Since you're at fratzke.com I bet you would be real surprised to find out my last name is Fratzke. My first name is Kirk and I am a 41-year-old SWM (with girlfriend, but no ex-wives or kids) living in Winona, Minnesota, USA.
I recently started a travelogue section entitled National Park Photos that features image galleries of pictures I have taken. My dream is to eventually visit every U.S. National Park and take in all the beauty that America has to offer. As of the end of 2008 I have visited 19 out of 58 National Parks, plus another 7 National Monuments.
If you want to see what I look like or find out what makes me the unique and wonderful individual that I am, feel free to take a look at a few snippets from what I call My Life. Some of earlier ones should make you laugh or at least smirk.
My hometown of Winona is a scenic island community located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern corner of Minnesota. Surrounded by tree-lined bluffs and numerous glacial valleys, the area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and hunters (end of tourism promo).
I currently work for RTP Company, a local thermoplastics compounder, as their communications coordinator. Before that I worked for three years developing the WinonaNet web site (which no longer exists), an early attempt at online community building, for the Winona Daily News. If you think you may be able to offer me a high paying job, please check out my resume.
Prior to the invention of the Internet I was a photojournalist for the Winona Daily News for seven years and attended Winona State University where I studied mass communication and history.
Since I was a photographer in a former life, my photojournalism portfolio is available for your viewing pleasure. My more recent photographic efforts consist of the vacation photos and various snapshots that can be seen in the National Park Photos and My Life sections.
Once upon a time I started a web site for the Minnesota News Photographers Association. Others take care of it now, but it features the winners from their annual Pictures of the Year contest, please take a look at some of the best photojournalism produced in Minnesota.
For those interested in genealogy, the FratzkeNet section contains some family history information on the Fratzke clan. This was put together over 10 years ago so some of the information is a little dated now, procrastination ya know.
I have a cat, as if the cat paw graphics didn't give that fact away, named Kristy (who is now much older and fatter).
Liberty: 1.) a.) The condition of being free from restriction or control. b.) The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing. c.) The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. 2.) Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control. 3.) A right or immunity to engage in certain actions without control or interference: synonymous with freedom.
Okay, if you have managed to get this far you might as well go to my guestbook and leave some sarcastic comments.