News from the Northwoods

News from the Northwoods

It's only 18 days away from now when I'll be in the Northwoods of Wisconsin for some ice fishing.  But who's counting?
I enjoy hearing from Mark at the Forest Lake Country store when he puts out his monthly newsletter.  We too have snow on the ground in Chicago but it's not at all like it is up north.  I'm anxious to head north so thanks Mark, you're Northwoods News will make my trip up north seem not so far off.  Get the coffee brewing.

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

Snow,  a great blessing for the north woods.  No real snow since New Years and the entire community looks glum.  Add a fresh foot of snow and the town is vibrant, bubbly and exciting.   Hotels, bars and restaurants are busy serving winter sport enthusiasts.  Gas stations, snow plow operators and local stores are all busy tending to their duties.  With any luck the snow will continue and the local economy can dig out of the month long rut that was dug by the lack of snow in January!

If you have not seen the bee hive of activity a town can become with snow make a trip up here in the next couple weeks.  Cars with ski rack venturing out to their favorite ski hill or cross country ski trail.  Sleds are bobbing and weaving thru the woods.  At night, their lights piercing, and slashing a tunnel through the darkness.  This swift change of atmosphere and activity is reminiscent of the movie White Christmas.  Our own hustle and bustle is here, and the entire town is ecstatic!


LuLu B Wines are a new venture in wines.  They are using wines from around the world for the most perfect representation for each variety of wine.  Here are a couple to consider:
Pinot Grigio; from Delle Venezie Indicazione Geografica Tipica, Italy
Tasting Notes  The wine is everything a Pinot Grigio should be: with citrus, delicate tropical fruit and pear, and a crisp, lemony finish and good mineral notes. The acidity and body make it fresh and full in your mouth….perfect for sharing a chilled glass while people watching at an outdoor café!
Food Pairing  Perfect when you want a crisper white wine to sip on, or with seafood, salad and pasta.

Pinot Noir; made in Vin de Pays de I’lle de Beauté, France
Tasting Notes This is a rich, fruit forward style of Pinot Noir with hints of dark berries, black cherries and chocolate. A medium bodied wine with a full, silky finish leaving you wanting more.
Food Pairing Enjoy a glass on its own, and when you are enjoying salad, pasta, lightly sauced dishes. Great with seafood too!

Events in the Store

February 20th Sprecher Beer Tasting 5:30 PM
We will have Krista Fornear from Sprecher Brewing to try a new adventure in beer tastings.  Craft brewers are using many techniques to develop new taste sensations in beers.  Many times a great beer is modified slightly to create a totally new brewed product.  We will explore some of the beer transitions where one great Sprecher beer is changed to make a totally different brew.  One example is the Sprecher Scotch Ale is soaked in Bourbon Barrels and it becomes Czar Brew.

Advance reservations are required and cost if $5 per person.  Here is a kicker for this event, every paid attendee will receive $5 off any Sprecher purchase immediately after the event!

February 27th  A night of Zinfandel wines  5:30 PM
Nina Martin will be on hand to present a very worldly selection of Zinfandel wines.  No, not the white zinfandels you see stacked in the supermarket, but big robust red zinfandel wines from California, Italy and Australia.
Seating is limited to 24 people, and advance reservations are required.  Cost is just $8 per person.  Call or stop at the store soon to get your reservation!

News from the Northwoods

Here is a note from Sandy Wait at the Chamber of Commerce

Land O' Lakes was featured on Discover Wisconsin television.   Serenity at the Top of Wisconsin DVD sales have been very positive. If you would like your very own DVD, they are now on hand and available for sale at the Chamber and the Gateway Lodge, Land O' Lakes Pharmacy  and the Tackle Box. Cost is $10. If you would like one and are unable to stop in at any of the locations, a DVD can be mailed to you for a fee of $15 which includes the DVD and shipping , please call Sandy Wait at the Chamber of Commerce at 715-547-3432. Don't miss this opportunity to get this classic DVD for yourself, family or friends.

From the Headwaters Food Pantry:

Headwaters Food Pantry says Thank you!
Thank you for supporting our efforts throughout the year!  The numbers are up....we are assisting over 80 families every two weeks. Our food expenditures cost about $2,000 a month, so while non perishable food contributions are always appreciated....
Your $1 contribution buys 5 pounds of meat through Feeding America.
Hunger doesn't have a season. Cash Donations can be sent to:
Headwaters Food Pantry PO Box 561 Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540
Wish list: cereal, juice, paper products (Toilet paper, napkins, paper towels), and laundry detergent

Dry goods 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.

Events in the North Woods

February 9th and 10th Three Bear Dog Sled Races Land O’ Lakes
This is the biggest winter event in Land O’ Lakes.  The large area between the Town Hall and the elementary school is full of teams of dogs and their mushers.  The breeds of dogs are as different as the mushers that drive them and the rigs that bring them.

Unlike races like the Iditarod that are endurance races, these races are considered sprint races.  Tracks from about 4 miles to 14 miles are prepared thru the summer and fall, and then groomed before the races.

The 3 Bear race has the largest purse in Wisconsin, bringing teams from all over the Midwest and Canada.  Over 80 different teams registered for the races last year.

Make it a point to be in Land O’ Lakes for races this winter!  Check the website at for more information!

February 9th Mushers Ball
Gateway Lodge presents this year's Mushers Ball, Saturday February 9th. Come in from the COLD after the Three Bear Sled Dog Races or come Shake Off your cabin fever. Music by Borderline from 8pm to Midnight. Casual Attire. NO ADMISSION  For information call 715-547-3321.

February 23, 2013 Boulder Junction Frozen Tozen
Our 5th Annual Frozen Tozen Winter Fest is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2013. We have a full day planned of fun on Boulder Lake including an ice fishing tournament, ice golf, turkey bowling, and ice skating and other fun activities. This event is a fundraiser for the Boat Landing Improvement Fund and the Community Food Pantry.

March 2nd Turkey Shoot Raffle held at Club 45 in Conover.  Starts at Noon
All proceeds benefit Land O’ Lakes VFW projects.  Prizes include vacations stays at the Gateway Lodge and the LVD Casino, Pontoon Boat One Day Rental, .50 caliber Black Powder Rifle and many, many more.

Land O’ Lakes Library News

January 30, 2013;  3:00 PM and 6:00 PM at the Land O' Lakes Library
eReaders and Tablets: Your Invitation to Digital Adventures –
Have you been hearing the buzz over eReaders? Are you interested in finding free downloadable electronic books?  What does your library mean when they use the term “OverDrive”?  Are interested in trying several of the newest gadgets (side by side) without someone pressuring you to buy one? Do you have a device and want to learn how to better use it?  Join us for a “Hands On” demonstration with Nooks, iPads, Google’s Nexus 7, and Kindle devices for you to explore.
·        Learn how to download free eBooks from Overdrive
·        Discover where to find and download thousands of free books (from the classics to contemporary authors)
·        Learn about buying books online (safely and securely)
·        Learn how to tweak your eReader into doing more for less
·        Find out which model of eReaders fits your style (eReader or Tablet)
·        Decide if eReading is for you
·        See a demonstration of free software for your PC and Mac that lets you create your own eBooks

The Land O' Lakes Public Library is holding a free E-reader workshop on Wednesday, January 30 at 3:00 PM and again at 6:00 PM.  The public is welcome to attend. Come empty handed or bring your own tablet or eReader device for this hands-on-workshop presented by Todd Mountjoy, Library Director at Nicolet College.  This free workshop will teach you the basics of using your new eReader or tablet PC, learn how to download free eBooks from Overdrive and other resources, and ask questions about eReaders.  If you have any questions please contact the LOL library at 715-547-6006.

Every Thursday:  January 3rd - February 7th Classes start at 1:00 pm

Basic computer classes with Tammy

Questions about Pintrest, Craig’s list, Facebook or just getting around the internet?  Tammy will help you answer your computer questions while you learn from other peoples questions too.  You are welcome to attend as many as you can.

Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events

February is a time for fun at the Land O Lakes Area Artisans Center for the Arts!  Take a look at the variety of classes being offered.

February 5th, from 10:00AM-2:00PM learn how to make a Spiral Beaded Bracelet.  Well-known jewelry artist Carolyn Rohlen will teach this beginning beading class which combines bicone crystals and seed beads in an elegant spiral pattern.  Stop by LOLA Center for the Arts to see a sample of the bracelet and pick up the list of supplies needed for this project.  Cost of the class is $35 and registration deadline is January 29th.

February 9th, from 12:30-4:00PM local artist Mary Sethness will teach Beginning Needlepoint.  Needlepoint is a traditional art form that uses a variety of threads and canvases to create decorative and practical items.  In this class you will learn traditional stitches and use colorful thread on a neutral background to make a usable key ring or luggage tag.  Once the basic techniques have been mastered, needlepoint offers a wide range of possibilities for self-expression.  Participants are asked to bring a pair of embroidery scissors.  Cost of the class is $35.  Call LOLA by February 2nd to register.

February 12th from 1:00-4:00PM Ely Memorial Church will host a class offered by LOLA.  Pate a Choux or Choux pastry is a light pastry dough that is the foundation for éclairs, French crullers, beignets, cream puffs and more.  Now you can learn the art of making this classic dough from Chef Mike McAdams.  Several fillings and sauces will also be made to go with this pastry and class will end with tastings of the sweet and savory delights!  Bring paper and pen to take notes!  Fee for this class is $25 and registration deadline is February 5th.  Class size is limited so sign up soon!

February 16th from 10AM–1PM Artist Shirley Battin is well known for her impressionistic oil paintings but has experience in many art forms.  Shirley will share her interest in traditional American Folk Art “Penny Rugs”.  Penny rugs are not rugs for the floor but rugs for runners or wall hangings.  They are made from layers of felted wool hand stitched together to create unique designs.  Shirley will teach the basic circle stack which will then be embellished to become a finished Folk Art Piece.  You can see samples of Shirley’s original design wool fiber art hangings and pillows in the Artistree Gallery.  Register for the Wool Penny Rug Class by February 9th.  Materials for the class are included in the $35 fee but if you have perle cotton thread, a Chenille needle size 22 or other large eyed sewing needle, or 100% solid wool clothing pieces please bring them to class.

Watercolor Wednesdays will continue in February and March.  The art room is open every Wednesday from 10AM-4PM.    An artist will be on hand to help with questions.  This is a great way to create, share, and learn from other watercolor friends.  Bring your own supplies; watercolor paper is available for purchase if needed.  Pack a bag lunch or Forest Lake Country Store will deliver orders placed by 10AM.  There is no need to register for these free sessions and the coffee is always on!

LOLA  Center for the Arts will be open from 10AM to 4PM on Wednesday thru Saturday during the months of January thru March.  Stop by during these hours to explore the Shirley Battin Resource Center for the Arts which is located in the LOLA office.  The center offers a variety of art related books suitable for middle school aged children to adults on topics including art history, how to, and more. In addition DVDs from the Great Courses in Art History are available.  Resource Center items may be checked out free of charge for use at home for a period of 2 weeks.

And coming soon, March is Youth in Art Month!  LOLA will again be exhibiting works by area young artists beginning on Saturday, March 9th with an artist reception from 1-4PM.  This year’s theme is What Will Kids Imagine Next:  Bugs!

Mark your calendar for this special event!

Create, Share, Repeat!  LOLA offers many opportunities for artistic expression!  For complete details about any of these events or classes, stop in the Artistree Gallery in Land O Lakes, visit the LOLA website or call Wendy at 715-547-3950.  LOLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s western U.P.

People around Land O’ Lakes
February 1 Denise Sauter and Jeanne Kolar share a birthday
February 2   A 3-way shared birthday for Chuck and Cindy Pesik, and Bob Gelling.  February 3 Bab’s Tracy celebrates her birthday
February 4th Chicago will light up as Doug Ziech celebrates his birthday.
February 5th is Mike Garvin’s birthday
February 6th is a shared birthday for Stefan Anderson and our daughter Natalie
February 7th Marion Bories celebrates her birthday
February 9th Judy Hilgard enjoys her birthday
February 10th is a shared birthday.  Sharon Rehling, Eric Georgalas, and William Charaf celebrate their birthdays.
February 12th Patty Sensiba,Brad Nellessen and Jake Jablonski share birthdays.
February 13 is Ellen Compere’s birthday
February 17 finds Sandy Machasek celebrating her bday!
February 18th is a busy birthday.  Margaret Baack, Kathy Fassbender, Dorothy Aikins and Peter Otterpohl all celebrate birthdays.
February 19th is Jan Grau’s birthday
February 20 Joyce Wannamaker, Kerri Miller and Peter Dring celebrate their  birthday’s
February 21 is a shared birthday for Terry Wasson’s and Cheryl Mitchell
February 23rd is Kim Eggleston’s birthday
February 24th is Jerry Flemma’s birthday
February 26th is Ed Kolar’s birthday
February 28th is a shared B day for Linda Sauberlich and Michael Machasek

As always we will close with a giant thank you for all the customers that share their time in the store.  Our “family” has grown ten-fold since moving to Land O’ Lakes.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve all of you and look forward to the next opportunity to see you!

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 8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM – 2 PM
Closed on Tuesdays





The Forest Lake Country Store and Land O Lakes Wisconsin are not sponsors of Illinois Outdoors, Inc.

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