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Continued: Historic Gull Lake ready for Governor's Fishing Opener spotlight

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 7, 2014 - 12:53 AM

“They were all over,’’ said Cragun.

Luther Youngdahl, who ran for governor in 1946, supposedly was hiking with Boy Scouts late one evening when he encountered the gambling at Bar Harbor and decided to stamp out slot machines. He was elected and pushed for passage of a law that allowed authorities to revoke licenses of businesses caught with gambling devices. The resorts and bars complied, sometimes posting signs: “Youngdahl was here.’’

Bar Harbor continued as a well-known supper club with the “big bands’’ such as Woody Herman, Jimmy and Tomy Dorsey, and Duke Ellington. Recently renovated, it remains a popular attraction.

Dayton and other visitors Saturday will find things tamer on Gull Lake these days. And Dutch Cragun is ready for another summer season with visitors, new and old.

“I’ve made a career out of helping people enjoy themselves,’’ he said. “I can’t think of anything better.

“It’s a good life.’’

 

Doug Smith • 612-673-7667







 

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  • Boaters having fun on Gull Lake in this undated photo from Grand View Lodge. Photo courtsey Minnesota Historical Society.

  • The entrance to Grand View Lodge back in the day.

  • Jim Kostreba, Grand View employee, works on spring cleaning around Grand View Resort, in this view looking back from Gull Lake at the historic lodge. A wedding was going to take place later that afternoon, May 3.

  • Fun on the lake in yesteryear: Anglers with their haul, above. Boaters cruised Gull Lake.

  • Cragun's Resort in the early days. ORG XMIT: MIN1404291615332693

  • Right: Dutch and Irma Cragun traded memories of running their resort, Cragun’s on Gull Lake, as they looked over the lake from the balcony off of Dutch’s office. They have been married for 49 years. Behind them on the far shore are the lakeshore cabins that make up part of the resort complex.

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