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Happy February, Everyone!

Happy February, Everyone! It’s hard to believe we are already on our second edition of the new year. It’s gone by fast, but it sure is fun! I hope this edition finds you well and healthy. I’m not sure about you, but our household has been inundated with illness for the past few weeks. We are finally on the mend, and I am happy to be doing so! I hope you all are healthy and well too!

This month, we are featuring Kathy and David Rose of KD’s Bear Den in Drummond, Wisconsin. I had the opportunity to visit with Kathy about the bar & grill and it was so fun! Kathy has such a wonderful presence. It was really nice to hear her story. There is a long history of hospitality there that you can really see. The restaurant is such a warm and welcoming joy to visit. If you are able, I do hope you’ll stop in and say hello, and support this new business, as well as the many others in downtown Drummond.

I also had the opportunity to visit with Nancy and John at the Birkie office in Hayward. I wanted to do something about the Birkie, because it is such a huge part of our region’s culture, but didn’t want to cover the same information that has been done and redone over the years. I wanted to find an angle that was relevant to both participant and spectator alike. So, I thought, why not research the bibs. With Nancy and John’s help, patience, and time – which is at a premium this time of year as they are busy getting ready for this year’s Birkie events – I think we came up with a good list of the bibs and a general idea of what each means. Take a look at them in this month’s edition. When you are skiing down the finish line, or ringing a cowbell on main street, pay attention to the bibs that go by. There is a rich story behind each one.

Leo and I also had the opportunity to go to the CES Show in Las Vegas after January went to print. It was something else, dear reader! I have no words to adequately describe the vastness of the venues and the sea of people you encounter, other than amazing, and even that falls short! It is seriously the equivalent of the world’s fair for up and coming technology in 2018. This year it was definitely the year of the robot. Leo’s article, Tech Talk, shares our adventure with you. I hope you have as much fun reading about it as we did exploring all of the new technology.

With that, dear reader, we’ve got some fun and interesting articles again this month from our wonderful contributors. I love reading about their wealth of knowledge each month as I am putting this magazine together. It always amazes me what wonderful, unique, and interesting people we have living right here in the forest. The people, the landscape, the communities that make up the region – what a gem, dear reader, what – a – gem!

Until next month!
Christie


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