My husband, Ken, and I moved to Bigfork about 2 years ago after living in Tennessee for 15+ years. You might still hear the occasional "Ya'll" or I might call you "Honey" or "Sweetie". I mean no offense; there is still a bit of a Southern Belle lingering inside of me. Ken and I farmed in Tennessee and raised Angus Cattle, milked Nubian Dairy Goats, had a few horses, and raised chickens & Turkeys. It was a fun and hard work lifestyle. It was also very HOT and Humid. We were ready for a change.
People usually ask how we ended up in Northern Minnesota. Ken was doing a commercial construction project at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN. I took a break from the farm and came to visit. I was immediately struck by the scenery, the weather, and the people. We had the chance to explore the state and decided it was the right move for us. When we started looking at homes, we fell in love with Northern Itasca County. Every home I found online was in the Bigfork, Marcell, or Effie area. We are outdoorsy people and love to fish, hunt, hike, boat, kayak, and in general, spend our time outside as much as possible so the Edge of the Wilderness Communities is prefect for our lifestyle.
Our farm sold quickly and we packed our bags and headed North. We had a great Realtor who I now have the pleasure of working with. She helped us find a great home on a smaller, private lake and we were able to close quickly and move in. I think the first summer I was on Connor’s lake everyday unless it was pouring down rain. We hike at Scenic State Park regularly, visit the "Lost 40", and are slowly working our way through fishing on all of the 1,000’s of lakes in Itasca County.
I have started to pick up the "You-Betcha's", understand that Soda is called Pop, and that folks in Minnesota really are "Minnesota Nice". One of our neighbors told me one day that we were very lucky because we live where other people vacation. You know, he was right. We Love Where We Live.