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Ballard’s Resort notes 60th Anniversary


“Pack up, we’re moving north,” Keith Ballard said to his wife Rosie after returning from a fishing trip to Lake of the Woods with his co-workers.

The year was 1960 and by that spring, Keith and Rosie opened Ballard’s Resort on the Rainy River.

The resort was known as Smith’s Resort when the Ballards decided to leave their chicken hatchery in West Bend, Iowa, to dedicate their lives to the resort.

Now in its third generation of family ownership, Ballard’s is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

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1 Comment

  1. Fiona Manonn on October 20, 2021 at 4:46 am

    Ah what a fantasy destination, I’ve looked at the Maldives a lot but always end up going elsewhere for some reason. I love their little bungalows on the pier, it’s so iconic! I feel if you’re going to the Maldives, you’ve kind of got to do it in style – so I want to make sure I have the budget for it! Lovely place.

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