Blog-September 2021

Discover fall’s beauty and fun in the Heartland Lakes It is stunning to see how green the forest floor and our lawns have become after a few days of steady rain. Signs of fall mark the landscape with golden rod, purple asters and some leaves turning scarlet and gold The northern landscape will soon ripen […]

Blog-August 2021

Find food, fun and fantastic music at August festivals Neither drought nor haze from Canadian wildfires are keeping communities from celebrating their culture and heritage on weekends throughout August. In between, you can go fishing, take a kayak around the lake, go tubing down a river, pitch a tent under the pines, stay off line […]

Blog-April 2021

Awakening to a new day   Like the bear that knocked down our bird feeder last night and scattered the small feeders around the yard, some of us feel like we’re ready to come out of hibernation and start swinging, at least in a measured way. Spring reminds us of hope, a fresh start. Sheep […]

Blog-March 2021

Heartland Lakes is here for you   As a welcoming place and destination for visitors for generations, Heartland Lakes lodging hosts can help you plan a stay any time of the year.     If it’s been your dream to spend a week relaxing at the lake or recharging on a weekend get-away, now is […]

January 2021 – Make Your Own Fun

  January 2021 Make your own fun   When we were kids and mom wanted to get us out of her hair, she told us to go outside. Even in winter, we made our own fun. We went sledding, built a snowman, put up a snow fort, played fox and goose in our booted feet. […]

November 2020 – Variations on a theme as late fall settles in

November 2020 Variations on a theme as late fall settles in Snow came early this fall, catching most of us off guard with fall chores yet to be done and winter gear still stashed away. We even saw a few snowmobilers out for an early run. A few days of warm weather in the forecast […]

Blog – June 2020 Shelter at home

June 2020 Shelter at our place   It’s been a tough couple of months with students at home, possibly challenging our math skills, while working at home demands time and attention. Or maybe you’ve done a 1,000-piece puzzle and learned how to bake bread. Now the outdoors is calling and, while we want everyone to […]

Green glorious green

As we look forward to celebrating the red, white and blue, the landscape is displaying a thousand shades of green. From the pine trees and foliage overhead to the ferns and other native plants at our feet, the view from the bow of a boat or through the window is glorious green. The July calendar […]

Mother Nature turns a page

Fortunately for those downstream, our snow-covered fields and forests and ice-covered lakes are melting gradually.  Small pools attract swans, geese and ducks in places where you don’t expect to see them. Spring is teasing us, but will continue to reveal her true nature soon enough. The Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and partners […]

It’s snow time.

The new year brings an abundance of snow to play in whether you want to snowmobile on hundreds of miles of groomed trails, cross-country ski, learn to navigate the woods on snowshoes or build a fort. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates snow and trail conditions in weekly reports posted after 2 p.m. every […]

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