Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I am sure you are wondering what the title of this post means?
The story of Ak-Sar-Ben:
Arnold and Hugo Vogt, two brothers from Omaha, Nebraska, came to the Minnesota lake country in Crow Wing County for a fishing trip back in 1918.  They liked the north woods so much they bought a large tract on Long Lake near Deerwood, MN.  This lake was renamed Tame Fish Lake in 1942, thanks to Hugo's success in "taming the fish."  Together they built a small summer home and called it Ak-Sar-Ben (Nebraska spelled backwards).  Real estate operators during the winter in their hometown of Omaha, the Vogts began coming north every summer to fish, hunt, and enjoy their hobbies.  Arnold's chief interest was flowers, and Hugo enjoyed making garden furniture and experimenting with rock work.  Hugo also thought it fun to try taming the fish that came to the dock for bits of bread.
Also read what The Star Tribune wrote by clicking here.

Here are some pictures from our visit:
The rock work was incredible!
Emma and Matthew
Emma and Matthew with Grammie and Papa
Finally a new family picture!
More flowers and rock gardens!
Matthew and Daddy looking a the big wishing well/fountain.
The rock work was amazing!
A symbol of their hometown in Nebraska.
Emma and Matthew
Emma wanted to walk on all the bridges and of course she wanted Matthew to go with her.
A walking trail!
The Wishing Well
Making wishes!
I love this picture!
We had so much fun and the rock/flower gardens were awesome!

Did I tell you that there were alot of people? 
Ak-sar-ben is only open one day a year to the public so it was busy.

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