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  • Northwoods Singers and the Northwoods Youth Choir have added to their repertoire of talented area amateur musicians for the second concert in the “A Kaleidoscope of Music” series Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at Ely Memorial Church in Land O’ Lakes. 

    New to the musician corps this year is the Rev. James Swanson II, pastor of Grace Covenant Evangelical Church in Iron River, Mich. Swanson will keep the multiple rhythms of this season’s toe-tapping melodies going on drums and cymbals.

    Other local instrumentalists are Sara Ehlert of Alpha, Mich., on piano and flute, Sue Omdahl and Louisa Knivila, both of Iron River, and Adrian Kranz of Minocqua, playing
  • Conover Lions Club and Muskies Inc. will host the Take A Kid Fishing event Sunday, June 17, at Lake Itsey Bitsey in the Conover Town Park.
    Each child is guaranteed to catch a fish. If caught, Marvin, the biggest fish in the pond, will be mounted by Lax Reproductions for the child who caught him.
    Food and beverage concessions will be open throughout the day along with many raffles, including the chance to win a half-day fishing trip with Backwoods with Brian owner Brian Blettner. Many other local sponsors also are contributing to the event.
    In addition, Blettner will be
  • Volunteers start planting new community orchard
    Land O’ Lakes Planning and Beautification Committee member Franklin Marfia led 15 community volunteers  May 5 in the planting of dwarf and semidwarf apple trees at an area designated as the Land O’ Lakes Community Orchard.
    The orchard is located on town property adjacent to the west side of the Land O’ Lakes Elementary School playground.
    The effort was preceded by a demonstration by Marfia on the correct way to plant the trees, which are bare-root plantings. 
    All the trees were purchased from a Minnesota orchard that specializes in dwarf apple trees, and included five Honeycrisp, three Zestar, and two SnowSweet dwarf trees, one
  • Land O’ Lakes Arts (LOLA) Center for the Arts will hold its Indigo Dyeing: From Seed to Shibori class Thursday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Eagle River artist Debbie Jircik will teach students the process of indigo dyeing and shibori resist technique. 

    Students will learn about the indigo plant sources and how to make and maintain a 1-2-3 fermentation vat. 

    Starting with leaf Japanese indigo dyeing on silk scarves, students will then create an organic vat with powdered indigo to do shibori resist techniques on a cotton bandana, as well as learn about the process of growing Japanese indigo. They will leave class with a 2-inch potted indigo plant to try growing at
  • Lando Center in Land O’ Lakes will offer its second installment of the “Change Your Body Composition” exercise program Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. 
    This beginning to intermediate level workshop is a guide for upper body resistance training. According to coach Erin Luoto, changing one’s body composition is not about body weight, but about forming muscle since muscle weighs more than body fat. 
    “The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, which is why resistance training facilitates fat loss and body toning,” said Luoto. 
    In addition, the Lando Center will hold its Grand Celebration Saturday, May 26, to mark the second anniversary of the gym and gathering spot.
    Free classes will be offered, including
  • Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Landover ATV/UTV Club will hold their inaugural joint ATV/UTV Poker Run June 7, 8 and 9. 
    The weekend will include a ride around the North Woods and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The event will give some riders their first chance to experience the new trails out west of Land O’ Lakes down to Bent’s Camp. 
    The weekend will culminate at the Land O’ Lakes Town Pavilion Saturday, June 9, at 4 p.m., with prizes,  raffle to win a gun and gift certificates, beer and food. 
    This event is made possible by
  • Shopko gives back
    Land O’ Lakes/Conover Parent Teachers Association (PTA) recently applied for a grant from the Shopko Foundation to help fund the repair and replacement of Land O’ Lakes Elementary School playground equipment. Last week, Eagle River Shopko Hometown store manager Amy Pogue (left) presented a $1,000 check from that grant to PTA representative Jessica Parling. —Photo By Bob Hughes
  • Target reached
    The $15,000 target for phase one of the Land O’ Lakes/Conover Parent Teachers Association plan to purchase new equipment and renovate the playground was reached after a joint effort spaghetti dinner and bake sale by T.J. Grizzlies and Ely Memorial Church in Land O’ Lakes. The duo added $1,816 from the fundraiser, which 124 people attended, to monies raised through various area businesses. The first phase of renovations will go ahead this summer. Students made thank-you posters to show their gratitude to Ely Memorial and T.J. Grizzlies. —Photo By Bob Hughes
  • Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for grand marshal for the Fourth of July parade.
    Nomination names should be submitted to the chamber office by Friday, May 25, along with the reasons for nominating them.
    Nominations can be dropped at 6484 Highway 45, or emailed to infolandolakes@gmail.com.
    For more information, call (715) 547-3432.
  • Naturalist to present bird program May 8
    Conserve School and the Land O’ Lakes Fish and Game Club will welcome Stan Tekiela Tuesday, May 8, for a fun and entertaining talk titled “Uncommon Facts About Common Birds.” 

    The evening will begin with a dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7 p.m.

    Tekiela will challenge preconceived ideas about some common birds such as the European starling, the American crow and more. The talk will wrap up with a message on conservation.

    Naturalist, wildlife photographer and
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