Vacation Home 4 – A Place to Stay for Events

We have had great weather so far for the construction of our new luxury vacation home. In the basement you can see the framing of the rooms and the top section will start before we know it. Now that our new lodge opened this past spring we are able to host events! Already this summer/fall we have hosted the MN Maple Syrup Producer’s annual fall meeting, we’ve hosted a grooms dinner, and other smaller meetings. The lodge is a great place to host meetings, small or large, birthday parties, Christmas parties, or just a get together with friends. Staying more than one night? No problem. This vacation home along with our other units, are perfect places to rent. Do you want a kitchen and living room? Rent one of our cabins or just rent unit A of a vacation home. Or maybe you just want a 1 bedroom guest suite, we can accommodate you with that as well.

Resort Accommodations for Events

Going to an event hosted at our lodge, or attending an event in the Otter Tail County area and need a place to stay? Check out our lodging section on our website! We have everything from a one bedroom cabin up to a four bedroom (Note: In the winter our smaller/traditional cabins get shut down, but the lake homes, bear den, and cabin 7 are open year round!).

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Vacation Home 4 – Otter Tail County Resort Paradise

Here is our latest update for our newest vacation home! The basement received its final wall and you can start to see where the different rooms will be. We like to think that our family resort is a Otter Tail County Resort Paradise. Nestled back in the trees you immediately feel a sense of relaxation when coming down the drive. The crystal clear lake and sandy beach are perfect places to spend your entire day. Whether you are sitting in one of our beach chairs, or playing on one of our numerous water toys, your day will never be wasted! If you did want to wander off and do some exploring, we are located just 7.3 miles or 13 minutes from Maplewood State Park. Maplewood is a beautiful park that provides numerous hiking trails, horseback riding trails, and a swimming and picnic area. One our favorite spots to tell guests about is Hallaway hill overlook. This overlook has a steady incline for most of the trail, however, at the very end it does get quite steep for the last leg of the trail. Once atop of the overlook you look over the park and numerous lakes. In the fall, this is a destination for many to see the vibrant colors that fall has to offer. It is a great place to sit back, enjoy the view and a have breath of fresh air.

Otter Tail County Resort Paradise

To see why we think our resort is a paradise, check out our website and Facebook to see a variety of photos showing the beach and resort grounds!

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Vacation Home 4 – A Perfect Minnesota Resort Getaway

We just wanted to share with you the progress on our 4th vacation home! Pipes and wiring are going in the ground and the basement walls are going up. Once this unit is done, it will provide a perfect Minnesota resort getaway. This unit will be the 16th unit for our family resort and it will provide a great place for families to congregate and make lifelong memories. Lakes Country is the perfect summer destination and we are centered between many small communities that bring so much life to this area. Parades, crazy daze, activities, fun runs, mud runs, turtle races, minnow races, the list goes on and on. All of that happens right down the road from our Otter Tail County Resort making it the perfect Minnesota Resort Getaway. We are close enough that you don’t have to travel far for these activities, but far enough away that you can experience the serenity of nature.

Minnesota Resort Getaway

To plan your next Minnesota Resort Getaway with us, check out our website for cabin availability or give us a call for any questions you may have! We look forwarding to having you stay with us.

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Vacation Home 4 – Family Vacation Home

We just wanted to update everyone on the progress of our 4th family vacation home! The basement foundation is in and our construction crew is moving right along. Once this unit is finished, it will make a great family vacation home. There will be a great room for you to gather, it will be furnished will modern appliances, and have a fireplace. Our resort hosts many family activities throughout the summer. On Sunday we have a s’mores night. It’s the perfect time to bring your family out and meet the other families staying here as well and to enjoy a nice s’more. Tuesday we have an ice cream social, which is a great event on a hot day! Once again it’s a great time for your family to get together and talk about the memories that were made that day. Wednesday we have a pontoon cruise around beautiful East Silent Lake and we provide coffee and muffins/donuts. It’s a relaxing and great way to start off your morning. Many of our youth and children activities will bring families together as well.

Family Vacation Home

To see our vacation homes and other cabins we have available, visit the lodging section of our website.

Vacation Home 4 – Groundbreaking

We have officially started our 4th vacation home. As you can see from the photos, we are starting to clear the space where the foundation will be built. This vacation home will be similar to our previous unit, Whitewater. It will be a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom unit. The placement of this unit will give you quick and easy access to our lodge, the playground, beach and volleyball court. We are excited to add this unit to our Otter Tail County Resort and for families to enjoy it for years to come. Our resort offers planned children and youth activities in the summer, family activities, we have numerous water toys and kayaks, and more! We are located in lakes country surrounded by lots of small communities that have events all summer long!

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Our 4th unit will be ready for you in the Spring of 2017. In the meantime, look into staying in one of our other 3 bedroom vacation homes!

 

Dear Bison Fans…

We get it…you’re good. You’ve won 13 National Championships and 32 Conference Championships. You are the five-time defending NCAA Division I-FCS National Champions. NDSU is the only college football program to ever win five consecutive NCAA national championships. Earlier this year, the Philadelphia Eagles selected your quarterback with the 2nd overall selection in the 2016 NFL draft. We’re happy for you. You’ve got a nice little thing going in the Missouri Valley Conference/FCS. Unfortunately, on September 17th you’re headed to Iowa City. While Beth Hoole might cover NDSU sports like hair on buffalo’s back, you probably don’t know much about the Iowa Hawkeyes. This short video will provide a brief introduction…

September 17th is going to be a long afternoon for your beloved Bison. Kinnick Stadium is unrelenting. Don’t put yourself through an 8 hour drive to watch a lopsided Hawkeye victory. Instead, spend the weekend at East Silent Lake Resort. We’ll make some popcorn and show the game on our big screen. If the game gets ugly, we have endless activities to distract you from your heartache. On the other hand, in the unlikely event that the Bison pull off an upset, we’ve got a deal for you!

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The Wager 
Book any cabin or vacation home for 2 nights or more from 9-16-2016 to 9-23-2016 and receive 1 night FREE if the NDSU Bison beat the Iowa Hawkeyes (in football) on 9/17/16. Offer can’t be combined with other offers. Reservations required and subject to availability. Discount available at time of booking only. Not valid on existing reservations. Standard resort deposit and cancellation policies apply. Other restrictions may apply.

Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 7, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-Yellow-rumped Warbler5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We are starting to see the end of the nesting season for many species now. Young birds are being brought to the feeders for training in the art of getting free dinners. BALTIMORE ORIOLES ,  ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS  andCOMMON GRACKLES   have both brought their young of the year to our feeder. I suspect that is also true of the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS .

Here in Pennington County, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER  has returned to the feeders after an absence of several weeks. On July 6, I heard a BARRED OWL  calling in the night. CEDAR WAXWINGS have also returned to the yard.

Sandy Aubol saw two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS  on the Polk County Side of the Red River greenway on July 6. In the campground she saw RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, INDIGO BUNTING, and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Dave Lambeth reported six TURKEY VULTURES circling over the greenway on July 1, and also a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.

In Clay County, Patrick Beauzay found two BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS  at Buffalo River SP on July 1. From the parking area by the swimming/picnic area, proceed south along the trail, cross the bridge and bear left up the slope along the trail. They were active in some bur oaks near the first clearing on the north side of the trail.

From Otter Tail County, Bill and Nancy Henke found a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER  along CR 78 between CR 126 and CR 38 on July 2.

John Ellis reported about 40 LEAST SANDPIPERS and some SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS  at the Osakis WTP in Douglas County on July 3.

Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [email protected] OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, July 14, 2016.

 

Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 23, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

True summer weather seems to have arrived, and with it the frequent rains, and the flowers. North of Thief River Falls, there are many areas that are too wet now, but that has helped some species of birds. Notably, a breeding bird survey that I did in Roseau County starting at Badger, and going east and south from there, I found LE CONTE’S SPARROWS singing at 10 of the 50 stops yesterday. SEDGE WRENS were also numerous in contrast to last year when it was quite dry.

In Beltrami County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found a DICKCISSEL along MN 72 just north of Blackduck. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was also found in Beltrami County, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER was observed at the Big Bog north of Waskish.Indigo_Bunting

In Southeastern Clearwater County, Ron and Herb found 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS on the east side of Clearline Road, which is the Beltrami County line, south of CR 29. Other species seen in the county included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and GREEN HERON.

At the very end of my breeding bird route, I heard the unmistakable song of a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on 170 Ave NW a mile south of the Roseau County line in Como township of Marshall County.

Sandy Aubol reported that EARED GREBES are again building nests at the East Grand Forks WTP in Polk County. She saw about 300 EARED GREBES, along with RED-NECKED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, and an assortment of duck species. BOBOLINKS and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were also there. Five DICKCISSELS were found north of the edge of East Grand Forks, and 5 more were northwest of the WTP. Russ Wilbur found a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the East Grand Forks campground on June 23.

A black-billed cuckoo was found by Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann in Hubbard County on June 21.

The BAIRD’S SPARROW is still in Douglas County at the original location 1.5 miles west of CR 6 on Ost Road NW as reported by Drew Smith on June 19.

Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [email protected] OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 6, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

This has been the first real spring week in the northwest, and the birds are responding. With today’s southwest winds, more migrants can be expected tomorrow. Woodland flowers are starting to appear and leaves are popping out.

A CHIPPING SPARROW  was reported by Judith Clayton in Alexandria, Douglas County on April 30.

A DICKCISSEL  was seen by Linda Slagter at Manston WMA in Wilkin County on May 3.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD  was observed by Jason Swelstad in Otter Tail County on April 28.

From Becker County, Steve Midthune reported that the warblers are starting to appear at Tamarac NWR. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER  have all been seen at Tamarac NWR. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS  are dancing at Hamden Slough. Sandy Aubol also saw a PINE WARBLER  at Tamarac NWR on May 3.

In Clay County, Tony Lao reported an UPLAND SANDPIPER  at Bluestem Prairie on April 30. On April 29, Sandy Aubol and I found a NORTHERN PARULA and two WINTER WRENS  at Buffalo River SP. Sandy also found a pair of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES  at Felton Prairie on May 3.

In Polk County, John Richardson found SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER  at the Crookston WTP on April 30. Sandy Aubol reported LINCOLN’S SPARROW  in her yard at East Grand Forks on May 2. LE CONTE’S SPARROW  was seen on May 3 at Pancratz Prairie, and an UPLAND SANDPIPER  at Timpanuchus Prairie. Bruce Flaig reported the first BALTIMORE ORIOLE  in the southern part of the county on May 5. A SEDGE WREN was found by Sandy Aubol on the Red Lake River Greenway on May 6.

Here in the yard in Pennington County, today, May 6, I saw a pair of COMMON RAVENS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.

Nancy Wasik in Beltrami County reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and PINE SISKIN  this week.

Thanks to those who sent in their sightings this week.Northern_Cardinal_male_(Winter)

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [email protected] OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, May 13, 2016

Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 28, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

It has been a cold, drizzly week in the far northwestern part on Minnesota, and even wetter further south. Finally, it seems to have turned, and tonight the sun is shining brightly in Pennington County. Since most of the winds have been from the north or northwest, not much has happened with migration this week. The wind has dropped a bit tonight, so maybe tomorrow the influx of new species will resume. So far in most of the northwest, all the common ducks have been reported; both swans, bald eagles, northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, double-crested cormorants, most of the grebe species, all the usual woodpeckers, merlins, dark-eyed junco, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, brown-headed cowbirds, and  purple finch  are being seen in most counties.

Beth Siverhus reported COMMON LOON,  BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, OSPREY, TURKEY VULTURE,  and SANDHILL CRANE  from Lake of the Woods Counloonty this week.

In Roseau County, she had a long list of species. Highlights included SHORT-EARED OWL, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE, WILSON’S SNIPE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, HORNED GREBES, RED-NECKED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,  BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, PALM WARBLER,  YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and PINE SISKIN.

In Beltrami County, Beth reported a GREAT GRAY OWL  north of Kelliher at mile marker 27 on April 24. Other species seen in the county included both TRUMPETER SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS at the Kelliher rice paddies. Nancy Wasik in Eckles township west of Bemidji reported NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE SISKIN, and PURPLE FINCH  among others.

Here in Pennington County, migration has been slow this week, but tonight I had a COOPER’S HAWK  in the yard, and a COMMON LOON  in the Red Lake River.

In Polk County, Leon Thoreson observed a SNOWY OWL  six miles east of Climax on April 24. Other species he mentioned included 100 LAPLAND LONGSPURS,  and two SNOW BUNTINGS. Sandy Aubol reported WESTERN GREBES, HORNED GREBES, and BONAPARTE’S GULLS  at the East Grand Forks WTP on April 27. On April 23, she found an AMERICAN AVOCET  at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment. While in a prairie- chicken blind at Glacial Ridge,  Sandy Aubol, David Harrington and I saw and heard GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS,  NORTHERN HARRIERS, WILSON’S SNIPES, MARBLED GODWITS, and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK  on April 23.

Alice Martin in Otter Tail County reported BUFFLEHEAD, FRANKLIN’S GULL, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE SISKIN,  PURPLE FINCH, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH  today.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Beth Siverhus, Leon Thoreson, Nancy Wasik, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [email protected] OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, May 5, 2016.