Archive for March, 2014

Summer’s Coming: Cool your cabin fever with a look at hot trends in water recreation

Filed in Lakeside Living by on March 28, 2014
Summer’s Coming: Cool your cabin fever with a look at hot trends in water recreation

As cabin fever sets in for the many longing for open water, dock and marine dealerships have been reeling in the latest trends and improvements…

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Yellow Lake

Filed in Lake Profiles by on March 26, 2014
Yellow Lake

Every lake boasts about the size of their fish, but Yellow Lake in Burnett County of northwest Wisconsin doesn’t need to boast. It has the record to prove it.

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Detroit Lake

Filed in Lake Profiles by on March 26, 2014
Detroit Lake

Whether you are looking for a nature getaway, an active family vacation or a pampered rest, Big and Little Detroit Lake have it all.

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Lake Mille Lacs

Filed in Lake Profiles by on March 26, 2014
Lake Mille Lacs

Nearest Town: Garrison Primary County: Mille Lacs Size: 128223.89 acres Max Depth: 42’ Water Clarity: 10’ The discovery of spiny water flea adds one more layer of complexity to the bottom of the Mille Lacs food web. Spiny water fleas eat zooplankton, which is also eaten by young perch, walleye, and other species of fish. […]

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Lake Waconia

Filed in Lake Profiles by on March 26, 2014
Lake Waconia

Nearest Town: Waconia Primary County: Carver Size: 3080.29 acres Max Depth: 37’ Water Clarity: 4.8’ Lake Waconia in Carver County is a 2,996-acre lake that has a diversity of aquatic habitats which create a popular multi-species fishery. The lake is primarily managed for walleye, largemouth bass, and muskellunge and secondarily for bluegill, black crappie, and […]

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Lake Ida

Filed in Lake Profiles by on March 26, 2014
Lake Ida

Nearest Town: Leaf Valley Primary County: Douglas Size: 4426.74acres Max Depth: 106’ Water Clarity: 11’ Lake Ida is a large (4,289 acres), moderately fertile basin located northwest of Alexandria. Mean depth is approximately 28.0 feet. Maximum depth exceeds 100.0 feet. Residential development surrounding the lake is considered moderate to heavy. Water quality and clarity are […]

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Can I really do it myself?

Filed in Construction by on March 26, 2014
Can I really do it myself?

I am often asked, “When do I need to call a contractor?” or “When is a project too much for me to handle?” This is a difficult and personal question that depends on each person’s abilities and patience. It’s said that the most important thing in any do-it-yourself’s toolbox is a telephone and the number […]

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Be Kind to Your Evergreens

Filed in Gardening by on March 26, 2014
Be Kind to Your Evergreens

I live in Minnesota year round because the winters are so beautiful. I love driving through the countryside after a new-fallen snow or walking through my neighborhood before the plows have gone about their business.

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Today’s Pontoons Offer New Luxury on the Lakes

Filed in Recreation by on March 26, 2014
Today’s Pontoons Offer New Luxury on the Lakes

It used to be that pontoons were simply a couple of floating tubes with decks and some railing. They were silver, gray, or blue. Maybe a stripe if you were lucky. Some fake turf or plastic-y carpet to walk on. With two seats and an open platform for you to haul your own chairs and […]

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How do you like them (Minnesota) apples?

Filed in Gardening by on March 26, 2014
How do you like them (Minnesota) apples?

Apples are as American and familiar as…well…apple pie. But what do you know about Minnesota apples? Horace Greeley, the 18th century New York journalist, proclaimed, “I would not live in Minnesota because…

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