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My Rugged Life:  Ramblings of Minnesota resort owner.

Living at and promoting our Minnesota family resort.

 

July 3rd, 2019

Let Freedom Ring!  It is that time of year when we celebrate the freedoms we have in our country.  Some view it as a day off, others a day to enjoy with family and friends and still others, the day has a much deeper meaning. Here at the resort we view it as a celebration for the rights we have and we try to honor those who have made our freedom possible. We have 3 vets in our immediate family and many more here at the resort.  We also have many people who work to make our lives better, whether it is through government work in our cities, counties, state or country, or those who work with the best interests of others in mind. As we go to parades and listen to music and watch fireworks, we encourage all of you to think of the freedoms you have and thank someone who has made a difference in your life.

 

Speaking of parades, we will have our annual golf cart parade tomorrow. Our guests will decorate their carts and ATV’s and parade through the  RV parks and then gather at the Boat House for coffee & donuts.  it is always fun to see how creative some people are. It’s one of the highlights of our summer gatherings.

 

Take care and have a safe & happy Independence Day!

 

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila

 

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I always have good intentions and then run out of time for all my ideas.  Blogging included.  We have had a mixed beginning to the season. The weather didn’t cooperate at first, and bookings are so-so with lots of cancellations.  Life just gets in the way sometimes.  It’s stressful for us, but on the other hand it’s good for you late planners.  Check out our last minute openings for a good deal on a relaxing vacation.

This week, I got a few flowers planted.  Since it’s so late I’m hoping for bursts of Fall color. Hopefully it works. We are progressing on the new houseboat roof, and some new docks and boat lifts and a canoe & kayak rack by the boat launch. The pool  looks beautiful and had a lot of use this week. It’s so nice to hear the laughter of families enjoying time together.

Today as my wonderful cleaners take care of the cabins, I am doing laundry,  planning the week, getting papers ready for new guests and wondering what in the world I am going to make for supper. I’ve been trying 2 new recipes a week and so far it’s going well.  But they need to be quick and not involve a ton of new ingredients I’ll only use once.  I’ve tried, Shrimp tacos, Tortellini soup (a big hit), taco filled pasta shell bake,  I’m thinking fondu or a Shrimp boil sound good…. We’ll see.

 

Well, this is my rambling – I’ll post again – much sooner than last time.

Until next time,

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila

 

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My name is Sheila Niemeyer and I have decided to write about our life at the resort.

 

I thought about this for some time. I not only wanted to promote the resort, but I wanted to update and engage our guests. Then I realized I could also preserve some of our stories and memories created, while sharing them with you.

 

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Resort Background:

Fun-Stal Resort was started in 1935 by Bess & Ted Stallman. Bess’s maiden name was Funfar & they combined the names to create Fun-Stal. They bought an old logging recovery camp on the Mississippi River. The cabins were no longer being used by loggers and some were used by trappers. They built a home for themselves (now Cabin #1) and converted the small mess hall to a cabin (now #2) and moved 2 cabins down a hill and set them right next to the river bank. The cabins were plain and had been used as bunk houses; no bathroom, no kitchen- no living area, just space for a few beds. They added, bedrooms and kitchens, with cold running water.

I believe it was around 1970 when the Stallman’s sold the resort to the Romers. They owned the resort for 7 years and then in 1977 Judy & Lyle Niemeyer bought the resort. Lyle used to come to the resort with his dad, and then again as he and Judy brought their kids to the resort to vacation. In 2003 the two oldest children, Kelly & Corby, purchased the resort and remodeled or rebuilt 3 of the 6 cabins and added a pool.

 

Today:

Corby & I, and our children continue to carry on the family tradition. It’s our family’s 42nd year. We have finished the old boat house and created a gathering area for guests, added some acreage to the resort and a houseboat. We continue to make plans to improve cabins and amenities.  We are so blessed to have this opportunity and environment to raise our kids and serve others.

Until next time,

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila