Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hunter of the Year 2009...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Homemade Mascarpone Cheese Recipe

16 ounces (not ultra-pasteurized) organic whipping cream
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a wide skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low so the water is barely simmering. Pour the cream into a medium-sized heat-resistant bowl, then place the bowl into the water in the skillet.

Heat the cream, stirring often, to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. It will take about 15 minutes of gentle heating. Add the lemon juice and continue heating the mixture, stirring gently, until the cream curdles. The whipping cream will become thicker and will cover the back of your spoon thickly.

When the cream reaches the temperature, keep it at that temperature for 5 minutes. Then remove the bowl from the water, and let the mixture cool for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, line a sieve with four layers of dampened cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Pour the mixture into the lined sieve. Once it is cooled completely, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate in the sieve overnight or up to 24 hours. Transfer to a sealable storage container or your mouth, whichever comes first.

Yields about 12 ounces.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Polaris Fusion

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Save the animals, buy good tires!

Monday, September 21, 2009

On the ferry to Bayfield Wisconsin

Mad Isle Espresso

Downtown La Pointe on Madeline Island

The lagoon at Madeline Island

On the beach at Madeline Island

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lol. GPS says I'm swimming...jokes!

Waiting for the Ferry to Madeline Island

Earth Water & Sky at Red Lake Minn.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Native Day Event at Midtown Farmer's Market

5th Annual
at the

We invite you to join us during our 5th Annual Native American Day Celebration scheduled for: Saturday - September 26, 2009 from 11am – 2pm. Location: Midtown Farmer’s Market at the intersection of East Lake Street and 22nd Avenue (by the Midtown YWCA and Light Rail Station) The event will feature: a Health & Resource Fair, cultural activities such as drum group, exhibition dancers, tobacco, wild rice and bustle making demonstrations, children’s activities, Famous Dave’s lunch, free t-shirts and more!

If you are interested in participating by hosting a health or resource table, please complete the attached registration form and mail with check payable to:

Native American Day Celebration

Indian Health Board
1315 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404

For more information contact: Tish @ 612.721.9839 or

Monday, September 14, 2009

Duluth architects build business with Indian clients | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth architects build business with Indian clients | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Duluth architectural firm is betting on the future of its business with American Indian tribes.

Already, tribal customers account for about one-third of DSGW Architects’ business, according to Randy Wagner, an architect and partner in the firm. But he sees potential for more work catering to American Indian clients.

Toward that end, DSGW launched the First American Design Studio this year, creating a special division within the company focused on meeting the needs of American Indian clients.

Wagner said DSGW has been taking on American Indian projects for more than 20 years. He now credits that business for softening the blow of the recent economic downturn.

“With the economy like it is, our work has certainly slowed down, but we’ve maintained much of our tribal activity, and that’s certainly helped us weather these tough economic times,” he said.

The firm hired Mike Laverdure, a 37-year-old member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota, last year to help it develop even stronger ties with American Indian clients. Laverdure has worked in the industry for a decade and is in the final stages of being certified as an architect. Laverdure believes he will become the first member of his tribe ever to achieve that distinction

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Friday, August 21, 2009

DSGW Architects creates First American Design Studio

By Konnie LeMay
Indian Country Today correspondent

DULUTH, Minn. – For more than 40 years, DSGW Architects in Duluth has worked with 15 Indian communities in four states on projects ranging from community centers to
clinics to casinos.
But this year, the firm – with the mission of “enriching communities
through architecture” – expanded its commitment to serving tribal interests by creating its First American Design Studio, headed by an Ojibwe designer.
Michael Laverdure of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota joined the firm in 2008. Partner Randy Wagner is working with and mentoring Laverdure on projects designed by the studio.
Laverdure joined DSGW about a year after he had competed against the firm for a project at the Peter Christensen Health Clinic on the Lac du Flambeau Band of Ojibwe
Reservation, where his sister, Dr. Adrienne Laverdure, works. DSGW won the contract.
Laverdure chuckled as he recalled his sister recommending, “You should call those guys that kicked your butt.”
He did just that; turns out DSGW was looking for the kind of expertise Laverdure could bring, and for the opportunity to organize an American Indianfocused
A job with the firm gave Laverdure the chance to do culturally meaningful designs and
to advance professionally. “Most of the work has been
with community-based projects,” said John Scott, a DSGW partner, of its involvement
with tribes. “They know we are going to listen first as we plan the overall approach for a successful project.”
Before moving to DSGW, Laverdure said the firm where he had worked decided not to
pursue tribal contracts. “If you don’t know how to work with tribes, it’s hard to do,” he said of the complications when working on tribal/federal projects or
of taking the time to listen to all local parties involved.
Laverdure said working with tribes was “exactly what I wanted to do.” His career choice reflected the teachings of his mother, well-known tribal Judge Betty Laverdure. “She said, ‘You always have to think of others before you think of yourself.’”
Laverdure graduated in 1996 from North Dakota State University’s College of Architecture and also attended Turtle Mountain Tribal College.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Jumpin' kid...

Outside of the Boston Public Library I saw this kid doing flips off the steps. Pretty cool.

Hancock Tower in Boston

The John Hancock Tower, is a 60-story skyscraper in Boston. The structure, the tallest in the city, was designed by I.M. Pei and was completed in 1976.

You can see this from the steps of Boston Public Library. Weird that a one story church is just across the street, Trinity Church.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


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Gabriel monster jams

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Big Bear Ben

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Ben Jammin'

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Gabriel and Momma


Gabriel Lee


9lbs 8 3/4 oz 22 inches

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Twins vs Royals

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Aunty Rachel's Birthday Video Compilation

'Ten years in the making' | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Casey McDougall completed a lengthy journey before he received his master’s degree in clinical psychology Friday afternoon at UND’s Summer Commencement.

“Ten years in the making,” McDougall said. “A hiccup in Iraq, but I hit the ground running.”

McDougall is from the White Earth Reservation in White Earth, Minn. After earning his bachelor’s degree from UND, he served 18 months of duty in Kirkuk, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the 1-188th Defense Artillery out of Grand Forks.

“It was 120 degrees,” McDougall said. “I drank about five liters a day, minimum.”

He researched gambling behavior as part of his doctoral thesis through UND’s Indians into Psychology program and also under the Ronald E. McNair scholarship, a national program for lower-income students created in memory of the late Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut.

“Without their support, I couldn’t finish this at all,” McDougall said.

He interned at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital and says he will prepare for his license working with the Pueblo Indians in Acoma and Laguna, New Mexico.

“It’s my goal to provide mental health services to rural communities that really need it,” McDougall said.....

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Aunty Rachel & The Kids

Our Cousin!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Aunty Rachel's Birthday #01

Aunty Rachel's Birthday #02

Robert doing his thing... Love the "Laughing Song"

How many Laverdure's can you stuff in an Elevator?

A lot!

Dr. McDougall

Casey just got his Doctorate from UND! Way to go!

Aunty Rachel's Birthday #03

Aunty Rachel's Birthday #05

Me and Maya!

Aunty Rachel's Birthday #04

Me and Adrienne!

Aunty Rachel's Birthday #06

Baby Asher!

Monday, August 3, 2009

What do you get when you cross a....

Dara had no adhesion to her 'stache...

Ugly Betty says...He Heh He Heh He Heh....

I call this one - Blue Steel!

Kigger man had me rolling after this pose....

Mustache me!

Look at their expressions! Funny even without the mustaches!

Give a kid 50 cents and.....

Gotta laugh at these kids...


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Peter Christensen Health Center

Stopping by to help finish up the punch list at Peter Christensen Health Center in Lac du Flambeau. Nice project by DSGW!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Along Canal Park in Duluth

Me and Maya along Canal Park in Duluth. Beautiful evening.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Jade Garden in West Duluth

Very good Poo Poo platter (for real that's what it is called).

Saturday, July 25, 2009

At the Northland Highlands concert!

Blue Steel!

Kyle and I goofing around at the concert!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Walley Surprise!

DSGW First American News Flash!

“ $10 million is available for local and tribal units of government to
establish and implement climate change initiatives. Proposals that
create replicable modes of sustainable community action, cost-effective
persistent greenhouse gas reductions and improve public health or social
conditions in a community are requested.

A 50% cost share (in-kind or cash) is required for all programs with the
exception of tribal governments, which are exempt from matching
requirements. 30 awards of $100,000 to $500,000 are expected. Proposals
are due by _July 22, 2009_. For additional information or assistance
contact Fran Crotty, MPCA Sustainable Development Unit at 651/757-2297

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Just about to head out to Boston Commons to do some studying.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kyle & Brett

Had dinner with my two nephews, Kyle & Brett at the Texas Roadhouse in Grand Forks!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

San Felipe Church in Old Town Alb.