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Torggy
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 11:43 am:   

I parked at the old school and walked past the private property sign. Just got down by the cafeteria and the owner of the place showed up questioning the nature of my visit. He turned out to be a very nice guy and granted me permission to enter the building as long as I was careful and promised not to sue him. He has done alot for the building. Most of the garbage is gone, the lawn was mowed, and all in all the place looked better than I had seen it look in years.

Inside he as removed all the nonstructual inner walls. This has brought in its own problems as now the paintballers love the place. The owner has a hard time keeping them out. Several possiable ideas have been talked about for the future of the building. One was an assisted living center but it is kinda far from the services needed by that community. Another one is to turn it into a paintball course and have the people that use it now pay for the right.

I took some pictures of the place and as I get time I well process them and post them here. Let me know what ya think. I can not post the pictures full size here but if you wish a larger picture of any that you see here just drop me an email and I well be glad to provide the large version.
school 92
front
Place looks pretty good from the front
inside
This shot is the inside with all the walls removed. The stairs lead down to the cafeteria. The hallway is on the right.
 

Torggy
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 11:50 am:   

Any one remember this guy?
cavalier
I believe he used to hold a hat in his upraised hand.
 

Class of 74
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 1:25 pm:   

I would like to know where you found it? There's
been alot of interest in those things for decorations at class reunions.
 

Torggy
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 10:16 pm:   

I bet we could work something out. But I cannot speak for the people that have it. I do not have email for them, I told them about the site and I hope they visit here.

However if we can figure out who is who in the zoo then perhaps a deal could be struck. So drop us some hints or use my email on the main page or both.

Here a pic of the cafeteria. Looks pretty tattered from this angle. Sure is cleaned up from the last time I saw it though.
school cafeteria
 

dave 69
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006 - 2:16 pm:   

Toggy, Glad to see the pictures that you posted! I suppose the school is not in the kind of shape that you could have a reunion in? That would be nice. Well thank you for the info. Dave
 

Torggy
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 11:39 am:   

No the school is not in good enough shape for that but it is in better shape than I have seen it in years. The owner was quite optimistic about the ability of the building to surive.

The teachers lounge still has some of it's artwork from it's glory days.
teachers lounge

The boys locker room also looks pretty good.
locker room

However the gym which has a metal roof, part of which has blown off, looked much the worse for wear.
school gym
The owner said he had plans to fix the roof and hopefully stop the water from entering.
 

dave 69
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 1:15 pm:   

Torggy,I truly hope that this guy fixes the school up! Seeing the gym, I really liked it. I should of went to see it for myself when I was up there. However, your pictures were wonderful. Thank you so much for the walk down Memory lane. Are you back in Washington now. Did they tear it down the part that had burnt down? Do you remember Ichcooh Park? It was a old rootceller just off the foot ball field a short way in the woods. When I was up there about five years ago I tried to find it, but no luck. Hope to hear from you soon!
 

Torggy
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006 - 10:17 am:   

Hey class of 74. Wasn't this your class vice-president in the seventh grade?

Vice-President
 

Torggy
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006 - 10:31 am:   

Here is a picture of the back of the school. Looks pretty bad from this angle. The hole left by the basement of the old part has been filled in.
school rear


The owner did mention that the old root cellar was still there. He did not say what kind of condition it was in.
 

Torggy
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 11:59 pm:   

I'd a thunk the above pictures woulda gotten a bit more response than this but okay what the heck. I got a couple more just to keep the series going.
south 1

south 2
Interesting how you can see how the new part was attached to the old part.
 

Dave69
Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 - 12:34 pm:   

Torggy, I was looking at the pictures of the old school.It looks to be in sad shape.I hate to see it!I hope the owner takes care of what is left.How are you doing. Did you use to drive a 57 Chev in school?Latter
 

Madd Maxx
Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2006 - 12:06 am:   

The old school has some what checkered history since closing. It held the fire department for a few years. Had several owners who had various dreams of what to do with the old school. Heck it was heated topic at annual town meeting when Old man Heise got in a pissing match with Commissioner Shannon. (That is another story) The last was when some kids from Duluth set it on fire. Only they know if it was an accident or on purpose. I wonder what other events has happen since the old school finally closed in 1974. Nice pics Torggy. I was out of town when you were out stompping around the valley. I would had like to stop out at the Castle for a cold drink.
 

Dave 69
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 12:31 pm:   

Madd Maxx,I never heard the story of old man Heise. So please tell the other story of this.I remember the Heise's I seen one of them about two years ago when I was up at Dale Whites house hunting. He looked just like his brother John.
 

Torggy
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 10:15 pm:   

Would have been nice to see you Max. My timing for this years visit home was way off in many areas.

What did Mr. Heise and Commissioner Shannon get all heated up about?

No I did not drive a 57 chevy.

Here is another picture of the school from the front but up closer this time. Place actually looks pretty good.
school front up close
 

dave 69
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 3:35 pm:   

Hey dale did you make it?
 

dave69
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 3:39 pm:   

How do you like the old school? I know you see it all the time. Did you ever hear how it caught fire?
 

dave69
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006 - 2:17 pm:   

Torggy,Do we stiil have a chatroom at this sight? If so why can't we or me get
in to it?dave69
 

tailspin
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 8:12 am:   

Torggy and crew: I saw this in the Duluth News Tribune today so I thought I would post a link. This family is from the French River area I believe?

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/15562039.htm
 

Torggy
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 8:57 am:   

Thanks for the heads-up there Tailspin! The article says the fan club meets at Lakeview Castle to watch the show.
 

big john
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 6:17 pm:   

this is the creature once more looken for looken for love leave a email for the big male big john the creature
 

erinwenneson
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - 6:31 am:   

My mom told me that some years back about the meeting where Heise and Shannon got into it. Heise was upset that everything was basically being given away....the airbase, the school, ect. He said he was going home to get his gun and coming back for Shannon. He left and everyone knew he would do it. Shannon was pretty nervous. Jay Zink, my dad Jack Bates, and I think my brother Colin talked the gun out of his hands when he returned. That might be the story you are referring to...
 

DAVE 69
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - 4:43 pm:   

who is big jonh the creature? thanks for the up date on the story
 

DAVE
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2006 - 8:55 pm:   

DALE DID YOU MAKE OVER HERE YET?
 

Torggy
Posted on Sunday, October 15, 2006 - 11:25 am:   

Hollinday, Glenn H.

Glenn H. Hollinday, 62 of Duluth, died Oct. 13, 2006 at home. He was born on Sept. 29, 1944 in Minneapolis to Joseph and Christina (Debe) Hollinday. Glenn was the eldest of Joe and Tina's eight children. He graduated from Clover Valley High School. Glenn worked for Elk River Concrete Products for 33 years, retiring in 2000. An avid outdoorsman, Glenn enjoyed hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling. He was a connoisseur of bad 'B' movies and was firmly wrapped around the fingers of his grandchildren. Glenn was preceded in death by his mother, Christina and sister, Debbie Idette. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara; children, Roberta (Paul) Gilsdorf, Scot (Anita), and Brett (Gina); grandchildren Devin, Hayden, and Jada Hollinday; father, Joseph; brothers, Clayton (Barb), Bruce (Linda), David, Joe Jr., Craig, and Jason (Lisa). VISITATION:5-7 p.m.Monday, October 16, 2006 from at First Memorial Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will take place at First Memorial Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Services entrusted to the First Memorial Funeral Chapel 624-5050.
Published in the Duluth News Tribune on 10/15/2006

My condolances to the Hollinday family.
 

Torggy
Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 5:57 pm:   

I have to apologize for some of the ugly posts that have been showing up lately.

These posts are generated by sites that use a new address every time they post and are impossiable to track down.

I have three choices. One is to put up with it for awhile and I have to keep removing them every day. Two I have to make it so I have to review every post before allowing it to be posted for public view. Three make everybody register before they can post.

For right now I beg every ones patience for a few days and hopefully it is a short lived problem. Though I doudt that is the case.
 

torggy
Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 3:28 pm:   

turkey



'TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING, BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS, I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.

THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED - THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE.
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.

TOSSING AND TURNING IN ANTICIPATION,
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.

SO I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR.
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.

I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
'TILL ALL OF A SUDDE N I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.

I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING FLOATING INTO THE SKY
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.

BUT I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES
HAPPY EATING TO ALL, PASS THE CRANBERRIES PLEASE.

MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY, MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP;
MAY YOUR POTATOES AND GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.

MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS, MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE -
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF YOUR THIGHS!



HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!!!
 

Webman
Username: Webman

Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 6:12 pm:   

Testing - I just want to see if posting is working ok with all the upgrades today.
 

Torggy
Posted on Monday, November 27, 2006 - 12:26 am:   

Thanks for all you do Webby!! None of it would be possiable if not for you!

I got 6 inches of snow and 25 degrees at my place tonight. Colder here than in Duluth!
 

Madd Maxx
Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - 5:27 am:   

I see some changes have been made to these pages. I am guessing someone's hard work will prevent that spamming porn crap. Kudos to those involved. I hope all had a good Thanksgiving.
 

Torggy
Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - 8:14 am:   

Thanks for noticing Max! The "spamming porn crap" is still coming thru though. I have been having to delete some almost every day. That stuff is horriable. I hate to have to go with registration to post so I think we well put up with it for a little while yet and see what happens.

Webby, who owns and runs this and the Two Harbors Forum site is responsiable for all the upgrades. Many thanks to him!

I had the coldest tempurature I have ever seen here is northwest Washington state. It got all the way down to (don't laugh now) 8 degrees last night. Not cold by North Shore standards but with the 9 inches of snow it is about as bad as winter gets here in the banana belt. But not to worry they say we get 4 more inches of snow tonight but then it turns to rain for tomorrow. What a mess that well be. Wish it would just stay snow for a while than the muddy mess that is gonna make.

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