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Area family opening The Lodge Retreat

MAIDEN ROCK -- An old addage says not to mix business with family.

Apparently, don't tell that to the Roger and Nancy Hoff family. The couple plus their three children and spouses are all venturing into business together.

Their project is The Lodge Retreat, located in Maiden Rock. A grand opening is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

With eight owners, one might expect conflict in a venture like this. Not true, says one of them.

"We've really had no problems," said Jennifer Knoll, one of the children. "With all the little kids we've had running around, it's been like building a home for our family."

The initial interest started as Knoll, who is from Hastings, Minn., along with sisters Joanne Dold and Jessica Handrich, were scrapbooking devotees who had traveled to "several hotels" with their materials for scrapbook weekends.

The trio, along with their spouses and parents, were looking for a new place so the women could bring their scrapbooks, for example, at the same time as the men could go snowmobiling or fishing.

After searching in different areas, they found the former Sands of Time building, located at W3547 Hwy. 35 in Maiden Rock, and were hooked.

"Our parents are from small towns," Knoll said. "We love the small town feel of the village. The people have been so good to us."

The building was theirs on April 15 and ever since, she explained, they've been working weekends and nights on remodeling the place. (Weekends and nights because all of them still had regular jobs.)

The end result is a 6,700-square foot tri-level facility that has seven bedrooms, which can host up to 24 people. Sixteen people can sleep by themselves, she added.

Besides the renovation, what was added were three new furnaces, central air conditioning, two new fireplaces and new insulation.

"Basically, it's a whole new look to the building," Knoll explained.

With their original interest in mind, a scrapbook area/supply room was installed on the main floor, along with three bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, including a large plasma television, and a fireplace, along with a handicap accessible restroom and a deck.

The upper level has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, another kitchen, storage and laundry, along with a fireplace, large plasma television and another deck. Finally, the basement has an activities room and a storage area.

As a result, Knoll said, The Lodge Retreat can host a wide array of activities ranging from church retreats and family reunions to Boy and Girl Scouts meetings, for example.

Cost to stay at The Lodge Retreat is $695 Fridays and Saturdays and $250 on weeknights. Knoll explained that's the rate for 24 people, which translates to under $60 a night, even if less than 24 people are booked for the party. They're requesting the reservations to be paid in full a month prior to staying.

For more information about The Lodge Retreat, interested parties can call toll free at 1-866-631-2863 or visit its web site .

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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