Crane Lake Stories

Crane Lake Stories: Home Now at Crane Lake – Michael Schwanke Part 2

Episode 10 - Living and Working in Crane Lake In this continuation of our interview with Crane Lake's own Michael...
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Crane Lake Stories: Patricia Berling

The Crane Lake area is a special place to many people. That includes people that grew up there, those who...
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Crane Lake Stories: Growing Up At Crane Lake – Michael Schwanke Part 1

Episode 9 - Memories of Boating on Crane Lake and More Stories and Sentiments from Crane Lake Visitors Matt Addington...
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First Time Houseboaters – Crane Lake Stories Episode 8

A Weekend Living on the Lakes with the Family In this episode of Crane Lake Stories, Matt is joined by...
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Crane Lake Stories: Five Generations of Stories with Brenda King – Part 2

Episode 7 - The Timeless Appeal of Crane Lake Pastor Brenda King explores the growth and change in Crane Lake...
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Crane Lake Stories: Five Generations of Stories with Brenda King – Part 1

Episode 6 - Memories and Tales from Old Crane Lake Stories and Sentiments from Crane Lake Visitors Pastor Brenda King...
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Crane Lake Stories: From 2 Days to 58 Years – Crane Lake Story Potporrui

Episode 5 - Stories and Sentiments from Crane Lake Visitors Stories and Sentiments from Crane Lake Visitors Matt brings you...
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Crane Lake Stories: Experiences from First-Time Crane Lake Visitor Tanya Dolan

Episode 4 - The Beauty and Variety of Crane Lake from a First Time Visitor Matt sits down with Crane...
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Crane Lake Stories: Making Memories Outdoors in Crane Lake with Steve Walters

Episode 3 - Sharing the Crane Lake Experience Across Generations with Steve Walters In this episode we are joined by...
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Crane Lake Stories: Lakeside Living with Emily Schwanke of Voyageurs Guided Adventures

Episode 2 - Outdoor Adventures and Lake Life with Voyageurs Guide Service's Emily Schwanke In this episode, Matt Addington is...
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Crane Lake Stories: Amongst the Best Snowmobile Trails in Minnesota and More!

Episode 1 - A Late Winter Chat with Mike Cherrywell In this inaugural episode of Crane Lake Stories, host Matt...
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Crane Lake Stories: Home Now at Crane Lake – Michael Schwanke Part 2

Episode 10 - Living and Working in Crane Lake In this continuation of our interview with Crane Lake's own Michael Schwanke. In this episode, Michael discusses meeting his wife in Crane Lake and making a life in the area, including building a home and going into business.  Crane Lake is a place that offer incredible opportunities to experience. Explore our website to learn more about your options for the upcoming season! What You’ll Learn in this Episode Crane Lake is a unique place to live. May to October are amazing months to visit. Living in the Crane Lake area can be challenging! Don’t miss an episode – Catch Crane Lake Stories on YouTube, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!    Episode Transcript; Matt Addington: Thanks for coming back to Crane Lake Stories for part two with Michael Schwanke, who joined us last time talking about his youth, his childhood,...
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Crane Lake Stories: Patricia Berling

The Crane Lake area is a special place to many people. That includes people that grew up there, those who currently reside there, as well as those that think of the area as a second home. The scenery and natural views are like none other and the opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast are endless. We had the opportunity to sit down with Patricia Berling and discuss her experiences with Crane Lake and the surrounding area. Pat and her family have had a cabin on the lake for decades are proud to call this area their home away from home. Her love of the area has been passed on to her children – two of which have places of their own on Crane Lake - and many of her grandchildren.   Tell me a little about yourself. I currently live in St. Cloud, MN, and have since the late 1960s.  I...
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Crane Lake Stories: Growing Up At Crane Lake – Michael Schwanke Part 1

Episode 9 - Memories of Boating on Crane Lake and More Stories and Sentiments from Crane Lake Visitors Matt Addington is back with another great interview, this time with Crane Lake resident and owner of Voyageurs Guide Service, Michael Schwanke. Michael discusses some of his fondest memories of Crane Lake, including learning how to operate a boat, working at Handbergs, and exploring with his Grandfather.  Crane Lake is an amazing place to create memories with your family. Head to visitcranelake.com today to learn more about this wonderful area and the opportunities that await you there! What You’ll Learn in this Episode The importance of being prepared in the outdoors. Why it's valuable to have a place to get away to. Crane Lake is an amazing place to make memories that will last a lifetime! Don’t miss an episode – Catch Crane Lake Stories on YouTube, Spotify, or wherever you get...
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First Time Houseboaters – Crane Lake Stories Episode 8

A Weekend Living on the Lakes with the Family In this episode of Crane Lake Stories, Matt is joined by Joe and Alyssa Anderson to discuss the adventure and beauty of houseboating on the lakes and waterways of the beautiful Crane Lake area. Hear Joe and Alyssa talk about making the best of a rainy weekend, how nights up north hit way different than those in the cities, and how a weekend away from people and gadgets is a great way to unplug and unwind. Summer may be behind us now, but there are still opportunities to take advantage of the calm and wonder of Crane Lake ahead! Visit us at visitcranelake.com to learn more about what the area has to offer! Thanks for stopping by today, and we hope you enjoy the interview. What You'll Learn In This Episode The Crane Lake area is a perfect spot to unwind....
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Crane Lake Stories: Five Generations of Stories with Brenda King – Part 2

Episode 7 - The Timeless Appeal of Crane Lake Pastor Brenda King explores the growth and change in Crane Lake in this second part of a two-part interview for Crane Lake Stories! She explores how the community comes together to rely on each other, how new families have meant new opportunities for community gatherings, and why she was so excited when the opportunity to become a Pastor in the Crane Lake area came up! This episode will show you what a beautiful, family-oriented area Crane Lake is, and how it’s a timeless escape from the rush of modern life. Experience the beauty of Crane Lake for yourself! Many opportunities exist in virtually every season to explore the quiet and wonder of this gorgeous natural area. What You'll Learn In This Episode How folks got around Crane Lake in times past. What Crane Lake was like years ago. Memories that you...
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Crane Lake Stories: Five Generations of Stories with Brenda King – Part 1

Episode 6 - Memories and Tales from Old Crane Lake Stories and Sentiments from Crane Lake Visitors Pastor Brenda King joins us for a 2 part interview exploring her roots in the Crane Lake area and the adventures and memories that keep her coming back for more. In this episode, Pastor King share's childhood memories of building a cabin, and the trials and joys that come along with a mix of hard work and pleasant scenery. Whether you're curious about a little personal Crane Lake history from the perspective of a resident, or just looking to enjoy tales of another time, this episode is for you! Look for part two of this episode in the near future for more great stories and beautiful memories, and visit Crane Lake to begin making wonderful memories of your own! What You'll Learn In This Episode How folks got around Crane Lake in times...
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Crane Lake Stories: From 2 Days to 58 Years – Crane Lake Story Potporrui

Episode 5 - Stories and Sentiments from Crane Lake Visitors Stories and Sentiments from Crane Lake Visitors Matt brings you a number of interviews with visitors to Crane Lake who have been coming here from as little as 2 days to as much as 58! These interviews give folks an opportunity to express what they love about Crane Lake life. From funny tidbits to beautiful sentiments, these stories show how rich the experiences of Crane Lake can be. Enjoy these real stories from real folks who choose to enjoy their summers in Crane Lake, MN!  Like what you hear? Build your own Crane Lake story this summer with a visit to this beautiful area. Whether you’re interested in camping and fishing or other outdoor recreation, there’s something for everyone here! What You'll Learn In This Episode Crane Lake visitors come from all around! Crane Lake is a place to build...
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Crane Lake Stories: Experiences from First-Time Crane Lake Visitor Tanya Dolan

Episode 4 - The Beauty and Variety of Crane Lake from a First Time Visitor Matt sits down with Crane Lake visitor Tanya Dolan to discuss the memories of her first trip to the area last summer. She talks the variety of things to experience, the beauty and sheer number of lakes and beaches, and many more experiences that stuck with her since her visit. Crane Lake offers so much to do across all seasons that you'll definitely want to come back for more! The video also includes a brief fishing report, including weather forecast, just in time for this weekend's fishing opener!  You can check out the video version below, as well as an audio version and full text transcript for the episode! Enjoy. What You'll Learn In This Episode Why Crane Lake is such a wonderful experience for first-time visitors. How there is so much to do and...
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Crane Lake Stories: Making Memories Outdoors in Crane Lake with Steve Walters

Episode 3 - Sharing the Crane Lake Experience Across Generations with Steve Walters In this episode we are joined by long-time Crane Lake vacationer Steve Walters to discuss the value of Crane Lake as a spot to make lasting family memories. Steve talks about his memories with his family growing up, and how valuable it has been to share the experience of Crane Lake with his own children now. We also discuss Crane Lake as a perfect escape, with easy access to amenities but also a short distance from being able to easily unplug. There's no shortage of ways to get away from the screen time and experience something better in Crane Lake! You can check out the video version of these great stories below, as well as the audio version and the full text version of the episode. What You'll Learn In This Episode Why Crane Lake is an...
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Crane Lake Stories: Lakeside Living with Emily Schwanke of Voyageurs Guided Adventures

Episode 2 - Outdoor Adventures and Lake Life with Voyageurs Guide Service's Emily Schwanke In this episode, Matt Addington is joined by Emily Schwanke of Voyageurs Guided Adventures to discuss her background with Crane Lake and how generations of her family have appreciated what the area has to offer! She talks about her summers growing up and the challenges that come along with living on an island that makes Crane Lake such a great place for adventure. Listen to Emily share her experiences and get excited for the possibilities of your own outdoor adventures in Crane Lake this summer! You can check out the video version of these great stories below, as well as the audio version and the full text version of the episode. What You'll Learn In This Episode How an escape to a simple life can help you appreciate the broader things. What makes Crane Lake an...
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Crane Lake Stories: Amongst the Best Snowmobile Trails in Minnesota and More!

Episode 1 - A Late Winter Chat with Mike Cherrywell In this inaugural episode of Crane Lake Stories, host Matt Addington interviews Crane Lake resident and hospitality expert Mike Cherrywell regarding the broad appeal of the small community as a top outdoor destination year-round.  The pair discuss Crane Lake's position near several amazing parks, its bountiful snowmobile trails, and more. You can check out the video version of these great stories below, as well as the audio version and the full text version of the episode. What You'll Learn In This Episode In winter Crane Lake offers over 90 miles of groomed and maintained snowmobile trails! Crane Lake is situated perfectly near parks perfect for kayaking and canoeing. This is an excellent place to meet like-minded outdoor enthusiasts! Crane Lake is the Gateway to Adventure! Click the play button below to listen to the audio version of this episode. Don’t...
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Do you have a great story about the Crane Lake, Minnesota area?  Whether you are a resident, former resident, long time vacationer, or a new guest to the area - we want to hear from you too!  Contact us using the form below or reach out to us via our Facebook page (here).