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Continued: Magical Madeline Island comes to life

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 14, 2013 - 5:33 PM


Q: With many of the properties passed down from generation to generation, is it hard to find one for sale?

LM: Right now, there’s a lot on the market. The second-home market isn’t as strong as it used to be. There’s some huge places for sale that haven’t moved because it’s an undertaking to acquire a big older cabin and keep it up.


Q: Do you have to be well-off to have a home there?

LM: There’s a lot of different ways to enjoy the island — it’s not an exclusive place. A friend bought an Airstream trailer and parked it on his land. The property taxes along the lake are high and inland less high.


Q: Could you live on the island year-round?

LM: I’m not sure I could. I’m pretty used to being able to walk to Barnes & Noble or a Walgreens. It’s a ferry ride and 40-minute trip to Ashland [Wis.] for supplies. It’s a major commitment to a way of life that’s not convenient.


Q: What was the best part about doing this book?

KM: Working with my mom. That was pretty awesome. We really had fun.

LM: It was a chance to do something with my daughter. And I started as an outsider, and now I feel like an insider because of my connections with these people. It’s pretty cool.


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619




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