Forest Lake Country Store August Newsletter

Here is the August Newsletter form the Forest Lake County Store in Land O Lakes Wisconsin.  What a great place to visit now with all the heat we're getting here in Chicago. I'd love to be back up north again.. But it wont' be long, I'll be up there for fall muskie fishing and maybe a little bit of grouse hunting.  We'll see about that.

So sit back, relax, enjoy a cup of coffee, and the August news  from the Northwoods...

Forest Lake Country Store August Newsletter
Great food and a whole lot more,,,

Jimmy Buffet lyrics about tourists covered in oil keep ringing through the north woods.  Not sure if the radio stations play it on purpose or if we just notice it more with the great weather we are having this summer.

A quick ride around the “neighborhood” shows a lot more than tourists.  Take some time to look at just how many shades of green you can see.  Crayola could take some lessons in color development here.  There is one shade of green for the balsams, and another for the spruces.  The popple’s have another and the maples, oaks and ash leaves all have their individual shade of green.  Now look at the ferns, then the raspberry bushes, and every other shrub or tree.  Each has their own shade of green.  This is a visual cacophony of shades of green!   Vibrant.  Loud. Subdued. Muted.  You will find it all with a short walk in the woods.

Summer has been glorious in more than color.  We continue to be impressed by the generations of families that come to the north woods.  The family cabin is the “new” cool place to be with your family.  We are happy to have so many stop in for an ice cream, a sandwich or with any luck a pizza.  We thank you in advance for sharing your family with us.  We have been here 5 years at the end of June.  Kids are coming in for a cone this year that were in baby carriers the first year.  Others that were not in high school are now packing up and heading to college!   The north woods gives us a front row seat for the changes of the season, and also the changes in the families.

New in the Store

We are back in stock on the Baby Rice and Ladyfinger gourmet popcorn.  These are hull-less popcorns that are a real treat to pop and eat.  When we have inventory these sell fast.

Look for Blueberry Crush in the soda Cooler.  We all grew up with Orange Crush.  Now there is a new kid in the Crush family.  Give this a test ride.  There is also a couple new lemonades.

In the beer cooler look for some new things.  From Lakefront Brewery we have a 4 pack assortment.  Not your usual 4 pack these are giant 20 ounce bottles packed one each of India Black Ale (IBA), Bridge Burner, Fixed Gear Red Ale and Rondevous a French style ale.  Each 4 pack is its own private tasting party waiting to happen on your deck or pontoon boat.  Also from Lakefront is The Big Easy Maibock, this is the end of this summer seasonal.  From Sand Creek we have Groovy Brew in psychedelic bottles and carrier, this is a German Kolsch style Lager.  We have also expanded our selection to include Sierra Nevada Pale ale and 3 more varieties to arrive this week.  Of course we still have 20 something Sprechers and over 100 different beers.  We also have a sign up for a Leinenkugel Neon.  Stop at the store and fill out a drawing certificate to enter the drawing, you might drive home in a new car!

We keep talking about the Land O’ Lakes history books.  They continue to sell and people love them.  This is a pictorial history, with expanded captions on each picture.  Once the first one is purchased, family members come in and buy more.  We have some left, stop in before they are gone!

Wine Special

At the Country Store we always look for a great quality to price value and have found a couple that fill the bill.  Both are from Bluefish Wines.  Made in southwest Germany the climate is perfect for growing perfect Riesling grapes.

Here is information about each wine:

Blue Fish Riesling


Color: Delicate gold with pale green reflections

Aroma: Seductive perfume of ripe apricot and peaches

Taste: Dry and harmonious with a pleasing structure and underlying acidity


Serve lightly chilled. Blue Fish Riesling is a sublime match with fish dishes, risottos, creamy pasta dishes, sushi platters and Asian-inspired cuisine.

Bluefish Sweet Riesling


Color: Soft gold with green reflections
Aroma: Seductive perfume of fresh apricot, peaches, and ripe pineapple
Taste: Fruity sweetness with a full-bodied structure and refreshing acidity

Serve lightly chilled. Blue Fish Sweet Riesling complements the flavor of shellfish, mussels, Asian-inspired cuisine, and mild cheeses. The wine is also perfect for sipping on its own while enjoying a warm summer night.

Normally these wines sell for about $9.99 - $10.99 per bottle.  We are taking advantage of this early order opportunity and will offer a special price of just $7.99 per bottle for full case orders.  You can choose a case of one or the other, choose a case or two of each, or we will split a case for you, 6 bottles of each Riesling.

We will need orders by Friday July 29th.  Wine will arrive about the tenth of August.  You can let us know by email or stop in the store to order your wine

Events in the Store

August 8th  Bret and Frisk on the Country Store Stage.  6:00 PM

There are still seats available!

We will serve a picnic dinner; burgers, potato salad, baked beans, celery & carrot sticks.  We will follow this with an hour and half of Bret and Frisk playing their classic tunes.  Cost will be $14 per person with the meal, and $10 without the meal.  Reservations are required.  Please stop by the store to pay or you are welcome to call with your credit card number.

August 13th Ride With Leinie and the WLT

The Forest Lake Country Store will host a beer tasting and brat fry as a fund raiser for the WLT Bicycle and Hiking Trail.  Ride from town to the store with Dick and Jean Leinenkugel.  Enjoy a brat meal, sample every available variety of Leinenkugel beer, and have a chance to win a Leinenkugel Canoe.  All for just $20, and all proceeds go to the development of the bike trail.  For more information go to the WLT website!  Tickets are available at the store!

News from the Northwoods

Remember the efforts of the Headwaters Food Pantry.  Over 60 families rely on the pantry for their primary source of food.  If you are visiting for a weekend and have any canned or dry goods that you cannot use drop them off at one of the convenient Food Pantry boxes.  There are drop boxes at the LOL Chamber of Commerce, the bank in Phelps, Jensen-Akins in Conover, Headwaters Bank and here at the Forest Lake Country Store.  If you care to make cash contribution the drop box has a cash slot or checks can be mailed to:

Land O’ Lakes Food Pantry
PO Box 561
Land O Lakes WI 54540

From Shelly at the Land O’ Lakes Artisans (LOLA)

LOLA Summer Dance Program has Openings for Students

Land O' Lakes Area Artisans, Inc. (LOLA) has some openings in the summer dance program. This session runs until August 4.  Classes can be attended by the day.

Creative Movement, a class focusing on basic locomotor steps and beginning ballet is being offered for 3 and 4 year olds.  Students will participate in structured games and improvisational exercises. This class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Jazz/Hip-Hop is an upbeat class for older students that have some experience in ballet, jazz or modern.  Basic steps to some hip and funky musical selections are offered.  Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Adult Creative Movement explores movement, space, rhythm and the dancers own creativity.  Classes are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. This class is for ages 15 and older.

Fees for children are $4.50 per class.  Fees for adults are $5.50 per class.  Space is limited, so sign up today!

To register or for more information, contact Wendy at: 715-493-5361.   The Summer Dance Program schedule is also listed on the LOLA website:

From Sheila Bernier at the Border Bulletin

The Border Bulletin is looking for good quality local wildlife pictures to possibly publish into the paper. Please submit any by email if possible. Thank you and we appreciate any efforts to help us out.  The deadline for submissions is July 30th for the August 11th edition of the paper.  Pictures can be sent to

Remember you can get the news from the Border Bulletin on line at  This will give you a north woods fix from anywhere you have a computer with internet access!

Here’s one from Mery Krause


Our Colorama BACK TO THE 50's apple pie baking contest will take place on Sept. 24th.  Any individual or group is invited   to bake a "traditional" (no extraordinary ingredients that hide the apple flavor) apple pie.  Your pie (with your name and phone number on the bottom) needs to be brought to the town pavilion between 1 and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Winners will be announced   around 5 p.m.  The 1st place winner will receive a $25 Land O Lakes gift certificate, and 2nd and 3rd a ribbon.  Leftover pie plates will be at the Town Hall for pick up.  Pie slices will be sold for $1 after the judging. Call Mery Krause at 906-544-2554 for more info.


Any individual or group is invited, to create a 1950's scarecrow to place anywhere throughout the downtown area any time after Sept. 10th.  They will be judged at 1 p.m. on the 24th, and winners announced around 5 p.m. The 1st place winner will be awarded a $25 Land O’ Lakes gift certificate, and ribbons for 2nd and 3rd place.   Scarecrows need to be removed by the end of Oct.    Call Mery Krause at 906-544-2554 for more info.


Anybody have a 1950's car (to drive the scarecrow judges through town) and old 45 records and 1950 items that we can use for decorations on the 24th???  Please call Mery Krause at 906-544-2554 if you can, please help us out.  If you would like to help the COLORAMA committee, call Flossie or Jean at the Town Hall to find out when and where our next meeting will be held.

Events in the North Woods

August 6th 8 AM – 4 PM Land O’ Lakes Community Garage Sale

More than 50 garage sales in one small town.  Maps are available at the Chamber building starting at 7:30 AM.  Bring your whole family to town and find your next treasure!

August 12 – 14th Boulder Junction 55th Annual Musky Jamboree

The festivities kick off with a bang on Friday night from 7-10 pm, with live music by Hip Pocket at our street party near Coontail Corner (rain location: Gooch’s A-1 Bar & Grill). The fun continues with a fireworks display at 9:30pm.

On Saturday, August 13, the Boulder Junction Historical Society Museum will be open for viewing from 11am-4pm, along with a brat and bake sale at the Community Center.  At 11:30am, the Picnic Theatre performs This Is Your Life, Civilian Conservation Corps.  The evening hours will bring new activities this year.  From 4pm to 8pm a Microbrew Sampling will be held at the Outdoorsman featuring music by Scott Kirby.  And from 6:00pm til closing time, the Musky Day Pub Crawl will take place at local taverns.

On Sunday, August 14 a full day of activities kicks off at 6:00 am with registration for the 5K and 10K Musky Fun Run through the beautiful Northwoods. If running isn’t your speed, no worries -- Main Street will be filled with activities for all ages and interests at 9:00am! Nearly 200 exhibitors fill Main Street with handcrafted items including furniture, fine art, jewelry, and much more; don’t miss the Lion’s Club Flea Market at the Community Center.  The 20th Annual Musky Day Car Show, sponsored by Arlene’s Pottery & Gallery, is a chance for new and experienced competitors to shine.  The entry fee is just $10 and includes dash plaques and a meal ticket for the first 80 cars.  Car Show awards will be announced at 2:30pm.  Live entertainment provided by Dave Parker & Skippy, Lakeland Community Band, and Entertainer Extraordinaire Ron Harrison will continue throughout the afternoon on the Main Street Stage. No need to run from event to event; shuttle service is available from 9am-4pm.

In The Musky Capital of the World®, though, fishing takes center stage! From 10:30am to 2pm, the Kids’ Casting Contest invites all kids age 14 or younger to show off their casting skills and compete for prizes. The Taste of Musky provides delectable treats at noon in the Junction Square parking lot. But 1:30pm is the moment of truth for anyone who’s fished in Boulder Junction waters, with the presentation of the Musky Trophy for the largest Musky caught during the 2010 fishing season. Be sure to stop by the “Meet the Guides” booth for tips on fishing and to get your autographed 2012 “REEL Men of Boulder Junction” calendar.

For more information about the Musky Jamboree or for general information about Boulder Junction visit or call 715-385-2400.

From Julie Zelten here are August events at the Land O’ Lakes Public Library

Wednesday, August 3 at 10:00 AM

Jeff McMullen will present his comedy and magic in a program titled “The Magic of Laughter.”  This program is sponsored by Conserve School and the Land O Lakes Library.

Tuesday, August 9 at 1:00 PM

Jon Helminiak, local author, will be holding a discussion and book signing.

Wednesday, August 10 at 10:00 AM

Discover how Jim Mitchell learned ventriloquism, juggling, and magic in “One World Many Stories.”

Friday, August 12 at 1:00 PM

Movie afternoon at the Library.

This month’s movie will be based on Michael Connelly’s book, “The Lincoln Lawyer.” Admission and popcorn are free.  Children need to be attended by an adult.

Wednesday, August 17 at 10:00 AM

Join Conserve School and our library as animal rescuer Dean Tclachac and his flying friends from Nature’s Niche teach us about “Wings of the World.”

Here is a September event, get this on your calendar now!

Colorama Bike Rides September 25 in Land O’ Lakes

Grab your September calendar and make a note to ride through the fall colors in the North Woods during Colorama weekend.   Three non-sponsored rides will be available with something for every ability level.  Rides begin at 8 and 9 am and will include a 9 mile family ride around Little Portage Lake, a 15 mile ride around Duck Lake and a 37-mile ride around the Sylvania Wilderness.  For additional information and to register, visit

Recurring Events in the North Woods

Land O’ Lakes Open Mike Night at the Farmers Market Lot

7 PM weather permitting.  Held every Friday night in the middle of downtown, you can sing yourself or enjoy other local talent.  Bring a chair, blanket and a couple friends.  If you want to perform electric and speakers are provided.  Bring your own cords.   Call Dan or Mery at 906 544 2554 with any questions on Open Mike Night!

Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce BINGO! at St. Albert’s Church

Starting June 22nd, every Wednesday night starting at 7 PM.  Family oriented Bingo at St. Albert’s.  Refreshments are available.

Land O’ Lakes Farmers Market Every Thursday from 9 AM – Noon

Starting June 16th, stop at the Farmers Market in the middle of Downtown Land O’ Lakes.  Find fresh fruits, vegetables and flea market every Thursday thru summer.  All your neighbors are there, you should stop in too

Sundays, all Summer    Boulder Junction Free Fishing Seminars

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce has sponsored weekly seminars by their local guides.  From May thru early September guides will present seasonally appropriate seminars.  For more information check this!

Thursday’s Boulder Junction 6:30 – 8:30 Music on Main Street

Every Thursday, starting on July 7th Downtown Boulder Junction hosts Music on Main Street.  Listen to bands like Big Road, Hip Pocket, Greg Thomas and many more.  Find more about Music on Main here!

People around Land O’ Lakes

August 3rd Ron Verkuillen has his birthday

August 5th Cora Claypool celebrates her special day

August 8th is a shared birthday for Mark Molinaro and Bill Boscamp

August 11th Sue Keintz and Judy Madigan share their birthday!

August 13th Mariah Miller has her birthday

August 17th Carl Hoffman celebrates his birthday

August 19th is Cindy Pekrul’s birthday

August 25tht is Nancy Tellier’s birthday

August 26th  Bill Heinig has his birthday

August 27th Fiona Simon’s and Steve Diettrich have a shared birthday

August 28th is a triple header with Cathy Floriano, Pam Boscamp and Lisa Bates celebrating birthdays

August 30th Steve Bates has his birthday

Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter.  If you have a family birthday or news that you would like included in the newsletter send it to us via email.  The newsletter is a celebration of the events in the area.  It is a tribute to the people that live here all year or come to stay for a long weekend.

Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls
Forest Lake Country Store
6256 County Road B
Land O’ Lakes WI 54540

715 547 8222

Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 7 AM – 3 PM
Off peak hours start after Labor Day weekend!

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