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(l-r) Where Spirits Fly includes the work of volunteers Pat Postlewaite, the book’s primary writer; Beth Larson, the camp’s informal photographer; and Karen Christofferson, the project’s primary contact and researcher.- photo submitted

“Where Spirits Fly”: a photo rich history of Camp Knutson

Web posted July 15, 2014
Where Spirits Fly, a book about Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Camp Knutson on the Whitefish Chain in northern Minnesota, was recently released by Camp Knutson Volunteers. The camp has provided a nurturing place for children with special needs to find acceptance, support and love for over sixty years.

A hard cover, the book is 120 pages of history in photo-rich coffee-table format. The stories detail the camp’s history of changing lives, the kids it serves, and the everyday grassroots community efforts that continue to keep the camp vital. Stories include glimpses into the lives of the children it serves: of confidence gained by visually impaired children learning to waterski in the 1950s, of the relief and acceptance felt by kids with heart disease when they meet other children facing the same issues they do, of the sheer joy of being able to participate in usual childhood pleasures often challenged by medical conditions.

Camp Knutson is a service of Lutheran Social Service, one of the largest nonprofit social service organizations in the state of Minnesota. Today Camp Knutson provides camping experiences for children and young adults with special needs related to autism, Down syndrome, heart disease, chronic skin disorders and HIV and AIDS.

The book is available for purchase in Crosslake at Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe (Town Square), Lake Country Crafts and Cones, Crosslake Lutheran Church, and the Old Log Church. The book is also available at Camp Knutson, 11169 Whitefish Avenue in Crosslake on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and noon, and on July 19 - Night Under the Stars, August 9 - Camp Knutson Quilt Auction, and Aug 30 - the Camp Knutson Pancake Breakfast.

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