Holidays in Minong, WI


This is the first day that I can post from Minong, WI. I arrived on December 18th. There are two Wi-Fi sites in town. One is at The Scoop which was closing down for the winter. Oh oh! Next I tred Stony’s Hotel restaurant and still no connection.

I drove down to Shell Lake which is a 60 mile commute to test the Wi-Fi at my residence. It was supposed to be up and running because Centurytel was supposed to fix it. All I saw was a broken frame that had broken next to the computer. This was a Chinese silk painting. Oh well, easy come – easy go. The Wi-Fi is still not working.

Returned to Minong and tried again at Stony’s but no go. Then I drove to Hayward a 40 mile round trip. The laptop worked perfectly from the Hayward Library. What gives?

When I returned to Minong, I stopped back at Stony’s but still no access. I hopped back in the car drove past CenturyLinks office. The lights were on. Hurray! I turned the car around and parked outside their office.

I knocked on the combination locked door. Someone answered the door and let me speak to the techie who really didn’t want to be there. He only had a few minutes before they were locking the door up for the holiday. Don took a look at the computer and showed me how I needed to check for new Wi-Fi sites that were available. I HAD BEEN LOOKING AT LOCAL AREA NETWORKS PAGE instead of looking at the green or background bar at the bottom. I told Don that when he returned home he must tell this family that he was Santa’s Helper and how he helped a poor women in distress because she couldn’t get her laptop connected to the Internet.

Folks this is important to me. I am writing the text for a coloring book this winter. I need access to my computers. I plan to Blog the text so at least I will be able to paste and cut later when I return to Shell Lake. From there I should be able to paste and cut to Word Doc and print off. Minong is a little Village of 521 souls. We are in  remote location in Northwest Wisconsin and we are buried under snow. Yesterday the radio said that 12 inches of snow fell.

I am typing this on a notebook and it doesn’t work as nicely as a full size keyboard so it may be a bit rustic. I am thrilled because I have Wi-Fi access now from my little Redwood Retreat in the Great No North Woods. Being able to connect with no cost to me is a gift. I will be able to add photos after I am back in Shell Lake and have full technology acccess. Working from Minong is like working on the road. Gas for the vehicle is now $3.09 a gallon.  Commuting is not a sustainable solution in Northwest Wisconsin. 

Be well insectamonarca friends whereever you are.

Happy Holiday from the far reaches of Mother Earth.

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2 Comments

  1. Jo said,

    December 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I was tracking Santa’s whereabouts on the http://www.noradsanta.org site this morning and he was in Australia. I believe he must have been google tracking the snowy trails in Shell Lake, Minong and Hayward and sent his helper in a flash to help with the Wi-Fi connection. Love, Jo

    • December 25, 2010 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Jo, Loved the Christmas and santa reply. You can bet the forces that make all things possible were in Santa’s sled when he came to Minong, WI. Happy Christmas Day!


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