_2 July 2011 The storm that was pushing us out of South Dakota stuck with us all the way to Sauk Centre and the parking lot of Wal-Mart. Fortunately for us, the storm went south of us and taking warnings of “rotating clouds” (meaning possibly tornado)with it. The next morning we drove further south to St. Cloud. With a full day ahead of us we drove north to try and find some information of Louise’s family. Our first stop was at the museum in Royalton, just off of Hwy. 10. They were just in the midst of setting up new displays so we couldn’t find much to excite us. When Louise was quite small, she visited this area and stayed with her grandmother for the summer. Today, we found the church
_and cemetery where her Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother Wiener and Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother Burgraff were buried. Today we could only find a couple of the Wiener graves, but on the other hand, we found quite a few of the Burgraff graves. The cemetery was nicely maintained.
_Unfortunately some of the headstones were so old you could not read them. Next we drove alongside the Mississippi River to the small town of Little Falls, the playground of Charles Lindburg. The damn in Little Falls was built in 1830.
_Today the gates were mostly open and the water that was racing through gave us quite a sight. Just down the street from the dam, we visited the Weyerhaeuser Museum.
_The ladies there have done an amazing job of archiving years of information on the settlers of this area and thank God they did. We were able to find some amazing and interesting articles on the Wiener and Burgraff families. Fortunately we were able to have copies made for us of the most important information of the family we’ve seen before. We’ll have these sent back home for us to digest when we get back next spring.