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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 […]

The Covered Wagon Bar & Restaurant

The Covered Wagon Bar & Restaurant

Twenty-nine years ago, Keith Colalillo, his brother Tim and father Al created a homestyle restaurant at the intersection of Highway 53 and County Rd B in Hawthorne, WI. Becky Hebb was hired as a waitress four years into the business. A year ago, Tim Colalillo, […]

December Photo Credit

December Photo Credit

Submitted by: Janet Abell of Barnes, WI This month’s cover is a lovely mum taken from Janet’s yard. She writes, “We moved to Barnes in July 2015.  We grew up in Elkhorn, WI and after retiring completely in 2013, moved to Sun Lakes AZ, and […]

Editor’s Note – December 2016

Editor’s Note – December 2016

A year ago, this month, Lu Peet, founder of the Barnes Blog, handed over the reins of the publication to Christie Carlson and me. We all agreed the publication was on a path of expansion and change. In the six and half years Lu was […]

Natural Connections with Emily Stone – Jack Pine

Natural Connections with Emily Stone – Jack Pine

A fleeting sunset flamed through a ragged stand of jack pines across our bay on Lake Two. Patchy clouds provided just substrate enough to catch the color, and the faint breeze barely ruffled their reflection on the lake. Here, on a classic rock knob campsite […]

Ask a Master Gardener with Marianne Mueller – Downy Skullcap

Ask a Master Gardener with Marianne Mueller – Downy Skullcap

Arlyn introduced Hoary Skullcap to the greenhouse this spring. Its name sounded like some kind of Halloween freak show to me, and I decided that I would wait a year, see if it bloomed, and check out what it looked like before promoting the plant. […]


From Our Editors

Editor’s Note – June 2017

Editor’s Note – June 2017

As most of our readers are aware, a devastating E3 tornado hit the Chetek, located in the northwest Wisconsin area. This
location is within a rural area, with Chetek as the local municipality. This devastation has led to loss of life and many
injuries. Homes and property were damaged and some, completely demolished.
As we recall, during last year’s flooding in Bayfield and surrounding counties, help arrived through the Red Cross volunteers
and organizations who banded together. Such is the need in the Chetek area. If you are able, please contact the local
Red Cross in your area to find how you can contribute in labor, supplies, or monetary support to give these citizens the
needed assistance to get back on their feet and rebuild.
As we move into the summer months and tourist season, we encourage you to let us know of any events, yard sales, etc to post on the facebook
page or in the July issue to let everyone know what is happening in our region. We also want to congratulate the new Barnes News & Notes
publication. We know it is an undertaking that will serve the local community of Barnes well.
This month’s edition features the Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center in Oulu, WI. The site is made up of a number of renovated historical buildings
that were built by immigrants and families over the past 100 years. The Little Gift House & Coffee Shop is our Solon Springs business
feature story with a history all its own. Run by a family of business minded women, it is a thriving asset to the community, surround region and
tourists alike.
As the weather warms, and summer comes upon us, be sure to note the Lucius Woods Concert series schedule. Visit the various museums,
ATV trails, and enjoy the many recreational parks and lakes in and around the area, whether you are a resident or a visitor! Stop at the Chamber
of Commerce locations in Iron River, Solon Springs, Cable, Superior, Hayward to find more information, as well as maps, outlining the many
destinations our area has to offer. You can also pick up information at the Tourism Information Center at the junction of Highway 2 & 13 in NW
Bayfield County. Let us know about your experiences visiting the sites and sounds of NW Wisconsin. We’d love to share them with our readers!

As always, thank you for your continued support of Forest & Lakes Monthly.

Enjoy!
Maralene Strom