The flowers in the courtyard continue to provide color even into the fall. The front garden is still blooming nicely, and the hanging baskets still have some color. They have done so well this year, but I can’t say that about my experimental vegetable garden in mostly shade. The heirloom tomatoes and peppers just now have blossoms, which probably will freeze with overnight lows coming in October before they even produce fruit. But it was an experiment, so will have to try again next year.
The rain this fall has created unprecidented fall flooding in the Southern Minnesota area, including Jordan, which resulted in numerous closures at river crossings.
As of Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at noon, all Minnesota River crossings are open!
- MN-101 at Shakopee RE-OPENED on 10/12/10 at noon
- CR-9/CR-11 at Jordan RE-OPENED on 10/9/10 at 5:00 p.m.
- MN-41 at Chaska RE-OPENED on 10/7/10 at noon
- US 169 from Le Sueur to St. Peter RE-OPENED on 10/5/10 at 5:30 p.m.
- US 169 at Union Street in St. Peter RE-OPENED on 10/1/10 at noon
- US 169 from St. Peter to Mankato RE-OPENED on 9/30/10
- Minnesota River crossings in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area that remained OPEN during the fall flood: MN-25 at Belle Plaine, US 169 at Bloomington/Shakopee, I-35W at Bloomington/Burnsville, MN-77 at Bloomington/Eagan, and I-494 near MSP Airport
On the Minnesota River at Jordan the reading at noon Tuesday, October 12th was 24.38 feet with a flood stage in Jordan of 25 feet. The bridge at CR-9/CR-11 in Jordan will be closed when the river level reaches 26.7 feet. The National Weather Service indicates the Minnesota River at Jordan crested at 33.12 feet on Thursday, September 30th. The highest recorded crest level at Jordan was 35.07 feet on April 11, 1965. The 2010 crest of 33.12 feet is the 3rd highest recorded crest level at Jordan, and the first time a top 5 flood has occurred in fall.
For the latest road closure information, see Minnesota Department of Transportation 511 and the Scott County and Carver County websites.
NOTE: MN DOT 511 Info DOES NOT include county roads or city streets.
The locals turned out in great numbers for the Annual Heimatfest Day Parade in downtown Jordan this morning, September 11th, both as spectators and participants. The parade was LONG this year, at least an hour, with a full array of marchers: Veterans, politicians, merchants, clubs, schools, scouts, princesses – you name it, we had it. The parade ushers in a full day of events at Lagoon Park – food, games, music, Miss Jordan coronation and the grand finale fireworks over Mill Pond. Small Town U.S.A. at it’s finest!
The rain kept the number down to about one-third of the usual entries, yet about 100 classic collector cars were on display and cruised past the Nicolin Mansion’s front porch on Friday evening, September 10th. Classic colors, models, fins, fuzzy dice, engines… but no ’64 1/2 red convertible Mustang this year.
One of the great perks of innkeeping is trading nights with other innkeepers. Our most recent trade was with Jill Jonnes of The Victorian Bed and Breakfast, where this past week we spent 3 fabulous nights in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s a beautiful home in the Cathedral Historic District, built in 1888 just like ours, with a fantastic wrap around porch.
We took in so many wonderful sites during our stay. No trip here is complete without a visit to the falls that gave Sioux Falls its name, where the water cascades over the quartzite outcroppings in a 100 foot descent. Each evening a spectacular laser show lights up the falls while telling of the city’s history. Take the trolley ride from the falls through the historic downtown where the beautiful buildings are home to a fantastic variety of shops and restaurants.
The Pettigrew Museum is right next door to the B&B. I spent every morning and evening sitting on the front porch taking in the view. The building itself is a masterpiece, built from Sioux Quartzite (the second hardest stone behind the diamond) and polished petrified wood from Arizona. Frank Pettigrew himself began the museum’s collection from his travels around the world, and donated the home as a museum to the city after his death – it’s been operating continuously since 1930.
Other recommendations from our visit are the Japanese Gardens and Washington Pavilion. For dining, try sandwiches at the Falls Overlook Cafe (originally the hydroelectric plant), and pizza at A Taste of The Big Apple (though the setting reminded us more of the warehouse district in Galveston, Texas than New York City).