Northwoods News

A week  has past since I was in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  Already I wish I was back and enjoying the great fishing I experienced.  I have to give some credit to my fishing success to Mark at the Forest Lake Country Store.  One time over breakfast he and I went over a map book and Mark showed me a few lakes to try.  I've been going to these lakes again and again on every visit and having much success.

My wife Judy and I stopped in for breakfast one day and I had my favorite, #16.   Judy had a #7 because she loves the French Toast make with their homemade bread.  Another day we stopped in for lunch.  I had what I call a typical Northwoods Lunch.  Three softshelled tacos and a bowl of stuffed pepper soup.   Judy had a full bowl.  It was great.  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.  I want to go back.  Well, maybe later on this summer.

For now though I'll have to get my Northwoods fix by checking out the Forest Lake Country Store newsletter for July.  Check out the few photos I plugged in here then see the newsletter that follows.

Cabins are filling up in the north woods.  Seasonal residents are here and enjoying the north woods.  Weekend warriors are also on the second or third round of trips to Land O’ Lakes.  All the businesses up north get great support from the people that call Land O’ Lakes home all year.  It is the summer residents and the weekend vacationers that allow every business to “make our winter wood”!  Please stop in when you arrive in the north woods. We are anxious to show off our new items, see old friends and catch up on your family affairs.  The reality of a hard winter is washed away with the miles of smiles from the summer visitors, old acquaintances made anew.  

New in the Store
Donuts and Cinnamon rolls have a new home!  We have moved these sweets to a self serve display case next to the coffee pots.  There are tissues and plates if you need a single donut to eat at your table and white bags if you are packing a larger assortment to go.

What replaced the bakery case is our new tap beer refrigerator.  If you would like a tap beer with your lunch or dinner we are offering three different brews.

In the dry goods area we continue to find great taste treats.  We have a double chocolate cookie from Tates, a Roasted Tomato cracker and Finn Crisp rye crackers are back in stock.  We still are selling a ton of the “hull-less” popcorns, salsa’s and the Amish jam.

And then we have many other unique services.  Free Wifi.  If it is your first time in our pass code is flcsone1.  We also do a great job on large bakery orders.  Give us a day or two notice and we will make large quantities of donuts for a family outing, lake association picnic or any other group.   Last, and certainly not least, is our Take-n-Bake pizzas.  We will build your pizza and you can make it at home late at night.  Stop in or phone in and we will have your order ready for your at home dining.  Beat the backlog on pizza orders by having us build you take n bakes to eat at home!

Events in the Store
July 9th  Kick off of our Country store Wine and Beer events
Every Wednesday and Thursday evening, from 4:30 – 7:30 we will host an open house event.  There is no admission.  Free samples are offered of select wines or beers each evening.  Additional flights, glasses or bottles are available at cost.  
This is a great opportunity to talk with industry representatives, enjoy wine with your friends, and broaden you tasting experiences.  The complete list is included with the newsletter.  There was one change on the beer events, Hinterland has replaced on brewer that could not attend.  We hope to see you at the 2014 Wine and Beer events!
August 8th and 9th Ride with Leinie
Friday night we will host a shore lunch fish fry behind the store.  Deep fried fish, beans and fried potatoes will be served.  We will be serving Leinenkugel Honey Weiss Beer, the ofishal beer of Wisconsin Fish Fry’s.  Cost is $12 per person.  

Saturday the Wilderness Lakes Trails will have the Ride with Leinie, hosted at the Country Store.  Last year, this annual event attracted over 300 riders from about 25 states.  Dick Leinenkugel will be our MC after the races conclude.  The self guided long ride leaves at 9:00 AM, and the shorter ride, led by Dick Leinenkugel, departs at 11:00 AM.  The rides are followed by a brat lunch, Leinie beer and festivities.
The $30 registration fee includes beer tastings, brat lunch and a chance to win one of two Trek bikes or a Leinenkugel Picnic Party Pack.  Three big winners of the day!  Additional tickets can be purchased at the store for $5 each or 3 for $10.
All participants who have preregistered by July 30 will receive a complimentary T-shirt.  For details and to register online, visit .

Recurring Events

Flea Market Every Thursday in Land O’ Lakes. 9 AM – 2 PM Located on the Town Hall grounds.   
Farmers Market Every Thursday in Land O’ Lakes 8:30 – noon Located across from the LOL Public library and ¼ mile east of the Flea Market  

Boulder Junction Flea Market Every Tuesday starting June 3rd 8 am – 2 PM at the Boulder Junction Community Center
Boulder Junction Music on Main Street; Every Wednesday in July
July 2 – Nikki & The Nimrods. Playing a variety of rock and country tunes, with the steady rhythm of guitar and funky bass.
July 9 – Big Road. 5-piece group featuring R&B, jazz, funk and country.
July 16 – Dan Lincoln & Jimmy D. A little bit of bluegrass and a little bit of country.
July 23 – Bret & Frisk. Local duo performing hits of the 1960s to present day.
July 30 – The Spotlight Polka Band. Variety of music for all tastes, specializing in polka and party music.

Events in the North Woods
All of this information is supplied by the people creating these events.  Thanks to them for taking the time to share their news with us.  If you have information for an event that that you would like us to share, please send it in for our review.
July 1 at 6 PM Brian Benson Book Reading  Land O’ Lakes Town Hall
Brian will be reading from his new book called “Going Somewhere” at the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall.  Brian is the son of Barb and Dan Benson.  He was born and raised in the Land O’ Lakes area.  This is the first of many stops on Brian’s Bicycle Book Tour.  He will peddle to all of his reading locations.  The Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library will be selling books at the Town Hall at this event.  Beverages will be available for the evening.  For more information check out Brian’s web site at

July 3rd Land O’ Lakes Fireworks Celebration  At dark at the Land O’ Lakes Airport
Dr. Painless Pete Schindelholz was at the store recently.  He mentioned that the Town had purchased 2,000 more shells for this years’ fireworks than last year!  2,000 MORE!!  Recommendations are to get to the airport early to get a great parking spot and to enjoy some food and beverages at the airport grounds.  This is the biggest bang in the north woods, and this year it will be bigger!

July 4th Boulder Junction celebrates Smoky the Bears 70th Birthday and Independence Day
We invite you to join us in wishing Smokey bear a 70th birthday and re-discover a classic Independence Day with the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, residents, businesses and service organizations, for this year’s Star Spangled Jubilee Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 4th.  The festivities start at 12noon on Main Street with the American Legion Post 451 gun salute at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. Theresa Smith, Executive Director of the Boulder Junction Chamber, will kick off the parade by leading the crowd in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.  The parade will begin at the Veterans’ Memorial Triangle, continue down Main Street, and end at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place floats will be awarded plaques sponsored by Achilles Foot & Ankle Clinic. Line up is on Ada Street the day of the parade by 11:30am.  No pre-registration is necessary. First come, first in line. Walkers and bicyclists in front.  Boulder Junction Lioness with be serving hot dogs and cold beverages beginning at 10am. Smokey Bear will be available before and shortly after the parade for a meet and greet with his friends from the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters.
A dazzling fireworks show, sponsored by the Town of Boulder Junction, will be displayed at dusk at the Boulder Junction Airport. See you on the 4th!
For more information on this and other upcoming events please contact that Boulder Junction Chamber office at 715-385-2400 or by visiting

July 9th North Woodstock at Bents Camp  12 noon until???
A full day of music, food and festivities.  Five bands are featured thru the day.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at Bent’s Camp on the day of event!

July 14th, 15th and 16th  Vacation Bible School
This year Vacation Bible School will be held at St. Albert's Catholic Church in Land O' Lakes.  Children 5 years old and older are welcome to attend.  Games, snacks and a hint of Scripture readings with other youths fill the three day schedule.  Visiting children and children that call Land O' Lakes home are all welcome to attend.  Contact St. Albert's for more information.

July 16th  Phelps Lions Club Steak in the Park 5PM – 8 PM
Enjoy a steak dinner with all the trimmings and music provided by Bill Hassey and his orchestra, featuring Skip Wagner!  Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 at the door.  Advance tickets are available at Phelps businesses and from Lions Club members.
Proceeds benefit the Phelps Scholarship Fund, Phelps Public Library and the Headwaters Food Pantry.

July 19th  Visit the Pearson Estate in the UP  Fund raiser for the Land O’ Lakes Historical Society
Visit the Pearson Estate outside of Watersmeet, MI.  This estate is surrounded by the Ottawa National Forest.  Mr. Pearson attended the recent LOLA wine tasting at the Country store.  His passion for the north country was inspiring.  He showed some pictures of the property and it is gorgeous.  
Tours of the grounds will be provided on Polaris Ranger vehicles.  There are two pristine lakes on the property with pontoon boat tours available.  An introduction to five stand sporting clays is included as well as many other outdoor activities.  The house tour features trophy big game mounts from around North America.
Beer, wines, soft drinks available followed with a camp dinner.  Cost is $100 per person, couples for $150.  All proceeds go to the Land O’ Lakes Historical Society!  Tickets are very limited, make your reservation now!

Contact Leslie Pearson at 906 358 3034 or Barb Hook at 715-547-6167 with questions.  Or send your check made payable to the Northern Waters Museum to Mary Thomas at 5738 South Black Oak Lake Road  Land O’ Lakes WI 54540.

July 26th 9 – 3 PM Art Impressions Land O’ Lakes
ART IMPRESSIONS will take place on the grounds of the Land O’Lakes Town Hall on Saturday, July 26th, 9 am until 3 pm., rain or shine.  It is co-sponsored by the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce and LOLA (Land O’Lakes Area Artisans) and is one of the best art fairs of the summer. You will see a mix of more than 80 fine artists and fine crafters who will have their work for on display and for sale.  The artistic creations include paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, stained glass, fiber arts, textiles, woodworking and carving.  

Art Impressions is a juried art show. It will be judged by Kay Lorbiecki, named Presque Isles’s “citizen of the year” in 2011 for her dedication to the arts, and Ameris Grapa, an art educator, certified fair judge, and art teacher in Three Lakes.  The judges will present cash awards to fine artists and fine crafters. There is also a classification for junior exhibitors.

You can relax on chairs and listen to the contemporary and classic folk tunes played on various instruments by Paul Imholte.  He will entertain us from the stage and also strolling the grounds. Food and beverages will be sold under the roof of the adjacent Snowflake Building.  There is no admission charge and there is ample free parking.

Come and enjoy seeing your friends and supporting the arts, too!  For more information, contact Sandy Wait at the LOL Chamber, 1-800-236-3432 or check the website,

August 2nd   St. Albert's Rummage Sale
August 2nd is the town wide rummage sale and St. Albert's joins the list of rummage sales.  If you are cleaning you basement, garage, closets or spare bedrooms the Church will accept donations for the sale.  All proceeds are used to assist local individuals and families in need.  Donations can be dropped off at the Church office, next to St. Alberts Church.  Sorry, they cannot accept large appliances, clothing or computers.

News from the North Woods
The Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that its new triathlon, the White Deer Triathlon, will become the first of five events in the 2015 Northwoods of Wisconsin Tri-Master Series.

The White Deer Triathlon will be held on May 16, 2015, and will include 3 kilometers of paddling (canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding) on Boulder Lake, a 23-kilometer bike ride and a 6.5-kilometer run.
The White Deer Triathlon will be the first of five events in the 2015 N.O.W. Tri-Master Series, which also includes the Just TRI It Triathlon (Manitowish Waters, July 4), the See Me Tri Triathlon (Minocqua, Aug. 8), the W.I.L.D. Hodag Mini Tri (Rhinelander, Aug. 29) and the Wolfman Triathlon (White Lake, Sept. 5).

For further information, please contact Theresa Smith, director of the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce.

Land O’ Lakes Library Events

Check our website for news and more event info:
Most events will be at the Library.  Children’s programs will be outside weather permitting.  No charge for any of these events.  If you have any questions please contact the Library at 715-547-6006.  You can also see our events on
Tuesday, July 1st at 6:00 PM
Local Author, Brian Benson will be discussing his new book “Going Somewhere” at the Land O' Lakes Town Hall.  Check out his website for a lot more information.  
Wednesday, July 2 at 11 am (please note time change)  Science Is Fun!
Magic-Al, the science magician, brings us magic, comedy & science all wrapped up in a zany package!  This program is sponsored by Conserve School of Land O’ Lakes.
Monday Movies at the Library.  All summer the Land O' Lakes Library will be showing PG rated kids movies free of charge at 10:30 AM.
Monday, July 7@ 10:30 AM – The Lego Movie
Wednesday, July 9 at 10 am, on the Library’s front lawn:  Water Party!
It’s our annual celebration of all things Wet and Fun. Be prepared to get VERY WET as we play water games, run through sprinklers & jump in the kiddie pool. Wear your swim-suit & bring a towel!
Monday, July 14@ 10:30 AM – Judy Moody & the NOT Bummer Summer
Wednesday, July 16 at 10 am, on the Library’s front lawn:
The Industrious Mr. Franklin: Lightning, Wit and Statesmanship!
Join us for a live performance about the one of the greatest scientists of all time, by The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company.  This program is sponsored by Conserve School of Land O’ Lakes.
Monday, July 21 @10:30 AM – The Spy Next Door
Wednesday, July 23 at 10 am, on the Library’s front lawn:  Mr. Billy Rocks
Rock out to the music of award- winning children's singer-songwriter Mr. Billy. Put on your dancing shoes, ‘cuz it’s time to boogie down!  This program is sponsored by Conserve School of Land O’ Lakes.
July 26th 9-4  Friends of the Land O' Lakes Library’s Annual Book Sale and Silent Auction
Monday, July 28 – No movie today.
Wednesday, July 30 at 10 am, at the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall:  The Magic of Jim Mitchell
Thrilling feats of magic and absurd feats of comedy. Prepare to be amazed by The Magic of Jim Mitchell and his showmanship!
Land O’ Lakes Artisans (LOLA) and Artistree Events

Summer Programs for Kids ~ and the Young at Heart!  
Art Classes for all!  Start June 17 through August 21  
Dance Classes for all Ages!  Starts June 30 through July 25  
Musical Theatre Classes for Kids!  Starts July 7 through August 1

July 4   Happy 4th Face-Off!
Drop in from 10:00 – Noon
Come to the LOLA center and paint your face for parade day!

July 12     Play in the Clay!
Drop in from 10:00 – Noon on the LOLA Deck
Hands-On Demonstration with Ceramic Artist Rita Kickert.
Try your hand at the potter’s wheel!
July 19    Carver with Heart!
10:00 - 4:00 - LOLA Center Parking Lot
Watch Artist Cheryl Campbell as she creates a work of art with her chainsaw.

July 24 It’s STUDENT DAY at the LOL Farmer’s Market!
Drop in from 10:00 – Noon.  Look for the LOLA tent!
Join LOLA intern Olivia Heitz for this special outing at the market.  
Students will create Very Veggie paintings in watercolor.     
Ages:  5+  Cost:  $5.00 each
For information:
Or call 715-547-3950
LOLA Center for the Arts
4262 County Road B
Downtown Land O’ Lakes

Food Pantry News
News from the Headwaters Food Pantry
110 Families utilized the food pantry resources in June.  That number includes 175 adults and 38 children in the communities of Phelps, Conover and Land O’ Lakes.

July Wish List items include Laundry soap, Dish soap, and cereal.
Cash donations can be made anytime to the Headwaters Food Pantry.  Your $1 contribution buys 5 pounds of meat through Feeding America.  With so little, we can do so much!  Cash Donations can be sent to:
Headwaters Food Pantry  PO Box 561 Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540
The volunteers at the Food Pantry, and the communities we serve, thank you in advance 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!
People around Land O’ Lakes
July 2nd is Barb Lemoines birthday
July 3rd Bill Duff enjoys his birthday!
July 5th is Rod Sharka’s Birthday
July 9th Chuck Cuttell has his birthday
July 10th Sharon Molinaro celebrates her birthday
July 11 Marilyn Peacock celebrates her birthday
July 14th Barb Hook has 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 celebrates his birthday
July 23rd is Mike Novak’s birthday
July 27th is a shared birthday for Mary Ellen Alt and Mark Tuttle
July 28th is Sue Hiebler and Chris Cupi’s birthday
July 29th is the anniversary for Marie and Skip Praefke and the birthday for Tim Sullivan.
July 31st is Jeannie Sitzbergers birthday
Another long news release. If you hung in there and are still reading, thank you very much!  We hope you can use some of this information to make your time in Land O’ Lakes more enjoyable.  We hope that you make the Forest Lake Country store a part of your travel plans.

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 and Sunday 7 AM – 2 PM

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