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By Tom Palen 



While living in Iowa, my girlfriend and I visited the North Shore a few times yearly. Finally, I proposed marriage to her on the shore of Lake Superior. As a result, our wedding and honeymoon were on the North Shore.

A year after we were married, my wife and I traveled to Alaska to help my Uncle John and Aunt Di move from Fairbanks to Silver Bay, Minnesota. After that, our trips north became even more frequent. We made sixteen trips to the North Shore during our final year in Ottumwa. We had already been looking at houses in northern Minnesota; the time was right to pack up and move north.


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