March 2022

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I would like to begin my message by thanking all the volunteers that contribute so much to make our Nebagamon Community Association so active and vital in our community. The Association is responsible for organizing and funding our annual fireworks, parades, parties and other activities, providing our community with the opportunity to socially engage with one another.

Your Village Board has been spending time lately discussing options for the best use of this year’s disbursement of Federal Government COVID relief funds. We have identified the following projects as potential uses for the funds:

Installing electrical outlets at campsite in Ravine Park, purchase new playground equipment for the beach, purchase a mower for dragging ball fields and a building to store vehicle and equipment at the ballpark, Erecting a covered patio at the boat landing We are also getting information on the process involved in applying for Federal funds from the newly approved infrastructure bill.

Also of interest to the community is the board has contracted with Tiger Manufacturing to create a new sign to replace the aging and deteriorating sign at the entrance to our community. The  students in this program at Northwestern High School have been a delight to work with and we look forward to seeing the finished product and erecting it after the snow and frost are gone.

Jim Jonasen, Village President


Lake Nebagamon Ice Palace:
Since the early 1900’s the Village of Lake Nebagamon has been well known as a resort area and place for recreational pleasure. The businessmen of the village were very enterprising and began thinking of ways to entice more people from the nearby cities of Superior and Duluth and surrounding areas to come to Nebagamon for winter fun.

Winters were very quiet in the village. One of the only activities could be found at the skating rink, which was made by simply clearing snow off the lake. A warming shelter made of spruce trees,  with no roof, provided some protection against the wind, and it had several hand-made benches for persons to sit on while changing skates.

All that changed around 1914, when the village fathers decided to build an ice palace for the newly planned Ice Carnival. The palace was built of 12x24x30 inch ice cakes cut out from the ice on the lake.

A volunteer crew of villagers erected the massive crystal ice structure around the 75-foot square village pavilion, built in 1905 and then replaced in 1936 with the present auditorium. The ice blocks were placed far enough away from the pavilion walls to make an outer courtyard twenty feet wide around the pavilion. The floor of the courtyard was made of ice cakes laid side by side and then flooded with water so that when frozen, it made an ideal skating rink.

The walls of ice cakes were laid like cement blocks. The joints were made of snow mixed with water, which when frozen, became a solid wall.

At the corners of the structure were tall towers. The door openings were arched much like the palaces of Europe. In the daytime the palace shimmered in the sunlight and at night kerosene  lanterns with colored chimneys flickered and reflected against the transparent walls.

History Information from History of Nebagamon book written by Catherine Coletta, copies available by calling JoAnne @ (218) 390-1832


“Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.” Those words written by Francis P. Church so many years ago came home to me this year as KIN was organizing its annual Christmas project, whose purpose is to make the holidays brighter for students and their families in our school system who were in special need. This year KIN was blessed to be able to serve 46 families with food baskets and 103 kids with Christmas gifts. And none of it would have been possible without the amazing generosity from this community we call home. We at Kin were truly humbled by the outpouring of aid we received this year, from financial donations to  food goods, to helping hands when we needed them most. We are overwhelmed with gratitude to each and everyone who helped in any way and wish you and your families a happy, healthy, and blessed new year.

Cathy Ketola, Coordinator


NCA MEETINGS~ We are keeping our meetings at local businesses, to support them and to welcome anyone to come join in to help set up the upcoming events. If you have any interest, care to volunteer, just want to give some feedback on what you would like to see then please join us (President David Dinda~ Vice President Mike Ross ~ Secretary Lindsey Wilson ~ Treasurer Patti Coughlin): Third Tuesday each Month

Thank you to all of those that donated time, setting up cleaning, cooking, serving, and auction items. Also, a huge shout out to all of those that came to eat and congregate during this meal served every January with all monies given directly to the 4th Fest Fireworks fund.

MISSION STATEMENT: To welcome new businesses, community groups and citizens of Lake Nebagamon, Wi to participate in the promotion of the community. Our objective is to work together to inform Lake Nebagamon, Wi area of local news.

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Grand Marshall and Marshallate Bob and Barb Anderson will start the parade at 5pm downtown Lake Nebagamon… Let’s remember 2 years ago this week and do a “restart”….  everyone is encouraged to participate and walk the parade route, staging in parking lot begins at 4:30pm and parade starts sharp at 5pm. Thank you to the Lake Nebagamon Fire Department, who will be present during the parade with “THE BOOT” please help support our volunteers….

Thank you to the local business’ here that support and help the NCA with printing expenses for our monthly newsletter. Please support our community.

VILLAGE OF LAKE NEBAGAMON: The Village Board meets the SECOND Tuesday of each month. As always, it takes a Village.

The can trailer has been relocated to the fire department parking lot. Please drop your cans off and a huge thank you to all donations as this fundraising account helps to supplement the purchase of fire and medical equipment and gear to keep our community safe.

Member of the Month: Adam Fornear (see full newsletter above)