After spending years vacationing in Lake of the Woods, Robert, and Jessica Carlson and their daughters Mackenzie and Taylor, decided to skip the commute and make the decision to live in Lake of the Woods full time.
“We were spending nearly every weekend at the Lake and as always dreaded having to drive back.”
Originally from Duluth MN, Robert, went to school at Lake Superior College to become an electrician. After a 5-year apprenticeship, he became a Journeyman. Throughout his career, he was able to get experience in a variety of different areas of the trade from large industrial electrical contracting to residential wiring, even acting as an instructor to aspiring electricians at his alma mater.
The Carlson had been coming to Lake of the Woods to ice fish since the Mid 1990s and were encouraged to spend time in the area during the summer as well. Their first summer trip was in 2001 and they fell in love with the area. One trip a year turned into 6 or 7, and the Carlson’s decided to buy a property on West Zippel Bay. They soon were spending every free weekend coming to Lake of the Woods to get away from the stresses of metro living. In 2017, they made the decision to make the move permanently.
“One weekend, my wife said to me I don’t want to go back, I’m staying at the cabin. We felt it was the right age for the kids and wanted to slow things down, so we made the move.”
After spending the last 3 years working for Marvin Windows in Warroad, Robert decided to use his 20+ experience and go into business for himself. Robert began working on his business idea in June and this September, officially launched Lake of the Woods Electric. Lake of the Woods Electric is a full-service, licensed, bonded, and insured class A electrical contractor company. They serve the entire Lake of the Woods region and provide service on everything for small residential jobs to industry-specific service.
When away from work and school, the Carlson Family loves to enjoy the area’s outstanding outdoor amenities. Their advice for anyone considering a move to Lake of the Woods:
“If you’re looking for a different lifestyle, It’s the perfect place to be. It’s a great place for the kids to grow up, everyone we’ve met has welcomed us with open arms.”