Forest Lake Country Store January Newsletter

Forest Lake Country Store January Newsletter

Just a few more days and I’ll be heading north to  spend a few days at the Wildcat Lodge in Boulder Junction Wisconsin.   I've been chomping at the bit to to walk on hard water and do some ice fishing.  It's not happening here in Illinois.  Warm weather that reaches above freezing tempeatures during the day with a little added wind and rain is keeping ice off our ponds and lakes.

What gives me hope and sparks excitment is the monthly newsletter that I get from the Forest Lake Country Store in Land O Lakes Wisconsin.

I've become friends with Mark The FLCS owner Mark Gostisha several years ago.  Our friendship came easily since we both have a passion for the outdoors and the Northwoods.  Mark has since put me on his monthly newsletter mailing list and has been a go-to guy for getting up to date reports on fishing in Northern Wisconsin.

When the newsletters come, I enjoy sitting back with a cup of coffee in the morning and seeing not only what's goind on up north, but also hearing about the local people who live in the Land O Lakes area.  I get the feeling that I'm part of the family even though I'm 300 miles away.

Here's Mark's first newsletter for 2012.

Forest Lake Country Store - Great food and a whole lot more,,, 
January 2012
Let’s play some word association,,,  We will give you a phrase and you dwell on what comes to mind first; (EDITOR'S NOTE:  I'll add mine)

Fluffy snow (something we have not yet had in Chicago)
Frozen lakes ( ditto... can't wait to see hard water up north the day after Chritsmas - a Holiday gift to myself)
Wood smoke drifting thru the trees   (fireplaces blazeing with Duraflame or gas logs around here)
Pines whistling in the wind (I can name that tune in 4 notes)
Chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee (Hmmmm.... Did Mark make a stop in the wine section at FLCS?)
A red fox, bright against white snow  (I remember the kit that we had playing in our back yard a few years ago.)

For everyone up north it’s only a few of the things that might happen during a normal winter day in Land O’ Lakes.  The billboard before you drive into town states “serenity at the top of Wisconsin”!  Pretty much sums it up.  If you live here, or are looking for a good reason to be here, come and enjoy the serenity of Land O’ Lakes!

Events in the Store
February 21st  9 AM – 5 PM Understanding Concealed Carry Laws in Wisconsin
This is the third class we are hosting.  The class is both interesting and enlightening.  We 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.  Material that is covered includes:
Importance of avoiding conflict;
We cover in great detail the Law and how it applies to concealed and open carry;
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 available at the store.  They must be completed and forwarded to the instructor.  You can also download forms at the instructor’s web site:   We are not collecting registration forms or payment at the store.
Lunch will be a sandwich, chips, pickle and a cookie for $7.  If you care to bring your own lunch carry-ins are allowed for this class.

News from the Northwoods
From the Stacks of the Land O’ Lakes Library…
Big News at the Land O’ Lakes Library…we are changing our hours.
New Hours  Beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winter hours
Labor Day (Sept. 3rd) to Memorial Day (May 28th) our hours are:
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Summer hours
Memorial Day (May 28th) to Labor Day (Sept. 3rd) our hours are:
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

January 13th at 1:00 PM Will Be Movie afternoon at the Library
We are showing the book-based movie “The Help”. Movie, popcorn and coffee are free of charge and open to the public.
The Library will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd for the Holidays. We will resume our new hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Please do not forget the efforts of the Headwaters Food Pantry.  The volunteer group opens the pantry twice a month to distribute food.  Normally 25 or 30 families would pick up food.  On Holiday week’s participation might jump to 60 families or so coming in for food. 
This year has been different.  The volunteers are helping 60 families nearly every week and are fearful what the Holiday season may bring.  The larger than expected draw is depleting their resources of food.  Some of the things they need the most are flour, sugar, cereal and soups.  You can deliver it directly to the Pantry on the days they are open or at one of the many drop boxes in Phelps, Conover and Land O’ Lakes.  There are drop boxes at the LOL Chamber of Commerce, Headwaters Bank in Land O’ Lakes, at the bank in Phelps, Jensen-Akins in Conover and here at the Forest Lake Country Store.  If getting dry goods to one of the drop boxes is difficult for you, donations are another great option.  If you care to make monetary contribution, checks can be mailed to:
Land O’ Lakes Food Pantry
PO Box 561
Land O Lakes WI 54540
The Land O’ Lakes Fish and Game Club has been working on their cross country ski trail.  This is a free trail system just north of down town Land O’ Lakes.  We have maps in the store and they are available many other places in town.  The volunteer staff puts their heart and soul into a quality ski trail.
Sam Otterpohl has the Project Snowflake Ice Skating Rink in great shape.  This is a family oriented rink behind the Town Hall and the Fire Barn.  Skates to borrow are available as is a nice warming house.  If you are looking for a great old fashion family afternoon, check out the Project Snowflake!

Events in the North Woods

Monday, Jan. 23 at 4:00 pm St. Albert’s Church Bible Study; The book of Job
"This study speaks eloquently of the mystery of human suffering. Listen to God's Word in the midst of pain."  There are 8 sessions to run on consecutive Monday evenings.   Cost of the study materials is $12.
From Shelly Knack at LOLA:
Winter is a great time to learn something new, so check out what’s new with LOLA!

Watercolor Wednesday is back!  You are invited to the Art Center every Wednesday in January, February and March. Come anytime between 10 am and 4 pm and stay as long as you want, the art room is yours for the day!  Paint, create, play and have a cup of coffee.  This is free of charge. 
For two Fridays in January there will be a Scrapbooking Support Group.   January 6th and 13th from 1 pm until 3:30 pm-meet with Mary Sethness for help getting those photo album projects completed.  Once again, the art room is yours for the afternoon.  Come and create!  Free of charge.

Thursday, January 12 is negative Space Drawing, taught by artist Shirley Battin.  This class follows the Oct. 25 class on Right Brain Drawing.  Eleven students, ranging from middle school to retired, all with the same level of art development, learned to tap in to their artistic skills by drawing upside down and using the right brain.  Also, the class learned about the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh.  The class finished a drawing based on one of his self portraits.
Join Shirley for Negative Space Drawing and learn to see shapes of space. This will change your way of looking at things in the future.  This class is for all levels of drawing experience.  There is a fee for this class.

February brings us the month of love.  LOLA will have classes in Valentine card making with Cynthia Spiess, making painted cookies and releasing your inner sugar artist with culinary arts instructor, Dottie Reeder, make a beaded bracelet with Wendy Powalisz, watch an art history DVD and have chili with Shirley Battin and spend an afternoon with : “The Man Who Knew Lincoln”, a dramatization by Fred Lippert.
For more information on all these classes and events and to register, please call Wendy at: 715-493-5361 or visit  

February 11th and 12th  Three Bears Dog Sled Race
This is a new weekend for the Three Bear race!  You can see teams of 4, 6 or even 20 or more dogs pulling a sled and musher.  This is the premier winter event in Land O’ Lakes.  Food, soft drinks and hot drinks are available on the grounds.  Races start in the area between the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall and the Elementary School.  Weather on race day dictates the initial race start times but usually between 8 and 9 AM is usually a great time to be there.  Teams will be starting most of the day on Saturday and Sunday AM.  Other events include Mutt Races, doggy fashion show and more.
February 18th Boulder Junction Frozen Tozen Fund Raiser
This event is a fund raiser for the Boulder Junction Boat Launch Improvement Fund and the Food Pantry.  Numerous events are included:
Ice Fishing Tournament 11am – 5 pm  Adult and Junior divisions with prizes for largest walleye, pike, bass and pan fish in both divisions.
Ice Golf and Turkey Bowling 11am – 4 pm
Snowshoe Tug of War & Games 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hockey Games 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Awards Ceremony 5:30 pm JJ’s Pub and Restaurant on Main Street.  Raffle Grand Prize is a weekend getaway package worth $500+
There is a food tent on the lake with Chili, hot dogs, Hot Chocolate with marshmallows, and hot coffee.  For more information call the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at 715 385 2400 or visit
People around Land O’ Lakes
January 1 Joe Garvin has his Birthday.
January 2 Kay Gierl celebrates her Birthday. 
January 5th is a shared birthday for Carol Schemmer and Beth Vos
January 6th is another shared birthday for Jeany Cuttell and Tug Juday
January 11th is also a shared birthday for Stacy Adams and Krissy Van Boglen
January 13th  Karen Sattler celebrates her  Birthday
January 14th Doreen Steele toasts her birthday.  Stop at the Bear Trap and give her your birthday wishes!
January 17th Phyliss Gottmann has her birthday
January 18th is Russ Jablonski’s birthday.
January 22nd Barb Renc celebrates another birthday
January 24th is Dan Balog’s birthday
January 26th is a shared birthday for Mark Fassbender and Chuck Gierl
January 28th is a triple header shared birthday for Diane Hemauer, our daughter Lauren and our grand-daughter Jordan Reese
January 31 is Chuck Battin’s birthday!

This is getting out a little early for the January newsletter and still time to wish everyone a great Christmas season.  It is hard to imagine that you need to be certain that you use the word Christmas.  You can say without fear, in a Christian based country, that Christ died for us.  Makes you quiver when the pundits in Washington want to make you feel guilty about keeping “Christ” in “Christ”mas.  We will say it at the Forest Lake Country Store; Merry Christmas to all of you.  We hope you and yours are blessed in the true spirit of Christmas.

Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls
Forest Lake Country Store
6256 County Road B     Land O’ Lakes WI 54540     715 547 8222
Store Hours
Friday and Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu 7 AM – 2 PM
Special Hours for the Christmas week as follows:
Open 7 AM - 8 PM Monday thru Sat on the week between Christmas and New Years. (Dec 26 – Dec 31). 
We close at 2 PM on Christmas Eve and New Years Day.
Closed Christmas Day.

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