A Dustin Family Reunion – Land of 10,000 Lakes and the Boundary Waters

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September 24, 2016 by Doug Webster

Peter and Alice Dustin passed through Pittsburgh this summer en route to family reunions first in Indiana where their son, his son’s wife, two grandsons and two step-grandsons live.  Then on to Stillwater, MN outside St. Paul to see their daughter, her husband and two granddaughters, as well as brother Bill, his wife Susan and their dog Darwin.  The trip also included a side trip to Bill’s lake property in Ely adjacent the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness.

Peter reports that Bill and his first wife, the late Muriel Jean Rothman Dustin (MJ) (Dave and George Walker’s cousin) moved to MN from Pierre, SD in 1980.  Before even buying a house in St. Paul, they purchased a lot on Everett Lake, just north of Ely and started their own construction of a cabin on weekend trips.  It is a five hour drive to the Ely area from St. Paul, so it took a lot of trips.

A guest cottage was added and completed this year with the help of Andrew, son of Susan.  Both cabins have electricity but no running water.  There is an outhouse and also a sauna.  Bill’s close friend and Otter alum Dave Walker has made September trips to Ely, but this was the first time Peter had been able to complete the journey to the cabin.  (Dave actually arrived this year a few days after Peter departed.)

Peter reports the two cabins are fully winterized and Bill often goes there in the winter when temperatures can turn decidedly negative.  The main cabin sits on rocks above the lake with views to the water with a somewhat steep path to a small dock at water’s edge.  Peter reports that Bill has explored and canoed many of the nearby lakes over the years.

A true taste of Otter deep in the Minnesota Boundary Waters.  Bill the rest of us are envious.


Bill and Susan Dustin’s Ely MN cabin


Dustin brothers and Otter alumni Peter and Bill Dustin


Cabin exterior rear


Chef Bill in the cabin kitchen


Bill Dustin canoeing near his northern MN cabin.


Lakefront view from the Dustin’s cabin


Bill and an earlier annual visit by Dave Walker.

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