Art on the Kinni

Art on the Kinni

Join us as we display out Intaglio Prints with other Budding artists On the bridge September 6

Budding Artist Bridge

Corrine Young – Stockholm, WI – Intaglio Prints
Stephanie Howell – Roberts, WI – Mixed Media
Desirea McKenna – Elmwood, WI – Mixed Media
Lana Rubinstein – River Falls, WI – Glass
Isaiah Shipp – River Falls, WI – Pencil/ink Caricatures
Allison Thomas – Roberts, WI – Mixed Media

On September 6, CAB will present its 19th annual art fair on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River just behind down town River Falls — always on the weekend after Labor Day.

Art on the Kinni (AOK for short) features some 70 juried artists and at least 10 musical events. And there is an art tent for the kids, the “Budding Artists’ Bridge” featuring students/artists just beginning their arts careers, lots of delicious food, and many of your friends and neighbors.

Our 2013 fair drew more than 4500 people from River Falls and neighboring communities to look at (and buy!) the art, move to the music, eat internationally flavored local cuisine, and enjoy the last days of summer in Heritage Park along the Helen White Pathway and in the band shelter in Veterans’ Park.

Complete list of other Artists for 2014 Art on the Kinni:
Jo Aili – Alborn, MN – Fiber
Maggie Anderson – Hudson, WI – Ceramics
Ryan Ball – St. Paul, MN – Ceramics
Rebecca Bechel – Elmwood, WI – Jewelry
Kenneth Becker – Cochrane, WI – Wood
Lori Dopkins Bisogno – Hudson, WI – Jewelry
Jo Bunting — Redwood Falls, MN – Glass
Marlene Carciofini – Hudson, WI – Jewelry
Dyan Carrison – River Falls, WI – Jewelry
Jeremy Crayford – River Falls, WI – Wood
Pauly Cudd – River Falls, WI – Glass
Mary DesCombaz – St Paul, MN – Fiber
Josh DeSmit – New Hope, MN – Mixed Media
Sandy Drozdik – Blaine, MN – Glass
Kathy Feste – Stillwater, MN – Metal
Gayle Brunner Frandrup – Prescott, WI – Watercolor Painting
David Hanke – River Falls – Custom Rods
Paul Haskins — River Falls, WI – Mixed Media
Claire Hendricksen – Medford – Jewelry
Harold Henson – River Falls, WI – Acrylic/oil Painting
Winifred Herberg – Frederic, WI – Ceramics
Phyllis Hunter – Woodbury, MN – Jewelry
Stuart A. Johnson – St. Cloud, MN – Ceramics
Lyn Jutila – Cloquet, MN – Watercolor Painting
Jan Killian – Cumberland, WI – Photography
Cindy S. King – Mondovi, WI – Jewelry
John & Deborah Koch – Spring Valley, WI – Printmaking
Mary Lacer – River Falls, WI – Wood
Judy Larson – Hammond, WI – Fiber
Leah Lauters – Hudson, WI – fiber
Bruce Lee – Menomonie, WI – Sand Creatures
Susan Lindrud – River Falls, WI – Glass
Leopold & Dina Lisovskis – Osceola, WI – Jewelry
Steve & Michelle Lundborg – Bloomington, MN – Wood
Jane Mannetter – River Falls, WI – Henna
Pat & Cole McCardle – River Falls, WI – wood
Mike & Donna Moseman – Hudson, WI – Jewelry & Wood
Katia Pflipsen Olivova – River Falls, WI – Jewelry
Paul Oman – Deer Park, WI – Watercolor Painting
Anita Otteson – Prescott, WI – Jewelry
Amy Palmer – Bay City, WI – Jewelry
Sally Patrick – So. St. Paul, MN – Jewelry
Doug Peterson – River Falls, WI – Ceramics
Jody & Kim Reinardy & Joe Fliegel – Hampton, MN – Metal
Jason Rizzo – Gordon, WI – Mixed Media
Allyson Rychly & Curtis Pavlick – Somerset, WI – Metal
Therese & Lindsay Schlotte – River Falls, WI – Fiber & Paper
Elaine Schultz – Hastings, MN – Glass
Jim @ Suzanne Skuban – Bloomer, WI – Mixed Media
Dave & Jane Smith – Pepin, WI – Metal & Glass
Tom Soucek – Litchfield, MN – Watercolor Painting
Becky Streeter – Eau Claire, WI – Acrylic & Oil Paintings
John Timmers – Woodville, WI – Wood
Rebecca Wicklund – Minneapolis, MN – Jewelry
Dan Wiemer – Red Wing, MN – Water Media

What is Reiki and how does it relate to people?

By Roman Delgado

Many times, I am asked what Reiki means to me and what it is about. It is indeed a personal practice, that takes the individual to the core of who he is inside. A divine being creating as he lives life. This is how I came to terms with my own life and relation to Reiki.

There is a story about Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing. According to the story, after his discovery and development of Reiki, he began to search for those who may wish to experience the transformation that Reiki provides. In the story, Mikao Usui walked the streets of Kyoto Japan in his monk’s robes, with a flaming torch at the peak of noon. As he carried this torch in daylight he cried out to those who wished to experience healing and enlightenment to follow him. According to legend, that is part of how Reiki began to take hold in this world.

Many of us in this world go about our lives not thinking about healing, inner peace or enlightenment. It is not until dis-ease, loss or pain touches us that we realize we are in need of something beyond our 9-5 routine. That was indeed my life before Reiki too. I came to Reiki when life took away someone precious to me. The emotional impact of that loss took a great toll on me. My body, mind and soul suffered. Within a short period of time, I lost everything valued to me, including my sense of self and my identity. It was in that moment that a woman, I met by mere chance, pointed out the ‘Torch in Daylight.’ She introduced me to Reiki.

At the time of my Reiki 1 and 2 classes, I had enough health problems, both physical and mental/emotional, that I could barely care for myself. I was on the verge of self destruction. Yet from the first time I did a self-healing session and laid my hands upon my body in self treatment; something began to change. Soon a lifetime of pains and memories, both filled with joy and sorrow, began to surface. Each night I would treat myself with Reiki and write in my journal. The journals, that I keep to this day, are a testimonial of my own transformation. A transformation of what it means to let go.

I have come to observe in both myself and others, how much human beings dwell in the past and look into the future.  My own dis-ease injuries, that I attributed to my military career, have come to be known as markers. Beacons of light, given by my own soul, to return to balance. Every time I do Reiki, something that held me to a past pattern of dis-ease that caused me stress, was released. The more I let go of the past, the more I learn to enjoy the ever present moment and make peace with what is; the healthier I become.

Through Reiki I have learned to make peace with my past, let go of my future and embrace the eternal moment. It is in the quiet energy of the moment that I build the life of my dreams. I do so through contemplation of Reiki philosophy. I do so through Reiki meditation. I do so by laying my hands on my body in self treatment, and balancing the flow of my own spirit. When I return to balance in those fashions, life itself becomes in tune with the joy of the divine. I no longer see life through the sorrow of my yesterday or the fear of my tomorrow. I see life for what it is, a never ending moment with astounding potential to build whatever my heart dreams.


It is why, now that I feel healthy again, I have dedicated my life to Reiki. I hope that by passing on the teachings that saved my life and helped me regain health, others can regain balance and peace, both within themselves and in the outer world. I hope that by learning to let go and embrace the moment in a responsible fashion, we build a dream of joy. My life’s work is to become an eternal student of life and healing, who strives every day of his life to be worthy of being another person walking through the world carrying a torch in daylight…


How do you communicate with a horse?

Horses have been a part of humankinds’ existence for many years.  Beginning as a means for food, and evolving to source of labor and strength, power, and partnership, they have paralleled our lives for ages.  Though horses are now more recreational than anything else, they still possess a draw for humans that is hard to understand, and sometimes, this can lead to a misunderstanding in communication with the beast. Why is this? What is it about the horse that makes it so alluring?

Horses, by nature alone are prey animals.  They are the raw beauty that exists at the bottom of the food chain, traveling in herds of 5-7 in nature, and communicating through body language and a hierarchy based on needs; water, food and reproduction. They have eyes on the sides of their heads, giving them almost 360 degree vision and are programmed to see the slightest movement in an otherwise-still backdrop.  They have lightning fast reflexes and an inclination to fly from fear.

Human beings are predators, and by some arguments, the very top of the food chain.  We deal with things with tools and strategize as packs. We have eyes on the fronts of our heads, made for spying prey on the horizon.  We think in straight lines and pressure, and force. This is purely nature.

What creates the draw for humans to horses, I believe is rooted within the opposites-attract phenomenon.  Horses are all humans are not. And if the species could just combine, and become one entity there’s really nothing the combination could not do.

But how do we combine our strengths like that?  Often humans’ forceful natures tend to push horses into things without thought to their psyche, and usually this doesn’t bear positive results.  Whether it be a physical breakdown at a young age for the horse, a bad injury to the rider as the result of a fall, or overall disharmony, often the horses’ potential is over-run and human confidence is shattered. This is where I come in.

My name is Fran Latane, and I am a 2-Star instructor for Parelli Natural Horsemanship.  The concept of the program that I have privilege of teaching day to day is to use the horse’s innate characteristics, tendencies, and exercises that mimic their body language and style of communication to strengthen the depth of conversation we can have together as species.

To begin with, there are 7 types of games that horses play with each other in nature. Games being the key word, as horses never communicate with each-other out of a desire to “work”.  Even the roughest tussles between herd-mates are just games of dominance.  These games establish 3 clear lines of communication; making friends and building rapport, responding to steady pressure, and respecting rhythmic pressure. They look a bit different in nature than when humans perform them with horses, but it bridges a large language barrier and horses respond positively when it is presented to them in that way.

Secondly, horses have 4 basic needs, and they fall in an order that is unwavering. Those needs are safety, comfort, play, and food.  If human beings can learn to understand those needs and then recognize that each horse has it’s own unique temperament or “horsenality”,  and that each of these traits might be more highly desired than the others by each individual, a set of communication strategies within the 7 games can be established to communicate on a more individualized basis.  For example; lets take a look at a horse that might be labeled as “naughty” or “rambunctious”.  This horse’s need for play is most highly valued, and one might strategize to use more active exercises and variety to accommodate and promote obedience.

Finally, a constant remembrance and reverence for the horses’ innate character as a prey animal is necessary.  It is easy and natural for a human to get frustrated by the horse’s behavior.  That’s the horse’s natural programming!  So when developing a relationship with a horse, it’s important to grant the horse some grace for it’s behavior. He’s not misbehaving, he’s trying to survive!

I hope that this short article has opened up some new perspectives for you, whether you are a budding horse lover or a seasoned horse owner.  I look forward to sharing more with you, both in classes, and in blogs to follow.  Keep in Natural!

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Why Bake outside?

Suppose it’s a typical hot, humid summer day and you have a craving for pizza but you don’t want to turn on the oven and heat up your whole house. What do you do? If you had an outdoor oven you could cook the pizza there. In fact you could cook enough pizzas to have a backyard party for all your friends. With your own oven, it’s practical to make pizzas for groups of up to 20 to 40 people. If you were to estimate the cost of buying that many wood-fired artisan pizzas, you can see that having your own low-cost wood-fired oven would pay for itself after just a couple of parties. Many people love the taste of pizza baked at temperatures much higher than they can achieve in their home oven. An oven that is “pizza hot” is at least 700 degrees F.

Plus with your own wood fired oven you can make much more than pizza? Your options for baking in a wood-fired oven are wider than in your kitchen oven. You can bake things like naan, pita bread, and some kinds of breads that need a hot hearth to achieve their best quality, like ciabatta and fougasse. You can also bake some cookies, and roast some types of vegetables, taking advantage of the different temperature ranges this oven has to offer.

 Build and Bake in a Portable Brick Oven–Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $80

The relatively low cost of the oven designs taught in David S. Cargo’s class allows people to try baking in a wood-fired oven without the lengthy building times and higher expense of traditional mortared ovens. People in his classes are amazed at how easy it is and how good the results are.

Open House Celebration

If you’ve never been to the Stockholm Area, this is your chance to enjoy beautiful Lake Pepin, mountainous bluffs, serene countryside, and a variety of wildlife including Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans, deer and more.

Running Dog Ranch Folk Craft & Learning Center is located just 10 minutes outside Stockholm, WI up in the bluffs overlooking Lake Pepin. The ranch is very close to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth site. The natural environment helps to combine arts and crafts so you can discover and celebrate your own personal creative passions. This old Swedish farmstead has several historic buildings that take you back to a less stressful, simpler time.

The idea to build a learning center and offer inspiring classes started over 20 years ago when our family moved here from the Twin Cities. The farm, at that time, was described as a ‘hunting shack.’ Everything needed major reconstruction and repair. It is still a work in process, kind of like our lives, but the magic of this place is worth sharing. The beauty of the area inspires the soul. Even in 2-3 feet of snow your fire within can be strengthened through the creative, engaging activities we will be offering. We hope to have something sizzling for everyone.

Our Open House Celebration is the same weekend as the 100-Mile Garage Sale around Lake Pepin. While you’re shopping for bargains, take a scenic side trip and check us out (directions are on our website). We will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5 with instructors giving demonstrations such as knitting, rug hooking, natural horsemanship and more. Plus we’re also having a garage sale with some amazing items.

Check out our website at We are always open to suggestions and welcome applications from instructors in the following class categories: Folk Craft, Art, Poetry & Writing, Music, Food, Earth Science, Animals, and Youth Fun classes.

Last but not least, Forrest Gump, the Running Dog, is panting for spring…but sends his regards. May your day be full of sunshine and keep up the good spirits!

Visitors to our New Web site

Today is March 22, 2013 and this new post is intended for the visitors to Running Dog Ranch Folk Craft and learning center Web site.  After you visited the Web site, what did you think of it?  What classes were you expecting? Did you see something that interested you?   If you did not see what you wanted, write a post here.

The snow is still on the ground and there is a lot of work to do to get the center up and running for this years events. Check here for new posts and pictures of happenings at the Ranch.