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Going to the (Ice)Chapel



Tomorrow I fly out to the wonderful metropolis of Hibbing, MN (go ahead and look it up) which is about 2 hours from Canada. I'm going there to perform a wedding for a great couple in our church. I'm honestly pumped. They are a fantastic couple and one of the funniest I've ever met.

I've been joking with Travis and Anna (the couple) about how out of place I'm going to be. Here is a summary of what I know so far:

- Ice Fishing is a part of life there. They bring sheds out over iced-over lakes and drill holes in the ice. I was told that if a person falls in they will shoot a spear at you to save your life. So basically you lose a leg but at least they can pull you out.

- Hibbing is home to the world's largest Open Pit Iron Ore Mine.

- The whole town was actually physically moved once because there was Iron Ore found to be under the city. In order to get the iron, they decided to move the entire town.

- Hibbing is home to the Greyhound Bus Museum.

In case that's not enough apparently there is also a Bob Dylan museum!

I hope I can get it all in before my flight back home!

Have any of my wonderful blog readers ever been to Hibbing, MN?

posted by Tally Wilgis @ Thursday, May 01, 2008

3 Comments:

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Happy Mommy said...

Nope, never been to MN. Sounds like lots of fun! Grayhound, and Bob Dylan! Not to mention ice fishing...
Have Fun!

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger forrest said...

Hi Tally,
This is Cathy Koland, Anna's Mom. I'm not a native of Hibbing but have lived her for nearly 30 years. You are correct in saying (Ice) Chapel because the ice still isn't complete off the lakes on the Iron Range. It's been the winter that just won't end.
I have to extend a sincere thank you for making the long and exhausting journey "up North". Your warmth and humor truly made the wedding ceremony a memorable time for Anna, Travis, family and friends. Many people have commented on how personal and touching the ceremony was, in large part to you. I can't thank you enough for that!
I wish there would have been more time to show you around our unique town. Hopefully you felt the warmth of the people of the Iron Range during your short visit.
Anna & Travis are lucky to have you as a friend, pastor and mentor.
Sincerely, Cathy Koland

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger forrest said...

Hi Tally,
This is Cathy Koland, Anna's Mom. I'm not a native of Hibbing but have lived her for nearly 30 years. You are correct in saying (Ice) Chapel because the ice still isn't complete off the lakes on the Iron Range. It's been the winter that just won't end.
I have to extend a sincere thank you for making the long and exhausting journey "up North". Your warmth and humor truly made the wedding ceremony a memorable time for Anna, Travis, family and friends. Many people have commented on how personal and touching the ceremony was, in large part to you. I can't thank you enough for that!
I wish there would have been more time to show you around our unique town. Hopefully you felt the warmth of the people of the Iron Range during your short visit.
Anna & Travis are lucky to have you as a friend, pastor and mentor.
Sincerely, Cathy Koland

 

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