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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. […]

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 […]

Heroes of the US Military – An Uncommon Bravery

Heroes of the US Military – An Uncommon Bravery

As a child growing up in the School District of Maple, I was made aware of a young man from Poplar named Richard I Bong who was a famous war hero. In the 4th grade, his sister Gerry (Bong) Fetchelkotter was my teacher. Many a […]

Preserving the Legacies of the Past in Our Local Museums

Preserving the Legacies of the Past in Our Local Museums

One of the valuable resources in this region, is the rich history that abounds in many of the local communities. Volunteers, who have a love of preserving artifacts of the past and the stories left behind in diaries, public records, newspapers, and through family stories […]

Recognition of Area Veterans Who Served Valiantly

Recognition of Area Veterans Who Served Valiantly

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Forest & Lakes Monthly is extending our thanks to the men and women who have and are serving to preserve the nation we live in. In these modern technological times the citizens are acutely aware of threats to our country […]