In the outward sprawling expansion of the Twin Cities, farmsteads like this one are being gobbled up. Instead of growing corn and raising livestock, this land will see clusters of McMansions and strip malls. While it's still here, though, this house, like many in the area, prove to be an interesting study in what's going on in the Twin Cities. The 100-year-old house has passed from owner to owner. The last residents appeared to be immigrants who retained many of their traditions. The children, however, seemed to embrace American customs: a boy loved baseball; another was drawn to deer and the Minnesota outdoorsman lifestyle; one painted local landscapes. That's all that's left, for the time being. Soon we'll clear the place out and have it ready for a new family. In the meantime, here's what remains (20 photos). [caption id="attachment_566" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="The barn was beaten by years of neglect. Somehow, these corncobs have hung on."]hanging corn[/caption] [caption id="attachment_567" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="The living room."]living room[/caption] [caption id="attachment_568" align="aligncenter" width="391" caption="A lamp in the kitchen."]old lamp[/caption] [caption id="attachment_570" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="A child's bedroom."]bedroom with art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_572" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="The bath."]nasty bath[/caption] [caption id="attachment_573" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="The kitchen comes stocked."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_574" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Ready for a feast."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_575" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="The smallest of the abandoned vehicles on the property."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_587" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="I flipped open a notebook, and this story is the first thing I saw."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_588" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="This fella sat patiently in the living room, motionless."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_579" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="This barn has seen better days, which makes it fun to explore now."]old barn[/caption] [caption id="attachment_580" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="A snow fence tucked away."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_581" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="For some reason, I love this shot. The way the buckets are placed, rising like a filthy bar graph, with the old basketball serving as the outlier. I swear I didn't move a thing."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_582" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="The sliver of light looks through an outbuilding."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_583" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Who knows how long this poor, disembodied fool has been gazing skyward."][/caption] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_584" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Silo, skyward. I climbed this thing, just to see what it was like."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_585" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="The silo afforded me this nice overhead view of some of the garbage on the property."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_586" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="The current state of affairs in the region."][/caption]        

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