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is located in the northeast corner of Itasca County near the junction of
State Highway 65 and State Highway 1.
Togo is unincorporated and is a part of Carpenter Township
Togo, a post office since 1905 located in Carpenter Township,
section 28, was named by Miles A. Nelson, the first postmaster, for Admiral
Togo of the Japanese navy, which sank the Russian fleet during the Russo-Japanese
War in 1905.
Pine Youth Camp takes its name from the days when natives roamed
the forests of Northern Minnesota. The fall foliage of brightly
colored hardwoods mixed with the evergreens was and still is a captivating
sight; an ideal setting for seeing the splendor of God.
Worshipping God and studying His word are the focal points of all
activities at FPYC. There are Bible studies, devotionals around
the campfire, and worship in the lodge. Singing hymns of praise
and devotion is always a part of Christian camping.
Picnics, cookouts, campfire programs, treasure and scavenger hunts,
and crazy olympics add to the fun. Or how about a game of capture
the flag? For a change of pace, the crafts center will be open.
Painting, metal sculpture, wood carving, plaster and wood plaques,
beads and lacing are only a sample of the things to do.
Sports are also a part of any camp experience. There is volleyball,
basketball, softball, soccer, tetherball, and ping pong. On the
lake there is swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing and sailing.
Since the camp is located in the center of the George Washington
State Forest, there are many opportunities for hiking and nature
study. Canoe trips and overnight camping are high points of the
camping experience at FPYC.
Thistledew Camp was established in 1955
as a Correctional Facility. Initially, it was designed as a work
camp for young offenders. Today Thistledew Camp is a Juvenile Facility
serving boys thirteen to seventeen years of age. The camp accepts
referrals from all counties in Minnesota and works with adjudicated
youth and youth-at-risk.
Alaskan Malamute Iditarod Team-
Nancy Russell, owner of Storm Kloud Kennel in Sussex, Wisconsin,
dreamed of having an Iditarod team ever since the race started in 1973.
Nancy met musher Jamie Nelson of Togo, Minnesota, at a freight race in Wisconsin
Dells, Wisconsin, in 1987. Shortly after, she sent two dogs to Jamie to
be trained as lead dogs. In 1989, Nancy took a litter of six puppies to
Jamie to develop into a team for promotional purposes. Jamie was impressed
with the working ability of the Malamutes and the idea of an Iditarod team
became a real possibility.