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Buying, Selling, and Living in the North Woods

  • The Best Snowmobiling Fun in Northern Minnesota
    Winter in Northern Minnesota is spectacular, and we are fortunate to enjoy a plethora of winter activities, including cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is a particular favorite of many Minnesotans, and if you’re looking for some great trails to ride, you won’t have to look far. Paul Bunyan Trail The […]
  • Three Fantastic Tips for Early Ice Walleye Fishing
    It’s strange to be talking about early ice in late December, but here we are. The mild temperatures have been a bit unusual, but hey – it’s 2020! It looks like winter is finally here, however, and so it’s time to start enjoying some fishing! Here are a few tips for early ice […]
  • Your Guide to a Memorable Christmas at the Cabin
    It’s been a tough year all around. All of the uncertainty and change has made some people more ready than ever to get away from it all. Fantastic holiday memories are yours to be made at the cabin this season. We’ve put together your guide for making Christmas 2020 the most memorable Christmas […]
  • Interesting Minnesota Deer Hunting Facts
    Deer hunting season was reportedly off to a slow start this year. Nevertheless, in general, hunters should have more opportunities to harvest deer because deer populations have increased in much of the state.  Here are some interesting facts about deer hunting in Minnesota: About half the deer shot during the season are shot […]
  • Venison Recipes that Always Satisfy
    The Best Ways to Prepare Venison (with the least amount of work) Despite one of the warmest openers in recent history here in Minnesota, this year’s deer hunting season didn’t disappoint. Many Minnesota hunters successfully filled their tags with trophy bucks and mature does from their hunting property or cabins throughout northern Minnesota.  […]
  • Grouse, Pheasant, and Woodcock Hunting Tips
    It’s woodcock, pheasant, and grouse hunting season in Minnesota, and we are fortunate to have some of the best bird hunting in the country  here in our own state! Whether you choose to hunt in the 34,000-acre Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area, the 1.6 million acre Chippewa National Forest, or the far northern […]
  • Readying Your Minnesota Cabin for Winter
    Haven’t we had a gorgeous fall?! Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and winter will be approaching soon. Here are some essential steps to take to ensure your Minnesota cabin is ready for the winter: Turn off the water. If you don’t use your cabin in the winter, make sure […]
  • Up North Minnesota Leaf-Peeping Tips
    You don’t have to go far to see spectacular fall color where we are in Walker, Minnesota! Minnesota DNR’s Fall Color Finder shows we have reached peak color all around us in Schoolcraft State Park, Itasca State Park, and La Salle Lake State Recreation Area. Some people say these are the most vibrant […]
  • How to Ensure Your Dock is Ready for Winter
    It’s hard to believe summer is over, and we’re already talking about closing up your lakeshore cabins for the winter. Here’s hoping we have several weeks left to enjoy comfortable but cooler weather and no mosquitos! But, when it comes time to winterize your Minnesota lakeshore cabin, here are a few tips: Remove […]
  • Wildlife Food Plot Tips for Northern Minnesota
    Wildlife food plots can be a component of wildlife management on your property up north in Minnesota. Though natural habitat provides suitable cover, food, water, and space, planting annual or perennial crops on your land can provide a supplemental food source for wildlife. Here are a few tips to help you with your […]
  • Fantastic Walleye and Muskie Fishing in Northern Minnesota
    Minnesota has thousands of lakes and a plethora of great fishing opportunities, and one of the best is in our area. Lake Winnibigoshish (also known as Lake Winnie) has miles of undeveloped shoreline and is genuinely an angler’s paradise. It is 67,000 acres in size and Minnesota’s fifth-largest lake.  Fishing pros know it’s […]
  • 3 Simple Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home for Resale
    There are many small projects around the house that can be done quickly and yield high returns when you decide to sell.
  • Bored with Waterskiing?
    It’s no surprise that here in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, many of our favorite summer activities take place on Minnesota’s abundant bodies of water. Waterskiing is a classic choice, but if you or your family are looking to branch out and try something new behind your boat, here are three activities to consider.
  • Lake Homes and Cabins – Today’s Sellers Market!
    Right now is a great opportunity to sell – both from a price standpoint and from a time-on-market standpoint. Will prices be higher next year if you wait? Maybe. There are a lot of variables in the lake home real estate market right now, and how these events will affect buyers’ behavior is still unknown.
  • Birdwatching in the Land of 10,000 Lakes
    One of the most fascinating — and tranquil — pastimes in Minnesota, and particularly in the northern part of the state, is bird and loon watching. Some birds are easy to spot while others require much more skill and patience. All of them are unique in their own right, and every bird watcher, from the seasoned veteran to the casual observer, has a unique blend of birds to discover throughout the state.