Thursday, August 17, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

FLOE International Company Picnic

This past Friday FLOE hosted their annual company picnic at Whispering Pines Resort on Round Lake in McGregor.  It was a beautiful day filled with fun games for the kids and pig roast. 

The kids enjoyed pirate themed costumes and games

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

FLOE and 6-Time World Champion Waterskier

Ski Instructor, David Small, from Winter Haven, Florida, visited Big Sandy Lake, McGregor, Minnesota, and provided a few lessons to the FLOE family this past week.

David is a 6-time world champion barefoot skier and the current world champion. Check out snapshots and feature in this week's Voyageur Press, on stands now.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice Fun Facts

1. This year it’s June 21.

The summer solstice always occurs between June 20 and June 22, but because the calendar doesn’t exactly reflect the earth’s rotation, the precise time shifts slightly each year. This year, the sun will reach its greatest height in the sky for the Northern Hemisphere on June 21 at 12:38 P.M.

2. The sun will be directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer.

While the entire Northern Hemisphere will see its longest day of the year on the summer solstice, the sun is only directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer (23 degrees 27 minutes north latitude).

3. The name comes from the fact that the sun appears to stand still.

The term “solstice” is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because the sun’s relative position in the sky at noon does not appear to change much during the solstice and its surrounding days. The rest of the year, the Earth’s tilt on its axis—roughly 23.5 degrees—causes the sun’s path in the sky to rise and fall from one day to the next.

4. The world’s biggest bonfire was part of a solstice celebration. 

Celebrations have been held in conjunction with the solstice in cultures around the world for hundreds of years. Among these is Sankthans, or “Midsummer,” which is celebrated on June 24 in Scandinavian countries. In 2010, the people of Alesund, Norway, set a world record for the tallest bonfire with their 40.45-meter (132.71-foot) celebratory bonfire.

5. The hot weather follows the sun by a few weeks.

You may wonder why, if the solstice is the longest day of the year—and thus gets the most sunlight—the temperature usually doesn’t reach its annual peak until a month or two later. It’s because water, which makes up most of the Earth’s surface, has a high specific heat, meaning it takes a while to both heat up and cool down. Because of this, the Earth’s temperature takes about six weeks to catch up to the sun.

6. Thousands of people gather at Stonehenge to celebrate. 

People have long believed that Stonehenge was the site of ancient druid solstice celebrations because of the way the sun lines up with the stones on the winter and summer solstices. While there’s no proven connection between Celtic solstice celebrations and Stonehenge, these days, thousands of modern pagans gather at the landmark to watch the sunrise on the solstice. Last year, 37,000 people attended.

7. The Pagans celebrate the solstice with symbols of fire and water. 

In Paganism and Wicca, Midsummer is celebrated with a festival known as Litha. In ancient Europe, the festival involved rolling giant wheels lit on fire into bodies of water to symbolize the balance between fire and water.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

FLOE and Minnesota Fishing Opener

This Past Weekend was Minnesota's Fishing Opener.  It was a gorgeous weekend, weather wise, here in Minnesota, which isn't always the case.   The lakes were busy, the restaurants and bars were hopping and the resorts were full.  This is the perfect kick off to summer! 


We got out to mingle with our enthusiastic locals on surrounding lakes.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ryan Suter and FLOE Docks

Ryan is Getting Ready for his New FLOE Dock. Out with the Old. In with the New. More photos to come...
Oh, and You Might Have Noticed He is Using his Cargo Max to Move it!