Small Town America: Central Minnesota

"... there's nowhere else on earth that I would rather be"

This webcam live stream is now powered by YouTube. (UStream's free service ends August 1, 2018. My budget won't stretch around anything more than "free."

This webcam is now displayed on my A Catholic Citizen in America blog's Webcam page.
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And check out this webcam's blog, Small Town America: Minnesota, for very old  information about technical glitches, power outages, and the hummingbird feeder.

And here's more text from around 2008.

From the heart of darkest Minnesota: my view of small town America.

This may be the first 'on-the-street' webcam in Sauk Centre. (The closest ones I found were in Morris and Sartel.)

And, since the morning of April 24, 2008 (about 10:50), this is also the first hummercam in Sauk Centre. They don't stay long, but a hummingbird or three comes several times a day.

The idea was to show what I see when I look out the window here. It's a nice neighborhood: quiet, apart from the occasional semi trailer, hordes of high schoolers revving by around 8:00 and 3:00, and snowmobiles after heavy snowfalls. Then there's traffic before and after school events.

Before January 12, 2008, all you'd see after sunset was a whole lot of dark. My first "webcam," an old digital camera, wasn't particularly good for night photography. Why I chose the season with fewer than eight hours of daylight to work with, I don't know.

Small Town Morning, Minnesota

  It's beginning to look like Christmas: finally.
Taken about 3:49 p.m., December 16, 2015.  


Just after sunset.  


  Taken about 8:27 p.m., July 4, 2013.
  Since July 1, 2009: 
live streaming video.
When it's working.
Taken about 9:15 p.m., May 11, 2013.  


If the picture looks funny, it's probably ice on the window:
This is Minnesota, after all!

Taken about 1:00 p.m., December 24, 2012.


Taken 12:31, December 15, 2012.


Coming Attractions

  • Spring: Green grass, leafy trees, and dandelions will be a welcome change from winter: after the inevitable wet and muddy interval of melting snow and slush.
  • Summer: That grass needs mowing, but it looks nice and keeps the dust down. A hummingbird or three may come to the feeder. Or, not.
  • Fall: This season's display of color will depend on how much rain we get during the summer, autumn weather: among other things.
  • Winter: Snow, ice on the road, bitter cold: but there aren't any mosquitoes, so it could be worse. Actually, I rather like winter. Providing I don't have to shovel.
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