Eliason Realty Updates
With only a few chunks of snow around and some wonderful weather this week, spring has made a grand entrance. Most of the lakes are clear thanks to the temperatures, rain and some pretty brisk winds.
There is plenty of evidence the natives have responded to the change. If you are itching to hop on your bicycle, the fences are down on the bike trail. The weather is perfect for a nice long ride — well maybe not very long — but start to get those muscles back in shape!
Remember, the bike trail is also a hiking trail. It winds through beautiful scenery and chances are you will see a lot of the Northwoods splendid wildlife. Throw on a backpack and plan an early spring picnic. Those winter chills are really behind you!
The opening of fishing is in two weeks so it’s a great time to go pick up your fishing license and take a good look at your fishing tackle. New fishing line? Pick us a few new lures or a spiffy new bait bucket and stringer for your bountiful catches.
Get the boat ready for the big day! Check spark plugs, add fresh gas and check your owner’s manual for season start up advice.
This is also the perfect time to put the snowmobiles away for the season. Fog the engine and add Stabil to the gas tank. Put the sled up on a jack to get the weight off the track and give it a good wash before covering. Those with four-stoke motors will want to take their sleds to the dealer for an oil change.
Saturday, April 18, Lakeland Union High School will be hosting Minocqua’s Home, Lifestyle and Recreation Show from 9 AM until 4 PM at this one-day event. There is a lineup of demonstrations, short seminars in addition to the dozens of vendors on hand with their products.
Photo courtesy of the Phelps Chamber of Commerce Website
The backbone of the Northwoods is arguably the small towns that dot the landscape along the lakes and the forests. They not only provide the alluring resorts, tantalizing dining establishments and the myriad of entertainment outlets, they also provide homes and support services for those who maintain the hospitality businesses throughout the area.
It’s for those very reasons the viability of these towns is paramount to keeping the Northwoods vibrant and captivating. Tucked into the eastern side of Vilas County, the town of Phelps is about to launch a campaign to energize growth in its downtown area along the banks of North Twin Lake.
On Wednesday, April 1, WJFW, Channel 12 in Rhinelander, did a segment on the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation’s (VCEDC) involvement in a new project in downtown Phelps. According to the story, Carl Ruedebusch, the chairman of VCEDC and a developer, bought the property known as “the big store”. The plans are to build an establishment on that site that would provide lodging, a restaurant, tavern and a gift shop, known as Lumberman’s Lodge.
Town Chairman and lifelong Phelps resident, Colin Snook, is thrilled, not only with the impending project, but also more plans to build grocery and hardware stores across the street.
According to Channel 12, “(They're) something that we haven't had in Phelps in a long time," Snook says. "These are services that we really need."
Project Manager Barry McCleane said the VCEDC chose this project in Phelps because of the downtown’s scenic location on the lake.
This is not the first project that VCDEC has had in Phelps. They assisted in the start up of a business accelerator in a building south of downtown which now houses the Phelps Chamber of Commerce, a barbershop and there is still room available for more business.
We are seeing 30 year fixed rates at 3.65%-3.85% and if you opt for 15 years fixed -- you can lock in your rate at or below 3%!!
We urge you to to get pre-qualified now with a lender and secure your northwoods dream property soon. Contact one of our real estate professionals soon for lender referrals and property search recommendations.
It must be a good time as evidenced by the returning 14 of 17 teams for the Plum Lake Library Trivia Contest that was held on March 5. This was the fourth annual contest and the proceeds of the contest raised money for the library’s elevator fund.
The event was held at the Plum Lake Recreation Building in Sayner. Thanks to Vilas County News Review Lifestyle correspondent, Wally Geist, who wrote the story for the paper. He also took this great picture of Team Eliason who came in third at raising money that evening.
First place went to The Might Eelpouts who initially tied with the Joy of Cooking Team. Geist reported that the tie was broken when they knew that the “L” in the US Navy Seals meant “Land”.
Ida Nemec, librarian, announced they also had received a $1,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor against which the money raised and pledged that evening will be applied. Library President Chuck Figer, who was the evening’s MC said the fund was approaching its goal, however, “ The library will always be growing and improving and people like to come out and play trivia. It’s a win-win,” said Figer.
St Germain, WI - This cabin sits on an 8 acre parcel of land with 200 feet of beautiful lake frontage on Big St Germain Lake.
This cute cottage sits on the north side of Big St. Germain Drive, it has two bedrooms, 1 bath and is raised with a garage and basement in the lower level. Across the street is a beautiful lake parcel with 200' of level frontage and it is nicely wooded. The lot is a large narrow parcel with approximately 8 acres. If you are looking to build your dream home on Big St. Germain, this may be what you are looking for. The cottage would be ideal for friends and family and a place to stay while your home is being constructed. Big St. Germain Lake is known for it's many recreational opportunities, from ice fishing in the winter to water skiing & long pontoon boat rides in the summer. The St. Germain Golf Club is just a short distance and in minutes you can be on the bike & hike trail.
Listed by: Rick Lovdal
Check out this new listing in Conover, WI on Deer Lake with 200' of lakeshore!
Built by one of the area's premier log home builders, this 3 bedroom plus loft, 2 bath home with exudes quality with custom craftmanship from top to bottom! From the solid handcrafted entry door, the log spiral staircase to the incredible trim work; it's a gem waiting to be discovered!
The main level features an open floor plan; living, dining and kitchen area, along with the master bedroom and bathroom. The loft provides spectacular views of Deer Lake and the wildlife that abounds throughout this private and wooded parcel!
Listed by: Todd Staege
An offer is pending on our Fire Tree Trail listing -- after just 54 days on the market!
COLUMBUS LAKE CABIN on 55 ACRES -- One of a kind!
This property offers 1,320 ft of level sand frontage and sits on 55 acres of wilderness. Definitely a private parcel located at the end of the road and gated. Offers spectacular views of the lake and great fishing. This log cabin offers an open concept design with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Cozy up to the wood-burning stove on those chilly Northwoods nights. There is a vaulted ceiling and it's insulated with a maintenance-free metal roof atop. A new garage was built in 2011 and is large enough for all the toys, with a bonus room above. This is the perfect opportunity for you to make that great escape and take in all this property has to offer. Whether you hunt, fish, snowmobile or like to play on the water with your boat, it's all right here. Call and make your dream a reality!
Eliason Realty of the North, LLC
302 W Pine St
PO Box 284
Eagle River, WI 54521
So you bit the bullet and started your own company selling first rate widgets – out of your basement. Well, that worked for the first year, almost. But now there are boxes of widgets all over the house and orders are coming fast and furious. It’s time to make that first move. But the budget is still tight – what is your next step?
Perhaps you might want to consider contacting the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) and ask about the incubators located throughout the county. An incubator? For your business needs, an incubator in Vilas County,”provide (s) a low cost solution for working space for start-up and expanding businesses.”
Exactly what is VCEDC? This is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 quasi-governmental organization that works with public, private and non-governmental units to work toward economic growth and quality job opportunities growth in Vilas County.
Their mission statement clearly defines what their goals are: “Provide innovative leadership and regional infrastructure to: improve the economic well being of businesses, communities and residents; promote creation and retention of viable businesses and quality jobs; and provide increased opportunities for education strengthening workforce development.”
This is no small undertaking and providing office, work and warehouse space via an incubator environment is only part of the services offered by VCEDC. Experienced business leaders offer new businesses a resource for expert advice in the management, staffing and growth of a new or expanding business. There are also venture capital resources available to these businesses.
There are three locations for such incubators. The first location opened in Eagle River, at 413 Pines St., and among the current tenants are: StitchIt Embroidery, A LA Carte Care, Butkowski Sales, Property Management North, CJM Solutions, LLC, Second Generation Enterprises, Inc DBA- DKA Financial and Computer Success.
The next incubator is located in Manitowish Waters, at 399 Highway 51.
Brad Zdroik, Deep Freeze Fishing, Inc.
We are the lucky ones, living here in northern Wisconsin. We are able to enjoy the beauty and the natural attributes of living in a pristine and safe environment. However, one of the drawbacks to coming to this area is the difficulty of finding a job to sustain a comfortable lifestyle.
A relatively new investment group is trying to assist the development of new companies that show a potential for creating significant job opportunities. The Northwoods Angel network was introduced in December, 2010, a part of the Wisconsin Angels Network (WAN), and there are now 23 groups affiliated with this state-wide organization.
The Northwoods Angel network is comprised of high-net worth individuals who not only provide venture capital to assist companies in their early stage of development, but also offer their high-level business expertise to these start-up companies. This group also works closely with the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) to assist Vilas County-based start-up businesses and where Northwoods Angels found its new leadership.
Entrepreneurs are encouraged to seek more information about the advantages of growing their businesses by applying for investment capital through the WAN. Dick Leinenkugel, former state commerce secretary, president of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., and one of the creators of the Northwoods Angels network, gave an interview to the Star Journal this past December. In this interview he advised applying entrepreneurs.“The main thing is to have a solid business plan with pro forma projections with a budget, a profit/loss plan for maybe three to five years and show that the company is fulfilling a solid need, whether it’s a business service or something they’ll produce themselves. It’s got to be based in reality.”
There is no charge to entrepreneurs and they are encouraged to apply for investment capital on the WAN website.
Set your sites on trying something new this weekend! Head over to the Conover Community Park this Saturday, February 15, and take part in a great time at the “Northwoods Blizzard Blast”. The town really goes out of its way to make sure there is something for everyone to like.
Kicking off all the fun on Friday, there is a three-day snow sculpting competition and entry fees are $25 per team.
On Saturday, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, there are scenic sleigh rides, an artisan bazaar, ice golf, ice bowling, a youth archery demo and fun for kids.
Then at 11:00 AM there is an X-Country Fun Run (register by 10:30 AM). Beginning at 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, a Northwoods original – Snowshoe Baseball! From 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM there is a Kids Dogsled Dash. At 2:00 PM join in on the Snow Shovel Races, 3:00 PM the Recliner Races and at 4:00 PM, it’s the Snowshoe Shuffle.
Also at 4:00 PM it’s the Snowflake Scrabble Drawing. It all comes to a head at the Trophy Presentation at 5:00 PM. Finally, around 6 PM, the day ends with a fireworks display. Some events do have a nominal charge. What a great way to get outdoors and shake off those cabin-bound blues! For more details, visit www.blizzard-blast.com.
Land O’ Lakes
Thanks to all the hard work of area groomer drivers, snowmobile trails are in good shape despite the snow drought of the last few weeks. The few inches in the last 24 hours has helped a little. So there is no excuse to head for the border and join in the Frosty Snowmobile Club’s “Radar Run,” based at Bent’s Camp on Mamie Lake on the Cisco Chain this Saturday, February 14.
There will be a Bikini Run (that’s three weeks in a row – Northwoods women are gutsy!), food, an Ice Bar, raffles and lots of fun!