Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fishing...One of Our Favorite Things!

Dan Pflugshaupt, a Realtor in our Longville, Minnesota office, likes to take his family fishing and boating on one of the many beautiful lakes in our area. Nice Crappie Sam!

Stay tuned for more of our favorite things!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

The smartphone is the magic mirror of the 21st century. Every day we perform little miracles with these constant companion computers, and have grown so used to having the power in our hands that many of us can't remember a life without them. Maps, messaging, music, movies... they find us, connect us, and entertain us all at once.

But what you might not know is how much more your iPhone can do for you. From the truly useful to the weirdly whimsical, the people at Tuesday Tactics have found a resource which can teach you 21 tricks to make your device do more magic. This includes:

1. Shake to undo
2. Recharging faster
3. Getting Siri to read your email aloud
4. Finding out which planes are overhead
5. Teaching Siri to pronounce words
6. Automatically stop music playing with a timer
7. Scroll through videos and music at different speeds
8. Take photos with the volume buttons
9. Take multiple photo bursts at once
10. Reveal time stamps on text messages...

...and 11 more. Plus, each tip has a how-to guide.
Check out the full list of clever iPhone tricks here:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Longville Lions Corn Feed~Longville Fly-In Breakfast~Longville Turtle Races

Longville News, August 2014

Everyone asks it…how Longville, Minnesota, a town this small can put on sooooo many events!!! It is true….during the Season there is something going on every week…besides the incredible Turtle Races…for which we are renowned.

So, this week, Saturday, the Lions will have their annual Corn Feed with polish….We will probably serve about 300 loyal Longville natives and visitors. Our Lions wagon sits in the parking lot of the Docksider, the municipal watering hole…that has a brand new outside deck…complete with umbrella tables…for dining!! So, Lions patrons will get their meal, providing funds to be given back to the local community…and stroll to the deck where they can relax and enjoy the view of the city docks and folks boating into town! So picturesque…

Sunday, the Longville Chamber, along with a committed supply of local volunteers and the Airport Flyers, folks who own hangers and have planes at the airport, will put on a pancake breakfast and serve 1200 customers with an endless supply of pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee!!!  The breakfast is held in one of the hangers and it feels like a “barn raising” of old…a huge outpouring of the community all coming together. The volunteer fire department, a beneficiary of the event, will have their “rigs” there for everyone to climb on and check out. Our ambulance service will be there to meet and greet.  Two young local musicians…with tremendous voices and guitar playing ability, will be there to entertain. There will be a display of classic cars and a train exhibit. Planes will be flying in from around the area and plane rides are offered.

And, of course, Wednesday the Turtles will be running. We have had about 350 entrees each week, so along with the 2-3 plus folks who accompany each entrant…that means we will host about 1000 folks on Main Street. And, they will have a ball!!!

Photo supplied by Sean McDonald, Realtor, RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, Longville

Blog post contributed by Pat Boen, Realtor, RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, Longville, Minnesota.

Monday, July 28, 2014

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty

Stay tuned this week for information regarding some special goings on in Longville, a new move in Alexandria, outdoor concerts in Crosslake & Pequot Lakes, and of course the Turtle Races in Nisswa and Longville. Not only that, but we'll be featuring some more of our favorite things to do videos. So, check back to our RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty blog every day for all this and more!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty Alexandria Moves to New Location!

507 North Nokomis, Suite B has been the RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty Alexandria location for quite sometime. But soon, and very soon, the agents and staff at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty Alexandria, will be moving into their own building at...217 North Nokomis!! If you see a bunch of people hauling furniture, files, computers, etc., on North Nokomis this Tuesday and Wednesday, there is a real good chance it's the agents and staff of RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Alexandria, getting ready to open up their new office building to help serve you better. The sign is already up, so be looking for it, and once you see the lights on, stop in and say hello...I'm sure they would love to see you and give you a project to work on as they put everything in place!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Our Favorite Things Winner!

Late last week, we mentioned we're going to be featuring our agents doing some of their favorite things in the lakes area, so we had a little contest asking them to submit a short video of them doing just that. We had a lot of great entries, and we'd like to thank all of those who sent in a video! Over the next several days, we're going to be featuring the videos that were submitted. But FIRST, we are going to congratulate Mark Pietig, a Realtor in our Nisswa office, for being our big winner. He submitted a great video, so congratulations Mark! Check out his favorite thing to do in the lakes area, and turn up your speakers!

Crosslake Music Series

It's Friday, which means tomorrow is outdoor music concert time in the lakes area!! The Crosslake Town Square welcomes Decade 7 to the Gazebo for their first of two performance dates this year. There was a nice write up of the band in the Northland Press this past Tuesday. In case you missed the article, and you'd like to read it, click HERE. The performance time is from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

During the same time in Pequot Lakes at the bandshell located in Trailside Park, Dirty Bomb will be playing classic rock nice and loud...just like it should be.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gull Lake Yacht Club - Inland Lake Yachting Association

If you have seen some great looking sail boats traversing the waters of Gull Lake over the past few days, it's because the Gull Lake Yacht Club has been chosen to host the 2014 Inland Lake Yachting Association X-Boat Championship for the second time in this decade. For more information about the race, click HERE, and if you have any pictures to share while watching the race, please post them along with your comments letting us know where you took them from. The race started yesterday, and it's over on Saturday the 26th, so hop in your boat and go watch it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Google Street View

Have you noticed a funny looking SUV crossover with a weird looking contraption on the top of it's roof driving around the Brainerd Lakes area over the past few days? If so, you have encountered the Google Street View car. According to their website, the Google Street View car has been driving around the following counties in Minnesota: Anoka, Blue Earth, Cass, Crow Wing, Dakota, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele, & Waseca. So, if you see the car in the picture below, leave a comment and let us know where it was seen. Happy hunting!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Turtle Races

Hey, don't forget that the Nisswa and Longville Turtle races take place every Wednesday in their respective downtowns starting with registration at 1:00 PM. For more information regarding the Nisswa turtle races, click HERE. For the Longville turtle races, click HERE.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Partner Joins Copper Search Along Carlton-Aitkin County Line

It may be a bit out of ordinary for this blog, but a client of one of our agents [Bill Rickmeyer] sent an article to him from the Duluth News Tribune, regarding a copper mine near Tamarack, MN. Tamarack is a small town of 94 residents located on Highway 210 about 10 miles east of McGregor, MN. Viewed controversial by some and just the opposite by others, if this mine comes to fruition, it could provide jobs and opportunities for a region that would benefit greatly from it. If you'd like to read the article regarding this proposed copper mine, click HERE.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Favorite Things to Do

All of us have our favorite things to do while on vacation or enjoying some leisure time. Those of us that live and work in a vacation area like Alexandria, Crosslake, Longville or Nisswa, feel blessed every day to be doing just that...and since we live here, over the next couple of weeks, we have decided to share some of our favorite things to do. As you might imagine, all of us that work at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, have a lot of different interests. So check back here starting next week for some fun things to do and places to see while you are here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Moondance Jam - Part Tre

The time has come to close out our series on Moondance Jam 2014, but for those of you that are going, we'd like you to come back here next week, use our comment section, and let us know what you thought of the experience. We're anxious to hear what you thought!

Here is what's happening on the Saloon Stage Saturday night:

  8:15 PM  Tribute to the Troops
  4:00 PM  Rocktologists
  2:00 PM  Under The Covers

On the main stage, you will have the opportunity to hear one of the all time great live performance bands when REO Speedwagon takes the stage at 11:00 PM. Keven Cronin and his band mates put on a great show that is high energy and non stop fun. I've seen this band several times, and I can't think of a better group to close out a great weekend of music. They are always a crowd favorite, so if you haven't seen these guys and you love music, you need to get out there and experience the experience. Here is the complete main stage lineup for Saturday night:

And in traditional Moondance Jam tradition, we'll see you at the Jam in 2015! don't have to wait until next year to talk to a real estate professional at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty. Visit our website or call us at 218-963-9554. Don't let another great summer of fun slip away!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moondance Jam 2014 - Part Duex

Yesterday we talked a little bit about the history and the spell Moondance Jam puts people under, as well as the pre-jam party bands on Wednesday. Now it's time to talk about some of the big dogs in the dance. We'll start with is the line up on the Saloon Stage:

 Last Call  Tripwire
10:15 PM  Tripwire
  8:15 PM  Spindrift: Rush, the Tribute
  6:00 PM  Minnesota Whiskey Pigzz
  4:00 PM  Sugar Buzz
  2:00 PM  Switch

On the main stage we have:

11:00  Seether
  9:00  Collective Soul
  7:00  Alter Bridge
  5:00  Sublime with Rome
  3:00  Sick Puppies

Things really start to heat up on Friday on the Saloon Stage with:

  Last Call  Boogie Wonderland
10:15 PM  Boogie Wonderland
  8:15 PM  Band on the Run: Tribute to Wings
  6:00 PM  Band on the Run: Tribute to Wings
  4:00 PM  Janis Joplin Tribute
  2:00 PM  Arena

The main stage on Friday night hosts some of the best bands you'll ever here:

11:00  Styx
  9:00  Foreigner
  7:00  Don Felder
  5:00  Skillet
  3:00  Autograph

Tomorrow we'll finish up our Moondance week with the lineup for Saturday, and while you're in the area, give RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty a call at 218-963-9554 or visit our website at and speak to one of our rock star agents.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Moondance Jam 2014

Moondance Jam week is upon us! This music and camping festival that started out 23 years ago with local bands, has grown into one of the most respected and well run big name rock and roll festivals in the world. Crowds from all corners of the earth make the trek to Walker every year and have a great time listening to some of the biggest names in the music business.

It all starts with a pre-jam party on Wednesday starting at 6 PM with Urban Myth on the Saloon Stage. On the main stage Mountain Ash kicks things off at 7:30 followed by the Fabulous Armadillos at 9:00 and Hairball at 10:45. This if from the Moondance Jam website: Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience you won't soon forget. A band puts on a concert-Hairball puts on an event! The lights, sound, smoke, fire, bombs, and screaming hoards of avid merely call it a concert would be like calling Mount Rushmore a roadside attraction! I’ve seen both Hairball and Mount Rushmore, and I’d say that pretty much sums things up nicely.

It’s hard to explain the spell Moondance Jam puts people under. It’s just one of those things that if you’ve been there before, you just have to keep coming back, and if you haven’t been there, it needs to be on your bucket list. You don’t just experience Moondance, you live it. The sights, the sounds, the food…everything plays into making this a true American, red, white and blue campin’ and jammin’ event of the summer. If you don’t believe me, read the reviews and the history of this event by clicking HERE.

So, all we’ve done is cover Wednesday night, and the party is just getting started. Check back here tomorrow for more information about the bands this weekend…it’s a great lineup you won’t want to miss.

Speaking of great lineups, major league baseball has their own all-stars playing at Target Field tomorrow night, and RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty has an all-star cast of agents just waiting to help you in any way they can. Find them on our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or PinterestRE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is the only team you’ll ever need to call when buying or selling real estate.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lakes Area Latest

Lakes Area Latest...what a great name for a blog, and it was named by one of our agents, Sean McDonald in Longville. When we started writing this, three short months ago, we set out to bring you, the reader, information we thought you'd like to know. Armed with this information, we hoped you would be able to plan your week or weekend ahead, by getting a sense of what is happening in Brainerd, Nisswa, Crosslake, Longville or Alexandria, because there is always something going on that would interest a wide variety of people. We also hoped that you would share this blog and the information in it with your friends and neighbors. Some of you are doing just that, but it would be nice if a LOT more people would do so, so please ask everyone that is interested in knowing what they can do this weekend, to read this past Wednesday's post. Or better yet, Tweet it, or share it on Facebook or Pinterest, or just plain email it to your friends or even clients.

If you are a regular reader of someone's blog, you already know that you can make comments after every post. We would LOVE to see comments and especially suggestions on what else you'd like to know about, or if we missed something that is going on this weekend, put that in the comment section as well for everyone to see. Blogs are a great way to communicate to the masses by only having to write something once, so let everyone know of this best kept secret of a blog that will keep you up to date on the great things you can do this week, and the next, and the week after that, etc, etc, etc.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Good Time Was Had by All!

Last week was truly the official, unofficial, kick off to summer. All of us should be glad to see June in the rearview mirror. I don't have to tell you how wet June was, here in our great state, but animals were pairing up and many of us made sure our boats were seaworthy.

The 4th of July is really kinda sort of our official summer kick off. Lots of our friends from last summer come and make the lakes area their home for the next couple of months. It takes longer to get places, but on the plus side, those of us that live here all year, get to experience things we don't get to experience in those months when the traffic isn't quite as heavy. We get to shop in places we don't get to shop at in the winter, we get to sit outside and eat, and we get to visit with friends who consider themselves "snowbirds".

Fireworks were everywhere, and they stole the show this past week. Thousands of people enjoyed the vast variety offered up by our various towns and resorts. I would guess that if you spent any time in the Brainerd or Alexandria Lakes Area, you didn't have to drive or boat very far to see a spectacular display in celebration of our country's 238th birthday. I'd sum it up this way...last week was a blast!

At RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, we have agents that are ready, willing, and able to help you find a perfect spot to see the fireworks next year. And for those of you wanting to sell, our agents have buyers that are looking for your special place in the north country. So please give one of our agents a call. In Nisswa call 218-963-9554. In Alexandria call 320-762-5544. In Longville call 218-363-3332. In Crosslake call 218-692-9938. OR you can contact one of them by going to our website at You're just a click or phone call away from having the time of your life!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Crosslake MN Celebrates America

2014 marks the 44th year the community of Crosslake has been celebrating Americas' freedom with a fantastic fireworks display. Join us on July 5, 2014 on the water or from the shores of Cross Lake to view the display from Sand Island beginning at dusk.

The 17 annual community wide effort to restore the Whitefish area's walleye population will take place Saturday, July 5th, as Grandpa's Run for the Walleye 5K race takes place in Crosslake. This Crosslake tradition offers events for all ages and abilities. Run, walk or dash for the fun and for the fish. The 5K run/walk will follow a flat, scenic route through Crosslake. Water stop and post race refreshments will be available at the Crosslake Community Center. The race starts at 9:00 am, preceded by the Kids Sunfish Dash at 8:30 am. Early registration is on July 4th from 10:00 until Noon, with race day registration from 7:15 until 8:30, both at the community center.

Prior to the fireworks, Shane Martin, a Nashville recording artist from Minnesota, will be at the Crosslake Town Square Gazebo from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

While in Crosslake, stop by and visit with one of the agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty regarding all of your real estate needs.

Longville MN 4th of July Schedule of Events

There is a lot happening in Longville this week, so check out the schedule below. While you're in town, stop by RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Longville, and talk to an agent about your real estate needs!

Nisswa MN Freedom Days

Check out what's happening in Nisswa this week, and while you're in town, check out what the agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Nisswa can do for you!

Alexandria MN 4th of July Fireworks

Bring your family to Arrowood July 4th. 
Park at the Stables at Arrowwood.  A free shuttle will bring you to the grounds of Arrowwood beginning at 7pm. We encourage you to arrive early to get a great seat.  Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to sit on, but please leave your coolers at home as refreshments and food will be available.
There will be games on the lakeside lawn. 
Fireworks start at 10pm sharp.
Tune your radio to 92.3 FM for a Music and Fireworks Spectacular!
Everyone is invited. Admission is free.
Be sure to stop by our office while you're in town. The agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Alexandria are ready to help you in anyway they can!
RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty Alexandria Office