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Dec 12, 2021Liked by Brent Olson

If it was the early 1960s my grandfather would have been managing the ac/heat for the Curtis if it was 1969 or later my father (and grandfather would have been in charge of whole building maintenance).

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Well, your grandfather did a hell of a job, because I was very impressed.

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Dec 11, 2021Liked by Brent Olson

My first annual summer conference of agriculture educators was at the Curtis Hotel in 1981. Even though the hotel had seen better days by then, it was still an eye opening experience for a country boy. I enjoyed your story.

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Dec 10, 2021Liked by Brent Olson

Yes.

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Dec 10, 2021Liked by Brent Olson

I was today years old when I learned that the cabin at Pine Haven Christian Assembly, the Curtis Hotel, was named after an actual hotel in Minneapolis. Most of the rest were named after people in the Bible.

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Dec 10, 2021Liked by Brent Olson

I don't remember the name of the first hotel I ever stayed in, but the circumstances are clear. You see, we were a camping family. My older brother had a summer job as a guide from the Boy Scouts' Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base in Ely, MN. We dropped him off, and went to a place called Rainy Lake to set up camp. Of course that night, it rained. And rained. And rained some more. Our tent was inundated. Dad took us to a hotel. Don't remember much, but that it was dry. When we got home, Mom and Dad bought a camper.

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Dec 10, 2021Liked by Brent Olson

When I was a 4-Her with beef cattle we took a county fair champion to a year ending cattle show in St. Joseph, a big city to me back then. They had a dinner for us at the Hotel Robidoux Hotel and I was just in awe, and years later on another such venture got to spend a night there. It was the big time, and yes, there've been hundreds of hotel rooms since then. I learned last year that the old grand hotel in St. Joe is also no longer. It appears, though, that us farm boys can be duly impressed at a young age. Noisy? My exchange student company put me up in a hotel in the inner city of Zurich one floor above a gay bar where they seemed to party all night. They certainly knew how to put "gaiety" into "gay!"

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