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.

Saturday, July 2

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

Affordable Lake Cabins near Danbury, WI

MLS#895856 Lucerne Lake $135,000

MLS#895856 Lucerne Lake $135,000

This cutie pie on Lucerne Lake is a classic. The warm wood interiors, wood decks and easy elevation to the swimming area make it easy to love!

MLS# 896988 Rice Lake

MLS# 896988 Rice Lake $149,000

If fishing is on your list (and why wouldn’t it be?), this cabin is calling your name! It even has a large detached garage to store your fishing boat. The level lot makes it easy to grab your tackle box and go!

MLS# 899913 Yellow River

MLS# 899913 Yellow River $149,000

This cabin on the Yellow River gives you a wonderful waterway for a playground. The River is gorgeous enough, but then it also gives you access to the largest lake in the area. No need to pack a lunch, just make a landing at one of the restaurants on the lake!

MLS# 900406 Mystery Lake

MLS# 900406 Mystery Lake $169,900

Do you travel with a large entourage and need some privacy for your loud singing at the campfire? This newly remodeled cabin has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths and sits on over 9 acres with over 500 feet of frontage. You can keep the jet tub in the master suite as your own little secret! – Wanda Boldon

2016 Wisconsin Fishing Opener

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Today is Wisconsin’s Fishing Opener and the boat landings are loaded with empty trucks and boat trailers! We noticed a change in road traffic yesterday afternoon as many excited anglers headed Up North to enjoy their favorite past time.

Yellow Lake, Wisconsin Fishing Opener 2016

Yellow Lake, Wisconsin Fishing Opener 2016

The water levels on our lakes is incredibly high right now. Most lake home owners know to be careful creating a wake as they near shore with their boat. But if you have family and friends joining you for some fun on the lake, be sure to let them know about the risk of shoreline erosion in this time of “high water”. Plus, the whole vibe you’re looking for when you’re in the Northland is laid back and relaxed. So slow down in general! You’ll be glad you did! – Wanda Boldon

Signs of Spring in Northwestern WI

The water is higher than ever this Spring and we’re seeing and hearing all kinds of different things because of it. This culvert normally sits dry, with no water at all. Now, it’s like a rushing creek! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIGfPWjGGfA

Another jubilant sign that we’re on the cusp of Spring is singing frogs!!! Pass by a wetland area and you can hear a chorus of sounds that brings a wide smile to your face. Have a listen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cxXenwfTtg

The high water is providing a great source of habitat for the water fowl and birds that return for the summer. The swans are back along with the geese and beautiful varieties of ducks. These cranes have found a great place to fish for an afternoon snack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FZEVrrFOps

We live in a beautiful world! – Wanda Boldon

Recreational Update for Northwestern WI

There’s always something fun to do Up North and now you can put golfing back on your list! Both golf courses at Voyager Village are open daily for early season play and carts are available for use.

Fishing enthusiasts, mark your calendars. Heartwood Conference Center will be the host of the inaugural Wisconsin Opener Fishing and Outdoor Expo on May 6th from 10am – 4pm. Displays will include fishing equipment vendors, equipment demonstrations, casting clinics and many educational displays. For more information you can refer to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wifishingopener.

If you’re looking to ride the trails, you’ll need to put that activity on hold for a short bit. We’re currently in our Spring Fire Season and all the trails are closed due to the risk of fire. Plus, many trails are too wet to support traffic without causing excessive damage.

If conditions allow, the Summer ATV/UTV Trail System will open the Friday before Memorial Day, which is May 27th. Hold on to your helmet, it’ll be here before you know it! – Wanda Boldon