Maroon & Gold Lily

Since first stepping foot on the University of Minnesota in 1999, I’ve never grown tired of visiting campus. It’s at once both familiar and new: a mix of collegiate memories and inevitable transformations over time. For me, it’s been a place of self-discovery, new friendships, bold ideas and learning. As a teen, I figured college is where you figure everything out. In reality, life slowly unfolds much like a lily, though instead of petals, it’s a series of unfolding choices and the decisions you make as you cross each bridge. One step at a time.

A view last year of the bridge during the winter.

Chief War Eagle

Chief War Eagle
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Chief War Eagle Monument overlooks the tri-state area of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota and offers a picturesque view of the confluence of the Sioux and Missouri rivers.

As a young man, War Eagle spent considerable time working among the white Americans. During the War of 1812, he carried messages for the U.S. government and worked among the native people to promote the cause of the United States against the British. He worked as a river guide on the upper Mississippi and also served as a messenger for the American Fur Company on the Missouri.

Two of his daughters, Dawn and Blazing Cloud, married Theophile Bruguier, a trader with the American Fur Company. They would establish the first white settlement in what would become Sioux City, Iowa.Point of South Dakota, where the Missouri River and Big Sioux River meet

Cardinal

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With this cardinal, the tables are turned on bird watching. This bird loves people watching. For the past five weeks, he’s tapped on my parent’s kitchen window from sunrise to sundown every 10 minutes or so when the bird sees someone sitting in the kitchen. The cardinal repeatedly taps on the window 3-4 times on each attempt to enter the house. He’s well fed so it’s not like he’s begging for food, yet he’s undeterred. Bird brain.