December/January 2017-2018 Edition

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CONTENTS


FEATURES

RECREATION
28 Pulk People
By Kate Perkins
Winter camping requires more gear than summer camping. Pulks allow winter campers to transfer that weight to the ground, rather than carrying it on their backs.

ADVENTURE
32 Fat Biking: Wide Tires on Winter Trails
By Kate Perkins
Fat biking has gained popularity across the state, and one of the best places to do it is in the heart of Lake Country.

YOUTH
36 Youth Skiers Nurtured by Local Advocacy
By Michael Rahn
The Brainerd Lakes Area Youth Ski Club was started by several local skiers whose goal was to get young people involved and enjoying the outdoors.

HOUSE
40 Ship of Dreams
By Jodie Tweed
An Eden Prairie couple bought a former resort on Kabekona Lake. With help from Spitzack Builders of Walker, they built their dream vacation home shaped like a boat.

DEPARTMENTS

IN EVERY ISSUE
4 Editor’s Journal
6 Contributors
8 Lake Country Letters

ECHOES OFF THE LAKE

10 Front Porch  | Beauty After the Storm; What’s In A Name? Nimrod, Minnesota; Holiday Book Recommendations
16 Fitness  |  New Year, New You
18 Lake Country Lore  |  Logging During Minnesota Winters
22 Traditions  |  Norwegian Flatbread
24 Profile  |  Nessa Engen
44 Community  |  Boy River’s Two Churches
46 Homegrown  | Christmas Tree Farms
48 Poem  | “The Graveyard in the Snow”
49 Shop Local |  Holiday Fun Finds
50 Business  |  Blue Ox Remodel
52 Cooking  |  Venison Stew
54 Lake of the Month  |  North Long Lake
56 Innovation  |  Solar Energy
58 Health |  Crosslake Log Church’s Mental Health Initiatives
60 History |  Freeman Woodcock Thorp
63 Calendar Of Events
67 Advertising Directory / Find It
68 Before You Go