Year-round activities and being able to work where they play keeps the Wendler Family Hooked for Life!
For Shawn and Shawna Wendler, the best part about life in Lake of the Woods is the opportunity to live, work, and play in a community with rich natural amenities and a great community of friends and neighbors.
One of the perks of living in Lake of the Woods for the Wendler Family is enjoying life as self-sustainably as possible. The Wendler’s and their three youngest children live on the family homestead, where they have a large garden and raise chickens and goats. When they’re not working or maintaining the homestead, the family enjoys spending time at their off-grid cabin in Eastern Lake of the Woods County, where they spend time hunting, snowshoeing, camping, hiking, and foraging for berries and wild mushrooms in the summer.
“At home and the cabin, we see a huge variety of wildlife in all seasons. We enjoyed seeing bears….hearing wolves howl in the evenings…, seeing deer in the fields all year, and hearing the familiar sound of the whooping crane returning in the spring. We are blessed to live in a place where we can be a part of the cycles of life all around us.”
Shawn has spent most of his life fixing anything with an engine, and after a career that includes time as an ice guide and ten years in outboard marine and fiberglass repair, he decided to start his own business, Wendler’s Repair. Wendler’s Repair offers service and repairs on all small engine, recreational, and lawn/garden equipment as well as marine craft. In the past two years he has had just about everything in the shop including ATVs, side-by-sides, snowmobiles, motorcycles, mowers, chainsaws, generators, weed whippers, garden tilers, pressure washers, outboard marine craft, fiberglass repair, and detailing. In addition to engine service and repairs, Wendler’s also offers welding and fabrication services. Shawn prides himself on providing reliable service at a fair price to his customers. Wendler’s Repair has wholesale accounts with multiple vendors so he can find the parts you need at the best price available.
“Starting a business in Lake of the Woods, I was surprised at the support and encouragement offered by so many people in our little community! They were genuinely happy to see me be successful in my new adventure and continue to bring their business to me, that has been a truly motivating experience, and I am so thankful for them.”