Northwoods News

Northwoods News

Been a while since my friend in the Northwoods sent over a newsletter to share.  It's good to see that spring is coming and all is well up north.  I'll be heading up there soon, but for now, I'll tend to my cabin fever by enjoying a cup of coffee and reading about wha't's going on up north.

News, pictures and fun stuff from Wisconsin's Northwoods
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North Woods Newsletter

April in the Northwoods,,,

The mud month of the north woods. There is an adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The woods can be seen as "kinda ugly" or breath taking beautiful right now. We choose to enjoy the beautiful side. The entire north woods transitions from deep snow to summer blooms. But to have summer beauty, there is a giant meteorological tug of war. 55 degrees one day, 15 the next. Frozen driveway one day, mud hole the next. Bright blue sky's, rain or snow. Always a surprise in the north woods.

We are closed, like many other businesses. How do we spend the time off? We dust, we clean, we re-arrange. We plot and plan for the summer season. We immerse ourselves in our numbers; find our best sellers, the hours/days that we are busy, try to figure out what drives our business from one season to the next. What have we learned so far? We generate over 75% of our business from early June to the middle of August. Our restaurant business continues to grow, and the more "boutique" our grocery items are, the more YOU enjoy them.

It also looks like people REALLY like our events. Fund raisers like the LOLA Gala and Ride with Leinie. In house events like the Wednesday Wine and Thursday beer tastings, and our classroom wine education nights. Watch for schedules in future newsletters.

This month we will showcase some of the other businesses that shake things up in the area. We have included hot links to many cool Facebook pages!

We will hold off until the May newsletter to announce all of our new summer items, please trust that we are working hard to have the items, events and hours of operation that represent what our customers have shown us they want.

We look forward to seeing you when we re-open. Until then you can help us. If you have family or friends that may enjoy receiving our newsletter, simply click on the button below and you can automatically add them to our email distribution list.

Stuff to do for fun, adventure and education,,,

Contact LOLA for information about events, volunteering or donation opportunities: Ph 715 547 3950

LOLA Events

LOLA is closed in April.

Land O' Lakes Library

Serving kids from 6 to 96,,,
Questions on our services, please call us for help: Ph 715 547 6006

Library Events

April 3rd 5:00 p.m.Karen Weber Mendham is doing a live reading of a book on the radio: WXPR (91.7) “Librarian’s Read” will bestreaming live. She will read “A Whole Nother Story” by Cuthbert Soup.

April 10-April 16 National Library Week is a great time to stop in at the Library!!

April 21st at 1 PM Free Movie Day Ricki and the Flash

May 10th 7 PM Author/Adventurer James Campbell

Co-hosted by the Land O' Lakes Public Library and the Conserve School. To accommodate the anticipated crowd, this event will be held at the Conserve School Auditorium.

This noted author is a native of Wisconsin. His articles on adventure travel, environmental, and military history have appeared in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Islands, Backpacker, Audubon, Coastal Living, Field and Stream, Sports Afield, Military History and more.James’s presentation entitled “Into the Wild” will focus on his book the Final Frontiersman and his newly released book Braving Itwhich documents building a cabin and trapping with his daughter Aiden on the Colleen River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It also tells the story of their trek over the Brooks Range and their paddle to the Arctic Ocean. Don't miss this world class event!

Go Beyond,,,

More fun stuff in the north woods,,,

April 2nd. All Day in Phelps WI

Join us in Phelps for a full day of FREE family fun! Celebrate the Wisconsin heritage of pure maple syrup with a tour of local sugar bushes, tree-tapping demonstrations, and maple treats of all kinds! Check out the kids activities and arts and crafts, have a chance to win one of four grand prizes, and more! This is a great event for all ages, headquartered at the Phelps school. For more information, follow along on Facebook!

April 22nd St. Albert Church Fish Fry 5PM - 7 PM

This is a benevolent fish fry; this year the recipient is Dave Johnson, known locally as DJ, paralyzed after a fall from scaffolding. Tickets are $12 per adult at the door. Advance tickets ($10 Adult) are available at the Church office, the Gateway hotel and the LOL Chamber of Commerce until April 17th. Kids 6 - 11 are $6 at the door and under 6 years old is free.

The Church will also accept donations of crafted items for the Bucket Raffle. Items that have worked well in the past are hand crafted cribbage boards, wreathes/flower arrangements, lawn ornaments and more. Donations of prizes or tax deductable checks can be delivered to St Albert Church office in Land O' Lakes.

May 21 White Deer Triathalon, Boulder Junction

Boulder Junction is proud to be the home of the annual White Deer Triathlon, held every May. This fun event features a 3-kilometer canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard course on Boulder Lake, 23-kilometer bike ride on Boulder Junction’s rustic roads and 6.5-kilometer run. Fore more information,

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 286, Boulder Junction, WI 54512-0286 1-800-GO-MUSKY

Land O' Lakes has created a very dynamic Facebook page. You will find many new outdoor adventures; hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, waterfall adventures and so much more,,, Here is a hot link to this Facebook page

Another reminder, hold these dates:

June 18, 2016

Land O' Lakes Artisans Wine Event

This event supports the efforts of LOLA. Great wines, appetizers and more. Silent auctions and live auction provide some of the funds required to operate LOLA all year.

August 13th Ride with Leinie

This annual event showcases the Wilderness Lakes Trails. Dick Leinenkugel joins us for the day. Grand prizes are two Trek bicycles and a stand up paddle board.

Other attractions include stand-up paddle board demos on Wood Lake , Quadra-Cycle rides presented by Sylvania Outdoors and a Leinie Fashion Show.

Register now at

Birthdays and other celebrations,,,,

April 3rd is Ken Wiedemeier’s birthday

April 5th is Becka Sloan's birthday.

Aprils 6th is a shared birthday for Sandy Pauly and Joanne Spinner

April 9th is Beth Kennedy’s birthday

April 10th is a shared birthday for Helen Hayhurst and Mark Collins

April 11th is Dan Zanes birthday

April 12th is Michele Rein, Will Buergey, Wayne Diestler and Jeff Pytlarz share their birthday

April 15th is a shared birthday forCharlene Bukowiecki , Nancy Barberand Jim Floriano

April 17th is a shared birthday for Lee Sensiba and Joe Simons

April 19 Bret Miller will celebrate his birthday.

April 20 is Martha McKinnon and Darlene Lavris’s birthday

April 22nd is a triple header birthday for Jane Cascaranno, D’Arcy Arpke, and Dave Gunderson

April 23rd Frisk Miller celebrates her birthday

April 24th is George Schellgell’s birthday

April 25th is Debra Hart’s birthday

April 26th our oldest daughter Nicole celebrates her birthday

April 27th Bob Cascaranno celebrates his birthday and Kris’s Dad Stanley Koss has his birthday.

April 28th is Karen Koskellins birthday

April 30th is Taylie Haynes and Brian Neblock’s birthday


We appreciate you taking the time to read our newsletter. A business is successful by having customers that feel like family, we appreciate you trusting us with your friendship. Thanks for sharing our story with your friends and family,,

Kris and Mark Gostisha
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