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705 B Street, Minong, WI 54859

Look no further. I found this home 12 years ago in Minong, WI. Minong (means it’s a good place in Ojibwe) is also called Pleasant Valley by locals. The house was built in 1956, when materials were real. The house is redwood. The garage is cedar. I absolutely loved it.  Home to prairie, red and white pine, aspen, maple and birch. Native trees, shrubs and vines grow here. Native wildflowers grow here too. Wildlife is everywhere. From the house I have seen fox, deer, bear, coyote and wolf stroll through the back yard and field next to house. The birds are too numerous to count. Folks here like to feed them too.

If you are looking for a great get away in retirement, this could be it. Check out the listing at http://www.coldwellbanker.com/property?propertyId=270610286&mode=detail&brandType=CB

The bathroom has been remodeled to incorporate a handicap shower and gentle rain door, new hi rise toilet and sink. This room boasts a window that no one can see in. A warm color was chosen to accent the bathroom and hallway.

New bathroom

New bathroom

All the woodwork inside was done by Bob Kuehn. He is a master woodworker, artist, craftsman, and handy man. Rodney Wilcox, prepared the wood into board feet at his sawmill in Minong. It was a pleasure to work with both of them. One bedroom has been redone with all wood floors and walls. Minong experienced a blow down with winds over 100 mpg in 2011. The very trees that fell are now inside the house. I was in the house when the flash storm hit. I can tell you, this older home stood up well in the storm. I felt completely safe within.

Knotty pine bedroom with red pine walls and floor

Knotty pine bedroom with red pine walls and floor

Built in cabinets and new knotty pine accent wall and red pine plank floors.

Built in cabinets and new knotty pine accent wall and red pine plank floors.

Check out the porch on the front of the house. Someone could enjoy sitting on the front porch with its knotty pine ceiling. The view overlooks the whole south side to the hills in the distance that surround the valley.

The kitchen is a good size with lots of cabinets. Both the kitchen and pantry have new floors. The pantry is a bedroom if new owner chooses.

Bedroom used as pantry

Bedroom used as pantry

Kitchen with new floor

Kitchen with new floor

Front porch. Knotty pine ceiling. Ramp on one side and steps on the other.

Front porch. Knotty pine ceiling. Ramp on one side and steps on the other.

There are lots of gardens here with native shrubs, fruit trees and grape arbor.

Rest awhile in the wood gazebo, hand-built in 2012. I had planned to grow wild grapes up the sides.  There are vegetable gardens front and south side of house. Two outdoor water outlets on house. I used rain barrels to water the gardens.

Grape arbor gazebo

Grape arbor gazebo

The Minong Senior Center is next door. Tai chi class on Monday. Sheila is the cook and she is a great cook. No need to cook main meal if you don’t want to.

ATV and snowmobile trail within two blocks. Folks live casually out here. They love to garden, gather wild edibles and mushrooms, hunt and fish.  You can ride an ATV or snowmobile from house to trail. Minong Trails Club within a few blocks.

If you like dogs, you can let your dog off the leash 1/2 block from the house. This used to be the old industrial park nearby. It is pretty quiet there these days. There is a dirt road that your animal can go venturing on. No need to worry, there is a fence to keep your buddy close enough.

From the front of house you can see the predawn rise up over the hills.

Nowhere as beautiful in photo as in life

Nowhere as beautiful in photo as in life

Sunsets are too beautiful to describe in words. There is a magnificent rose light that touches the back yard trees and this unique light hits the pine trees across the street when the sun sets. It is absolutely the most radiant light I have ever seen. After it rains, often when the sun comes out there is a rainbow to the south-east of front of house. Who ever said there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow must have meant this home and property. It was my husband’s and my retirement home. I was left alone after my husband’s death in 2010. It really is time for me to move back to East Coast, closer to family and life long friends.

If you know of someone who is looking for that great escape, please tell them about this dreamscape. The house and 1/2 acre property deserves someone special. After all, she is filled with love and more.



  1. Tonya Cargill said,

    October 22, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Goof Luck Dear Sister…..hope you sell it soon…love..T Honey In The Heart: Grandmother Whitedeer http://www.waterblessings.org Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites Bear Clan of Medicine Creek Metis http://www.metisbearclan.com

    • October 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Dear Grandmother. I will be touch as soon as my brother-in-law (Jack) gets my computers up and going. The writers den is ready for me. It is not so much a living space as a writers den. High up in the sky (ninth floor) with sugar maple trees serenading me. The colors are peaking. Soon there will be total view of Fitchburg hills. I am adjusting well. We had a beautiful rain on Thursday. I was at my sister’s Winter HIll Farm. I was out in the woods standing under an umbrella of yellow leafed beech trees singing the Nibi Wabo water chant. Loving the connection.

  2. JoAnn said,

    October 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Thoughts have been with you all the way. I am sad at your leaving Minong and the pictures of your home reflect the love and hopes you had for it. May the next owner feel the spirit of the tree’s who are happy they live on giving beauty to this home. I had a heavy heart leaving there only being for a few days so I know how hard it must be for you. May the sugar maple’s and yellow leaf beech trees caress you as you begin the new chapter. love, jo

    • October 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      So good to hear from you Jo. I watched small birds skip through the old maple tree that rises up and above the ninth floor of my new writer’s nest. It is a thrill to see them. I am adjusting to more activities at Fitchburg Senior Center: Yoga, Writing, Spanish and social events. I am not letting any grass grow under my feet. I am impressed by art wall in downtown Fitchburg that youth have made celebrating positive messages. I am living in a cultural beehive of multi-cultures. Thus the language study. Talk soon. My computers are still not up. Hopefully this will be resolved by end of next week. I am dying to get back to writing and blogging. Blessed day to you.

  3. westdelta said,

    October 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Lovely home and location…sorry to hear you have to leave. Oddly enough, I’m selling my home as is (and without a broker) and am considering blogging it – your post has inspired me. Like you, I’ll be leaving a rural setting (Sacramento River Delta) and heading back to a small town upstate NY.

    • October 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Hi, We are in transformation like the monarch butterfly teaches. I am excited about your move to Upper New York State to a small town. Fitchburg, MA, is about 4 hours from Saratoga Springs, NY (birthplace and home of my younger formative years). Let me know if you will be anywhere near Saratoga. Perhaps two kindred spirits may merge migrating to new homes,and memories of a deeper level. I am happy that you feel inspired by blog of my home in Minong, WI. I plan to put it up on eBay to market. First I need my computers up. I am using a laptop this morning with sporatic service. Best of luck in own migration story.

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