Get Learning!


Spring is here and that means summer isn’t far behind. What plans do you have for your children this year when the last school bell has rung? It can be a challenge to keep little minds simulated and active hands from getting into mischief. I just might have a solution for you! GET LEARNING, the community education program for the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative, offers a wide range of programs and classes throughout Itasca County to keep your children busy. And, if you have some free time on your hands, they have adult classes as well. While their spring catalog is coming to an end, there are still plenty of activities to participate in while awaiting the summer catalog which will be out shortly. You can see the current catalog here.

Here’s a short listing of upcoming classes for the kids:

Kids in the Garden: May 1st from 5:30 - 6:50 pm
Sculpture for Kids: Wednesday, May 1st - May 29th 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Canvas with my kids: May 9th, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
College for Kids: June 10th - 14th (see catalog for details)

Adults classes are held all over Itasca County so you can certainly find something that peaks your interest near your home. Here’s a short list of upcoming adults classes:

Basket Weaving (Bicycle basket) May 13th 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Birch bark Bread Basket: May 13th & 14th 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Pallet Painting Class: May 21st 5:00 - 8:00 pm

We are never short of fun activities in the Grand Rapids and surrounding area. Plan to enjoy some of the wonderful classes offered!

Let The Show Begin!

The team at Edge of the Wilderness Realty loves living in Grand Rapids and surrounding area of Itasca County. Wonderful lakes, miles of trails, and the beauty of nature. But did you know we also have booming Arts & Theater opportunities? That’s right, the Twin Cities has nothing on us. No need to drive for hours to see a play or heard some awesome music. There is plenty of that right here in Itasca County.

The Edge Center for the Arts, Bigfork, MN: This amazing center plays host to art exhibitions, touring shows, locally produced shows, and classic films. Located about 38 miles North of Grand Rapids, the Edge Center is a great play to come. The 2019 season is set to bring us a wide variety of exciting events. Visit their website for a full schedule.

The Reif Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids: The Reif Center offers live music, theater, dance, and an art gallery. Each year they host more than 50 national and international performances. It is also home to the Reif Dance program where children 4 years old through adults can learn a wide variety of dance including ballet, jazz, and tap. Their calendar is loaded with events. Visit their website for a full schedule:

MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids: The MacRostie Center host art exhibits, has a wide variety of classes and a shop that features local and regional artist. There is something for everyone at the MacRostie. For adults learn to make a Birch Bark Mat, Paint, work with clay, and jewelry making, just to name a few. For youth there are classes in 3-D printing, watercolors, sculpture, and more. Visit their website to see everything that is offered. You are sure to find something that interest you.

As you can tell, there is so much to do in Itasca County. Why not come and join us?

My Top 6 Homes $250,000 and Under!

If you’re looking for a new home in the Grand Rapids, MN area, I’ve found six great homes at $250,000 and under.  Some on water, others close to town.  Take a look at these awesome homes and then give me a call for more information.

River Road in Grand Rapids:  This lovely home sits on almost 4 acres and is just minutes from Grand Rapids.  It was built in 2009 and is hard to find one level living.  It has an attached heated and insulated garage, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and wider hallways and doors so its handicap accessible.  Beautiful gardens and landscaping right out the dinning room patio doors.  Listed for $174,900

In Town Vintage:  This is a unique opportunity to own a stunning well maintained home.  Loaded with options with over 3000 square feet on 2 floors and a large open basement.  Plus guest quarters attached to the 2-stall garage.  Oak columns, pocket doors, built-in china cabinet, crown molding, over-sized baseboards, and window trim.  Live in grand style right in town.  Listed for $184,900

Historical District Home:  This beautiful home is situated on a corner lot beneath sprawling shade trees.  Enjoy the warm patina of the original maple floors, formal dinning room, and breakfast nook, sunroom, two fireplaces, and numerous updates.  If you’re tired of cookie-cutter houses, the architectural features of this lovingly cared-for 3 BR is just what you are looking for.  Listed at $229,900

Golf Anyone?:  This immaculate home is so inviting with details like diamond willow railings, vaulted ceilings, and natural wood trim.  Main floor living with all fate extra space of a finished lower level.  Relax on the patio overlooking the 16th & 17th greens.  Attached 2-car garage, beautiful landscaping all around the home, plus a cart path to the course.  Listed for $236,900

Pokegama Year Round:  Easy living is what this affordable Pokegama Lake home has to offer. 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, and tons of storage.  This year round home is minutes from town, several parks, walking trails, and shopping.  The gorgeous views of the lake will take your breath away in every season.  Listed at $248,000

Sand Lake Home:  This year round home on the water’s edge of Sand Lake.  Three acres of land with 306’ of sand shoreline boost wonderful lakes views.  This property is very private with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.  There is a detached 2-stall garage and a 30 x 40 insulated shop plumbed for in-floor heat and a bathroom.  Listed at $250,000

If you don’t see what you’re looking for in Big Fork, Marcell, Deer River, or Grand Rapids in my top 6 list, give me a call.  I have more properties.  We’ll find something that works for you

Get Ready for Water Adventure In Grand Rapids, MN


One of the things I love about Grand Rapids is the great opportunities for fun outdoor activities basically year-round. We’ve really enjoyed our skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hockey this winter. Now it’s time for some awesome Spring and Summer adventures.

Itasca County is loaded with great lakes. From Pokegama to Wabana, to the mighty Mississippi River, we have places for all of the great water activities you love. One local business, Paddle Hoppers, is a wonderful place to start your adventure. Paddle Hoppers offers a wide variety of choices for your water vacation. Rent paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes. You can rent right at their location and get it the water there, or rent a kayak and head to another lake for your adventure.

Don’t miss some of the exciting trips they have planned this year. How about a 3 hour Saturday River Run adventure or trips to Clubhouse, the Joyce Estates, or the Gunn Lake Chain. Be sure to register early, these adventures book up quickly. There are so many great activities.

Paddle Hoppers also sells equipment. If you looking for a new kayak, canoe, or Paddle board, stop by their shop at 17 Country Road 63 in Grand Rapids.

More of a fisherman or woman? Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods is a great place to stop, pick up your bait, and gets tips from the staff that are all die-hard fisherman/women. Located at 331 4th Ave NW in Grand Rapids, they carry all of the top brands including Simms, Rapala, Patagonia, and Shimano.

If its your first time coming to Itasca County to fish, the folks at Thousand Lakes can hook you up with a fish guide or simply point you in the right direction. From Muskie to Walleye to Panfish, they will know where they are biting. Don’t forget to say “Hi” to Bennet, the very large Chocolate Lab who is often at the store.

I’ll share some more of my favorite places in future blog post. There are so many great businesses in Grand Rapids that it’s hard to talk about all of them in a single post.

Eagle Ridge Estates: Grand Rapids Finest Building Development

One of the many things we love to do in Itasca County is get outside during the wonderful spring & summer months.  The weather is prefect, the scenery stunning, and the people you meet are awesome.  After a long, long winter, what I really want is to play a great game of golf!


Eagle Ridge Golf Course is one of the best.  This 18-hole course with views of Trout lake, wide fairways and large greens, it makes for an enjoyable round of golf for all players. After a great game, you can sit on the large deck overlooking Trout Lake and enjoy a nice lunch or beverage.   Wouldn’t it be nice to live on a golf course?  Well lucky for you, Eagle Ride Estates has some terrific lots available for sale


Eagle Ridge Estate is the closest thing to a gated community in the Northland.  With only one entrance, you’ll have the peace and quiet of living on a private estate.  Large, wooded lots with Trout Lake access, these lots surround the Eagle Ridge golf course.  This is a common interest community with a Marina and Private Boat Slips.  Think of it; building your dream home, enjoy the serenity of the community, and enjoy being so close to a great golf course..  Walk to the Marina and take your boat for a spin on the 1890 acres that make up Trout Lake.  Enjoy fishing?  Trout Lake is home to a wide variety of fish including Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye. With so much to offer, Eagle Ridge Estates is sure to be one of most popular exclusive communities in the Grand Rapids Area.   


Lots start at just $25,000.  Give me a call if you’d like to explore all Eagle Ridge Estates has to offer. 

Sellers: This will most likely happen

Listing your home for sale in Itasca County, MN this year?  Your Realtor has probably talked to you about listing contracts, inspections, staging your home, and all of the normal Realtor stuff.  But, did he or she tell you what to expect once your home is live on the MLS and all over the Internet?  At Edge of the Wilderness Lakes & Homes Realty, we want to ensure you know what’s likely to happen before it does.  Communication is key! As Noble prize winner George Bernard Shaw said “the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. At Edge of the Wilderness, we love communicating with our clients. That is why we want you to  know ahead of time what might happen so you can prepare.  Here’s a quick list of what to expect:


  • Expect lowball offers; at least it is a starting point
  • Other Agents will miss showing appointments and not call
  • Some showings will last 5 minutes and others will last 2 hours
  • Showing appointments will be made and cancelled at the last minute
  • There will be a day when I call you and say someone wants to see your house and you will ask me “when” and I will say “pull back the curtains, they are sitting in your driveway”
  • I will call you 3 minutes before your scheduled showing and cancel.  
  • Other Agents are going to knock on your door or even drive by and see you in the yard and ask if they can see your house.  (If this happens, call me!!)
  • You may not get feedback from every showing.
  • Some buyers will ask for everything including your dock, lawnmower, and even great grandma’s kitchen hutch.
  • The closing date on your contract will most likely change; it is a guesstimate and subject to many variables
  • You will most likely be asked to have your septic system inspected AND it may not pass
  • Buyers might walk away after the septic inspection, home inspection, or because of financing difficulties.  


Your Edge of the Wilderness Lakes & Homes Realtor will work hard to lessen the stress associated with selling your property; we are here to help and get your home sold.