April Northwoods News from the Forest Lake Country Store

April Northwoods News from the Forest Lake Country Store

We all know that this has been a wild spring, not only here in Chicago but also in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

So many of the towns in northern Wisconsin are changing.  You’ll see the McDonald’s, Burger King’s and other fast food restaurants were years ago there were only small diners and supper clubs.  The Land O Lakes area is not neglecting to accommodate modern day vacationers.   But yet it’s still the home of a country store, much to the likes we remember visiting years ago to find food, beverages, bait, gas, and more.

I just received my April issue of the Forest Lake Country Store’s Northwoods Newletter.  So before breakfast today, I enjoyed my first cup of coffee and caught up on what’s happening up north right now.   Two months and county, I’ll be back in Vilas County for some great spring fishing.

Forest Lake Country Store, Great food and a whole lot more,,,,
April 2012 News

Winter Closure will start on March 26th and we will re-open on Wednesday April 25th.

Surprise, surprise, surprise!  Nope, Gomer didn’t move to Land O’ lakes, but summer made a Cameo appearance.  Temps in the mid to high 70’s for almost a week.  The first day of spring we are generally up to our belt loops in snow.  This year the ice left even the big deep lakes like Black Oak and Forest Lake on Tuesday, the first day of spring.  No sneaking in for summer, we did not even slow down for spring.  We went from two feet of snow in a single snow storm, to 50’s then 70’s.  The only evidence of snow is in heavily shaded areas on north slopes or where the plows may have toiled all winter and left a pile.

So many seasonal residents have showed up to check out their cabins.  Most driveways are clear and cabins are easily accessible.  If you want to get some lawn work, spring cleaning done early get up here now.  We rarely have a chance to get a jump on spring chores.  If you had a project that you wanted completed before the family comes up for Memorial Day call your caretaker or contractor soon.  If you want to come up but do not want to open your cabin call the Gateway Hotel.  I saw an ad with some outstanding April rates.  Use their roof and water and enjoy a day or three around the cabin!

We know we will get a little more winter, but this is a real treat while it lasts!

New in the Store
There is nothing new in the store but we will fill it up before we open with new beers, wines, cheeses, rice’s/grains & pasta, and so many more items.

We close in about 3 days for spring cleaning and mental relaxation! We look forward to the opportunity to step away from the business for a while.

Before we close we are trying something new. We will have a spring cleaning of our shelves.

We hope to see you in the store soon before we close on Sunday April 25th to receive this special pricing!

Events in the Store

April 25th Palm Bay Imports  5:30 PM at the Country Store

Greg Zens from Palm Bay Imports will join Nina Martin from Badger Liquor to present a fine selection of wines from this incredible portfolio.  Greg has incredible knowledge and a friendly style to educate us on their great products.  His wine events fill fast.  S

May 9th Chateau Ste Michelle 5:30 PM at the Country Store

Al Clemmenson from Chateau Ste Michelle and Nina Martin from Badger Liquor will wow us with selections from Chateau Ste Michelle.  These guys are the leaders in wine production in Washington State and are becoming dominant in other regions as well.

News from the Northwoods

From the Conserve School:
We have a lost dog on our campus. The dog is white with black markings.  It is male with a light blue collar (no tags). He has one blue and one brown eye. Please spread the word. The owner should call the main number here which is 715-547-1300 in case I am away from my desk. Thank you,  Mary Bongratz, Assistant to the Head of School, Conserve School

Border Bulletin
Heading south for a while?  The Border Bulletin can be mailed to you.  With a subscription, you can have the printed version delivered right to your mailbox anywhere in America. It’s also free to pick up at locations around Land O’ Lakes, Phelps, Conover, Eagle River, and Watersmeet. Read past issues online, get a subscription, place an ad or classified…all at www.BORDERBULLETIN.com

Events in the North Woods

If your group has an event that you would like included in the newsletter, please send it to us about 45 days prior to the event.  We will work to include it in the newsletter.


St. Albert’s Fish Fry APRIL 13TH 5:00–7:00 PM

St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes will host a delicious fish fry buffet  benefitting the Headwaters Food Pantry on Friday, April 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Cost is $12 per person, with children ages 6 to 12 eating for $6 and those under age 6 eating for free. Catholic Order of Foresters “Feeding God’s Children” will donate an additional $2 for each person that purchases a meal. Special thanks to local agent Dave Schmitz for helping us help the Headwaters Food Pantry!  We hope you can join us for great food and company!

Events in Boulder Junction

Welcome spring with the 5th Annual Easter Cache Hunt!
Boulder Junction, WI—It’s time to stretch the limbs, breath in the spring air and enjoy the outdoors with a fun event for families, friends and anyone who loves a treasure hunt!

Boulder Junction Chamber’s 5th Annual Easter Cache Hunt takes place on Saturday, April 7 at Boulder Junction’s Winter Park. The Hunt will begin at 10:30am including 12 Easter-themed caches.  Once each individual or team collects all 12 caches, return to Winter Park Pavilion to see who has collected the most points for fantastic prizes. A side activity will be available for attendees ages six and under. Enjoy a complimentary lunch at noon, followed by the prize ceremony. Wagon rides will be available, weather permitting.

Geocaching is a fun, social, outdoor game suitable for all ages. Players use GPS units to search for specific coordinates and find hidden treasures, or “caches”—containers with items inside. If you enjoy geocaching, don’t miss out on this egg-cellent event. Bring your GPS and Easter Basket and have a hoppin’ good time at this year’s Easter Cache Hunt! The 12 cache coordinates will be posted on www.boulderjct.org by 12noon on Friday, April 6th so that you can enter them into your GPS prior to arrival at the event. Boulder Junction’s Winter Park is located just ¼ mile east of downtown Boulder Junction, on Old Highway K. See you there!

For those geocachers looking for a more challenging hunt, be sure to check-out the 250+ geocaches listed on www.geocaching.com that are placed with within 25 miles of Boulder Junction located within the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

To learn more about the Easter Cache Hunt or for information about lodging, dining, or other activities in the Boulder Junction area, visit, www.boulderjct.org or contact the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at 715-385-2400. RSVP for the event is appreciated, but not required.

More from the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce

A message from Jim Tait regarding RED ARROW CAMP:
Red Arrow Camp Foundation provides scholarships to boys that would benefit from a very active camping experience that is goal oriented. For the 2012 year, a number of scholarships are available giving the opportunity for a lucky boy to enjoy a great summer. If anyone has a young lad in mind, they can 1) view the website at www.redarrowcamp.com 2) contact Jim Tait (866-367-5924) for a DVD and 3) be connected to a Foundation Director.

Red Arrow Camp is located on the shores of Trout Lake. RAC has been an exciting and unique summer experience for thousands of young men since 1920. Approximately 100 boys from the ages of seven to sixteen attend Red Arrow each summer.   Thank you – Jim Tait

Also, CAMP MANITO-WISH YMCA is also a wonderful summer camp for both boys and girls. Since 1919, Camp Manito-wish YMCA has been providing outstanding camp and wilderness tripping experiences. Located on the shore of Boulder Lake. If you would like more information on Camp Manito-wish, visit: http://www.manito-wish.org/ or by phone: 715-385-2312

Land O’ Lakes Library News
Saturday, April 7th at 10:00 a.m. Easter Event in Land O’ Lakes The Town of Land O’ Lakes would like to invite ALL kids –local and visiting- to our Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 7th at 10:00 a.m. with the egg hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m.   This event will be held at the Land O’ Lakes Elementary School.  Please dress for the weather as the egg hunt will be out door and bring your basket.  We will have crafts, games and a visit from the Easter Bunny!  Sponsored by the Land O’ Lakes Park and Recreation and the Land O’ Lakes Library.

Friday, April 13th at 1:00 p.m.  Movie afternoon at the Library

This month we will be showing The Big Year staring Steven Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.  Bird enthusiasts already know, the Big Year is won by the person who sees the most birds in one year.  Movie, coffee and popcorn are all free of charge.

Computer assistance
We are continuing our computer assistance with Thursday afternoon classes at 1:00 p.m. with Tammy and one-on-one appointments Friday afternoons with Tony.

For information about library events please contact: Julie Zelten,  zelten@lol.nwls.lib.wi.us   715-547-6006

Headwaters Food Pantry
“Help End Hunger in America”  Headwaters Food Pantry in Land O’ Lakes hunger challenge!  For the 15TH consecutive year, the Feinstein Foundation (www.feinsteinfoundation.org), will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide using donations made during the month of March and April as a guide to how much of the pie they will share. The more donations made from March 1st to April 30th– the more Feinstein challenge money we will get!

Founded in 1991, the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood.

Monetary donations as well as non-perishable food contributions will count towards our totals for the month of March and April.

Donations to the Headwaters Food Pantry can be sent to: PO Box 561 Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540

Non perishable food contributions can be dropped off at the Land O’ Lakes Chamber, Jensen Aikins Hardware in Conover, Forest Lake Country Store, Headwaters State  Bank, The Village Market and the Library in Land O’ Lakes.

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!

Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events
On Saturday, March 10th, the Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans, Inc. /LOLA held an artist reception for the 3rd Annual “What Will Kids Imagine Next?” Exhibit.  The day was a huge success!  Many kids, parents, and grandparents came to see the artwork of 57 students which was framed by volunteers and displayed in the Artistree gallery.  Land O’ Lakes Elementary Principal, Scott Foster, and art teacher, Amanda Acklam, were in attendance as well.

National Youth Art Month is about fostering creative thinking and celebrating artistic expression—a perfect fit with LOLA’s motto:  Create.  Share.  Repeat.  All the young artists will get to  keep their framed work.  “It is always a pleasure for LOLA to work with Amanda Acklam and the students.  The creativity of the children always exceeds our expectations,” observed Barb LeMoine, LOLA Vice President.

The framing of the artwork for the exhibit was possible due to support from the Sandra Hardy Brown Memorial Fund.  This fund was established to promote children’s art projects and programming and other arts educational needs. LOLA is grateful and honored to be the overseers of this endowment.

There is still time to enjoy the What Will Kids Imagine Next? Exhibit at LOLA at 4262 County Road B in Land O Lakes.  The show remains open Wednesday-Saturday, 10AM-4PM, through March 24th.

LOLA is a 501 ( c ) (3) nonprofit organization.  Donations are always tax deductible and any support would be greatly appreciated.  Contact Wendy for information at 715-547-3950 or 715-493-5361.

People around Land O’ Lakes
April 5th is Becka Sloan celebrates her birthday.
Aprils 6th is a shared birthday for Sandy Pauly and Joanne Spinner
April 10th is another shared birthday for Helen Hayhurst and Mark Collins
April 12th is Will Buergey’s birthday
April 15th is a shared birthday for Nancy Barber and Jim Floriano
April 17th is a shared birthday for Lee Sensiba and Joe Simons
April 18th is Fred Lipperts Birthday
April 19 Bret Miller will celebrate his birthday.
April 20 is 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 26th our 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, wish her a great day at the Tackle Box!

We are a couple days away from closing.  We look forward to this with mixed emotions.  It is nice to get away from the store, but a really hard admission that no matter how hard we work; this time of year is so difficult.  We will cool our jets, relax, and ponder what we can do differently or better for the summer season.

Again and always, we will thank you for the time you spend in our store.  It is great customers that make our job rewarding.  We look forward to seeing all of you when we re-open!

Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls

Forest Lake Country Store
6256 County Road B
Land O’ Lakes WI 54540     715 547 8222


Store Hours
Friday and Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 7 AM – 2 PM
Closed on Tuesdays

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