Thursday, April 30, 2015

So Many Reasons to LOVE Minnesota!

Every year, here in Minnesota we get to experience all 4 seasons! The spring brings our spirits back up after our long winters and Summer warms us until we cant take it anymore, then we get fall that cools us and prepares us for the winter again. 

Which ever season is your favorite, there are plenty of things to do.
Check out this article from, it makes me feel so proud to be a Minnesotan!

Minnesotans have lots of favorite foods but none more famous and beloved the Tater Tot Hot Dish.  Here is a classic recipe for you to try tonight. 


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 16 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 16 oz. package frozen tater tots
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar jack cheese


Brown the ground beef with the onion; drain off any fat.
Stir in the soups, milk, and the vegetables.
Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13" baking dish. Arrange the tater tots on top.
Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly and the tater tots are brown and crisp.
Sprinkle the cheese over the tater tots, return the dish to the oven, and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Serves 8
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Check out our Pinterest Board - Minnesota Pride to find things to do in Minnesota, it will fill you with PRIDE  
Tweet @RemaxLAR your favorite thing about Minnesota #MinnesotaPRIDE

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fun Read!
(Photo's and video courtesy of  
Would you like to live here?
The Boulder House.
The unique Scottsdale house is built into ancient boulders.
It is located in north Scottsdale.
The home has 3 bedrooms.
The entry.
The Boulders House is on the market again.
It is listed for $4.2 million.
Not to shabby of a sunset view.
Wouldn't mind having dinner here!

Whether you are looking for a 4.2 Million dollar home in Scottsdale, 
or like all of us the beautiful Lakes Area is more your cup of tea,
RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty has the experience you are looking
for in YOUR hometown area.  RE/ RE/MAX!
(We do a Yaba-Daba-Doo good job.)  

Nisswa: (218) 963-9554   Crosslake:  (218) 692-9938
Longville:  (218) 363-3332  Alexandria:  (320) 762-5544

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Building Your Dream Home

We have tons of empty lots up here just waiting for you to build on... 

Are you looking for the perfect lake lot?
84 Marsh Hawk Lane, Longville - MLS # 4564868

Or maybe you are looking for acreage to build a country home or a hunting cabin?
XXX Minnow Bucket Ln, Remer - MLS# 4394865
 Perhaps you are looking for the best of both, here is 16 acres on Baby Lake?
XXX Evergreen Dr NW, Hackensack - MLS# 4582550
Our agents can find you exactly what you are looking for!  
Whether you are looking for that classic log cabin look or a rustic country home, something with lots of rooms for family and friends or maybe a tiny home just for you. There are tons of qualified and capable builders up here and when you find the right one, you can break ground on your dream home. 

Minnesota Wild

As Minnesotans we are known for a lot of things...funny accents, mosquitoes,
lots of Norwegians!  Another thing this great state is known for is HOCKEY!  
We are so proud of our Minnesota Wild getting to the playoffs. 
Everyone here at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is rooting for them! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's Selling Season!

The weather is warm and people are out looking for houses.  If you have been thinking about selling your house, this is a great time to get it on the market. We have lots of agents to help you get your house sold. Check out our Pinterest - Sell Your Home page for great tips and tricks to get and keep your house ready for showing.

Look at what we did in 2014...imagine what we can do 
for you this year!

If you are interested in buying a new home or maybe getting a cabin for the family, our agents can help with that too.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ice heaves on Gull Lake

Create Some Spectacular Sites!
Photo submitted by Wadeen Baribeau 
Gull Lake between Cinosam Beach and Sandy Point Resort 

March 6, 2015 - After a chilly few weeks, the weather is warming up and is contributing to some spectacular sights on Minnesota's lakes.  Bring me the News reader Michele Munson sent in a selection of snaps she took while out on Gull Lake and spotted several ice heaves that have resulted in spectacular shapes and colors on the east side of the lake.

Ice heaves are caused by changing temperatures that cause ice to contract and expand.  When temperatures are falling, the ice contracts and cracks, causing fissures that fill with water and then freeze.

When it warms up, the ice expands, but as it has no where to go, it pushes upwards and outwards.  These heaves can thrust toward the shore, bringing soil with it to create ice ridges, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Without snow to insulate the ice, these effects are amplified, said Chris Pence, Crow Wing County land services supervisor.  "Every lake has it," Pence said. "I don't think there's a lake that's going to get away with not having it."

A heave on the shore of Lake Edward, likely created by lake ice movement, stands between eight and 10 feet high.  It displaces a number of trees in what has been a particularly bad year for area shorelines. 

That time of year:  Ice creeps onto the roads, disrupting traffic

April 9th, 2015 By Shaymus McLaughlin - It happens every year, as Minnesota turns from its frigid winter to the warm spring:  Ice flows creep up from their home on the lake surface and into roads, backyards and other hard surfaces.

(Photo: MnDOT District 3, Twitter)
Highway 169 along Mille Lacs Lake saw two instances this week.  The first (pictured above) happened Monday just south of Garrison, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said, while warning motorist to watch for "crews, equipment and ice"

Then, Wednesday night, a seemingly larger chunk of frozen leftovers took over the highway in the same area, FOX 9 reports.  Here is what it looked like.

Ice Tsunami 2015 (click link for video)

MnDOT said both directions on the roadway were "completely covered with ice."  It was cleared by about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

One MnDOT official told The Brainerd Dispatch high winds and ice-out conditions can lead to ice flows taking over the road in just 15 minutes.

Of course, the shores of Mille Lacs Lake seem prone to the picturesque yet very disruptive, ice moments.  Last year, a nearby stretch of Highway 169 had to be closed due to ice coming from the lake.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DIY Projects for Spring!

Head over to our Pinterest - Spring Projects 
page for more great ideas for you to try.
Share what you are doing this spring around 
the house on Twitter #SpringDIY

Friday, April 3, 2015

April 2, 2015
The global real estate franchisor, RE/MAX now counts over 100,000 agents in its network.  Ending 2014 with 98,010 agents worldwide, RE/MAX attracted more than 2,000 agents in just the first few months of 2015 to reach this significant milestone.

Need another reason to use a RE/MAX agent? RE/MAX ranks among the most productive in the U.S. But don't take our word for it!  Contact RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty today!