Forest Lake Country Store July News and Photo Gallery

I've recently returned from my trip to the Northwoods.  The weather while I was there was a real treat.  Mother Nature held nothing back to water the plants.  We had a lot of wind and rain.  But despite all that, I was able to catch some nice fish.  And regardless of the weather, I always have a great time in the Northwoods.

What I've decided to do for this month’s issue of the Forest Lake Country Store news, I'm going to add a brief photo gallery.  You'll see photos of some fish that my wife and I caught.

Oh, and while we were up there, we stopped in for lunch at the FLCS.

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

The summer has been glorious in the North woods.  We wake each morning to a mother robin making the first music in the morning twilight.  Loons follow close behind and slowly the Vilas County Avian Choir is filling the chapel of the pines with their beautiful and assorted songs.

Fishing has been good intermittently.  If you are up for the holidays fish like it is late July and not like early July.  Probably a little deeper than you would normally fish.

This letter is huge with many events so we will not waste your time with our ramblings.

We will digress slightly with a notice about the death of Cecile Otterpohl.  Cele was a cornerstone of the community and St. Albert’s Church.  She left a trail of happiness everywhere she went and with everyone that spent time with her.  We will miss you Cele!

Also, attached is a notice of a unique garden walk in Land O’ Lakes and Phelps area.  Check the attachment to see how three great gardeners decorate their own property.  This is a unique opportunity to talk one on one with local masters.

Last, the low water levels have made swimmers itch almost chronic on some lakes.  We have heard, but not tried, a simple preventive technique.  Wipe yourself and the kids down liberally with a good quality, waterproof sunscreen before swimming.  This stops the little parasites from leaving their mark on you and the long itchy discomfort.  Your dermatologist will also thank you for saving your hide as well!

New in the Store

This is not a new product but a new chance to get a Leinenkugel Canoe.  It is hanging on the ceiling of the Country Store.  Tickets are $5 each and all proceed go to the Wilderness Lakes Trails (WLT).  They are building the trail from Land O’ Lakes, towards the store, then north around the Sylvania, to Watersmeet and back to Land O’ Lakes.  WLT completed a section west of the store on Forest Lake Road.  About 4 miles of heaven!  Check out this trail segment, then consider buying a couple chances to win the canoe, or a donation to their trail building efforts.  Look below for more information on the Ride with Leinie event!

Events in the Store

July 28th 3 – 5 PM Ice Cream Social and Sprecher Bomber tasting

We have teamed up with Sprecher Brewing, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and Dick Hughes to have a unique event.  Sprecher Brewing will be showcasing their new bomber bottles; IPA 2, Commando, and Abbey Triple.  We will also be building floats out of Sprecher root beer, Orange Dream and Ravin’ Red and Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream.  This no charge event is a fund raiser for the Relay for Life on behalf of Eunice Hughes.  Free will donations will be accepted for this fund raising effort.

August 11th Ride with Leinie

Our second annual event with Wilderness Lakes Trails (WLT).  Dick and Jean Leinenkugel will lead a ceremonial ride on the new section of bicycle trail, return to the store and we will have an all Leinenkugel beer tasting and brat fry.  Tickets are $25 and include the ride, brat fry and one chance for the canoe.  Last year over 150 people enjoyed the afternoon of great beer, brats and camaraderie with other avid bikers.  Check out the WLT web site for more information.

News from the Northwoods

From the Land O’ Lakes Historical Society

“Who knows the story of “Johnny Boo”?  Who was “Musky Gus”?

These are only a few of the questions being asked by Dr. Barbara Wilkinson as she researches the new exhibit for the Land O’ Lakes NorthernWaters Museum.  The exhibit, featuring Guides of the Land O’ Lakes, and greater north woods area, will open to the public Friday, June 28.  The NorthernWaters Museum is located just off Hwy B in downtown Land O’ Lakes.  Summer hours at the museum will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dr. Wilkinson has been collecting information, interviewing local guides and historians, and gathering artifacts in preparation for the exhibit.   Persons having artifacts to be loaned or donated to the exhibit, or those with stories and information they wish to share may contact her at (906) 544-2183, or email her at  Exhibit designer is Sandie Pauly.

Docent Training will be Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 11:30.  A backup training session for people unable to make that date will be Wednesday, June 27 at 2 p.m. Both sessions are at the NorthernWaters Museum.  Interested persons should contact Bonnie Clarke at (715) 547-6287; or (312) 961-8060 (cell); or e-mail  Traditionally, docents serve in pairs and usually can sign up for one to two days during the summer, although additional sign-ups are welcome.

For more information on the Land O’ Lakes Historical Society, please contact Barbara Nehring, secretary, at Trading Post Internationale, (715) 547-3525, or e-mail

From the Headwaters Food Pantry:

Many people ask “How can I help the Food Pantry?”

Since the Headwaters Food Pantry does not purchase non-food items for distribution,

we are always in need of Laundry Soap, Toilet Paper and Paper Towels.

Your generosity never goes unnoticed!!

Contributions can be dropped off at the Land O Lakes Chamber, Jensen Aikins Hardware in Conover, Forest Lake Country Store, Headwaters State Bank, The Village Market and the Library in Land O' Lakes. You can also stop at the Headwaters Food Pantry the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month during 8:30AM-11:30AM to drop off a donation.

More events...

BOULDER JUNCTION, WI — The Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, along with area lake associations, in an effort to raise funds for the Boulder Junction Area Boat Landing Improvement Fund and spread awareness of the importance of cleaning our boats to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, will hold three boat washes this summer. The dates are Saturday, June 16, Saturday, July 21 and Saturday, August 18. All three washes will be held at the Guide’s Inn off Highway M from 9am to 12noon. The cost is just $5.00 per boat and cars are welcome too. Coffee and cookies, as well as information on you can help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species will be available.

For more information on this and other upcoming events, visit or call the Chamber at 715-385-2400.

Flowage Preservation Alliance NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

The Flowage Preservation Alliance is dedicated to preserving the Tamarack Flowage.

The Annual Meeting of the Flowage Preservation Alliance, Inc. will be held on July 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Conover Town Pavilion, Conover, Wisconsin. Seating may be limited so we suggest that you bring a folding chair. The Meeting is being called -

1  to elect Directors for the coming year

2  to review and approve the Treasurer’s Financial Report

3  to discuss the status of 501(c)(3) application

4  to amend the Bylaws relating to the Election of Directors.
Your Board has become concerned that the By-Law which covers the Election of the Board of Directors (Article VI Sec. 2-3) is not as fair and all-inclusive as it should be, and would be confusing if there were nominations from the floor. Secondly, the proposed By-Law change addresses the continuity of the Board, which the existing By-Law does not. We know this may be confusing; if you have any questions please contact Rich Ruffalo 715-547-6869, George Holloway 715-547-6048, or Clancy Senechalle 708-771-1699.

5        to discuss the status of the Conover Dam Study with Supervisor Karl Jennrich, Chairman of the Town’s Dam Committee

6        to discuss plans and proposals and activities going forward

Submitted by Rich Ruffalo, President

Contact Rich, George or Clancy if you are interested in joining the Flowage Preservation Alliance.  Annual membership is only $10.

Events in the North Woods

July 3rd Land O’ Lakes Fireworks at the Land O’ Lakes Airport

This may be the biggest “bang” in the north woods. Painless Pete Schindelholz leads the team that lights up the July night sky.  Food and beverage will be available at the airport.  Come and get your parking spot early!

July 15th LOLA Pig Roast at the Buzz on B 4 – 8 PM

This is a VIP event.  Very important Pig!  Proceeds from the event go toward the building acquisition fund for Land O’ Lakes Artisans (LOLA)  Live music, a pig roast with wine and beer available for purchase.  For more information contact LOLA at 715 547 3950.


ART IMPRESSIONS is the best Northwood’s outdoor art fair! 2012 marks the 29th year of the event. Bring your family and friends to ART IMPRESSIONS on Saturday, July 28th. It will be held on the grounds of the Land O’Lakes Town Hall from 9am until 3 pm, rain or shine.

ART IMPRESSIONS is a juried show with an intriguing mix of more than 80 fine artists and fine crafters who will have their work on display and for sale. You will find paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, stained glass, fiber art, textiles, woodworking and carving. The artists come from the local area and several states. They bring their creativity and artistic talents for all of us to enjoy.

Cash awards will be presented to fine artists and fine crafters. The judging will be done by  Marilyn Annin, sculptor and painter, and Margaret Baack, fiber artist. Both are local residents and exceptional artists.

There will be live music. Two groups will be sharing the stage this year. Whitewater (Bette and Dean Premo) will perform, as well as Red Tail Ring (Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp). Tasty food will be served on the grounds by local organizations.  There is no admission charge and ample free street parking will be available.

July 28th Used Book Sale at the Land O’ Lakes Library 9 AM – 4 PM

The Friends of the Library present used books and a silent auction.  Stacks of books are sorted by subject and offered for sale at bargain prices.  Come and find your next favorite book.  Do you have a box of books in the back room?  The Library accepts donations of used books for this fundraising effort.

Land O’ Lakes Library News

Friday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m. Monthly Movie afternoon at the Library

We are showing  “Joyful Noise”

"Joyful Noise" is the story of a small town choir out to win a national competition despite overwhelming odds. A story of faith and determination by the choir leaders (Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton) and the young talent who give their all to win God's praise and beat the competition for the grand prize. Written by Farrell Paura Productions

We are continuing to provide computer training  @ 1:00 p.m.Thursday’s

Tammy is leading a class that is participation driven.

Friday afternoon’s Tony is offering one-on-one training.  Sign-up is at the front desk for the Friday classes.

The Friends of the Land O' Lakes Library will be having their annual Book Sale and Silent Auction on Saturday, July 28th.  Hours are 9:00 – 4:00.

(Please note the library will be closed for regular business.)

Children’s programs

Tuesday, July 3, 10 am  The Magic of Laughter!

Get ready to laugh with Jeff McMullen, graduate of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus College. His comedy, tricks & stunts will have all of us rolling with

Wednesday, July 11 at 10 am  Magician Jim Mitchell

is back! Prepare to be amazed as he and his wonderful rescued birds perform thrilling feats of magic and absurd feats of comedy!  This program will be held at the Land O' Lakes Elementary School

Wednesday, July 18 at 10 am  It's the Buzz-off Bully Game Show!

Full of comedy, magic and play-acting with masks, this game show will help kids identify and deal with bullies.  Sponsored by Conserve School

This program will be held at the Land O' Lakes Elementary School

Wednesday, July 25 at 10 am Children's Singer Tom Pease

Tom has been getting kids (and adults!) to sing, dance, learn and laugh for over 30 years.  Come listen to his original songs & remember how to act silly!

Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events


Get up, move to the music and dance your socks off!


2 THREE WEEK SESSIONS (6 classes total in each program)



JUNE 25 - JULY 12 Class fees due on June 18 to LOLA.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.


JULY 16 - AUGUST 3 Class fees due on July 9 to LOLA.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

FEES: $8.00 per class or $40.00 for 6 classes

AGES: 15 +

Adult Movement is designed to help the older child and adults to get up, move around and dance! We will use Ballet, Modern Dance and Jazz Dance techniques as an inspiration for moving our bodies.

All levels of experience are welcome. No prior dance experience necessary.

Dance Attire: Wear comfortable, form-fitting clothes. Sweatpants are acceptable. Ballet, jazz shoes or a flexible shoe is preferred. No gym shoes please.

Instructor, Kelly Kachelski graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in December 2011 with a BSE in education. She also minored in special education and dance. After graduation she spent the following month in Jamaica teaching science and math to middle school students and traveling the country. Kelly has since returned home and hopes to have her very own classroom in the fall. She is extremely excited to return to Land O' Lakes and is looking forward to continuing the LOLA Summer Dance Program for the second year!

TO REGISTER: Call Wendy @ 715-547-3950

All classes must be pre-paid. No refunds will be given for cancellations that are made within 5 days before class starts.

Checks made out to: LOLA

Mailed to: P.O. Box 981, Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540

Or dropped off at: LOLA Center for the Arts, 4262 County Rd. B

Land O Lakes Area Artisans, Inc./LOLA, reminds you to make time for art in July.

Line Dancing continues every Tuesday from 10AM to Noon at St Albert’s Church.  No registration is needed and classes are only $5.

Look for the LOLA Go Fish Float in the 4th of July Parade.  The float features papier-mache fish creations

Classes offered in July include

Saturday, July 7th—Painting with Wool/Needle Felting. Karen Lenhart and Wendy Powalisz will teach a morning class from 10:00AM until Noon and an afternoon class from 1:00PM until 3:00PM.  Cost is $5 for kids 6 and up, $10 for adults.

Tuesday, July 10th—Book Arts/Nature Journal.  Kathleen Kimball from Arbor Vitae will teach this class from 10:00AM until Noon.  Cost is $15 for kids 12 and up, $30 for adults.

Thursday, July 12th—Fish Sticks/Twig Sculpture  This morning class is taught by Karen Lenhart and Wendy Powalisz from 10:00AM until 1:00PM.  Cost is $10 for kids 8 and up, $20 for adults.

Sunday, July 15th—Second Annual Very Important Pig Roast FUNd Raiser!  From 4:00PM until 7:00PM   Food, Music, Auctions!   Held at the Buzz on B with parking provided by the VFW.  Tickets are $25 for adults/$15 for kids 12 and younger.

Thursday, July 19th—Self-Portraits:  Who Are You?  Painting and Collage on Canvas.  Wendy Powalisz and Karen Lenhart will teach two classes.  The morning session is 10:00AM –12:00PM and the afternoon class runs from 1:00PM-3:00PM. Cost is $10 for kids 8 and up, $20 for adults.

Friday, July 20th—Book Illustration Art.  Marilyn Annin, author of “Up North Stories”  will teach this class from 10:00AM until 1:00PM for ages 8 and up.  Cost is $10.00

Friday, July 20th—2:00-4:00PM Book Signing.   Meet Marilyn Annin, author of “Up North Stories” children’s books.   Fundraiser for LOLA and Land O Lakes Historical Society

Saturday, July 21st—Nature Weaving. Wendy Powalisz and Karen Lenhart will teach this class for kids 8 and above and adults from 10:00AM-1:00PM. Cost is $10 for kids and $20 for adults.

Saturday, July 28th—Join in the fun of Art Impressions!!  LOLA is a co-sponsor of this fine art fair which features 80 artist vendors, food and music.  From 9:00AM until 3:00PM on the Town Hall Grounds on Hwy B in Land O Lakes.

Thursday, August 2nd—Paper Bowl Making with Drift Wood Base

This class is 2 sessions—make the bowl on Tuesday and the base on Thursday.  Classes are taught by Wendy Powalisz and Karen Lenhart from 10:00AM – 1:00PM each day and are open to kids 12 and up and adults. Cost is $10 for kids and $20 for adults.

For complete details about any of the events or classes, stop in the Artistree Gallery in Land O Lakes, visit the LOLA website or call Wendy at 715-547-3950.

Recurring Events in the North Woods

Boulder Junction Free Fishing Seminars Every Sunday Evening 7 PM

Local guides will give up their secrets for fishing the local lakes.  Held at the Boulder Community Center, stop the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce office for the list of speakers.

Land O’ Lakes Farmers Market.  First session is June 21st and is held every Thursday from 9 AM – 12 PM until August 30th.

Land O’ Lakes Flea Market NEW EVENT Every Thursday 8:30 AM to 3 PM  in the parking area between the For-Get-Me-Not Floral Shop and the Artistree Gallery.  This event has grown every week since it started this summer.  Clean out your basement and have your own booth.  Or just wander thru the vendors and look for a great, value priced accent to decorate your home.  Call Kristi Hehn for more information at 715 545 3340.

Boulder Junction Music on Main Street every Thursday evening From July 5th to August 12th.  The outdoor forum is a great venue for an evening shared with friends and great music.


Whether you are a full time resident, or a vacationer in the area, please consider sharing your talent/passion with all of us, whether it is acting, poetry, music, magic, dancing, or whatever. SHARE YOUR TALENT DAY will take place at 5 PM every Thursday evening in Land O Lakes, starting July 5th through the middle of August, weather permitting. We have a stage and electrical outlets at the old downtown lumber yard, where the Farmer's Market is located. Come and enjoy the fun or to enjoy the performers.  Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, and water, since we can't provide seating. We will have a nice keyboard there for those who play but do not have their own. There is a speaker system and microphones, but you need to bring your own cord for hooking up. Children and adults welcome; children under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by an adult. If you have questions, please call Mery Krause at 906-544-2554. Come one, come all, for a night of fun and entertainment. If the temps are below 60, the show will be cancelled. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Town Pavilion behind the museum. Hope to see you there.

BOULDER JUNCTION, WI — The Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 5th season of our summer music series, “Music on Main Street”. Beginning July 5, 2012 through August 2, 2012 on Thursday evenings, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, local musicians will be performing outdoors between Peeplelures and the Boulder Junction Marketplace on Main Street in Boulder Junction. The music performances are as follows:

July 5 – Thee Weasels 2 piece band playing a variety instruments of music that all will enjoy.

July 12 – Lake George Music Club A little bit of everything for everybody!

Jul 19 – Scott Kirby  Influences ranging from Ray Charles to John Mellencamp, alternative rock meets Bluegrass.

Jul 26 – Big Road  5 piece group featuring R&B, jazz, funk and country.

August 2 – The Magees Traditional Irish & Celtic trio.

All performances begin at 6:30pm and end at 8:30pm. Come a bit early to visit Boulder Junction’s shopping district and have a bite to eat before the music begins. Performance location has a grassy area for sitting or dancing. Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of Music on Main Street. Check for more information.

People around Land O’ Lakes

July 5th Rod Sharka’s Birthday

July 8th Bill Berg celebrates his birthday

July 9th Chuck Cuttell has his birthday

July 10 will be Sharon Molinaro’s birthday

July 11 Marilyn Peacock has her birthday

July 15th is Bill Nye’s birthday

July 17th Jim Claypool’s enjoys his birthday

July 19th is Drew Morris’s birthday

July 21st is Al Piel’s birthday celebration

July 27th is a shared birthday for Mary Ellen Alt and Mark Tuttle

July 28th is Sue Hiebler’s birthday

July 29th is the anniversary for Marie and Skip Praefke and the birthday for Tim Sullivan.

July 31st is Jeannie Sitzbergers birthday

Thank you for taking the time to read this long letter.  We look forward to seeing you in the store.  Stop so say hello, try an omelet or a pizza, check out our wine selection of have an ice cream cone.  We appreciate the time you spend in out little store!

Best regards,

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

715 547 8222
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Store Hours
Monday thru Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 7 AM – 2 PM


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