Gull Lake ice out expected this week – Open water benefits 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener committee

Gull Lake ice out expected this weekVolunteers with the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Planning Committee gathered Monday with Smiley the Nisswa Ox as they prepared for Tuesday’s ice-out operations. The 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener events, hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber with Grand View Lodge and the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, will be May 8-11 in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Ice logging operations will begin Tuesday to remove ice from Gull Lake now that visitors demand spring and in preparation for the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener.

Beginning with Hole-in-the-Day Bay near Grand View Lodge, the lake ice will be “logged” by using ice augers and chainsaws to cut 8-foot by 10-foot sections of ice that will then be pulled out of the lake by oxen, the eighth generation of Babe the Blue Ox descendants used for ice-out operations.

Gull Lake is expected to be open by the end of the week.

“Visitors to the Brainerd Lakes Area tell us they are ready for spring-like weather,” said Kathi Nagorski Leary, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Communications Director. “They want to see open water, green grass, and hear birds sing again. It’s been a long winter. So, we thought we’d do our part to give them what they want.”

Volunteers with the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener are excited to be involved and relieved to have open water, especially after the 2013 icy opener in Park Rapids.

This year’s event will be May 8-11, hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Grand View Lodge in collaboration with the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce.

“Grand View Lodge prides itself on its commitment to excellence,” said Frank Soukup, Grand View Lodge Director of Marketing, and co-chair of the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener. “We are not going to leave to chance whether ice out will be in time for our Grand fishing opener. Our 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener allows us the opportunity to spotlight one of the finest vacation destination regions in the country. We will not allow ice to stand in the way.”

After the waters of Gull Lake are opened up, snow-making machines, through equipment modifications, will be used to spray warm water in Hole-in-the-Day Bay.

This warm water will maintain the open water until Mother Nature starts to cooperate with the Brainerd Lakes Area by providing spring-like temperatures.

This is an environmentally friendly, green operation.

Water for the rain-making equipment will first be pumped from Gull Lake, warmed through Grand View Lodge’s pool, then sprayed back into Gull Lake.

“We may be delirious from the long winter to try such an adventure,” Leary said. “But we look forward to ice out and want to wish everyone a Happy April Fools’ Day.”

The 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, with Grand View Lodge as headquarters for the event, and in collaboration with the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce. The 67th annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will spotlight fishing and the many recreational and travel opportunities in the Brainerd Lakes Area. More information can be found at

Grand View Lodge Gearing Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener

Grand View Lodge Vamping Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener The last time Grand View Lodge hosted the Governor’s Fishing Opener (GFO) was in 1976 with Governor Wendell Anderson. Thirty-seven years later, we are again honored to be the host for this kick-off celebration for summer tourism May 8-11, 2014.

The GFO provides the Brainerd Lakes community with an opportunity to highlight local fishing and other recreational activities, businesses, and several points of interest. It has an estimated value of one million dollars of media exposure, which will be extremely beneficial for promoting future tourism in the lakes area.

As the 100 year anniversary of Grand View Lodge is right around the corner, this event has the opportunity to bring in “300 plus media personalities to the grounds of Grand View Lodge to cover not only the Fishing Opener, but also highlight the area’s long standing history,” said Frank Soukup, Director of Marketing at Grand View Lodge and GFO Co-Chair

The weekend also includes several exciting events for both Grand View Lodge guests and participants of the Governor’s Opener and locals alike.

Grand View Lodge Vamping Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing OpenerThis year is the first time the Kid’s Fishing event is held over two consecutive days for more than 130 kids. Garfield Elementary of Brainerd and Nisswa Elementary School 4th graders will be participating in several enriching educational experiences both in their classrooms, and at the fishing event located on the beach of Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake. These events are sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources MinnAqua Program and will not only deepen their knowledge about fishing and the eco-system, but also their respect and love for Minnesota’s natural resources.

Grand View Lodge Vamping Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing OpenerThe public is invited to the free community picnic on Friday, May 9, in downtown Nisswa. The town of Nisswa will close its Main Street for this event, which is estimated to draw more than 5,000 people. The picnic festivities start at 4pm and include various family-fun activities, food, vendors, giveaways and live entertainment featuring Minnesota’s own Gear Daddies starting at 8:30 p.m.

Grand View Lodge Vamping Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing OpenerAlso, the boat raffle drawing will be held Saturday evening for the $38,1110 valued Larson 2014 FX1750 DC boat provided by Larson Boats. You can buy a $5 raffle ticket at Grand View Lodge, the local chambers and other sponsoring locations. Find a complete list of sponsoring locations by visiting

The Governor’s Fishing Opener is truly a celebration of the community. Come enjoy the festivities and be a part of the kick-off celebration for summer! For more information, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit

A Day at the Spa

A Day at the SpaAfter another challenging Minnesota winter, it’s safe to say most everyone is ready for spring to arrive. To celebrate the meltdown, Glacial Waters Spa is offering their Day at the Spa package for those who need a spring retreat.

The new package is probably the most incredible package ever made available at Grand View, but is limited to specific times for those who can take advantage of it.

A Day at the Spa is $175 per person for the first night and $50 per person for additional lodging nights only (excluding spa services) Sunday after noon – Thursday. It offers guests deluxe lodging with breakfast, PLUS guests can choose up to five services from five different categories (one service per category) from the Day at the Spa Menu to be used in one day. Click here to view the services offered.

A Day at the Spa

Better yet, if guests decide they need additional spa services, they can receive 50% off any spa service the next day. Click here to see a list of all services Glacial Waters offers. For more information, or to book your Day at the Spa package, please call 866-801-2951 or click here.

What’s New at Grand View Lodge

What's New at Grand ViewGrand View Lodge aims to consistently improve the guest experience year after year. In the beginning of 2014, plans were laid to renovate, remodel and improve several locations and buildings on-site.

Twelve cabins are being completely renovated this spring while several other units are getting brand new carpet and furnishings, kitchen updates and interior work. This yearly continuation of property-wide improvements showcases Grand View’s commitment to updating and upgrading our classic units and buildings for better guest satisfaction.

What’s New at Grand View LodgeThe Norway Center is also receiving a much needed facelift that will bring a whole new look and feel with it’s new carpet and wall coverings. There also are plans for construction of several new Homes on Nokomis units.

The social team is excited to announce they will have four brand new 22’ pontoon fleets, an assortment of new adirondack beach chairs and that the fitness center will receive some updates in equipment.

What’s New at Grand View LodgeThe entire Grand View Lodge family welcomes you to visit us this summer whether it’s on business or a family vacation and experience these new updates for yourself. The continuation of re-investing in our property and offering our guests the best service and amenities are our highest priority.

Summer Value Days

Summer Value DaysEnjoy a fun-filled summer at Grand View Lodge with our mid-week Summer Value Day package for rates and dates that are sure to suit any budget.

The Summer Values Day package starts at $160 a night and includes deluxe lodging with breakfast buffet daily, adventurous activities and events for the entire family, plus all the standard amenities that Grand View has to offer. Click here to see a sample of the 2014 summer activities lineup.

Our units are booking fast, so if you’re looking for a Grand View getaway for you and the entire family, make sure you book today. Call 866-801-2951 or click here for more information or to make your reservation.

The Pines is Blooming with New Golf Carts and GPS System

The Pines is Blooming with New Golf Carts and GPS System Grand View Lodge may be known as the most rewarded golf resort in Minnesota, but now they will also be known as one of the leaders in golf technology.

Every new golf season produces course and technology updates, but the 2014 year at the Pines Golf Course boasts of 104 new Club Car Precedent i2s and Visage GPS System. The new Club Cars have plenty of upgraded features and the latest in drive train technology. Rain club covers, waterproof storage areas and a trendy white body with light gray seating will take the fairways in full swing.

Grand View Lodge may be known as the most rewarded golf resort in Minnesota, but now they will also be known as one of the leaders in golf technology.With this new GPS system in place, the Pines is focusing on being the best “pace of play” resort courses in the state!  This system allows both the pro shop and the customer the ability to see the pace of play.  This combined with our friendly player assistant staff will allow the Pines’ pace of play to be excellent even on the busiest of days.

The Visage GPS System is also what a golfer could consider his own personal concierge service and caddy. The touch screen technology provides yardages to front, pin and back of green and to any point you touch on hole. It also tracks distances of the tee ball hit, flyover at tee box and pace of play. Golfers can also order food and beverages on every hole and enjoy an electronic scorecard that can be instantly emailed at the end of the round.

The Pines is Blooming with New Golf Carts and GPS SystemIf you haven’t played the Pines in a couple years this year would be the time to do it.  The Lakes & Woods course updates were very well received. The tee box renovations and Lakes #7 green are maturing nicely and the golf course conditions will truly be at their peak this season. Grand View Lodge is making sure that the Pines meets all your expectations as one of the best golf experiences in the state.

The Pines is Blooming with New Golf Carts and GPS System

Minnesota native, G.B. Leighton will headline the Tent Party

Speaking of golf experiences, the Annual KFAN Golf Opener is right around the corner this May 2-3. Golfers can be the first to test out these new technological updates, along with experience several course improvements. For $309 per person, golfers can enjoy a 2 nights stay with deluxe lodging and breakfast daily, plus 3 days of unlimited golf at the Pines, the Preserve and the Garden courses. Golfers will also enjoy food, tap beer, giveaways and live entertainment featuring G.B. Leighton at the Saturday night Tent Party.

For more information or to book your KFAN Golf Opener package, please call 866-801-2951 or click here.

Farm-Fresh and Local

Farm-Fresh and LocalIn celebration of the Annual 67th Governors Fishing Opener – which is being proudly hosted at Grand View Lodge – the resort’s talented culinary team created what they consider the perfect farm-fresh pairing for your “catch of the day.” This sweet corn risotto recipe reflects the new Lodge Dining Room menu that offers locally grown and harvest ingredients and seasonally fresh meats, fish and seafood. (For a printable version of these recipes for your recipe box, click here, print and cut.)