I-94 Teepee marking Continental Divide done [UPDATED]Published 4:28am Monday, May 13, 2013 Updated 6:29am Monday, May 13, 2013
A permanent teepee joined the monument and log cabin at the Continental Divide near the Interstate 94 and U.S. Hwy. 59 interchange.
“It was up last year,” Dennis Tuel Sr. said. “But it was rather temporary.”
Tuel put up the teepee for the summer and then took it down for the winter. Now, the teepee poles will be up year-round, and only the cover will come off for the winter season.
The wind wasn’t a friend to the temporary teepee last year; it kept blowing it down, Tuel said. So, that was a big reason why he decided to put the poles in place permanently, using concrete. The teepee was recently completed, and it only took a couple days for Marc Jacobs of North Country Lawns to get it all set up, Tuel said.
Adding the teepee goes along with the theme of the Continental Divide, Tuel said.
“It’s part of the decorating scheme there,” Tuel said. “They always had teepees around the trading post.”
People can go inside the teepee, which is surrounded by lots of landscaping rock and a couple of large, log benches.
The teepee complements the log cabin next to it, an information center marking the Continental Divide, along with the monument.
“It’s a welcome to Fergus Falls,” Tuel said. “We got registration from all over the world, to tell you the truth.”
The teepee is just something else for people to see, Tuel said. Last year, he noticed a lot of people stopped and wanted their pictures taken walking out of the teepee or standing in front of it. People have already stopped to do that again with the new teepee.
“Very seldom do I drive by there and there’s nobody there,” Tuel said.