Friday, March 27, 2015

Attention potential sellers sitting on the fence: 
It could be time to make a move

Monday, March 16, 2015

Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Morning Balloon Tether!

Blowing up the RE/MAX Balloon

Up You Go!

Deflating the Balloon

Thank you for all who Stopped by!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Longville Chili War

This past Saturday in Longville, the annual Chili Cook Off was the taste of the town. It was standing room only for this year's cook off held at Docksider. With 14 different entrants putting their best chili recipes forward, there was a large variety to choose from. The weather was gorgeous and everyone was out celebrating the coming of spring in northern Minnesota.

After the chili cook off was over, everyone went to Patrick's Fine Dining for a delicious Mexican buffet, and winter fireworks over Woman Lake. The fireworks were great, and they lasted for about 30 minutes. Everyone was impressed as they whooped and hollered their appreciation to our local fireman and Zambelli Fireworks for supplying the amazing light show in the still winter but not for long sky. As is always the case in our RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty hometown of Longville, a good time was had by all!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Crosslake St. Urho's Day Grasshopper Hop Wrap Up

For your humble Lakes Area Latest blog writer, this past Saturday was one of the funnest, safest, and most hospitable Saturday's I've ever spent in Crosslake. That's saying something, because I've lived here since 1985. If you missed the Fourth Annual St. Urho's Day Grasshopper Hop in Crosslake this past Saturday, I think you should plan on putting it on your calendar for next year. 

My wife and I were part of a group of 6 friends, and we started out our day around 11:30 at a pub called Andy's Bar & Grill, Wine & Spirits (our neighbor at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake.) Each pub in Crosslake had a game set up, and you compete as a team against everyone else's team that is doing the hop. Andy's was our home pub, so we wanted to do well as we attempted to throw wine corks through a grasshopper with a hole in his belly. We each had five shots at the grasshopper, and only one of us got one in...not a good start for our team. So, we each ponied up $10 for a wristband and jumped on the first bus and headed out to our next pub called the Bourbon Room. Four people on our team attempted to get as many ping pong balls to fall out of a tissue box strapped to their back in one minute. There were eight balls in the of our team got 7 to fall out...whoo hoo! On to Manhattan's, were we all threw rings on to wine bottles in an old fashion game of ring toss. The Wharf was next, and they had the same game as the Bourbon Room! (I suggest a short meeting of the minds for next year). At Moonlite Bay we shot nerf darts at a target, Zorbaz was Hammerschlagen, we attempted to sink three billiard balls in four shots at Cedar Chest, tried to pop balloons with a dart at Maucieri's, rolled Croquet balls at a revolving target at the American Legion, and threw bean bags at a target when we were at Riverside before we ended up back at Andy's for some of their GREAT appetizers. (I highly recommend getting the mushrooms...they don't get any better than that)

During the entire day, we were chauffeured from pub to pub with fun and safe drivers on very comfortable and clean vans and busses, welcomed by friendly staff at each stop, and met several people from all over the state that were doing the same thing we were. We may have started out as a group of six, but by the time we got back to Andy's, the pub was full of new friends. That's what small town hospitality is all about, and each of the RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty hometowns will welcome you with open arms. Come visit, talk to one of our Agents in Alexandria, Crosslake, Longville or Nisswa and spend the next 30 years here...just like I did.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade is a Week From Today!

Brandon Pederson, a real estate agent at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake, put together this short video about the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Parade on next Saturday, March 14th. Lots of people come to town for this, including the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon, and weather permitting, tethered flights will take place at the Crosslake Army Corps of Engineers Campground, directly across the street from our Crosslake Office. Stay tuned for more details regarding the parade and the balloon rides, but in the meantime, enjoy this video from Brandon.
Brandon may be reached by calling our Crosslake office at 218-692-9938, or you can visit his website at

Friday, March 6, 2015

An Actual Snowmobile Ride!

Matt Werneke, a real estate agent at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake, and his son Adam, went out on the trails yesterday for a rare snowmobile ride in our area this year. Matt is also the Trail Coordinator for the Ideal Sno Pros, a community organization that is in charge of grooming the trails in the Crosslake/Breezy Point/Ideal Corners area and beyond. For a trail map and latest trail information, visit their website at While Matt was out riding the trails, he shot this short video and took a few pictures. It sounds like the snow isn't going to last very long, so get out there while you can!
To get in touch with Matt, call the Crosslake office at 218-692-9938 or visit his website at

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 St. Urho's Day Grasshopper Hop

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty would like to invite you to the pubs in Crosslake for the Fourth Annual St. Urho's Day Grasshopper Hop on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Establishments throughout Crosslake have put together a fun-filled day of "test your skills" events at each pub. Prizes will be awarded.

Each participants pays a $10 transportation fee.

St. Urho's attire is recommended (green & purple). Wear your St. Patrick's Day Blinkie Button for bar specials. More information is available at these participating pubs:

For more event details, click HERE.

Spring Ahead ~ BOING, BOING, BOING!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Blarney Will Be Thick

On Saturday, March 14th, the 41st annual world famous St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place in Crosslake, going right past our RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty office. It's estimated that a crowd approaching 20,000 people show up for this event that has turned into the largest parade in outstate Minnesota. One of the parade entrants is the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon, and if it's a little chilly that day, having pilot Steve fire up the burners is always welcome. It's amazing how those burners warm things up.

The celebration actually starts this coming weekend with the 8th Annual Ms. Blarney and Mr. Malarkey St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Princess & Prince Pageant on Friday, March 6 at 8 pm. There is a $600 Prize Package for each winner & every contestant receives a $20 Manhattan's Gift Card.

All Contestants Must:
- Be 21 or older
- Be willing and able to participate in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14th.
- Be energetic & enthusiastic and...

For registration contact (218) 692-3381 or stop by Manhattan Beach Lodge or Whitefish Lodge & Suites.
Photo courtesy of Manhattan Beach Lodge

Monday, March 2, 2015

Net Neutrality…A Good or Bad Idea?

Before we attempt to answer that question, let us first explain what we're talking about. Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs), including cable companies like Comcast and wireless providers like Verizon, should treat all internet traffic equally. It says your ISP should not be allowed to block or slow down access to certain websites or services, nor should it be allowed to set aside a "fast lane" that allows content favored by the provider to load more quickly than the rest. Nor should a search engine that has deep pockets like Google, be able to pay an ISP to get a faster downloads of its search results, over a company that is just starting out looking for new customers.

On February 26, the FCC approved new, stronger network neutrality rules that regulate internet access like a public utility. Network neutrality supporters hailed the proposal. But critics warn that regulations could be counterproductive, discouraging investment in internet infrastructure and limiting the flexibility of ISPs themselves to innovate.

So, is net neutrality a good or bad idea? One thing to keep in mind is this; the vast majority of people living in the United States (and for almost all of us living in RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty country) only have access to one ISP, because for some reason, companies don't want to compete with each other. This lack of choice usually means it’s the consumer that gets hurt each time an ISP gets into a dispute with a company like Netflix, for instance. How you may ask? Well, let’s say the contract between Netflix and your ISP is up for renewal. If your ISP doesn't like the deal Netflix is offering, they'll just slow down the speed that Netflix is coming into your home until Netflix cries “uncle” because they are getting calls from lots of subscribers who are seeing more “buffering” than Buffy. Do you think that doesn’t happen? Well, it already has more than once.

So, is net neutrality a good idea? It is if you believe government regulations will create a level playing field and keep costs down. Is net neutrality a bad idea? It is if you believe government regulations won't create a level playing field and keep costs down. Simple as that.