Northwoods News

Northwoods News

Less than two days away and I’m headed for the Northwoods.  Ice fishing, Frozen Tozen, good eats, and visits with friends like Mark and Kris at the Forest Lake Country Store.   I’m staying at the Wildcat Lodge and will be pulling some of the big crappies out of Big Kitten Lake.  That will be fun.  More so it will be great to get my wife Judy catching the big slabs that the lake gives up year after year.

Mark I’ll see you in a few days.

Here’s Marks February news…

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

Special news and a couple Wine and Liquor specials!

Here is the release from the Sunrise Lodge.  Karen is Elsie and Dick Mendham’s Daughter in Law.  She is also an employee at the Land O’ Lakes Public Library, coordinating all the children’s activities.   

Help us help Karen to win!!!

Last summer Frito-Lays announced a contest to invent a new flavor of Lay’s potato chips.  Inventor of the winning flavor will receive $1 million or 1% of the 2013 sales (whichever is greater). Runners up each receive $50,000.

While at a cookout Karen Weber-Mendham and others began discussing the contest and throwing out ideas for a new flavor. Karen came up with and submitted Cheesy Garlic Bread and is now one of the top three finalists.

New flavors are to hit the stores and voting begins on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and continues until May 4th.

Look for her name on the front and her picture on the back. There is to be one vote per person per day. Rules can be found at

There are three ways you can vote for your favorite. You can go to the Lay’s Facebook page for the contest (which doesn’t appear to be open for voting quite yet, texting “VOTE” to 24477, or using the Twitter hashtags #SaveGarlicBread.

We ask you to be sure and cast your votes and to pass this along to your friends, co-workers and email buddies.  You can imagine our excitement for Karen, not to mention all the attention this should bring to Land O’ Lakes.  

You can vote three times a day, once on each platform; Twitter, Facebook and texting.  We hope that you can help Karen realize a dream!

In Store Events:

February 27th  A night of Zinfandel wines  5:30 PM

Nina Martin will be on hand to present a very worldly selection of Zinfandel wines.  No, not the white zinfandels you see stacked in the supermarket, but big robust red zinfandel wines from California, Italy and Australia.

Seating is limited to 24 people, and advance reservations are required.  Cost is just $8 per person.  Call or stop at the store soon to get your reservation!

Up north Events!

February 23 Boulder Junction Frozen Tozen Winter Fest!

Fish, Golf, Skate and Bowl on Frozen Boulder Lake

Boulder Junction, WI – The 5th Annual Boulder Junction Frozen Tozen Winter Fest will be held on Saturday, February 23rd. Bring family and friends to Boulder Lake for the Frozen Tozen, featuring an ice fishing tournament, warm food and drink, a raffle, an exciting game of ice golf, turkey bowling, tug of war, and ice-skating. Best of all, these fun activities support community projects. All ice fishing tournament proceeds support the Boulder Junction Boat Landing Improvement Fund, while proceeds from ice golf and turkey bowling benefit the Community Food Pantry.

Tournament registration begins at 10:00am at the Boulder Lake landing, with walk-in registrations welcome throughout the day. The tournament runs from 11am-5pm. At only $20 for adults and $10 for kids 14 and under, the tournament is fun and affordable for everyone. New this year is a team division. 2 to 6 individual registrants may also sign up as a team for no extra charge. Awards will be presented to top anglers in the adult and junior divisions as well as an overall team award.

The ice golf and turkey bowling will take place any time between 11am-4pm, enjoy this wintry take on a classic sports. A course of 4 holes will be played; a long drive contest and 5 frames of bowling will also be featured. A non-perishable donation to the Community Food Pantry is your fee to participate. Prizes will be awarded to both adult and junior golfers & bowlers. You can take part in one or both activities.

Let’s not forget the tug of war and ice-skating! Open ice-skating will take place all day. A limited supply of ice skates will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. At 12noon tug of war will take place right on the ice!

At 5:30pm, join us at Boulder Beer Bar on Main Street & Hwy M North in Boulder Junction for the awards ceremony. In addition to the Frozen Tozen Award, given in memory of Scott Kimball, for the largest catch in both the adult and junior division, each division will also award prizes for the largest fish caught in each of the following categories: Walleye, Small Mouth or Large Mouth Bass, Pan Fish (Bluegill, Perch and Crappie), and Northern Pike. The team catching the most total inches will receive the Team Award.

After the divisional prizes, stick around for the raffle drawing! Tickets for the raffle are available now at the Boulder Junction Chamber, Boulder Beer Bar, Gooch’s A-1 Bar & Grill, Headwaters Restaurant & Tavern, J.J.’s Pub and Grub and Northern Highland Sports. Grand prize is a weekend fishing package including 2 nights lodging at White Birch Village, fishing with Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service and meals at local establishments. Many other prizes will also be raffled off. Tickets are just $1.00 each or six for $5.00. As with the tournament proceeds, the raffle will also benefit the Boulder Junction Boat Landing Improvement Fund.

There’s something for everyone at the 5th Annual Boulder Junction Frozen Tozen Winter Fest! We look forward to seeing you in Boulder Junction!

For more information and ice fishing registration forms, visit or call the Boulder Junction Chamber at (715) 385-2400.

Things in the north woods have changed drastically since the beginning of February.  SNOW!!  Lots of snow.  It seems every merchant in town has a permanent grin on their faces after a less than desirable January.  Snow is the driving force of the entire winter economy in the north land, and we have it now baby!  We thank God for a much more seasonal weather pattern this month than we have seen in the last 6 years.  We continue to pray for more snow thru the next 8 weeks of winter!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share our newsletters.  We enjoy the time that you spend in the Forest Lake Country Store.

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

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