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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 […]

Hidden Greens North

Hidden Greens North

Hidden Greens North Golf Course, is an 18-hole course in the pristine northern Wisconsin rural landscape of water and forests on highway A south of Solon Springs WI. This location welcomes locals and visitors alike to a setting where it is not unusual for deer […]

Tourism, Chambers, and Local Businesses – A Collaborative Effort

Tourism, Chambers, and Local Businesses – A Collaborative Effort

Anyone who knows me is aware I do a lot of traveling and in the last couple decades more around the states. I’ve greatly reduced my travel by plane and taken to the cross-country jaunts. Since I have sisters who live in Seattle WA and […]

The Little Gift House & Coffee Shop

The Little Gift House & Coffee Shop

One of the remarkable aspects of northern Wisconsin towns is the history of each business, making them mainstays in their communities. Such is the history of The Little Gift House & Coffeee Shop in Solon Springs – transitioning from a thrift shop to today’s current […]

Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center – Preserving the Region’s Past

Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center – Preserving the Region’s Past

Nestled into a wooded property surrounded with once cultivated fields is the Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center. Oulu (pronounced in Finnish “O-Lu” is a small township north of highway just west of Brule, WI. This location’s elevation presents views of forests and farms north to […]

Traveling Perspectives – Holiday’s Abroad

Traveling Perspectives – Holiday’s Abroad

I’ve spent several Christmas holidays living and traveling in other countries. Although everywhere I’ve lived has at least a small population of Christians, the majority religion in Indonesia is Islam and in Laos it’s Buddhism. So this will not be an article about the interesting […]

Family Owned White Winter Winery Specializes in Mead

Family Owned White Winter Winery Specializes in Mead

White Winter Winery makes it home in Iron River, Wisconsin. Walking into the spacious, neatly merchandised area you are welcomed with a vast variety of wines, ciders, meads, and creative product packages for a special gift. Across from the entry is a “tasting bar” for […]


From Our Editors

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 before the winter squashes and second crops of greens and root vegetables are planted.

Yet, there are wonderful days ahead to enjoy outdoor events, fishing, camping, and more to fill our last weeks of summer.

This month, we are pleased to feature two regional writers, James A Brakken who has written a very timely book, “Saving our Lakes & Streams – 101 Practical Things You Can Do Today. This book has a become a popular book among Lake Associations to give to their members. Janet Lietha, a teacher recently retired from the Solon Springs High School after 30 years as a Biology teacher, has her first book out featuring her gift of photography. “Exploring the North Country Scenic Trail” offers a wonderful perspective of the north country of northwest Wisconsin as a treasure to be cared for and preserved.

Enjoy learning about Mason Wisconsin’s company town history. The Mason Historical Association has refurbished the once thriving train depot into a quality museum featuring the rich history of among five logging company towns in northern Wisconsin.

We hope you enjoy reading this month’s edition while you take a break with a beverage and relax. We encourage you to support the advertisers in this edition. Thanks goes to those of you who have been giving us a head’s up about activities and future articles.

Have a great August.
Maralene Strom,