The New Ulm Battery fires a power charge from a cannon Sunday at the Big Island Rendezvous at Bancroft Bay Park in Albert Lea. The sound reverberated across the water with an echo seconds later. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

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Learning from the past

Published 12:45pm Monday, October 8, 2012
At the Big Island Rendezvous on Sunday, right to left, Austin boys Jacob Striker, 17, William Bjorndal, 16, and Taylor Sharp, 16, take a pike stance like was done in the 30 Years War in Germany with the help of Marty Beyers of Roseville. They were instructed by Anthea Potter of Bloomington. Beyers and Potter are members of re-enactors called Clann Tartan.
Caleb Butler, 7, and Bayleah Butler, 8, of Albert Lea purchase root beer from Adam Harder of Bud’s Homemade Rootbeer on Sunday at the Big Island Rendezvous. This wasn’t root beer-flavored pop; it was actual root beer that the Harder family of Alton, Ill., has made for 100 years with a 600-year-old Bavarian recipe.