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Frozen In Time: Riverside Resort [VIDEO]

Ashli Gerdes, WJON News

Frozen in Time: A WJON News SeriesRiverside Resort in Richmond is one of the only summer get-aways like it left in central Minnesota.

Anna Kurtz first opened the 35 acre resort in 1927 after her husband passed away. She ran the business with her 11 children. At the time it was one of seven resorts located along Horseshoe Lake.

Anna’s son Art eventually took over the business and expanded the number of cabins at the resort. During the 1940s there was a total of eight cottages.

Art met his wife Evelyn while working at the resort and they eventually had four children. She helped Art manage the day to day operations of the business until he passed away in 1969.

Evelyn decided to start her own tradition of offering Sunday service at the resort throughout the summer.

Her daughter Jeanette and son-in-law Jim bought the business in 1979 which they operated until selling it to their son Joseph and his wife Christine in 2012.

The resort has a total of 19 cabins which are fully equipped with kitchen appliances, internet, indoor plumbing and air conditioning.  The resort also has space for campers, RVs and tents.

Joseph says coming to the resort has become a tradition for many families over the years. Some couples first met at the resort and bring their children back each summer.

There are artifacts and old photos of when the resort first opened located inside the cabins.

Today the resort offers a range of aquatic activities including pontooning, boating, fishing swimming and more.

They also have a frisbee golf course, playground, candy shop and an outdoor movie theatre.

Joseph says some nights they set up their outdoor projector and host a movie night. Unique to the resort is mascot, Riverside Rabbit. Christine says there aren’t too many resorts that have their own live mascot but kids love him.

Joseph and Christine both say they expect one of their three children to someday take over the business and become the fifth generation.

Riverside Resort is open from May 1st through October 1st.

See a video of Riverside Resort below.

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