Feature Homes

Of Wood and Water:   An Otter Tail Lake gem

Of Wood and Water: An Otter Tail Lake gem

With its distinctively arch-shaped windows, warm black walnut flooring, and bright white wood work, the Chisholm’s visionary Otter Tail Lake home is a truly a dream come to life. “We spent years going through plans…”

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Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on April 4, 2014
A Natural Blend:   Elements from near and far combine in this Dead Lake stunner

A Natural Blend: Elements from near and far combine in this Dead Lake stunner

Their builders call them “the most tight-knit family they have ever built for.” At times, more than twenty five people inhabit the six bedroom, five bath home…

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Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on April 4, 2014
Dream Fulfilled:   Extraordinary craftsmanship on the Mississippi

Dream Fulfilled: Extraordinary craftsmanship on the Mississippi

Warm and comfortable, John and Carol Gaetz’s river home is pleasurable and gratifying. “This is home” they both enthusiastically agree.

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Filed in Feature Homes by on February 14, 2014
Idyllic Retreat:   Creativity and Comfort on Lake Blanche

Idyllic Retreat: Creativity and Comfort on Lake Blanche

When artist Mary Jo Wentz wants to recreate her childhood, it’s easy. She simply stays at home. Since 1955, Mary Jo has been coming to Blanche Lake like her grandfather, father and uncles before.

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Filed in Feature Homes by on February 14, 2014

Gardening

So Many Choices with the Versatile Hosta

So Many Choices with the Versatile Hosta

What is the most versatile plant in the garden? If you said hosta, I agree. Long a star in the shade garden, the hosta now has a place in the sun as well.

Filed in Gardening by on April 15, 2014
Backyard composting:   Putting waste to work

Backyard composting: Putting waste to work

Do you cook or eat at home? Do you have trees on your property? If you said yes to both, you have the materials on hand to improve your garden’s soil through composting.

Filed in Gardening, In This Issue by on April 4, 2014
Are You Ready For Spring?:   11 Plants that you can plant now to brighten spring and early summer

Are You Ready For Spring?: 11 Plants that you can plant now to brighten spring and early summer

If ever we deserved spring flowers, it is after the winter of 2013-2014. Imagine fields of daffodils or crocus.

Filed in Gardening, In This Issue by on April 4, 2014

Landscaping

Classic Comfort:   Stylish outdoor furniture lets you relax and breathe life in

Classic Comfort: Stylish outdoor furniture lets you relax and breathe life in

Whether you’re entertaining, relaxing by the lake or watch the sun set, classic and comfortable outdoor furniture is a must.

Filed in Landscaping by on April 11, 2014
Landscaping:   Tips and Tricks Help Ensure It's Done Right The First Time

Landscaping: Tips and Tricks Help Ensure It's Done Right The First Time

One of the most common laments of homeowners who are making home improvements in preparation for a move is. “Why didn’t we make these changes…”

Filed in Landscaping by on April 10, 2014
Outdoor Living:   Select the perfect patio set to create your own sanctuary

Outdoor Living: Select the perfect patio set to create your own sanctuary

Rather than taking summer trips, many people are choosing to fix up their outdoor entertaining areas instead.

Filed in Landscaping by on April 8, 2014

Destinations

Fergus Falls

Fergus Falls

Every day can be a new adventure while exploring Fergus Falls. From the unique downtown shops and 30-plus dining options to the active arts scene and 1,049 lakes within Otter Tail County…

Filed in Destinations by on April 12, 2014
The Lake and Home Interview:   Dave Kaldahl of Fair Hills Resort

The Lake and Home Interview: Dave Kaldahl of Fair Hills Resort

Dave Kaldahl has worked at Fair Hills Resort on Pelican Lake for about 70 years. Yes, you read that right. He started out picking up bits of rubbish when he was a kid, worked as a bus boy…

Filed in Destinations by on March 25, 2014
Perham

Perham

Located in the heart of Minnesota lakes country, Perham is a popular year-round destination. With a 27-hole championship golf course, plentiful gift and coffee shops, family-friendly turtle races throughout the summer, and beautiful blue lakes…

Filed in Destinations by on February 18, 2014

Design & Decor

Q: What can I do to give a new home the vintage character that older homes have?

Q: What can I do to give a new home the vintage character that older homes have?

A: Betty Ravik of Ravnik Interior Design/The Interior Shoppe offers the following advice: “What comes to mind first is the millwork.”

Filed in Design and Decor, Home Experts by on April 11, 2014
Make Your House Pop:   Painted Trim and Shutters Freshen Curb Appeal

Make Your House Pop: Painted Trim and Shutters Freshen Curb Appeal

Painting or residing your home may make the biggest splash, but choosing a new color for your trim and shutters can do more than you might expect.

Filed in Design and Decor by on April 11, 2014
NorthPoint Design:   Lake and Home Interview

NorthPoint Design: Lake and Home Interview

“People can be more playful with their cabins. I think people tend to be more relaxed when they’re at the lake…”

Filed in Design and Decor by on April 11, 2014
Keep the Viewer in Mind When Hanging Artwork

Keep the Viewer in Mind When Hanging Artwork

We often think art must be a framed two-dimensional piece, but I want to challenge everyone to think of a multitude of objects as art. Any object – if displayed correctly – can be an art piece.

Filed in Design and Decor by on April 10, 2014

On The Lake

Q: Now is the time that many of us are re-opening our lake homes. What should we be looking for in terms of checking for signs of damage or trouble over winter?

Q: Now is the time that many of us are re-opening our lake homes. What should we be looking for in terms of checking for signs of damage or trouble over winter?

A: You’ll want to give the house a careful examination…

Filed in Home Experts, Maintenance by on April 11, 2014
Norway Lake

Norway Lake

Norway is a multi basin productive lake located in Kandiyohi County. There are 328 lake homes/cabins, 53 residential vehicles and 2 resorts that exist along the lakeshore.

Filed in Lake Profiles by on April 9, 2014
Have a Ball:   Backyard games promise some old-fashioned fun

Have a Ball: Backyard games promise some old-fashioned fun

Summer is the perfect season for barbecues, boats and brats. But it’s an even better time for playing backyard games. Whether it’s just you and your partner or the whole neighborhood…

Filed in Recreation by on April 3, 2014

Ask the Home Experts

Ask the Home Experts

For a limited time, we’re offering a free one-year subscription to the submitter of any question we publish in an upcoming issue. The topic is up to you, Design, Construction, Insurance, Real Estate, Energy, Home Improvement…you name it. We’d love to hear from you (and so would our panel of experts).

Filed in Home Experts by on April 11, 2014
Q: Now is the time that many of us are re-opening our lake homes. What should we be looking for in terms of checking for signs of damage or trouble over winter?

Q: Now is the time that many of us are re-opening our lake homes. What should we be looking for in terms of checking for signs of damage or trouble over winter?

A: You’ll want to give the house a careful examination…

Filed in Home Experts, Maintenance by on April 11, 2014
Q: What can I do to give a new home the vintage character that older homes have?

Q: What can I do to give a new home the vintage character that older homes have?

A: Betty Ravik of Ravnik Interior Design/The Interior Shoppe offers the following advice: “What comes to mind first is the millwork.”

Filed in Design and Decor, Home Experts by on April 11, 2014

Food & Wine

Minnesota’s Growing Wine Industry

Minnesota’s Growing Wine Industry

When you think of wine, do you think rhubarb? When you think winery, do you think Thief River Falls? You should. Minnesota’s wine industry is as unique as it is fast-growing.

Filed in Food and Wine by on March 20, 2014
Directory of Lakes Area Farmers Markets

Directory of Lakes Area Farmers Markets

Farmer’s Markets abound in Lakes Country. You can find one on almost any day of the week. All feature a variety of produce, handmade products, baked goods and handcrafted items.

Filed in Food and Wine by on March 5, 2014

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