Northwoods News

Northwoods News

Just last week I had lunch at the Forest Lake Country Store.  It was great to have some time to talk with a good friends, Mark and Kris Gostisha.  It was fun, as it always is to talk fishing and hear stories about what the locals are doing not only on the water, but also in town.  I've been visiting the Land O Lakes area for over 40 years and what's alway a welcoming site is the monthly news from the Northwoods.

Great food and a whole lot more...July 2013

Summer is coming into the north woods with a raincoat.  After 6 or 7 years of drought, we are having fairly predictable rain.  While much of the rain is at night, daytimes are not immune to the water show.  The rain is doing the lakes great service with water levels rising and slowly filling up.  Maybe the waterfall pendulum has swung and we can see the lakes restored to more acceptable levels albeit slowly!

Despite the wet weather, business has been strong.  People are enjoying the bouts of good weather; fishing, kayaking or hiking and all of the other silent sports that are available in the north woods.  It is a pleasure for us to watch the return of the seasonal residents and the onslaught of families that appreciate quality family time at their cabin.  Pay close to the newsletter, there are a bunch of fun activities and opportunities for the family this summer.

Stop in and say hello when you come up to Land O’ Lakes.

New in the Store

Check the rack with all of the Salsa’s.  We have added quarts of excellent Bread and Butter pickles.  We have also added Pickled eggs in two versions.  There is a Jalepeno and another with the eggs soaked in Beet juice.

From Valley Popcorn we have added to our popcorn choices with a caramel corn and double coated cheese corn.  If you want it Chicago Style, buy a bag of each and mix them up in a large bowl.

The wine racks and beer coolers are overflowing with so many great options and our wine tastings offer a great opportunity to try so many.

Our burgers continue to add new customers to the store.  The patties we are using are 100% pure Hereford beef and they have never been frozen.  The end result is a great burger with a tone of options to personalize your meal.

Events in the Store

August 9th and August 10th Ride with Leinie Fund Raiser for the Wilderness Lakes Trails.  This is the largest fund raising day for the Wilderness Lakes Trails.  This year the event has been extended to be a two day event.  Friday night there will be a Leinie welcome party at Brew’s Pub in Land O’ lakes.  Look for a corn roast, music and more.  Saturday is the bike ride, brat fry and Leinie party at the Country Store.  Check the WLT web site at for registration information.

2013 Wine & Craft Beer Events

These events are a great opportunity to expand you wine and beer tasting education.  All events are free and an open house format from 5 PM to 7 PM.  Small samplings of each beverage are available.  You can purchase flights of wine and beer.  The flights are small pours of three different choices of the night’s beverages.  We will also sell beer by the bottle or wines by the glass or bottle.

Late June and July events as follows:

June 26th   Wade Weiland from Door County Winery will present the wines made in Wisconsin!  We will feature their Sinister Red and several of their other fine wines!
June 27th Sierra Nevada presented by Larry Schneiberg Wisconsin Sales Manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing.
No Events week of July Fourth!!!
July 10th  South American wines presented by Nina Martin.  Fine white and red wines from the southern hemisphere.
July 11th Rhinelander Brewing presented by Dustin Phalin.  Locally made and back with some style.  Rhinelander has some incredible beers.
July 17th Delicato Family Vineyards will be featuring Noble Vines.  AnthonyAyers will be the host for this event.
July 18th Bells Brewing will be presented by a regional factory sales rep.
July 24th Everything that sparkles!  All sparkling drinks, all night long.  Mostly wines with one surprise!  Presented by Nina Martin
July 25th Tyranena Brewing presented by Ryan Findlay, Wisconsin Beer ambassador for Tyranena Brewing!
July 31st   Geyser Peak Vineyards presented by Ted Cuneen.  This is one of the oldest wineries in California, making great wines in the Alexander Valley since 1880!

News from the Northwoods

News from the Headwaters Food Pantry

If you missed the Stamp out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers last month, you can still drop off any Non-perishable food contributions at the Land O’ Lakes Chamber, Jensen Aikins Hardware in Conover, Forest Lake Country Store, Headwaters State Bank, The Village Market or the Library in Land O' Lakes.

Desperately needed items include laundry detergent, dish soap, and toilet paper.

The volunteers at the food pantry thank you for your generosity. The food pantry is open the first and third Wednesday of each month from 9AM- 11:30AM, stop in to see your community at work!

Annual garden tour announcement
An Open Air Garden walk will be held on Inge & Dick Owen's grounds from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st. Walkers can also view Inge's fiber arts, knitting, quilting and fine Austrian handwork!
Refreshments will be provided during the garden tour!
Admission: Free
Experience: Priceless!
6200 Ontonagon Trail
Phelps, WI 54545

She who plants a garden plants happiness.

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine nor a garden without love.
Those who plant trees love others besides themselves.
The love of gardening is a seed which once sown never dies.
A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in which to dream.
If you would be happy all your life, plant a garden.

Events in the North Woods

July 3rd  Land O’ Lakes Fireworks

Held at the Land O’ Lakes Airport get there early for a great parking spot.  There will be food and beverages (soda, water, beer) available on site.  Fireworks will be shot at about 10:25 PM.  You will find local volunteers on site collecting donations to help offset the cost of the fireworks.  Remember you will see about $35,000 in spectacle shot off so every donation is appreciated.  After the fireworks stop at the Gateway for refreshments and music by Bret and Frisk and Momma’s Little Hippies until midnight!

July 4th Land O’ Lakes Independence Day Celebration

There is a parade at noon that starts on Highway B at Oak Street and will process west on B.  Grand Marshall’s this year are Sue and Mike Keintz.  A worthy honor for two people that put their heart and soul into making Land O’ Lakes a better place.   After the parade there is the Town Picnic at the Pavillion.  Mike Stops is making his soon to be famous pig roast.  There will be ice cold beer, soda and water with music supplied by Borderline.  There are also kid’s Games and a Coin Scramble.

July 13th Boulder Junction Blues Breakdown

Music from top blues artists from around the Midwest.  Nick Moss, The Sena Ehrhardt Band, Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo and more.  Music starts at noon and the last act starts at 8 PM.  Tickets are $20 in advance (prior to July 3rd) and $25 after.  Contact the boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce for more information.  1 800 GO MUSKY

July 16th – 18th Ely Memorial Church Vacation Bible School

This is co-hosted by Ely Memorial UCC Church and St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Land o’ lakes.  The “School” is open to all children from kindergarten age to fifth grade.  There are games, crafts, and Bible stories.  Snacks are served.  Registration forms are available at both churches; forms need to be returned by July 7th.  The school is open to local children and visiting kids that would like to met some of the local youth in a fellowship format.

Wednesday July 17th Steak in the Park presented by the Phelps Lion’s Club

Held at Wavering Park Pavilion in Phelps.  From 5 PM to 8 PM have steak dinner and enjoy the music of Bill Hassey and his Orchestra with Skip Wagner.  Hot dogs available for children 12 and under.  Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 at the door.  Call 715 547 6359 or 715 617 2128 for more information.

Land O’ Lakes Library News

Children’s Programs
Wednesday, June 19 at 10 am. – “Dig Into Dinosaurs” with the Northwoods Wildlife Center of Minocqua. The perfect kick-off to this summer’s reading theme of Dig Into Reading. Pick up your summer reading packet after the program! This program is sponsored by Conserve School.

June 24 … Thunderstruck   MOVIE Monday
Family comedy starring James Belushi and NBA player Kevin Durant.  A basketball star switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. 94 min.

Wednesday, June 26 at 10 am. What's zany and purple, juggles bean-bag chairs and spins plates? It's Truly Remarkable Loon, of course. Just like the loons on your lake. Only no feathers...or swimming...okay, nothing like any loon you've ever seen before! This program is sponsored by Conserve School.

July 1 … Ice Age 4, Continental Drift   MOVIE Monday
Animated adventure comedy starring Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez.
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. 88 min.

Wednesday, July 3 at 10 am. – “The Magic of Jim Mitchell”. Prepare to be amazed as Jim Mitchell performs thrilling feats of magic and absurd feats of comedy! Please note that this program will be held at the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall.

July 8 … Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dog Days  MOVIE Monday
Family comedy starring Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron as Greg & Rowley.  School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? 94 min.

Wednesday, July 10 at 10 am. – Children's Singer Tom Pease 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! This program is sponsored by Conserve School.

Thursday,  July 11 from 1-2p.m
Author presentation, GOLDEN YEARS MY ASS by Dan Krause
This entertaining, and occasionally irreverent book, examines some of the problems and questions that are part of getting older.  The concise and readable chapters discuss topics ranging from identity problems to nursing homes.  On the lighter side, the book discusses why individuals should quit rather than retire, and why they should avoid birthday celebrations.  It tries to inform, stimulate, and entertain readers, and hopefully accomplishes all three.

The author, Dan Krause, has been a  resident of Land O Lakes for 18 years.  He was a university professor for more than twenty-five years in Chicago.  He has published several books, many articles, and developed programs in gerontology and environmental studies during his career. Dan is an entertaining speaker and will provide you with many laughs. He and his wife, Mery, and two golden retrievers, Annie and Luke, divide their time between the beautiful Northwoods, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC.

July 15 … The Pirates! Band of Misfits  MOVIE Monday
Animated adventure comedy starring Hugh Grant.  Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. 88 min.

Wednesday, July 17 at 10 am. – 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 “The Magic of Laughter”!

July 22 … Dolphin Tale MOVIE Monday
Family drama starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.
A true story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. 113 min.

Wednesday, July 24 at 11 am. – “Science is Fun!” with Magic-Al, the mystifying science magician and  Wisconsin Science Teacher of the Year award winner. Get ready for magic, comedy, & scientific demonstrations! This program is sponsored by Conserve School. Please note that this program will be held at 11:00.

Saturday, July 27th  Friends of the Land O' Lakes Library’s Annual Book Sale and Silent Auction.  Please note the Library will be closed for regular business this day

July 29 – NO MOVIE

Wednesday, July 31 at 10 am. – “It’s a Worm’s World!” with the North Lakeland Discovery Center. Join us as we explore the underworld that worms call home.  We will learn all about worms and their many roles in the ecosystem as well as take a close up look into a Vermicomposting bin.  This program is sponsored by Conserve School.

Bridge Classes at the Land O' Lakes Library

Thursday’s in June, 6, 13, 20 & 27
Time:  10:00 AM -12 NOON
Have you played before and just need a refresher?  Do you play regularly and want to “sharpen” your game?  Discuss the conventions you want to learn. Review the conventions your opponents play against you.  Learn to pick and choose the conventions that are best for you.  Pick a few new techniques that may get your that extra tick you need.  Bidding:  that foreign language I only think I understand.  No Trump biding:  don’t be nervous.  Come join us. No reservations needed.  Classes will be given by Ed Casey, Bridge Club Director, Bronze Life Master & ACBL Accredited Bridge Teacher.

Computer Questions and Answers with Paul Clay
Join us on Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.  Tune-up questions  Delousing Windows 7 vs. Windows 8   ETC….

Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events

Land O Lakes Area Artisans, Inc./LOLA  helps by offering multiple sessions of their art classes so you can select a time for art that fits your busy summer schedule.  Some of the great classes being offered in July for ages 8 and above are Spirit Animals Mask Making, Native Plant Illustration with Water Colors, Found Object Portraits, and  Sound Sculptures.  Classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and most Saturdays in July with a morning session from 10:00 – noon and an afternoon session from 1:00 – 3:00.  Registration deadlines are a week prior to the class and the fee is $15 per student or $26 for two students.  Visit or call the art center at 715-547-3950 for the details and dates of each class.

Gotta sing, gotta dance?  Take a look at  the LOLA Dance and Musical Theater classes offered this summer!

Beginning July 15 and running through August 1, Kelly Kachelski has put together a schedule of all forms of dance, including  Ballet/Tap, Ballet/Jazz, Jazz/Hip Hop, and Creative Movement which focuses on basic locomotor and beginning ballet steps to inspire movement and rhythm in small children. In addition Get up and Dance,  a family friendly class for all ages will get your heart pumping while having fun!

All classes will be held in the Land O Lakes Elementary School Commons and the registration deadline for dance classes is July 8.
For children ages 3 – 15 the fee is       $30.00 for 6 classes,   and
ages 16 – Adult     $40.00 for 6 classes.

The Get Up and Dance class is $8.00 per session $40.00 for 6.
Also, returning to Land O Lakes this summer is Jamie Hollenberger. Jamie will be teaching the art of Musical Theater for three weeks starting July 8 and ending with a performance on July 26.  Classes and rehearsals will be held four days each week—one hour each on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with a 2 hour session on Thursday.  Classes will be held in the Land O Lakes Elementary School Commons with the stage performance will be presented on Friday, July 26th at 3:00PM at the school.  Register by July 1st and the fee is $35 for three weeks

And Line Dancing continues every Tuesday morning.  Join Gloria Anderson for the Beginners class from 9:45-10:45 or the High Beginners class from 11:00 – Noon.  No need for advance registration and each class is just $4 or $6 for both. Start your day with this energizing class.

Whether it be 100 Days of Art Events or classes, join us in celebrating all that art brings to our lives! For all the details about summer art activities, stop in the LOLA Center for the Arts in Land O Lakes, visit the LOLA website or call 715-547-3950.

The 100 Days of Art is a collaborative effort directed by LOLA, and produced by leading art inspired residents, forward thinking business owners and visitors to the Land O’ Lakes community.  Check the web site for all of the 100 Days of Art events.  Here’s the July highlights:

It is difficult to identify an area of our lives that doesn’t include or inspire art.  As the Land O Lakes Area Artisans’ 100 Days of Art continues check out some of events that discover art in some unexpected places.

Did you know that through their sewing skills women played an important part in ending slavery by using “code” quilts as part of the underground railroad?  On Sunday, July 7th from 2-4PM at the LOLA Center for the Arts, quilt historian and artist Sandra Hodgman will discuss the role the art of quilts played in the abolition movement, the underground railroad and the Civil War.  About one dozen quilts will be shown from the period of 1860 through 1880 in this presentation of Quilts of the Civil War and Underground Railroad.

On Tuesday, July 9th, from 10AM until noon in the Land O Lakes Area Library Community Room artist Shirley Battin will facilitate the showing of two art history lectures from the DVD from the Great Courses Series “The World’s Greatest Paintings”.  In the lecture “Close Observations” paintings by Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Homer will be studied by Professor William Floss, noted art historian from the Smithsonian Institute.  In “Art in Time of War” murals created during periods of war by Monet and Picasso will be discussed.

Pottery can be found in every home.  It is a decorative and practical art form.  On Thursday July 11th  come to the Land O Lakes Farmer’s Market to see art From the Earth. Beginning at 9AM  and continuing until noon, pottery artist Katlyn Koester will demonstrate the use of the a potter’s wheel to shape the earth into beautiful and usable dishware.

A folk artist is one who has no formal training and uses commonly found objects or materials to express a creative passion.  Land O Lakes resident Pete Wyant is a true folk artist. Pete creates the classic Tin Man from recycled cans and other objects.  Usually they are hanging outside his home but on Thursday July 11th from 10 AM until 2PM lots of tin men will be on display on the LOLA Center for the Arts Deck.  Come Meet Pete and His Tin Men and talk to him about his “uncanny” art!

Find the art that speaks to your heart during the events of LOLA’s 100 Days of Art this summer.  For a complete listing of all events go to or call the LOLA Center for the Arts at 715-547-3950.

Recurring Events in the North Woods

Thursdays in Land O’ Lakes Flea Market  Located in the Town Hall grounds, the market is open every Thursday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Thursdays in Land O’ Lakes  Farmers Market.  Located in the old lumberyard opens at 9 AM – 12 Noon
Tuesdays in Boulder Junction Flea Market Located at the Boulder Junction Community Center 8 AM – 3 PM.  Starts June 4th thru summer!
Thru the summer  Boulder Junction offers free fishing clinics.

The list is too long to include in this forum, but local guides will divulge secrets for catching fish in the north woods lakes.  All start times are 7 PM on Sunday evenings, with the exception of May 25th.  Check out the entire list for speakers and locations at

People around Land O’ Lakes

July 5th is Rod Sharka’s Birthday
July 8th Bill Berg celebrates his birthday
July 9th Chuck Cuttell enjoys his birthday
July 10  Sharon Molinaro’s marks another birthday
July 11 Marilyn Peacock has her birthday
July 14th Barb Hook celebrates her birthday
July 15th is Bill Nye’s birthday
July 17th is Jim Claypool’s birthday
July 19th is Drew Morris’s birthday
July 21st Al Piel has another birthday
July 27th is a shared birthday for Mary Ellen Alt and Mark Tuttle
July 28th  Sue Hiebler’s celebrates her birthday
July 29th is the anniversary for Marie and Skip Praefke and the birthday for Tim Sullivan.
July 31st is Jeannie Sitzbergers birthday

If you have your own birthday or know a friend or family member that has a birthday, let us know and we will add them to the list!

The time that you spend in the store is enjoyed by our staff and family.  We look forward to the return of so many families that celebrate July 4th in Land O’ Lakes.  We thank you in advance for including us in your time spent up north.

Best regards,

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 thru Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 7 AM – 2 PM

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