It's time for a Monday Morning cup of coffee and checking out what's happening in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. I just returned from there last Friday. My daughter Lisa and I stopped in there one day to see Mark and have breakfast at the FLCStore. I had eggs, sausages and bacon. Lisa had their French Toast and loved it. It's made with thick slices of the FLCStore's home made bread. For me this was not the time to go on a no-carb diet. I suffered through it but would have really loved to dig in to that French Toast or at least have a couple slices of regular toast with my breakfast.
We brought Mom home a bag of wild rice that we got there. I'm going to sacrifice the diet for some of that.
Fishing was good up north. I have one blog with some photos, CLICK HERE to check that out. But for now, let's see what's going on up north....
Forest Lake Country Store October 2011 Newsletter
Great food and a whole lot more,,,
After almost three weeks of breathtaking color, much of the color was lost to the wind on Friday night. There is still warm weather in the forecast and enough leaves in the trees to make for a beautiful ride on the local roads. Ferns are brown and withering and slowly sinking to the ground. The reds of a dogwood are vibrant skeletons Leaves are falling and making the forest floor into a mosaic of earth tone colors. Fall may be the best part of the year to spend time in the north woods!
Driving around the area you will also see the bright orange garments of the grouse hunters, camouflage of archers looking for a big buck and the musky anglers moving from lake to lake in hopes of a large Esox.
We had a setback a couple weeks ago with Kris breaking two bones in her left foot. She is pretty much home bound, foot up and ice pack strapped in place. Against Dr’s orders she has made a couple cameo appearances at the store. To say she does a lot at the store is an understatement. The small staff we have in the off season has rallied to help us through this setback. We appreciate the patience from the customers if we are not quite as smooth as when the boss is around.
New in the Store
We continue to look for unique items to add to our selection. In the beer department we added 4 new beers from Rhinelander Brewing. New owners have re-built the brand with the familiar 7 ounce shorties, just like Grandpa enjoyed. Now they have entered the craft brew business with four 22 ounce offerings. There is traditional ale, an IPA, a double IPA and a Chocolate Stout. Reports from early sales are great! Also in stock are many Octoberfest’s. Our selection offers about 15 different choices. Use our MixPacks to have your own in house beer tastings.
Look at our Popcorn selection and you will find some seasonings to shake on your finished popcorn to add new flavors. There are three choices; Nacho Cheddar, Parmesan - Garlic and White Cheddar. We have also added a third style of Popcorn. This new one is a jumbo popcorn. Like the kind served in a movie theater this pops up for HUGE kernels!
In the liquor area look for Rumchatta, a liqueur that is taking the country by storm. It tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch! Try this with a little Coke or on the rocks.
We have also added several new dried soups from Spirit Valley. Look for Wild rice/Leek/Potato, Potato Chowder, Cheesy Vegetable Chowder, and Wild Rice/Tomato soup. These make a great meal, in a hurry, on a cool fall evening.
Events in the Store
October 12th 3:30 PM To Chill or not to Chill; Reds with a shiver
Have you ever put a red in the Fridge? Some people would cringe at the thought. On this evening we will feature several reds at both a room temperature and with a slight chill. You are the judge; should all red wines be served at room Temperature? You will have first-hand experience at this event!
Cost for the event is $13 per person. Seating is limited to just 30 people per event, so sign up quick. Seats are reserved with payment. Call the store with a credit card number or stop in and pay.
October 13th 5:30 PM Cheese Made Easy
We have a speaker coming in that sells raw materials to nearly every cheese maker in the state. He has worked with and understands what goes into making quality cheeses. We will sample several varieties of cheese out of our cooler and pair them to a beer or wine. Cost is only $5 per person, advance registration required. If you want to learn more about cheese, plant to be at the store this evening.
November 9th 5:30 PM Palm Bay Imports with Gregory Zens
Greg Zens is the area sales manager for Palm Bay Imports. We will feature fine selections from the South American wineries in the Palm Bay portfolio. We will have a classroom style presentation that includes the wines and light snacks to clean your palate.
Cost is $10 per person with limited seating. Please make your reservation in person or a phone call and your credit card number. These events sell out fast, do not delay in making your reservation!
November 1, 9 AM – 4 PM Understanding Concealed Carry Laws in Wisconsin
This is a new law in Wisconsin. We will host this class as a convenience to local residents interested in learning more and ultimately having the qualifications to apply for a concealed carry permit.
The importance of avoiding conflict; We cover in great detail the Law and how it applies to concealed and open carry; Use and threat of deadly force; Its aftermath; Routine police encounters; Choosing a handgun for carry; Mechanics of everyday carry; Legalities of Wisconsin Open Carry
The class fee is $150 for individuals and $250 for couples. Application forms are in the store that can be completed and forwarded to the instructor. You can also download forms at the instructor’s web site: www.gwps.me We are not collecting payment at the store.
We will have a cup of soup and a ½ sandwich available for $6 or plan to bring your own lunch. We will not have the kitchen open, for lunch dining from the menu, at this event.
News from the Northwoods
Construction Begins on Land O’ Lakes Bike Trail Extension
Wilderness Lakes Trails announced that construction began this week (9/27/2011) on a 3.2-mile expansion of the existing 8.5-mile Land O’ Lakes bike and hiking trail system. The trail extension will begin just west of the boat landing off Forest Lake Road. It will wind through forested private lands and connect to Thousand Island Lake Road.
The majority of the construction is expected to be complete this fall, and the trail should be ready for asphalt next spring.
Ultimately, the Wilderness Lakes Trails project will include a 40-mile trail looping from Land O’ Lakes, around the Sylvania Wilderness Area in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and returning to Land O’ Lakes through Watersmeet, Michigan. Plans for 2012 include development of 8-miles of the Agonikak National Recreation Trail which connects Land O’ Lakes to Watersmeet.
For more information on the progress of this project, visit www.wildlakes,org.
Events in the North Woods
From the Conserve School
Wednesday Oct. 19, 1 PM – 5 PM Conserve School Blood Drive
Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made by calling Julia at 715 547 1327. You will need to bring a photo ID. It is recommended you drink plenty of fluids and ear a hearty meal prior to giving blood.
From Shelly Knaack at LOLA:
LOLA October Classes
To Register for Classes or for more information, call Wendy @ 715-493-5361
Beginning Line Dancing Continues Until October 11th!
Tuesdays, 10 am-12 pm Class fee: $5.00
St. Albert's Church in downtown Land O' Lakes
Gloria Andersen, Instructor
Fee due on day of class
Watercolor Painting-Painting Past the Photo
Saturday, October 15-10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wendy Powalisz, Instructor
Deadline for registration/payment: October 8
Class Fee: $20.00
Watercolor Painting-Realistic Abstract
Thursday, October 20-10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
@St. Albert's Church in downtown Land O' Lakes
Karen Lenhart, Instructor
Deadline for registration/payment-Oct. 14
Class Fee: $20.00
The Art of Quilts & Quilting
A lecture by Quilt Artist Sandra Hodgman
Friday, October 21
@LOLA Center For The Arts
4262 County Road B
Downtown Land O' Lakes
For further information, call Wendy @ 715-493-4361
Right Brain Drawing Class
Tuesday, October 25-1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
Deadline for registration/payment: Oct. 18
Class Fee: $20.00-$10.00 for children 12+
From Julie Zelten of the Land O’ Lakes Public Library
*Land O Lakes Library presents:
Friday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m. Movie Afternoon The Illusionist 2010
(animated movie by the director of the Triplets of Belleville.)
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.
Movie, coffee and popcorn offered at no charge.
*Preschool Story time resumes Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
beginning on September 21st through May of 2012
Join us for stories, activities, snacks and lots of interaction!
The Halloween Boo Bash has outgrown the Library and this year will be held at Stateline.
It will be Monday, October 31st from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
More details and fliers to follow.
People around Land O’ Lakes
We are a little late in sending out our newsletter and have belated birthday wishes for Karen Hartmann and Mike Keintz on October 2nd, Oct 7 Lora Haynes and Ivan Ivancevich, and Oct 9 is Joanne Gelling.
October 11 is Debbie Piels Birthday
October 15th is Dianne Schindelholz’s birthday
October 16th Bonnie and Bill Heinig celebrate their anniversary
October 17th Roy Knoth celebrates his birthday
October 18 is Mimi and Tom Allman’s anniversary
October 20th is Ursula Charaf’s birthday
October 22nd is Scott Harden’s birthday
October 23rd Shirley Battin celebrates her birthday
October 24th is Kate Ferguson’s birthday
October 26th is Sandy Garbarek’s birthday and Barb and Harry Nehring celebrate their anniversary.
October 29th is a shared birthday for Mary Thomas and DeDe Blackbourn
We continue to work, setting our store apart with unique products, quality service and a comfortable atmosphere. The abbreviated schedule gives us a break. Having a little time off, with our shorter off peak hours, is helping us recharge our batteries. We are reworking our menu, continue to search for new products, and strive to set ourselves apart in the north woods. As always, we want to thank you, our customers, for the support you give us in building our business.
Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls
Forest Lake Country Store
6256 County Road B, Land O’ Lakes WI 54540
715 547 8222
Store Hours in Off Peak Season
Friday and Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM
Sun, Mon, Wed and Thursday 7 AM – 2 PM
Special Note, we will be closed Sunday October 16 to attend the Packer Game!
Editor's Note: FLCStore is closed on Monday night, October 10, for the Bears Game and on the 16th, you may see Mark wearing a headset while tailgating at the Packer game... He'll be listening to the Bear game.