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This Terrebonne Church is in Danger of Demolition

This Terrebonne Church is in Danger of Demolition

This is St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Terrebonne, Minnesota, and it is a place in danger of being demolished.

Update: This church was demolished in a controlled burn on April 29th, 2016. Some of the photos on this page are featured in our book, Churches of the High Plains, which you can order in our store, or ask for it at your favorite local book store or gift shop.

Terrebonne, Minnesota

According to the Star Tribune, the Crookston Diocese sent a letter to parishioners in March as notice of their intent to knock down St. Anthony’s by the end of 2015 due to maintenance costs and concerns over black mold and a sloping floor due to frost heaves.

Terrebonne, Minnesota

There is a local group, passionate about preserving this place, and they’ve done a fantastic job raising the funds to delay demolition thus far, but they need your help to save this church. Their Facebook page is here.

Terrebonne, Minnesota

There was a very friendly and pettable golden retriever who paid me a visit while I was at St. Anthony’s.

Terrebonne, Minnesota

Terrebonne, Minnesota

Terrebonne, Minnesota

Anybody know if there’s anything in this cornerstone? Hopefully, it will be another hundred years before we find out.

Terrebonne, Minnesota

Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

Caribou Church: Beautiful and Remote

Caribou Church: Beautiful and Remote

This is the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Caribou, in northwestern Minnesota just a little more than a mile from the Canadian border.

Caribou Church

Many of the parishioners at this church lived in Canada and crossed the border regularly without too much trouble, but US Customs began enforcing boundary laws in the thirties, and this church soon waned.

Caribou Church

When I arrived, I was blown away by the simple beauty of the site. The remote location, the huge white crosses in the cemetery… this is one of the most beautiful places I’ve photographed.

Caribou Church

This church was built in 1905 during a church boom that happened in this area (on both sides of the border) due to Ukrainian immigrants who were settling in the area. There are more on the other side of the border, including this one in Tolstoi, Manitoba, and the oldest Ukrainian Orthodox Church In Canada, in neighboring Gardenton, Manitoba.

Caribou Church

St. Nicholas was renovated in 1974, and they held a Divine Liturgy, the first in 30 years, in 1975.

Caribou Church

Don’t let the remote location fool you. This church is still well cared for. Somebody appeared to be stripping the paint with a wire brush and scraper. Nobody was around, but these tools were still sitting on the picnic table, like the caretaker just walked away a few minutes earlier. The church has received a whole new coat of paint since the day I visited.

Caribou Church

This church was featured in our book, Churches of the High Plains.

Caribou Church

An open foundation is also on-site, as well as a few inhabited homes in the area.

Caribou Church

For more reading on the Caribou church and other churches like these, I would recommend you check out Sacred Sites of Minnesota by John-Brian Paprock and Teresa Peneguy Paprock.

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Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC