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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6If you’re interested in reserving “classroom” or presentation space, there are community education rooms available for your group or event.

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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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Leaf Peepers – Come Out, Come Out!

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We survived a week of rain, wind, cold and s***. It’s over. Now the coast is clear to come enjoy what Mother Nature has created this Fall season – the beautiful colors! Fret not. The masterpiece was not destroyed with last week’s weather. It’s still here, waiting to be appreciated.

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After you absorb the luscious surrounds in the crisp autumn weather, you may find yourself wanting to find a road that leads to a special place where you can kick off your boots and warm yourself by the fire. If that urge occurs, we’re here to help you find it! Contact us and let’s get started! ~ 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

Trending: Property Condition & Disclosure

“Septics, Foundations and Flashing – Oh My!” The topic of property condition and disclosure is a hot button for buyers and sellers alike these days. We’re finding that the difference between having a great experience versus a not-so-great experience is very much connected to what’s behind the curtain!

If you’re a buyer looking at a property that someone else has owned and maintained, there can be a lot of mysteries. If you don’t have a lot of familiarity with how things work, especially with rural living, you need someone to help you understand what to look for. That kind of assurance can come from a qualified inspector as well as a real estate agent you trust. You can also refer to what the seller has disclosed in their Real Estate Condition Report.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

From a seller’s perspective, it may have been years since you’ve sold a property. You may not know how to prepare your property to sell or what kinds of things you should disclose. You too, need someone to help you understand what to look for and what to do. Likewise, that kind of assurance can come from a real estate agent you trust, a qualified inspector and your Real Estate Condition Report.

Are there code violations here?

Are there code violations here?

Inspections are an opportunity for buyers to get to know a property better. An inspector can share maintenance tips to keep a property in good shape. They can point out areas to keep an eye on and they also look for defects. In Wisconsin, it’s not a requirement to have your property inspected before you list it. But we have a recent example of two siblings who inherited the home where their parents lived. They never lived there and didn’t know much about the workings of the place. They chose to get an inspection, so that they could address any major issues (defects) before listing and so that they wouldn’t get blind-sided with problems down the road when a buyer was involved. It served them well. Their buyer had great confidence in the property, which resulted in good feelings on both sides when an Offer to Purchase came into play. Win-win.

Is that dryer vent kosher?

Is that dryer vent kosher?

The Wisconsin Realtors Association has released a new version of the Real Estate Condition Report, which we feel will be beneficial to both buyers and sellers. It’s much more specific so that sellers can understand areas of concern in advance and be clear about what they know. It’s also divided into categories so that buyers can easily zone in on areas that are important to them.

How do I fix this?

How do I fix this?

Talk to your real estate agent. Tell them your concerns and ask them if they see anything that needs to be addressed. Review the Real Estate Condition Report with them and find out what items they feel may be defects and which items fall under the category of maintenance. (“My dog is missing a left foot” is a defect. “My dog needs his nails trimmed” is maintenance.) Your agent should have knowledge and resources to help you put your best foot forward, so that in the end, everyone can lock arms and skip down the yellow brick road together. There’s no place like home! ~ Wanda Boldon

Fishy Weather For the Fourth

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This year, the Fourth of July is a “season”, because with two weekends flanking the actual date, it’s hard to know just when to celebrate. So, I believe the answer to the question has become “for 10 days straight”. (You have to count Fridays and Mondays as weekend days for the folks who come Up North, don’t you know!)

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Those 10 days are shaping up to be a good time to enjoy another “season” as well – fishing season. The weather and atmosphere have been giving us the classic summer pattern of low pressure to high, humidity to freshness and the fish are biting because of it.

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First things first, if you don’t have your fishing license, you can buy one online at the Wisconsin DNR site while you fill your vehicle at the gas station. It’s called the Go Wild program. Go figure.

The Fourth of July is a common time for family and friends to gather, and sharing is caring, as they say. If you have any children at your gatherings, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to the fun of fishing. Be sure to include some good fish stories so they have some lore to dream about at night as they listen to the loons call from the lake.

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You can preserve the special memory of catching their first fish with a “My First Fish” certificate from the Wisconsin DNR site. The certificate allows you to drop in a photo of them with their fish and notes the date, fish species and where they caught it. Adorable!

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When it’s time to clean your catch of the day, don’t fret if the dog ate your cookbook. You can find some great recipes and information for eating fresh fish from Wisconsin online at eatwisconsinfish.org or at Healthy Dishes With Wisconsin Fishes.

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So when the sky looks like this, Go Wild, grab your pole and chant, “Here fishy, fishy!” ~ Wanda Boldon

Great Properties for Sale: Lots with Benefits

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The dream of building “a little something Up North” is something that lives in a lot of hearts and minds. But the reality of making it happen can be daunting. As with most daunting tasks, just getting started can be the hardest part. What if some of the hurdles of starting were already cleared? We have some solutions so your dreams can come true!

Dream: A small piece of acreage where you can get away, do some hunting and use as a headquarters for ATV riding.

Hurdle: Clearing a building spot, building a road and putting up a structure is hard, time consuming work.

Solution: A 5 acre lot in the heart of ATV country, near hundreds of acres of public land with a heated one room bunkhouse overlooking a canoe and kayaking lake. Did someone say duck hunting?

MLS #1520480 Lost Lake

MLS #1520480 Lost Lake

Dream: A lake place where you can swim, fish and boat with your friends and family.

Hurdle: Time to plan a building project and the funds to accomplish it are not available to you right now.

Solution: A lake lot with improvements in place, like a rustic cabin or bunkhouse!

MLS #1509707 Rice Lake

MLS #1509707 Rice Lake

 

MLS #1518151 Deer Lake

MLS #1518151 Deer Lake

Dream: A private fishing retreat on water that will eventually become a part of your retirement life.

Hurdle: Lake shore taxes could keep you from being able to afford such a place in your retirement years.

Solution: A lot on the River with quick and easy boating access to a phenomenal fishing has a lower tax bill than being right on the lake!

MLS #1517198 Clam River

MLS #1517198 Clam River

If you’re ready to start living your dream, contact us to see these properties or for more ideas. We’re here to help you clear the hurdles and find solutions! ~ Wanda Boldon

Nature’s Amusement Park

Wisconsin has possibly the most extensive ATV/UTV trail system in the U.S. With hundreds of miles of scenic trails, it’s no wonder ATV registration in the state has nearly doubled in the last 5 years!

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It’s a growing sport and activity that isn’t just for hotrodders or gear-heads. All ages and types are getting on board! With the variety of vehicle types available now, you can travel with 2-4 people and cover a lot of ground. It’s a great way to explore hills, forests and lakes with family and friends – of all ages. 

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If you’ve been intrigued about getting into the activity, get off the sidelines and check out the extensive trail system in this area alone. You can get a lot of good information, including trail rules and licensing information here.

Why get your thrill ride in a concrete jungle when you can roll the coasters in a natural setting? The trails are open. Go wild and get wheelin’! ~ 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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Snow Day Means Snow Play

Two substantial snowfalls in the last week have added up to enough snow for a winter wonderland of fun in our area. What a great opportunity to get out and play!

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Snowshoeing in Danbury, WI

This father and son were happy to get out and drill a few holes in the ice. They planned to spend the day fishing and relaxing together. 

Ice Fishing in Burnett County

Ice Fishing in Burnett County

The ice fisherman tucked away in this pop-up planned to fish into the evening. With another round of snow on the way, he expected the barometric pressure to change and the fishing to get exciting. He plans to retire in April and move here with his wife. Her workplace values her so much that they are paying to equip their home so that she can continue to contribute after the move.

Ice Fishing Near Webster, WI

Ice Fishing Near Webster, WI

The trails were open and snowmobilers were taking full advantage, including Dave and Carolyn Iverson.  “We didn’t take a warm weather vacation this year, and that’s really the result of living in God’s Country. We love it up here! Six inches of fresh snow on the trails certainly helps.”

The trails are open!

The trails are open!

Snowmobile trails in Danbury, WI

Snowmobile trails in Danbury, WI

 

Snowmobiling in Webb Lake, WI

Snowmobiling in Webb Lake, WI

After playing hard in the snow all day, you need to rest and refuel. The local businesses were happy to serve! ~ Wanda Boldon

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We ARE the Bold North.

Being a part of the “Bold North” is about embracing the unique conditions that winter brings – with others, as well as by yourself.

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It’s an opportunity to try new things and challenge yourself.

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It’s about community.

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It’s about nature.

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It’s about family.

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It’s about people.

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We’d like to help you embrace your OWN Bold North. Brace yourself for a Great Real Estate Experience! ~ Wanda Boldon