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Keen: Eileen Keen, today, in front of a family photo. The wall in the background is from the original family home build in 1918.
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Jim Hawley/Contributing Writer April 22, 2014
 

When we first met Eileen Keen, it was related to her writing and her involvement with A.R.T.S. It was later that we discovered her maiden name, Wotring – as in Wotring Road and Wotring Resort on Big Sandy Lake.

Clark Wotring was living in Aitkin, working as a surveyor, when he came upon the Big Sandy area. Per his daughter, Eileen, “he fell in love with the area” (Footprints of Early Backwoods Settlers, Eileen Keen, 2003). After a stint working as a State inspector at the mines in Hibbing, which led to his contracting an illness that ended his work there, Clark and his wife, Mabel, moved to Big Sandy Lake and built a log home in 1918.

Discovering that others, too, enjoyed the area, they began to build cabins – and Wotring Resort was born – one of the many resorts active in the area before land value appreciation made selling a more sensible option than operating ...

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Stardust: The Stardust Motel has six units and each room offers complimentary cable television, Internet, coffee and wine.
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Woman of the year Joanne Dawson

No foolin'!

Swedish tradition on Big Sandy

Back to the 50s

Emergency Deer feeding program

Skunk Whisperer

Escape from civilization

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Train at rest

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Our Motel and new home in Floodwood ...
Lucia Grones/Voyageur Press April 15, 2014
 

Once again, when The Lord is in the midst your life turns into a sweet challenge.

On one of our late nights of working for the newspaper, my husband and I drove by the Stardust Motel in Floodwood and I spotted the sign “For Sale.” I asked John to stop the car and get the number because it was dark and the sign was covered with snow. I could see the thoughts of ambition and excitement reflected on my husband’s face as he moved the snow and wrote down the number.

A few days later we visited Gerlinda and Larry Schnortz, a sweet couple that offered us their warm home and immaculate motel that operated smoothly for so many years. The busy life...

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Volunteer:Joanne Dawson was recently recognized as the recipient of the Floodwood Four Rivers Foundation "Woman of the Year" award at the annual SPArty event. Joanne is pictured with her granddaughters, Courtney, Halley and Christine Picconatto.
Recent Features

No foolin'!

Swedish tradition on Big Sandy

Back to the 50s

Emergency Deer feeding program

Skunk Whisperer

Escape from civilization

Bean-to-bar

Train at rest

What's cookin'

Woman of the year Joanne Dawson
Dora Potts /Editor April 8, 2014
 

Each year since 2012, The Four Rivers Foundation has recognized one woman in a very special way. This year, it was Joanne Dawson who was named “Woman of the Year.”

Jess Rich, president of the Four Rivers Foundation, explained the selection process. “Nominations are brought to the board for discussion in October and November and they come to a consensus about the person selected,” she said. “Their choice is made based on three sets of criteria, involving strength and determination, leadership, and integrity.”

Jess went on to say that, in Joanne’s case, the vote was unanimous. “In the past ten years, I have never known Joanne to say no to anything, when asked,” Jess elaborated. “She doesn’t leave jobs undone and never expects or asks for anything in return.”

Joanne Dawson’s list of service efforts is long, according...

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