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New St. Croix River book

I’ve been slowly working my way through James Taylor Dunn’s exhaustive history of  my favorite river, dubbed “The St. Croix: Midwest Border River” (orginally published in 1965 and revised in 1979). It’s a fun read, though he chooses some strange topics for in-depth focus, sometimes, and it’s inevitably a bit outdated.

Now, I see that there’s a new history of the river coming out in October: “North Woods River: The St. Croix River in Upper Midwest History.” Could be good!

There’s a reading by the authors at Magers & Quinn Bookstore in Minneapolis on September 26. Of course, I can’t go, I’ll be paddling the Mississippi River that day.

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River friends

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Flowing

St. Croix River
Wow. I didn’t expect to have 1,600 “fans” of the St. Croix River on Facebook when I launched the page a couple weeks ago. I created the page, posted a link on my profile, and invited via Facebook message less than 10 people. Now, the metrics graph showing members is the very image of “exponential.” Just a curve of steadily-increasing steepness. And tons of fan posts of pictures, memories and odes to the river. Good fun.

I did have a morning of worry though, when I went to create a custom username for the page (http://www.facebook.com/StCroixRiver) and suddenly the page was “not found” and it stayed that way for a while. A little research didn’t give me much hope and the response I got from Facebook was unhelpful and noncommittal. It was very frustrating to think that my burgeoning new page was now dead, but suddenly it just started working again after a couple of hours (and after I’d given up hope).

My research did indicate that many others have had this problem, and perhaps using “CamelCase” was to blame. Anyway, if I had known there was any risk, I would have just not created the custom name and I might recommend you don’t do it either until Facebook fixes the bug.

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St. Croix River on Facebook

Paddling on the St. Croix River

I love the St. Croix about as much as anything. Now you, too, can become a “fan” of the river on Facebook!

I’ve uploaded some of my favorite photos from my adventures on the river from its headwaters to its lowest reaches before joining the Mississippi. You can too.

I’ll also post occasional interesting news items, blog posts and such in the feed so you can keep up-to-date on what’s happening with the river and other people who love it and enjoy it.

You should become a fan!

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River of all my years, where it goes

“Today I took my seven-year-old son on a “secret mission” into Wisconsin and on the way home we made a brief stop at the spot where hwy. 35 crosses the St. Croix. We quietly waded out into the channel and marveled at the beauty of the place. “Where does this river go?” he asked. I told him exactly where and watched as his glance slowly moved from the opposite shore to downstream. I could almost hear his little gears turning.” – Commenter eric regarding the St. Croix and my recent misadventures at its source

It goes to a place where it is wider and deeper by a magnitude of a hundred than it is in those boulder-filled headwaters. Where on the weekends it is not a river of water rushing over rock but of speedboats navigating amongst water skiers and jet skis on choppy, windy water. Of cold beer and chips and swimming on sandbars.

The shores here are home to a few pines like they are there, but mostly they are thick with leafy trees. There are houses, cabins, docks and beaches; not as many as some would have it, but far more than in those wild and lonesome upper reaches.

This place is not far from where it gives its waters, which rise in the low bogs of that northern land, to the Mississippi. Many call it a lake here, as it broadens and slows before joining the Father of Waters. But, though this river might here have much in common with a lake, there is still one important difference: it is going somewhere.