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Another beautiful day here at Lake Iwanttobethere Sunny and calm. A lot of the doors on the shanties are standing open letting the sunshine pour in and removing some interesting odors from over the winter. With the days growing longer and the sun growing stronger things are starting to perk up around Lake Iwanttobethere. A few people have open their cabins up and are starting to spend time cleaning and what not. Going to be an early Spring here I think. That cold snap has never really come and we are in the middle of January. Only a month away from the boat show and that is a sure sign of Spring. I heard a true love story the other day. Seems Ino was running low on beer and sent his lovely wife Lena up to the store to pick up a few 6-packs. When she got there she had to charge them as Ino had given her no money. When she got back to the shack she asked Ino why he had forgotten to give her money, he replied he was not sure how thick the ice was when he sent her.. I see the H-n-R has open a shack up down by the town hall. Tax time is here. Well the town is as big as it gets right now. We have 4 streets wide and that does not include fast food lane. Bowling alley has been doing a brisk business as well as the Doughnut shop. Bait has been decent all winter long and the mobile depth/flasher repair guy, Sparks has been making his rounds. Even Hammering Hank has had time to wet a line. This nice evening temps have been a pleasant surprise. Barnstorming Bob has been busy most of the winter making new topo maps. He goes from lake to lake with his flasher and sounds the depths, then he sprays paints the numbers on the ice and connects the marks. Later he flys over with his crop dusting plane and takes photos. He says they are the most up to date maps you can get! Well I see smoke coming out of the shanty so it must be lunch time. Have a good weekend and remember to come visit us at Lake Iwanttobethere those maps sell fast..

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Pushing 40 here at Lake Iwanttobethere I just came back from taking a stroll around town here and I saw that the Jones Twins were out sunbathing by their dads shanty, I also noticed that a lot of traffic was coming off main street and heading that way..Funny how the just to glimpse some skin in January will make a guy to take a chance of getting questioned by his wife. Business is slow for them in the winter as they are the owners of the Do Me Inn and if anyone comes here to vacation they are out on the ice. Nothing really happening here just a nice winter day, Warmest January on recorded I hear. You don't hear me complaining, Fuel oil guy was just here and other then the price the fill was not very big. Looks like there will be some money for new tackle after all this Spring. After a couple of nights making ice the lake is quiet today, no slush but after a few days of 40's it will be back. I know there is a town meeting coming up soon and I think the town maybe coming off the ice soon. It will be good to see open water and get into some real fishing..Well I just came in to find the sun tan lotion I think I might be able to borrow the Jones twins some smirk.gif

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Just got back from my very first vistit to this unbelievable lake. Even before I started fishing it was great! When I went to use the well lighted and plowed access, they gave ME $10!! To many fish to list and my arms are pretty tired. Want to send a thanks out to BeerNBabes Pizza Pub for sending out some hot chow and cold brew. Now thats service!! Cant wait to go back.

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Well I know it has been awhile since I last posted but there has been a lot going on here at Lake Iwanttobethere. It seems we have an answer to as why it has been so slow around here and we have not seen our usual bunch of tourist and ice fishermen. About a week ago I was out on my snow machine and the throttle stuck in the open position. Well since it was a test ride and I was looking to check on my gas mileage I just hung on for the ride. It seems like hours that I was just going around in a circle then I hit a ice ridge and headed straight out from town. I went around Pine Point and to my surprise there was another ice town there. I ran out of gas just as I entered there main street and as I coasted to a stop I was greeted by gal from Hooters who said she was just getting of work and wanted to know If I wanted to buy her a cup of Joe at Starbucks! Well me being in a daze but not so far out of it that I wanted a cup of Joe and this was a Hooters girl followed her to Starbucks. I was pretty cold after my long ride on the ice and was getting kind of stiff. The sun was going down as we walked pass a Mcdonalds and a Wendy's there was Hardees and an Arby's to and that was just on the way to Starbucks. I asked the Hooters gal, her name was Wendy how long she had been there and she said since first ice. Seems she grew up here and has been coming back for winters for years. She asked me where I was from and I pointed off in the direction I think where my shanty was. We went out the back door of Starbucks to cross the alley and come into a Disco bar that was nothing less then a inferno of lights and babes. I stumbled out the door to take a rest in a snow bank. As far as I could see was new snow machines and them pull behind ice houses and a string of lights coming and going towards the interstate and the casino. My head was reeling as I realized that there was a whole new world out there just a tank of gas away from my shanty. I heard my name shouted out as a sled went by with John McFirty on it. He stop and we chatted, I thought you were dead I said to John he said of course not I found this ice town 4 years ago and I just never make it back to Lake Iwanttobethere even though I am pretty sure we are on the same water. If you like he says and are not in a hurry the evening walleye bite is about to start and if we set up we can get a few before those pesky 6 and 7 pounders start hitting all the time. Well I said goodbye to Wendy and climbed up on the sled. As we are racing across the ice I am posting this from his on board puter. What can I say, it's ice fishing time. I just don't know when this post will find it's way out.

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We were notified in the Rochester forum that Tom "FOOT" Miller died this past weekend of a heart attack. He was 59 years old. Clearly he was having a great time with this thread, so I thought it an appropriate place to let everyone know.

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A said weekend here at Lake Iwanttobethere, after hearing of the death of Tom "foot" Miller. I enjoyed writing and adding to Tom's post here on Lake Iwanttobethere. Even though I never met Tom I was shocked to hear of his passing. I can only hope that Tom found his Lake Iwanttobethere.

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i am with ya there bobby. i to enjoyed all the good things he and you have written about this fabulous lake. you can bet that foot will forever be present on lake iwanttobethere. for all we know it may be the reason that he bought that lil cabin there. his consience was tellin him to reserve his place there. i do hope the reports from the lake still come in. and you will know that tom is there, as you watch the v of water gentle glide across the pond as he trolls, for another biggie, in his boat. may God be his guide now. and may all his catches be tropheys. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. for their strength through this hard time. ....... paul

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Just came back from the Town Hall meeting, was not really much of a meeting as meetings go. More of a time to reflect on one of our own who has passed away. Even though FOOT has only been a member of our town for a few months he has left his mark on a number of people here who call Lake Iwanttobethere a home. His wit and charm will be missed and his way with words will be left here for others to read. A few of his ideas were brought up at the meeting and a committee was form as to the thought of since we shoot shanties out on to the lake why we can't shoot shanties back off the ice? A motion was passed in over looking the improvements that Foot made to his cabin and the shanty that he has out on the ice. I will remove the shanty and put it up at his cabin unless one of his friends that helped him launch it returns to move it for him. I know Foot said he found a honey hole just around the bend but I could not get exactly where he was talking about. I think he is there now. Well Houses are starting to come off the lake and everyday brings some more sunshine here at Lake Iwanttobethere. A few months and we will have open water, Buds on the trees and that Spring air will be flowing down from the woods and across the beaches. I was out on Saturday and cleaned some snow off the bench on the hanging dock. Had myself a nice cigar and just rocked for awhile. Losing Foot makes ya do that. So I think Foot said it best, don't pass up any time to spend with your kids and grand kids. Take time to enjoy life, work will always be there. From Lake Iwanttobethere have a good day..

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Well what can I say, It's snowing out here at Lake Iwanttobethere. Nothing heavy just that lite angel fluff stuff, makes it hard to see across the lake at all. Then when you add the smoke from the shanties it's a low ceiling day for sure. Hammering Hank has been making his rounds this morning already, has been making a killing on aluminum cans as everyone is cleaning out their shanties. Houses are starting to move off the ice and the landing is the place to be here at Lake Iwanttobethere. Mandy and Brandy are helping out getting houses off the ice, Actually they are more of a distraction as they are both wearing some revealing bibs that are a tad to small. But hauling houses is a hard job for old guys like us and sometimes we need motivation. The last snow we got has made it just about perfect for the ATV's to haul houses down the access roads to the cabins. Kind of a carnival going on as the Town Hall was the first to come up the landing and that replacement tire we bought this winter with the help of Foot has gone flat again. So it is the center of attention as several of the membership are working over a bottle and trying to decide what should be done. As for me I'm just sitting and watching, you can learn a lot by just sitting and watching. Maybe that's what we do when we get older we sit and we watch and we nod cuz we have been there and done that. Or we know someone who has. Guess that is why we can show the young ones how to do things right cuz we learned by doing it wrong already! Kind of like you are young and it takes you forever to ask a girl out, then you find out the worst thing they can say is no and if you are lucky it might be the best thing for some of them. Then when you find out it is no big deal to ask them you find that you are married and some one else has decided that you will not be talking to the ladies. Of course you find this out when you are old but if you were young and knew this then you would have the problem solved. But then again that is more then likely why I am sitting here smoking a cigar and watching the houses come off the ice. A good time to solve the worlds problems. Of course some of my better ideas come when I am sitting for hours in a deer stand but then by the time I get down and back to the shack I have forgotten the questions to the answers that I found.. Hmmmm O well have a good day and be safe on the ice.

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Well sitting on the dock this morning and things are pretty quiet. A few inches of snow fell over night and everything is covered and clean looking. There is no trace of what was Lake Iwanttobethere winter's town. Shanties are all up and off the lake and some fine tuning is already being done by the diehards who can't wait for next years ice. Now we settle in for the wait for open water fishing, but there is always something going on here. As soon as that first 50 degree days comes the paint cans will be out and the local business owners will be touching up. Can't wait till season starts for that, just no time. High school graduation will be here in a few months also and then the kids will have one last summer here at Lake Iwanttobethere before they have to go off into the world. It will be there last real summer off for a long time. Something special about a new snowfall, everything is so clean again, not like in the city where even the thought of snow brings out the trucks to spread their stuff on the streets, don't take long and all the streets are just dirty trails connecting each other. Not like here where you can go out at noon and take a walk in the sunshine and look at tracks and only see nature and your own foot prints behind you. Guess that is one of the many reasons why I live here year round. Well I am going to relax for a while longer here before I have to brush the snow off the wood pile and bring in a few sticks for tonight. Going to have fish for supper tonight and I have started to go through the tackle boxes and see what is needed. Yesterday I oiled and cleaned all the guns, Can't forget to keep up with that stuff. Have a good day, Spring is only a few snowfalls away..

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Great looking day here at Lake Iwannabethere sun is out and water is dripping off the eves. Just finished reading the morning paper I see most of the tracks on the lake have already melted as the paper is now being delivered by snowshoe. I think the paperboy is looking forward to open water to. Did have to take a break and find out what my lab Lady was barking at. She was way out by the road barking up a storm at RDJ-457 He had a flat tire and was just getting his car down from the jack when Lady spotted him. RDJ-457 well his name used to be Paul but he could not get one of them personalized license plates so he changed his name.. Anyway I see high school hockey playoffs are in full swing another sign of Spring. I know having the sun up longer everyday is a good sign. One of the locals had to go to the hospital this morning, seems he was welding on his four wheeler yesterday afternoon and he was wearing his welding mask but the light bounced off the new snow and got in around his mask. Woke up this morning and could not see. Called out to his wife and used his special name to cover all girlfriends as he was not sure, glad she still answers to Honey. Just another thing that you have to watch out when you are young and try to fix stuff yourself. I am not as bad as Mr. Green and duct tape everything together. I just let someone else fix it. But I'll tell ya what does work good is that new clear duct tape I put some of that on a broken lense cover and it works great. Frank the plow driver was by yesterday also. He is starting to push mud around as the dirt roads are melting in the sunshine, We had a talk and he told me that he is close to deciding on which road he is going to screw around with this Spring. Things are kind of slow with no snow so he will pick a road and just keep grading it all day long, Says he enjoys watching the high schoolers bottoming out and some of the hand waving he sees can be interesting at times. He used to put warning barrels out but they kept getting stolen to be used as bobbers here on Lake Iwanttobethere. I see as a tribute to FOOT the entire flock of pink flamingos has been moved to his front yard, they sure do stick out against the snow. Well I see Mark the mailman is heading this way, I might as well meet him halfway, looks like the slush is getting a tad deep out there. Have a good one

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Just got home from breakfast down at the Dew Drop Inn they have that morning special that I like to have at least twice a week. Back when I was young I would stop there after a night out with the boys and enjoy an early breakfast, now that I am a tad older I stop and have a breakfast there when I know I will not be cooking for the rest of the day. They still make breakfast the way it was meant to be made down there. This morning I had a platter of ham covered with American fries, two eggs and two pieces of toast with jelly and a coffee cup that never got empty, all that for just 1.99 And they still do it the old way, hand peeled taters, local eggs and MN ham... Yup, no need for lunch today... Of course a big reason to head to the Dew Drop is the conversation before and after your meal, A lot of talk of Kirby Pucket a local favorite around here. Many an afternoon has been spent with the sounds of summer baseball and Kirbbbbyyyyy Puckettttttt's name echoing across Lake Iwanttobethere. Kirby spent a few days here from time to time. Not a great fishermen but he sure made everyone around him lite up. There are very few people around who can do that. Sure wish we had more that could. Makes you think of what you could be doing different to help make others people days brighter. Every notice how that kind of rubs off, like that commercial on TV where someone opens the door for someone and it starts a chain reaction of good deeds.... Well it can stop snowing anytime now, this getting a few inches everyday is enough, it's just going to melt anyway, will be water in the swamps this spring it looks like which means some warm water run off to start fishing with. I have my eye on a few back bays that should be hot with some decent spring weather. I had some time to kill the other day so I was at Gander Mountain. Checking out lures and making a mental list of what I need. The way I see it I just treat GM as my big tackle box, As long as I know what is there it will be there when I need it. This way I don't have to keep it all here where it would just get in the way of all the stuff I already have. So the first week of March is out of the way, will be rotating the reading material out in the out house soon, time to take the ice fishing stuff out and refresh myself on Spring tactics. Another nice thing about the days getting longer is that you can read a little longer to!

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Gee more snow here at Lake Iwanttobethere been a crazy winter but it seems all winters are crazy when you are headed toward Spring. Sitting here looking out over Lake Iwanttobethere it is pretty quiet, about 6 inches of wet heavy snow cover everything is sight and the trees are hanging a tad low. Wind has started to kick up and that is making it hard to see much farther then the end of the dock. Lady my Lab was out running with my other Lab Sadie for awhile there. The old girls look like kids playing in the snow. Now they are resting here in the den both of them just on their sides with one eye open to make sure they are not missing anything. Desk is covered here in catalogs, just looking at what is needed to keep the tackle boxes full. Also peeking at a few new lures and wondering what I should pick up. So many colors to choose from and you know you have to buy at least two of each new one in case it is a good one and you lose it you got to have a back up. I really should go out and plow but it is the middle of March and odds are it will melt tomorrow so I think I'll just sit here and browse catalogs. Should make a do list but that sounds to much like work to. I know there are always things to do but like my old friend Capt. Swanson would say " work will always be there, let's go fishin". I used to think that a man should never have to go to work till he was 50 or so. Then after he hits 50 then he can work to support the young fellers who are out fishin and hunting and snowmobiling and racing and all those things that a healthy young body should be doing. But now that I am over 50 I think it is a better idea that I should be doing the fishing and a hunting in a relaxed orderly way. No rush I'll get to it one of these days. So me and the girls will sit here gazing out the window and watch the snow fall and the wind make it swirl. Their tracks are already covered and I have enough wood by the door that I don't need to go out. So from the shores of Lake Iwanttobethere have a nice day and be patient Spring, is coming..

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Bobby, hi neighbor. I've enjoyedreading your posts, especially your back and forths with FOOT. Sorta reads like a Pat Mcmannus book.I could really relate to FOOTS' situation, having lived down in southern Mn. until moving north about 5 yrs ago. Weekdays down there were spent working and dreaming of Lake Iwanttobethere. At least every other friday, we'd pack the truck, load the boys in the backseat and head north. 5 hours of white knuckle, teeth gnashing driving later, the wife and I weren't on speaking terms and the boys were in a duffle bag bunjied to the back bumper. Had to balance "family time" with fishing for a day and a half then join the caravan back south.No more.

I don't actually live on Lake Iwanttobethere but I can get there and have my boat launched in about a half hour. I live in a log house in the woods about a couple blocks from the public access of Loon [PoorWordUsage] lake.You know the one I'm talking about?....Quiet little clear lake with lily pads around 3/4 of the shorline, loaded with hungry retarded bass.On any given nightyou're likely to be the only person fishing the lake...'cept for that old couple fishing sunnies off their pontoon and that kid pitching a daredevil off the dock.

Things are sure different up here, or maybe I've changed...who knows? My job isn't quite as prestegious as the one I had down south...paycheck is about 1/3 smaller too. The toys on my toy list seem to take longer to get bought, but the ones in my shed get used alot more.If the weather is really crappy, I just read a book or take a nap and rest up for fishing tommorrow.I continue to learn and pick up things from my friends and neighbors. I've learned that the word tourist is actually pronounced t'rist...kinda like George Bush says terrorist.The word also always requires an adjective preceeding it. I'd give an example, but forum policy dictates that I do not.

Well Bobby, keep the reports coming as Ihave already read all of Mcmannus' books several times.I'll be up on Lake Iwanttobethere for walleye opener......wave when you see the ugliest 19' blue boat on the water!!!

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Welcome to Lake Iwanttobethere Peatmoss always glad to hear from someone in the area. With the loss of Foot this thread is starting to sound like a blog which was never it's intent. Was to be more of a never ending story about Lake Iwanttobethere I just got back from the car wash down at four Conners, decided it was time to wash the brown Jeep, that is until I washed if off and found out I had been driving the White Jeep. The four corners car wash has added a seniors door, didn't know what it was till I used it today. Seems instead of a minute the door stays open two minutes, now you actually have time to get out and open the car wash door and get back to the Jeep without rushing. I agree with you on several points you bring up things are at a different pace here at Lake Iwanttobethere or maybe it's just us. I brought the labs to the Vet the other day and it might be an attitude. The girls strolled in like they own the place, did a walk around, ignored a poodle and a frisky puppy to return and lay on my feet. Both of them with one eye open and the other closed. I don't know if they are to lazy to keep them both open or not tired enough to close them both. After there check up and clean bill of health it was back to the jeep to get there reward, a cheeseburger from the Dew Drop Inn then home for a nap. That time of year when the ice is getting soft but still lots of snow on the ground. Everyday seems to bring a new fishing catalog or a seed catalog. Honey do list gets added to but nothing is getting scratched off. Good time to just stand and look out over the lake and take it easy. Like you say it will all still be here tomorrow. I'll be looking for you on opener. Just make sure that when you wave you use all of your fingers !! From Lake Iwanttobethere Morning

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Just where is Lake Iwantobethere, I have been asked that question a few times and it is hard for me to answer as I have been here for so long and have lost track of time. Lake Iwanttobethere was on the open water thread but after a few months it was moved to the outdoor discussion. But like any good lake it was found by those who looked for it. Lake Iwanttobethere is a rather large lake with many bays and islands, I don't think that there is anyway that you can see all of it at any one time. It seems that when ever you go around an island there is another part of the lake that you have never seen before. If you are at work right now reading this I am sure you can tip back in your chair and close your eyes and you will remember seeing part of Lake Iwanttobethere in your mind. Just think of that special little place you like to go to and I bet it is a part of Lake Iwanttobethere. Whether you were jigging up Walleyes or watching your kid pluck a sunny from that brush pile or you were emptying your waders after walking that stream down to the lake. Watching the sunset over a campfire or picking ash from your morning eggs. You have been to Lake Iwanttobethere. Stories are everywhere here, some of the best memories were found here and if you fish at all you have been here and want to come back. Lake Iwanttobehere is populated with just normal folk, they may seem a tad strange but after you get to know them they become family. Everyone has a Hammering Hank or wish they had Mandy and Brandy as cousins. Everyone has an Uncle Gus and everyone remembers that little town that if you blink you miss it. That old cabin that you rented for a week, your parents called it "rustic" Having to use an outhouse for the very first time. Running water meant going down and getting water from the well and running it back. Buying minnows from the bait shop and no one counted them they just asked if you wanted one scoop or two. Yup that's Lake Iwanttobethere come on over and add a story you can sit here under the big twin Pines and share with Foot and I we ain't going anywhere, still days till fishin opener..

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I just want to say that I have enjoyed all of the Lake Iwanttobethere stories! Thanks for writing them and remembering Foot in your writings.

Thanks Bobby Bass!

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Rolled outa bed about noon today. Lest you think I'm overly lazy, I should mention that I have been working 12 hr nightshifts the last 4 nights. After a nice long hot shower and a good bump of caffeine I decided I'd better check out the work I have to do on my 5 days off. I seem to spend a fair amount of time checking out work. Checking out work is very important. One cannot just get up and start working without first checking out the task at hand.Things I check for are what tools will I need, what assistance can I gather and of course most importantly is there any way this work can be avoided. Seems the 2 large red oaks in my woods that died 2 summers ago still have not toppled and shattered into stove sized pieces as I was hoping they would. A friend with a bigger saw and better woods skills is coming to drop them saturday.I haven't cleaned the chimney in about a month and decide this is one task I had probably better take care of even though my fishing equipment is mostly stored in the shed.I put the ladder up against the house and get out the brushes.I decide to wait til the boys get home before heading up on the roof. Not that my boys have any real medical talents(or any other usefull talents for that matter)...I just figure it's good to have someone around to call 911 if I have a Tim Taylor moment.Back inside to check out the Cabelas catalog and work on my spring shopping list.May is coming, walleyes beware.

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Peatmoss, you know I have been to your little lake several times in my younger days as we used to ride our bikes there and skinny dip with Mandy and Brandy's mother and her sister Mindy. My dad always knew we were there by the smell he said. Perhaps there is something behind the name Loon [PoorWordUsage]? A cool but sunny day today here at Lake Iwanttobethere I took a stoll through town and saw a lot of clean windows and several stores are having there St' Patricks day sales. Green beer has been poring out the tap's since 8 this morning. I am not so sure that it is in honor of St Patty but it might be more likely that the tap's just needed to be cleaned out. I was by the rental store today to, the sign caught by eye. It said "Lent weekly specials" I asked Mr. Jocko what is a Lent weekly special and he just told me that he was getting into the spirit and he does not have many letters for his sign and it was just as easy to change R to L I guess I can see his point. I took one of the side roads on the way back home and drove by one of my favorite bays here on Lake Iwanttobethere Stump bay. She is all covered in snow and ice but it will just be a few more months and I will be able to take the Puddle Humper out and glide across her till I get hung up on a stump. I have spent many a night just twitching a topwater across and waiting for Mister Big to hit. I had Mister Big on once last year, this year I am going to nab him for sure. Me and Mister Big go back a long ways and I will have to relate our story after I calm down as I get all worked up just thinking about him. I have lost a boat, a girlfriend and two tackle boxes to him but like I said I'll have to tell ya later. So Good luck with your tree this weekend, I would send one of my boys over to help but he is a little tree shy ever since that Maple that we cut down last year. His brother convinced him to sit on top of the anchor rope. He was good till the tree twisted when it fell and a surprising amount of pressure was applied to the guide rope launcing little brother into the bramble bushes. But that to is another story that desevers time to itself. Have a good day, like we say, something is always happening here at Lake Iwanttobethere

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Another lovely day here at Lake Iwanttobethere. The town meeting was held last night on a rare Saturday night but seeing Friday was St. Patty's day there was not a lot of the town's people around to attend a meeting if it was held. One of them 3 letter TV stations had a guy here looking into a proposal of Lake Iwanttobethere having a reality TV show. He brought it up for discussion at the town meeting. We did not think that we have enough colorful characters here to merit a reality show. We do have Mandy and Mindy and sometimes their sister Candy comes to visit and they do live out on the island so I guess we could say we have a Fantasy Island. But people around here don't do stupid things for the chance to eat bugs or share a jar of peanut butter with 10 other strangers. So that discussion was tabled. We did however renewal the permit for our low wattage radio station KCUM the Wet spot on your dial as it is known by. It will be back up and running about the same time as ice out. Not a very big station as stations go but big enough to cover most of Lake Iwanttobethere and keep the locals informed of what is going on. I was a DJ there for part of one summer and that is because I had a membership to one of the record clubs and could get free lp's The station has since gone modern and now uses those small little lp's that also work great has coffee cup coasters. I see in the Duluth paper there was talk of Blue perch being caught kind of making a big splash, Gee we have been catching them for years around here, no big deal. Just yellow perch who have been out in deep, cold water to long. On a good note I am a Grandpa again!! #1 son gave me another grandson on Saturday that's 2 boys and one girl. Going to have to look seriously at some new poles for the youngsters. Nothing like an excuse to go buy fishing stuff. Well I also see readership has picked up in the past few weeks, glad to see people are still interested in what is going on here at Lake Iwanttobethere. Seems like a few more cabins are raising their curtains every weekend. Snow is melting and some signs of Spring are showing. For those of you who have not been by to visit yet but are thinking of coming up this. I will start to give you a rundown of some of the business and resorts that we have here on Lake Iwanttobethere and of course you are welcome to add to the list of any place you found here at Lake Iwanttobethere. Time for me to go out and put the new boat decals on the Puddle Humper, just came in from the DNR yesterday. Sure makes it nice to do it over the Internet instead of running into the big city. Have a good day and why don't you plan a trip to Lake Iwanttobethere this summer?

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BOBBY, please do keep us posted on the upcoming events, as i plan on attending a few more of them this year. after takeing first place in the spoon stacking contest last year, i have a strong desire to add a few more lake iwanttobethere tropheys to my collection this year. hope to be there for the opener this year. maybe i will see you on the water. ... paul

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Bobbybass thanks for keeping this going! I know Foot loves reading it as much as we all do. Time to go wet a line on Iwanttobethere again.

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Hello from Lake Iwanttobethere I thought today that I would give some information on one of the many fine small businesses that are here on the shores of Lake Iwanttobethere The founding fathers of Lake Iwanttobethere had looked towards the future when first setting up lots and roadways here. First of all there is ample shoreline here and everyone has a sandy beach and privacy. There are just tons of points which leaves you a private view of the lake. The main drag so to speak runs along the lake allowing just about all of the business here to have access to the lake and parking on the roadway which can not be seen from the lake. Lake Iwanttobethere also has two roads that run side by side, this allows the state to screw around with road construction on one while the other is open all the time for traffic! Today's business is the Dew Drop Inn, The Dew Drop is one of the oldest business's on the Lake it is pretty much in the center of town and has been rebuilt several times do to cooking fires. They have daily specials that change depending on roadkill that the state drops by. There is usually a fresh lunch special. The Inn features a full line of domestic beers and also has Hamms on Tap and Schmit. We hear often from visitors that this is a rare beer but we have kegs of it out back. The Inn is a two story ceder building with a dinning porch that looks out over the lake and the Jet Ski delivery service is available when ever the Johnson boys are home from break. The Inn has sleeping rooms but they are usually spoken for every night by locals. The Dew Drop is kind of the social hub as many decisions have been made in it's old hard wood booths and slept on under them. Foot was said to have spent some time here in disguise when he was looking for a cabin and there is mention of him on the North wall. The walls of the Inn are covered with color 8x10's and a several black and whites of celebrities who have graced the hardwood floors of the Inn. As a matter of fact there is a picture of a fishermen by the name of Northlander who was here looking for direction just the other day. He had his name on his jacket so we thought he was special. As you can imagine there are many fish and game mounts along the walls and the counter tops have endless burn marks on them. The walls were once a clean ceder but like the Inn have aged to a well worn yellow brown. The menus are wrapped in plastic and only the prices have changed over the years. For the price of a few Grain Belts you can usually find out what is biting and where. By the front door the Town Hall meeting minutes are posted as they are in several locations. There is a guest book for the Inn and they are stacked in a corner there for anyone who wants some light reading. The Inn sponsors a never ending fishing contest and the current leaders and there fish are written in chalk on the board by the big bay window that looks out over the dock. During the football season you can get your name on either the 50 cent or dollar board, that is kept behind the bar. At the center of the bar is a newly recovered leather seat with 34 on it. The puck came here a few times and when he was here he was the center of attention so that seat is for him. there has been a sticker added to the menu featuring the foot long hot dog simply renamed The FOOT not many orders for it as it comes with melted limburger cheese. So there you have it, The Dew Drop Inn, stop on in the next time you are here at Lake Iwanttobethere

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Sad to hear of the passing of FOOT. We seem to pass by the Dew Drop Inn on our travels. Not quite sure where the turn off actually is. But someday we'll drop in and sip a pint of them Red Devils that grew in the great northwest. The Dew Drop Inn sounds like a wonderful establishment. By the way, St. Urho's Day celebration just isn't complete without an ice cold Schmidty and a hot bowl of kalamojakka.

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Bobby, congrats on that grandson. It'll be a long while til I get to experience that as my boys are a good 5 yrs from any serious dating and that is only if their hygene habits improve drastically. I'm back at work now, which is kind of a good thing a I needed the rest.Big Jim came over sat morning to fall some trees for me. You probably know the guy. Big burly fella with hands wide enough to cover a dinner plate.Big Jim spent his youth out in the Pacific Northwest falling 'real trees" or so he likes to say.The man really knows what he's doing though. He can drop the trunk of a tree on a dime.I have him out to help any time I've got a tree to drop anywhere within 100 yds of anything I dont want crushed. I only wish I had known Big Jim when I first moved up here, then my kids 1 story playhouse might still be a 2 story.Just wondering about something else maybe you can clear up for me. Did Mandy and Mindys' sister Candy ever work at T's baitshop up ther about 20 miles north of town?There was a gal working there for a couple of yrs with long curly black hair and a body that made Hooters girls look like cub scouts.One day my brother and I stopped in there and she was wearing a pair of size xxx short cutoff denim shorts and red and white checkered shirt tied up about 6 inches north of her belly button. From that day forth we just refered to her as the Hee Haw girl.Is this the same gal you are talking about. I just read your post about the Dew Drop Inn. I have some memories of the place myself, but for some strange reason many are a bit foggy.I'll have to collect my thoughts and write another time.

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