High Water Continues to Rise

After Mother Nature clobbered us with 11 inches of rain on the night of July 11th, we continue to get rain in between picture perfect days. It’s been a summer of many personalities! Just in the last 4 days, we had 2 ½ inches of extra rainfall. It’s creating levels of high water that many of us have never seen here. Water flows over the road in some areas and there are many patched and bolstered roads throughout our lakes area.

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The upside is the frogs and water fowl are having a ball! If you’re into kayaking or canoeing, this is your time to explore areas that would normally not be navigable. Take advantage of some new adventures! – Wanda Boldon

Frederic Farm is a Great CSA Choice!

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While pedaling away on my bike last winter in our home gym, I was delighted to learn about a local treasure from my favorite gym TV show, “Twin Cities Live”. They highlighted a handful of quality farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs and one of them was right here in our neck of the woods! The Burning River Farm is right outside of Lewis, WI and has been growing quality Certified Naturally Grown produce since 2007. I signed up for their CSA right away! They offer full, single and salad shares that can be picked up at the farm each week or they also have several drop sites throughout the Twin Cities including the Golden Fig in St. Paul, Lucia’s Restaurant in Minneapolis and the River Market Coop in Stillwater, to name a few.

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Being raised in an Iowa farm community, it’s heart-warming to drive out to a real, working farm and pick up our weekly share.

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Each week our box is brimming with fresh surprises. It feels a bit like Christmas! The early greens, including spinach and arugula gave us fresh salads. We’ve also received beautiful radishes, beet, baby carrots, onions and potatoes. And we’ve only just begun!

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If you’re not ready to dive right in, like I was, you can purchase their produce weekly at the Midtown Farmer’s Market, the Mill City Farmer’s Market and the Northeast Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. Your body with thank you for it! – Wanda Boldon

Flood Warning and State of Emergency Declared in Northwestern WI

The torrential rains that pounded our area on Monday have resulted in the Governor declaring a State of Emergency for eight Wisconsin counties, including Burnett and Washburn. Rain gauges overflowed as the storm built and some areas got up to 11 inches of rain. Roads are washed out, docks are underwater and boats are submerged as a result.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning in effect for the area until Friday at 1:45am. Our Rivers are expected to crest at 7:00pm tonight at record levels. The past record for the St. Croix River in Danbury was 8.7 feet. The River is expected to reach 11-13 feet.

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If you are traveling, check the website www.511wi.gov to check for road closures due to cresting water. Wisconsin Hwy 35 is closed at the bridge North of Danbury and many local roads are closed at this point as well. Drive with care and do not cross a road submerged by water. You don’t know what lies beneath! – Wanda Boldon

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Celebrating July 4th at the Lake

The weather was ideal for creating special holiday memories at the lake with family and friends this weekend!

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Making a fashion statement is one way to display your patriotism.

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Participating in a boat parade is another.

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Having a perfect summer weekend translates to increased email inquiries and more ringing phones for us. People who come to the lake as “guests” are bitten by the bug and start kicking around the idea of having a place of their own. They soon become “buyers”! If you’ve been bitten, we can help you scratch that itch! – Wanda Boldon

Fourth of July Celebrations in Siren, Webster and Danbury, WI

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Independence Day 2016 is right around the corner. You can tell by the uptick in brats and buns at the grocery store! The increase in traffic is a good give-away too!

After the potato salad and baked beans are prepared and the grass has been trimmed around the fire pit, be sure to add some out-and-about fun to your calendar. There are parades, bed races, fun runs and of course, fireworks displays to round out your weekend. Here are a few of the highlights.

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Danbury Days begins at 11:00 am with a parade, water fights, dunk tank, firetruck rides and a sawdust pile for the kids. There will be food and beverages at the firehall.

The free fireworks display in Webster start at dusk at the Fairgrounds.

Sunday, July 3

Street dance in Siren, featuring D’Boys Band on Main Street from 9:00 pm to 12:45 am. No charge.

Monday, July 4

The Freedom Five 5k Race begins at 8:00 am in Siren along with a pancake breakfast. Bed races at 10:00 am, followed by a Kiddie Parade and finally the Grand Parade at 11:30 am. The cookout in Crooked Lake Park begins at 3:00 pm. Music in the Park at 8:00 pm and fireworks display at dusk.

And then you rest! Have a fun and safe Fourth of July Up North! – Wanda Boldon

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Changes to Standards for Buildings Located Close to the Shoreline

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In 2015, the Wisconsin legislature passed Act 55, which changed the statewide standards for what can be done to structures that sit close to the shoreline. Part Three of a YouTube video series put together by the UW Extension explains the changes. If you own a nonconforming property, you should check it out. – Wanda Boldon https://youtu.be/1otUl3HsmUs

 

Changes to Wisconsin Shoreland Setbacks

 

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We’re sharing Part Two of the YouTube video series, that explains the 2015 changes to Shoreland Zoning standards in the state of Wisconsin. Part Two explains the changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surfaces around Wisconsin’s lakes.

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Many of the new standards are not as favorable as the previous standards in keeping our lakes clear and healthy. Find out how you can make choices with your property that will preserve the water quality, and ultimately the property values on your lake. – Wanda Boldon

Shoreland Zoning Update

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There are 101 or more ways to improve your property’s value – including kitchen, flooring and finishing updates. The UW Extension in Stevens Point has put together a 3 part YouTube series about shoreland zoning that could give you some other ideas about boosting your value. We’ll be sharing all three in the month of June.

Take a look at Part One, which addresses the State zoning changes for required lot sizes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h7NYG4pKI8

-Wanda Boldon

Prevent Beaver Damage to Your Trees

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Our agent, Trish Needham took this picture near Webster, WI. As neat looking as it is, if it’s your tree, it’s not so funny. Beaver damage to your cherished trees can be devastating.

Beavers take down trees for two reasons: they need building materials for the lodges where they live and for food. They’re vegetarians, so they enjoy eating the fresh leaves, twigs, stems and bark. Their teeth never stop growing and are designed to be “self-sharpening” as their powerful jaws go after large trees.

If you know you have active beavers working in your neck of the woods or it you’ve seen the beginnings of beaver damage on your trees, the best and easiest way to protect your trees is to surround them with wire mesh fencing so the beavers aren’t even able to get at the trees.

If you have a nuisance beaver problem, the DNR does allow for proper “removal” of the beaver through trapping or shooting. If you need to resort to this option or hire someone to do it for you, make sure the proper license has been obtained to avoid further problems!  - Wanda Boldon