Northwoods News

Northwoods News
Merry Christmas Everyone from Mark at the Forest Lake Country Store.
News, pictures and fun stuff from the north woods of Wisconsin,,,
Winter has settled into Land O’ Lakes.  Double digits below zero before Christmas.  We cannot get our staff or even our own kids to pose outside for a new picture,,,
The snowmobile trails opened at noon on December 14th.  There was a fair bit of activity on the trails, snowmobile trailers parked at the hotels, line of sleds waiting to fill up with gas.
Reports of cross country and snow shoe trails being in good shape but a few weeds poking thru.  We could always use a little more snow.  The weather prognosticators tell us our wish will come true before Christmas.
Ice fishing has been very good in the north woods as well.  Ice was sketchy early, but ten days in the deep freeze made great ice in shallow bays and smaller lakes.  The early season walleye bite has been excellent.  Perch have been starting to bite but it is tough to get into deeper water, for now!
There are high hopes in the north woods for a lot of winter sport activity!
Painless Pete Christmas Display
A sure sign of winter in Land O’ Lakes!  Dr. Pete does nothing small!  8 Reindeer and a sleigh full of toys.  About three times life size.  Drive thru down town and check out his night-time display.
Forest Lake Country Store Hours
We Re-Open December 26th!!!

The week between Christmas and New Years we will have extended hours.
December 26th thru December 30th 8 AM – 8 PM
December 31st and January 1 8 AM – 2 PM

After New Years we resume our regular winter hours:
Friday and Saturday 8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM – 2 PM
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
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New Products at the
Forest Lake Country Store
We do not have many pictures of new products.  Trucks arrive this week with many new items.  With the Land O’ Lakes grocery store closed we have found new items to fit on our shelves.
We will sell bread, white and wheat (Not our home made bread, but sliced store bread) and hamburger buns.
We will add in some canned goods; a couple kinds of soup, Spaghettios, Raviolis, cereal and  other essential dry and canned goods.
We have always stocked eggs, butter, milk, half/half, coffees, oil, flour, sugar and a few other items.  Don’t forget the wine and beer!
Of course we have our jams, salsa’s, chips and crackers.  We will never be a full service or selection grocery store, but we will try to have more of the essentials that may save you a trip to the Eagle River or Watersmeet grocery store.
Events at the
Forest Lake Country Store
January 16th Watercolor and Wines 6 PM
Wendy Powalisz will lead a class on a watercolor adventure.  All materials are provided and each participant will create a frame ready masterpiece!  The theme is Dramatic Winter Sky’s!
We will offer a glass of red or white wine to loosen your creative juices.  Seating is limited and advance registration is required.  Cost is just $30 per artist.
January 30th A Night of Number Wines 6 PM
 Nina Martin will join us for an evening of sampling great wines.   Look for 19 Crimes, 14 Hands and Three Thieves.  These are all Value Wines, they drink way better that they should for the low price you will pay.  They are all really enjoyable wines.  Sparkling wines, reds and whites will all be sampled.  Cost is just $12 per person.
All classes have very limited seating.  Advance registration is required.  Please call the store with your credit card number or stop in and get you seat reserved.
  Click on this “Go Beyond” icon to learn about educational, entertaining and stunning opportunities around Land O’ Lakes
Neat things for fun and education,,,
Land O’ Lakes Arts
Contact LOLA for information about events, volunteering or donation opportunities:
Ph 715 547 3950
LOLA Events
January 23rd 5 PM – 9 PM
Jeans and Jewels Fundraiser
Held at the Black Oak Inn
Ticket cost is $50 and they are
available at LOLA or the Black Oak Inn.
Please check the LOLA web site for other forays in art, education, entertainment and fun!
Headwaters Food Pantry
6516 Olympic 76 Road
Land O’ Lakes WI 54540
Serving families in Conover, Phelps and Land O’ Lakes Wisconsi.  First and third Wednesday of each month.
PH 715 547 3153
Food Pantry Wish List
Paper goods continue to be a high demand item.  Toilet paper, and paper towels are appreciated by the over 80 families that depend on the Headwaters Food Pantry for assistance.
If you cannot get your donation to the Panry, feel free to drop them at the store and we will arrange to get them to the Pantry
Boulder Junction
Chamber of Commerce
February 17 and February 18 Frozen Tozen IceFishing Tournament  8AM – 4 PM
along with the Boulder Junction Snowmobile Club’s Breakfast on Sunday, February 19.
The weekend kicks off Friday evening 6pm to 9pm at Boulder Junction Winter Park, located on Old Hwy K, with a bonfire, ice skating, sledding, music and hot beverages.
On Saturday, the Frozen Tozen Ice Fishing Tournament takes place on Boulder Lake. New this year are cash prizes in addition to locally handcrafted wooden awards plaques!  Awards will be presented under the tent at Boulder Lake at 4:30pm.
Registration begins at 7am under the tent at the Boulder Lake boat landing located on Airport Road, with walk-in registrations welcome throughout the day.  There are individual and team categories.
Raffle prizes, snow sculpting and more.  There is something for everyone,,,
On Sunday, be sure to stop in, by sled or by automobile, to the Boulder Junction Snowmobile Club Breakfast held at Headwaters Restaurant & Tavern between 8:30am to 11am. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the trail
For more information and for ice fishing registration forms, visit or call the Boulder Junction Chamber at (715) 385-2400.
More fun stuff in the north country
February 4th and 5th Three Bear Dog Sled Race
Land O’ Lakes WI
This is the longest running dog sled race in Wisconsin.  Hundreds of dogs are assembled in the area between the Town Hall, Elementary School and the Fire Barn.
Between races enjoy kids games, adult games.  Skating lessons, and more.  Food is available on site with hot coffee and hot chocolate.
Click on the logo below for more information,,,
Like to travel around Land O’ Lakes?  Like to explore the U.P. of Michigan?  This contest may be for you.  It calls out “snowmobile” but you can enjoy the prize in your car, truck, VW bus or mule driven buggy,,,  Check it out.
Click on the logo below
February 18th Blizzard Blast
10 AM start at the Conover Town Park
All proceeds are split between Phelps, Conover and Land O’ Lakes Emergency Services.
snow shoe baseball, horse drawn sleigh rides, kids games, ice bowling  ice sculpting and more.
No admission!
Here is a great choice to stay for your next ski, snow shoe, hiking, biking or just a quiet trip north,,,
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