We live in western Minnesota on the edge of the prairie just north of Detroit Lakes. (It use to be called just Detroit but it seems the folks at the post office could not keep Detroit Michigan and Detroit Minnesota separated.) The town is named after a sand bar between Big and Little Detroit Lakes that was used part of the old Red River Ox Cart trails between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Winnipeg MB. To the west is the vast prairies and to the east are the pine forest of the great lakes. A kind of land in between. Our careers have allowed us to live through out the northern great plains (MN-ND-SD-WY). Now we live in the Minnesota Lakes Country. Our county has 415 lakes. We how ever live on one of the thousands of sloughs in the county.
I have spent my career working for Federal Land Management Agencies, and my wife is an RN. Detroit Lakes is the largest town I have lived in since 1979.
We have 4 children, one out of college, two still in and one at home with us.
You might have heard of a little town nearby called Lake Wobegon as it is for some reason the topic of a radio program most every week. We are larger than Lake Wobegon (DL has about 9,500 souls), our children are just as above average, the women are just as good looking as the men and we are smart enough to use machines so no one needs to be too strong.
Our other vacation this years was 7 days canoeing (first time we have had all 6 of us on a trip since we started in 1998) in Quetico Provincial park Ontario.