News from the Northwoods

News from the Northwoods

I was up north and having breakfast at the Forest Lake Country Store in June.  It seems like yesterday and now we're into August already.  The day I drove home I was wishing that I was not leaving and could return soon.  This is my home away from home.

I will return in October.  Definately once, but I'm working on a second, late October muskie trip up to Land O Lakes.  We'll see how that works out.  But for now, I can get my Northwoods fix from Mark at the Country Store with his August News.   Enjoy!

Forest Lake Country Store News from the Northwoods

August 2014

This is a special thank you to all the customers that visit the Forest Lake Country Store.  We are a little late getting the August newsletter sent out.  Part of the reason for our tardiness is the busy summer season.  July of 2014 was the largest month we have ever had in our eight years of serving customers in the north woods.  Thanks to everyone that has made this possible!

Summer season has been outstanding.  The nights are cool making for splendid sleeping.  Daytime temps have been exceptional.  We have not had a day over 90 degrees but we have plenty between 70 and mid 80’s.  Families are enjoying time on the water; tubing, skiing, or just making a lasting impression on a beach chair.  One side of our job is grueling, we will not dwell here.  The other side of our job is very rewarding.  We have a front row seat to see families enjoying the north woods to its fullest.  Families bonding together at a family cabin, enjoying a week or two away from the bustle of their own distant life styles.  We have seen infants grow from car seats to ordering their own food at the Country Store.  We have seen young children become young adults, old enough to go away to school, buy a beer or even get married.  (Although we have also noticed that most of the people our age and possibly older have not changed a bit,,,) Our front row seats give us access to family bonds made stronger on their annual pilgrimage north.  We thank all of those families that make the Forest Lake Country Store a part of their time in the north woods.

We have some of our own family news for those of you living in the northwest corridor out of Milwaukee.  Our daughter Lauren has opened her own beauty salon in Allenton WI.

Lauren was trained at the Aveda Institute in Milwaukee.  She worked at the Salon and Spa on Railroad Street in Eagle River before and after graduation from Aveda.  She also worked at Shear Excitement in West Bend for three years.  Now she has her own salon and is living the American dream. Here is her information and list of services:

Elle Salon
541 N Railroad St
Allenton 53002

262-224-0407 for Appointments

Salon hours: Tues/Wed 1PM – 7PM, Thurs/Fri 9AM – 3PM, Saturday  9AM-1PM
She is offering haircuts for women, men and children, full and partial highlights, root touch-ups, all over coloring, facial wax and manicures with or without shellac. Soon she will be adding pedicures to her product offerings.  If you are looking for a new place to be cut, colored or dyed please give her a call!

Events in the Store

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.

Every Wednesday and Thursday in summer we have hosted open house wine and beer events.  These are open house events from 4:30 – 7:30 PM.  There is no admission and we offer free taste samplings of each featured wine or beer..  After you sample each beverage there are inexpensive prices for glasses or bottles f your favorite beverage of the evening!  Our remaining wine and beer open house events are:

August 6th Summer White Wines, August 7th Southern Tier Beer and Crispin Ciders

August 13th Columbia Crest H3 Wines August 14th   Hinterland Brewing

August 20th Italian Wines August 21st Lakefront Brewing

August 27th Affordable French Wines August 28th Sprecher Brewing

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 Fishing Clinics!!

Boulder Junction Fishing Guides are ready to share some of their best fishing secrets with you at the free fishing seminars this season.   All seminars are free to the public.  No reservations are necessary, just come and enjoy!

Sunday, July 20 – Summer Bass Fishing

by Marty Clauson Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, July 27 – Fishing the Northwoods

by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, August 3 – Fishing the Back Waters

by Dave Osborn, Little Lakes Guide Service, at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, August 17 – Musky Fly Fishing

by Bill Sherer’s Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, August 24–  Fall Walleye

by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service & Marty Clauson Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, August 31 – Fall Musky Fishing

by Bobby Orr’s Guide Service & Erv Keller Guide Service at the Acorn Lodge

Events in the North Woods

August 8th – 10th  Musky Jamboree and Town Activities

The festivities kick off with a bang on Friday night from 7-10 pm, with live music by Hip Pocket at our street party near Coontail Corner (rain location: Boulder Junction Community Center). The fun continues with a fireworks display at 9:30pm. American Legion Post 451 will be serving beverages and snacks.

On Saturday, August 9, the Boulder Junction Historical Society Museum will be open for viewing from 11am-4pm, along with a brat and bake sale at the Community Center.  At 11:30am, the Picnic Theatre performsThe Hand That Rocked the Cradle: The Life and Contributions of Edward M Griffith, Wisconsin’s Chief Forester, 1905-1915”. 

Get up early on Sunday, August 10, as a full day of activities kicks off at 6:00 am with registration for the 5K and 10K Musky Fun Run through the beautiful Northwoods. The race begins at 7:30am and pre-registration can be done at  If running isn’t your speed, no worries -- Main Street will be filled with activities for all ages and interests at 9:00am! Over 100 artists fill Main Street with handcrafted items including furniture, fine art, jewelry, and much more; don’t miss the Lion’s Club Flea Market at the Community Center.  The 23rd Annual Musky Day Car Show, sponsored by Mad Dog Jakes and the 4x4 Mafia, is a chance for new and experienced competitors to shine.  The entry fee is $12 and includes dash plaques, goodie bag and a meal ticket. A 50/50 raffle will take place at the Car Show from 11am to 2:30pm. Car Show awards and the 50/50 winner will be announced at 2:30pm.  Live entertainment provided by Ventriloquist Dave Parker & Skippy, The Wyatt Marsh Band and Sharon Iltis & friends, will continue throughout the afternoon on the Main Street Stage. No need to run from event to event; shuttle service is available from 9am-4pm.

In The Musky Capital of the World®, though, fishing takes center stage! From 10:30am to 2pm, the Kids’ Casting Contest, sponsored by We Energies & Northern Highland Sports, invites all kids age 14 or younger to show off their casting skills and compete for prizes. And be sure to stop by the “Meet the Guides” booth for tips on fishing!

For more information about the Musky Jamboree or for general information about Boulder Junction visit or call 715-385-2400.

August 29th 2:30 – 4 PM  Land O’ Lakes Community Garden Walk

The Land O' Lakes Community Garden is hosting a "Garden Walk" on Friday, August 29 from 2:30-4 pm to give everyone in the community a chance to see the garden at the height of its summer splendor. The Land O' Lakes community gardeners meet socially for "Happy Hour at the Garden" on the last Friday of each growing month (June through September) to talk about gardening and exchange growing tips. This month, they're extending the invitation to any visitors to bring their own beverages and join the gardeners for the August Happy Hour after the Garden Walk.

From Kelly Kolinsky, sister of Cliff Kolinsky. 

The Amputee Blade Runners (ABR) nonprofit organization continues to do great things for amputees of all ages – and last year’s event was so much fun and such a success – we decided to keep the good times rolling and put on another event to raise more money for the organization!

This year we are having a 5 Mile Fun Run • Walk • Bike on Saturday, September 20th, and a 4-person, 9 hole golf scramble on Sunday, September 21st.

The 5 Mile Fun Run • Walk • Bike event will begin at 2 pm (cst) rain or shine at Black Oak Inn and end at Brew’s Pub in Land O’ Lakes, WI.  The course will move along a portion of the beautiful Wilderness Lakes Trail, so participants should anticipate a combination of gravel and paved roads.  The race fees are $20 for early bird registrations post-marked by Friday, August 29, 2014, and $25 for registrations post-marked after that.  T-shirts are in adult sizes and guaranteed only for early bird registrants.  Registration forms are available at several local businesses and may be sent with a check payable to – Kelly Kolinsky, 1020 Feltl Court Apt 306, Hopkins, MN 55343.  Pre-race activities are planned for Friday, September 19th, at Black Oak Inn and include packet pickup and registrations from 6 to 9 pm.  Participants may also pick up packets and register the day of the race from noon to 2 pm at Black Oak Inn.  Post-race activities will be held at Brew’s Pub and includes food, drinks, and live music!

The Golf Scramble event will begin at 9 am (cst) rain or shine at the Gateway Golf Course in Land O’ Lakes, WI.  The event is a 4-person, 9-hole scramble.  The fees are $50 per person and include the 9-hole green fees and cart rental.  Please contact Kevin Konnow at 715-547-3335 to register or for more information!

Proceeds from both events will be donated directly to the ABR nonprofit organization, which provides free running prosthetics to amputees.  This act of generosity is especially important because running prosthetics are not considered medically necessary, so they are not covered by insurance.

As you may already know, Cliff Kolinsky was a lucky recipient of a new running prosthetic from ABR  last summer.  What we did not understand at the time – and have come to realize and appreciate – is their act of generosity does not stop the minute the recipient walks out their door.  This summer Cliff Kolinsky was a very lucky recipient of a brand new running prosthetic from this great organizationOver the past year, the ABR team has gone above and beyond our wildest expectations.  They have provided Cliff with two brand new prosthetic components – a cycling foot and an all sports foot – as well as continued guidance to ensure he is knowledgeable and comfortable with every part of the prosthetic.  And, most importantly of all, they have provided him with the tools to reach out and help fellow amputees by serving as an ABR ambassador.

As of today, the ABR organization has helped more than 48 amputees in 28 states live a more full and active lifestyle by providing them with brand new running prosthetics.  By participating in the Shake a Leg event last year, our communities played an important role in enriching the lives of at least three of those amputees!  We hope you will continue to support this organization by participating in this year’s events and help them reach their goal of providing a running prosthetic to one athlete in all 50 states by 2015!

Land O’ Lakes Library Events

The Friends of the Library has recently held their annual used book sale. This is the largest fund raiser that the Land O’ Lakes Library has each year.  It is never too early to think about helping this event.  They are happy to accept donations of used books, DVD’s, or other educational and entertaining materials.  They sort and price materials all year for the next years sale.  If you are cleaning your home or cabin and find any of these materials that you no longer need, consider dropping them off at the Land O’ Lakes Public Library.

Land O’ Lakes Artisans (LOLA) and Artistree Events

LOLA has sent the following thank you for those that attended the fund raiser in June.  If you have not attended this event, please consider coming next June 24th.  It is a great night of food, wine and friendship!

LOLA wishes to thank all of our friends who attended The Art of Cheese at the Forest Lake Country Store on June 18 and gave so generously to our organization.

Thanks to all your support, LOLA received donations of $16,000 that night and many attendees left with premiums of fishing trips, sports packages, spa treatments, art work, chef prepared dinner, bed & breakfast stay, Weber grill and much more! 

It was a fun night filled with wine, cheese, friends and very few mosquitos! 

August 1 Musical Theatre Performance - "Ever After" 3:00 p.m.

Held @ LOL Elementary School Auditorium

FREE Performance

See our community children as the perform the story of retired cartoon characters discussing life on the "Totally Live with Monty" show.   Be a part of the audience and enjoy this crazy cast of characters as they sing and dance once more!

Director Jamie Hollenberger of Milwaukee, WI has worked with the kids for four weeks to put together this enjoyable show.  Support our kids, support the arts and support LOLA.....hope to see you there!

August 7 Fiber Connections - Paper & Place Paper Making Workshop with Artist Debbie Jircik 10:00 - 3:00

Cost:  Children 6-17, must be with an adult   $15.00, Adults:  $35.00 Adult & Child Together:  $45.00

Eagle River artist, Debbie Jircik will introduce students to basic paper making skills, working with recycled rag fibers and fibers gathered from area gardens and wild places.  Bring something from your "place" - a plant fiber, pressed flowers/plants, small branches or stones.  Your items will be imbedded in and connected to your unique paper piece as an artful reminder of your special "place".  Prepare to get wet and dress for wet feet and fun mess!  Register today!

August 27  Needle Punch Workshop with Artist Ann Wichmann  10AM - 3PM

Cost Adults:  $45.00  In this workshop you will learn the basics of needle punching.  The finished product is similar to wool rug hooking, but goes faster and is easier on hands and wrists.  Materials will be provided for class use and a small needle punch piece will be completed during class.  Register by August 20

August 15 Art Exhibit Paintings by Olivia Heitz

Exhibit @ LOLA Center  10:00 - 4:00  Artist Reception  2:00 - 4:00

Meet LOLA Summer Intern, Olivia Heitz.  Olivia is a Fine art Major at Luther College in Iowa.  See her view of the world through her original oil paintings and see the creative results of summer art classes.

Classes are held at the LOLA Center for the Arts, 4262 County Road B, Downtown Land O' Lakes

Call Wendy at the LOLA office with any questions or to register for all classes at 715-547-3950

Food Pantry News

110 Families utilized the food pantry resources in July. That number includes 181

adults and 36 children in the communities of Phelps, Conover and Land O’ Lakes.

Wish List items include: Soup, cereal, paper goods.


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

People around Land O’ Lakes

August 1st is Taylor Naef’s birthday

August 3rd Ron Verkuillen celebrates his birthday

August 5th Cora Claypool enjoys her birthday

August 7th is Tom Park’s birthday

August 8th Mark Molinaro and Bill Boscamp share their bithday

August 11th Sue Keintz and Judy Madigan share their birthday!

August 13th Mariah Miller celebrates her birthday

August 17th Carl Hoffman has another birthday

August 19th is Cindy Pekrul’s birthday

August 25th Nancy Tellier celebrates her birthday

August 26th  Bill Heinig has a birthday

August 27th Fiona Simon’s and Steve Diettrich have a shared birthday

August 28th is a triple header of birthdays for Cathy Floriano, Pam Boscamp and Lisa Bates

August 30th Steve Bates celebrates his birthday

We are starting to lose some of our summer help.  Joe and KJason Kools have already departed for their Waukesha home.  Hayley Garrison will have her last day on August 15th before she packs up and heads off to school.  Ashley Caudill will have her last day about 10 days later, but has promised to return and help on the Labor Day weekend!  Stop in and say good bye to our quality summer help!

Again, we thank all of you for the support and business that you give to the Forest Lake Country store.  The support that you have given us has helped us rebound from a poor winter and have a record setting June and July for Country Store business.

We thank you for that and look forward to serving you in the future!

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 – Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 7 AM – 2 PM
Winter hours will start after Labor Day
Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM – 2 PM
Friday and Saturday 8 AM – 8 PM
Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Special Closures There will be no fish fry on August 1st!  We are closed at 4 PM for a private party at the Country Store.  Saturday August 16th we will be closed at noon to cater a wedding party.


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