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Table of Contents 4 St. Croix River Itineraries 7 People of Main Street 8 ABC’s of Osceola 12 Friend & Romantic Getaways 14 Birdwatching 15 Rustic Roads 16 Biking Trails 17 Hiking Trails

Welcome

Osceola Area Chamber and Main Street Program PO Box 251 • Osceola, WI 54020 715-755-3300

info@myosceolachamber.org EDITORS: Sally Klevgard, Germaine Ross

Calendar of Events

19 Thrill Seekers 21 Fishing & Hunting 22 Calendar of Events 25 Business Directory 26 Map 31 Volunteering 32 Shopping

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The unspoiled beauty of the St. Croix River is more accessible than ever. The sights, sounds and peacefulness of a pristine river with lush, forested banks, eagles and ospreys creates a quiet get-away.

Enjoy the St. Croix like a Local Family

& River Lunch

Sunset

RIVER ITINERARY

#1

Drift N’ Dine

“My all time favorite thing to do with my family is spend the day on the St. Croix River. With kids, that may sound daunting—what do we need to pack? What will we eat? Osceola makes it easy to have an outdoor family adventure. We just throw a couple towels, sunscreen, and life jackets in a bag, and we’re ready to go. Family day on the river for us begins picking up supplies at the Cascade BP Deli with special treats and some made-to-order sandwiches for our river picnic. Another great place to pick up lunch is Dick’s Fresh Market, which has a brand new deli-case filled with ready-made foods and Caribou Coffee! We have our own boat, so we launch at the Osceola Landing. It’s nice taking our time boating down the river and enjoying the beautiful scenery and nature. Sometimes we fish or swim. We have our picnic lunch at an open camp site or on a sandbar along the river. When we are looking for something fun to do, the river is easy and inexpensive. Everyone has fun! My husband and I enjoy our time outside, the relaxation the river provides, sunshine—a stress-free day. My kids love that there is no destination—we just go.”

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By Anna Lund, Osceola Chamber Ambassador, Mom of Cole age 10 and Adam age 8, Co-owner with her husband Shawn, of Lund Cabinetry and Construction in Osceola, WI.

RIVER ITINERARY

#2

DAY ON THE RIVER

Packing Checklist

“One of our favorite summer/fall activities to do is gather friends for a “Drift and Dine!” I create a simple, yet elegant dinner and bring it on the pontoon near sunset. I set the table with local wild flowers, wine glasses, and china. Everyone helps carry the provisions to the pontoon. Then, we cast off and motor downstream past the Osceola Landing. We turn off the engine and just drift, enjoying the majestic cliffs, soaring birds, sounds of splashing water, and conversation. All the while sipping on wine and eating a delicious meal. We marvel at the setting sun and drift a bit further before motoring back upstream. We all live such busy lives, it’s great to relax and drift. It makes for a perfect evening on the St. Croix River!” By Mary Norenberg, Grow Osceola Volunteer

3 Matches, map, lighter, fire starter in waterproof container 3 Knife or multi-tool 3 Cell phone in protective bag 3 Camera 3 Binoculars 3 First-aid kit 3 Sunglasses 3 Sunscreen 3 Lip balm 3 Water bottles (filled) 3 Energy food (bars, trail mix) 3 Cooler (with ice) 3 Insect repellent 3 TP and sanitation trowel 3 Credit card 3 Small amount of cash 3 Sun-shielding hat or bandana 3 Moisture-wicking T-shirt 3 Swimsuit 3 Towel

So much fun!

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ST. CROIX

s e i r a r e n i t I RIVER

Sometimes You Need a Play Day Kayak

With Izzy

RIVER ITINERARY

#3

“Growing up in the area, I have always had a love for nature and the great outdoors. As a teen, I enjoyed hiking and rock climbing along the St. Croix River. As the years have gone by, I have transitioned to kayaking or canoeing whenever possible, either solo or with family and friends or with my dog, Izzy, who I adore. Having my own kayak gives me a great excuse to get out on the river and unwind from a busy day at work. Riverwood Canoe and Kayak Rental makes it easy if you have a group of people. They can accommodate multiple drop off/pick up times. Before launching, I grab breakfast at Osceola Lanes and stock up my cooler with items from Valley Spirits. When I’ve worked up an appetite after several fun hours on the river, I like to eat at PY’s Saloon & Grill for the best veggie burger and homemade fries in town. Sitting outside on their back patio, overlooking the Falls, is a great way to end the day.”

Company Paddle #4

RIVER ITINERARY

southbound down the river in canoes, kayaks, or on stand-up paddle-boards. The St. Croix is a wide, open, strong, and beautiful river that provides different options for different abilities and ages. Some people just float and enjoy the beauty. Others like to put their heads down and paddle. Employees and their families have an opportunity to sample the paddles we make, relax, and enjoy the river before arriving at the Osceola Landing. Some end the trip there and head to Osceola’s restaurants and bars. Others continue on down the river and stop in Somerset or Marine on St. Croix. Time on the St. Croix River is always a great company experience and is enjoyed by all.”

“Every August, 30-40 employees from Bending Branches, and their families, head down the St. Croix River with the help of Riverwood Canoe and Kayak Rental. First, we have a company picnic in the Wisconsin side of Interstate Park, then folks embark

By Rick Rafflesberger, Customer Service Representative from Bending Branches, the world’s largest manufacturer of quality canoe and kayak paddles located right here in Osceola, WI.

s d n e i r f h t i w Kayak

By Lisa Nelson, Osceola Chamber Ambassador, Customer Development Associate@ Northwire, Inc., an international manufacturer in Osceola, WI.

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Riverwood Canoe & Kayak Rentals Osceola, Wisconsin

254 S Cascade St. • Osceola, WI 54020

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WORK

e W e r e h W LIVE AND PLAY

People of Main Street “I love the outdoors and the

wide open spaces we get to enjoy in the river valley”

CARTER AND ELI

RASMUSON WATERSHED CAFE - Known for good quality food and supporting farmers in the region, the Watershed Café is helping the next generation find their footing as entrepreneurs. Brothers, Eli and Carter, are growing into their roles at the restaurant and together with their parents, Rita and Steve, are creating a family business at the Watershed Café. Carter, age 19, who now works mainly in the kitchen says, “Our parents have really instilled in us a great respect for good quality food and the resources for that food is available right here at farms in the river valley”. Eli, age 24, who lives in town and will be getting married in June, says “as the restaurant manager, it’s becoming my passion now. I enjoy bringing in new ideas, creating new cocktails and working with employees who are pretty much like family to us”. When asked about his choice to move back to Osceola, Eli says ”We grew up here, our friends are here and we love it here. Osceola is our home.”

FRANK

PROSECKY OSCEOLA CLEANERS - Frank Prosecky opened his dry cleaning business right off MainStreet in 1995 after he saw a “For Sale” sign in the window as he was driving through town. Not only is Osceola Cleaners taking care of cleaning clothing every day, but if you drive by you can see Frank at his sewing machine in the window, many times waving to folks he knows. Frank says “I sew hundreds of alterations every week, zippers and even bean bags for the teams around here” Although you couldn’t tell with his warm smile, Frank is 76 years young. When asked what keeps him and his business going he says...

“To me, it’s more about the people. That’s what makes staying in business worthwhile.” 7

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AFFORDABLE

n u F y l i Fam FROM A TO Z

The

ABCs of Osceola

Vacation Where You Live!

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ART IS EVERYWHERE AT THE ARTBARN The non-profit theater and art gallery is housed in an early 20th century barn. The St. Croix ArtBarn fosters artists, actors, writers, musicians, and dancers of all ages. See a show or participant in a class.

BRAVES BASEBALL For only $2 per person or $5 for the whole family, you can experience a semi-pro baseball game. Enjoy ballpark favorites such as salted peanuts, fresh popcorn, hot dogs, brats, beer and more—making it easy to have an unforgettable day of baseball without paying stadium prices.

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CAMPING IS COOL

Wisconsin’s oldest state park is a few minutes north of Osceola. WI Interstate Park offers camping and world class hiking, rugged wilderness, a swimming beach, and the Ice Age Interpretive Center.

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DEPART AT THE DEPOT

When you board a train on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, you’re stepping back in time. Visitors can ride in historic passenger cars powered by vintage locomotive engines while traveling along the St. Croix River. Don’t forget to explore the fully-restored 1916 Soo Line Depot and pick up a souvenir.


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ENTER A SCULPTURE PARK Just ten minutes across the river, you’ll find Franconia Sculpture Park displaying 120 large outdoor sculptures on 43 acres of land. On weekends, enjoy music and meet artists working on their sculptures.

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GOLF AT KROOKED KREEK GOLF COURSE

ITCHING FOR ICE CREAM?

From soft-serve to slow-churned, you can get your cold craving with a frozen treat from Dairy Queen, an old-fashioned hand scooped ice cream from The Looking Glass or a frozen treat from Thiel’s American Pie.

An18-hole, par-72 course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level. Krooked Kreek Golf Course will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque background to your golf game. Fairways, water hazards, sand traps and a crooked creek winds through the course. You will find a practice facility, pro shop, outdoor patio and a bar & grill.

FISH FOR TROUT

Fish at the Mill Pond Park and the Osceola Creek in the heart of downtown Osceola - both stocked annually with trout. Star Prairie Trout Farm is also a few miles east of Osceola and is for beginning anglers and young children.

HIGH TAIL IT TO THE HATCHERY

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The Osceola State Fish Hatchery is home to over 300,000 rainbow trout that are housed for 17 months before finding new homes across Wisconsin lakes and rivers due to a state-wide stocking program. Call ahead to schedule your free, self-guided tour.

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JUMPING FOR JAM

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KAYAK, PADDLEBOARD OR CANOE

Jam is only one of many different handcrafted artisan food items for sale at the Osceola Farmer’s Market or may be sold in one of our quaint shops. One of the best paddling rivers in the nation, the scenic St. Croix River offers a beautiful setting for your leisurely float. Rent a canoe and spend a few quiet hours on the river. A popular trip, from Interstate Park to Osceola Landing, takes you through basalt formations, flood plains, natural shorelines, sandstone and limestone bluffs and more.

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LOVELY LAKES

You can easily spend a whole day or more at one of our many area lakes and rivers. Bring your own boat or rent a pontoon at the Big Lake Store.

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MONARCHS

Come early Fall, Monarch butterflies return to Osceola on their trip up from Mexico. You can see a kaleidoscope of Monarchs fluttering around town near the flower beds by Bill’s Ace, Kumlien Chiropractic and in front and behind the old Library.

NATURAL BEAUTY

Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy has 1,800 acres of preserved land along the St. Croix River. The diverse ecosystems that converge there make it ideal for hiking, birdwatching, and plant identification. Trails along Tewksberry provide panoramic views of the river valley.

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ORCHARD

Just ten minutes across the river from Osceola, Pleasant Valley Orchard offers a fun fall experience for the whole family! You will nejoy the charm of their apple shed and vintage barn. Farm animals, kids corn box, nature trail, picnic area and hayrides are fun too.

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NEUMANN FARMS Just a few minutes south of Osceola, Neumann Farms is a working family farm with a cute little store offering farm-raised meats, canned goods, pumpkins, eggs, popcorn and honey. In the fall, kids will enjoy a pumpkin patch, fresh donuts and farm animals.

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PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE

Osceola’s Mainstreet buildings date from the 1880’s when steamboats lined the river and fur traders, lumberjacks and early settlers built the core of downtown shopping, taverns and eateries. Seventeen original buildings can be found on the Historic Village Walk. See if you can spot the oldest building in the district (1874).

QUIET SPACES PLENTIFUL FOR PICNICS

Are you looking to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a lunch surrounded by nature? Osceola has so many amazing picnic spots to choose from...on the river, on the bluffs overlooking the valley or by a quiet stream just steps from downtown.

ROCK THE RIVERWAY

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway includes 252 miles of protected river and adjacent lands. The stretch through Osceola has tall limestone bluffs overlooking the river and wild forest embankments below. The views are equally stunning from a boat, canoe, or kayak on the cool, clean water enclosed by cliffs and towering trees.

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SWIMMING

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Thanks to ancient glaciers, Osceola has several of nature’s swimming pools located along the beach at the Osceola Landing on the St. Croix River and the beach at WI Interstate Park. Or, try one of six nearby lakes, including Dwight Lake or Sand Lake. For a more controlled water experience, the Osceola High School Aquatic Center or the pool at River Valley Inn offer open swimming for a reasonable fee.

U-PICK STRAWBERRIES At Demulling Farm, playing in the dirt is encouraged! When you pick your own strawberries, you not only create lasting family memories, but you get more bang for your buck—Upick strawberries are typically much cheaper than supermarket prices and are, oh, so tasty!

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TREASURE TROVE OF TRAILS Discover waterfalls, springs, forestland, prairies, bluffs, a covered bridge, and wildlife on the more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails in the Osceola area. The St. Croix Valley is a mecca for mountain bikers with its diverse terrain and scenic beauty along groomed and natural bike trails. Bird lovers love our birding trails, too.

VEGGIES FOR ALL

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Local farmers come to the Farmers Market at Mill Pond Park every Friday afternoon in season to share their fresh-from-the field produce.

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WALK TO THE LIBRARY

This brand new library, in the Discovery Center is not a shush-y place. You still can find rows of books and some really cool reading spaces. It has evolved into a multimedia resource center, a vibrant and dynamic community gathering space.

X-ERCISE

Sweat it out on the RCU Sport Court at Wild River Fitness. The outdoor, fenced-in court is lit in the evenings and outfitted for basketball, tennis, pickle ball, badminton, volleyball, and shuffleboard. The court is free to use and equipment can be borrowed inside the fitness center.

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YOUR VERY OWN SHOW IN THE SKY Stargazing is a fantastic activity. After dark, spread a blanket and discover the constellations. There’s nothing like a perfect starry night to make you feel part of the greater cosmos.

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ZIP ON OVER TO TROLLHAUGEN

Thrill-seeking families will love an aerial tour of the woodlands just outside of Osceola. Trollhaugen’s Zip Line and Adventure Park is one of the largest in the Midwest including six different zips and over 3,000 feet of line with a peak height of 50 feet in the air! Fun for the whole family and reservations are recommended.

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Slow it down... in a Small Town That’s what

Friends are For!

FRIEND GETAWAY ITINERARY

#1

Kick your day off with brunch at The Watershed Café. Try the quiche or the house-made granola with fresh berries. Then check out the many charming shops within walking distance in downtown. Uptown Gifts, Coming Home and Oak & Ivory are a must. If you are into shabby-chic and vintage, you can find some great treasures at The Looking Glass, Karita’s Shoppe and Treasures of the Heart. End the day with a hike down the stairs to Cascade Falls to rejuvenate and take in the splendor. If you feel like hiking longer, continue out to the river and soak up the views from atop bluffs of the Falls Bluff Loop Trail. Wear good hiking shoes as the trail is rugged. For a treat, schedule a pedicure or facial at Beauty Escape or Studio A Salon Spa. For dinner, enjoy a great burger and fries on the back patio of PYs or return to Watershed’s back deck for a market fresh dinner and drinks as the sun sets.

Tour a Winery or Brewery NEARBY WINERIES • Chateau St. Croix • Dancing Dragonfly Winery • Deer Lake Winery • Winehaven Winery • Wild Mountain Winery

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NEARBY BREWERIES • Oliphant Brewery • Trap Rock Brewing Co. • Uncommon Loon Brewing Co.


ENJOY A

d n e k e e W GETAWAY

Romantic Getaway

When you are looking for a great place to get away and find alone time with that special someone, check out the Osceola area. Mix in a bit of adventure, a little small town magic and you’ve got a recipe for weekend fun that will warm your heart. Here are a couple options:

Picnics,

Sunsets & Wine!

WATCH A SUNSET

FRIEND GETAWAY ITINERARY

#2

Find a great spot to watch the sun go down. Osceola Landing will fit the bill or venture up to Eagle Bluff for some great views. For a birdseye view, schedule a plane ride at dusk with Osceola Aerosports and, of course, bring a bottle of champagne.

TAKE AN EVENING STROLL

Take a stroll around town and head to Cascade Falls where you can see colored lighting reflecting on the falls starting at dusk. This romantic setting, with the mist and water flowing down into the gorge, is a perfect backdrop for romance. End the evening with a craft cocktail at the Bar Red Speakeasy, located below Mangos.

Romantic Tips #1 #2 #3 #4 #5

Arrange for a memory Watch a sunset Take an evening stroll Don’t overplan your stay Put away your phone

There is something magical about a picnic. In Osceola you’ll find natural springs, bluffs overlooking the river and waterfalls as a natural backdrop to your lovely afternoon.

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g n i h c t a Birdw hroughout t BIRDING the four SEASONS Spring:

The most spectacular birding is during ice breakup when bald eagles and waterfowl are migrating.

Summer

: One-hundred and sixty species are known to nest the riverway area and early morning paddles are filled with the sounds of birds.

Fall:

Watch for kettles (flocks of circling, often rising birds) of migrating hawks and eagles along the bluffs of the St. Croix River. Trumpeter swans flock together in fields and rivers.

Winter:

Trumpeter swans and bald eagles are present near open water. The leaf-less riverine habitats are great places to see resident woodpeckers and songbirds.

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RUSTIC

Roads

Sunday Fun Day TAKE A CRUISE

These rustic country roads provide a serene, peaceful excuse to slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the valley. Don’t forget your camera and picnic lunch!

Route 101

Rustic Road Drive

Lightly traveled Polk County Road S forms a loop off WI-35 between Osceola and St. Croix Falls. A 4.3 mile long paved road features oak, cedar and pine trees, a trout stream, rock outcroppings and a variety of wildlife as it parallels the St. Croix River. If you would like to take a hike, the Ridgeview Trailheads are adjacent to the roads.

Route 103

Rustic Road Drive

Head onto Ridge Road for 8 miles. This winding route through farm country leads to the historic Somerset Landing which features a boat launch to the river and picnic area. Sandstone bluff outcroppings, tree canopies, prairie and farmland add to the views. In spring, many woodland wildflowers are blooming.

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TRAILS

n a C u o Y BIKE

Two Wheelin’ Getting out on trails is the perfect way to savor even more of the surrounding natural splendor. Using Osceola as a base, road cyclists, mountain bikers, recreational riders and hikers will find miles of trails.Wide roads to rough terrain and challenging climbs are all accessible within minutes of downtown Osceola.

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Local Bike Trail

BROOKSIDE TRAIL​ Start at the ArtBarn on the north side of town and loop around the Schillberg Campground for a relaxing easy 2 mile bike ride across streams and woods.

Road Routes DRESSER LOOP 30 mile rural road route heads around lakes, fields and wooded areas. FARMINGTON LOOP 22 mile loop on rural roads passing by farmland, restored prairie and Standing Cedars. LAKES LOOP ​26 mile bike ride on rural roads passing by 8 different beautiful lakes.

Regional Bike Trails​ GANDY DANCER TRAIL 7 miles north of Osceola, you will find over 96 miles of biking. A flat and fast limestone surface gives a smooth, enjoyable ride - expect to see a lot of scenic water, wildlife and wildflowers. STOWER SEVEN LAKES TRAIL 6 miles west of Osceola on Cty. Rd. M, you will find 14 miles of trails made from converted railroad tracks.​ WOOLLY MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS Over 6 miles of some of the best trails with a great variety of terrain that every rider will enjoy. St. Croix Falls is just 11 miles north of Osceola.

“Ride like a local and find miles of a variety of trails” W W W. V I S I T O S C E O L AW I . C O M


TRAILS

n a C u o Y HIKE

Take a Hike

Local Trails

In Town Trails

FALLS BLUFF LOOP TRAIL Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the St. Croix River valley, rivers edge and Cascade Falls.

ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL 7 miles north of Osceola is a 1,000 mile footpath featuring glacial remnants of years ago, with beautiful natural areas.

​RIDGEVIEW TRAIL CHISAGO LOOP Hike or snowshoe up a short incline for fabulous view of the St. Croix River. An easy ascent for birding and photography.

HISTORIC VILLAGE WALK Start at the historic depot, stroll north on Cascade Street and take in building architecture of buildings made from old limestone quarries. The trail uses sidewalks and is handicap accessible.

WI INTERSTATE PARK 7 miles north of Osceola is 12 short trails with scenic views of the gorge-Dalles of the St. Croix.

JEFF MEYER PUBLIC FITNESS TRAIL This 8’ wide paved loop provides for leisurely strolls, fast-paced walks and jogging. The 6 exercise stations provide fitness and is handicap accessible.

STANDING CEDARS - BROWN TRAIL An easy to moderate groomed trail loops through forest, wetlands and open fields.

RIDGEVIEW TRAIL OSCEOLA LOOP Hike through wooded areas, crossing streams and winding down toward the St. Croix River. Excellent wildlife and bird viewing, as well as flora and fauna.

STANDING CEDARS TEWKSBURY TRAIL Hike or snowshoe to find spectacular views of the St. Croix River and through prairie areas and quarries. Excellent photography, birding and wildlife. STANDING CEDARS ENGLEWOOD TRAIL 3 separate routes to hike or crosscountry ski on groomed trails through prairie and wooded areas.

WILLIAM O’BRIEN STATE PARK 11 miles across the river from Osceola on Highway 95 - 16 miles of a variety of trails.

BROOKSIDE TRAIL Hike the loop on a groomed trail over streams and woods.

Nearby Trails

GANDY DANCER TRAIL 7 miles north on Hwy. 35 is a 98-mile trail with a limestone surface. STOWER SEVEN LAKES TRAIL 6 miles west of Osceola on County Rd. M 14 mile trail. Groomed in winter for snowshoe and cross country skiing.

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THRILL

Seeking

ADVENTURES

Good Times & Rad Habits The Osceola area offers the Thrill Seeker a lifestyle of good times & rad habits. With a thirst for adrenaline and a passion for living life outside the norm, we ride motorcycles, soar, snowboard, hike, climb, and participate in all things

wild!

“We are here for the ones who understand that a day without a thrill isn’t a day worth living.”

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Osceola Wheels and Wings celebrates 38 years of FREE family fun!

AIR SHOW

CARS & MOTORCYCLES

RADAR RUN

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 2019

FLY IN - DRIVE IN BREAKFAST

• Flight Instruction- Private to Commercial • Introductory Flights • Tailwheel Instruction

CONTACT: 715.294.4500 OR fly@osceolaaero.com

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HUNTING & FISHING

Fresh AIR!

Nice Catch... While getting that big 10-point buck is exhilarating, any hunter knows the thrill of the hunt isn’t just about taking aim and pulling the trigger. Hunting and fishing in the Osceola area is steeped in tradition and personal bonds with family and friends. It’s really about spending time together.

Fish C hart

LOCAL FISHING GUIDE

Sportsmen hunt for deer, turkey and other small game and fishing is abundant also. Osceola is located in Polk County, home to 431 lakes offering smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, musky, pike and panfish angling along 36 trout streams covering 98 miles - it is surely an angler’s dream come true!

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2019 JUNE

Calendar of Events AUG

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Rhubarb Fest at Mill Pond Park has sidewalk sales, patio bands, and good times. Don’t miss Duckathalon and the Rhubarb Baking Competition.

FARMERS MARKET

Brew 17 Fest

Taste over 60 craft beers & ciders from 30+ local breweries! Enjoy live music, food trucks and an evening of fun.

JUNE

JUNE 20-23 JULY 11-20 AUG 9-18 SEPT 12-15 OCT 24-27

MAY-

OCT

MAY JUNE

JULY Osceola

Braves

Enjoy one or more of these Braves home games at Oakey Park!

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OCT

Art Barn

AUG

• OSCEOLA FARMERS MARKET Every Friday in season Mill Pond Park 2-6 pm

Valley

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Disney’s Little Mermaid Ole & Lena’s Wedding Blithe Spirit 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Thurs, May 30 . . . . Fri, May 31 . . . . . . Wed, June . . . . . . . Fri, June 7 . . . . . . . . Sat, June 8 . . . . . . . Fri, June 21 . . . . . . . Wed, June 26 . . . . . Fri, June 28 . . . . . . . Sat, June 29 . . . . . . Sun, June 30 . . . . . Wed, July . . . . . . . . Sat, July 13 . . . . . . . Wed, July 17 . . . . . Sat, July 27 . . . . . . .

Autumn

Pleasant Valley

Orchard

Our 2019 Fall Apple Orchard Season will begin Labor Day Weekend.

Osceola St. Croix Valley

RAILWAY

SEPT

INFORMATION: 715-755-3570 Trains run Sat at 11am and 2:30pm Sun at noon and & Sat at 1:15pm Pizza, Brunch & Dinner Trains. Reservations available for your special events.

Special Train Trips

May 11-12 . . . . . . . . June 15-16 . . . . . . . . July 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 28-29 . . . . . . . Oct. 5-6 . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 12-13 . . . . . . . . Oct. 18-19 . . . . . . . .

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St. Paul Hops . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 PM St. Paul Mudhens . . . . . . 7:30 PM Hudson River Rats . . . . . . 7:30 PM Minneapolis Angels . . . . . 7:30 PM Haugen Knights . . . . . . . 5:00 PM River Falls Fighting Fish . . 7:30 PM Isanti Redbirds . . . . . . . . . 7:30 PM Spooner Cardinals . . . . . . 7:30 PM Haugen Hornets . . . . . . . 5:00 PM Brill Millers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 PM Prescott Pirates . . . . . . . 7:30 PM St. Paul Capitals . . . . . . . 7:00 PM Metro Knights . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 PM Hayward Hawks . . . 2:00/5:00 PM

Mother’s Day Weekend - Brunch & Dinner Trains Father’s Day Weekend - Brunch & Dinner Trains Fireworks Train Fall Color Train / Brunch Train Fall Color Train / Brunch Train Fall Color Train / Brunch Train Pumpkin Express

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Community

Fair

The Fair weekend offers community and family fun. Enjoy the midway, truck/tractor pulls, live bands, petting zoo and Royalty Coronation.

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A great day of Free family fun with an exhilirating air show, breakfast fly-in and drive-in, car & motorcyle show, and action-packed radar run!

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Hot cocoa & S’mores by the fire, hot dogs, petting zoo, caroling, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves for photos, scavenger hunt, wagon rides, crafts, and lighting of the Holiday tree.

FEBRUARY 2020

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Artisans and crafters come together in the beautiful Mill Pond Park to celebrate creativity with an extensive sampling. Live music, demos, food trucks, wine and beer garden.

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FIREFIGHTER’S BALL Every year the Friends of the Osceola Fire Department and Osceola Lions Club host a Firefighters Ball to benefit the department.

MAY 2020 Spring

1-3

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NOV

22-23 Doe on the Go

A self-guided tour of various studios, galleries and artists. Pottery, jewelry, welded art, paintings, photography, and more can be seen.

MAY

Hunt for your own treasures! Our charming shops and boutiques are open Friday night with extended hours, specials, fun classes and refreshments. Play goofy games, enter drawings and make a full day and evening of adventure!

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Chamber Members & Sponsors * Adoray’s Treasures from the Heart * Arc The AFLC Retreat Center * Autumn House Inn * Bar Red Speakeasy * Beauty Escape * Bernick’s * Bill’s Ace Hardware * Bending Branches LLC * Caribou Coffee * Carlson Highland & Co LLP * CarQuest of Osceola * Cascade BP * Cedar Bend Church * Chocolate Gnome * Christian Community Homes Of Osceola * Comfort by Design * Coming Home * Core Products International * Croix View Farm * Cutler Law Office * Dairy Queen * Dick’s Fresh Market * East Lake Engraving * Edward Jones - Matt Fisk * Edward Jones - Tom Klugow Fawn-Doe-Rosa * Federated Co-Ops, Inc * First National Community Bank * Franconia Sculpture Park * Friends of WI Interstate Park * Gary Beckmann * Genius of Fun Event Production * Grace Church

* Grand Strand Funeral Home * Hanson Accounting Services LLC * Hauge Dental Care * Health-Esteem * Hiawatha National Bank * Holly Barlow-Mary Kay * Jay’s Carpet Cleaning * J. Buberl Law, LLC * JLC Book Keeping Plus * KAPCO * Karita’s Shoppe * Krooked Kreek Golf Course * Kumlien Chiropractic LLC * Laux Law Firm, LLC * Lily Springs Farm * LME Enterprises * Dan & Trudy Lorenz * Lund Cabinetry & Construction * Mango’s Main Street Eatery * MidWestOne Bank * Mike’s Militaria * MN Transportation Museum, Inc. * Music on the Overlook * Nancy Beck * Neumann Farms * Noah Insurance Group * Northwire, Inc * Oak and Ivory * Osceola Aerosport, LLC * Osceola Braves Baseball * Osceola Cleaners * Osceola Community Fair * Osceola Education Foundation * Osceola Family Eyecare

Chamber

OSCEOLA AREA

Welcome to Osceola! We hope the Osceola Activity Guide has captured local authentic lifestyles through the sights, stories and flavors of a place and people who bring out the rich culture of our quaint community. The things that are most charming about the Osceola community is how there is always something unique to do and someone friendly to help you do it. Home to both mom and pop shops and international corporations, Osceola provides a high quality of life for residents, entrepreneurs, employers and employees. Get inspired to visit, connect with the locals, and find a few favorite spots to enjoy Wisconsin’s Cool Little Rivertown.

Germaine Ross

DIRECTOR OSCEOLA AREA CHAMBER AND MAIN STREET

To find out more: myosceolachamber.org

* Osceola Chamber Member

Please patronize these fine businesses who support our community.

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Simenstad Airport 1.1 mi. Osceola Aerosports 2.1 mi. Krooked Kreek Golf Course 2.3 mi. Crystal Ball Dairy 2.5 mi. Osceola Fish Hatchery 2.6 mi. Trollhaugen Ski & Aerial Adventure Park 5.8 mi. Franconia Sculpture Park 6.2 mi. Neumann Farms 7.2 mi. Eric’s Canoe & Kayak Rental 7.7 mi. Fawn Doe Rosa Wildlife Farm 11 mi.

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Standing Cedars Trails Osceola Landing Osceola Bedrock Glades Stower Seven Lakes TraiL WI Interstate Park Gandy Dancer Trail Wooly Mountain Bike Trail

1.7 mi. 1.7 mi. 2.6 mi. 6.4 mi. 7.7 mi. 7.7 mi. 8 mi.

Resources

45-Dick’s Fresh Market Grocery 46-Heidi’s Paw Spa 47-Mr. Deals Groceries 48-Osceola Cleaners 49-Osceola Medical Center 50-Pitch Blue Studio 51-The Sun News 52-US Post Office 53-Valley Suds 54-Wildriver Fitness Center

Events

May . . . .Earth Art’s Spring Art Tour May-Aug . . . . .Braves Home Games June. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhubarb Days Fridays in Season . Farmer’s Market July . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fireworks Train August. . . . . . . . . . Valley Brew Fest September . . . . . . .Community Fair September . . . . . . . Harvest Bazaar September . . . . . . Wheels & Wings October . . . . . . . . Pumpkin Express November. . . . . . . . . Doe on the Go April. . . . . . . . . . Ladies Spring Fling

Fuel

55 - Cascade BP 55 - Exxon 57 - Mini Mart

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Chamber Members & Sponsors * Osceola Historical Society * Osceola Lions Club * Osceola Medical Center * Osceola Royalty * Osceola School District * Osceola Veterinary Service * Outdoors Realty * PaperWorx Printing & Design * People Loving People, Inc. * Pleasant Lake Bed & Breakfast * Polaris Industries LP * Polk Burnett Electric Cooperative * Primerica * PY’s Saloon & Grill * RE/Max Synergy * Riverwood Canoe & Kayak * Royal Credit Union- Osceola * Salon 204 * Schletty Steven B Dr Dentist Office * Scott’s Tire Service * Set-In Stone Countertops, LLC * SF Insurance Group * Sign-Xpress * Simple Living * Sodie’s Cigar Shop * St. Croix ArtBarn * St. Croix River Association

* Standing Cedars Land Conservancy * State Farm Insurance * Studio A Salon Spa * Subway * Sue’s Bar & Grill * Style Escape * Tellastory Photography * The Chocolate Gnome * The Copy Shop * The Granary * The Looking Glass * The Mainstreet Group * The Rivergroup Financial Advisors Thiel’s American Pie * Tippy Canoe’s * Trollhaugen * Turf Management Specialties * Uptown Gifts * Valley Christian School * Valley Spirits * Village of Osceola * Village Pizzeria * Watershed Cafe * Wheels & Wings * Wildwood Flowers * Xcel Energy

* Osceola Chamber Member

Please patronize these fine businesses who support our community.

Have a

Little Faith

LOCAL CHURCHES

ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH 265 State Hwy 35, East Farmington 715-247-3310 BETHESDA LUTHERAN LCMC 1947 110th Avenue, Dresser 715-755-2562 CEDAR BEND CHURCH * 310 Chieftain Street, Osceola 715-000-0000 EL SALEM/TWIN FALLS Christian Center 1751 100th Avenue, Dresser 715-755-3113 GRACE CHURCH * 722 Seminole Avenue, Osceola 715-417-0752 GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH WELS 2098 70th Avenue, Osceola 715-755-3424 HOPE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 933 248th Street, Osceola 715-294-2112 NEW LIFE Christian Community 201 State Hwy 35, Dresser 715-417-0945 OSCEOLA COMMUNITY CHURCH 2492 Education Ave., Osceola 715-294-4332 OSCEOLA UNITED METHODIST 306 River Street, Osceola 715-755-2275 PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA 2355 Clark Road, Dresser 715-755-2515 ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 255 10th Avenue, Osceola 715-294-2243 * Osceola Chamber Member

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Top 5 reasons residents choose Osceola

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Quality of Life

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Outdoor Recreation

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Great Schools

4.

Slower Pace of Life

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Easy Access to Twin Cities

Golf

Relax

Enjoy

18-Hole Course

Bar & Grill

Pro Shop

715-294-3673 • 2448-A County M • Osceola, WI 54020 www.krookedkreek.com • golf@krookedkreek.com

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The Vitality of Volunteering Volunteer

Shirley Johnson, one of our beloved volunteers, received the Volunteer of the Year award in 2016 and the Main Street Volunteer of the Year award in 2017, shares her experiences. Shirley writes... “For most of my life, volunteering has been a way of life. As I was growing up, doing volunteer work was often our family look-forward-to weekend activity. The reward was how we felt afterwards, as we drove home smiling and recounting what had been fixed, improved and accomplished. One of the amazing features of volunteering is meeting a variety of people. I, too, experience what researchers call the “helpers high” or the sense of well-being after volunteering because it fosters a greater purpose in my life. I believe it is so important for the next generation to get engaged with volunteering. Right now, working in the GROW Osceola Flower program and raising money for the Trails Coalition by planning the Valley Brew Fest are my passion projects. Contributing to my community is where I want to volunteer my time.“

“Osceola has one of the highest rates of volunteerism among small towns in Wisconsin. We believe this is how we cultivate our thriving community.”

Your Time & Talent

Pick Your Passion

BOY SCOUTS - OSCEOLA www.adventureiscalling.org

OSCEOLA MAINSTREET www.myosceolachamber.org

BRAVES BASEBALL

OSCEOLA ROD & GUN CLUB www.osceolarodandgunclub.org

4-H CASCADE FALLS 715-294-2866 FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY 715-294-2657 GROW OSCEOLA www.myosceolachamber.org INTERFAITH CAREGIVERS info@interfaithpolk.org LIONS CLUB - OSCEOLA OSCEOLA COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION www.myochf.org

OSCEOLA SENIOR CITIZENS, INC. 715-294-4566 OSCEOLA SNO-GOERS 715-294-2074 PARTNERS OF OMC 715-294-5757 RIVERTOWN TRAILS COALITION www.myosceolachamber.org ST. CROIX ARTBARN www.stcroixartbarn.com

OSCEOLA HISTORICAL SOCIETY osceolahistorical@gmail.com

Shirley Johnson, Volunteer

— GERMAINE ROSS, DIRECTOR, OSCEOLA CHAMBER

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GREAT

t e e r t S n Mai SHOPPING

Shop and Stroll Charming and independent shops, lots of local handcrafted items, cozy restaurants, outdoor patios, plenty of free parking are all within walking distance. Osceola is a quaint, small town surrounded with waterfalls, bluffs, a creek and walking trails that are all accessible right from historic downtown. Because the people who own and work in our downtown are every bit as unique and interesting as what they sell, you’ll discover a small town adventure all of its own. In fact, many Osceola merchants and artisans personally create or source the handcrafted items and often have an interesting story to share or a tale to tell about the history of our town.

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Coming Home Adoray’s Treasures from the Heart

It’s retail with a mission by selling gently used goods at penny-wise prices that supports health programs and patients.

120 N Cascade Street 715.294.4074

Coming Home

Wildwood Flowers

Specializing in new home décor, painted furniture, farmhouse accessories, locally crafted items & a little vintage.

Treasures to love & welcome into your home. Floral, jewelry, clothing, gifts and accessories. This is the place to Dilly Dally!

206 N. Cascade Street @cominghomeosceola

407 S. Cascade Street 715.755.2040

Uptown .

Espresso Bar Gift Boutique

The Looking Glass

A variety of espresso drinks, baked goods and sandwiches as well as a wonderful array of gifts, clothing, jewelry and local items.

117 N Cascade Street

111 N Cascade Street 715.417.3222

Primitive, rusty, vintage, retro, mid-century and antique goodness. Hand picked merchandise to bring you the best finds. Old-fashioned ice cream served.

715.294.2886 BItten Bark Artwork by Robyn Foster

ROBYN

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Karita’s Shoppe

Wonderful vintage upcycled and restyled furniture, home decor, curated finds and specialty items. Lower level “Green Room” is our quality ladies consignment area.

210 Cascade Street N 651.442.7077

LOCAL ARTIST - Bitten birch bark is an ancient native art form. The elder women of the Woodland Nations created this traditional art by biting the birch with their teeth while socializing around the campfire. The designs were often used for bead or quillwork. Robyn Foster says it is a privilege to be one of the few people who continue to particpate in this beautiful artform. Robyn’s bitten bark framed artwork and jewelry can be found at Uptown Gifts.

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ATM Machine BP Driver Rewards Deli & Fresh Baked Goods Fresh Perks Card Fuel Points Open until 10:00 p.m. Daily

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

715-294-4086 • 35 and 243, Osceola

805 Seminole Ave. • Osceola, WI 54020 www.kapcoinc.com

Making People Our Priority “With Tom’s experience in construction, his knowledge of NW Wisconsin, and his commitment to clients, he’s the perfect choice for your local real estate agent.”

Tom Hartmann, Realtor® 715.222.1752 715.268.7125

tomhartmannrealtor@gmail.com www.tomhartmannrealestate.com

Residential

Land

Commercial

JOLENE KAMMERUD

LISA DITLEFSEN

ANGIE HASELMAN

JO HINZ

715-222-2132

715-600-2413

904-495-8884

715-417-0588

Broker/Owner

jolenekammerud@yahoo.com

Agent

lisa.ditlefsen829@gmail.com

Agent

angieoutdoorsrealty@outlook.com

Agent

johinz.realtor@gmail.com

2391 State Road 35/PO Box 397, Osceola, WI 54020 • Toll Free: 866-986-2731 • Fax: 715-706-1132 • Email: outdoorsrealty@gmail.com

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GO AHEAD

Treat

YOURSELF

Spas & Salons Get the VIP treatment at our local salons and spas. Heal, revive and transform yourself with skin, hair, nail and massage services in Osceola, Wisconsin. Tucked away within the heart of our town is a treasured refuge of relaxation. Our sanctuary is home to signature spa treatments, chic salon services, and much more. Whether it’s a hot stone massage or facial, you’ll find pampering services at various local spas in the downtown area. After a day of skiing, hiking or paddling; get a relaxing spa treatment. Treat yourself to a body wrap, pedicure, or massage to soothe the soul.

Style Escape, LLC

Full Service Hair Salon, Boutique, and Day Spa. Fine Retail Products, Sugaring Hair Removal, Ear Candling, Massage, Cupping, Pedicures

207 Cascade Street 715. 294.3744

Beauty Escape Day Spa Specializing in Spa, Natural Nail, Lash, & Salon Services

Open to the Public 305 River Street • Osceola, WI 715.338.9630

A N A VEDA C ONCEPT S ALON www.studioasalonspa.com

• OUR SERVICES • HAIR CUTTING/STYLING • COLOR SERVICES • PERMANENT WAVES HAIR & EYELASH EXTENSIONS • COSMETIC APPLICATIONS FACIALS & WAXING • MANICURES & PEDICURES • BODY MASSAGE

213 - 1st Avenue • P.O. Box 566 • Osceola, WI 54020 • 715-294-4650

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TOP PICKS FOR

s t n e r a p Grand & KIDS

Nancy Beck, Owner of The Mainstreet Group

Stay Active & Connected Nancy Beck has been an Osceola resident all of her life. She is an active community leader and an advocate for the Main Street Movement. Nancy enjoys doing many different activities with her grandhcildren. Here are some tips and ideas for when the youngsters come to town.

“Bring along your

sense of humor and sense of fun.”

Nancy’s Must Do

TOP 7 LIST

#1 #2 #3 #4

State Fish Hatchery to see baby fingerlings Oakey Park - Best for ages 2-12 years Pothole Trail at WI-Interstate Park Bowl at Osceola Lanes and grab lunch on their back patio (Little Lambeau) #5 St. Croix River beach at Osceola Landing #6 Ride the Pumpkin Train in October. #7 Visit Fawn-Doe-Rosa wildlife education park in St. Croix Falls geared for kids-get up close and feed the deer, goats and sheep.

Traveling Tips

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Agri-tourisms

LOCAL

Farming CULTURE

Glorious Farm Country Glimpse into Osceola’s wholesome country life, taste honest-to-goodness farm freshness and savor food rooted in the local farming culture. Today, farmers are continung the rich traditions and expanding into new offerings. The Osceola area serves up glorious farm country for you to experience.

Farms & Venues

EVENT BARNS • • • •

Croix-View Farm Lily Springs Farm Shady Acres St. Croix Art Barn

PAUL

BURKHOUSE FOXTAIL FARM - Since 2004 Paul and Chris Burkhouse have run Foxtail Farm, a CSA located south of Osceola where they now focus mostly on winter shares and training the next generation of farmers. Paul has always enjoyed baking and cooking. Over two years of trial and error, he worked on finding the perfect crust recipe that had just the right texture and flavor. Paul says, “I finally got it right and people tell me they are the best tasting pies around”. Made out of his commercial kitchen on the farm with a generous filling, most popular pies are apple, cherry, blueberry and pumpkin. Paul’s pies can be found at Watershed Café and the Osceola Farmer’s Market.

FARMS • • • • • • • • •

Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School Common Harvest CSAs Community Homestead CSA Foxtail Farms CSA Crystal Ball Dairy Demulling Farms U-Pick Neumann Farms Peterson Limousine Beef Pleasant Valley Orchard

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EATERIES &

Pubs

Food for the Soul “Happiness is great food and great company”

OSCEOLA not only has breathtaking views but also wonderful restaurants to check out while being out in the town! Check out two of the top-rated restaurants to get your taste buds on a whole new level of deliciousness. Whether you are a local looking for new places to try or a tourist for the weekend, here is where you need to go:

MANGO’S MAINSTREET EATERY Mango’s strives to enrich your dining experience by integrating global flavors with local ingredients. Take your dining experience to the next level and try this unique and tasty bistro. Alongside with a great meal, try their handcrafted coctails, draft beers, or wine to get the full experience.

WATERSHED CAFE If you enjoy eating with an amazing view, Watershed Cafe is the perfect dining spot for you. They offer salads, delicious burgers, soups and made-from-scratch desserts with ingredients that are locally sourced. Dine inside in a cozy booth or outside on the deck surrounded by great views, natural landscapes and the rush of falling water from Geiger Falls.

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Mango’s Mainstreet Eatery

Bar Red Speakeasy Pizza Celler

Appetizers, Shakes, Pizza, Burger Baskets

102 2nd Avenue

102 2nd Avenue 715.294.3686

444 N Cascade Street

Caribbean Fusion 715.294.3686

Eateries & Libations

Looking Glass Ice Cream Palor 117 N Cascade Street 715.294.2886

Watershed Cafe

Sustainably sourced, intentionally prepared for you! 99 N Cascade Street

Thiel’s American Pie 715.294.3996

The Chocolate Gnome

Gourmet candy and home of Coffeebark! 201 3rd Ave E, Lower Level • Osceola, WI 651.335.0189

Cascade Deli at BP Made To Order Subs

99 N Cascade St • Osceola, WI 715.294.2638

715.294.2638

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Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

Brunch and Dinner Train Whistles are are hissing...and Book an experience like blowing...brakes none other in the St. Croix River Valley!the Each one of thesound Minnesota Transportation Museum’s give theon riders feel for of wheels on steel are part ofdining your trips adventure the atrain! theBook past and create an unforgettable experience. Riders will on travel on an historic a nostalgic dining excursion on the Brunch and Dinner Train while travelling historic passenger cars pulled by vintage locomotives. Enjoy your train passes by scenic views and landmarks. passenger cara delightful pulled dinner by ouras vintage locomotives. ALL TRAINS DEPART FROM 114 DEPOT OSCEOLA, WI WISCONSIN All trains depart from 114 DepotROAD, Rd, Osceola, 54020.

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Lodging and Camping LODGING

CAMPING

Autumn House Inn 305 River Street, Osceola autumnhouseinn.com

The ARC - Association Retreat Center 2372 30th Avenue, Osceola www.arc-aflc.org

Pleasant Lake Bed and Breakfast 2238 60th Avenue, Osceola plesantlake.com River Valley Inn & Suites 1030 N. Cascade Street, Osceola www.osceolarivervalleyinn.com

Lily Springs Farm 1930 60th Avenue, Osceola lilyspringsfarm.com

Autumn House Inn

“Let the weekend therapy begin”

WI Interstate Park 1275 State Highway 35

RIVER VALLEY Inn & Suites RIVER VALLEY INN & SUITES

1030 N. Cascade Street • Osceola, WI 54020 (715)294-4060 • (888)791-0022 • info@osceolarivervalleyinn.com

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PaperWorx PRINTING & DESIGN

www.paperworx.net SALLY KLEVGARD 715.268.5800

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WORK WHERE YOU LIVE AND PLAY

Putting Down Roots...

Amy Brain

AMY BRAIN,

LINDA SHOBER,

As a kid, Amy traveled all over the world with her family, and lived in England for over 13 years. Osceola was their vacation spot each year. After she married her husband, they decided to move to Osceola because of the quality schools and they were able to find good jobs. Amy says, “what surprised me was that people were really welcoming to us as outsiders”.

When we were first married, we moved around quite a bit. We wanted a place we could connect with community and nature and raise our future children.After being inspired by a hiking day trip in the fall to the area, we moved. We found and fell in love with the natural beauty, the small town feel, and the availability of outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, biking, and kayaking in the Osceola area. And yet it’s still so close to a major metropolitan area. In 2018, we built our forever home in Dresser, WI.

CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE LEAD AT NORTHWIRE, INC.

BUSINESS OWNER OF SHOBER MARKETING & DESIGN, AND INSTRUCTOR AT WILD RIVER FITNESS

Now, almost 20 years later, with a home in the country and two kids, Osceola is where they plan to stay. On weekends, they enjoy Pokeman Go (there’s a lot around here), their extended family get togethers and walking. Amy goes on to say,” living in a small town is so easy-- to get to work- a short drive, the gym, the doctor, the dentist-it’s all right here. The company we work at, Northwire, is a big company and global, but everybody still knows each other- it’s like family”.

“What surprised me was that people were really welcoming to us”

Linda Shober

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GREAT

Schools & KIDS

Our Kids Come First... THE OSCEOLA SCHOOL SYSTEM is a community of excellence and well known for quality education. The students are provided with numerous opportunities to be challenged as they learn and grow. While Osceola Schools have a long tradition of excellence in academics as well as extracurricular, the pride and support from our community is what keeps us strong. All Osceola schools are fully accredited and staffed with warm, professional teachers and support staff whose primary mission is the comprehensive education of every school age child. So many fantastic programs come out of our schools.

“Why Wait” is particularly new and promising. The premise of “WHY WAIT?” provides high school students the opportunity to analyze and study a topic they are passionate about. Advisors Amanda Wicklund and Peg Medcraft started “Why Wait?” as a program for students interested in making a concrete impact in the world in ways that interest them right now. They create projects that solve a problem related to their chosen topic and volunteer their time and effort in the community.

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WHY OSCEOLA? OUR TOP 5

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AERIAL PANARAMA

LIGHTED WATERFALLS

LOCOMOTIVE LEGACY

HISTORIC MAIN STREET

SURROUNDED BY BEAUTY

Behold the St. Croix River Valley from a bird’s eye view on a scenic plane tour.

The falls remains in the heart of Osceola, creating a spectacular sensation day or night.

Vintage railcars roam the tracks for tourist excursion routes, either a 10 or 20 mile route.

There are 17 buildings that still serve the needs of today’s community while preserving their history.

The charm in a small community is enough to become intimate and for people to know each other.

Let us help you with all of your banking needs: • Personal Banking • Personal Loans • Home Loans • Auto Loans • Online/ Mobile Banking*

• Business Banking • Business Loans • Construction Loans • Treasury Management Services

*Message and data rates may apply.

304 Cascade St. • Osceola, WI 715.294.2183 Equal Housing Lender

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JULY 19-21, 2019 ST CROIX FALLS TAYLORS FALLS

WANNIGANDAYS.COM MUSIC • CRAFT FAIR • PARADE FIREWORKS • FOOD & KIDS ZONE

MUSIC ON THE OVERLOOK ST CROIX FALLS FRIDAYS 6:30 PM JUNE - AUGUST

Festival June 7, 8 & 9 • 5k, 10k, 1/2 & Full Marathon • Ice Age Trail Designation City Celebration • Farmers Market & Live Music

SCF 3 ON 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT JUNE 29 & 30

FAWN-DOE-ROSA Wildlife Educational Park www.fawndoerosa.com Celebrating over 50 years of Family Fun!

715-483-3772

2131 US Hwy 8 • St Croix Falls, WI

OSCEOLA COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Classes

Classes are open to all who live in and near the Osceola community. Visit www.osceola.k12.wi.us and click on Community Ed for more information, 715-294-4601 or e-mail ComEd@osceolak12.org. Like Community Ed on facebook or check out the full catalog!

OLD SCHOOL WRESTLING CAMP FOR GRADES 1 -12

Old School Wrestling camps teach basic skills and positions that insure success for your wrestler. Takedowns, riding, and escapes will all be taught. Coaches Joe Raygor, Mike Kelly and Clint Strom. FEE (payable to Osceola Community Ed)Grades 1 -4: $30 Grades 5 – 12: $45 Grades 1-4 practice Sessions 1 & 2 • Grades 5-12 practice Sessions 1,2,3 Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 Location: Osceola High School Schedule Check in: 9:00 to 10:00 am

NEEDLE FELTED TURTLE

June 24, 5 -7:30 pm Osceola High School Art Room Fee: $25 (payable to Osceola) plus $5 supply fee (payable at class) Needle felting is quick and easy! Using a barbed needle and wool roving, students will create a lovely turtle. Learn about felting, materials and leave with the knowledge to make many other felted wool creations. Register with Osceola Community Ed by June 19, call 715-294-4601 or email ComEd@osceolak12.org

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Camper Supplies Pool Supplies • Fishing License Propane • Coolers • Grilling

Want to save energy and money at your lake home? Download Free SmartHub App Track your electricity use Pay your electric bill View & report power outages polkburnett.com 800-421-0283

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• billsace@yahoo.com

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8 am - 6:30pm; Sat: 8 am - 5 pm; Sun: 9 am - 2 pm

PLUS, SIGN UP FOR OUTAGE TEXTS TO KNOW IF THE POWER GOES OUT AT YOUR LAKE HOME.

specialty beers • fine wine • discount liquors

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FIRST ANNUAL

Photo Contest

OSCEOLA ACTIVITIES AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY The deadline for pictures is January 15, 2020. Email your photos anytime to: germaine@myosceolachamber.org Include name, address, phone, category and description of photo. #1 THE FIRST CATEGORY IS SCENERY.

Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it to us! Osceola has so many beautiful scenes and you may emphasize landscape and scenery with or without the human element. We would like spring, summer, fall and winter photos.

#2 THE SECOND CATEGORY IS SPECIAL MOMENTS AND ADVENTURE.

Photos depicting people in an active pursuit in Osceola include: hiking, biking, Photo birdwatching, boating, running, fishing, hunting, shopping, picnics etc.

Context

#3 THE THIRD CATEGORY IS DOWNTOWN OSCEOLA, SHOPPING OR BUSINESS DISTRICT PHOTOS. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your business, the downtown shopping area, or other business structures.

#4 LIFE EVENTS

Submit your best photographs of music events, local festival, art shows, exhibits, fairs, school events, our way of life, traditions, culture or authentic “only in Osceola” moments. The four categories will each have one winner and each winner will receive a $25 cash prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner and runner-up photos from each category will be considered for the next issue as well as other digital publications. Submit as many entries as you would like at 300 dpi and in jpeg format. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, phone number, category and brief description of picture along with photo. You can enter the contest via email at : germaine@myosceolachamber.org

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YOUR OSCEOLA WISH LIST BEGINS HERE!

n St. Croix River

n Rustic Roads

n Shopping

n Kayak and Canoe

n WI Interstate Park

www.myosceolachamber.org

n Wheels & Wings

n Chief Osceola

n St. Croix Railway

n Fishing

n Cascade Falls

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HOME SWEET HOME LOAN At Hiawatha National Bank, our lending decisions are made locally by experienced professionals who are part of the community. To learn more about Hiawatha’s great rates, low closing costs and seamless process, give Val Memmer a call today.

www.hnbank.com | (715) 294-4000 NMLS 673297

vmemmer@hnbank.com (NMLS 518248)

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Leading the nation in health care, one award after another.

Since 2012, Osceola Medical Center has received five national awards for outstanding service in patient perspective and technology. Find out why we’re in the top 20 in the country, visit us online at MyOMC.org.

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Osceola WI Activities Guide  

Things to do Osceola, WI, Places to Eat Osceola WI, Itineraries Osceola, WI, Places to Stay Osceola WI

Osceola WI Activities Guide  

Things to do Osceola, WI, Places to Eat Osceola WI, Itineraries Osceola, WI, Places to Stay Osceola WI