New CENTURY 21 Agent: Beth Stenzel

Beth Stenzel, Realtor

We’re proud and excited to welcome Beth Stenzel to the CENTURY 21 Sand County Services, Inc. team! Beth began her real estate career with CENTURY 21 in the late 1970s in West St. Paul, where she was born and raised. She loved the work! Then in the early 1980s she decided to specialize in real estate finance, as a mortgage banker and spent the next 35 years helping over 4000 people finance or refinance their homes.

Sharing life Up North with the next generation.

In the early 1990s, Beth and her husband Lee bought a property on the Yellow River with 38 acres and a cabin, which they’ve remodeled and improved over the years and in 2015, they decided to make it their home! Now every day is filled with watching wildlife and enjoying the beautiful surrounds of the area.

Beth Stenzel and Broker, Dave Boldon

Living a simpler life with the help of technology lead her to the decision that she wanted to round out her career the way it began, as a real estate agent with CENTURY 21. Beth says it makes her feel joyful to help people go down the path of buying or selling real estate and that now she gets to do the work she loves again.

We’re fortunate to add a seasoned veteran like Beth to our team and feel confident that she’ll deliver Extraordinary Experiences to everyone she works with. Welcome back to CENTURY 21, Beth! ~ Wanda Boldon

Round Man Brewing Co., Spooner, WI

I don’t drink beer. Breweries and brew pubs don’t turn my head. But I like to feel happy and in the hands of skilled hospitality. I love seeing, smelling and eating great food. I applaud hard working and energetic business owners. This place turns my head.

This pretty much sums it up.
Yes, please!

The Round Man Brewing Co. opened last Fall and has taken the food and beverage experience in our area to another level. It’s in the iconic Dahl’s Home Store location on Walnut Street, a transformed space that combines warm, historic features, industrial mass, intelligent art and colorful energy.

18 Taps, 8 Signature Brews
Great visuals everywhere.
Magic happens here.
Magic happens here too.

But more than the tangible, it’s the people who truly bring the place to life. The entire Churchill family works and is involved with the enterprise and you can feel that connectedness. Under that roof, everyone feels like they’re a part of the Churchill family – guests and servers alike.

Spencer Churchill with his parents, Sue and Jeff

It’s a well-oiled machine. The service from every single person is friendly and expedient. The food is beautifully plated, with fresh new flavors.  It’s a come-as-you-are atmosphere, where you can relax and let them do all the heavy lifting. Except they make the experience look fun and effortless, which is the sign of massive effort and energy being poured into the operation.

Crabcake – part of a special Mardi Gras menu
Smoked Duck Nachos
Shrimp Etouffee – part of a special Mardi Gras menu
Pages and pages of love.
Take me home and I’ll growl for you.

Oh, and they serve wine too. ~ Wanda Boldon

Prepare for a Successful Winter Inspection

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Selling your property in the winter may not sound like a lot of fun. But our Spring market is starting now and buyers are poised to find the right place. So yes, it’s prime time, if you want to be a part of the Spring market. If you’re concerned about cleaning and moving, we have great resources to help you with any hurdles you need to clear. Tell us what you need and we’ll get you connected!

If you’re a buyer, you’re likely anxious and excited to get into your new property in the Northwoods so you can prepare for the precious summer days that are right around the corner. Yes, literally, right around the corner! By the time you get an accepted offer, get your financing in place and do your inspections, it’s here.

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To help things move along smoothly, I asked Chad Imme from Pillar to Post Inspections if there were things that both buyers and sellers should keep in mind regarding inspections in the winter. Chad and his wife, Wendy have a successful home inspection business that serves our area. You can see their glowing customer reviews on their Google and Facebook pages. Chad said it’s not easy to inspect a home in the winter. But he said it’s more successful if there’s good cooperation from the seller and if access is provided to the important areas.

One of those important areas is the roof. If it’s snow covered, it’s helpful to get an age on the shingles and to gain access to the attic. One thing you can actually see better in the winter is heat loss and ice damming. The roof will show you that in clear sight!

The bare areas show heat loss.

The bare areas show heat loss.

Sellers can also help by making sure the pilot lights are lit on any gas appliances, like stoves and fireplaces. A home inspector’s insurance generally doesn’t cover them for activities like lighting pilot lights. Without a pilot light, it’s difficult to understand if those items are working properly.

The lights are on and no one's home!

The lights are on and no one’s home!

Septic systems are concerning to many buyers who live in urban environments where a municipal sewer system magically takes everything to a place far, far away. In a rural environment, septic systems are critical to the functioning of a property and they can be expensive to replace. If the access lid is above ground, it can be opened. If the access lid is buried in snow, it’s helpful for the seller to flag the location so it can be easily found and shoveled out. If the access lid is below ground, it’s difficult or impossible to get a look inside. The drain field can offer some clues about the condition of the septic system as well. If the inspection pipe is full of ice, it’s an indication that the drain field is saturated and may need to be relocated.

People come in two camps: those who want to look and those who look away!

People come in two camps: those who want to look and those who look away!

Furnaces can be easily tested in the winter. If the seller has had a recent tune-up, they can show a receipt or provide something in writing from the person who did the work for them. However, for air conditioning units, if the temperature is below 60 degrees, they can’t be tested. It would do damage to the compressor.

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So with a little planning, sellers can prepare for inspections that may be a part of a buyer’s offer so that buyers don’t have to be afraid to go ahead with a purchase – even in the winter! ~ Wanda Boldon

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New Wine Bar in Webster, WI

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There’s something new blossoming in Webster on Cedar Street. It’s named after the state flower of Wisconsin and is called Violet on Cedar. “Violet” is a wine bar that serves small plates, soups and dessert. It’s the creation of mother and daughter duo, Virginia Harstad and Ginna Lauré. They both spent their formative years in Burnett County, but their outside education and experiences have led them to this exciting new collaboration.

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The idea to create a place that offered wine and food germinated in 2012 when they sat down to write a business plan. Over time, they’ve allowed the idea to unfold as the right elements came along to make it happen. Among those elements was finding the right space and location, finding the right chef and food plan, and then preparing themselves with the knowledge they needed to do it right. Ginna even traveled to Napa, CA to earn a Level 3 certification with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust so that she felt confident in her knowledge of wines and wine service.

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Once they purchased the real estate that would become their vision, they acquired the zoning change and permits required to transform the 3 bedroom, 2 bath home into a 38 seat space, complete with bar area, a professional kitchen and a dedicated baking room. The interior is open, fresh, light and bright. It’s a comfortable place to linger with old friends and to meet new ones as well!

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The next step was to begin testing and tasting food concepts. They worked diligently with their chef Hans Eckstrand to create food ideas and recipes. To hear them talk about their food and what they plan to present to patrons can be summed up in one word: flavor! The menu will be everchanging along with some staples. And rest assured, if you require a gluten-free environment, this is a safe place for you! They also joined forces with Lisa Benson at Webster’s Fresh Start Coffee Roasters to create a house blend of coffee called – you guessed it, Violet.

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They’re taking things one step at a time, so that Violet can grow and develop in a way that maintains their vision. But the future holds ideas for private parties, wine tasting events, developing the outdoor green space for summer use and expanded hours.

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They’re open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00-8:00pm and have menu and wine updates on their website and Facebook page. Stop by this weekend for their Open House on Saturday, January 12th from 4:00-8:00pm. When you arrive at 7438 Cedar Street, it will feel like you’re arriving at the home of a friend. When you leave, you’ll know that to be true! ~ Wanda Boldon

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Inside the New Webster Health Center

1For over a year, we’ve all been watching the changing landscape at the site of the old school in Webster. It’s amazing what can be accomplished in such short time! The exterior is visually impressive, but what exists inside might surprise you.

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I was fortunate to get a private tour from Dr. John Ingalls, a familiar face to many in the community and the name behind the original dream that started the process of what we have today – the Webster Health Center.

Inside, the Clinic has a bright and welcoming reception area, 19 exam rooms, 2 procedure rooms and a full dental clinic – all built to grow with the future needs of the community.

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The Clinic has an army of medical professionals and specialists to serve the needs of young and old alike and there is a first class physical therapy room (P.T. stands for pain and torture, right?) with machines and equipment like we’ve never seen here before!

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Perhaps the most surprising thing that I discovered was the Webster Wellness Center – a dedicated space for the ongoing fitness classes that are offered. You can take dance fitness, yoga (including senior yoga), kickboxing, circuit training and steady-as-you-go, to name a few. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday and the pricing ranges from $7 for a one time walk-in to $125 for an unlimited 3 month session. “Hello, New Year’s Resolution!” My suggestion is to round up a friend or two and meet up for a class a couple of times a week.

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What a wonderful transformation to have watched the old school come down and now have a welcoming door to open. The Webster Health Center – now doesn’t that feel better? ~ Wanda Boldon

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Septic Vent Pipe. There’s a Wrap for That.

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For years, people have been trying to hide, camouflage and dress up the signs of utilitarian necessities around their homes. There’s the famous wishing well placed over the well head. The fancy ones are sometimes adorned and laced with silk flowers. You’ve certainly seen the barrel sized flower pot placed over the septic cover, or at the very least, a painted re-“tired” ring that corrals a bevy of petunias. My favorite is the virgin Mary propped inside a bath tub. Though I’m not sure if she’s hiding anything, but perhaps just protecting. It’s a telling sign that folks just want to drive into their properties and feel pleasant about being home.

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Up to now, there hasn’t seemed to have been a proper cover for a septic pipe vent. You’ve seen it. It’s the bright, white pvc pipe emanating from your peaceful and serene wooded environment. It’s not exactly how Mother Nature intended things to be. Well now there’s a genius, easy to install, economical way to hide that nagging septic field from your moments of Zen.

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Kevin Hughes, inventor of the Septic Vent Pipe Cover says the idea came to his attention at his property near Johnson Lake. He felt moved to make it after seeing a white tail deer out the window, beside an unsightly vent pipe.

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The covers come in an array of Northwoods friendly patterns like red fish, camo and crappie (of course) and a variety of lengths, depending on the size of your system. The website where you can purchase covers was just launched – www.sspcover.com. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer, so you’ll want to load up for the holidays. Just think of the lively conversation that will ensue! ~ Wanda Boldon

Trish Needham Has Earned the Certified Residential Specialist Designation!

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We’re so proud to announce that Trish Needham has joined the ranks of an elite group; the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS). She was awarded the prestigious designation after accomplishing their rigorous requirements of advance professional training and achievement in residential real estate.

This is a significant personal achievement and a milestone in a professional real estate career. Only 3% of all REALTORS are Certified Residential Specialists and we’re proud to have 2 working and thriving at CENTURY 21 Sand County Services! It shows a sincere and dedicated commitment to maintaining the knowledge and expertise required in our profession.

Trish has been a part of our firm for 15 years, starting by working behind the scenes. Her strong work ethic was made evident when she decided to get her license during a maternity leave, taking her exam the week before her due date! That was 12 years ago.

When asked why it was important to take on the arduous task of achieving the CRS designation, she said that education is important to her and that she wanted to spend her money and efforts on education that was 100% real estate driven. She plans to keep learning and achieving because she knows this business is constantly changing and she likes to stay on top of things.

Congratulations to Trish, an inspiration in many ways! ~ Wanda Boldon

Metal Arts are Alive in Frederic, WI

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Take a short drive. Travel south of Siren on Hwy 35 to Frederic. As you pass through town, a distinctive looking red building with cadet blue awnings will catch your eye. Do stop and go inside. This special place was recently given life by its new owners and occupants. Once a gas station, an oil company, a Greyhound bus stop, an optometrist office and a Coast-to-Coast hardware store (not all at the same time), this building was slated to be torn down.

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Serendipity smiled and along came Jon (Jack) Route and his son, Mike. The father and son duo, metal artists through education and experience, but mostly in their hearts, were in need of working studio space. They’d both been traveling individually, doing art shows to share their work with a larger populous and were at a place in their careers where they wanted to go down a different “route”.

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Jon (Jack) Michael Route, a skilled artist in nonferrous metal work, makes collectibles, commissioned pieces and corporate art installations with materials like silver, copper and brass. He is also the owner of One10 Gallery. The gallery features new art and fine craft art from dozens of quality artists, with an ever-changing choice of pieces to collect or give as gifts. If you have an immediate itch to scratch, in the way of art, this is the place to go!

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Mike Route, an award-winning blacksmith artist occupies the other half of the building with Red Iron Studio – his studio, office and a working blacksmith shop, where custom architectural ironwork pieces are created and forged. Mike and his crew create everything from furniture, signage, sculpture and architectural pieces for indoors and out. His work shows a combination of emotional, intellectual and physical energy that makes it distinctly his. Make an appointment to meet with Mike if you want him to make something special for you!

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This short drive that you plan to take. Do it this weekend. The One10 Gallery is a part of the Earth Arts Tour with specially planned demonstrations that will amaze you – even beer tasting on Saturday from Pitchfork Brewing in Hudson. Their hours will be Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. ~ Wanda Boldon

Cinco de Mayo Weekend – Up North

The list of fabulous things to do Up North on Cinco de Mayo weekend is growing! Gather your friends and family to plan your weekend and then plan a siesta after it’s all over!

Here are “cinco” events to choose from:

  1. 36th Annual Second Alarm Fish and Smelt Fry – Gather at the Jackson Town Hall at the corner of Hwys A & C on Friday, May 4th, starting at 5:00 pm for an incredible experience! Widely supported by the community for a good reason. Tickets can be purchased at the door – $10 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under. Get your smelt on!
  2. Inaugural Fat Fish 40 Bike Race – Show your true grit in this 42 mile bike race that starts at the Central Burnett County Fairgrounds in Webster, WI. The race has a fat tire division and is also has a “non-fat” category. The race course takes you on the sugar sand fire lanes, logging roads and trails by the marshes, lakes and streams through the lost acres of Webster, WI. With a spaghetti dinner the night before, the race starts at 9:00 am on May 5th and ends with a beer and a brat, a podium ceremony and prizes. https://www.fatfishrace.com/the-race/
  3. Wisconsin Fishing Opener – The first Saturday of each May kicks off the fishing season for many species of hook and line caught fish. Make sure you get your license in advance and stock your cooler so you can be on the water by 5:00 am. You own an ice barge, right? https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/seasons/index.html
  4. 9th Annual Taste of Siren – Tickle your taste buds on Saturday, May 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Northwoods Crossing Event Center. It’s an evening of food, festivities and fun! You can buy your tickets in advance or pay at the door. $20 per person or $35 per couple.  https://www.travelwisconsin.com/events/fairs-festivals/taste-of-siren-128205
  5. 17th Annual Spring Art Tour – Earth Arts of the Upper St. Croix organizers put together this distinctive tour of studios and galleries May 5-6th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. One could spend the entire weekend doing this alone! Download the brochure and map so you can prioritize your stops! http://www.earthartswi.org/spring-art-tour/

Sombrero and margaritas are not required, but not discouraged. Have a great Cinco de Mayo weekend! ~ Wanda Boldon

Busting Out of Icicle Jail

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Winter has had a long grip on our time and patience. It’s time to bust out! You don’t have to go far to feel the benefits of “escape” and enjoy an extraordinary outdoor experience in Northwestern Wisconsin.

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Just 45 minutes north of Danbury, lies Pattison State Park, containing the highest waterfall in Wisconsin at 165 feet! In any season, it’s a glorious site!

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The trails in the park are clearly marked and offer a variety of distances. It’s only a half mile hike through a majestic, mature forest on a nicely managed trail to get to the shores of the Black River.

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It’s a quiet place where you can let your hidden dreams of joining Tom and Huck bubble to the surface. It just might cause you to bust out…in a smile warm enough to melt ice! ~ Wanda Boldon

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