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Adventures in Living – Someone Else

Adventures in Living – Someone Else

It has been my personal experience in this life I live, while quite unconventional at this stage of living, has provided me with the opportunity of gaining understanding and insight. While probably not all that profound, it has helped me grasp and share this understanding […]

Ronald Peter Gronski

Ronald Peter Gronski

Ronald Gronski is currently the co-owner of Dockside in Lake Nebagamon with his daughter Patti Coughlin.Gronski’s military service began when he entered the USAF in 1959, Lawrey AFB, Vanderberg CA. Subsequently stationed in Fairbanks, AK 1960-61. Assigned to Sumpter South Carolina Shaw AFB to Duluth […]

Arick and Bryan Levandoski

Arick and Bryan Levandoski

Arick is a Technical Sargent E6 rank, stationed at the 148th Air Force Base in Duluth MN and finishing up college for a chemical engineering degree. Bryan, is a Senior Airman, and Crew Chief on A10 Warthog Aircraft, and is stationed atn Incirlik, Turkey now, […]

Carl Rautio – WWII Veteran, and Recipient of the Century Farm Award

Carl Rautio – WWII Veteran, and Recipient of the Century Farm Award

Located on a rural farmstead, lives 91-year-old Carl Rautio with his wife Marge. This beautiful quiet location is surrounded with vast fields and forest and a finely manicured landscape where their home sits with well-kept out buildings once bustling with farm life.   Imagine, how […]

Merton Warner, WWII Veteran, and Toy Maker

Merton Warner, WWII Veteran, and Toy Maker

Meeting Merton Warner is like getting a fresh breath of air. At age 94, Mert (as he is called by most) is the one person that can put joy in life even if having a bad day. What is remarkable, is Mert had seen combat […]

November 2017 Editor’s Note

November 2017 Editor’s Note

As I sit here writing this column, there is thunder, lightning, wind and rain swiping the leaves from the trees. Having a bunch of oaks, you can imagine the lawn appears like a carpet of colored leaves and pine cones from the pine trees. Yes, […]

August Editor’s Note

August Editor’s Note

Welcome to the Forest & Lakes Monthly August edition. It seems the summer has gone so quickly. Already the stores are stocked with school supplies and sales abound for school clothing. Garden harvesting with canning and freezing the bounty signals we have yet another month […]

Saving Our Lakes & Streams—101 Practical Things You Can Do Today

Saving Our Lakes & Streams—101 Practical Things You Can Do Today

Submitted by Northwoods Author, James Brakken Most people who spend time near the water know the problems our lakes and streams face these days. Though our population grows steadily, the number of lakes and streams remains constant. More and more people sharing the same waters […]

Taking the Love of Teaching Biology to Photography

Taking the Love of Teaching Biology to Photography

Jan Lietha is one of those people who instantly creates a sense of wanting to learn from her. A Biology teacher for 33 years, she retired from the School District of Solon Springs. Jan quickly expresses her love of learning and sharing what she’s learned […]

The Mason Museum

The Mason Museum

The drive south on County Road E from highway 2, is a picturesque journey of rolling hills and farmlands leading towards Mason Wisconsin. Silos rise high gleaming in the sunlight next to barns of red, white or aging wood grays. One finally notices most of […]


From the Editor

November 2017 Editor’s Note

November 2017 Editor’s Note

As I sit here writing this column, there is thunder, lightning, wind and rain swiping the leaves from the trees. Having a bunch of oaks, you can imagine the lawn appears like a carpet of colored leaves and pine cones from the pine trees. Yes, undoubtedly the change in season is upon us, as we leave warm late fall temperature and watch the cold front moving in. Yet, change is inevitable as seasons go through their transitions. And soon we will all be busy with holiday preparations over the next several months.

Once again, we have decided to dedicate our November issue to remembering the service of those who served our country. This year we are so honored to be highlighting two WW2 Veterans, Carl Rautio from Oulu, and Mert Warner from Gordon. Both of these gentlemen had very different experiences but were men who willingly did what was asked of them in service to the United States. Read their stories along with Ronald Gronski who served in Vietnam.

Associate Pastor Carey Vik, from Mission Covenant Church, shares with us his tribute to Veterans this month. He gave this as a sermon a couple of years ago on Veteran’s Day.

Once again, we are happy to include the monthly mystery written by James Brakken, Community Notes, and our regular contributors fascinating articles.

Our December issue would like to include any anecdotes of your family’s tradition to celebrate the Holidays of Christmas, Chanukah, etc. If you have a favorite recipe to share for the holidays, we would love to share those with our readers. One thing I know for sure, recipes are tried out that are printed here. I was in Solon Springs, and a woman asked for the magazine as I was distributing to the location. She said, “I used that caramel cake recipe for my husband’s birthday.” Her husband turned to me and smiled approvingly. So, feel free to share one of yours by sending them to Christie. Her info is shown in the magazine.

We wish you a wonderfully Blessed Thanksgiving. Be sure to attend any Veteran’s Memorial Services in your community in remembrance and honoring our Veterans’ living and deceased