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.

Along Superior's North Shore.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sophia's Place in ABQ

Had Bluecorn pancakes with pinion nut butter and mixed fruit. Very good!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Eight Northern Pueblos

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Gruett Steakhouse in ABQ.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Frybread Express!

This frybread is as big as a plate and as a think as the yellowpages.

Mikey's In Love!

King of the World!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

First American Design Studio at DSGW Architects


John F. Scott, Partner

Michael Laverdure joins DSGW Architects to lead design efforts
for DSGW Architects’ First American Design Studio

DULUTH, MINNESOTA [July 7, 2009] - DSGW Architects, a community oriented firm, welcomes Michael Laverdure to lead design efforts for the recently formed First American Design Studio. With over 12 years of experience and a demonstrated commitment in the principle that he contribute to the betterment of First American communities, Michael was a natural choice to be the design director of the studio.

Michael graduated in 1996 from North Dakota State University’s College of Architecture and is currently finishing his architectural registration exams. Once complete, Michael will be one of a select few Native American Architects in the country. He recently passed his LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accreditation exams and is also an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, located in North Dakota.

Over the last 30 years, DSGW Architects has provided services to over fifteen Native American Communities throughout the country. To sustain and focus DSGW’s collaboration with First American communities, DSGW has created the First American Design Studio within the firm that focuses on Native American community development. One of the guiding principles of the First American Design Studio is dedicated to the advancement of opportunities for Native Americans to become fully engaged in the design and construction of projects. In addition to Michael Laverdure, our team members include technicians and construction administrators who are enrolled American Indians of tribes located in the midwest.

“We are very excited to have Mike join our firm,” said John Scott, partner of DSGW. “He brings experience and creativity that will broaden the services DSGW offers through the First American Design Studio. This studio will allow us to become even more engaged and aid in the development of sustainable communities within tribal bands. Under Mike’s leadership, our cultural design process has been tailored to exceed the expectations of our clients.”

“DSGW’s commitment to First American communities caught my attention,” explains Michael Laverdure. “DSGW’s participation and commitment to their Native clientele is superior. My mother, Betty Laverdure told me, “Always use your talents for the betterment of the whole, before you think of your own needs. As you do good, good will come back to you.” This has taught me to become a designer who listens to clientele closely and then translate that into architecture. Listening, along with my heritage has given me unique insight into cultural design. It is also, coincidentally, in-line with DSGW’s belief of building sustainable communities and enriching them through architecture.”

Since the development of the First American Design Studio, DSGW has been awarded the opportunity to plan and design the following projects: University of Minnesota-Duluth American Indian Learning Resource Center (Duluth, Minnesota), Spirit Lake Casino Addition and Renovation (St. Michael, North Dakota), Bad River Health and Wellness Center (Odanah, Wisconsin), Lac du Flambeau Health Center and Dental (Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin), as well as the Ohkay Owingah Old Town Development in New Mexico.

About DSGW Architects
Established in 1938, DSGW is a Minnesota firm offering architecture, planning, and interior design services to communities of every size and character. Its 30+ member team has offices in Duluth, Virginia, Grand Rapids, and St.Paul. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Getting ready for fireworks!

Fourth of July at the Indian Bowl

Walley Surprise!

Pizza at The Flame

Got hungry from catching all those fish, so we called in a pizza order while on the lake. Pulled up to the dock and ate some great pizza.

Fishing at LDF

Now that's a Largemouth!

Having fun at LDF, fishing!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Public Enemy Lunch

On our way to Lac du Flambeau, we stopped at Little Bohemia for lunch in Manitowosh Waters, WI. It was the site of the shoot-out between the FBI and John Dillinger. Film with Johnny Depp was filmed here on location.

Lunch at Little Bohemia

Site of filming of movie Public Enemies. Shootout scene.