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LISA'S MOTTO: 

“Wherever I go, whatever I do, one goal has always driven me onward: I never let myself come home empty-handed! I find something every day to share — every day. Stories and photo opportunities are everywhere. Whether it’s a trip outside or a trip abroad I walk silently, within; I keep looking, looking for something—something to share.”

 

HEARD ON THE STREET: NEW BOOKSTORE SPREADS ITS FEATHERS IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER

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Peacock Books & Wildlife Art logo

David and Lisa Loucks Christenson have started a new chapter in their lengthy entrepreneurial story.

The Christensons opened a new bookstore, Peacock Books & Wildlife Art, in a dark wood-lined, 325-square-foot space on the west side of the Kahler Grand Hotel in downtown Rochester.

Things haven’t gone exactly as planned. The original idea was to open the shop on Sept. 1, but potential customers kept wandering in as they painted and prepared Peacock Books.

“So we decided we had to go ahead and open up (two weeks ago),” said Lisa Loucks Christenson. “We’ve been overwhelmingly busy since then.”

The store, which is in the former Peacock’s Giftsspot, carries a wide selection of new books, ranging from best sellers to children’s books to works by regional authors. READ FULL COLUMN by Jeff Kiger 

 

                                 Photo: ©2018 Lisa Loucks Christenson All Rights Reserved

                                 Interior view of Peacock Books & Wildlife Art by Lisa Loucks Christenson

in the Kahler Grand Hotel located at 20 Second Avenue SW,

Shop #1 of the Grand Shops of Kahler & Marriott (across from the Mayo Clinic).

Peacock Books sells our homemade fudge, a rotating selection of 161 flavors made from our recipes. Here is our segment on QVC Television with our White Wolf Creek Fudge brand. 

 

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Studio Carpie (AKA: Carpie Animation Studios)

Films  (in progress and licensing opportunities may still exist, contact us). 

     Carpie Koi™ - Original hand painted cells, original story, art, and music 2018-2019

     Nitoti™ - Original hand painted cells, original story, art, and music 2019-2020

     Lightning Delivery™ - Original Pastels, original story, art, and music 2018

 

CREDITS (partial): 

Self Magazine, Esquire, Diversion, Perspectives, Career World, ACHRNEWS, Grolier, Inc., KTTC News, KAAL Channel 6 News, WEAU-13 News Eau Claire, National Eagle Center, The Big Wild, Harcourt, Disney, Prentice-Hall, Pearson Education, Writer’s Weekly, Writer’s Digest, Hazmatt, Function-Thru-Form, My Creative Company, Trips and Journeys, Travel World International, Times Plain Dealer, Woman’s World, City Pages, Fillmore County Journal, Christian Schools International, Anchor Marketing D & D Commodities Holt, Rinehart Winston, Post-Bulletin, Rochester Visitor, Minnesota Bound, Marshall Cavendish, HSUS, Kind News, , Kirchoff/Wohlberg, A Lot of Fun and Games, Rigby Education, Rourke, Nursery Retailer Magazine, and more.

 

Lisa’s Bald Eagle Documentary™️: featured on Ron Schara’s Minnesota Bound, exhibited at the National Eagle Center and Lisa’s Galleries, The Glacier Stops Here, Post-Bulletin, WEAU-13, KTTC News, The Big Wild, and more:

Lisa Loucks Christenson’s Bald Eagle Documentary

“If ever there was an eagle lady . . . her name is, Lisa.”—Ron Schara/Minnesota Bound

 

 Lisa’s galleries over the years:

 

 

Lisa Loucks Christenson Wildlife Gallery 2005-2007 in Rochester, Minnesota (ceilings flooded in 2007 flood, destroying much of her art, and her original Winter Bugs! Exhibit prints) 
Lisa's wildlife art is created and published under her White Wolf Creek™ imprint, and is sold, exclusively, through her book store, Silver Lake Books™ in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Below: Lisa’s White Wolf Creek Gallery & Fudge (Lisa’s husband David is a Chocolatier, and they made all the fudge, that aired on QVC)

 

 

White Wolf Creek™️ Fudge As Seen on QVC Television 

 https://youtu.be/lJkyIeZH3Ek

 https://wholesale.kettlefudge.com/pages/our-fudge-on-qvc

 

Silver Lake Books™ 

Features new and used books, Lisa Loucks Christenson's exclusive titles, films, and art, and around 40K titles, that rotate as sold. Rochester's largest children, middle grade and YA selection (about 10K) titles, Christian (3K), the rest are vintage, award winning stories, autographed, local authors, and more.  All of the books we sell are purchased outright from publisher's, sales, and events. All titles are hand selected for inclusion into the store. Silver Lake Books does NOT offer a consignment program or trade for store credit. We sell new and used (very good to library binding) titles. 

 

Lisa’s Quotes:

“Most days I wear camouflage to work.”—Lisa Loucks Christenson



6/9/14 Here are some of the updates of the five Story Preview Editions I launched  on five of my titles over the last week and a half. All five books hit Best Seller status in multiple countries, on multiple lists, in multiple categories:

Lisa's children's book: Harley Hippo & the Crane Game is hit #1 International Best Seller in #1 UK, #2 USA, #5 Japan and later #100 all Free Kindle books in Japan, #8 Australia, on 6/8/14 was #53 in the Paid Kindle store, hitting best selling status paid Kindle USA. The full book will release on Father's Day is heavily illustrated by artist Bill Looney. Buy the SPE of Harley Hippo & the Crane Game, #1 International Best Seller

Lisa's Wolf Eyes, Book Four, WOLVES OF WHITEWATER FALLS, hit International Best Seller Status in: #1 Germany, #1 in Canada, #11 Japan, and Best Seller #74 USA, #82 UK, more, written and illustrated by Lisa Loucks Christenson (YA to Adult, Ages 13+ Christian Suspense)Buy the SPE, Wolf Eyes, Book One, WOLVES OF WHITEWATER FALLS #1 Best Seller!

Lisa's Blue Brick, Red Brick: A Shadow in the Law of Reflection, Book One, EARN THE BADGE series hit International Best Seller Status: Best Seller #13 USA, #11 UK, Canada,  #21 Germany (Christian Suspense Cop series based in the famous Med-City or Rochester, Minnesota.)Buy the SPE, Blue Brick, Red Brick: A Shadow in the Law of Reflection


Lisa's Hawk of Wa Pu Ta Creek, Book One, Wa Pu Ta Creek, Minnesota, a finalist in Harlequin® Love Inspired® Suspense contest, hit International Best Selling Status in: #34 Australia,  #86 Canada, #74 USA, Germany, #94 UK. (Christian Suspense Series) Buy the SPE, Hawk of Wa Pu Ta Creek

Lisa's Bow Wow Detectives® Saliva Smirk's Summer Camp for Dogs hit International Best Selling Status: #5 Best Seller Free Kindle #4 USA, UK,                #3 Germany, Japan, #3 Canada Best Seller lists
(Christian Young Reader Mystery & Suspense Series)Buy the SPE of Saliva Smirk's Summer Camp for Dogs!


5/21/14 Lisa's Hawk of Wa Pu Ta Creek, a finalist in the Harlequin® Love Inspired® Suspense, The Search for a Killer Voice! Contest, will be published 8/1/14 by White Wolf Creek™ Studios, Books & Art.  The Story Preview Edition is available on Amazon now.
 Hawk of Wa Pu Ta Creek: STORY PREVIEW EDITION (WA PU TA CREEK, MINNESOTA) by Lisa Loucks Christenson Hawk of Wa Pu Ta Creek: STORY PREVIEW EDITION (WA PU TA CREEK, MINNESOTA)

3/21/14 and 3/22/14The Glacier Stops Here THE GLACIER STOPS HERE EVENT Lisa will be speaking at 4 p.m. on 3/21/14 and at 10 a.m. and noon on 3/22/14, Saturday about her, Lisa's Bald Eagle Documentary™, now her 10th year, her other wildlife studies, and about her Winter Bugs book. Lisa will be at her booth during the show when not speaking. Stop by and meet the Eagle Lady.

 

 

Thursday, August 11, 2011 (Rochester, Minn.) Lisa returns to Pictage, visit her updated page at:Lisa's Portfolio

Monday, August 8, 2011 (Rochester, Minn.)  Lisa announces Story Souls(tm) her newest art/book/exhibit/film project featured on her Lisa's Walk The Talk Road Show, her Web sites, and the newly formed www.StorySouls.com Web site. The Work is an ongoing series, a unique collection of her artwork in many styles and mediums, all original art, including sketches,  digital drawings, oil paintings, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylics, pastels, and photos depicting her documentary-style capturing the beauty and story she sees stirring inside the souls of injured animals, birds, insects she's encountered, both wild and captive. Thursday, August 4, 2011 (Rochester, Minn.) Lisa Loucks Christenson, publisher of Loucks-Christenson Publishing has purchased MinnesotaFishingSpots.com and MNFishingSpots.com Web sites and their domains. Lisa will be updating the sites in the next month, adding stories, new features, lake stories, and content from her Lisa's Walk The Talk Road Show, and images and art. MNFishingspots.com was founded in 2007, and offers fisherman a place to go to check fishing spots in Minnesota on their favorite lakes. Upcoming: Saturday, July 16, 2011 Lisa will be at her gallery, WHITE WOLF CREEK located at 2020 Spring Street, Stockholm, right at the entrance to the park hosting the Stockholm Art Fair. At 2 p.m., Lisa will be doing a presentation on her eagle documentary, now in her seventh year. Rain or Shine

June 27, 2011 Lisa's profile page updated at

June 27, 2011

Lisa's Walk The Talk Show will begin new shows July 5, 2011. Lisa's Walk The Talk Show features interviews with authors, artists, celebrities, entertainers, and more. Show airs nightly at 10 p.m. PST,Lisa's Walk The Talk Show(tm), just click the button during show time.

If you would like to be considered for an upcoming broadcast, send your pitch to Lisa@LisaLC.com or fill out our form at www.LisaLC.tv. June 10, 2011, Lisa Loucks Christenson took ownership of Mystery Lovers Corner(tm) The site features over a thousand mystery books from authors, interviews, and more. New features will be added over the summer.


5/13/2011: 
 
Fresh Art Tour 2011
http://www.freshart.org/preview.htm  

White Wolf Creek the Lisa Loucks Christenson Wildlife Collection is SITE 14 on the Fresh Art Tour 2011, May 13-15 at our Stockholm, Wisc., location.

Lisa will be on site to talk about her first seven years on her Lisa's Bald Eagle Documentary, and visitors will get a sneak preview of Lisa's upcoming new release of her Winter Bugs Gallery Edition book, and ebook. 

3/31/2011 Lisa's author, Joyce Brennan signed with Snowy Creek Books (tm) an imprint of Loucks-Christenson Publishing in a four book deal. Her first book, Woman of Rexford: Olivia will be available in August 2011. She is currently completing UNEXPECTED GIFT, book two in Snowy Creek Books (tm) Christmas Valley Series. Joyce Brennan's book, UNEXPECTED GIFT, will be available in November 2011.

3/30/2011 Saundra Crum Akers book, SHATTERED HART, the first book in her QUESTING HART TRILOGY, released as print and electronic editions today.
Saundra is currently working on HOPEFUL HART, the second book in the trilogy. 
 
3/6/2011: Article on our White Wolf Creek Gallery & Gifts store in Rochester, Minn.,
http://ww2.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?z=36&a=491141
Quick Bites: Bistro howls with wild game options

3/6/2011 6:00:08 AM
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I guess no one told David and Lisa Loucks Christenson about the way we Rochesterites behave when there's a new restaurant in town. They thought they'd open their new bistro, White Wolf Creek, quietly and finish the remodeling and menus as people slowly found them. But that's not how we do things in Rochester. Once word gets out, we flock like geese.

So after a two-week hiatus to finish the bistro, set the menu up and take care of other responsibilities, White Wolf Creek has opened again, this time ready for the influx of curious people wanting to try the newest place in town.

The ambiance

My first thought when walking in to the restaurant on East Frontage Road at 4125 U.S. 52 N. was, "This doesn't look like an old Taco John's."

The Christensons have transformed the interior, including new knotty-pine walls, raised booth seating, and living room areas with a lodge-like feel, complete with fireplaces and comfy sofas and chairs. Lisa, an accomplished wildlife photographer, has many of her gallery prints on the walls, including her well-known eagle documentary photography.

 http://rochester.kaaltv.com/news/answer-man-crocodile-fondue-rochester-post-bulletin/45008

2/14/2011 Story on White Wolf Creek, Rochester, Minn.,
Answer Man: Crocodile fondue in Rochester? - Post-Bulletin
 


Post-Bulletin

Answer Man: Crocodile fondue in Rochester?
Post-Bulletin
Dear Answer Man, my girlfriend — actually, she's my fiancee — tells me there's a place in Rochester where you can get crocodile fondue. I highly doubt this but I told her I'd find out. I would greatly appreciate a "no" answer to crocodile fondue. ...

12/2011 Saundra Crum Akers signed a three book deal with Snowy Creek Books (tm) and Imprint of Loucks-Christenson Publishing.

3/21/2010:  Story on KTTC News

KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and SportsBear sighting at White Water State Park
By Chris Conte
Bear sighting at White Water State Park
Posted: Mar 31, 2010 10:35 PM CDT

WINONA COUNTY (KTTC-DT)-- A Rochester mother and daughter who were out photographing bald eagles in White Water State Park Tuesday night, came across something they weren't expecting, a black bear.

"Bear sightings are not that uncommon," says Jonny Marshman who owns Jonny's Saloon near where the bear was spotted

Lisa Christenson and her daughter Emme, were pleasantly surprised to see the black bear come wondering out of the woods Tuesday night.

"It actually gave me a little pleasure to actually get the photos of the bear," says Lisa.

While this isn't the first time she's seen a bear, it is the first time she managed to get pictures.

"I jumped out and grabbed my camera and got a half a dozen shots," she recalls.

As Lisa was snapping still photos, 10-year-old Emme grabbed her video camera and started rolling.

"I think it was my first bear sighting," Emme says about the experience.

Unlike most girls her age, Emme had no problem being just 100 yards from a black bear.

"It's actually a little surprise, like Christmas you know? Where you're hoping to get something and you get something good," the 10-year-old says about the experience.



5/19/2008 Story on Lisa Loucks Christenson's, Lisa's Bald Eagle Documentary, Airs on KTTC NEWS
http://www.kttc.com/story/8350286/life-in-the-nest
By Meghan Sparks
Life in the nest
Posted: May 19, 2008 10:35 PM CDT
 
 
 

Whitewater Valley, MN (KTTC-TV) -- It's another day on Lisa Christenson's journey.

A journey she captures through the lens of her camera.

Nature photographer Lisa Christenson started down this path four years ago.  She was studying the sandhill cranes in the Whitewater Valley, but the small white heads of the bald eagle caught her attention.

Lisa Christenson says, "I heard that faint cry of an eaglet and I said this is cool and I will be back here every day until he flies and i was."

But soon Lisa realized something more was happening in the eagle nest.

"I kept seeing babies coming back into the nest which is unheard of but the babies weren't leaving."

Lisa says these birds aren't only fierce hunters, as most of us have come to believe, but also peaceful loving creatures.

Lisa began her current project in January and has been out to see the eagles nearly every day since then. She documents her stories with the eagle families through pictures and words, even giving them names.

"Dancer's watching me in the tree as I type."

Lisa's been out here for 100 days.  The eaglet or eaglets have hatched and now it's time to watch the family grow.

"Every day is a new story for me, " Lisa says, "and I don't go home until I get my story."

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PDN's Photo Source:

A photographer and writer for 20 years, Lisa Loucks Christenson has amassed a large collection of stock photos all her own, specializing in nature, food, animals, agriculture, people, wildlife, lifestyles and portraiture. New images are added daily. 2006 will be busy with exhibits, including one called "Winter Bugs!" -a collection of more than 180 species of insects in subzero weather. With a natural gift for documenting nature, Loucks Christenson has collected a tremendous image bank of insects, flora and fauna indigenous to Southeast Minnesota. To promote her book, The Eagle Nest Coffee Bar & Cafe, a documentary/journal, she'll open her Eagle by the Day exhibit, featuring the life and death of two eaglets with photos of their day-by-day growth and first attempts at at flying. Loucks Christenson is also completing Walk The Burn: A 365 Day Journey, a project on controlled burn regrowth with more than 400,000 images already recorded. --Stock Guide 2006

 

 Review: --Equipment Guide 2006

Lisa Loucks Christenson has been a working photographer and writer for more than 20 years. She's presently working on two outdoor documentaries: a controlled burn marsh, and two bald eagle nests she's documenting for her upcoming book, The Eagle Nest Coffee Bar and Cafe. She's opening a new space featuring a gallery of her work with two full studios (one with a kitchen for food photography, one for editorial, animals and advertising) and dressing rooms. She's added many images to her stock, building it to around 120,000 images. She shoots 99% digitally, but shoots film on request, and files are uploaded to a light box. Christenson owns several image collections from the 1890s through 1960s, including vintage shots of downtown St. Paul, the Westminster Dog Show, Chicago State Fair and Barnum & Bailey Circus train. Specialty subjects include nature and wildlife, pets and livestock, zoos, families, Americana, humor and travel, and food and drink. Her client list includes Valutec Card Solutions, Esquire, Self, Woman's World, Prentice-Hall, IBM and Bubba Gump Seafood Co. --Equipment Guide 2006, Stock Guide 2005
 

 REVIEW: Stock Guide 2005

Lisa Loucks Christenson has been a working photographer and writer for more than 20 years, maintaining two studios in her home-one for shooting food and one for products, pets and requests-as well as a small studio in the same Rochester, Minnesota building which houses her and administrative offices. Her files contain between 60,000-80,000 images, covering mainly the United States with an emphasis on the Midwest. "About 80 percent of our photo assignment workload is requests for digital," Christenson says. "We keep the medium-format camera systems, but they are getting used less and less as the demands for same-day delivery of digital previews and high-resolution needs have increased. "Currently most clients e-mail or call in photo requests and we set up a lightbox, or they can set up their own lightboxes for selection of images," she says. "We keep and rotate FTP servers for high-resolution pickups." In addition to her own work, Christenson owns several small private collections of historical images from the 1890s through the early 1960s. In addition to international images, these range from vintage shots of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Westminster Dog Show, the Chicago State Fair and the Barnum and Bailey Circus train. With specialty subjects including nature and wildlife, pets and livestock, zoos, families, Americana, humor and travel, as well as food and drink, her client list is large and varied. Valutec Card Solutions, Esquire, Self magazine, Woman's World, Prentice-Hall, IBM and Bubba Gump Seafood Co. are just a few from her long list. --Stock Guide 2005
 

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Eelpout Festival ice-fishing images

Travel writer and photographer Lisa Loucks Christenson covers many odd festivals and events. One of these upcoming events is the International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minnesota, USA, Feb. 13-15, 2004, where thousands of people will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this unusual ice-fishing festival. Lisa will be covering the ice hole competition, the races, the dog sled rides, the fishing contests. If anyone is looking for an unusual photo-text package, or just funny photos, photos of people enjoying the winter season, or ice fishing photos for their publication(s) contact Lisa at 001 866 562-5125. Images will be digital format only, unless otherwise requested, and the story and images will be ready Monday Feb. 16, 2004.


 

 

Rochester, MN (PRWEB) July 5, 2007 -- Lisa's Walk The Talk Show Second Season Premiere,"Support Our Troops" Special Broadcast Featuring Country Legends Charlie Daniels and Jim Owen, and more guests send empowering message to our troops. Lisa's Walk The Talk "Support Our Troops" - Special featuring Country Legend Charlie Daniels. Charlie blasts open our two hour special broadcast, featuring his new CD, Live From Iraq. During the interview with Charlie, a glimpse into the man with the "fiddle of gold" shares his stories from visiting the troops, offers his prayers for our troops and he closes off the first hour with a message from a soldier you won't want to miss. Shauna Fleming founder of AMillionThanks.org tells her story of how to support our troops through writing letters to the soldiers and what a letter from a stranger means to them. In the second hour Lisa debuts the song, "Thank You" co-written by Brad Avery of Third Day, and Scott Thomas. Brad shares his walk with Jesus and his music, and his deep gratitude to our troops. Also joining Lisa is another country legend, Jim Owen, as he shares his song, "I Saw Jesus Waving The Stars and Stripes." Jim explains how the song came about, and shares his deepest gratitude in an eloquent manner for our troops and their families. Also featured in this two hour show is the international roll out of John Tigert's song, Coming Home. John shares his heart-tugging message to the families and soldiers who are waiting to come home. Wabasha, MN (PRWeb) March 9, 2007 -- SOAR WITH THE EAGLES WEEKEND at The National Eagle Center is this weekend March 10th and 11th. Lisa Loucks Christenson will be the first speaker of the day on March 10th, 2007, discussing her eagle journey, now in its third year, with the same pair of bald eagles raising their offspring.

Says Loucks-Christenson, "I'm offering the attendee's first peek at my rare and never-before-seen shots of the sibling eagles lives I documented, both on and off the nest." Loucks-Christenson was able to locate the eaglets for over ten weeks daily, after fledging and she continued their story for her second book on eagles, "Year Two Dancer & Daedee: Epiphany Season." Loucks-Christenson began her third book on this eagle pair in January of 2007, and visitors at The National Eagle Center will be the first to see the eagles survival in the wild while enduring -45 below with wind-chills, winter storms, blizzards, and the start of 2007's nesting season.

"I wanted something that said 'survival' so I started a month earlier this year, and have been out there documenting the eagles, and wildlife while temperatures hit -45 below with wind chill for almost three weeks we had that cold snap. Then we got hit with a blizzard that lasted two days, and following that, another winter storm. The snow is up to my waist in some spots as I hike to my posts. Almost forty days into the project--I have my shots that speak 'survival'. I hope people will look at my work and see that it's not easy for these animals and birds out there," Loucks-Christenson added.

 

Saturday March 10 Only

· 9:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Stories of a Professional Photographer

Lisa Loucks Christenson is a national-award winning author & photographer based out of Rochester, Minnesota. Lisa recently completed her Walk the Burn documentary in the Whitewater Management Area. She's eager to share her stories for stalking and blending in with her subjects habitat allowing her to capture their daily lives in the wetlands. As a bonus, Lisa will give you an intimate look at the private lives of a pair of bald eagles raising their offspring during her three year journey.

The National Eagle Center SOAR WITH THE EAGLES WEEKEND

--- POST-BULLETIN Rochester, Minnesota 12.8.07 Bring on the bugs Frozen, but living, wonderland pulls photographer

". . . The bug book is the first of several books Loucks-Christenson wil produce from daily visits to the the marsh for nearly two years. . . . Her visits ended last month during the region's first big snow of the year, on Nov. 10. Just a month before, she'd watched the cycle of life come to a close with a wasp, who'd crafted a nest and nurtured nine babies to life and beyond and then settled to the cold October ground eventually convered in the snow of the season.

"I saw this wasp nest and watched these nine babies from the beginning," Loucks-Christenson said. "I gave them water off my fingernail. I was only stung once by one of the babies. . . At one point, the nest came down, so I tied it up with a grass blade and eventually that mamma cemented it up."

That is what is so interesting about Loucks-Christenson's up close and personal shots of lifes' little things. There's a story behind every image. Loucks-Christenson can relate them as if though it was yesterday. Her journalls keep the dates, data and observations straight.:

"We had a winter storm with five to nine inches coming in, and schools were canceled the next day, but I still had to go. I had bugs to find. The minus -29 with wind chills set in over the next few days but still I found life: a Wooly bear caterpillar scratched up by a coyote, -29 below on the 19th (Dec.), three red velvet mites -29 below on the 20th."

The gallery exhibit kicks off the publication of "Winter Bugs!" Which also marks the beginning of a string of books slated for publication . . . by Mike Dougherty Post-Bulletin

 
Current Lisa's Walk The Talk Show Schedule can be found at Click for Upcoming Featured Guests: Aaron Neville, Byran White, Crista, Lynn, Rivers Rutherford, Chris Gray, Rhonda Towns, Ansel Brown, Stan Silver, Kelly Brock, Jack Witteveen, Jim Dooley, Jaci Rae, Van Preston, Corb Lund, Stephen Baldwin, Lauren Briant and more.
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Interview with Aaron Neville on Lisa's Walk The Talk Show airing 12/8-12/15 on our affliate stations below:

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aron Neville is Lisa's featured guest on Lisa's Walk The Talk Show Friday December 12/8/06 on www.HOPERIVERRADIO.fm (Central) at 8 P.M., www.NYCountryRadio.com 12/9 at 8 P.M. (Eastern), USACountryRadio.com 12/10(Central) and more affliate stations. Show times listed at www.myspace.com/lisaswalkthetalk Listen to this man of faith tell his story in this one hour show and hear his new tracks from his new CD, Aaron Neville Bring It On Home...The Soul Classics, and his Christmas CDs. During the interview Aaron sings a few bars of O Holy Night in a style and voice that is iconically, Aaron. Rochester, MN (PRWEB) December 6, 2006 -- Aaron Neville is Lisa's featured guest on Lisa's Walk The Talk Show Friday December 12/8/06 on www.HOPERIVERRADIO.fm (Central) at 8 P.M., www.NYCountryRadio.com 12/9 at 8 P.M. (Eastern), USACountryRadio.com 12/10(Central) and more affliate stations. Show times listed at www.myspace.com/lisaswalkthetalk I'd do two shows a day if it would make a difference to someones life Listen to this man of faith tell his story in this one hour show and hear his new tracks from his new CD, Aaron Neville Bring It On Home...The Soul Classics, and his Christmas CDs. During the interview Aaron sings a few bars of O Holy Night in a style and voice that is iconically, Aaron.

A few of Lisa's Walk The Talk Show featured guests include: Rivers Rutherford, Moot Davis, Chris Jones, Aaron Neville, Corb Lund, Crista Lynn, Bryan White, Jack Witteveen, Johnny Rodes, Rhonda Towns, Ansel Brown, Stan Silver, Kelly Brock, Valerie Gipson, Bloodline, Chill7, Chris Gray and more.

   Lisa Loucks-Christenson Donates Collector Print: Greener Pastures Ahead! To 2006 North Central Region Volunteer Forum
Rochester, MN (PRWEB) October 6, 2006 Lisa Loucks-Christenson is donating a special collector print titled "Greener Pastures Ahead!" " A humorous, momentary, close-up look at the lives of cows in a farm field, whom, which, upon her approach, began sticking their tongues out as she created their image. This "must-have," farm-scene lover's master canvas, giclee print was created for the 2006 North Central Region Volunteer Forum. This was a special print among other wildlife photos created and donated by Loucks-Christenson and will be included in their silent auction.
PODCAST 9/14/06 Lisa Loucks Christenson FALL FLIGHT 2006 Podcast 9.14.06

 
9.14.06 I just got a confirmation that'll I'll be interviewing song writer and recording artist Jack Witteveen. Destined for Nashville, Jack's music will tug at your heart, especially when you close your eyes and listen to his songsHome is Where The Heart Is and My Best Friend I'm hoping to add a couple clips of his songs here, so that you may listen along while reading his interview! Check back soon!

 

Bald Eagles (Mother eagle with one month old twin eaglets)
From Lisa Loucks Christenson's title, Year Two Dancer and Daedee: Epiphany Season.
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Lisa Loucks-Christenson’s Collector Print: Fall Flight 2006 Donated to Ducks Unlimited
Rochester, MN (PRWEB) September 12, 2006 -- Lisa Loucks-Christenson’s Collector Print: Fall Flight 2006 Donated to Ducks Unlimited
Lisa Loucks-Christenson of Rochester, Minnesota, is donating what she said is a rain, fall, and Ducks Unlimited inspired piece. Loucks-Christenson said, "What started out as just a cool, rainy Sunday with the agenda to fulfill the ‘desires of her heart,’ that being to create some new artwork for the Rochester Area Chapter Ducks Unlimited auction, instead turned into a frenzy of wings, as fall-colored feathered birds began flocking to her vision."
Loucks-Christenson picked Sunday September 10, 2006, as the day to go and explore the wetlands after working on her longest running documentary: Walk The Burn, a study of a marsh, which is at 520 consecutive days already.
Ducks Unlimited (the Rochester, Minnesota, Area Chapter) approached her for a donation for their September 21, 2006, Dinner and Auction. Loucks-Christenson had been mulling over which images she wanted to donate.
Loucks-Christenson said, "The image and vision came together as follows: My day started with a flock of wild turkeys I’d been studying and photographing all summer. However, this day was different. They were on the other side of the trail heading up a hill, a younger clutch – maybe two months old, tops, and an older clutch, along with a couple mother hen turkeys. As they reached the top of their climb, I noticed a younger turkey strutting, and another one that stretched up and opened his wings.

9/12/06 Volunteers paint bowls at Color Me Mine located at 3160 Wellner Drive NE Rochester, MN for Emptybowls a benfit for Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf

Emptybowls a benefit for Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf:
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2006
Location: Rochester Art Center
Time: 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Join Channel One and the Rochester Art Center in raising awareness about hunger through art. Kids activities, silent auction and access to all Art Center exhibits is included. Attendees will also receive a simple meal of soup and bread to remind you of all the "empty bowls" in our community. Please check in at the registration table to receive a voucher for your free handcrafted bowl. All proceeds of this event will help Channel One Food Band and Food Shelf feed hungry people in our region.

Log onto www.helpingfeedpeople.org for more information (To see pictures of the volunteers handpainting the bowls at Color Me Mine click on the Gallery Quick Viewer link under the Lisa Loucks Christenson logos and scroll down to Festivals and Events, then select Channel One Food Bank. Courtesy Photos by Lisa Loucks Christenson
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Excerpt from Tuesday June 13, 2006 Post-Bulletin

 
Photo for the Post-Bulletin by Lisa Loucks Christenson

A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles
A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles
A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles

 
Eyeball to eyeball with nature
Lisa Loucks Christenson began photographing in the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area in April, 2005, and has been there daily ever since -- no matter what.
John Weiss/Post-Bulletin
Rating: N/A
Excerpt from Tuesday June 13, 2006 Post-Bulletin

 
Photo for the Post-Bulletin by Lisa Loucks Christenson

A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles
A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles

 
Eyeball to eyeball with nature
Lisa Loucks Christenson began photographing in the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area in April, 2005, and has been there daily ever since -- no matter what.
John Weiss/Post-Bulletin
Rating: N/A
ELBA -- In the next few years, you'll be able to sit in your recliner, sip a cup of coffee, and enjoy crisp, startling images of bald eagles raising their young, mosquitoes feeding on the blood of a frog and wildflowers in the heart of the Whitewater Valley.

Savor them, enjoy the work of Lisa Loucks Christenson of Rochester. But know that she went through more than a year of mud and mosquitoes, cold and fog, snow and heat to get them.

You should also know that she loved it, enjoyed the daily trip to the valley in snowstorm and fog, relished slithering through muck to sneak up on a frog, and waiting for hours to get a shot of an eagle.

She has fallen in love with the area around the former town of Beaver in the heart of the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, the largest block of public land in southern Minnesota.

To get the images, she has gone to the same two marshes near Beaver for more than a year. It's a form of time-lapse photography, only she shoots the same tree (and on the same trip, the same cornfield and barn) and other details daily, along with anything else that catches her eye.

In the past two years, Christenson has also followed two eagles as they raise their young.

To do all of it has required several digital cameras and a lot of clothing. Last week, she wore faded camouflage pants and shirt, and her hair was wrapped in a red bandana. It's not fashionable, but when you're slopping through a marsh and plowing through nettles taller than you are, fashion fades, and reality rules.

She gladly wears that gear in summer, and dresses for minus-30 ("I literally felt like a walking marshmallow") in winter to get pictures for two books on eagles and a third book on a year in the life of two marshes. The one eagle book is due out in October, while the marsh book is due in April 2007, she said. The second eagle book will come out later. . . .

Credit: John Weiss Post-Bulletin Outdoor Writer (In order to view this complete story you need a Post-Bulletin subscription.)

 

 


       
 
365 Day Controlled Burn Marsh Documentary Completed!

 

Lisa Loucks-Christenson, a Rochester, Minnesota native, completed her 365 day documentary on April 7, 2006. Loucks-Christenson’s book, WALK THE BURN: A 365 Day Journey, will be available in Spring 2007. Loucks-Christenson documented over 400,000 images during this daily documentary regrowth of a controlled burn marsh in the Whitewater Management Area in Altura, Minnesota. The book is both a photo essay of the flora and fauna in the marsh returning and a diary of the marsh shown from the marshes perspective. Two exhibits are planned, WINTER BUGS! opens Winter 2006 and is a collection of over 250 species of insects Loucks-Christenson documented while in the marsh during Winter 2005-2006. Many of these species are as small or smaller than a grain of sand. The second exhibit, Walk The Burn: A 365 Day Journey, is a photo collection opening in Spring 2007 to promote the release of her book.

Rochester, MN (PRWEB) April 12, 2006 -- Lisa Loucks-Christenson has done it! Not just a one week story, or a couple months, but an entire 365 consecutive day journey, trudging through all four seasons to document life in a Minnesota marsh during and after a controlled burn.

Friends, family, and local news arrived to celebrate this special project’s end. Loucks-Christenson's book, WALK THE BURN: A 365 Day Journey, is scheduled for release in April 2007.

During the year, Loucks-Christenson documented over 2000 species of flora and fauna in a marsh and their struggle for survival.

While creating this project, Loucks-Christenson strived to shoot at the same time each day to stay consistent with the activities and lighting.

The 365 day journey began with smoke and fire and ended with sleet and rain. This reflects the emotions she felt as she stepped through the exit of the marsh to rejoin her family and friends.

A self-funded, soul-inspiring journey to the center of survival is what Loucks-Christenson recorded during this one year photo essay. A story that goes deeper than a lightening-struck tree. Witness the readiness of the red-wing blackbirds towering over their young until they fly, the destruction of animals’ nests, and those that met death on the highway. This book will move hearts as they encounter animals’ struggle to survive, the devastation, the drought, the deaths, and the elements of nature combating life forces in this controlled burn marsh.

Around 400,000 images were recorded during this daily documentary of the regrowth of a controlled burn marsh through all four seasons. The story begins while Loucks-Christenson was ten days into a sandhill crane study in the Whitewater Management Area in Southeastern Minnesota.
Knowing her nephew Forrest Loucks and her daughter Emme both wanted to see the sandhill cranes, she packed some lunches and drove them down through the Whitewater Management Area to show them these engaging creatures. What Loucks-Christenson, Forrest Loucks, and Emme Christenson thought was just another bend on HWY 74N turned into a one year journey when they rounded the corner and found the DNR staff burning a marsh.

From April 8, 2005 through April 8, 2006 Journey Loucks-Christenson documented over 2000 species of flora and fauna in this marsh.

In total, over 800 species of water and land insect species were documented. The final count is still being tallied, but around 300 of these species were shot during the winter season alone. Many of these species were as small or smaller than a grain of sand. This was the micro experience Loucks-Christenson recorded while also documenting the expected marsh life of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fungi, and flora.

 

 
    
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A photographer and writer for 20 years, Lisa Loucks Christenson has amassed a large collection of stock photos all her own, specializing in nature, food, animals, agriculture, people, wildlife, lifestyles and portraiture. New images are added daily. 2006 will be busy with exhibits, including one called "Winter Bugs!" -a collection of more than 180 species of insects in subzero weather. With a natural gift for documenting nature, Loucks Christenson has collected a tremendous image bank of insects, flora and fauna indigenous to Southeast Minnesota. To promote her book, The Eagle Nest Coffee Bar & Cafe, a documentary/journal, she'll open her Eagle by the Day exhibit, featuring the life and death of two eaglets with photos of their day-by-day growth and first attempts at at flying. Loucks Christenson is also completing Walk The Burn: A 365 Day Journey, a project on controlled burn regrowth with more than 400,000 images already recorded. --Stock Guide 2006

 

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Lisa Loucks Christenson has been a working photographer and writer for more than 20 years. She's presently working on two outdoor documentaries: a controlled burn marsh, and two bald eagle nests she's documenting for her upcoming book, The Eagle Nest Coffee Bar and Cafe. She's opening a new space featuring a gallery of her work with two full studios (one with a kitchen for food photography, one for editorial, animals and advertising) and dressing rooms. She's added many images to her stock, building it to around 120,000 images. She shoots 99% digitally, but shoots film on request, and files are uploaded to a light box. Christenson owns several image collections from the 1890s through 1960s, including vintage shots of downtown St. Paul, the Westminster Dog Show, Chicago State Fair and Barnum & Bailey Circus train. Specialty subjects include nature and wildlife, pets and livestock, zoos, families, Americana, humor and travel, and food and drink. Her client list includes Valutec Card Solutions, Esquire, Self, Woman's World, Prentice-Hall, IBM and Bubba Gump Seafood Co. --Equipment Guide 2006, Stock Guide 2005
 

 REVIEW: Stock Guide 2005

Lisa Loucks Christenson has been a working photographer and writer for more than 20 years, maintaining two studios in her home-one for shooting food and one for products, pets and requests-as well as a small studio in the same Rochester, Minnesota building which houses her and administrative offices. Her files contain between 60,000-80,000 images, covering mainly the United States with an emphasis on the Midwest. "About 80 percent of our photo assignment workload is requests for digital," Christenson says. "We keep the medium-format camera systems, but they are getting used less and less as the demands for same-day delivery of digital previews and high-resolution needs have increased. "Currently most clients e-mail or call in photo requests and we set up a lightbox, or they can set up their own lightboxes for selection of images," she says. "We keep and rotate FTP servers for high-resolution pickups." In addition to her own work, Christenson owns several small private collections of historical images from the 1890s through the early 1960s. In addition to international images, these range from vintage shots of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Westminster Dog Show, the Chicago State Fair and the Barnum and Bailey Circus train. With specialty subjects including nature and wildlife, pets and livestock, zoos, families, Americana, humor and travel, as well as food and drink, her client list is large and varied. Valutec Card Solutions, Esquire, Self magazine, Woman's World, Prentice-Hall, IBM and Bubba Gump Seafood Co. are just a few from her long list. --Stock Guide 2005
 

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Eelpout Festival ice-fishing images

Travel writer and photographer Lisa Loucks Christenson covers many odd festivals and events. One of these upcoming events is the International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minnesota, USA, Feb. 13-15, 2004, where thousands of people will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this unusual ice-fishing festival. Lisa will be covering the ice hole competition, the races, the dog sled rides, the fishing contests. If anyone is looking for an unusual photo-text package, or just funny photos, photos of people enjoying the winter season, or ice fishing photos for their publication(s) contact Lisa at 001 507 280-6022. Images will be digital format only, unless otherwise requested, and the story and images will be ready Monday Feb. 16, 2004.

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Times Plain Dealer September 21, 2001
Cresco used as backdrop for prize winning story

 
Daughter of former area resident wins second place in 24 hour short story contest
Ken Becker/ News Editor for the Times Plain Dealer

It isn't unusual for me to receive phone calls or e-mails from other news editors, photographers, or writers. Most of the time they are looking for someone to fill a position on their staff and they are either checking on references or to see if I can help them out.

 

Several weeks ago such an e-mail crossed my desk. What made this one stand out was that Cresco was featured in a winning short story the woman had written.

Knowing there had to be more to the story, I called her . . . Lisa Loucks Christenson of Rochester. During our conversation, I told her that if she were to return to Cresco, I'd spring for coffee.

Normally when I issue an invitation for coffee, it is either forgotten or it is followed up in a month or two. Lisa was different.

"How does next Thursday sound?" she asked. "We'll come down for lunch."

So, a couple of Thursdays ago, I joined Lisa and her husband and their two-year-old daughter for lunch. After the pleasant hour or so of conversation, she commented on how her grandparents told her about going to the Cresco Theatre for a movie when they were young marrieds. Naturally, I offered to take them on a tour.

They were impressed.

During the couple of hours we were together, Lisa repeated several times how much she enjoys Cresco. "It is so pretty...it is so clean. . . it is so interesting. . . it is so . . ." she would say.

It is because of appearance that she made Cresco the backdrop of a short story she wrote. In addition to being a professional photographer, she likes to write short stories.

If she feels the story is good enough, she will submit it to Writer's Weekly for possible selection.

One of the features of Writer's Weekly is to run a 24-hour contest several times a year. They state a topic and the writer had to incorporate that topic into the submitted story. Oh, yes. The writer had but 24 hours to submit the entry with a 1,000 word limit for judging.

Lisa's story was selected second best in the summer's 24 hour short story contest. In addition to the $150 cash prize she received a free lance income kit which includes a one year subscription to the Write Markets Report; How to Wrie, Publish and $ell Ebooks; How to Publish a Profitable Emag; and How to be a Syndicated Newspaper Columnist Special (includes the book, database of 6000+ newspapers, and database of 100+ syndicates.

According to Lisa, the contest attracted more than 300 entrants worldwide. "With a subscriber base of over 56, 000 people, Cresco, Iowa, will gain lots of exposure," she said.

Lisa's mother and grandparents are from the greater Howard County area, primarily Lime Springs and Elma. "My relatives are the Bartels and the Loucks families, " said Lisa. "They lived in the county until the early 60's," she added.

Lisa's plans for the future are to take the winning short story and expand it. How much it will be expanded, she doesn't yet know. I'll just see how it flows," she said. "But I'm going to keep Cresco in the story."

The topic of the contest was as follows: She walked quickly through the dark streets of downtown and noticed that the only lights illuminating the entire block were from the old barber shop which had been vacant for years. Even the barber shop pole was slowly spinning in the dark. When she got to the window and looked inside, she was shocked to see a myriad of couples. . . waltzing.

Following is Lisa's short story:

At seventy-seven, Cora Stephans, a model maker, was nearing completion of her grand masterpiece. The City of Cresco, Iowa, commissioned her to create a mechanical townscape based on her life study of the area. During her studies more than one man studied her, too. In fact, if you asked Cora what made those old men blush, she'd confess: Beauty is only skin deep, but mine's still a dollar short of pin money. Whatever that meant.

She ignored the leers of the widowers, and bypassed the steady gaze from men who never did settle down and marry. Cora avoided divorced men, because they couldn't forget their old baggage. After losing Johathon, her only love, she ignored her yearnings and immersed herself into her artwork.

The townscape of Cresco took years to create and each character was hand designed. From handmade curtains to special flooring, everything within the walls of Cora's townscapes contained the stories, the hopes, and the dreams of real people.

Who could resist the country store? When you opened the door, a hound lifted its head from its paws, and howled. Every store was animated with characters, props, and lights or fans that turned on and off. The player piano played a tune and the mechanical bartender poured a mug of beer. Cora struggled trying to figure out how to keep the beer mugs frosted.

She credited her mechanical skills to her father. Everyone respected Harlan. He was witty and gifted and could make anything tick, and come alive. Cora believed if he were alive before Johnathon died, he would have found a way to save him, too. Cora tapped into her father's gift and expanded upon it.

Her flamboyant mother had a different effect on Cora, who hated her perfume, fancy dresses, and flashy hats. Her mother wouldn't rest until she knew Cora could be depended upon to wear proper attire for every occassion.

Now, Cora combed through the piles of her childhood memories, gathering her mother's comments and attitude, and used this imagery to dress her characters' personalities.

Johnathon and Cora had finished celebrating their engagement with his family. Eighteen, and in love, they hardly noticed the only lights illuminating the entire block were from his family's old barber shop. He lived in the quarters behind the barber shop, and Cora lived above the cafe across the street. He walked her home, kissed her goodnight, and they parted. However, at dawn they were together again, wrapped in each other's arms, sharing one barber chair and one sunrise.
12/2011 Saundra Crum Akers signed a three book deal with Snowy Creek Books (tm) and Imprint of Loucks-Christenson Publishing. 3/21/2010:  Story on KTTC NewsKTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and SportsBear sighting at White Water State Park By Chris Conte Bear sighting at White Water State Park Posted: Mar 31, 2010 10:35 PM CDT WINONA COUNTY (KTTC-DT)-- A Rochester mother and daughter who were out photographing bald eagles in White Water State Park Tuesday night, came across something they weren't expecting, a black bear. "Bear sightings are not that uncommon," says Jonny Marshman who owns Jonny's Saloon near where the bear was spotted Lisa Christenson and her daughter Emme, were pleasantly surprised to see the black bear come wondering out of the woods Tuesday night. "It actually gave me a little pleasure to actually get the photos of the bear," says Lisa. While this isn't the first time she's seen a bear, it is the first time she managed to get pictures. "I jumped out and grabbed my camera and got a half a dozen shots," she recalls. As Lisa was snapping still photos, 10-year-old Emme grabbed her video camera and started rolling. "I think it was my first bear sighting," Emme says about the experience. Unlike most girls her age, Emme had no problem being just 100 yards from a black bear. "It's actually a little surprise, like Christmas you know? Where you're hoping to get something and you get something good," the 10-year-old says about the experience. 5/19/2008 Story on Lisa Loucks Christenson's, Lisa's Bald Eagle Documentary, Airs on KTTC NEWShttp://www.kttc.com/story/8350286/life-in-the-nest By Meghan Sparks Life in the nest Posted: May 19, 2008 10:35 PM CDT       Whitewater Valley, MN (KTTC-TV) -- It's another day on Lisa Christenson's journey. A journey she captures through the lens of her camera. Nature photographer Lisa Christenson started down this path four years ago.  She was studying the sandhill cranes in the Whitewater Valley, but the small white heads of the bald eagle caught her attention. Lisa Christenson says, "I heard that faint cry of an eaglet and I said this is cool and I will be back here every day until he flies and i was." But soon Lisa realized something more was happening in the eagle nest. "I kept seeing babies coming back into the nest which is unheard of but the babies weren't leaving." Lisa says these birds aren't only fierce hunters, as most of us have come to believe, but also peaceful loving creatures. Lisa began her current project in January and has been out to see the eagles nearly every day since then. She documents her stories with the eagle families through pictures and words, even giving them names. "Dancer's watching me in the tree as I type." Lisa's been out here for 100 days.  The eaglet or eaglets have hatched and now it's time to watch the family grow. "Every day is a new story for me, " Lisa says, "and I don't go home until I get my story." http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/269/1580206/restaurant/White-Wolf-Creek-Rochester PDN's Photo Source: A photographer and writer for 20 years, Lisa Loucks Christenson has amassed a large collection of stock photos all her own, specializing in nature, food, animals, agriculture, people, wildlife, lifestyles and portraiture. New images are added daily. 2006 will be busy with exhibits, including one called "Winter Bugs!" -a collection of more than 180 species of insects in subzero weather. With a natural gift for documenting nature, Loucks Christenson has collected a tremendous image bank of insects, flora and fauna indigenous to Southeast Minnesota. To promote her book, The Eagle Nest Coffee Bar & Cafe, a documentary/journal, she'll open her Eagle by the Day exhibit, featuring the life and death of two eaglets with photos of their day-by-day growth and first attempts at at flying. Loucks Christenson is also completing Walk The Burn: A 365 Day Journey, a project on controlled burn regrowth with more than 400,000 images already recorded. --Stock Guide 2006    Review: --Equipment Guide 2006 Lisa Loucks Christenson has been a working photographer and writer for more than 20 years. She's presently working on two outdoor documentaries: a controlled burn marsh, and two bald eagle nests she's documenting for her upcoming book, The Eagle Nest Coffee Bar and Cafe. She's opening a new space featuring a gallery of her work with two full studios (one with a kitchen for food photography, one for editorial, animals and advertising) and dressing rooms. She's added many images to her stock, building it to around 120,000 images. She shoots 99% digitally, but shoots film on request, and files are uploaded to a light box. Christenson owns several image collections from the 1890s through 1960s, including vintage shots of downtown St. Paul, the Westminster Dog Show, Chicago State Fair and Barnum & Bailey Circus train. Specialty subjects include nature and wildlife, pets and livestock, zoos, families, Americana, humor and travel, and food and drink. Her client list includes Valutec Card Solutions, Esquire, Self, Woman's World, Prentice-Hall, IBM and Bubba Gump Seafood Co. --Equipment Guide 2006, Stock Guide 2005    REVIEW: Stock Guide 2005 Lisa Loucks Christenson has been a working photographer and writer for more than 20 years, maintaining two studios in her home-one for shooting food and one for products, pets and requests-as well as a small studio in the same Rochester, Minnesota building which houses her and administrative offices. Her files contain between 60,000-80,000 images, covering mainly the United States with an emphasis on the Midwest. "About 80 percent of our photo assignment workload is requests for digital," Christenson says. "We keep the medium-format camera systems, but they are getting used less and less as the demands for same-day delivery of digital previews and high-resolution needs have increased. "Currently most clients e-mail or call in photo requests and we set up a lightbox, or they can set up their own lightboxes for selection of images," she says. "We keep and rotate FTP servers for high-resolution pickups." In addition to her own work, Christenson owns several small private collections of historical images from the 1890s through the early 1960s. In addition to international images, these range from vintage shots of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Westminster Dog Show, the Chicago State Fair and the Barnum and Bailey Circus train. With specialty subjects including nature and wildlife, pets and livestock, zoos, families, Americana, humor and travel, as well as food and drink, her client list is large and varied. Valutec Card Solutions, Esquire, Self magazine, Woman's World, Prentice-Hall, IBM and Bubba Gump Seafood Co. are just a few from her long list. --Stock Guide 2005   StockIndexOnline.com:        Industry news     back next Eelpout Festival ice-fishing images Travel writer and photographer Lisa Loucks Christenson covers many odd festivals and events. One of these upcoming events is the International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minnesota, USA, Feb. 13-15, 2004, where thousands of people will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this unusual ice-fishing festival. Lisa will be covering the ice hole competition, the races, the dog sled rides, the fishing contests. If anyone is looking for an unusual photo-text package, or just funny photos, photos of people enjoying the winter season, or ice fishing photos for their publication(s) contact Lisa at 001 866 562-5125. Images will be digital format only, unless otherwise requested, and the story and images will be ready Monday Feb. 16, 2004.     Rochester, MN (PRWEB) July 5, 2007 -- Lisa's Walk The Talk Show Second Season Premiere,"Support Our Troops" Special Broadcast Featuring Country Legends Charlie Daniels and Jim Owen, and more guests send empowering message to our troops. Lisa's Walk The Talk "Support Our Troops" - Special featuring Country Legend Charlie Daniels. Charlie blasts open our two hour special broadcast, featuring his new CD, Live From Iraq. During the interview with Charlie, a glimpse into the man with the "fiddle of gold" shares his stories from visiting the troops, offers his prayers for our troops and he closes off the first hour with a message from a soldier you won't want to miss. Shauna Fleming founder of AMillionThanks.org tells her story of how to support our troops through writing letters to the soldiers and what a letter from a stranger means to them. In the second hour Lisa debuts the song, "Thank You" co-written by Brad Avery of Third Day, and Scott Thomas. Brad shares his walk with Jesus and his music, and his deep gratitude to our troops. Also joining Lisa is another country legend, Jim Owen, as he shares his song, "I Saw Jesus Waving The Stars and Stripes." Jim explains how the song came about, and shares his deepest gratitude in an eloquent manner for our troops and their families. Also featured in this two hour show is the international roll out of John Tigert's song, Coming Home. John shares his heart-tugging message to the families and soldiers who are waiting to come home. Wabasha, MN (PRWeb) March 9, 2007 -- SOAR WITH THE EAGLES WEEKEND at The National Eagle Center is this weekend March 10th and 11th. Lisa Loucks Christenson will be the first speaker of the day on March 10th, 2007, discussing her eagle journey, now in its third year, with the same pair of bald eagles raising their offspring. Says Loucks-Christenson, "I'm offering the attendee's first peek at my rare and never-before-seen shots of the sibling eagles lives I documented, both on and off the nest." Loucks-Christenson was able to locate the eaglets for over ten weeks daily, after fledging and she continued their story for her second book on eagles, "Year Two Dancer & Daedee: Epiphany Season." Loucks-Christenson began her third book on this eagle pair in January of 2007, and visitors at The National Eagle Center will be the first to see the eagles survival in the wild while enduring -45 below with wind-chills, winter storms, blizzards, and the start of 2007's nesting season. "I wanted something that said 'survival' so I started a month earlier this year, and have been out there documenting the eagles, and wildlife while temperatures hit -45 below with wind chill for almost three weeks we had that cold snap. Then we got hit with a blizzard that lasted two days, and following that, another winter storm. The snow is up to my waist in some spots as I hike to my posts. Almost forty days into the project--I have my shots that speak 'survival'. I hope people will look at my work and see that it's not easy for these animals and birds out there," Loucks-Christenson added.   Saturday March 10 Only · 9:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Stories of a Professional Photographer Lisa Loucks Christenson is a national-award winning author & photographer based out of Rochester, Minnesota. Lisa recently completed her Walk the Burn documentary in the Whitewater Management Area. She's eager to share her stories for stalking and blending in with her subjects habitat allowing her to capture their daily lives in the wetlands. As a bonus, Lisa will give you an intimate look at the private lives of a pair of bald eagles raising their offspring during her three year journey. The National Eagle Center SOAR WITH THE EAGLES WEEKEND --- POST-BULLETIN Rochester, Minnesota 12.8.07 Bring on the bugs Frozen, but living, wonderland pulls photographer ". . . The bug book is the first of several books Loucks-Christenson wil produce from daily visits to the the marsh for nearly two years. . . . Her visits ended last month during the region's first big snow of the year, on Nov. 10. Just a month before, she'd watched the cycle of life come to a close with a wasp, who'd crafted a nest and nurtured nine babies to life and beyond and then settled to the cold October ground eventually convered in the snow of the season. "I saw this wasp nest and watched these nine babies from the beginning," Loucks-Christenson said. "I gave them water off my fingernail. I was only stung once by one of the babies. . . At one point, the nest came down, so I tied it up with a grass blade and eventually that mamma cemented it up." That is what is so interesting about Loucks-Christenson's up close and personal shots of lifes' little things. There's a story behind every image. Loucks-Christenson can relate them as if though it was yesterday. Her journalls keep the dates, data and observations straight.: "We had a winter storm with five to nine inches coming in, and schools were canceled the next day, but I still had to go. I had bugs to find. The minus -29 with wind chills set in over the next few days but still I found life: a Wooly bear caterpillar scratched up by a coyote, -29 below on the 19th (Dec.), three red velvet mites -29 below on the 20th." The gallery exhibit kicks off the publication of "Winter Bugs!" Which also marks the beginning of a string of books slated for publication . . . by Mike Dougherty Post-Bulletin   Current Lisa's Walk The Talk Show Schedule can be found at Click for Upcoming Featured Guests: Aaron Neville, Byran White, Crista, Lynn, Rivers Rutherford, Chris Gray, Rhonda Towns, Ansel Brown, Stan Silver, Kelly Brock, Jack Witteveen, Jim Dooley, Jaci Rae, Van Preston, Corb Lund, Stephen Baldwin, Lauren Briant and more. Loucks-Christenson Publishing RSS FEEDS   Interview with Aaron Neville on Lisa's Walk The Talk Show airing 12/8-12/15 on our affliate stations below: HopeRiverRadio.fm (Contemporary Christian) (Central) Click for preview of Lisa's Interview with Aaron Neville   aron Neville is Lisa's featured guest on Lisa's Walk The Talk Show Friday December 12/8/06 on www.HOPERIVERRADIO.fm (Central) at 8 P.M., www.NYCountryRadio.com 12/9 at 8 P.M. (Eastern), USACountryRadio.com 12/10(Central) and more affliate stations. Show times listed at www.myspace.com/lisaswalkthetalk Listen to this man of faith tell his story in this one hour show and hear his new tracks from his new CD, Aaron Neville Bring It On Home...The Soul Classics, and his Christmas CDs. During the interview Aaron sings a few bars of O Holy Night in a style and voice that is iconically, Aaron. Rochester, MN (PRWEB) December 6, 2006 -- Aaron Neville is Lisa's featured guest on Lisa's Walk The Talk Show Friday December 12/8/06 on www.HOPERIVERRADIO.fm (Central) at 8 P.M., www.NYCountryRadio.com 12/9 at 8 P.M. (Eastern), USACountryRadio.com 12/10(Central) and more affliate stations. Show times listed at www.myspace.com/lisaswalkthetalk I'd do two shows a day if it would make a difference to someones life Listen to this man of faith tell his story in this one hour show and hear his new tracks from his new CD, Aaron Neville Bring It On Home...The Soul Classics, and his Christmas CDs. During the interview Aaron sings a few bars of O Holy Night in a style and voice that is iconically, Aaron. A few of Lisa's Walk The Talk Show featured guests include: Rivers Rutherford, Moot Davis, Chris Jones, Aaron Neville, Corb Lund, Crista Lynn, Bryan White, Jack Witteveen, Johnny Rodes, Rhonda Towns, Ansel Brown, Stan Silver, Kelly Brock, Valerie Gipson, Bloodline, Chill7, Chris Gray and more.    Lisa Loucks-Christenson Donates Collector Print: Greener Pastures Ahead! To 2006 North Central Region Volunteer Forum Rochester, MN (PRWEB) October 6, 2006 Lisa Loucks-Christenson is donating a special collector print titled "Greener Pastures Ahead!" " A humorous, momentary, close-up look at the lives of cows in a farm field, whom, which, upon her approach, began sticking their tongues out as she created their image. This "must-have," farm-scene lover's master canvas, giclee print was created for the 2006 North Central Region Volunteer Forum. This was a special print among other wildlife photos created and donated by Loucks-Christenson and will be included in their silent auction. PODCAST 9/14/06 Lisa Loucks Christenson FALL FLIGHT 2006 Podcast 9.14.06   9.14.06 I just got a confirmation that'll I'll be interviewing song writer and recording artist Jack Witteveen. Destined for Nashville, Jack's music will tug at your heart, especially when you close your eyes and listen to his songsHome is Where The Heart Is and My Best Friend I'm hoping to add a couple clips of his songs here, so that you may listen along while reading his interview! Check back soon!   Bald Eagles (Mother eagle with one month old twin eaglets) From Lisa Loucks Christenson's title, Year Two Dancer and Daedee: Epiphany Season. Lisalouckschristensonlogoprweb72.jpg Lisa Loucks-Christenson’s Collector Print: Fall Flight 2006 Donated to Ducks Unlimited Rochester, MN (PRWEB) September 12, 2006 -- Lisa Loucks-Christenson’s Collector Print: Fall Flight 2006 Donated to Ducks Unlimited Lisa Loucks-Christenson of Rochester, Minnesota, is donating what she said is a rain, fall, and Ducks Unlimited inspired piece. Loucks-Christenson said, "What started out as just a cool, rainy Sunday with the agenda to fulfill the ‘desires of her heart,’ that being to create some new artwork for the Rochester Area Chapter Ducks Unlimited auction, instead turned into a frenzy of wings, as fall-colored feathered birds began flocking to her vision." Loucks-Christenson picked Sunday September 10, 2006, as the day to go and explore the wetlands after working on her longest running documentary: Walk The Burn, a study of a marsh, which is at 520 consecutive days already. Ducks Unlimited (the Rochester, Minnesota, Area Chapter) approached her for a donation for their September 21, 2006, Dinner and Auction. Loucks-Christenson had been mulling over which images she wanted to donate. Loucks-Christenson said, "The image and vision came together as follows: My day started with a flock of wild turkeys I’d been studying and photographing all summer. However, this day was different. They were on the other side of the trail heading up a hill, a younger clutch – maybe two months old, tops, and an older clutch, along with a couple mother hen turkeys. As they reached the top of their climb, I noticed a younger turkey strutting, and another one that stretched up and opened his wings. 9/12/06 Volunteers paint bowls at Color Me Mine located at 3160 Wellner Drive NE Rochester, MN for Emptybowls a benfit for Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf Emptybowls a benefit for Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf: Date: Thursday, October 5, 2006 Location: Rochester Art Center Time: 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Join Channel One and the Rochester Art Center in raising awareness about hunger through art. Kids activities, silent auction and access to all Art Center exhibits is included. Attendees will also receive a simple meal of soup and bread to remind you of all the "empty bowls" in our community. Please check in at the registration table to receive a voucher for your free handcrafted bowl. All proceeds of this event will help Channel One Food Band and Food Shelf feed hungry people in our region. Log onto www.helpingfeedpeople.org for more information (To see pictures of the volunteers handpainting the bowls at Color Me Mine click on the Gallery Quick Viewer link under the Lisa Loucks Christenson logos and scroll down to Festivals and Events, then select Channel One Food Bank. Courtesy Photos by Lisa Loucks Christenson Newest Coverage Week Ending 9.9.06 Minnesota State Fair Como Park Zoo, St. Paul Whitewater Dover-Eyota Volunteer Fire Fighter Training   Excerpt from Tuesday June 13, 2006 Post-Bulletin   Photo for the Post-Bulletin by Lisa Loucks Christenson A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles   Eyeball to eyeball with nature Lisa Loucks Christenson began photographing in the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area in April, 2005, and has been there daily ever since -- no matter what. John Weiss/Post-Bulletin Rating: N/A Excerpt from Tuesday June 13, 2006 Post-Bulletin   Photo for the Post-Bulletin by Lisa Loucks Christenson A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles A female eagle cares for its one-month-old eaglet near the former town of Beaver in the Whitewater Management Area north of St. Charles   Eyeball to eyeball with nature Lisa Loucks Christenson began photographing in the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area in April, 2005, and has been there daily ever since -- no matter what. John Weiss/Post-Bulletin Rating: N/A ELBA -- In the next few years, you'll be able to sit in your recliner, sip a cup of coffee, and enjoy crisp, startling images of bald eagles raising their young, mosquitoes feeding on the blood of a frog and wildflowers in the heart of the Whitewater Valley. Savor them, enjoy the work of Lisa Loucks Christenson of Rochester. But know that she went through more than a year of mud and mosquitoes, cold and fog, snow and heat to get them. You should also know that she loved it, enjoyed the daily trip to the valley in snowstorm and fog, relished slithering through muck to sneak up on a frog, and waiting for hours to get a shot of an eagle. She has fallen in love with the area around the former town of Beaver in the heart of the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, the largest block of public land in southern Minnesota. To get the images, she has gone to the same two marshes near Beaver for more than a year. It's a form of time-lapse photography, only she shoots the same tree (and on the same trip, the same cornfield and barn) and other details daily, along with anything else that catches her eye. In the past two years, Christenson has also followed two eagles as they raise their young. To do all of it has required several digital cameras and a lot of clothing. Last week, she wore faded camouflage pants and shirt, and her hair was wrapped in a red bandana. It's not fashionable, but when you're slopping through a marsh and plowing through nettles taller than you are, fashion fades, and reality rules. She gladly wears that gear in summer, and dresses for minus-30 ("I literally felt like a walking marshmallow") in winter to get pictures for two books on eagles and a third book on a year in the life of two marshes. The one eagle book is due out in October, while the marsh book is due in April 2007, she said. The second eagle book will come out later. . . . Credit: John Weiss Post-Bulletin Outdoor Writer (In order to view this complete story you need a Post-Bulletin subscription.)               365 Day Controlled Burn Marsh Documentary Completed!   Lisa Loucks-Christenson, a Rochester, Minnesota native, completed her 365 day documentary on April 7, 2006. Loucks-Christenson’s book, WALK THE BURN: A 365 Day Journey, will be available in Spring 2007. Loucks-Christenson documented over 400,000 images during this daily documentary regrowth of a controlled burn marsh in the Whitewater Management Area in Altura, Minnesota. The book is both a photo essay of the flora and fauna in the marsh returning and a diary of the marsh shown from the marshes perspective. Two exhibits are planned, WINTER BUGS! opens Winter 2006 and is a collection of over 250 species of insects Loucks-Christenson documented while in the marsh during Winter 2005-2006. Many of these species are as small or smaller than a grain of sand. The second exhibit, Walk The Burn: A 365 Day Journey, is a photo collection opening in Spring 2007 to promote the release of her book. Rochester, MN (PRWEB) April 12, 2006 -- Lisa Loucks-Christenson has done it! Not just a one week story, or a couple months, but an entire 365 consecutive day journey, trudging through all four seasons to document life in a Minnesota marsh during and after a controlled burn. Friends, family, and local news arrived to celebrate this special project’s end. Loucks-Christenson's book, WALK THE BURN: A 365 Day Journey, is scheduled for release in April 2007. During the year, Loucks-Christenson documented over 2000 species of flora and fauna in a marsh and their struggle for survival. While creating this project, Loucks-Christenson strived to shoot at the same time each day to stay consistent with the activities and lighting. The 365 day journey began with smoke and fire and ended with sleet and rain. This reflects the emotions she felt as she stepped through the exit of the marsh to rejoin her family and friends. A self-funded, soul-inspiring journey to the center of survival is what Loucks-Christenson recorded during this one year photo essay. A story that goes deeper than a lightening-struck tree. Witness the readiness of the red-wing blackbirds towering over their young until they fly, the destruction of animals’ nests, and those that met death on the highway. This book will move hearts as they encounter animals’ struggle to survive, the devastation, the drought, the deaths, and the elements of nature combating life forces in this controlled burn marsh. Around 400,000 images were recorded during this daily documentary of the regrowth of a controlled burn marsh through all four seasons. The story begins while Loucks-Christenson was ten days into a sandhill crane study in the Whitewater Management Area in Southeastern Minnesota. Knowing her nephew Forrest Loucks and her daughter Emme both wanted to see the sandhill cranes, she packed some lunches and drove them down through the Whitewater Management Area to show them these engaging creatures. What Loucks-Christenson, Forrest Loucks, and Emme Christenson thought was just another bend on HWY 74N turned into a one year journey when they rounded the corner and found the DNR staff burning a marsh. From April 8, 2005 through April 8, 2006 Journey Loucks-Christenson documented over 2000 species of flora and fauna in this marsh. In total, over 800 species of water and land insect species were documented. The final count is still being tallied, but around 300 of these species were shot during the winter season alone. Many of these species were as small or smaller than a grain of sand. This was the micro experience Loucks-Christenson recorded while also documenting the expected marsh life of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fungi, and flora.              Email this story to a colleague     Printer Friendly Version Lisa Loucks-Christenson LOUCKS-CHRISTENSON PUBLISHING, LLC Visit Our Site 507-536-4082 Email us Here Whitewater Management Area, Altura, Minnesota: Friends and family gather in the marsh with Lisa Loucks-Christenson (center) after she completed her 365 day journey for her upcoming book, WALK THE BURN: A 365 DAY JOURNEY. Left to Right Donny Ball, Darcy Fenske, Dave Christenson, Lisa Loucks-Christenson, Emme Christenson, Forrest Loucks, Paul Briggs, Julie Torgerson-Van, and Billy Heim. Uploaded: Apr 11, 2006 File Name: 4706.jpg If you have any questions regarding information in these press releases please contact the company listed in the press release. Please do not contact PRWeb. We will be unable to assist you with your inquiry. PRWeb disclaims any content contained in these releases. Our complete disclaimer appears here.      PDN's Photo Source: A photographer and writer for 20 years, Lisa Loucks Christenson has amassed a large collection of stock photos all her own, specializing in nature, food, animals, agriculture, people, wildlife, lifestyles and portraiture. New images are added daily. 2006 will be busy with exhibits, including one called "Winter Bugs!" -a collection of more than 180 species of insects in subzero weather. With a natural gift for documenting nature, Loucks Christenson has collected a tremendous image bank of insects, flora and fauna indigenous to Southeast Minnesota. To promote her book, The Eagle Nest Coffee Bar & Cafe, a documentary/journal, she'll open her Eagle by the Day exhibit, featuring the life and death of two eaglets with photos of their day-by-day growth and first attempts at at flying. Loucks Christenson is also completing Walk The Burn: A 365 Day Journey, a project on controlled burn regrowth with more than 400,000 images already recorded. --Stock Guide 2006    Review: --Equipment Guide 2006 Lisa Loucks Christenson has been a working photographer and writer for more than 20 years. She's presently working on two outdoor documentaries: a controlled burn marsh, and two bald eagle nests she's documenting for her upcoming book, The Eagle Nest Coffee Bar and Cafe. She's opening a new space featuring a gallery of her work with two full studios (one with a kitchen for food photography, one for editorial, animals and advertising) and dressing rooms. She's added many images to her stock, building it to around 120,000 images. She shoots 99% digitally, but shoots film on request, and files are uploaded to a light box. Christenson owns several image collections from the 1890s through 1960s, including vintage shots of downtown St. Paul, the Westminster Dog Show, Chicago State Fair and Barnum & Bailey Circus train. Specialty subjects include nature and wildlife, pets and livestock, zoos, families, Americana, humor and travel, and food and drink. Her client list includes Valutec Card Solutions, Esquire, Self, Woman's World, Prentice-Hall, IBM and Bubba Gump Seafood Co. --Equipment Guide 2006, Stock Guide 2005    REVIEW: Stock Guide 2005 Lisa Loucks Christenson has been a working photographer and writer for more than 20 years, maintaining two studios in her home-one for shooting food and one for products, pets and requests-as well as a small studio in the same Rochester, Minnesota building which houses her and administrative offices. Her files contain between 60,000-80,000 images, covering mainly the United States with an emphasis on the Midwest. "About 80 percent of our photo assignment workload is requests for digital," Christenson says. "We keep the medium-format camera systems, but they are getting used less and less as the demands for same-day delivery of digital previews and high-resolution needs have increased. "Currently most clients e-mail or call in photo requests and we set up a lightbox, or they can set up their own lightboxes for selection of images," she says. "We keep and rotate FTP servers for high-resolution pickups." In addition to her own work, Christenson owns several small private collections of historical images from the 1890s through the early 1960s. In addition to international images, these range from vintage shots of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Westminster Dog Show, the Chicago State Fair and the Barnum and Bailey Circus train. With specialty subjects including nature and wildlife, pets and livestock, zoos, families, Americana, humor and travel, as well as food and drink, her client list is large and varied. Valutec Card Solutions, Esquire, Self magazine, Woman's World, Prentice-Hall, IBM and Bubba Gump Seafood Co. are just a few from her long list. --Stock Guide 2005   StockIndexOnline.com:        Industry news     back next Eelpout Festival ice-fishing images Travel writer and photographer Lisa Loucks Christenson covers many odd festivals and events. One of these upcoming events is the International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minnesota, USA, Feb. 13-15, 2004, where thousands of people will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this unusual ice-fishing festival. Lisa will be covering the ice hole competition, the races, the dog sled rides, the fishing contests. If anyone is looking for an unusual photo-text package, or just funny photos, photos of people enjoying the winter season, or ice fishing photos for their publication(s) contact Lisa at 001 507 280-6022. Images will be digital format only, unless otherwise requested, and the story and images will be ready Monday Feb. 16, 2004. Tel: 001 507 280-6022 Website: www.i-lisa.com E-mail: Lisa@i-Lisa.com     Times Plain Dealer September 21, 2001 Cresco used as backdrop for prize winning story   Daughter of former area resident wins second place in 24 hour short story contest Ken Becker/ News Editor for the Times Plain Dealer It isn't unusual for me to receive phone calls or e-mails from other news editors, photographers, or writers. Most of the time they are looking for someone to fill a position on their staff and they are either checking on references or to see if I can help them out.   Several weeks ago such an e-mail crossed my desk. What made this one stand out was that Cresco was featured in a winning short story the woman had written. Knowing there had to be more to the story, I called her . . . Lisa Loucks Christenson of Rochester. During our conversation, I told her that if she were to return to Cresco, I'd spring for coffee. Normally when I issue an invitation for coffee, it is either forgotten or it is followed up in a month or two. Lisa was different. "How does next Thursday sound?" she asked. "We'll come down for lunch." So, a couple of Thursdays ago, I joined Lisa and her husband and their two-year-old daughter for lunch. After the pleasant hour or so of conversation, she commented on how her grandparents told her about going to the Cresco Theatre for a movie when they were young marrieds. Naturally, I offered to take them on a tour. They were impressed. During the couple of hours we were together, Lisa repeated several times how much she enjoys Cresco. "It is so pretty...it is so clean. . . it is so interesting. . . it is so . . ." she would say. It is because of appearance that she made Cresco the backdrop of a short story she wrote. In addition to being a professional photographer, she likes to write short stories. If she feels the story is good enough, she will submit it to Writer's Weekly for possible selection. One of the features of Writer's Weekly is to run a 24-hour contest several times a year. They state a topic and the writer had to incorporate that topic into the submitted story. Oh, yes. The writer had but 24 hours to submit the entry with a 1,000 word limit for judging. Lisa's story was selected second best in the summer's 24 hour short story contest. In addition to the $150 cash prize she received a free lance income kit which includes a one year subscription to the Write Markets Report; How to Wrie, Publish and $ell Ebooks; How to Publish a Profitable Emag; and How to be a Syndicated Newspaper Columnist Special (includes the book, database of 6000+ newspapers, and database of 100+ syndicates. According to Lisa, the contest attracted more than 300 entrants worldwide. "With a subscriber base of over 56, 000 people, Cresco, Iowa, will gain lots of exposure," she said. Lisa's mother and grandparents are from the greater Howard County area, primarily Lime Springs and Elma. "My relatives are the Bartels and the Loucks families, " said Lisa. "They lived in the county until the early 60's," she added. Lisa's plans for the future are to take the winning short story and expand it. How much it will be expanded, she doesn't yet know. I'll just see how it flows," she said. "But I'm going to keep Cresco in the story." The topic of the contest was as follows: She walked quickly through the dark streets of downtown and noticed that the only lights illuminating the entire block were from the old barber shop which had been vacant for years. Even the barber shop pole was slowly spinning in the dark. When she got to the window and looked inside, she was shocked to see a myriad of couples. . . waltzing. Following is Lisa's short story: At seventy-seven, Cora Stephans, a model maker, was nearing completion of her grand masterpiece. The City of Cresco, Iowa, commissioned her to create a mechanical townscape based on her life study of the area. During her studies more than one man studied her, too. In fact, if you asked Cora what made those old men blush, she'd confess: Beauty is only skin deep, but mine's still a dollar short of pin money. Whatever that meant. She ignored the leers of the widowers, and bypassed the steady gaze from men who never did settle down and marry. Cora avoided divorced men, because they couldn't forget their old baggage. After losing Johathon, her only love, she ignored her yearnings and immersed herself into her artwork. The townscape of Cresco took years to create and each character was hand designed. From handmade curtains to special flooring, everything within the walls of Cora's townscapes contained the stories, the hopes, and the dreams of real people. Who could resist the country store? When you opened the door, a hound lifted its head from its paws, and howled. Every store was animated with characters, props, and lights or fans that turned on and off. The player piano played a tune and the mechanical bartender poured a mug of beer. Cora struggled trying to figure out how to keep the beer mugs frosted. She credited her mechanical skills to her father. Everyone respected Harlan. He was witty and gifted and could make anything tick, and come alive. Cora believed if he were alive before Johnathon died, he would have found a way to save him, too. Cora tapped into her father's gift and expanded upon it. Her flamboyant mother had a different effect on Cora, who hated her perfume, fancy dresses, and flashy hats. Her mother wouldn't rest until she knew Cora could be depended upon to wear proper attire for every occassion. Now, Cora combed through the piles of her childhood memories, gathering her mother's comments and attitude, and used this imagery to dress her characters' personalities. Johnathon and Cora had finished celebrating their engagement with his family. Eighteen, and in love, they hardly noticed the only lights illuminating the entire block were from his family's old barber shop. He lived in the quarters behind the barber shop, and Cora lived above the cafe across the street. He walked her home, kissed her goodnight, and they parted. However, at dawn they were together again, wrapped in each other's arms, sharing one barber chair and one sunrise.

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