December/January 2018-2019 Edition

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CONTENTS


FEATURES

ADVENTURE

28 Bright Lights, Warm Hearts 
By Molly Hoeg 
The annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train trek through northern Minnesota spreads joy and raises funds for local communities.

SHOPPING

32 A Sportsman’s Christmas List
By Dan Nelson
Shopping for the perfect gift for the hunter-angler-cook on your Christmas list? Perhaps Santa can help.

LIFESTYLE

36 Finding the Courage to Start
By Jodie Tweed
Several Lake Country residents have found small ways to make a big difference in their health.

HOME

40 Custom Made
By Jodie Tweed
A spacious retreat customized for the entire family on Big Pine Lake near Aitkin.

DEPARTMENTS

IN EVERY ISSUE

4 Editor’s Journal
6 Contributors
8 Lake Country Online

ECHOES OFF THE LAKE

10 Front Porch  |  Maria’s Midnight Soup Recipe, Longville’s Quilting Bee, Holiday Book Gifts

16 Arts  |  Crossing Arts Alliance

18 Profile  |  Potter Nick DeVries

22 Lake Country Lore  |  $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza

24 Holiday  |  The Schoolhouse

44 Business  |  The Beanery Cafe & Roastery

46 Festival  |  Crosslake’s WinterFest

48 Food Oma’s Bread

50 Education  |  TRIO Student Support Services

52 Health  |  Non-Drug, Non-Surgical Pain Management

56 Books  |  Author Margi Preus

58 Celebration  |  Franklin Arts Center

60 Outdoors  |  Hunting Dilemmas

62 Lake of the Month  |  White Sand Lake

63 Calendar of Events

66 Advertising Directory/Find It

68 Before You Go