Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Animals Invade Minnesota!

Did you ever wonder what animals are native to the great state of Minnesota? Well, wonder no more. Here is a list of the animals from the Minnesota DNR website that are native to the state. Take note that humans didn't make the list :-)

Minnesota has the largest wolf and bald eagle populations in the lower 48 states.
Mammal species in Minnesota: 78
Amphibian species in Minnesota: 22
Reptile species in Minnesota: 31
Bird species in Minnesota: 428
Bird species that are year-round residents: 44
Minnesota plants and animals listed as Federally Endangered and Threatened: 9
Minnesota plants and animals listed as State Endangered and Threatened: 197
Minnesota plants and animals listed as State Special Concern: 242
Largest waterfowl: Trumpeter swan
First birds back in the spring:
American kestrel
Eastern phoebe
Horned lark (January)
Red-winged blackbird
Bald eagles: 1,312+ pairs
Common loons: 12,000
Timber wolves: 2,900+
White-tailed deer: 1.5 million
Trumpeter swans: 3,000+
Black bears: 20,000-30,000
Moose: 2,760
Nongame species: 800+ species
Peregrine falcons: 52 known breeding pairs


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Buying a Home? You Better Read this First!

Much has changed in the world of real estate in recent years. The influence of Internet technologies has given buyers and sellers new ways to come together. If you've been through the home buying process before, it's more important than ever to pick the right real estate professional.

In the present real estate market, you want an agent who will use the Internet to your advantage. Our action-oriented real estate agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, fully understand how today's technology can help you find the right home. Our website at allows you to search thousands of listings to locate the properties that best fit your needs. It's a great tool for home buying, and free to use. While there, download our mobile app by clicking on the icon provided at the top of the page or directly at: The RE/MAX mobile app provides a wealth of information about all of the listings currently on the market just minutes from your location no matter where you are. It can also be customized so you can have the contact information of your favorite RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agent right at your fingertips.

Facebook is another great way we communicate with our buyers. You will find all of our latest listing videos posted there, as well as links to other important things that are going on in our area. Find us at

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Call us at 218-963-9554 or email us at and we will gladly put you in touch with a RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agent so he or she can discuss what you're looking for in a home, and where to begin. We look forward to helping you today!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Best Snowmobile Trails in Minnesota

Hello Minnesota!!

With fall upon us, your 12 local snowmobile clubs in Crow Wing County are in full swing, getting the trails prepared for the upcoming 2014-15 season! The Ideal Son-Pro’s alone groom’s and maintains 120 miles of those trails in Crow Wing County. Last year, the trails in Crow Wing County were voted the best snowmobile trails in the state by viewers of WCCO! (to watch that report, click HERE) To accomplish this, we use volunteers and members of our club in an effort to make sure our groomer can get through all of our trails. Over the spring and summer, trees that have fallen on the trails need to be cut up and removed, along with all low hanging brush…the work is hard but rewarding. So, if you utilize any of our trail system, please support your local club by becoming a member. You will also become a member of MN-USA which is our voice at the capital and in Washington. On this blog, I will be updating you often about trail conditions, so subscribe to Lakes Area Latest and receive all of the trail updates.

Matt Werneke
Trail Coordinator for Ideal Sno-Pros

Submitted by Matt Werneke, a Real Estate Agent at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake. Matt’s website is and he can be reached by email at or by phone at 612-716-5524.

These trails will look a lot different in a few months, but right now, things are a bit muddy!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dateline Lakes Area: Lots Happening this Weekend!

Dateline Pequot Lakes: all you can eat Pasty dinner, from 5:00 to 7:00 tonight at Grace United Methodist Church. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids ages 6 to 12, and kids under 6 eat free. This is the 14th annual fall Pasty dinner, and it not only includes all you can eat Pasties, but coleslaw, dessert, a drink, and choice of several toppings.
The Famous Pasty

Dateline Nisswa: 9th Annual Fall Festival and Rib Contest, on Saturday, September 20th at the Pickle Factory. The Lamont Cranston Band with Bruce McCabe, Tim Wick and Jim Greenwell will be on stage from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, preceded by The Beat Keepers from 1:30 to 3:30. So come out for some GREAT food, some GREAT MUSIC, & GREAT fun.

Dateline Osakis: Moonshine Madness on September 20th starting at 10:00 AM. Everyone is invited to slip on a Flapper dress or Zoot Suit and celebrate Prohibition style at the Panther Distillery in downtown Osakis. Rumor has it that Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde will appear with guns a blazing in 1928 Packard. Along with those famous outlaws there will be a car show, a street dance, and much, much more...just don't get in Al's way!

Dateline Crosslake:2014 Crosslake Days starting on Thursday, September 25th. Thousands flock to Crosslake each September to enjoy Crosslake DaysThe celebration offers something for all ages including a classic car and motorcycle show, arts & crafts fair, chili cook-off, kid's activities, live music and much more. Join us in celebrating the recent legislative passage of the infamous "Chili Bill"  and enjoy this fall festival while taking in the natural beauty of Crosslake, splashed in the glorious autumn colors!  Crosslake is the place to be September 25-27, 2014.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


December 7, 1941. November 22, 1963. September 11, 2001. A date that will live in infamy, a day a young President died, and a day terror came from the skies. All of these dates have one thing in common. For us that were alive during one of those dates, we can tell you exactly what we were doing when we heard the news, or in the case of September 11, 2001, saw the terrifying news unfold before our very eyes.

Today, it’s time to remember 9/11. It’s time to remember that gut wrenching feeling of helplessness and fear as we saw the twin towers come down against a backdrop of a clear blue autumn sky. It’s time to remember the horrifying images of people jumping to their death rather than burning up in their office. It’s time to remember the strike on the Pentagon and knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that we were under attack from an enemy of the United States. It’s time to remember the brave men and women who brought another hijacked plane down killing all on board in a Pennsylvania field, rather than letting the terrorists in the cockpit fly them into quite possibly the Whitehouse or the US Capitol Building. It’s also time to remember the sickening, disgustingly vile displays of celebration and US Flag burning on the streets of some cities in the Middle East, and it’s time to remember that we must never, ever forget what happened that day.

Never forgetting what happened on 9/11 is different than remembering what happened on 9/11. Why? Memories fade, but vowing to never forget, is etched on your mind forever. It’s carved into your memory so deep, that you couldn’t forget it if you wanted to, and that is how it should be. We must never forget, because if we do, we will surely pay the price of something happening far worse than what we witnessed on 9/11. Our leaders must never forget, because they have sworn an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, while protecting its citizens from harm’s way. We must never forget, because we Americans become complacent way to fast, and we dangerously take our eye off of the ball way to soon. That is why an insurance company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, did something that will stand as a symbol of freedom, national pride, strength, hope and remembrance as they erected one of the tallest flagpoles in the world. On the anniversary of that horrible day when over 3,000 of our fellow citizens lost their lives doing what they did every day, we should all take six minutes out of our day and watch what patriotism and a dedication to never forget looks like. Click HERE to be amazed, and remember…
don’t ever, EVER, forget!
Thanks goes to Matt Werneke for bringing the story of this great project to our attention.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hey Lucy...Learn How to Really Stomp Grapes!

For those of us old enough who saw Lucy Ricardo stomping the heck out of those grapes in a classic scene from "I Love Lucy", you'll remember things didn't go real well. If you would like to see that classic scene again, or for those of you too young to even know who Lucy is, click HERE. Lucy could have learned a thing or two if she would have only gone to the Carlos Creek Winery Annual Grape Stomp, in Alexandria, Minnesota this weekend! There are many wine related activities, plus music, a lumberjack show, and even a re-enactment contest of that classic scene taking place at the wine stomp starting this Friday at noon, through Sunday at 4:00. For a downloadable copy of the event schedule, click HERE.

While you're in town, stop by our RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty office located at 217 N Nokomis, or call 320-762-5544 and talk to one of our agents about the real estate market...Arrivederci!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Miracle Jeans Day!

Mark your calendars and get out your trusty, comfy denim: Miracle Jeans Day is this week, on Wednesday, Sept. 10th. The annual event in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals celebrates all the ways RE/MAX Associates raise awareness and funds for sick children throughout North America.
RE/MAX agents take part in Miracle Jeans Day office parties and fundraising campaigns made especially festive with coordinated clothing available for purchase online. Others schedule visits to their local CMN Hospitals affiliate to see how their donations help sick and injured kids and their families.

Be sure to wear your denim on Sept. 10, and post your photos to the RE/MAX Facebook page. Visit to register your team of participating RE/MAX Associates, download materials and get ideas for organizing your efforts. Do you have fun plans for Miracle Jeans Day? Email your ideas to

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The Wild Plum Finally Tamed!

It's that time of year when all of the gardens and crops that our local farmers have planted, start to yield bounties of fruits and vegetables. It's the same with wild berries, vegetables, and fruit too. If you're one of those folks who likes to walk in the woods and pick those juicy morsels, here is a great recipe for Wild Plum Jelly.

Wild Plum Jelly

5 pounds of wild plums: halved and pitted
4 cups water
1 package (1 3/4 ounce) powdered fruit pectin
7 1/2 cups sugar


1). In a stockpot, simmer plums and water until tender, about 30 minutes. Line a strainer with 4 layers of cheesecloth and place over a bowl. Place plum mixture in strainer; cover with edges of cheesecloth. Let stand 30 minutes or until liquid measure 5 1/2 cups.

2). Return liquid to pan. Add pectin; stir and bring to a boil. Add sugar; bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute; stirring constantly.

3). Remove from heat; skim off any foam. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot sterilized half-pint jars; leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rims, and adjust lids. Process jars for 5 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Yields: about 9 half pints.

Submitted by Jill Macnamara, an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in our Nisswa office. The jam was made by hubby Rod Romine, and the recipe is courtesy of Taste of Home. Click HERE to read about Jill as she celebrates 20 years in the Real Estate business!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Minnesota Housing Report

A new report shows that Douglas County, and the Brainerd area housing markets, had a mix of gains and losses in the past year. These Minnesota Housing Reports, released and produced by RE/MAX North Central, analyzed numbers from September 2013 through August 2014, and compared them to the same time frame of the previous year.

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is in the RE/MAX North Central region, and these reports were compiled using our Multiple Listing services as the source for the information in these reports.

For a viewable/downloadable copy of the Douglas County report, click HERE.                               
For the Brainerd area report, click HERE.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Lake Superior

Jason Pinski, a Realtor at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in our Longville office, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to new heights, by jumping off a huge rock into the frigid waters of Lake Superior. In doing so, he challenged the entire RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty Crosslake office to take the challenge as well. So far, the response from the Crosslake office has been dismal at best, with only one person responding to his challenge...and she has a broken arm! The YouTube video of Jason jumping into the water with some of his family is posted under the "comedy" category, and I'd say that is the correct place for it. Watch the entire video by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's Still Summer, But Things Have Changed

There were two things I noticed when driving into the office this morning; there were a lot less cars on the road, and there were a lot more cars in the school parking lot. I suppose if I had gotten up earlier, I also would have noticed little people standing by the road waiting to get picked up by the all familiar big yellow bus.

Even though the kids are officially back to school and the Minnesota State Fair is over, it's still summer in Minnesota. For some, these last days of summer are the best days of the year, and some would argue, that it's especially true for the RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty hometowns of Nisswa, Alexandria, Crosslake, and Longville. These latter day summer lovers will tell you that everything is still open and ready for your business, the lakes are beautiful, merchants are having close out sales, people are getting ready for the upcoming hunting seasons, the fishing is great, the golf courses are lush, and Real Estate is HOT!

Yep, it's a great time to be buying or selling Real Estate in our hometowns, and here are a few reasons why:
  • Inventory levels are still high.
  • Mortgage rates are still low.
  • There are lots of buyers still looking for that perfect property.
  • There are lots of sellers that are motivated to sell that perfect property.
  • It's a great time to know exactly what your beach will look like if you're buying a lake home.
  • Hunters will see lots of sign when looking at hunting land.
  • Buy now and enjoy a beautiful fall and upcoming holiday season in your new home.
  • Sell now and enjoy moving to a warmer climate.
Whatever the reason you have for buying or selling Real Estate, the agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty are ready to help fulfill your wishes, and guide you through a successful transaction.