Northwoods News

Northwoods News

Less than 24 hours from now I'll be heading north on Rt. 51.   First stop will be the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  From there off to Minnesota for the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Fall Fishing Trip.  We'll about 50 people  from the Chicagoland area on Lake Mille Lacs.  I'm not sure if I'll make it to the FLCS for a breakfast or lunch as my schedule is quite tight and I'll be staying in Winchester (which really isn't that far away from Land O Lakes).

Glad to see this month's Northwoods news from our bud, Mark.

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

September 2013

Labor Day weekend is this weekend.  The weather forecast is for 80 degree temps this weekend.  This may be the best weather of the year, and coming on this end of the summer three day weekend.  We are already hearing from so many summer visitors that are coming up for the holiday!  Knee boards, paddle boards and Jet Ski’s will be used hard this weekend.  There will be pizzas on the deck at night, wine and good beer by the fire.  Families enjoying a final hiatus to the North Country before school starts, sports kick in and families return to the regular rhythm of fall.  

It is enjoyable watching the north woods change from season to season.  We have had a cool wet summer but the seepage lakes are enjoying the increasing water depths.  Shore birds are happily wading in the new found shallows; frogs are heard at night, harrumphing in the lily pads and weeds.  It is interesting to watch the interaction between more water and new growth on each small lake.

The same type of interaction happens in the cabins.  We have had a front row seat for seven years.  Families bond and grow.  Life at the cabin is different than life at home.  Parents are removed from the rigors of work and have more time to enjoy with the children again.  Children are separated from school peers and bond so well with families.  We have seen young children that were just learning to ski turn into young men and ladies; driving, helping around the cabin, coming to the store sharing time together.  

New in the Store
The fall beers are arriving every week now.  Crème Brouille from Southern Tier, Pumpking, Pumpkick, Leinies Octoberfest, Sprecher Octoberfest, and so many fall beers are here and ready to be shared with friends around a campfire, dining room table or at the end of a nice day in the north woods.

We feel bad on Holiday weekends when people show up for donuts and we are sold out for the day.  If you are up for the Holiday weekend and are planning on donuts for one of the mornings you can pre-order your sweets.  Stop in the day before you want the donuts, give us a count and we will make them for you the next morning and hold them for you.  No need to get here at 7 AM, just hoping for a selection.  You can pick them up at your leisure. 

(Editor's Note:  Being an ex--cop, I can attest to the fact that the FLCS Donuts are worth getting up for. )

Help Wanted
We are looking for one or two people to help us staff the store thru the winter months.  There is one very unique opportunity to work every Wednesday from 9 AM to about 3 PM.  Wednesday is a unique day for us that always require one more set of hands.  This is a great opportunity for a stay at home mom that possibly has kids in school.  The hours start after the kids are gone and you should be home before they return.  This candidate must be at least 18 years old as it requires use of some of our motorized kitchen equipment.  Some kitchen experience is preferred but we will train the right person.  There is customer contact with taking orders and delivering food to tables.  Duties also include prepping/cooking food and cleaning of store at the end of the day.

There are extra hours available on Friday nights and Saturday mornings for the same person or a second person.  This position only require to be at least 16 years old.  

If you are interested, please stop at the store to discuss the position and fill out an application.

Events in the Store
September 7th Wilderness Lakes Trail fund raiser.  2 PM – 5 PM
We are partnering with Northwood’s Harley Davidson, Summit Brewing and the Wilderness Lakes Trail to help build the biking and pedestrian trail system in Land O’ Lakes.  Northwood’s Harley will be setting up a tent and showcase several new 2014 bikes at the Country Store.  Summit beer will be selling glasses of their Octoberfest beer.  There are raffle prizes, 50/50 raffles and more.  We will be selling brats and burgers on the day of the event.  There is no admission, but any participants that bring any canned or dry goods for the local food pantry will receive 5 free chances for the raffle prizes.
September 28th 10 AM – 2 PM Wildlife Photography of Jen Ruby-Durst
Held at the Forest Lake Country Store, well known photographer Jen Ruby-Durst will showcase her imagery.  She will be on hand to explain her work and give you some pointers on capturing wildlife in still photography.  

News from the Northwoods
NOTICE  A Hearing by Vilas County's Zoning Committee regarding Floodplain Zoning will be held at 9:00 am, Thursday, September 5th, 2013, at the Vilas County Courthouse.
Floodplain Zoning is a first critical step in preserving the Little Tamarack Flowage dam. With Floodplain Zoning, the dam's hazard rating could be changed from "High Hazard" to "Low Hazard", and preserving the dam would be more feasible.
While the Alliance is not expected to testify at this hearing, attendance by members would show support for Floodplain Zoning to the Zoning Committee. Most Alliance Board Members plan to attend. Hope to see you there.

October 25th and 26th Boulder Junction Haunted House
This was a great event last year and we are looking forward to seeing the frightening and creative ideas our participants are preparing for this year.  Here are some details regarding this year's Haunted Boulder Junction:
DATES: Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26
TIME: 6pm to 10pm
HAUNTED HOUSE STATION SPONSORS: Alder Lake Cranberry Gift Shop, Aqualand Ale House, Boulder Bear Motor Lodge, Boulder Junction Library, Boulder Junction Lions Club, Coontail, FirstMerit Bank, Sweet Emma's, White Birch Village support these sponsors!
LOCATION: Boulder Junction Community Cente

Land O’ Lakes Library News
If you are cleaning up the house or cabin before winter starts and you find books, DVD’s, VHS movies or educational books/media considering donating these to the Land O’ Lakes Public Library.  The biggest single day fundraiser for the Library is their used book sale in late July.  The Friends of the Library will catalog, price and store books all year for the one day event.  Your donations are always welcome and truly help the Library offer better services and media.
Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events
100 Days of Art Continues in Land O' Lakes
The creative energy and talent of many local individuals just keeps rolling along with plenty of artful events lined up for September.
Meet with Chain Saw Charlie, local chain saw carver, Chuck Horn on September 4 from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. on the LOLA deck and see what he will saw up next! He started doing his art over ten years ago when his wife asked if he could make her a wooden snowman and he hasn't stopped carving since. See this unique north woods art form live on the deck.

Kicking off a very full Colorama weekend will be, A Taste of the Harvest which will feature cheese artisan, Pete Martin who will do a cooking demo at the Land O' Lakes Farmer's Market on September 19 at 10 a.m.

See three local artists work at Photos, Fibers and Fire!, an exhibit of Photography by Gerald Urban of Conover, Art Quilts by Terry Simeone of Land O' Lakes and Pottery by Rita Kickert, also of Land O' Lakes. The showing of these emerging artists work will be held September 19 through September 21 at the LOL Chamber of Commerce Building, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday & Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, September 19 at 4 p.m.
Another chance for an art exhibit will be at Threads Through Time II, Fiber Art Show held at the Ely Memorial Church on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. View a large variety of fiber arts from community members across the area, including quilting, weaving and spinning. Artists will also be on hand to answer questions and provide demonstrations of their craft.

Colorama Weekend in Land O' Lakes also means viewing the art of scarecrow making. These hay stuffed fellows will line downtown Land O' Lakes in celebration of the coming fall season. See how many creative ways a scarecrow can be
made! From September 20 - 22.

And there will be a blacksmithing demonstration on September 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the LOLA Center parking lot. Meet artists Dan Roesinger and Saga Erickson of Hurley, WI as they demonstrate this ancient art. See the tools of the trade and how it's done with their mobile forge.

September also brings special art classes with LOLA, including the "Witchy Woman", a Halloween inspired decoration with local artist, Joanne Shellgell on September 28 at the LOLA Center from 10 a.m. to noon and another chance to see the beloved north woods art of chain saw carving with Rick Bernier at TJ Grizzly's Pizza on September 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on all 100 Days of Art events or art classes held at the LOLA Center for the Arts, which is located at 4262 County Road B in downtown Land O' Lakes, please contact the LOLA office at 714-547-3950 or visit
Land O' Lakes Area Artisans, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit arts organization that brings enrichment to the lives of north woods residents and visitors with a variety of creative processes and artistic educational opportunities.

News from the Headwaters Food Pantry
The summer may be ending, but we are still in full swing at the Food Pantry...we served 132 Families in August alone! Remember that hunger has no season.

If you are closing your cabin for the season this weekend, or any weekend, and find any dry or canned goods it would help the Food Pantry if you left them for their use.  You can drop off any Non-perishable food contributions at 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 8:30AM- 11:30AM, stop in to see your community at work!  We are located directly behind the Dairy Maid in Land O’ Lakes.

Remember that Cash donations are always appreciated.
A $1 contribution buys 5 pounds of meat through FeedingAmerica.
Cash donations can be mailed to:

Headwaters Food Pantry
PO Box 561
Land O' Lakes, WI

People around Land O’ Lakes
September 1 is Carol Fruendl’s Birthday
September 3  is Sue and Mike Keintz’s Anniversary
September 5th Barb Nehring and Christy Barnekow share their birthdays
September 7th is Harry Nehrings birthday and shared anniversaries for Dick and Elsie Mendham and Carol and Wayne Schimmer.
September 8th is a shared birthday for Agnes Wiedemeir and John Sarama and the anniversary for our daughter Steph and son-in-law Chad Cain
September 10th is Barb Wilkinson’s Birthday
September 14th Bob Baumler’s celebrates his birthday
September 16th is the Birthday for Ruth LaChance
September 17th is Bob Turnquist’s Bday
September 21st is a shared birthday for Rita Bawden and Emily Guinn
September 24th is Lawrence Dow’s birthday
September 25th is the Bday for Christopher Morris
September 26th is a trifecta shared birthday for Dan Swirski, Don Bloch and Brock Schmidt
September 30th is the Bday for Jackie Spiotto
Since the last newsletter, Kris lost her mother.  We want to thank you for the outpouring of support we have received from the entire community.  The prayers, kind words, cards and all the other kindness received make the loss easier to bear.
We are also very thankful to our staff that worked so hard to help us through the tough time.  The extra hours and effort that they gave us were very much appreciated and allowed us to focus on the healing process.

The north woods are a very unique “family” unit.  Not genetically but in a heartfelt, very sincere bonding of caring people.  Thanks for all the care, kindness and concern we receive from everyone all year.

Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls
Forest Lake Country Store
6256 County Road B     Land O’ Lakes WI 54540     715 547 8222

Store Hours
Our super extended summer hours end on Monday September 2nd and our regular hours resume.  As a reminder here are our regular hours starting on the Monday of Labor Day Weekend:
Friday and Saturday 8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM – 2 PM
Closed on Tuesdays
We will be closing the dining room at 2 PM on September 14th for a private event at the Forest Lake Country Store.  Sorry for any inconvenience this closure may cause you.  We will still make “to go” or “take and bake” pizza’s until 7:30 or so on the 14th.

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