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Monday, August 17, 2015

Guide to Late Summer at the Lakes - Events Calendar

August sometimes feels like the Sunday of the summer season. It's cruel and unusual punishment to begin our farewell to warm days so soon. Especially when August and September at the lakes bring some of the best events of the year! Gear up for these events in the Brainerd Lakes area with our handy-dandy calendar.

Wednesday, August 19

26th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament & Fundraiser
7:00am - 4:00pm, Pines at Grand View Lodge
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Thursday, August 20

Free Waterski Show - Brainerd Ski Loons
6:30pm, Lum Park at Rice Lake
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Thursday, August 20 - Sunday, August 23

NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway

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Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23

Mille Lacs Band Traditional Powwow

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Saturday, August 22

Kaleidoscope 5k Fun Run
8:00am - Baxter

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Sunday, August 23

Free Waterski Show - Brainerd Ski Loons
6:00pm, Lum Park at Rice Lake

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Wednesday, August 26 - Sunday, August 30

Lakes Bluegrass Festival
Pine River
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Saturday, August 29

Gull Lake Classic Wood Boat Show
4pm, Bar Harbor Lake Shore

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Kids Triathlon, Hosted by Kiwanis Club

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Sunday, August 30

Lakes Country Triathlon
Whipple Lake

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Friday, September 4 - Sunday, September 6

27th Annual GSTA Muscle Car Shootout
Brainerd International Raceway

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Saturday, September 5

Crosslake Original Craft and Flea Market
9am - 4pm, Crosslake


Saturday, September 5 - Sunday, September 6

8th Annual Arts off 84 Crawl
Pine River, Longville, Surrounding Areas


Saturday, September 12

21st Annual Pequot Lakes Arts & Crafts Fair
9:00am, Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes


Saturday, September 12 - Sunday, September 13

Minnesota Fishing Museum's Antique and Collectibles Show
Little Falls

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Saturday, September 19

Nisswa Fall Festival
10:00am, Nisswa


Thursday, September 24 - Saturday, September 26

2015 Crosslake Days
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Friday, September 25 - Saturday, September 26

International Vintage Boat Show
Nisswa, Bar Harbor Supper Club

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

9 Signs You Are Meant to Own a Lake Home

There is a certain breed of people that love that 'up north, headed to the cabin' feeling. The feeling of a Friday afternoon with the car packed, drinks in the cooler, hitting the open road. Well, let's be honest - probably not an open road, given the road construction everywhere - BUT, when you're headed to the lake, even a little traffic can't bring you down.  If you've had that feeling, this list is for you.

1. Of the 10,000 lakes, you've been to half of them.

2. When someone says, drop me a line, you immediately think they are referring to fishing.

3. It's hard to make plans with friends, because you "might be at the lake." Don't they understand?

4. You take better care of your boat than your car.

5. You own a bumper sticker that says, "I'd rather be at the lake."

6. Your children took swimming lessons at 6 months old so you wouldn't miss a beat during lake season.

7. When the temperature hits 40 degrees, you start sporting your flip flops.

8. Your dog has a lifejacket that cost more than most people spend on their children's car seat. You can't put a price on water safety.

9. When the mail comes you cross your fingers in the hopes that no one has invited you to a party on the weekend.

If you can relate to any of these, you should probably start looking to buy.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Easy Improvements to Increase Your Home Value

With summer in full swing, we have seen a significant uptick in potential buyers. Many are visiting the lakes area on vacations but spend some time looking at the local real estate. This means potential buyers are at your doorstep. If you’re getting ready to sell, inexpensive and relatively easy improvements can pay off for your asking price.  

Increase your home value with these simple improvements:

1. Declutter
    Create a welcoming space and consider staging your home

2. Lighting
    Make your home light and bright to showcase its best features

3. Paint
    One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements you can do

4. Emphasize Storage
    This always tops homeowners' wish lists. Make your home look organized and spacious

5. High Quality Pictures
    90% of buyers start by looking online. Better pictures equal more interested buyers

Monday, July 20, 2015

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Deck this Summer (and Fall!)

The possibilities are endless with an outdoor living space so we have rounded up some simple, budget-friendly ways to dress up your deck so that you can enjoy it to the fullest.

1. Go for the green

Add greenery like these arborvitae to create a living privacy screen and add interest to your space.

Image Source: Pinterest

2. Pillows, pillows, everywhere

Pillows bring the indoors out, making your space feel comfy and cozy. They can tie in color too.

Image Source: Pinterest

3. Light it up

Outdoor lighting comes in many options. Solar path lights, hanging lanterns or globe string lights. The opportunities are endless to light up your evenings on the deck.

Image Source: Pinterest

4. Portable fireplaces

A portable fireplace, chimnea or fire table can extend the use of your deck well into the fall months. Store it inside over the winter months to keep it looking great.

Image Source: Pinterest

5. Punch up the color

Focus on one or two colors, either in cushions, rugs or pillows. This helps create an inviting, fun space.

Image Source: Pinterest

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kayak Care

Treat your others as you would like to be treated. The golden rule applies to kayaks too! We have shared a list of friendly reminders when caring for your kayak during paddling season.

  1. Your Kayak doesn’t appreciate being dragged on the ground. If you don’t have someone who can help carry it to the water, you have a couple options. Invest in a kayak cart or learn how to correctly lift a kayak alone. Here are some basic instructions from REI.

  2. Keep it dry and cover it. Always remember to dry your kayak after use. If it’s being stored outside, turn it upside down and keep it off the ground to allow air flow. A cover or tarp will help keep away UV rays, moisture and unwanted critters and animals.

  3. The sun can damage your kayak too. Begin and end the season by applying a spray on UV protector. This will keep the color from fading and ensure that your kayak looks its best even several years down the road. This can be found at your sporting goods store or certainly online.

  4. When caring for your kayak, don’t forget about your life jacket. Each year, check for damage before use. Never store in an enclosed plastic bag or container, this will trap moisture and can create a breeding ground for mold.


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