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Today marks 88 years in family house

In Blogging, Family, Genealogy, iphone, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock, Religion on September 30, 2010 at 12:31 am


By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

My grandparents moved into the house 88 years ago today.

I was trying to figure out why I was feeling so complete in Murdock. It’s really pretty simple as my family has been here for at least 133 years and has lived in the same house since September 30, 1922.

My grandmother Mary Jannet “Jennie” Foley and my grandfather, Martin J. Walsh Sr., known as “Mart”, see photo above from the 1950s, were married at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Murdock on Nov. 4, 1915. (They were assigned pew number 12 or about the fifth pew back on the left side from altar at the church.) They moved to the current family home located on the west end of town on Sept. 30 1922, according to an interview on Aug. 12, 1976 by Sister Julitta Walsh, a religious sister and relative. The land was formerly owned by an old four mill. Part of the mill foundation was used for the present home. The house was built in 1917 by John Murphy.

On Dec. 7, 1924 my father Martin J. Walsh Jr. was born in the house. I remember hearing the story as a child and always wondered how it could be as babies are born in hospitals. I was at my father’s side when he died on Dec. 6, 2008 in St. Luke Hospital, in Duluth, Minnesota. A few days before his death, his final words to me were, “I love you.”


Audio recorded on the iPhone 4.

It’s been just over a month after I moved to Murdock from Florida, arriving on August 17, 2010 in Dublin Township, located southwest of Murdock, about 7:30 p.m., near the location of the family farm. The children of Steve and Lisa Collins were running and waving their arms at the side of the road when my car turned into their farm, seeming just like a scene out of movie. My marathon travel of four days and three nights by car from Florida was complete, a total of 1,766 miles.

My arrival in Dublin Township has significance as my grandfather, Martin J. Walsh Sr., was born in Dublin Township on Feb. 19, 1887, in section 32, in a house that was later moved from DeGraff by my great-grandfather Michael Walsh, born in 1812 in Kilkenny, Ireland. (The obituary of Michael Walsh notes he arrived in Dublin Township in 1877 and homesteaded 160 acres in section 32, township 120, range 38.)

The Scared Heart Cemetery is filled with my relatives, including my brother David Walsh, living only short time in 1962. My father Martin J. Walsh Jr., grandparents and great-grandparents and others have their eternal resting places not far from the family house. Murdock continues to mark each day with the noon and 10 p.m. whistle, serving as marking times to eat and sleep, along with church bells on the top of hour, historically ringing to mark times to pray during the day from Scared Heart. The bells and whistles are a steady cadence, keeping the 303 residents in daily step for both body and soul.

Life may appear to be slow in Murdock, but it is steady and appearing unending. My family continues to have deep roots in a land my great-grand father Michael Walsh moved to 133 years ago. Simply said, I am home in Murdock.

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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Minnesota Fall Colors Video

In Blogging, Family, iphone, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Travel on September 26, 2010 at 12:46 am

By Jannet Walsh
Duluth, Minnesota

Minnesota’s colors are changing.

My mind races to past family trips to see the changing of the colors along Lake Superior. The weekend expeditions would mean cameras, sweaters, picnic baskets and other gear to make the trip a success.

In keeping with tradition, I headed to Enger Tower Park in Duluth, Minnesota to see colors that are starting to change. This is a five-story observation tower named after Bert Enger, an immigrant from Norway and resident of Duluth. Tower was dedicated by Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway in 1939. There is a panoramic view of Lake Superior and the Duluth area awaiting for you after the climb to the top.
(It was very windy when I made the climb and really wished I was wearing gloves, but was wearing my sweater from Norway.)

I also caught part of an outdoor wedding at the park and heard the Peace Bell Tower from Duluth’s sister city in Japan. There are picnic tables, restrooms and even a stone shelter, not to mention the gardens. Learn more about Enger Park Tower.

Fall Color Report
If you are interested in finding out how the leaves are changing around the state of Minnesota before heading out on a day or weekend trip, go to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the latest updates.

Get out and see the colors of fall!

This is video was created with the iPhone 4.

Please tell me what you think about the video. I amazed by the technology in such a small package!

See related blog about iPhone4 video.

Links encouraged!

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Robbins Island Park Hooping

In Blogging, Family, Health, Hula Hoop, iphone, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Travel, Willmar on September 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Willmar, Minnesota

I was hooping at Robbins Island yesterday.

What’s that? One of hobbies is hula hooping, or simply called hooping, that I started earlier this year. First I learned by watching videos on YouTube and attended a workshop when I lived in Florida. I usually listen to music on my iPod and you will be sweating by the time you are done! I have little dance or hula hoop training, as you will see in the video, but you will become lost having fun, a key to exercising.


The Location

Robbins Island, located on Highway 71 North, between Foot and Willmar Lakes, Willmar, Minnesota is a park of my childhood memories. I can still remember my late father Martin J. Walsh Jr. taking me to the island. What I discovered as an adult the beauty of the rolling landscape and lush carpeting of green grass. This will be a great location for cross-country skiing this winter, yea!

Read more about Robbins Island, located on Highway 71 North, between Foot and Willmar Lakes, Willmar, Minnesota. Click here to find out more about the park.

Historical Facts – Robbins Island
(Information posted at Robbins Island by the Kandiyohi County Historical Society)

Robbins Island was formed about 25,000 years ago during the Wisconsin glaciation period. Early people used it as a refuge from prairie fires and their enemies. Artifacts, including a copper projectile point about 3 thousand years old, have been found here.

Swan Swanson and family took refuge here from the Dakota or Sioux Indians during the Uprising on August 21, 1862.

Before becoming part of the Willmar park system in 1934 the island was owned by J.S. Robbins, pioneer business family of Willmar, from who it received its name.

This is video was created with the iPhone 4. The hula hoop is from Pixie Hoops.

Please tell me what you think about the video. I amazed by the technology in such a small package!

See related blog about iPhone4 video.

Links encouraged!

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Grasshopper Chapel

In Blogging, Family, iphone, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Travel, WordPress on September 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Cold Spring, Minnesota

I hopped over to Cold Spring this weekend to see the Grasshopper Chapel.

The Assumption Chapel, also known as the Grasshopper Chapel, is located on a hill in Cold Spring, Minnesota. The first chapel was built in 1877 and the present day chapel was built in 1951.
The video was created with the iPhone 4.

What I like and don’t like about the iPhone 4 video
– Hard to keep iPhone4 steady as you can’t attach a tripod, at least not that I know about. (Let me know if you have that figured out!)
– Has great audio, but don’t cover the mic located on the bottom of the iPhone 4 while recording.
– You can record the Global Positioning System, GPS, location of the video or photo!
– Simple and easy to use video. Can photograph yourself or subjects. The screen of the phone is your viewfinder. (Photo below has a pin in yellow showing the exact location the video was made.)
– Compact and fits in your palm or pocket.
– Can send video clips directly from iPhone 4 to email.

See related blog about iPhone 4 video.

If you are traveling to St. Cloud, check out the Grassphopper Chapel located on Chapel Street, just off of Highway 23, Cold Spring, Minnesota.

Links encouraged!

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Paul Imholte Stringman – iPhone4 video

In Blogging, Family, iphone, Minnesota Native Daughter, Travel on September 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Willmar, Minnesota

This is a video created with the iPhone4 of musician Paul Imholte, of St. Cloud, Minnesota playing the hammered dulcimer at the Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! today in Willmar, Minnesota. (Thanks for the coffee and art at the event, Willmar!)

Please tell me what you think about the video. I amazed by the technology in such a small package!

Click here to see a related blog about iPhone4 video on Minnesota Native Daughter.

Links encouraged!

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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In Blogging, Family, Food, Health, iphone, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock, Travel on September 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota
Temperature: 41F, 5C


This is a video created with the iPhone4, my first with my iPhone4 and I wanted to see how it worked. It was edited with iMovie on a MacBookPro.

I also want to invite you to join me at AreaVoices.com and create your own blog. Just select a topic related to health, money, travel, family or food. I’m sure you have an interest in one of the topics and you can share your ideas with the community on AreaVoices.com. See you there!

Also, I will posting a video of musician Paul Imholte, of St. Cloud, Minnesota playing the hammered dulcimer at the Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! today in Willmar, Minnesota.

Links encouraged!

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Skype and MiFi Test Video

In Blogging, Family, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Money, Murdock, Uncategorized on September 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I’m getting more connected in Murdock with the world.

I tested the Verizon Mobile MiFi, a mini wireless router, by making a video over Skype with a friend in St. Augustine, Florida today. Ok, you are lost? Don’t worry and I will try to explain.

The MiFi is mobile broadband that allows you connect up to five mobile devices at one time. That might be a camera, smart phone, laptops or computers or other devices you or another person is using. You can be mobile and be connected with MiFi as long as you can receive a signal.

Skype is software that allows you to make voice and video calls over the internet. Learn more about Skype. Call Recorder was used to record the video over Skype.

Thanks to the help of Schutts’ Hardware in Kerkhoven for making the test possible.

Related Skype Video Blogs

Skype video connection with Polish journalism class. View related blog.

Click here for direct link to Polish Journalism video.

Listen to the voice of seminarian Jino John Muttathupadathu recorded via Skype in the United States to his cell phone in Rome in 2008. See related video posted below.

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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How to embed a video in Area Voices

In Blogging, Hula Hoop, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Travel, WordPress on September 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Embedding a video in Area Voices is simple.

I wasn’t able to figure out how to embed a video in Area Voices, so I wrote Anne Polta, Staff Writer at the West Central Tribune. She helped me before, so thought I’d ask again. Thanks Anne!

All you need to do place the YouTube link on a separate line while in the composing or edit mode. Do not hyperlink the link if you do not want to see the video displayed on your blog. Click here for complete instructions found at this link. You do not need the embedding code provided by YouTube, just the link to the video.

This video was embeded by just having the YouTube video link on one line in the content area of the blog.

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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About phone call language lessons

In Family, Health, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Religion, Travel on September 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm


My mother Margaret Walsh of Litchfield with Andrew the terrier.

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I was the child for years, but now I’m more like a parent.

I just visited my dear mother Margaret Walsh, of Litchfield, now residing at the Middle River Health Center, South Range, Wisconsin. It’s a big trip, about six hours drive from Murdock to South Range, located near Superior, Wisconsin.

Her friends will remember seeing her at The Church of St. Philip in Litchfield and walking her little white dog, similar to the one in the photo. Before my mother’s stroke in 2008, she was known as a marathon conversationalist in her circles, leaving others without words. Now she can’t really speak or walk and needs care 24 hours a day.

When I told my mother I was returning to Minnesota she couldn’t speak because of the stroke, but laughed with joy on the phone! Each day, almost daily, I call her on the phone like clock work as I set my alarm on my iPhone to call her. The nursing staff has told me she will go to pick up the phone thinking she is receiving a call about the same time I call each day. She has even picked up the phone before I have called and waited for my call, leaving the staff wondering how she could know I was calling!

So, how can a mother know her daughter could be calling? Well, that’s hard to say, but the bond of a daughter and mother is hard to break. One of phrases we work on the phone is maybe the most basic phrases we all need to hear. “I love you.” Really, there are no other words I need to hear from my mother that has lost her languages skills.

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Minnesota Point – Lost Hula Hoop video posted

In Family, Health, Hula Hoop, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Travel on September 13, 2010 at 3:29 am


By Jannet Walsh
Duluth, Minnesota
My visit to Minnesota Point this weekend reminded me I lost something.

I forgot about a video I shot just after Mother’s Day this year at Minnesota Point, a peninsula or a small island that extends from the Canal Park area of Duluth, Minnesota.

It was snowing on May 7, 2010 when I arrived from Florida, so it was cold for a spring day. Minnesota Point is connected by the Aerial Lift Bridge to the rest of the city of Duluth and has a small airport called Sky Harbor Airport, surrounded by Lake Superior and Superior Bay.

Attached is a video I photographed at the end of Minnesota Point, near the small airport. It was very windy and my head is cropped out in most of the video, so beware!
Click here to view Minnesota Point – Lost Hula Hoop video.

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.

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