Eliason Realty Updates
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!
Volunteers setting up the Cruiser Tent for this weekend - picture from Cross Country Cruisers Facebook page
Another weekend of speed and spectacular beauties is on the horizon as the Cross Country Cruisers present Cruiserfest in its 16th year on the ice in Minocqua. This year the site will be at Torpy Park to ensure there is plenty of safe ice for everyone who wants to participate. February 6 and 7 are the dates for the action-packed agenda.
Beginning Friday night, on the ice in front of Torpy Park, there will be a huge heated tent, a fantastic bonfire, food, refreshments and music.
A start time of 6:00 PM is slated for the kickoff Snowmobile Parade from Stacks Bay to the Aqua Bowl. Then at 7:00 PM the sky explodes with an awesome fireworks display.
Saturday, the Cruiser Tent opens at 8:00 AM and will be serving breakfast until 11:00 AM. Beginning at 11:00 AM burgers, brats and chili along with beverages are available until 3:00 PM.
Racing activities start at 9:30 AM with registration for the radar runs and races take off at 10:30 AM. The timing of all the runs will be recorded by the St. Germain Racing Club for the 30 classes held that day. The fastest time will be awarded the $750 purse.
Then at 2:00 PM, Slo’s Pub presents the 5th Annual Bikini Races. Funds raised by these brave snowmobile racers will go to the Pink Ribbon Riders and the trail fund. Divas SnowGear is the presenting sponsor.
There is more! In addition to thrilling race heats, there is also an all-day-long swap meet, vendors and a Vintage Snowmobile Display for participants to enjoy. Ever wonder what it’s like to ride in the cab of a groomer? This is the perfect opportunity to see what the trail looks like from a new perspective.
The highlight of the snowmobile season in St. Germain is fast approaching as the 2015 St. Germain Radar Run hits the starting lines beginning this Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31. This thrilling event is presented by Discover Wisconsin and the St. Germain Radar Racers, featuring Diva SnowGear, First Place Parts and Fly Racing. This is the 13th year for this charity fundraising event.
Held on West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake, this event has come a long way from the beginning when the races consisted of snowmobiles and a radar gun. Now this two-day event sports a seven-class line up beginning with stock sleds all the way up to the Super Mod class which is a specialty class allowing for unlimited cc’s, full body, custom body and propelled by gas, nitro or turbo.
Friday afternoon, the Fly Racing Speed Runs will be held on the Thunderbird 1000’ of shaved ice or on the Twilight 600’ of groomed snow. Races start at 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
That evening, is Timber’s Bar and Grill, “Friday Night Under the Lights”. Weber’s Wildlife Gas Pump will sponsor a Shoot Out snowmobile ride leaving at 3:00 PM. All snowmobilers are invited to take part in Weber’s Wildlife Shoot Out drag races scheduled from 5:00-8:00 PM for $5 a run.
There will also be Radar Fun Runs open to the snowmobiling public at 5:00-8:00 PM sponsored by Straight Line Racing. A special feature at 6:00 PM will pit the 10 fastest snowmobiles in the Midwest against each other at the Snow Outlaw Drag Races.
Music will fill the air as snowmobilers shop the snowmobile vendors and warm themselves in the heated tent with food served by the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club from 12:00 – 8:00 PM.
On Saturday, Straight Line Racing Trophy Runs will be held from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM as well as Fun Runs. There will also be the 2015 Yamaha Demo Rides offered.