We have two seasons here in Alaska’s Interior: Winter, and Preparing for Winter.
Monthly Archives: May 2017
The world has lost another musician and an incredibly unique voice. Gregg Allman, co founder of the Allman Brothers Band has passed away. A band that was constantly tied to tragedy, starting with Duane’s death in 1971 from a motorcycle crash, the Allman Brothers pioneered “southern rock”. It should be noted that the band members themselves tried to distance themselves from that term. “I’d rather be known as a progressive band from the South,” said guitarist Dickie Betts. Their live performances were the best in the business.
Gregg Allman was 69. RIP.
I finally made my return to the Last Frontier. On the drive home, I saw three moose. It’s good to be home.
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
I went to a youth soccer game in St Cloud, and was surprised to find the field behind a 20″ granite wall. The entrances were all gated with wrought iron, leaving the field looking like it was inside the grounds of an old prison.
In addition to the youth soccer fields, Selke Field is also home to the SCSU Husky softball team.
The land was donated to St Cloud State University in 1931, and it became home to the university’s football team. Construction was started on the 35,000 foot wall around the 17 acres in 1934, as a WPA program during the Great Depression. The pink granite is called “reformatory pink”, because it was quarried from inside the St Cloud prison. Five masons spent three years building the granite wall, block by block.
At its height, Selke Field held the football stadium, a baseball diamond, four softball fields, a dozen tennis courts, a cinder track, practice golf tee, an archery range and badminton.
After World War II, with the success of the GI Bill, housing was needed for the veterans attending SCSU. As many as 25 barracks were built at one end of the field to meet that need.
Spring has arrived in Alaska, but that won’t keep the snow at bay, especially in Denali National Park. The Park saw an inch of snow coat the spruce and tundra overnight.
Officially, I have seen snow fall in every month over the course of my time in the Last Frontier.