The outdoors and northern Minnesota has been a huge part of my life since I was a kid. I went to college at Bemidji State University, after I served in the U.S. Army in Alaska. I was fortunate enough to serve part of my tour as a game warden on Ft. Richardson. My first career was for 35 years as a police officer working in the MSP area. I spent as much vacation time as possible camping, hunting, fishing in northern Minnesota. I started coming up to Cook (my wife's birthplace), Orr and Crane Lake area about 14 years ago. I didn't realize how beautiful this area was until I got to experience it first-hand. I sold my hunting cabin in the Bemidji area, and bought hunting land in the Orr area. In 2009 my wife and I built a "deer shack" which became a family gathering spot for grouse and deer hunting season. My wife and I (and our labs) moved up to this area to live full-time in 2015. I recently sold my "deer shack" and purchased 61 acres of hunting land between Orr and Crane Lake, and started developing the land as a future hunting camp. Since we moved here we've been enjoying all of the fishing, camping, hiking and hunting opportunities that exist here. We've also become active in ATV riding on some of the numerous trails in the area. Voyageur Country ATV has grown to be the largest ATV club in Minnesota. In the winter, the snowmobiling and snow-shoeing opportunities in this area are unparalleled. Over the past few winters, the Crane Lake area has been one of the few places in the state to find good snow. I think the scenery of the big water, Canadian border-lakes, rock formations, and forest lands are incredible! I obtained my real estate license in mid-2017 and started working here at Re/Max Lake Country in Orr. Over the years, I've gone through the buying and/or selling experience over 15 times as a client so I know how it feels to be a buyer and seller. Now that I'm a realtor, I'd like to believe I am able to help clients through the process by using my life experience both before and after becoming involved in this business. When I work for you, you'll learn for yourself that I'm honest, trustworthy and hard-working. I believe in telling people the truth, even if it's not necessarily what they want to hear. I'm a no-pressure kind of realtor. I like to gather as much factual information as I can, present it to my clients and let them make their best decision. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to live, work and play in this part of Minnesota. If you're considering selling your home or land, I'll be happy to conduct a free market analysis for you to help you in your decision. If you are considering purchasing a home, cabin or land in this area I can help you find your own slice of heaven in this area, whether it be a lake property or cabin, hunting land, or a rural or small town home. At the end of the day, it makes me very happy to meet good people through this career, and help them achieve their goals.
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