"Share Your Faribault Story"


Kevin Schumacher

US Coast Guard Academy

"Once in while you find yourself in an odd situation. You get into it by degrees and in the most natural way but, when you are in the midst of it, you are suddenly astonished and ask yourself how in the world it all came about." (Kon Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl, Rand McNally, 1950, p13)

I thought this too.

I (Kevin, USGGA '77) and my daughter (Katie, USCGA '12) are pictured recently with two Faribault Woolen Mills US Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) blankets. We are seated at "Tunnel View" looking east into Yosemite Valley with Bridal Veil Falls to the right and behind us.
The story started in 1973 when I reported to the Academy and was issued a Faribault US Coast Guard Academy blanket. The blanket traveled to duty stations in Texas, Florida, Washington D.C., Alaska, and Hawaii. In June 2008, my daughter entered the US Coast Guard Academy; however, the Faribault Woolen Mills blankets were no longer issued to newly reported swabs. She graduated and is still serving. In 2014, I came across the Faribault Woolen Mills website and found the US Coast Guard Academy blanket still available. I gave her the blanket as a Christmas gift.

In the picture we are posing on our travels to visit Yosemite National Park, an American icon. The blankets are treasured icons of American craftsmanship and our service in the US Coast Guard.

7th Year Wedding Anniversary

Each year on the anniversary of my wedding, I give my wife a gift made from the traditional material assigned to the particular year we are celebrating. When I learned that wool was the traditional gift assigned to the 7 year anniversary, I decided that I had to get her something from the Faribault Woolen Mill that year. Although neither of us grew up in Minnesota, we had come to call it home, the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the birthplace of our five children, with whom we had toured the Mill a few years after we moved to Saint Paul.

When I arrived at the store to find an anniversary gift for my wife, the Foot Soldier blanket bearing the maple leaf emblem in honor of our Canadian military allies immediately caught my eye. We had spent our honeymoon in the Canadian Rockies, and the blanket was the perfect memorial of our time there. I knew it was fate that I found it that day, when the store attendant told me it was the last of Canadian Foot Soldier blankets remaining from its production cycle.

Over the years each anniversary gift has shared a special place in our hearts; our 7th anniversary Mill woolen blanket is no exception, reminding us of our wedding day and of our time up north in the Canadian Rockies. In my opinion, no 7 year anniversary is complete without a woolen gift from the Mill, and each one of its items is sure to build memories for years to come.  


Stephanie Lightner

Rockwood Lodge & Outfitters

Let me start with telling you that I love my Faribault blankets. I have several for our beds, plus my favorite throws are the Faribo BWCAW blanket and the ISU blanket.

But here is the real story...

In November of 2015, my husband, sister, brother-in-law and I gave up our 'city' lives, pooled our resources and bought a historic lodge and outfitters on the Gunflint Trail north and west of Grand Marais, MN. The business has been here since 1926 and the historic lodge was built in 1932. Along with the lodge and outfitting business, we have 7 house-keeping cabins of various ages.

While cleaning the cabins, readying them for the spring opener we discovered a collection of wool blankets. Many of them still sporting their Faribo tags. Most of them are still in good condition. After airing them out and taking the enclosed picture we returned them to the cabins so they can continue to be used and enjoyed by our guests.

Thank you for producing an excellent, American made product. I hope to continue to place Faribo blankets on our beds.

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