News from the Northwoods

News from the Northwoods

Summer is finally here.  Ice has been gone from the Chicago area for a while and now it’s gone from the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  With that comes bright green leaves, flowers and great fishing.

I’m about 4 weeks out from heading to the Land O Lakes area for fishing and taping TV shows.  What helps pass the time is reading up on what’s going on up north and to help you get in the mood for your summer fishing vacation, let me share with you the Northwoods Newsletter from the Forest Lake Country Store.

Forest Lake Country Store – Great food and a whole lot more,,,
June 2013 News

Summer has officially started in the north woods.  The ice has finally left all the local lakes.  Snow is relegated to remnant piles where the sun seldom shines.  No, not there, we mean on north slopes of hills or shaded areas in the woods.  There is a chorus of spring peepers every night and the birds are singing tunes for the mating rites of spring.  Hummingbirds are regular visitors at feeders hung with care.  It is a glorious rebirth from a long winter season to a start of a new season.

Along with the trees budding out and the birds singing and the other critters doing their spring things, we are ever so happy to see the seasonal visitors that call Land O’ Lakes a summer home! Many are already returning to the north land.  Each day there are hugs and well wishes, tales of the recently departed winter.  Friendships are rekindled and hopes for a glorious summer are shared.

The late start to open water and the ability to drive into cabins has really hampered the local caretakers and professionals that install docks and shore stations or deliver boats.  Black Oak Lake was the last to give up her ice, and that was just this past Tuesday!  We see boats loaded with piers such being hauled around at first light and the workers are still scrambling around late in the day.  No doubt there are many weary bodies at nightfall as they scramble to catch up on spring work.

And we are ready.  We have a long list of summer events, and high hopes for new products.  We want to attack summer with hopes of making all of our customers summer a little better.  13 Wine seminars, 13 beer seminars.  We ran a large ad with the schedule in the Border Bulletin this week, check it on line at

If you want, send us a note and we will send you a list of the events via reply email.  A great schedule of wine and beer educational opportunities., from the middle of June ‘til Labor Day!

The fishing report is good in the Land O’ Lakes area.  Walleyes were more than enthusiastic once the ice finally left.  Ten days ago they were very shallow, and now they are in more of a post spawn patter.  The best news is that many anglers are reporting catches of truly jumbo perch mixed in with the walleyes.

New in the Store

The list continues to grow of new and unique things we have found.  If you want something unique to enjoy with your lunch check out the big Pepsi cooler.  We have new Klarbrunn VitaIce sparkling waters in four flavors; Pink Grapefruit, Orange Mango. Black Raspberry, and Acai Blueberry Pomegranite.  Look for giant cans of Brisk Ice Tea, either Raspberry or Original Tea with Lemonade.  We also have the original Coke, made with pure cane sugar in the old retro looking 12 ounce bottles.

We had a supplier several years ago that was selling us some neat crackers, the Chipless Wonder cookies and many other interesting items.  For a while we were not able to purchase these items.  Recently Sysco (our food supplier) purchased the company and we are offering these very unique crackers, cookies, and chips.

We talked about the new kitchen and menu items in the last newsletter.  The burgers we mentioned have been a huge success!  We are using a burger that is 100% Hereford Beef, it is lean and has never been frozen.  We are lightly spicing the burger.  People that have tried them are astounded by the flavor of these burgers.  Try one on your next visit.

The Breakfast changes are equally enjoyed by our customers.  We are now serving an excellent hash brown potato and our Apple wood smoked bacon is out of this world.  Breakfast, lunch or dinner there is something new to tickle your taste buds!

If you are coming up for the Memorial Day holiday, or anytime, and need a bunch of donuts or cinnamon rolls for your gang, give us a heads up the day before you need them.  We will make them early in the morning and set them aside with your name on the box!  You can pick them up at your leisure!

The wine and beer selection continues to grow as we enter the summer season.  There are so many new items it is impossible to list them all.  Stop in and check out our 2013 summer selection, then stop back often as it usually changes nearly every week!

Events in the Store

June 9th LOLA is hosting 100 days of Art in the Land O’ Lakes area this summer.  Partners are creating their own events in conjunction with LOLA to exhibit all genres of Art.  The sky is the limit.  The Forest Lake Country Store is hosting artist Sharon Molinaro to show how she does pet portraits.  Painting pictures of pets is a unique tribute to your favorite pet.  She will be painting a picture of our pet rock the day she is here.  No, actually she will be completing a picture of our dog Moose.  You will see the process of making a permanent tribute of your favorite pet.

Sharon will be at the Country Store from 11 AM – 2 PM on June 9th!  Stop in at the store to see this unique art form!

June 11th  Scott Ghinazzi Lure Collector 5 PM – 8 PM

Scott will visit the Country Store from 5 PM to 8 PM to evaluate and appraise old lures.  If you have any old baits stuck in the garage rafters, or a tackle box full of grandpa’s lures, bring them in for a condition evaluation and appraisal.  Scott has been an avid lure collector for over 30 years, and calls Land O’ Lakes his second home.  He specializes in Folk art baits, particularly baits from the north woods.

June 12th Wine Tasting Benefit for Land O’ Lakes Artisans

Each year we host a fund raising event to assist the Land O’ Lakes Artisans (LOLA).  This group has is educating and instructing and displaying art of all genres to the entire north woods.  They are working to purchase the building that they currently rent in downtown Land O’ Lakes and turn it into a true education center.

August 9th and August 10th Ride with Leinie Fund Raiser for the Wilderness Lakes Trails.  This is the largest fund raising day for the Wilderness Lakes Trails.  This year the event has been extended to be a two day event.  Friday night there will be a Leinie welcome party at Brew’s Pub in Land O’ lakes.  Look for a corn roast, music and more.  Saturday is the bike ride, brat fry and Leinie party at the Country Store.  Check the WLT web site at for registration information.

News from the Northwoods

Land O’ Lakes is very lucky to have Land O’ Lakes Artisan’s (LOLA) and the Artistree Gallery in our community.  Day in and day out they work very hard to provide quality educational opportunities in all genres of the arts.  Make it a point to stop by the gallery and look at so many examples of art expressions.  This year they have introduces 100 Days of Art.  Over 100 opportunities to see or do something very unique and relative to the arts.  It is a huge list, check their web site for all the opportunities:   If you live here of visit here you will find something cool that fits your schedule!

News from the Land O’ Lakes Fish and Game Club

Good news!. The LOL Fish and Game Club Website is officially open. Thanks to the hard work of Alan Piel, we now have a website. Check it out at .

The newsletter will now be available on the website. The board voted to make this the primary venue for viewing the newsletter. Any changes to programs or outdoor events will be listed on the homepage to keep everyone up to date on the happenings.

Any members who would like to continue receiving the newsletter by mail, please let us know by emailing or contacting one of the board members. Otherwise, your July newsletter can be viewed on the website. An email will be sent out to let you know when it is online.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday at our first club meeting of the year.

Bat Monitoring:

Teams and individuals have been working with Trees for Tomorrow, doing bat monitoring for four years to determine the level of bats in our area. Bats are more important to our environment than most people realize, and they are threatened by a disease that is marching toward Wisconsin. It is important to get a base-line population survey before the disease arrives.

Anyone who likes to walk in the woods, kayak, or canoe, would find this a great adventure. There are several lakes that are considered high priority, and one is right next door – Forest Lake.

There will be a training session at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River on May 30th, and neighboring volunteers really urge a small team to learn more about it.

Please call Troy Walters at 479-6456 x228  And here is a link for more information:

Camp Manito-wish YMCA is celebrating 95 year this summer! Following is a message from Camp’s Executive Director, Anne Derber:  “Camp Manito-wish YMCA is honored to be a part of the Boulder Junction Community! This year we celebrate 95 years of youth development, leadership learning and wilderness tripping. Over the years we have grown beyond summer camp and now serve over 3,000 participants on a year-round basis. On August 2-3, 2013, we will be welcoming over 400 alums and their families to Camp to celebrate our history and plan for our future. We are grateful for your support as our alums shop, stay and dine in the community over this particular weekend and throughout the summer.”

A couple months ago we informed all our readers about Karen Weber-Mendham as one of three finalists in the Frito Lay Do us a Flavor contest.  Karen was announced a winner with the most votes cast for her chip flavor “cheesy garlic bread”!  One million dollars is going to a very deserving lady and family.  Congratulations to Karen and her family and thank to all that voted for her and cheesy garlic bread!

Events in the North Woods

We offer special thanks to the groups and organizations that provide us with information for our events listings.  If you have an event of general interest send us the info, preferably in a Word document, that we can use in our newsletter.  We are happy to share the info we do receive, but we are not very good mind readers!

May 24th – May 26th  The Boulder Junction Town Wide Rummage Sale is taking place Memorial Day Weekend – Friday, May 24 thru Sunday, May 26. Sale hours and days vary by individual location. Find that treasure you have been looking for, everything from antiques, toys, clothes, sporting goods, household items, and furniture. Stop in to the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce beginning Tuesday, May 21 to pick up your map to the sales around town. Sale listings and the map will also be available on the week of the sale. For more information contact the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, 715-385-2400.

May 25th and thru the summer  Boulder Junction offers free fishing clinics.

The list is too extensive to include in this forum, but local guides will divulge all (well some) of their secrets for catching fish in the north woods lakes.  All start times are 7 PM on Sunday evenings, with the exception of May 25th.  Check out the entire list for speakers and locations at

June 8th and 9th Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe and Kayak Race

Marcia and Jeff Rohr hold this annual event at their business Rohrs Wilderness Tours.  All proceeds go towards Pediatric Brain Tumor Research.  Anyone with a canoe or kayak is welcome to come and paddle.  Spectators are also welcome to enjoy the festivities and cookout!  There is a live auction and cookout planned.  Check the website at for more information.  The Event is located at 5230 Razorback Road, Conover WI 54519.  Phone number is 715 547 3639, call for more information!

Land O’ Lakes Library News

June 11 Scott Ghinazzi from Wisconsin Rapids will have a presentation on Folk Art Fishing Lures at the Land O’ Lakes Public Library

Scott has been a avid lure collector for over 30 years.  He specializes in Folk art baits, particularly on baits from the north woods.  He will show numerous “critter” lures made in the UP or northern Wisconsin.  Scott will also have a month long exhibit of his collection on display at the Library starting on May 23.  In the evening, Scott will evaluate and appraise antique lures at the Forest Lake Country Store, 8 miles west of Land O’ Lakes from 5 PM – 8 PM.

Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events

LOLA Summer Art Classes

Land O Lakes Area Artisans, Inc./LOLA announces a variety of classes for students of all ages being offered during June.

Three classes are offered to students of all ages including children ages 4-6 with an adult partner and children ages 7+ from 10:00AM until Noon with an afternoon session from 1:00-3:00PM.   The cost is $15 per student or $26 for 2 students.

Tuesday, June 11th and Saturday, June 18

Birchwood Forest Painting with watercolors and acrylic printing.  Register by June 4th  for the Tuesday class or June 11th for the Saturday class.

Thursday, June 13th   and Tuesday, June 25th

Beautiful Northern Butterflies—Glue Paint Symmetry Prints.  Register by June 6th for the Thursday class or June 18th for the Tuesday class.

Thursday, June 20th

Paint like Pollack – Group painting with acrylics.  Jackson Pollack is known for action painting—emphasizing body movement as an art technique and creating spontaneous, dynamic paintings. In this fun class students will practice action painting on individual papers and then work together as a group on one huge piece of paper.  Cost for this class is $12 per student or $20 for 2.  Register by June 13th.

Summer in the north woods is a wonderful time to explore the beauty of our area’s lakes and forests.  The beauty of our natural surroundings will be the inspiration for creating a three dimensional scene of the forest in classes offered on either Tuesday June 18th  or Thursday, June 27th.  Students aged 8 and above will learn to make an Ottawa Forest Tunnel Book.  The morning class is from 10:00AM until Noon and the afternoon session runs from 1:00-3:00PM. Cost for this class is $12 per student or $20 for 2 and the registration deadlines are June 11th or June 20th.

LOLA’s classes are a perfect opportunity to learn a new art technique or partner with your children or grandchildren to share the fun of creating original artwork this summer.  Visit the LOLA website, or call Wendy at 715-547-3950 for complete details.

Land O Lakes Area Artisans, Inc./LOLA is excited to welcome Nina Fiorucci as the 2013 Summer Intern.  Nina is an Art Education major with an emphasis in photography at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI.  Originally from Watersmeet, MI, Nina was fortunate to attend a high school for the arts with a darkroom and has been in love with alternative photographic processes every since.  She believes one does not have to be a skilled artist to understand art’s importance and looks forward to sharing her passion of exploring art with residents and visitors to her home region this summer.  Nina will be teaching a variety of classes for adults and  children ages 4 and older on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays from June 11th until August 17th.  Painting, mask making, nature journals, weaving, and natural stone jewelry making are only some of the art classes being planned

Recurring Events in the North Woods

Thursdays in Land O’ Lakes Flea Market  Located in the Town Hall grounds, the market is open every Thursday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Thursdays in Land O’ Lakes  Farmers Market.  Located in the old lumberyard opens at 9 AM – 12 Noon

Tuesdays in Boulder Junction Flea Market Located at the Boulder Junction Community Center 8 AM – 3 PM.  Starts June 4th thru summer!

People around Land O’ Lakes

June 1 is Ken Brown’s birthday
June 2 is Ralph Tuttles birthday and also Barb and Ken Brown’s anniversary
June 3rd is Linda Bogdala’s birthday
June 7 is Silas Beattie’s birthday
June 8th Meridith Bawden celebrates her birthday
June 10th Rita and Mark Bawden celebrate their anniversary.
June 11 is busy.  Phyliss Rasmussen, Dianne Schindelholz and Maggie Delong celebrate their birthdays.
June 14 is the 18th birthday for our daughter Olivia
June 15th Sara Beedie celebrates her birthday
June 16 Cindy Geib and Sandy Seymour share a birth date.
June 17 Marks mom Jean Gostisha and Sudy Wattson share their birthday.
June 18th is Steve Heinrich’s birthday
June 21st, Bob Wills and Jim Achuff share their birthdays.
June 22nd Shelley Peterson has her birthday.
June 23rd  Dan Adams, John Akins and Mike Saad celebrate their birthday.
June 24th is Bud Schlack’s Birthday.
June 25th Jody Beurgey celebrates her birthday
June 26th Sue Marcus, Dick Melhop and our grand-daughter Riley Grace celebrate a shared birthday!
June 28th is the birthday for Hayley Garrison.

Wow, this is a long letter.  If you made it this far, we thank you!

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  We are also closed on Sunday June 2 for our daughters graduation ceremony.
Starting June 3 we start our Super Extended Summer hours!
Monday thru Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 7 AM – 2 PM


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