April/May 2019 Edition

CONTENTS


FEATURES

OUTDOORS
28 Cultivating Wildlife Habitat in Your Own Backyard
By Bill Marchel
Brainerd area photographer Bill Marchel has spent twenty years turning his seventy-acre property into a haven for wildlife, including man-made ponds.

HOME

32 East Meets West
By Jodie Tweed
A Hamptons-style home owned by a former California couple becomes the perfect lakeside haven on Gull Lake.

ADVENTURE

36 Lakes Area BMX
By Sheila Helmberger
BMX racing is more than just a way to keep kids busy. It’s an activity for the entire family.

RESORTS

40 Grand New
By Jodie Tweed
Grand View Lodge in Nisswa unveils a new recreation center, a new 60-room boutique hotel, and a fresh “Up North” look.

DEPARTMENTS

IN EVERY ISSUE

4 Editor’s Journal
6 Contributors

ECHOES OFF THE LAKE

8 Front Porch  |  Kitchen Herb Gardens, The Legend of Indian Jack, Spring Book Reads, Cabin Well Water Testing

16 Local  |  Farmers Markets

18 Recreation  |  Concordia Language Villages

22 Culture  |  H2O For Life

24 Author  |  Susan Schaefer Davis

44 Education  |  Retirees Return to College

46 Hobby  |  Rock and Gem Shows

48 Business  |  The Shante

52 Arts  |  Tabula Rasa Furniture

54 Community  |  Lakes Latte

58 Lake of the Month  |  Pelican Lake

60 Essay  |  Nothing Local About Ducks

63 Calendar of Events

66 Lake Country Contests

68 Before You Go