Page 1

Starring the unique people, businesses, and entertainment in the Lakes Area Winter 2012/2013

volume 1 number 3

Mark J. Harlow knows how to tell a story. On a recent visit

to his gallery in Breezy Point, Mark politely listened to the sighs and gasps that invariably accompany his work, and gave us a little background on the images as we made our way around the room. As we went along, our curiosity grew and his stories got more detailed. While the stories were captivating, they didn’t hold a candle to his work. To call them “pictures” is like calling the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel a “painting”, for they are truly works of art. Mark’s gift for capturing amazing nature and wildlife images is clearly evident in print, and it is that interest in the process of images on paper that first intrigued him. A chance meeting with the artist Les Kouba back in 1982 gave Mark the opening to question Mr. Kouba about just how that process worked. The answer piqued Mark’s interest, enough for him to enroll in a technical school that taught “color theory” at a time when the technological advances in the printing industry were exploding. The traditional means of “separating color” had given way to a laser that could do the job better, in far less time. Mark was training as a laser scanner operator when a terrible car accident changed his life. His chosen career path was put on hold so that Mark could concentrate on living and recovering. He had a long, hard road to recovery and went through some terribly difficult times, but eventually did find himself back in the printing industry, although in a role not well suited for him. After his stint in the corporate world, Mark took the opportunity to start his own graphics business and in 2005 moved himself and his business to Walker, a place he had spent many fine days fishing. On one such fine April day in 2004, Mark was out ice fishing and spotted a couple of swans floating on

“Zoro!” 4 year old bald eagle

Photo by Mark J. Harlow

Every picture tells a story

by Kristina Foster

Leech Lake. The sight affected him so much that he left his fishing spot, went back to the house, grabbed his brand new digital camera that was still in the box, and headed out to get the shot. Despite the fact that he had never used the camera before and really didn’t know what he was doing with it, the image he captured was breathtaking. His mother, who was in failing health at this time, loved the image of the swans. In June of that year, just prior to her passing, she asked Mark to promise her that he would follow his passion and share his gift with others. It was not an easy promise to make, but in 2008, Mark closed his business and took up photography full time. The volume of images he has produced in that relatively short period of time are stunning. In today’s world of digital manipulation, it is easy to overlook the time, patience and skill that go into a shot.

In Mark’s words: “When it comes to nature photography, nothing other than the camera (pressed to my face) is used. I never use flash, light diffusers, bounce cards/panels, wireless remote triggers (for triggering the camera at a distance), spray bottles (for creating artificial dew on flowers) and the like. Every photo is taken in single mode (one click), no speed or continuous shooting ever, and usually hand held. Some media folks have tagged me a purist, but there is nothing as pure as the human eye. I’d like to be known as a modern day traditionalist, modern meaning digital camera instead of a film camera.” I will admit, I was not aware of his modern day traditionalist approach until well into our conversation, and I had to go back and look at every image again, through enlightened eyes! There is something almost magical about being able to define a

moment in time so precisely, as one individual moment and not just a click among thousands. My favorite image is titled “September Serenity”. (see it at, top 10 images) An immense storm looming over Glacier National Park at daybreak, while the sun attempts to squeeze through in the form of the most amazing pink sky…the majesty of it all makes one feel quite small! And somehow he managed to capture that in print. Mark has come full circle in a way, that explosive technology in the field of printing has made it possible for him to personally put images on paper and produce some of the finest quality prints available. The process he uses is called giclee’ (pronounced “zhee-clay”) and is the best reproduction “technique” for fine art reproductions. Giclee’ is french for “spray of ink” and as continued on page 3


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

From the Publisher

rehearsing spooky skits, coordinating stunts, everyone worked hard and had a good time. The Treehouse in Pequot Lakes gave us the opportunity to create amazing entertainment, I can’t wait for next year! The folks at the Treehouse are very creative and great fun to work with. We also took our zombie show on the road and performed at the beautiful Sunup ranch in Brainerd.

Time for another Publisher’s note. As I look back at the last quarter ,time has just flown by! Fall hit the Lakes Area, we pulled back the lines, halted the horses, and after two big breaths we rumbled ahead in our usual methodical gallop. What an adventure! We had so much fun at the three venues in September, Ethnic Fest in Walker, The Nisswa Fall Festival and Smoking Hot BBQ, and The Candlelight Tour in Crosslake at the historical village. October brought a flurry of activity as we were getting ready for Halloween fun! Hiring and costuming zombies,

November gave me a moment for a short breather. Despite all the bangs, bruises, sore legs and limbs, zombie bites, stunts, sprinting through the woods in the dark, and four months of driving horses in the public, there was no whining at the camp! The stagecoach wheels need mending, the horses need shoes, the next issue of Our Neck of The Woods is on the stands and our favorite time of the year to entertain with our horses is here, winter and the holidays! So we shake it off amd get back in the saddle again. Because it’s what we do and we love it. Thank you to all the fine folks who work hard to make the Lakes Area a great place to live!

Action Entertainment

is looking for actors of all ages and skill levels to join in a professional workshop. This workshop will cover: • intro to classical playwrights • vocal production • scene study • character development • film acting technique • beginning acting • beginning stage combat

Our goal is to train a team of local talent to act in upcoming film and live productions. If you have a passion for acting, join us! Skills acquired in this workshop are beneficial to any profession.

Action Entertainment’s director/producer Doug Taylor will lead the workshop and share his training and experience on set. Class dates and location will be set with interested parties schedules in mind. Call today! 218.839.2514

Doug Taylor Action Entertinment

STAFF Publisher: Doug Taylor Design & Layout: Tina Foster Editor: VR Robinson Staff Writer: Halle Strausser Our Neck of the Woods Action Entertainment Pine River, MN 56474 218-839-2514

Dentistry Spay & Neuter Feline & Canine Birds & Exotics Pocket Pets Vaccinations Euthanization Services Cremation Services House Calls Available

Dr. Kyle Adkins 218.587.4196 Come in and meet Dr. Adkins and his friendly staff!

For more information on advertising, marketing and promotional opportunities with Action Entertainment and Lakes Area Day In/Night Out contact us at: 218.330.5461 For current show schedules and to find this paper online, go to:

Lakes Area Day

Actor’s Workshop

Lakes Area Night

5508 County Road 1 - 5 miles east of Pine River


Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods


continued from page 1

with most things, not all giclee’ products are created equally. The products Mark chooses are meant to last a lifetime. He personally produces all prints and canvases in-house and to order. The canvases are hand (not machine) stretched to perfection. The end result are heirloom prints and canvases that have a lifetime warranty against picking, peeling, cracking and excessive fading. You would be hard pressed to find a higher quality reproduction. While the images we have printed here in our paper are fabulous, they just can’t match the beautiful prints and canvases in thier full glory. To see some of his favorites, stop in at the Nisswa Chamber in Nisswa Square. We are pleased to share Mark’s gift with you and encourage you to visit his website for a visual feast. Mark J. Harlow is a native Minnesotan and National Award Winning nature photographer. To see his beautiful work and read more about the art of photography, check out his website at Mark seldom takes credit for the beauty he captures, but gives those accolades and credit to the Creator.

Winter hours: Mon - Wed 11 am to 6 pm Thurs - Sat 11 am to 8 pm Closed Sunday Pizzas are available after hours in the pub!!

Hand Tossed Pizza Ice Cream Toasted Subs RYO Tobacco

A Real Paul Bunyan…A.K.A. “Gold Dust Jimmy”

as told by “oldtimers” to Vern Davis

It is well known that Paul Bunyan is a fictional character, actually he is one of the most famous and popular North American folklore heroes. He’s usually described as a giant and a lumberjack of unusual skill. James “Jimmy” McHugh came the closest to being the real Paul Bunyan than any other man alive. It was said that he could do the work of three experienced loggers. His main job as a top loader meant that he loaded and stacked the very top logs onto the sleds. To do this you had to be an acrobat, McHugh was said to be one of the best. Jimmy later built himself a cabin near Girl Lake, situated by a small stream, now called McHugh Creek. He cut down one large white pine that he split in half to make the roof of his cabin. He earned the title “Gold Dust Jimmy” when he brought $350 worth of gold dust to Longville. To this day, nobody knows where he got it! Historical data courtesy of the Crosslake Historical Society

illustration by Kaija Ollila


Buy one 12” or larger pizza And get a 12” one topping pizza absolutely FREE!! Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Pizza Shop! 22 Unique Specialty Pizzas!

Come in and enjoy the coldest beer around at Ole’s Pub! Limit one coupon per group. No cash value. Expires 3/30/13

200 Barclay Avenue, Pine River, MN

Stay tuned for more big things to come!

Ole’s Pub Hours: Mon - Thurs Noon to 10 pm Fri Noon to 1 pm Sat 10 am to 1 pm Sun 10 am to 8 pm

Join us for: Bloody Mary bar 10 am Saturdays and Sundays Happy Hour Monday – Friday 3 pm to 7 pm Friday & Saturday hourly drink specials Pull Tabs and 6 pm Saturday Meat Raffle


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

Brewing Coffee: Perhaps the most daunting task for a coffee shop owner and home brewer is obtaining an extraction that is truly tasteful, elegant and represents the most complete cup the coffee being brewed has to offer. Filter drip coffee at its best is a delicate balance of weights, grinds, time, water quality, and of course, fresh roasted coffee. Let’s begin with Coffee Brewing 101. The first and foremost key ingredient in coffee is of course, water. Not any water will do, either. Coffee brewing and extraction is especially sensitive to the amount of hardness and total dissolved solids present in the water.

More than you might want to know in coffee brewing. Soft water does not extract medium roasts well and will miss the bright, alive nature associated with the roast levels. In fact, most people with soft water will prefer a dark roast because it is the only roast they can get any real flavor out of using this type of water. People who are lucky enough to have a 7-10 grain hardness with total dissolved solids of 130-160 ppm will be able to brew the tastiest coffee and will be able to enjoy the full dimension and richness of flavor available in the light to medium roast coffees. Number two on the list of items

Water without mineral content, such as reverse osmosis and distilled water, doesn’t extract the flavor out of the coffee grounds and yields a flat, under-extracted brew. Soft water is great for washing dishes, your clothes and hair, but again, creates problems

May’s coffee crop in Colombia

photo by Mike French

necessary for a golden cup of coffee, is a brewer that heats to 195-200 degrees and has a brew time of at least 3-1/2, but preferably 4 minutes in length. Too short of a brew time and the coffee won’t extract properly and the flavor will actually taste weak and straw-like. Too long of a brew time and you end up with too many solubles in your coffee. The ultimate goal on solubles is 1.35-1.5%. Number three; the grind of your coffee is very important. A medium grind is preferred. Too fine of a grind and you will extract bitter alkaloids that are better left in the filter basket. Too coarse of a grind yields a weak, flavorless cup of coffee. Number four; the volume of ground coffee to water ratio is a very important aspect for a good cup of coffee and is defined by personal taste. The rule is one tablespoon of ground coffee per 6 ounces of water (the standard cup measure in your home brewer). I would suggest brewing 6 cups of water with 6 level tablespoons of ground coffee to start. Develop a base

by Mike French

formula to brew from and vary the ratio according to your preferences with experimentation. This ratio of coffee to water will vary with different roast levels and will vary with decaf coffees as well. Dark roasts and decafs will need a little more coffee in the filter basket to achieve the same flavor intensity. I find that for a 12 cup brewer, 8-9 level tablespoons of a medium ground coffee will give a flavorful cup of coffee that I can serve to my guests. What I really like is the first four ounces that come out of the brewer – but then again, this ruins the coffee flavor for everyone else. Note: this cup is not intended for the faint of heart. Last but certainly not least, is brewing a coffee that is freshly roasted and at its peak flavor. I prefer coffee within the first 24 hours of being roasted but within the first week is quite acceptable. Remember that coffee off-gases (loses) 50% of its volatile aromatics in the first five days after it is roasted. I prefer to capture this flavor in my cup. Questions? Call Mike at StoneHouse Coffee and Roastery 218-961-2326.

Specials at Sherwood! Wednesday Any Burger, Any Beer for $8! (Comes with chips/upgrade for charge) 3:30 pm to10 pm

Sherwood Forest Tavern winter hours Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm Monday & Tuesday: Closed Wednesday thru Friday: 3:30 pm to 11 pm Saturday: 9 am to 1 am


Thursday All-U-Can Eat Spaghetti & Meatballs & ½ Price bottles of wine! 3:30 pm to10 pm Friday All-U-Can Eat Fish & Chips (COD) 5 pm to10 pm Saturday & Sunday Breakfast! 9 am to 2 pm Saturday


9 am to 5 pm 12 wings & a pint of Mich Golden or Coors Light for $10! 9 pm to close 2-4-1’s EVERYTHING behind the bar! KARAOKE!

10 am to 4 pm $3 Bloody Mary’s $2.50 Mich Golden & Coors Light Pints $8.99 Bottomless Mimosas!

Happy Hour! Wednesday thru Saturday 3:30 pm to 6 pm $3 & $4 All Tap Beers $3.50 Rail Drinks $4 Glasses of Wine! Every night 9 pm to close $3 Domestic Bottles! (Coors, Mich Golden, Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, MGD, Grainbelt Premium)

Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods


A Memorable Day with the Druid Pack

story and images by Mark J. Harlow

“The Pack”

photo by Mark J. Harlow

In December 2009 I was just finishing up a three day photo shoot of the magnificent Bighorn sheep in the rugged terrain of the Shoshone mountains of south central Wyoming. In the middle of nowhere, I ran into another photographer. Somehow the conversation of wolves came up and more specifically the legendary Druid pack of Yellowstone fame. When I asked him how they were doing, he said, “They are all gone, all but one”. "When you say gone, you mean dead?", I asked. And sadly he said, “Yes”.

Just two years prior early on a snowy morning, on a hunch, I traveled down into Lamar Valley from Cook City, Montana. I was hoping to see and photograph the famous Druid wolf pack. To my dismay, while putting on a set of chest waders and getting ready to set up a ground blind across the Lamar River, a park ranger pulled in behind me and asked if I had a permit. “A permit for what?", I inquired. He proceeded to inform me that the area was a protected area for wolves, off limits to the general public....errrrrr!

I decided to stay put along the river in the “safe zone” to see what would happen. About an hour later while looking downstream, I saw a single black wolf standing chest deep in the middle of the river, like a statue. Cool! I finally got to see my first wolf in Yellowstone. What ensued after that was nothing short of amazing. One by one in single file, wolf after wolf continued across the river. Final tally? Sixteen total wolves! It was the famous Druid pack. They were too far away for any quality

pictures, but they eventually made their way across from me, about two hundred yards away. While trying to steady my big lens and camera on the hood of the truck, my elbow slipped in the light rain and the lens hood hit the windshield. They were in a single row trotting lightly, but immediately stopped, turned and stared me down long enough for me to take one very memorable image. To add insult to injury, they gathered on the very area I was hoping to set the ground blind up on, with two of them laying down to rest!


photo by Mark J. Harlow

From Mark: For more wolf images, go to: You can also find a link to the PBS special that videographer John Landis filmed. I often wonder what might have been, if I had only been allowed to set up that morning.

Planning a family get together for the holidays? Bites can arrange for you and your group to take an old fashioned horse drawn ride! Depending on your party needs and weather permitting, ride in a carriage, sleigh or wagon through the north woods. Call today to make your reservations. LIKE US on facebook and receive our daily WHITE BOARD SPECIALS!

Hours: Monday thru Saturday 8 am to 10 pm Weekly in store specials!! Monday: 10% off bottled wine Tuesday: 10% off for vets/active duty military Wednesday: 10% off for seniors 60+

Bring in this ad for 10% off any purchase, anytime! Expires: March 1, 2013


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

Good Things A-Brewin’ by Nolita Christensen From homebrew set-ups in garages and basements, to tavern taps, liquor stores, and new breweries, local beers keep bubbling up around the Lakes Area. Beer aficionados sing the praises of local beers. Why? They’re fresher, more interesting, unique, and support local business and creativity. Kim Johnson, owner of Pine River’s Ultimate Liquors notes the beer market has grown and become more specialized. “We’re seeing that

has. Today’s 20-something is a lot more knowledgeable and savvy a buyer than we used to see.” There is also a lot of common ground and crossover between foodies and local beer fans. Beer, just like cooking has changed with different looks and flavors. Small batches of craft beer can play with a wide spectrum of flavors – even more-so than wine. Patrick Sundberg, founding member of the Blue Ox Brewers Society and

image courtesy of Jack Pine Brewery

It satisfies the desire to create something and do something with your hands.” Lonnie started home brewing about 2½ years ago when he was living in a 3rd floor apartment in Chicago. After thinking about it for a long time, he decided to give it a shot. Looking back, he wishes he hadn’t waited so long. “It was pretty quick, not that hard, less mess than I thought, and smelled like baking bread instead of ‘overly aromatic’.” He fell in love with the creative process and started brewing a new batch every 4 to 5 weeks. Lonnie encourages others to give home brewing a try. “It’s easier than you think – especially if you use an extract kit to get started. Basically, if you can make oatmeal, you can make brew.”

Patrick Sundberg moving equipment into the new Jack Pine Brewery in Baxter's industrial park.

visitors, seasonal people and year round residents want to try what’s unique to the area, choose from a broad selection, drink quality beer, and support local brewers.”

owner of Baxter’s brand new Jack Pine Brewery, lights up when he talks about the range of flavors that can be achieved in craft beers and the unique food pairing options.

“Especially in the summer we have lots of people looking for local and Minnesota beers,” she says. They’re buying up GrainBelt, Schell’s, Summit, Finnegan’s, Third Street, Brau Brothers, and the extra local offerings of Leech Lake Brewery and Brainerd Lakes Beer.

He says, “My favorite has to be alternating sips of IPA with bites of caramel cheesecake. They balance and enrich each other, and the IPA’s carbonation scrubs the palette so each bite is like the first bite.”

Mark Dockendorf of Cash Wise Liquors in Baxter echoes Kim’s experience. “Customers are a lot more adventurous. Nobody wants to drink what their father drank.” He has observed, “Beer is kind of taking on a life of its own like wine

A few hours of work getting started, followed by a few weeks of waiting, and a couple more hours to finish up and bottle 5 gallons will yield 50 bottles of one-of-a-kind beer.

1) It’s economical. Once you acquire the basic equipment, the ingredients come to about 75 cents per bottle. 2) Drinking really fresh beer is pretty tasty. With a very few exceptions of varieties that benefit from aging, most beers are at their peak when they’re fresh. Lonnie likes to say that drinking really fresh beer makes a bad beer drinkable and a good beer great. 3) You can brew whatever you like. Some people brew a different concoction every time, while others find what they like and work to perfect it. Basic start-up equipment for a home brewer runs about $100, with endless optional do-dads and gadgets available to customize set-ups. Depending on the type, complexity, darkness, etc. of the batch, ingredients generally tally $25 to $50. According to Lonnie, “Some people find they don’t enjoy the work. If you enjoy the process, it’s a hobby that saves money and has a tasty result.” THE LEAP TO “GOING PRO” Many home brewers have flirted with the idea of “going pro.” For Dan Stanifer and Jesse Grant, the idea turned into a reality in 2010.

For some, the delight in experimenting crosses over from tasting to creating. HOMEBREWING Blue Ox Brewers Society President Lonnie Smith explains, “Brewing is crafty and fun – with the pleasant bonus of it being your own beer.

Three big benefits to home brewing include:

image courtesy of Jack Pine Brewery

After years of Dan bringing kegs of his homebrew to an annual party at Jesse’s place, he received a 5am email essentially saying, “Hey. I’ve got a dumb idea: How about we start a brewery?” continued on page 7

Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods


continued from page 6

With over 20 years of homebrew experience, Dan hesitated. “I didn’t want to be the stereotypical home brewer who thought ‘Let’s start a brewery’ and then loses their shirt,” he says. Dan and Jesse embarked on a journey that included some fun research at the Great American Beer Festival, a year of developing their business model, and learning about what people want.

Working as an IBM engineer for about 12 years, Greg was able to work from home and then move north. At Eelpout Festival time and throughout the summers, he often served guests his homebrew beer and received lots of compliments and encouragement to brew professionally. Having brewed as a hobby since 1992, he started to consider the possibilities. It took a couple years to go from concept to reality – evaluating the market, developing a solid business plan, securing funding, wading through the many layers of regulations at the federal, state and city level – but Leech Lake Brewing Company’s first batch of beer started bubbling in August of 2010. Today they serve Loon’s Eye Red Irish Ale, 47° North IPA, Loch Leech Monster Scottish Ale, Monobii ESB, Driven Snow Robust Porter, Blindside Pale Ale, 3 Sheets Imperial IPA and seasonal brews.

image courtesy of Brainerd Lakes Beer

“A great beer has to appeal to enough people to make it in business,” Dan explains. “We wanted to formulate beers to cross over – to introduce craft beer that doesn’t intimidate a Miller Lite drinker.” Dan and Jesse’s Brainerd Lakes Beer Company is focused on perfecting recipes that they contract to have brewed and bottled. Their warehouse is by the old railroad in Brainerd, and they’re working on building capacity to open their own brewery. Currently, they offer One-Eyed Pike and First Pull IPA with a new brew ready to hit the shelves before the end of the year at most Lakes Area liquor stores. They also have a limited draft line on tap at Grand View Lodge, Prairie Bay, and other restaurants and bars. Dan says, “The Brainerd community has been very behind us, and we want people to have fun with beer.” Having fun with beer and a love of the Lakes Area is something with which Greg Smith at Walker’s Leech Lake Brewing Company can identify. Greg fell in love with the area over 20 years ago visiting wife Gina’s family on South Walker Bay. The challenge was finding a way to live – and make a living – in the area.

Folks can try a sample, drink a pint or fill their growlers in the tap room nestled in the Chippewa National Forest just outside of Walker. Individual 22 oz bottles are also available in liquor stores, and their beer can be found in restaurants and taverns in about a 50 mile radius of Walker. Pint aluminum cans are coming soon, and spring will bring about 4-packs. Greg looks forward to expanding the tap room, including a 3 season screened porch, and a new brew house.

That winding path from beer drinker The combination of art and science to professional brewer is becoming kept drawing Patrick further into the familiar to Patrick Sundberg, too. world of beer. “I like the DIY creativity, tinkering, and gadgets. And, Back in his college days, Patrick hey, then you drink really good started brewing. He read the trade beer!” He found himself using magazines, and eventually started physics with flow rates, microbiolentering competitions where he ogy with yeasts, and artistic thinkfound himself consistently doing ing while crafting beer. Assembling well. He kept enjoying his work, his own equipment and experimentand got enthusiastic reviews from ing appealed to his sense of selffriends who loved the arrival of his sufficiency. homebrews at parties and gatherHis business brain kept churning, ings. too. A Physics major, Patrick said, “The scientific geekiness in me made me Having grown up with a dad who want to dig a little deeper.” owned his own beekeeping enterHe started volunteering to help judging. He went on to complete the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) which strives to promote beer literacy and the appreciation of real beer, and to recognize beer tasting and evaluation skills. Founded in 1985, the BJCP uses an examination and monitoring process to certify and rank beer judges worldwide. It was about more than medals. He wanted to learn what beer is and what it can be, understand its history, and understand what happens and why, in the process of building a beer.

image courtesy of Leech Lake Brewing Company

prise, Patrick wanted to start a business himself. When it came to beer, he said he “always had the thought tickling in the back of my home brewer’s brain, ‘This is fun; I could sell this.’” continued on page 8


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

continued from page 7

He cautiously started a 4 year process planning how to build a lasting business – not just a beer. His goal was to establish and maintain organic growth, avoiding the trap of overextending and expanding too quickly. Friends and supporters kept encouraging him and volunteering for construction duty.

fans in to taste his work. He is sharing his excitement with photos and frequent updates on the Jack Pine Brewery Facebook page.


Very soon, he’ll be offering tours and samples, selling pints, and filling halfgallon growlers to go, 4 - 7 pm Friday nights. He likes to say, “When you drink our beer in the tap room, it has

Beer has 4 main ingredients: barley, hops, water, and yeast. (Some brewers use wheat, but according to the German Beer Purity Law, only the first 4 ingredients are allowed.) To start, soak malted barley in warm water at approximately 150° to make mash. This converts starch to sugar which will feed the yeast later in the process. Next, drain and strain the mash, transfer it to the boil kettle to separate grain bits from the liquid. This grain sugar solution is called wort. Boil the wort to get rid of bacteria and sanitize the liquid. Add hops for flavoring, aroma, and bittering. (All beer needs some hops for bittering to balance with the sweet. Hops also have a natural anti-bacterial quality that helps make beer stable and safe.)

image courtesy of Jack Pine Brewery

He is now on the cusp of opening the doors to Jack Pine Brewery in Baxter’s industrial park. With an Up North, rustic atmosphere, finishing touches are coming together for a small tap room, brew house, warehouse area, and retail space selling shirts, glasses, etc. Patrick is excited to welcome beer

traveled feet – not miles.” Kegs on tap at restaurants and bars around the area will soon follow. So, this long, dark winter, when you reach for a tall, cold one, why not be a little adventurous and give a local brew a shot?

Cool the wort and transfer it to a fermenter where yeast is added. This is where “the magic happens” as the yeast converts the barley sugar into carbon dioxide, alcohol and many other components, and the liquid is transformed into beer. (This step has a lot of nuance dependent on the type, temperature, and health of the yeast.) Fermenting generally takes about 10 days. The beer is then carbonated and transferred to pressurized kegs or bottles to be stored in a cool place for 1 - 2 weeks for the flavors to meld. Tap and drink! Generally beer is best right at this point, 3 - 4 weeks after brew day is peak flavor.

image courtesy of Brainerd Lakes Beer

For more information or to plan a visit: Leech Lake Brewing Company 195 Walker Industries Blvd Walker, MN 56484

Jack Pine Brewery 7942 College Rd Baxter, MN

Brainerd Lakes Beer

Blue Ox Brewers Society

Lakeshore Lake Homes Cabins

Country Homes Farms

City Homes


Hunting Land

I WILL GUIDE YOU SMOOTHLY THROUGH YOUR NEXT PROPERTY PURCHASE! Give me a call today! First time home buyer and financing assistance available


Since 2011, inventory is DOWN and prices are moving UP. Interest rates are still incredibly LOW!

Carolyn Olson, Realtor ®

Featuring a complete selection of: Cold Beer Spirits Remarkable Wines

Buy NOW before home prices RISE.

Present this coupon and receive: 15% off one bottle of wine! 20% off two or more bottles of wine! Mix and match! (Excludes wines already on sale) Expires March 31, 2013

Hours: Mon - Sat 9 am to 10 pm

Highway 371, Pine River, MN

Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods


Food, Fun & Friends

What’s up at Billy’s this winter? FUN of course! And what better way to have fun than watching some football with your buddies at Billy’s? Billy’s carries the NFL Network, so come on out and catch a game. Thursday night games, all the regional college games, every football fans dream! Christmas is coming; don’t miss out on the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY at Billy’s! A trip for two to Mexico will be given away every Friday and Saturday night in December. Two chances to win each night, with drawings taking place at 7 pm and 9 pm. Don’t miss your chance to win!! Valentine’s Day? Yup, it will be here before you know it! Plan to bring your sweetie in for a lovely dinner and a bottle of wine. No sweetie to wine and dine? Don’t worry, come on in, we’ll be nice to you! Billy’s is thrilled to be the OFFICIAL KICK OFF HEADQUARTERS for this year’s Ice Fest!! Join us Friday, January 4th and get the weekend started right! Come out and try complementary samplings of the new flavored Windsor products and get a chance to win an 8 day/7 night trip to MAUI! The band starts at 9 pm and will be rocking the house till 1pm. Get out on the ice! Billy’s 3rd Annual Fishing Contest will be held on Pelican Lake, Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 from noon till 3 pm. Register your two person team at Billy’s for a chance to win cash, prizes, and trophies! Pick your own spot and throw your line in anywhere on Pelican Lake. Meet at Billy’s at

DAILY LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS OPEN 365 DAY A YEAR AT 11 AM Banquet Room for Large parties Game Room for Kids 11 Flat Screens to Watch Your Favorite Games On CR #11 Breezy Point (Next to the Ice Arena) 218-562-4667 11 am for the rules meeting (and some fortification!) before heading out on to the ice.

All Winter Long Monday-Friday

The Polar Plunge is March 2nd, make sure to stop on your way by.

Two Featured Lunch Specials Ready in 20 minutes or less-Or FREE!!

So much to do to keep you busy this winter, spring is just around the corner!

Tuesdays Prime Rib Meat Raffle 5:30 pm Wednesdays Regular Meat Raffle 5:30 pm Billy Pestello and Carmen Farl


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

An Evening of Enchantment What started out as a prime opportunity to feel like a “bad mommy” turned into quite an enchanting evening this fall when I was able to save my daughter’s birthday surprise. When I failed to consider league night at our favorite little bowling alley in Pine River, I needed a backup plan, and fast. Of course, it was the day before her birthday that it occurred to me to check, so that did not leave many options without looking like a “bad mommy”! My daughter really wanted a surprise party and there was no way I was able to pull it off, so the plan was to go bowling with her sister and her sister’s boyfriend. All was good. No surprise, but at least a celebration. Then, no bowling…so back to coming up with a surprise, and quick! My business partner, Doug Taylor, had been telling me for some time about how much fun it is to take the carriage or stagecoach out to dinner and then into town for dessert. He is based in Pine River and Bite’s and Ole & Lena’s are literally a horse ride away. I decided to call in a huge, last minute favor and ask him to help me create a fun surprise for my daughter. We decided to stick to the bowling plan as a cover. When he and his girlfriend stopped by the next day, in an effort to continue the

ruse, I made a point of “inviting” them to bowl with us right in front of my daughter. They, of course, begged off. I had enlisted Sister’s help with our plan. Doug planned to use the vis a vis (French carriage), so it seemed appropriate that we should have a crown for the birthday girl, and Sister took care of that. That evening, we made small talk as we drove north on 371 and had the birthday girl so engaged in conversation that she didn’t even notice when we rolled right through the light in Pine River. Not much further along, we passed Doug and his girlfriend trotting south on 371 with his beautiful Percherons and the princess carriage in tow. Birthday girl missed that too! I pulled over, whipped a u-turn and headed back toward the road I had watched the carriage disappear onto. The birthday girl suddenly realized we weren’t anywhere near the bowling alley! As I was pulling over and pretending I didn’t know where I was, Doug pulled up alongside of us and Sister whipped out the birthday girl’s crown. Surprise achieved!! The birthday girl was thrilled. We all cheered our success and piled into the carriage to head for dinner at Bite’s. There aren’t many places you can take a horse and carriage ride out to

Taylor Made Custom Homes

Quality, custom homes designed and built to last a lifetime. Let us make your dreams come true! Call us today to get started. Have a remodeling job? An addition, or need windows or doors replaced? Gives us a call!

Craig Taylor

218.587.3537 218.831.3537 P.O. Box 259 Pine River, MN 56474

photo by Terri Jacobson

dinner, and I will say, it attracts a bit of attention. Much perfecting of the princess wave was attempted, as well as smiles and shouts exchanged with passers by. Just the act of parking and jumping out of the carriage was enough for cheers. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Bite’s, the food and service was great, and the birthday dessert, a hit. Our ride back took us on a wonderful tour of town. We played a little too long and got to Ole &

Lena’s just in time to say good night to Debbie and Sharon. However, had it not been a kid birthday party, we might have stayed and visited Ole’s Pub! In the end, Mom was redeemed, the birthday girl got her surprise, an enchanted evening was spent with family and friends, and a good time was had by all! Want to plan your own enchanted evening? Call Doug, he has a variety of locations and options available.

is the patron saint of lovers and engaged couples. He is also the patron saint of epilepsy, which he is said to have suffered from. Cupid is a symbol of Valentine’s Day, he was the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Cupid usually appears holding a bow and arrows as he is believed to use magical arrows to arouse feelings of love. The first recorded Valentine was sent from the English Duke of Orleans in 1415 when he wrote a love letter to his wife from his jail cell in The Tower of London. “To wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from the Middle ages when boys would pick names of girls to see who would be their Valentine” and then wore the name pinned to their sleeve for a week. In the late 1800’s, Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “Improvement in Telegraphy”, on Valentine’s Day, 1876. On Valentine’s Day, nearly 189 million roses are sold in the United States.Approximately one billion Valentine cards are sent each year from around the world. The single red rose is the most popular Valentine flower which is also the flower of Venus. A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.

Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods


Dashing through the snow...

story and image by Vicki Foss

If you listened closely, you could just about hear the snow floating to the ground. Big, fat, wet snowflakes clung to hats and eyelashes as we moved through the woods on a cutter pulled by a team of horses. Yes, it was the stuff fairy tales are made of.

opens up before us and the unsullied knee-deep snow flies under the hooves of the team, sending fluffy clouds for the front of the sleigh to cut through. The bells on the tack ring out loud as the horses set out. The snowflakes are whipping past us as the horses pick up their pace.

Stepping into the sleigh, I felt a thrill of anticipation as the horses, feeling frisky, awaited the signal to pull. The beautiful sleigh, complete with delicious curves and warm woolen blankets, envelopes you as you step up and in. Finally, all loaded up and ready to go, the driver calls the horses forward and the adventure begins.

Along the tree line, over the frozen marshes, and through the woods we go. Around the bend, we get to a road to follow. Taking the shoulder, the driver leads us onto another trail. Our cheeks are rosy and our spirits are high.

A field of pristine white, fresh snow

Sensing the horses’ energy, the driver gives the team their heads and they run. It seems as if the sleigh is flying as laughter rings out.

I was shocked to realize that the laughter was mine! This adventure was courtesy of my friend, Doug Taylor of Action Entertainment and his team of beautiful Percherons, Phantoms Torrie and Black Rose Lacy. They treated me to a wonderful winter adventure. `There is something so wonderful,

so pure, right, and true, about a winter’s afternoon, fresh snow and an adventure. I wish this for you and your family this holiday season. I wish fat snowflakes on your cheeks. I wish warm woolen blankets for you to snuggle into. I wish for your laughter to cut the silence of a new snow. May the wonder and enjoyment of a new winter adventure be yours to keep for yourself.

Winter Jaycee’s Ice Fishing Extravaganza - January 19 Nisswa Jubilee - February 15 thru 17 Frozen Fore - February 22 thru 24

Spring Jaycee’s Run for the Lakes - April 26 & 27 Welcome Wannigan - May 11 Veteran’s Ride for Healing - June 1

Summer Turtle Races - Wednesdays starting June 5 Majestic Pines Art Fair - June 21 & 22 Freedom Days - July 3 Three Lakes Car Show - July 13

Fall Fall Festival - September 21 Tour of Homes - October 17 & 18 City of Lights - November 29

January 12, 2013 At The Northland Arboretum Allure Bridal Gowns available locally at the Social Butterfly

Visit: for more information about these events and other great things going on in our community


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods It was customary on New Year’s Eve to open the door of your house at the last stroke of midnight to allow the old year out and the new year in. The midnight kiss promises a year of warmth, love and affection.

The celebration of New Year’s is the oldest holiday celebrated today. New Year’s was first observed in ancient Babylon, 4000 years ago. 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year was celebrated with the first new moon, or first visible cresent of the moon, after the frist day of spring, or the Vernal Equinox. The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions also dates back to the

early Babylonians, with the most popular resolution being to return borrowed farm equipment.

The southerners eat blackeyed peas on New Year’s Day to insure a year of good luck and good fortune. Some eat ham hocks,

Winter 2012/2013 collard greens and cabbage for good luck. Don’t eat poultry on New Year’s Day, or the new year will be filled with misfortune. When the clock strikes midnight we cheer, blow horns, and shoot off fireworks to scare away the evil spirits for another year.

Tradition has it that one could affect the coming year’s luck by what they did and ate the first day of the new year. That’s why we spend New Year’s Eve partying into the wee hours of the new year surrounded by friends and family.

the mystery of the missing cash box

For good luck, the Dutch eat donuts on New Year’s Day, as their circular shape symbolizes coming full circle to start the year anew.

It was a brisk, cool day, among the first to frost this season. Although I wanted to drift back to sleep, I rolled out of bed and began my normal routine. I called in the noble steeds, fed them beet pulp and oats, and looked them over to make sure they were completely sound and ready for the day ahead. As they trotted in, I noticed that the dapple grey mares had fully recovered from their last workout at the Walker Ethnic Fest, Torrie, my lead mare, walked up with her usual fearless confidence. I nabbed her knowing that Lacey, her other half, would follow her true love anywhere. Lacey, unlike Torrie, pays more attention, anticipates your every move, and at times has a shy streak. But catch Torrie and Lacey will not be far behind, for sure. I walked the mares to the hitching post, where I tied them with a wranglers knot, grabbed my old, favorite, yankee britching harness, and tacked them.  On the way to the trailer, as the mares pranced excitedly, I grew more and more energized and awake, inspired by the fact that we were headed to one of our favorite venues in the Lakes Area. The sun began to rise as I unloaded the horses and checked the equipment. We depoted at the Ye Old Pickle Factory where from noon to five we were busy trotting people around, giving them a bird’s eye view of Nisswa at the Fall Festival and Smokin’ Hot BBQ. At the end of the event we headed to the Pioneer Village, where I unhitched the mares and grabbed the cash box. I ground drove the girls into the trailer, rewarded them for a job well done, and loaded up to head for home.   On the walk to the pasture I released the still prancing mares to do their favorite thing, roll in the grass, when I realized the cash box was missing. The last time I saw it was when I left it on the wheel well of the trailer. That meant it must be somewhere between Nisswa and Pine River.  A little annoyed, I let it go as I imagined the box smashing onto the road, freeing the cash to blow into the hands of some kids who would know best how to spend it; perhaps on candy or ice cream at the Chocolate Ox. Imagine my surprise, when the next day I was notified that an anonymous road worker found the smashed cash box and gathered what was left of the greenbacks blowing in the wind near Highway 371. Good Samaritan that he was, he dropped my cash box off at the Nisswa Chamber and asked that it get returned to it’s owner, and a grateful owner I am. Thank you! I smiled and thought, “What a great place it is here, I’m lucky to live and work in the place we call the Lakes Area.”

Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Calendar of Events December 1-29 Sertoma Winter Wonderland


Thursdays-Saturdays, Northland Arboretum

7-22 Enchanted Village



Looking for specials and events, day or night? Lakes Area Day

Lakes Area Night

Fridays & Saturdays, Paul Bunyan Land

13-21 Elvis Christmas Dinner Show Manhattan Beach, Thursdays & Fridays

19 Rock-n-Roll Christmas Spectacular Brainerd

25 Christmas 31 New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner


The Classic Grill

January 1 New Year’s Day 4-5 2013 Ice Fest

Breezy Point

12 GLAPA Presents Jerry Fraiser

Pequot Lakes

18-20 Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous Pequot Lakes

19 Brainerd Jaycees Fishing Extravaganza Hole-In-The-Day Bay, Gull Lake

25-27 Back to Hack Vintage Snowmobile Days Hackensack

31-2/2 10th Annual Crosslake Winterfest

February 1-2 Gull Lake Vintage Snowmobile Races 1-3 10th Annual Crosslake WinterFest 2 Groundhog Day 2 Ice Bocce Tournament 3 Super Bowl XLVII


New Orleans

3 Lumberjack Jaunt Ski Race


7-10 MNUSA Winter Rendezvous


9 GLAPA Monroe Crossing Bluegrass Music Pequot Lakes

9 Weekend At Ernies

Gull Lake

15-17 Nisswa Winter Jubilee 15-17 Eelpout Festival


22-24 Gull Lake Frozen Fore 14 Valentine’s Day 16 Wine & Beer Tasting Jenkins VFW


Ever wish there were an easy way to find local dinner specials tonight? Maybe you are planning ahead for next weekend and looking for some live music? Look no further! LAKESAREANIGHTOUT.COM is the place to plan your perfect night out. Or maybe you want to rent a paddle board, get your watch fixed, or find a good bakery? Let LAKESAREADAYIN.COM help you find the best local services and deals. Visit us online and download the FREE app for your smart phone to get local specials and events delivered right to your hand!


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

Woodpeckers of Winter Then there’s the Redbellied woodpecker, which is about the size of the Hairy woodpecker. Some feel its misnamed because although it does have a red belly, it is very faint to almost nonexistent.

Pileated woodpecker pair

For most of us who feed the birds in the Brainerd area, woodpeckers are common visitors throughout the year. Minnesota has nine species of woodpeckers - Downy, Hairy, Redbellied, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-headed, Northern Flicker, Pileated, Northern Three-toed and Black-backed, the last two of which draw considerable interest from bird watchers throughout the country. Woodpeckers are found across many habitats in the state of Minnesota, from Oak Savanna to Tamarac Bogs. Each of them has their own particular roles in the environment that benefit many of our cavitynesting birds. Minnesota woodpeckers range in size from the smallest, the Downey at about 6 inches, to the largest, the Pileated, at 20 inches, about the size of a crow. Within this group of birds, identification can be challenging. The Downy and Hairy woodpeckers look very similar; their only differences being body and bill size. The Downy woodpecker is about 3 inches smaller with a shorter bill compared to the larger Hairy woodpecker, which is 9 inches and has a bill that’s at least twice the length of the Downy woodpecker. The males and females of both species are identical except for a small red patch on the back of the neck which identifies a male. Both species remain in Minnesota year-round and can often be seen at the same time. When you see one, take a close look at the size of the woodpecker and its bill length to determine which species it is.

The typical, year round visitors of our bird feeders are the Downy, Hairy, Redbellied and Pileated woodpeckers. Feeding woodpeckers requires special feeders that dispense suet (beef fat) or peanuts for best results. Their bills are designed to excavate into wood where they use their barbed tongues to pull out food. They do not crack open seeds with their bills like most other birds do. Using suet is probably the best way to attract woodpeckers. It can be placed in a cage type feeder and hung on a tree or post. Today, suet cakes and suet plugs have become more popular than traditional suet, the advantage being that they can be used year-round. If you are using raw suet during warmer weather, I strongly encourage you to switch to a different product. The raw suet can become rancid quickly, making it unhealthy for the birds. If woodpeckers aren’t visiting your yard, find several downed and dead tree

story and photos by Judd Brink

snags measuring 6-10 feet tall, place them upright in your yard and hang a suet feeder from them. If you don’t plan to use suet, you must purchase a feeder that can be refilled with peanuts and out-ofshell sunflower seeds or whole corn. For many people, woodpeckers are associated with causing damage to our homes or trees. They have good reasons for their behavior. Each year, MN Backyard Birds receives many calls and emails regarding woodpecker damage to property and trees. Obviously it’s more of an issue for wood sided homes compared to aluminum siding. An older home may have rotting wood and insects that attract the birds. The damage done can be very expensive to repair. During the spring season, woodpeckers will “drum” to announce where their territory is and warn others to stay away. To help combat the damage they cause, I suggest installing hardware cloth along the problem area. This metal screening is easily installed using a staple gun and can be spray painted to match any color. As the “woodpecker” name implies, they do spend a lot of time finding food and excavating nesting cavities in trees, dead or alive. For example, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker gets its name from feeding on live trees, drilling tiny holes where tree sap collects. They usually prefer birch, maple and fruiting trees where insects can get trapped in the sap.

from the forceful blows of drumming or pecking a tree. One of the rarest birds in the United States is the Ivory-billed woodpecker, which is said to be extinct since 1944. During the winter of 2010, I was involved with a search team in Louisiana looking for the Ivory-Billed woodpecker. We did see some evidence that made us believe, for just a little while, that maybe they could still be out there. I hope you can take the time to observe and enjoy these fascinating birds this winter. Happy Birding!

Male Downey woodpecker

Judd Brink owns Birds of the Byway, a company that promotes and provides bird watching locations and sights along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway located north of Brainerd. He also manages the website and offers bird watching tours in the area. Last year he organized and was the data compiler for the first Uppgaard WMA Christmas Bird Count. This was the first CBC for that area and one of the few in the state that took place within the state’s byway system. This year’s Uppgaard CBC will take place on Saturday December 22, 2012. If you wish to participate, contact Judd at or 218- 838-4784.

Once we begin to understand some of the reasons woodpeckers do what they do and learn ways we can avoid them causing damage, we can better appreciate them.

Hairy woodpecker

Interestingly enough, a woodpecker’s tongue is about twice as long as its bill, it can actually wrap it around its skull. Due to a gel-like substance that cushions the brain, woodpeckers don’t get “headaches”

Judd Brink and friends

Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Personal Ponies...Making Magic Happen “Cheyenne – you stand still!” says Vanessa as she works to put the new pink rope halter on the UK Shetland for the very first time. Vanessa is all smiles. She has been coming to Meadow Ridge Farm for almost two years; riding Moonstone Magic, learning horsemanship skills, increasing physical activity and flexibility, while increasing her capacity for focus and learning. When the little UK Shetlands arrived this summer, Vanessa was enthralled. Cheyenne is her favorite. Allow me to introduce the Personal Ponies of Minnesota. My name is Sampson – I’m the herd protector and I keep a lookout for danger. I used to be a stallion, but a few years ago I lost my eye in a battle with a bigger horse, so now I am gelded. I’m still handsome and am quite a sight when I’m trotting around my paddock! My herd consists of another geld-

ing, Rio and three mares – Cheyenne, Pearl and Spirit. Together we ARE the Personal Ponies of Minnesota and even though we are little, we make “pony magic” in the lives of those we meet.” In late July 2012, The National Director for the Personal Ponies, a not-for--profit organization, contacted Brenda Myers of Meadow Ridge Farm. The director called to inquire as to if we, the five current UK Shetland ponies making up the Minnesota Personal Pony program, could come to Pequot Lakes. Her love of little ponies (and all horses in general) and the belief that equines bring a measurable benefit to the human lives they encounter; provided the reasoning for Myers to welcome us and to take on the volunteer position of MN State Director for the organization. She and her husband came to pick us up in southern Minnesota and then we started on the five hour trip

2 Shops in 1 Stop! Come in and shop our newly combined stores in downtown Nisswa.


by Sampson, Personal Pony

back in their little blue horse trailer to their farm. The mission of the Personal Ponies Organization is to make MAGIC in the lives of people, to bring smiles and joy in a most unusual way, and lighten the hearts and enrich lives through a partnership with one of us – a UK Shetland pony.

Our plans include regular visits to youth camps, offering pony literacy programs at area schools and libraries and being part of the pony/ human partnerships which creates the ‘magic’ we offer. Well, that’s all I have to say for today! Back to making magic!

We are uniquely suited in temperament and size to children and differently-abled adults and are provided to families completely without charge. Members of our little herd are available for community events.

How Can I Help? We welcome sponsors! It costs $1.65 per day/per pony for feed, worming, farrier and vaccinations! With 5 ponies that equals $3,011.25 per year. Make a tax deductible donation via check payable to Personal Ponies – Minnesota. Your donation enables the Personal Ponies – Minnesota to continue its important mission to offer small ponies to families with differently-abled children. Meadow Ridge Farm offers horsemanship sessions and equine encounter opportunities for those that wish to develop their equestrian skills. Meadow Ridge Farm is the only American Association of Riding Schools (AARS) accredited in Minnesota. Personal Pony of Minnesota is part of the Personal Ponies Ltd., Inc.; a not-for-profit private 501-C tax-exempt organization. EIN #16-1485250. Donations can be mailed to Personal Ponies – Minnesota, Meadow Ridge Farm, 4893 Tree Farm Road, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472. For more information visit: or call for a farm visit to Brenda at 218-568-5680.

Watt Computer Solutions by Roman *House Calls *New Computers and Laptops *Refurbished Computers and Laptops

218-568-5780 Your satisfaction is my goal! 34046 State Hwy 371

Jenkins MN 56456

We are the only specialty children’s clothing store within 150 miles! We carry a wide selection for all kids, infant through tweens!

218.963.7940 We have the largest selection of toys in the area! 20% off thru Feb. 28, 2013 Birch Bay Outfitters & Tu mbleroos

Images by Connie Meyers of Connie's Studio of Photography.

Connie is a national award winning photographer/ artist located in the Brainerd Lakes Area. She photographs children, families, seniors and pets. Her specialty is creative natural portraits. Connie also does commercial/business photography and has a spacious studio located in Brainerd. For more information call Connie at 218.963.8246.

5430 County Road 18, Nisswa MN 56468

$1.00 off any Combo Meal or $1.00 off any Medium or Large Premium Fruit Coupon expires March 1, 2013 Smoothie Good at Pequot Lakes & Pine River locations


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods for a whole season, I can’t quite grasp the idea. Truth be told, I’m more afraid of the cold than the cabin fever issue. My good friend, and I use that term lightly, keeps signing me up to volunteer at one outdoor event after another. I’ve got nothing against volunteering, in fact, I’m having the time of my life, but at least for me, it’s been COLD!

Winter’s coming, I can feel it in my bones. At least I think it’s my bones, being from California I’m not sure if it’s winter and bones or the adrenaline rush of being in the Lakes Area for the season. It could be the lack of warm weather and a vitamin D deficincy, too. Really, I’m a winter “virgin”. Living in southern California has turned me into a weather wimp. With winter coming, I don’t know what to expect and I’m scared. I’ve been hearing about this “cabin fever” thing and not sure whether I’m supposed to be worried or not. Never being confined to the indoors

What’s so bad about a little cabin fever, anyway? It seems like a fair trade in return for staying warm. Just in case, though, I figured I’d better familiarize myself with this “fever notion”, especially since hibernation seems like a valid option to being out in the cold. The bears have all but convinced me that it’s a perfectly wonderful way to spend the winter season. So far, I’ve learned that cabin fever isn’t really a disease or physical illness, after all. The term dates back to the 19th century when it was used to describe the early settlers stuck in their cabins for the winter, the travelers crossing the Atlan-

Winter 2012/2013

Cabin Fever tic in cramped ship quarters, and the people who were quarantined during outbreaks of disease. Cabin fever is a real phenomenon that can bring on very disturbing side effects, like claustrophobia, extreme irritability and restlessness, as well as temporary insanity and feeling like climbing the walls. Some refer to cabin fever as the “winter blues”. I’ve been described as crazy, restless and even a little irritable on occasion, maybe I should just forget about hibernating and embrace the season. Besides, cabin fever could be just the thing that pushes the family over the edge, I can’t bear that kind of pressure! I’m rather looking forward to experiencing the beauty the Lakes Area has to offer this winter. From what I understand, there are tons of fun things to do here to

by V. R. Robinson

combat the onset of cabin fever. The Frozen Fore, Nisswa Winter Jubilee, curling, winter/ice fests, fishing extravaganza, sleigh rides, Sertoma Winter Wonderland, vintage snowmobile races, cross country skiing, bar bingo, polar plunges…there’s so much to do, it’s overwhelming. Toto, we’re not in California anymore! Where do I start? What do I do? Wait, I must be scheduled to volunteer somewhere, I’ll start there… Come play with me this winter, unless I decide to hibernate. For information on Lakes Area events, accommodations and dining options this winter visit:

A local expert on winter fun in the area, Dave Guenther, recommends the following events: The 19th Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous

The 10th anniversary Power Ice Auger World Championships

will be held Jan 18-20, 2013 in Pequot Lakes. The festivities begin Friday with a trail ride at 1pm starting from Timberjack Steakhouse and heading north to a bon fire and old fashioned hot dog cookout. Saturday will include an antique and vintage snowmobile show, as well as a race for machines 1966 and older.

is January 5th this year, at Breezy Point Resort during the “Ice Fest” celebration. The festivities include snowmobile radar runs, dog sled rides, ice fishing for the kids and a lot more actitivites on the ice!

The criteria used to determine the winners comes from the Antique Snowmobile Club of America’s handicap formula that includes weight, year, and horsepower of the snowmobile. An awards banquet will be held Saturday night featuring a snowmobile suit fashion show at the American Legion with entertainment to follow. Don’t miss the famous Sunday morning “build your own omelet breakfast” hosted by the Sons of the American Legion. For 19 years this show has been considered one of the “premier” vintage snowmobile events in the upper Midwest. People come from more than 12 states plus Canada. Last year, contestants came from as far west as Modesto, California and from as far east as Monmouth, Maine.

The concept of ice auger racing came from watching the Stihl Chainsaw Competition that aired on ESPN many years ago. Ice fishermen of old have always bragged about how fast their augers can “slice the ice”. Ice auger manufacturers, StrikeMaster of Minnesota, and Eskimo and Jiffy of Wisconsin, saw an opportunity to provide something new and unique to Minnesota’s calendar of winter events. Divisions were set up for competitions in hand, stock, antique, and modified augers. The first to be noted from the Lakes Area was Jim Spielman, a local mechanic from Breezy Point, Minnesota. From parts he had laying around his shop, Jim built a Stihl chainsaw and homemade gear box. It was amazing as he drilled 3 holes in 11 seconds through 22 inches of ice!  Years photo courtesy of Dave Guenther later the auger “factory” team from StrikeMaster, with Sean Spraungel using his modified Husquvarna chainsaw, became famous for cutting the time drill time to under 8 seconds. Within the last year or so, more and more modified chainsaws are being built. The group MASA ( Men Against Slow Augers) will compete this year with close to a dozen modifieds ready for the competition. It should make for quite a show! There will be stock, antique, and hand auger competitions for both the men’s and women’s divisions, as well as a kid’s competition in a special hand auger division.

photo courtesy of Dave Guenther

Prizes will be awarded and door prizes will be given away. For a modest entry fee, come out and support the local Breezy Point/Pequot Lakes Lions Club for a fun afternoon on the ice! Bring your auger, fire it up, drill some holes in the ice and win prizes.

Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods


Staying Healthy with Miss Brainerd Lakes by Heather Erickson most dedicated athletes can become deterred from working out. And once the holiday season ends, many find that the scales point toward an overindulgence of peppermint bark, ginger snaps, and Grandma’s famous cookies.

Heather Erickson, Miss Brainerd Lakes

The holiday season is a time filled with bustling streets, houses adorned with lights and decorations, and lavish parties laden with decadent festive treats homemade with love. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, even the

Healthy Happen” initiative.

Staying healthy involves instilling lifestyle habits into your regular routine that are aimed at reducing the risk of health-related problems and promoting continuous good health in general. The best way Instead of waiting till after winter to towards achieving a healthy lifestyle embark on that monotonous weight includes eating a nutrient-rich diet, loss routine, get a jump on your remaining active with regular exerNew Year’s weight loss resolution by cise, avoiding cigarettes, other drugs staying healthier this holiday season. including alcohol, and consistently getting a good night’s sleep. As Miss Brainerd Lakes, I have dedicated my year of service to The Brainerd Lakes Area offers showcasing ways in which everyone many family friendly opportunities can make healthier choices through to help relieve your waist band while my “Transforming Lifestyles: Make remaining in the holiday spirit.

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau

SPIKE’S BARBERSHOP 100 Front Street East Downtown Pine River Pine River Style cuts Across the For menfrom & women Historical RR Depot

SPIKES WALES 218-587-4588 cuts for men and218-851-3332 women WES Style STATTLEMAN

Discover the wonder of the great outdoors and the benefits of a better body by embracing activities that are anything but boring. Whether you are a seasoned trailblazer or blazing new trails the Northland Arboretum has nearly 12.5 miles of trails to discover, accommodating all ages and skill levels. If cross country skiing and snowshoeing isn’t your thing, you can always try exploring Mount Ski Gull with their 12 downhill runs and the tubing hill. Happy, healthy New Year!

What to know to get up and go: Stretch, stretch, stretch. Warming up prior to exercising is always important, but in colder temperatures is even more so. Making sure your body is loose and warm will help avoid injuries. Drink plenty of water. Water is an essential component to all processes in the body. Dehdyration is just as likely to occur during the cold months as in the dog days of summer, but recognition isn’t always so easy to detect in the winter. Be aware of your water and electrolyte loss. Take a multivitamin. While exercise is the best way to boost your immune system, we can’t always get the nutrients we need from our food, especially during the winter. Making sure your body has the nutrients it needs to fend off the flu is key. Choose appropriate gear. Layering is the best way to avoid overheating and excessive sweating. If you are exercising while it’s dark, make sure to wear reflective gear. If you have health problems such as cardiovascular disease, asthma or other pulmonary issues, make sure to consult your physician to take the necessary precautions prior to starting a new regime.

Seeds of Sommer.


“More than a health food store”

*Name brand, all natural vitamin supplements *Organic, nonGMO and gluten free foods *All natural personal care and cleaning products *We carry the freshest bulk spices and teas in the area! *Organic cotton T-shirts Owner-operator Deb Sommers has *Essential oils been helping people to take their *MN home of E3 Live health into their own hands for over 13 years.


Jack Pine Center 4465 Main Street, Pequot Lakes, MN

Bring this coupon in to receive 10% off supplements and organic-non GMO foods from

Tree of Life!


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

Black Bear’s Burger Builder Bar

Wednesday nights in the saloon

4 pm—7 pm $6 for one burger or two for $10 Includes a side of kettle potato chips & the Builder Bar of over 20 toppings!

Enjoy north woods atmosphere in our award winning, authentic log restaurant. We offer casual, full service dining featuring Prime Rib, walleye, steaks, pasta, burgers, and sandwiches. Our dining room boasts a massive stone fireplace and handmade wood furniture. It is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or special occasion. The saloon is a great place to kick back, enjoy a cold beer, and watch a game. Black Bear Lodge and Saloon offers something for everyone's appetite! Open daily year round for lunch and dinner. Reservations accepted.

Prime Rib, Hand Cut Steaks, Walleye, Ribs, Pasta, Burgers, Sandwiches & Home Made Soups Full Service Bar with Happy Hour Monday - Friday 3 pm - 6 pm Family Friendly - Catering - Free WiFi - Locally Owned & Operated

14819 Edgewood Drive · Baxter, MN 56425


Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods


Walker’s Founding Father by Renee Geving

Patrick Henry McGarry was born in Stanton, Michigan on June 6, 1860. After traveling through Michigan, Wisconsin, and northern Minnesota, he settled in Virginia where he operated a hotel which burned to the ground. He then visited Leech Lake to see his brother, James George. After arriving on the shores of Walker Bay, he decided this was the most beautiful place he had ever seen and that he would stay. McGarry purchased the townsite from T.B. Walker and began to make plans for this new village. He opened up the Leech Lake Land Office and began to plat out the village. His brother drafted and recorded all the deeds. The name of Walker was chosen in a blatant attempt to entice T.B. Walker, a lumber baron, to build a saw mill there. It would have worked out quite well if Mrs. Walker, a staunch Methodist, could have tolerated the bawdy lifestyles of the lumberjacks that frequented the area’s saloons. Walker had already begun building the family home west of the Chase Hotel when he met with the village fathers and offered them jobs in the mill if they would close their saloons. Rumor has it that it was a very short meeting and McGarry left town in search of a mill site in Akeley, which was dry at that time and would keep Mrs. Walker happy. At the same time, McGarry began

Located in Pequot Lakes, MN, our store supplies some of the finest jewelry in the Brainerd Lakes area. 100% of our stones are all natural, meaning you won't find any man made gemstones around here! 31067 Front Street Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

working to organize Cass County, with this new village as the county seat. The village of Walker was incorporated on January 27, 1896. A special election was held that March with 185 male voters in which McGarry was elected mayor. McGarry was appointed as one of the first commissioners of Cass County in May of 1897. Early in 1896, McGarry began construction of the Pameda Hotel. When finished, it was one of the finest hotels in northern Minnesota. Minus the top story, the building still stands today and is home to the Village Square restaurant. In 1899 the hotel was sold to Bert Chase who was operating a saloon on the lower level. He changed the name to the Chase Hotel. By 1921 the hotel wasn’t so fancy anymore, and Chase put up a new hotel on the lakeshore called the new Chase Hotel. The original building was demolished and the lobby of this hotel was saved and is part of the Chase on the Lake complex. Also during 1899, McGarry opened White Tent City on Second Point, the first resort on Leech Lake. It was a fishing camp and large lodge with twelve white tents set up to accommodate guests. In 1901, McGarry renamed the resort Glengarry Springs. His daughter, Edna, filed homestead rights on this property in the 1907 land rush at Cass Lake. McGarry saw the tourist potential of this

We also make custom jewelry to fit your personal taste. Stop in and check out our inventory today!

great fishing and scenic area. He worked with the railroads to bring trainloads of tourists from the “Cities” into the area for the price of 50 cents per round-trip ticket. McGarry was responsible for the construction of the Spaulding Hotel. During the last Indian war fought on US soil at Sugar Point on Leech Lake, the hotel was intended to be utilized as a hospital, but instead

was used as a barracks, housing 120 soldiers. On October 30, 1903 McGarry announced his plan to build a hospital at the head of Fifth Street, presently the site of Cabin Up North, to give the lumberjacks access to proper medical treatment when they were injured on the job. The hospital operated into the 1930s.

McGarry Memorial Drive. The signs have since been removed and this part of roadway became part of the Paul Bunyan Trail network. McGarry was among the leaders in the good roads movement which led to the development of the Minnesota trunk highways system. He was also responsible for the enactment of legislation amending the Elwell law enabling the county to complete the Elwell road systems.

One of McGarry’s pet projects was the establishment of the Ah-GwahChing State Sanatorium for Consumptives (TB) in 1907. When tuberculosis was all but eradicated, the State of Minnesota used the sanatorium as a State Nursing Facility from 1962 to 1990. The buildings were razed in 2007.

In 1922, Pillager Band Chief Ma-Jah-Gi-Bow willed his fifteen There was a large 3-story log hotel in wives to McGarry. He and the Chief Blackduck, known as the Tee-Peehad been friends for over 25 years. Tonka which McGarry also owned. The women and their children The famous Tee-Pee-Tonka brothel lived for a time at Second Point and was reported to be the largest and McGarry provided them shelter and most elaborate brothel in northern food. Eventually they all returned Minnesota, with as many as 25 girls home to Bear Island. When it came ready to entertain the lumberjacks. to trading deals, McGarry acted as The brothel was destroyed by fire in the tribe’s protector, making Chief 1910. Ma-Jah-Gi-Bow responsible for keeping McGarry from harm. It P.H. McGarry had political was said that when McGarry was ambitions and was elected as hungry for whitefish, he went out to Representative of the 52nd District in the lawn of his home and sent up a 1909 and 1913. He also was elected green rocket. The next morning, he State Senator in the sessions of 1915, would look east towards Bear Island 1917, 1919, and 1921. and would see a number of canoes bringing him a whitefish dinner. He worked tirelessly on the Babcock Good Roads bill and in 1960 McGarry encouraged Miss Elizabeth Governor Freeman designated five Fish to establish a girls’ camp miles of Highway 200 from Walker between Third and Long Lakes in to the “Y” junction as the P.H. 1930. The camp was attended by continued on page 21


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health: Head - Managing, Thinking • Heart - Relating, Caring Hands - Giving, Working • Health - Being, Living


Making the world a better place We’ve all heard of 4-H. But what is it? 4-H began in the late 1800’s when researchers at public universities realized that the farming community wasn’t accepting the new agricultural discoveries being developed on university campuses every day. They found that the children of these farmers were open to learning and experimenting with new ideas and then sharing these experiences and processes with their parents. Youth programs, like 4-H, began as a way to introduce new agriculture technology to the farming communities. In addition, the idea of practical and “hands-on” learning helped make public school education more connected to the farming life. “The Tomato Club”, sometimes called the “Corn Growing Club”, is considered the birth of the 4-H program. The club was started by A.B. Graham in 1902 and was located in Clark County, Ohio. At the same time, in Douglas County, Minnesota, T.A. “Dad” Erickson started

by Buddy the Trick Horse

agricultural after-school clubs and fairs. In 1910, Jessie Field Shambaugh designed the clover pin with an “H” on each leaf, by 1912 the programs were called 4-H clubs. Today, 4-H serves youth in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the country and are actively tackling top issues like global food security, sustainability, food safety and childhood obesity. Many opportunities are offered from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics and environmental protection. 4-H has a global presence with the development of the International Farm Youth Exchange which offers 4-H programs in 80 countries, world wide. The 4-H Pledge “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”

Hi, I’m Morena Hammer, I’m 13 and have been a member of the Black Bear 4-H Club for 7 years. This year, I entered exhibits in the Crow Wing County Fair and made it to the Minnesota State fair by getting a Reserve Champion ribbon in the quilting project! I named the quilt that won, “Kingdom of the Crimson Dragons” and made it because I love art and wanted to try textile painting. It’s designed to look like you’re gazing out a castle window at the magical world of the Crimson Dragons. Using free motion quilting, I accented my painting with quilted borders using a Celtic design. I earned a blue ribbon in the 4-H competition at the Minnesota State Fair and have also entered my quilt at the Indian Summer Quilt Show in Fargo, North Dakota. I’ve won first place, the Instructors Choice Award and the Rising Star Award. “I love 4-H and all the opportunities it has given me to learn new things, develop leadership skills, make new friends and, most importantly, have lots of fun!” The Nisswa Area Black Bear 4-H club has been making a positive impact in the lives of young people since 1998. We’re an active club that provides it’s members with leadership experiences that encourage positive adult relationships while teaching life skills. Service-learning projects form the base of much of Black Bear’s learning, and thanks to our valued partnerships with the Nisswa Area Historical Society, the cities of Nisswa and Lake Shore, we have completed many beneficial service projects for our community. The Black Bear 4-H Club meets the third Tuesday of each month, at the Nisswa Community Center. Youth from kindergarten through a year past high school may join at anytime. For information call 824-1069

Aries • March 21 – April 19 Your human may be forgetful today. You should step on his foot so the throbbing pain of his broken toe reminds him to feed you. Taurus • April 20 – May 20 Today is full of excitement and joy. Don’t be afraid to kick up your heels. Teach your rider to fly! Gemini • May 21 – June 20 Inspiration and focus are yours today. Who knows? Today could be the day you learn to open the latch on the grain shed. Cancer • June 21 – July 22 Today is a lazy day. Take it easy. Just don’t forget to hide your cowgirl’s spurs first. Leo • July 23 – Aug 22 You may feel a little clumsy today and risk a bad mood. You’re better off just staying in the pasture today. Try faking a limp to avoid work. Virgo • Aug 23 – Sept 22 Throw yourself into your harness today. You are strong and capable. Many cookies and carrots are in your future as reward for your hard work. Libra • Sept 23 – Oct 22 You will feel your oats today – and not in a good way. Remember not to bite the hand that feeds you … or trample it to death. Scorpio • Oct 23 – Nov 21 Romance is in the air. Be sure to plan something fun for you and that special pony. Sagittarius • Nov 22 – Dec 21 Unlucky things seem to happen around you today. So have fun with it! An open gate or a downed fence could lead to a whirlwind adventure. Capricorn • Dec 22 – Jan 19 You are feeling kind and generous today. You may even feel inclined to behave for your human. Be careful not to let others walk all over you. Be sweet if you’re so inclined – just remember to give your human a little kick every now and again to remind them who’s boss. Aquarius • Jan 20 – Feb 18 Who cares if you just had a bath?! Go roll in mud. Today is a day to enjoy life. Pisces • Feb 19 – March 20 The dogs may be nipping at your heels, but no need to be afraid. Remember you’re much faster than them – and have a stronger kick.

Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods


continued from page 19

Countrywide Tax Services, LLC is locally owned by the mother/daughter duo of Linda and Brittany Mead. Also on our team is previous owner, Stephen Brann. Between us, we have a combined 40 years of experience in bookkeeping, payroll, and tax preparation. Through it all, we have kept our sanity and our great sense of humor! Our team takes continuing education courses every year to keep up to date with any tax changes. We invite you to stop in and see us at our new location. We are located 1/2 mile north of Jenkins on the west side of Hwy 371. Give us a call to see what services we offer that could make your life easier! We are happy to take the time to answer your questions.

218.568.9880 Hours: Summer/Fall 8 am to 2 pm

George Crow Drug Store in Walker, presently Lundrigan’s Clothing Left to right: Alice Stedlad James, Sadie Coyle Walfors, P.H. McGarry, Dr. Wilcox, George Crow, Helen Crow and Arline Crow

girls from all over the US. It was eventually taken over by the Girl Scout Council and operated into the 1960s. The camp reopened in 1978 as an instructional fishing camp for children called Camp Fish, operated by Al and Ron Lindner of In-Fisherman, Inc. until 1984. Being an avid golfer, P.H. purchased land in 1922 and built a 9-hole golf course. John Andrus bought the course in 1928 and renamed it Tianna. Today, Tianna Country Club has one of the best courses in the Lakes Area.

Winter/Spring 8 am to 4 pm (beginning Jan. 2nd)

4033 12th Avenue, Pine River

P.H. McGarry married Violet Monteney of Pequot Lakes in 1924. They met at the Pameda Hotel where she worked as a chamber maid. When P.H. was 70 years old, their son, Harrison Patrick McGarry, was born in Walker. In the early 1930’s, P.H. moved to California where he lived with his son, Harrison, and his grand daughter. P.H. McGarry died July 26, 1935 in West Hollywood, California. Historical data courtesy of the Cass County Museum. Visit:

Kindness For Kids! Kindness For Kids Event at Westgate Mall December 22 & 23 from 4 pm to 8 pm

come one, come all!

In 1993, David Schonrock and his late wife created Kindness For Kids with the intent to give back to the community and kids...mostly kids. In David’s words, “It’s all about the kids.”

will include hot dogs, BBQ, chili, cookies, and apple juice. Music and entertainment will be provided by a number of local charitiable and civic groups. Feel free to join in the caroling!

That first year, about 200 people attended the event. This past year, close to 3000 people came out to share in the Christmas spirit and the fabulous offerings of the sponsors. Old fashioned horsedrawn rides, free food and Christmas music gets everyone into the holiday spirit! Thanks to generous donations, lunch

There will be a gift given to each child that attends, and of course, the horse-drawn rides are free to all! Doug Taylor of Action Entertainment will be providing the horsedrawn rides. Dave Schubert, a professional horseman and long time sponsor,

handed over the reins to Doug Taylor. Doug looks forward to this event every year. “The smiles on the kids’ faces are priceless, I can’t help but smile myself!” Over the years, David, Doug and their sponsors have fed and entertained thousands of kids, and parents too. Come on out and join the fun!

Sponsors of the Kindness for Kids event include: New Ulm Sausage Haus, Action Entertainment, Westgate Mall, Cub Foods, Super One, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Country Hearth Bread, Wendy’s, and Perkins. Please show your support by keeping your shopping dollars local!


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

The Best Christmas Ever by Rich Engstrom

put the pot near the fire. He picked up the decorations Billy had given him and started to decorate the tree. Humming Christmas songs, Adam started smiling and felt not so alone any more. “Look what your family sent you.” Billy reached into his bag and pulled out a half of a turkey, potatoes, bread and vegetables that were already cooked, just needing to be heated. As the two worked busily; Adam decorating and Billy getting the food ready, they suddenly stopped, hearing yelling over the sound of the wind. Adam pulled off the buffalo robe and swung his legs around, putting his feet on the cold wooden floor. He then briskly walked over to the fireplace to kick up the fire to which he added more wood. He reached for his boots he’d set the night before by the fireplace to dry. Adam went back to his robe to wait until the fire would produce the heat that would let him put on his clothes with more comfort. As he waited, he could hear the wind blow snow against the cabin and he could feel the cold wind move across the floor and under the windows. On a small lake located north of Crosslake, the cabin had been his home for only a week, but still, Adam felt very alone. He was up there to trap and make some extra money for his parents. The depression had hit his family hard and they were in need of money to make it through the winter. When he felt that the room was warm to a bearable temperature, he put on his clothes. Adam made breakfast, then headed out into the blizzard to check his traps. “What should I have for breakfast today?” Adam asked himself. “Bacon and biscuits or biscuits and bacon?” He now had to budget his food because the trapping had been good enough that he had decided to stay longer than planned. Adam wanted to stay just long enough to make some good money, but leave before the real cold weather arrived. After eating, Adam put on his large overcoat and pulled his hat down over his ears. He then put on his mittens and slipped into his snow shoes.

It was later in the day that Adam came back to the cabin. He was starved but would first have to clean and stretch his hides. He worked quickly to take advantage of the sun, all the time thinking about food. Adam also remembered that the next day was Christmas. That thought just made him feel even more alone, he had never been away from his family before.

The door flew open and it was Ted and Swen carrying in more food and a few presents. Ted reached into his bag and took out a few wrapped presents. “I can’t believe this!” cried Adam. Billy got up, moved the food over the fire and poured the coffee into four cups.

Just as Adam was getting food ready for supper he thought he heard As they ate, Adam opened the first bells, after all it was Christmas present. It was a knife. “I made it Eve. He went to the door and with all his strength he opened it as the cold wind tried to push it open all the way. The evening was bright and Adam could make out a figure on snowshoes pulling a toboggan coming towards him.

myself using the antler from that big buck I shot this fall. It makes a nice handle,” Swen said. A nicely wrapped present was next. It was a pair of mittens. “Your mother made those herself”, stated Swen. Adam put them on and they were a perfect fit. They ate and talked about trapping and decided they would stay for a couple of days to help Adam. Adam, of course, said he would share the catch. After the meal, they added more wood to the fire and sat back on some log benches covered with horse blankets and enjoyed each other’s company. Bob reached into his bag and pulled out a bottle of whisky and filled each man’s coffee cup. With the wind howling outside and the temperature in the room still just barely above freezing, the men started telling stories. “This is my best Christmas ever!” Adam said as he brought his cup up for a toast.

Horse-drawn seasoned oak

“Billy, what are you doing up here? It’s not fit for man or beast to be out tonight!” exclaimed Adam. “I thought you could use some company. I also stopped and cut a Christmas tree for you.” Billy replied. “I don’t have any decorations, but bring it in.” As Billy pulled off his snowshoes he said, “That’s alright; your sisters got together and made you some. Susie even made a silver star for the top of the tree.” Billy grabbed a bag from the sled while Adam dragged in the tree. “I’ll make us some coffee.” Adam said. Adam put the tree in the corner and walked over to the water bucket, where he took a hammer and broke the ice that had formed. He proceeded to make coffee and

Firewood harvested at our logging camp with draft power! Delivered directly to you in the comfort of your home. Other services available by draft horse power: *Snow plowing *Field plowing & discing *Non-invasive tree removal Any need for REAL HORSE POWER, give us a call!


Support Draft Horse


Winter 2012/2013

Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods


Welcome to the Dealership “Where HOMETOWN is a FEELING not a place!” Home of the $16.99 Oil Change

All domestic models, gas engines up to 5 quarts of oil. See Service advisor for details.

When we built our new showroom in 2001, it was designed with energy conservation in mind. Since then we were recognized in two national magazines for our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. In 2007 Houston Ford began purchasing power from wind farms in SW Minnesota and was honored as a wind power advocate, being the ONLY car dealership in the state to purchase wind power for our energy needs. In 2012, our energy conservation efforts continue with the installation of a Water Reclaimation System which allows us to reclaim 85 percent of the water we use. Why should I buy my truck from Houston Ford?

Because when it comes to trucks Houston Ford WALKS the WALK!

We test drive ALL the DIFFERENT powertrain combinations, pulling trailers from 8,600 pounds up to 14,600 pounds on trips up to a thousand miles.

We know what each truck will do for YOU. An Example of Our Aggressive Pricing: 2012 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4 Super Crew n Tuxedo Black Metallic n 40/20/40 Cloth n 5.0L V8 n 6-Speed Auto n Trailer Tow Package n SYNC & Satellite Radio n Keyless Entry

n AM/FM/CD n Power Driver’s Seat/Adjustable Pedals/Heated Signal Mirrors n XLT Chrome Package/Chrome Step Bars/18” Chrome Wheels n P275/65R18 Owl All-Terrain n Bed Liner

MSRP: $42,193 Ford Discount .............................................. $1500 Ford XLT Bonus ..............................................1000 Ford 50 Discount ............................................. 500 Ford Cash ...................................................... 2000 Ford Credit Rebate* .......................................1000 Trade In Assistance+ ......................................1000 Ford Trade Bonus+ .......................................... 500 Houston Ford Discount .................................. 3829

YOUR PRICE: $30,864

Houston Ford Knows that PRICE sells Trucks!

Houston Ford Has YOUR Hillsboro Truck Beds & Kiefer Horse Trailers Clearance Prices on In-Stock

2012 Kiefer Eagle XLA 2 & 3 Horse Pumper Pull and 3 & 4 Horse Gooseneck Trailers



List Price: ................... $13,765.50 Clearance Price .............. $10,288

List Price: ................................ $23,927.40 Clearance Price .......................... $17,895

Visit for more pictures & details.

REAL Words from REAL Customers!

We drove three hours to buy our truck and would do it all over again. We love the truck! Thank you so much for all your help. I really appreciate the time and care you spent after the sale ... showing us the features but also for the follow up calls. ~Nasir & Jennifer 2012 Ford F-150

Stop By for Coffee & Check Out the New 2013’s or Our Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles

Houston Ford of Pine River

Visit: or Call: (218) 587-4419

Open Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 6 pm; Sat. 8 am - 4 pm

OFFER EXPIRES: 01/02/13 Sale price includes all applicable Ford Motor Company rebates, Ford Credit rebates and Houston Ford discounts. *Requires Financing with Ford Motor Company on approved credit. +You must trade in a 1995 or newer vehicle to receive this rebate.

“Where Hometown is a Feeling, Not a Place.”


Action Entertainment’s Our Neck of The Woods

Winter 2012/2013

What’s new at Westgate Mall? New owner’s, new management, and all the stores you love to shop! Support your community by keeping your dollars local during the holiday season and all year long! Check our website for upcoming sales and events.

Bath & Body Works

Foot Locker 218-829-9243



Regis Salon

Big Lots

GNC Live Well

Movies 10 at Westgate

Riddle’s Jewelry

Brekkens Clothier


Otter Creations 218.839.1121



218-829-3068 218-825-9989 218-829-3874

218-825-0631 218-855-0020







Payless ShoeSource

Sportscard Connection


Jenny’s Hallmark


Tradehome Shoes

Dairy Queen

Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Store

Que Que & The Bag Ladies


Christopher & Banks

218-828-4797 218-829-6997

Dunham’s Sports 218-829-2367



Mar-Jon’s Sports 218-829-3820

Come visit Santa at the mall! December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm December 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd Sundays 12 pm to 3 pm December 20th & 21st Thursday & Friday 5 pm to 8 pm

218-828-8395 218-829-1933


Rafferty’s Pizza 218-829-5804

218-828-0475 218-828-0060

U-Haul Vanity

218-828-5021 REGULAR MALL HOURS Sunday: noon to 5 pm Monday: 10 am to 9pm Tuesday: 10 am to 9 pm Wednesday: 10am to 9 pm Thursday: 10 am to 9pm Friday: 10 am to 9 pm Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm

Our Neck of the Woods Winter 2012  

Local publication featuring the unique people, places and events in the Lakes Area.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you