Virginia, Minnesota

June 13, 2006 at 9:54 am

I live in Virginia, Minnesota, right in the middle of Minnesota’s “Iron Range.” We are located in NE Minnesota, only a few hours from the Canadian border & International Falls, the “ice box” of the US. Our winters are extremely cold, but our summers are beautiful, especially since MN has over 14,000 lakes. I was born & raised here, & my husband works in the mining industry, which is our main employer next to the medical profession. He will retire in Dec after 30 years. I used to be a high school teacher, but went out on disability after I came down with CIDP.

We are one hour from Duluth, MN & 3 hours from the Twin Cities where I also see Dr. Parry like Jan. When I was well, we used to downhill ski, skate, cross-country ski, play tennis, etc. But now I am happy to just do a little snowmobiling & get up to our cabin in the Voyageurs National Park. I love to cruise in our big boat & can still go tubing as water-skiing is no longer an option. It is beautiful here & we moved into a new accessible home (all on one level) two years ago, & have wonderful neighbors. It is a small town of about 8,000 people, most who have grown up in the area. But we are told we talk funny, maybe more like Canadians, I don’t hear it, LOL!