to go through life.” The past several years have been difficult ones, with Otterness facing divorce, neck and back surgery and a stress-related heart attack at the age of 46. Her poor health, in turn, forced her to quit a job she loves – interior design. Help – and hope – came from a psychoneuroplasticity center in Texas and a local support network. She learned breathing exercises, prayer/mindful-

Otterness said she’s excited about the DIY hacks she’s learned and accomplished on her camper. She plans to live and travel in it. “It’ll get me out hiking and in better shape,” she said. ness, daily affirmations, positive imagery, quiet meditation and other techniques related to sleep, exercise, diet and music to break her “ruminating loop,” an onslaught of Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs). “I need to work really hard and not believe that depression because it’s a liar.It steals your joy, your pride. It takes everything from you,” she said. To avoid isolation and loneliness, Otterness set a goal to contact a friend once a day and get out of the house at least once a week. Otterness said her dogs also “play a huge role in helping to manage my mental health.” Bentley, a pitbull/coon-

Theresa Otterness remodeled her Jayco Hummingbird camper to create her “oasis and safe place.” (Photos by Shannon Geisen/Enterprise) hound, is a rescue from the Headwaters Animal Shelter. Jax is an Australian shepherd/blue heeler mix. She found that nature, too, is healing. And that is why Otterness is embarking on her next adventure. She purchased and remodeled a Jayco Hummingbird camper. It will become her new home as she travels across the state and country. “I learned I want a better life. No one is going to give me that. I need to grab it,” she said. She wants to see ocean waves crash. She plans to visit her son in Utah. She wants to be surrounded by nature, saying she envisions an eagle, “because you can’t get any more free than that. My

goal is to soar in that camper.” Do-it-yourself camper “hacks” have allowed her to apply her interior design abilities. “I haven’t been able to run my business, but I found a small piece of my passion back because I’ve been able to decorate that camper,” she said. She discovered a Facebook group of Hummingbird owners and another called “Fabulous RVing Women.” Both groups offer technical guidance, inspirational stories, encouragement and DIY tricks. Many of the women are experiencing

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The kitchen houses hickory cabinets, a center island with a granite top, double-oven and soapstone countertops.

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The center island is deeper than normal to allow for drawers on both sides. Amy loves that her induction glass cooktop faces the dining area so she can visit while she cooks.

A dormer-style window above the kitchen is notable, along with high ceilings.


certain kind of pan. As soon as you take the pan off, it automatically shuts down and you can put your hand on it immediately, which is not the norm with glass,” Amy explained, adding that she’s notorious for putting food on the table and forgetting to turn the burner off. The island also allows her to visit with guests while she cooks. “One of the things I didn’t like about our old house is my stove – you always had your back to

A customized cabinet was built into the kitchen for Amy’s KitchenAid.

company,” she said. The cooktop’s fan retracts. “We didn’t want anything obstructing the view,” Amy said. The island is deeper than usual “because we wanted cabinets on both sides,” she noted. Kitchenware that she doesn’t use very often is stored on the far side. Her KitchenAid has its own customized cabinet. With a few quick movements, it is upright, plugged in and ready for use. “I

Lake. “It’s a pretty great view. I kind of have to pinch myself every morning when I wake and love to cook and bake,” Amy the home lend an open, airy this is what I see when I open said. feeling. All, except the base- my eyes,” Amy said. She keeps her kitchen count- ment, are stained a dark walnut. The bedroom and dining room ers tidy and free by storing the The wooden floor is distressed windows of the original home coffee maker, toaster, blend- “just because we have a dog, so I faced the road, not the lovely er and other equipment in the didn’t want a sheen. This way, if blue water, she recalled. neighboring pantry. “It’s nice to we get a scratch it just looks like “I don’t know what they were have a place to tuck it all away,” it belongs,” Amy said. thinking,” she said of the buildshe said. The master and guest bed- ers. “It just was goofy. That was The tall ceilings throughout rooms look out onto Fish Hook one of the things we knew – the rooms that we spend the most time in will face the lake.” view. I kind of have to pinch myself every morning when I

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The Andersens salvaged a Norway pine from their property to create the stone fireplace’s mantlel.

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An adjoining master bath is wide enough for a wheelchair, if one of them should need it in their old age. “There are no glass shower doors anywhere in the house,” Amy said. “I just said, ‘I’m never cleaning another shower door.’” All the flooring and shower tiles feature all-natural stone. Land’s End designer, Renae Balmer, created a master closet that perfectly suited the size of

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The master bedroom adjoins a bath and closet while overlooking Fish Hook Lake.

All the sliding glass doors can recede, creating a large, open-air space perfect for summer entertaining. A woodworker, David built the end tables.

the Andersens’ wardrobe. “She took all that and designed this based on what we had,” Amy said. The washer and dryer are cleverly installed in the master closet. “Smartest thing we did,” Amy said. “It’s only the two of us, so I do laundry. I sit and fold everything. As I fold it, I put it away in drawers or hang it up. We’re like, ‘This is just a no-brainer.’” Avid outdoors people, a mud room and attic above the twocar garage offer storage space for their outdoor gear. Amy

likes to bike, cross-country ski, golf and run. David is a hunter, angler and skier. His woodshop is attached to the garage. Two guest bedrooms and Amy’s office space and exercise room are housed in the basement. Double queen-sized bunks in the basement are popular with visiting kids. One bedroom suite has its own bathroom. The second spare bedroom has an attached,

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The Andersen home has ample space for guests, with double bunkbeds and two spare bedrooms on the lower level. Knotty pine keeps the space light and bright

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“I know how important color is around you,” said Otterness, an interior designer by trade. “You have to surround yourself with color that makes you happy.” Otterness used peel-and-stick wallpaper on her camper walls white to lighten and brighten the small space. The wallpaper is available in every imaginable style, like blue, faux paneling seen in the background.


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pain or loss, Otterness said, “but they’re reclaiming lives, and they’re getting out there and doing it. I might fail, but I’m going to give it a shot.” She’s selling or storing her belongings. The 17-foot-long, hard-sided camper “has everything I would ever need,” she said. “It’s my little oasis and safe place, and fits me and the dogs.” She said she has enjoyed painting, wallpapering and revamping the camper to make it homey. “I’ve been able to use my creative brain again. It’s been healing and frustrating at the same time.” The walls, curtains, bedding and dining set were all brown originally. “Everything was brown,” she said. Using peel-and-stick wallpaper, Otterness transformed it into a bright, cheerful space. As she readies to take the next step in her journey, Otterness said she was moved by a particular Bible verse: “I am confident God will complete the good work he started in me” (Philippians 1:6). “God’s with me, so He’ll help me,” she said. To those who are struggling with depression, she said, “I want people to know, no matter how down you are, you’re in a valley. There’s always a peak after it. It’s coming. Don’t give up.” She urges everyone to find what brings them peace. “You have to have something that brings you joy and meaning, but you alone have to find that. Someone can’t give that to you. You have to dig deep and find that yourself,” she said. “If you have someone in your life with depression, we’re just doing what we know how to do and we’re just trying to get through every day,” she concluded. “Just offer your support to help them manage.”

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Follow city guidelines when planting trees Help is available for those deciding what kind of tree to plant in the Park Rapids area. The city offers a tree technical manual, maintained by the Urban Forestry Committee. City forester and certified tree inspector Stephanie Pazdernik said the manual regulates tree plantings at construction sites. “Homeowners can plant a lot more choices,” she said.

What to plant

Minnesota DNR’s Park Rapids forestry office advised sticking with trees native to the state. While the city’s tree manual discourages planting conifers, Witkin said that applies mainly to boulevards “because they can get pretty big and they can block views” for road traffic. “But we plant an awful lot of them in the forests around here,” he added. What homeowners get from a conifer, Witkin said, “is more shade versus a tree that loses its leaves in the winter.” He said red pine, white pine, jack pine and white spruce are the four top species the local DNR plants. As for non-conifer yard trees, Witkin recommended oaks, maples and hackberries. “Elms are nice trees,” he added. “There are some new varieties that are resistant to Dutch elm disease.”

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According to the tree manual, trees should not be planted: ► Closer to a curb or sidewalk than two feet for small trees or three feet for medium or large trees, without special approval by the city. ► Within 35 feet of a street corner (measured from the curb). ► Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. ► Under or within 15

feet of an overhead wire. ► Within 15 feet on either side of a sanitary sewer line or water main. When planted, trees should have a trunk measuring at least 1-1/4 inches across at six inches above the ground. Spacing between trees should be at least 15 feet for small trees, 25 feet for medium trees and 35 feet for large trees, unless an exception is approved by the city.

Branches overhanging traffic areas should have a clearance of 13 feet above the street and eight feet above the sidewalk. Trees in an unsafe condition or that are by nature injurious to utility improvements may be ordered removed. For more information, call Park Rapids City Hall at 732-3163 or DNR Forestry at 732-3309.

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According to the city’s tree manual, trees planted in Park Rapids should meet U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness guidelines. The Park Rapids area has a hardiness rating of 3, meaning trees should be able to withstand low temperatures between -30 and -40 degrees. Recommended small trees, standing less than 20 feet high when fully grown, include varieties of serviceberry, crabapple, plum or cherry and Japanese tree lilac. However, the manual advises against planting fruit-bearing trees along streets and sidewalks. For medium-sized trees (20 to 40 feet high when mature), the manual suggests American hophornbeam, Ohio buckeye, alder, toba or snowberry hawthorn and Prairie Gem pear. Listed large species, which grow to more than 40 feet in height, include red maple, sugar maple, common hackberry, black ash, green ash, bur oak, red oak, American linden, littleleaf linden, American elm, hybrid elm and honey locust. “Anything hybrid works great,” Pazdernik said, suggesting that homeowners ask tree experts at a nursery about the latest hybrids.. Brad Witkin with the

Trees not recommended by the manual due to their poor success rate in Park Rapids include silver maple, boxelder, sumac, willow, cottonwood, sweet birch, river birch and paper birch. Pazdernik said trees on the “not recommended” list tend to be fast-growing, short-lived and lack a strong structural system, making them susceptible to storm damage. In addition, she noted that some of them have specific soil requirements, attract pests, produce mess and debris, bear “mean” thorns or are generally “high-maintenance” trees. She also hinted that an evergreen species to avoid may be the “Fat Albert” Colorado spruce because it is not native to the area. Witkin agreed that tree species that are not native to Minnesota should be avoided. “If you get trees whose genetics are from Colorado or wherever, they may be used to a longer or shorter growing season,” he said. “They end up, many times, being stressed because they’re not used to our growing conditions, and then they’re more susceptible to insects and diseases.” Witkin said the DNR also discourages planting ash trees “because of the insect that’s moving its way across the country, the emerald ash borer.”

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Fall Home Improvement Rehabbing a piece of history Guest-room-sized cabin once housed homestead family By Robin Fish rfish@parkrapidsenterprise. com “Don’t worry. I’m not taking you out into the woods to kill you,” said local realtor Justin Clack. “This is just the end of the road.” Clack was about to give a tour of the 126-year-old cabin he had moved from a century farm in Wadena County and rehabbed as a guesthouse on his secluded property in Straight River Township. “We’ve got about 36 acres here,” he said. “There are no neighbors. This is what we like, at the end of the road, all the privacy in the world.” The road curves past a farmer’s field and enters a wood that extends almost to the Wadena County line. Tucked in a clearing near the east end of Justin and Shari Clack’s property is the 2,600 square-foot log home they designed and built with contractor Roy Schwartz of Menahga. Across the yard is a tiny, one-room cabin built from the surviving logs of the original farmhouse built in 1892 by one of northern Wadena County’s earliest homesteaders. “It was falling apart,” said Justin. “I had been driving by it for 20 years, and I kept seeing it getting worse and worse as time went on. I always thought I should call the person who owned it and

Finishing touches are nearly complete on a historic log cabin that Justin and Shari Clack moved from northern Wadena County to their property in Straight River Township. (Robin Fish/Enterprise) ask them if they wanted to sell it, so I could save it. One day, I did.” In 2016, Clack approached Harlin and Judy Maaninga of Menah-

ga, descendants of Finn- land approximately five ish immigrants Lars and miles south of Hubbard. Maria Pulju. Their grand“There is still a barn out children are among the there that is built from seventh generation of the CABIN: Page D2 family still farming the

Justin and Shari Clack continue to add decorative touches to the restored cabin, which will likely serve as an extra guest bedroom near their modern three-bedroom log home. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)

Woodcarving is tribute to Lake Belle Taine couple’s Nordic ancestry By Shannon Geisen The dragon head was inspired by a serving sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com bowl owned by the Haalands that looks like a Viking longship. When Carlyle and Mary Haaland of Nevis “I copied the dragon, though not exactly,” realized they had to remove four Norway pines Anderson said. from their yard, they decided to save one for a During the Viking Age, from roughly 800 A.D. unique purpose: to honor their Nordic heritage. to 1066, dragon heads often protruded from the For that, they commissioned local woodcarvbow of Viking sea vessels. er Glenn Anderson, who is known for crafting “The intent, apparently, was to banish from ornate kubbestols, a traditional Scandinavian the ship’s path any forces that were threatenchair made from a log. ing to their voyage,” Carlyle explained. The Haalands asked Anderson to create someThe Haalands collaborated with Anderson to thing he had never done before – an eight-foot conceive the final design. They used “Norwework of art bearing four distinctive, Nordic-ingian Wood: A Tradition of Building” by Jerri spired panels and topped with an imposing, Holan as a reference. 30-inch dragon head. “Getting the designs correct and making sure “They are all modeled on something in they fit on the panel” were a challenge, AnderNorway,” Carlyle explained. “They represent son said. architectural form that reached back before First, he stripped the bark from the red pine the Middle Ages and became common in many last fall, then let it dry over the winter. buildings in rural areas.” With historic photographs as a guide, AnderCarlyle is half Swedish, half Norwegian, while son drew the design on a large scale, then Mary is mostly Norwegian. sketched it freehand onto the log. “We thought, at first, we’d do a typical Working five or six hours a day, it took Northwoods carving. Our daughter said, ‘If you approximately one month for Anderson to do that, well, when you die I’ll cut it out,’” Carcomplete the carvings. He could carve about lyle recalled, chuckling. “So I said, ‘What about three feet each day. a Nordic carving?’ She said, ‘All right.’” “It was a challenge, but once I got going it The decorative pole largely celebrates Mary’s was pleasant,” he said. paternal grandparents who, like many of Min“It was amazing how he worked. The whole nesota’s early settlers, hailed from the Numedneighborhood came and watched him,” Carlyle al region of Norway, Carlyle said. Numedal is said. a valley and a traditional district in eastern Red pine is a little harder to carve than Norway. basswood, Anderson noted. Power tools were The ornamental carving “is also a tribute to required, but “you always finish with a hand the many Norwegian immigrants who helped to chisel,” he added. develop the state, whether they worked the land The panels are clearly separated by grooves, or logged the forests of northern Minnesota,” which should prevent the carvings from splithe said. ting due to temperature changes, Anderson Mary’s grandparents homesteaded in rural explained. “It’s been sealed several times,” he Sacred Heart, Minn., located in the west-censaid. tral part of the state. To prevent moisture from soaking in, AnderThe back panel, while “very plain,” is very son used treated material as a cap. typical of corner posts on Norway’s historic The ornamental carving stands before what buildings, Carlyle said. “This particular carving would be called a “stua” in Norway – a garage Carlyle and Mary Haaland, at left, commissioned local woodcarver is modeled on one from a storehouse in the with a loft. Glenn Anderson to create 8-foot, Nordic-inspired panels for their Telemark area.” “A stua is basically a two-story storehouse, The other three panels are based on carvings Lake Belle Taine home. Anderson is joined by his wife, Audrey. The which in the summertime could be used for in the Numedal area. One was “influenced by a two couples are friends. (Photos by Shannon Geisen/Enterprise) guests to sleep,” Carlyle said. carving surrounding the door of a storehouse in The Haalands designed their “stua” based The acanthus leaf motif dominates the central panel. Rollag, Numedal,” Carlyle said. on a lodge in Lutsen. “We tried to make this thing as The center panel mimics a carving on one of the The vine-like decoration originated in the Mediterraoldest buildings in Norway. Originally built in Uvdal, nean but took a stronghold in Norway and became part Nordic as possible,” he said. They selected natural tones for their stua’s exteriNumedal, the building is now exhibited in the Norsk of its folk art identity. or, in order to blend in with northern Minnesota lake Another panel was shaped after carving on a storeFolkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History) in Oslo. Mary’s paternal grandmother came from house door in Nore, Numedal, where Mary’s paternal NORDIC: Page D8 grandfather was born. this locale, he noted.

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Before its restoration, the cabin stood on the Harlin and Judy Maaninga farm, five miles south of Hubbard, where it was built in the 1870s by Harlin’s great-greatgrandfather Lars Pulju, one of the first homesteaders in northern Wadena County. (Submitted photo)

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logs, too,” said Clack. “But they sold me the house because it had been deteriorating. The top floor had completely rotted off, and the roof was gone, so all that stood was the four walls. There was one corner at the back that had rotted, too.”

Putting it together

Rebuilding the cabin was not quite as simple as stacking the logs in their original order. Many of the notches at the corners, where the logs fit together, needed to be recut to remove rotten wood. This shortened the logs a bit, leaving larger openings for the door and windows. “We augered 12 holes, 72 inches deep, and filled them with concrete for footings,” Clack added. “We built the floor about three feet above the ground and used five-by-six green-treated timbers as pillars. I built it up high enough to where, if anybody ever wanted to move it, a flatbed trailer could be put underneath it and it would be easy to move.” This was done partly to replace the bottom row of logs all the way around the cabin, which had rotted away. “It just sat in the dirt,” he said. “I think it may have had a dirt floor in it all this time.”

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Artifacts of farming, mining and hunting are among the vintage items decorating the cabin’s front porch. (Robin Fish/ Enterprise) For the new flooring, Clack bought 15 tamarack logs from Jon Cordahl of Dorset and had them milled into boards with tongue-and-groove joints and kilndried by Roger Wilson of Ponsford. “Tamarack is a really rot-resistant wood,” said Clack. “It’s a swamp tree. They grow in lowland.” The flooring is a good fit for the cabin, which was also made of tamarack wood, harvested from the land it was originally built on. “So, they took all of those out of a swamp,” Clack said. “They’re probably one of the best logs to use for a log cabin from what everybody has told me. Just the job of hewing all those logs out of a round log, and then getting them in that rectangular shape with an axe and an adze – it’s just amazing how much work that would take. To get those straight enough to be able to stack them, and get the corners right, it’s just a huge task. Pioneers were hard workers, for sure.” He knows exactly how much work it was. “It took me about two months from the time I started working on the logs to where I had the walls all stacked, to where it was ready to have a roof put on,” said Clack. He described a process that often required him to lift a log, one end at a time, try to fit it in place, then take it

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The original residents of the Clacks’ cabins stand outside the structure as it originally appeared, with Finnish-style vertical wood siding and an added vestibule. Lars Pulju (then spelled Bulju) and his wife Maria (nee Ruona) came to America in 1885 and built the house in 1892. With them is Lars’s nephew, whom he adopted when the boy’s parents died in Finland. Their small homestead farm eventually grew to more than 1,000 acres and was recognized as a century farm at the 1992 Wadena County Fair. Currently owned by the Maaninga family of Menahga, the land is being farmed by a seventh-generation family member. (Submitted photo) 001477539r1

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Justin and his son, Aaron, went out to the Maaninga farm and tagged the logs. Then Shari and Justin stripped off the lath and plaster lining the inside walls of the cabin. “In the early 1900s, logs were kind of out of favor,” said Justin. “Many structures were plastered over to hide them. We took out thousands of nails. It took a long time to rip all that stuff out.” Once that was done, the Clacks scraped away the daubing and chinking from the gaps between the logs – a mortar-like sealant that traditionally contained clay, sand, lime, mud, ash and, in the Pulju cabin’s case, animal hair and other debris. “Then we were able to start disassembling it,” said Clack. “We took it down one log at a time and moved it over to where our house is.” The Maaninga family asked to keep one log that had the name LARS BULJU carved on it. (Pulju was spelled with a “B” at that time.) “They said that he had done that when he built it,” said Clack. “So, they kept it for a fireplace mantel. I made a new log to match that one, and we did an onion paper etching. So, we’re going to carve that into the log. It will probably be the last thing we do.”

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down again to adjust the corner notch before lifting it up again.

Built like a tank

“After the structure was re-stacked, Bob Fletcher and Sons built a timber-framed roof system on the cabin with long overhangs,” Clack said, noting that the roof turned out fancier than he initially planned. “I was going to put regular rafters on it,” he said, “and then we ended up doing this timber frame. It was a huge project. We had a crane come in and do that top beam because it’s about 18 inches tall and weighed several thousand pounds.” The gable ends at the front and back of the cabin were sided with ship lath. Acknowledging that the timber frame is “built like a tank,” and with wide overhangs protecting those weathered old tamarack logs from the elements, Clack said, “It should last for 200 more years without any problems.” Replacing the section where the logs had rotted away at the back of the cabin is a newly constructed fireplace corner, with cedar siding on the outside and a wood-burning stove on the inside. Lining the walls behind the stove are pieces of slate stone that were individually cut by Craig Glessing from 12-by-20 sheets. Clack said, “I bet you it took me a month and a half just to do all the chinking between the logs. It doesn’t seem like it would take that long. But you use these huge caulking guns, and you go along, there’s foam in behind there, and you put it in there and you have to get it all spread in those joints. It’s a major rigmarole.”

Most of the decor in the cabin has a vintage look, except the futon and the electric lighting. The table was made with wood from the original cabin’s window trim. The Clacks are having a stained glass window made for the opening below the bearskin, originally an outlet for the old stove. The opening next to the woodpile will be fitted with a door to load firewood from outdoors. (Robin Fish/Enterprise) The Clacks replaced a corner of the original structure where the logs had rotted with a wood-burning stove with a slate stone corner. (Robin Fish/ Enterprise)

added. The lightly built steps alongside the porch are temporary. Clack is currently cutting timbers for a much more substantial flight of front steps. He also plans to add a door for the entrance to a crawl-space under the cabin, another for a hatchway at the back of the cabin for passing firewood through to the stove, and a stained-glass Finishing touches Though the house does not have run- window for the hole high on the back ning water, it is wired for electricity and wall where the cabin’s original stovepipe has overhead lights. Modern doors and went out. Meantime, Clack wants to leave the windows finished the structure. “We took some of the original window roof timbers, replacement logs, flooring trim and made some tables from it,” said and cedar siding untreated. He noted Clack. “We’re trying to sort of decorate it that even the cabin’s original logs are with all really old stuff. There’s a futon browner on the inside than on the outin there, which of course is newer, but side, due to being covered up by lath and most of the decorations are old stuff.” Some finishing touches remain to be CABIN: Page D5

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“Mammoth Yellow Quill” is an excellent cultivar for northern perennial gardens. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

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“Mammoth Lavender” belongs to a mum series developed by the University of Minnesota with increased vigor and improved hardiness. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Mum’s the word: Fall favorite can be perennial, even up here

Potted moms sold in fall are meant to be seasonal decorations and aren’t usually the varieties recommended for northern perennial gardens. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service truly perennials, but we must choose wisely, selecting varieties that bloom within our length of season and are winter-hardy for zones 3 and 4. Most potted mums sold for temporary seasonal decoration aren’t varieties meant to be winter-hardy in our perennial gardens. Sometimes they’ll survive if planted, often they don’t.

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Mums have long been the queen of fall-blooming perennials. A North Dakota State University (then Agricultural College)

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growing season, according to the university. The program has since released 76 mum cultivars for planting in Hardiness Zones 3 and 4, although some have become unavailable heirlooms. In 1977, Minnesota researchers discovered the genetic “cushion” habit of mums, having dome shapes with flowers completely covering the outside plant surface, instead of blooms only at the tops of upright plants, like previous types. The cushion habit quickly became the world’s standard for mum growth, as the University of Minnesota released the “Minn” series of cushion mums including Minnautumn, Minnyellow, Minnruby and others that remain good perennial garden choices even today. In 1990, university breeders inspecting fields of seedlings observed some with unprecedented size, vigor and increased winter hardiness, which became the Mammoth Mum series. Their habit is termed “shrub cushion” and the plants can eventually become a flowering dome-shape, 3 to 4 feet high and wide. There are six steps to achieving the most perennial mum success: 1. Choose varieties bred for our zones 3 and 4, such as the Minnesota cultivars.

2. Plant in spring from starter plants purchased from garden centers. Mums survive best if given the entire growing season to establish before winter. 3. Locate in full sun in a spot that typically receives plentiful winter snow cover. Avoid open, windswept areas. 4. Fertilize generously in spring and early summer, but stop by July 4 to allow plants to toughen before fall. 5. Leave tops intact over winter, which has repeatedly been shown vital for mum winter survival. Prune off tops in early spring as new growth emerges from soil. 6. Cover with 12 inches of straw or wood product mulch in Novem-

ber after soil freezes. Wet leaves or grass clippings can become too soggy, smothering mums. Mum roots are shallow and easily damaged by alternate freezing and thawing of soil, but mulch applied after the soil freezes keeps roots comfortably and consistently frozen until mulch removal in early April. For a complete list of adapted mum cultivars introduced by UMN, including the “Minn” and “Mammoth” series, visit https://mnhardy. umn.edu/varieties/flowers/chrysanthemums and click on each of the four growth habit categories near the bottom. Don Kinzler, a lifelong gardener, worked as an NDSU Extension horticulturist and owned Kinzler’s Greenhouse in Fargo. Readers can reach him at forumgrowingtogether@hotmail.com.

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By Don Kinzler Forum News Service What’s the best part about the spritely colored potted mums sold in late summer at every national chain, hardware store and garden center? Yes, they beautify front steps and porches cheerfully, but they also keep Halloween decorations at bay for a few weeks, so jack-o’-lanterns and black cat decor don’t appear in early September, which rushes the season a bit. Potted mums, short for chrysanthemums, extend our flowering season, and many are still blooming when our first snowfall arrives, as most mums tolerate a little frost. Potted mums sold in late summer are usually considered non-permanent seasonal decorations to be left in their pots, or planted in the landscape for temporary instant color. Potted chrysanthemums are heavy drinkers and might require daily watering, or at least daily monitoring. If mums are allowed to wilt when in full bud or bloom, flowering is quickly diminished. Wouldn’t it be nice if mums, with their brilliant fall color, could be planted in our perennial flower beds and grow year after year, instead of just in seasonal pots? Well, they can. Chrysanthemums are

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plaster for so many years. Now that the plaster dust has been scraped away, he expects it all to weather to a consistent look. “In two or three years, the whole thing should look old and gray,” he said. “That’s the plan, anyway. You see how that fascia board is starting to turn gray? That was brand new wood last year. So, it should eventually all gray in.”

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Ship lath at the gable-ends and new cedar siding, replacing a corner of the original cabin that had deteriorated beyond repair, were left untreated so that they will weather to the same gray as the original logs. Adding a crawlspace door below the window is one of the last remaining things to do in the restoration project. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)

The high ceiling, wood stove join with the weathered wall timbers and the mostly antique decor to create a cozy, warm, peaceful atmosphere, with plenty of light coming in through the windows on both side walls. “It’s nice and quiet inside there,” said Clack. “Even when it’s raining. There’s insulation up in that roof, sandwiched in there. When it’s raining, you can barely hear it.”

Saturday, September 29, 2018 D5 Acknowledging that the cabin is essentially an extra bedroom alongside his three-bedroom, twobath log home, Clack said, “We’ve had people suggest that we rent it out, but I’m not interested in doing that. I’d just rather let friends and family stay, if they want to stay in there.” He is not alone in his satisfaction with the cabin’s rehabilitation. “I’ve

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Prepare your home now for the winter heating season heating system: ► Change your furnace filter regularly. Check your filter every month, especially during times of heavy use. If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder, wasting energy. ► Tune up your heating equipment yearly. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve gas mileage, an annual tune-up of your heating system can improve efficiency and comfort. Schedule a tuneup now before the peak heating season arrives. ► Install a programmable or smart thermo-

stat. Both thermostats are helpful for people who are regularly away from home during the week or for long periods of time. They allow users to change the temperature of the home based on the time of day and whether they are at home or asleep. ► Seal your heating and cooling ducts. Ducts that move air to and from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by 20 percent or more. ► Consider installing Energy Star-qualified equipment. If your heating

system is not performing efficiently or is old and needs upgrading, have it evaluated by an HVAC contractor and consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the Energy Star label. It is better to plan ahead to replace an old furnace or boiler instead of waiting for it to fail in mid-winter. For more information, see Energy Star’s “Guide to Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling.” Also, check out the Home Heating and Home Cooling sections of the Home Energy Guide, a Minnesota Commerce Department publication.

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Now is the time to make sure your home heating system is working properly – before cold weather starts to hit and heating technicians are all booked up with work. Energy Star, the official program that certifies energy-efficient products and practices, says dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating system inefficiency and failure. Furnaces and boilers, the two most common ways to heat homes, should be inspected and adjusted on an annual basis. The Minnesota Commerce Department and Energy Star offer these tips to prepare for winter by ensuring the efficiency and safety of your home

Congratulations to Dr. David & Amy on your home!

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The dragon’s head, mounted at the top, is based upon a Viking longship. Dragons were thought to protect the marine vessel and so graced the prow.


Store is closed for season. Irrigation shut down time.

Each of the four panels is unique and represent a region of Norway important to Mary Haaland’s paternal grandparents.


“As a summertime person, since my grandfather bought it in ‘41. I think I’ve From Page D1 been here every summer since, except once I was in the Army,” Carlyle said. Gazing at the Nordic totem, Carlyle country. said, “That should stand there for a “If you look closely at a Norway pine, you’ll find dark red and light gray,” he number of years. I’ll keep treating it; make sure it’s in good shape. Glenn did said. The Haalands have lived on Lake Belle good work here.” “I enjoy doing it. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t Taine for about 20 years as permanent do it,” Anderson said. residents.


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“It was just a shame to see it just falling apart,” he said. “Another few years From Page D5 out there, there would have been nothing left of it. But it was a much bigger project original farmhouse, which (according to than I ever thought it was going to be. It a Maaninga family photo) was sided in took my free time for about two years, the Finnish style of the day, with wood- working on it evenings and weekends.” en boards running vertically. But it’s He added, “Yeah, it turned out way a great improvement on the decaying better than I ever thought it would, sitwreck Clack used to drive by every day. ting out there.”

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Eric Munson • Owner-Contractor • License #BC707083

218-237-2425 www.emconincmn.com



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