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Quarterdeck has new owners

The Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake’s west side has new owners with a sale completed Thursday.

Long-time owners Alan and Jane Gunsbury first announced they were selling the resort last fall with the transaction expected this past winter. New operators said the sale was completed Thursday.

Lakeshore Properties Inc. reported the property owners hired their organization to manage the resort and oversee the redevelopment of the 27 acre property. The year-round resort has 44 lakeside villas, cabins and vacation homes.

Lakeshore Properties also operates and manages the Good Ol’ Days Resort on Lower Cullen Lake in Nisswa and Wilderness Resort on Middle Cullen Lake in Pequot Lakes.

Lakeshore Properties reports it plans to implement major improvements to the Quarterdeck property.

“Improvements to be completed for the 2012 season include recarpeting and refurbishing the 14 suites in the waterfront Lodge, residing and refurbishing a number of the waterfront guest cabins, paving the parking lot, new signage, extensive landscaping of the beach area, and installation of a new docking system with over 80 boat slips and a waters-edge boardwalk.

This summer, the Quarterdeck Resort will offer food and beverage service on a new outdoor patio to be built near the Lodge, with an entirely new restaurant to be constructed north of the Lodge on the waters-edge which will be open for the 2013 season.”

The Gunsburys closed the Boathouse Eatery restaurant in October of 2011. Lakeshore Properties reports it plans to convert the Boathouse Eatery building into an “amenities building with reception facilities, a fitness center, game room and an indoor pool, spa and sauna in a new addition.”

“Lakeshore Properties’ affiliates will also oversee and manage the construction and sale of new townhomes to replace the existing cabins as newly platted Quarterdeck lots are sold to new owners,” the company reported in a news release. “Quarterdeck townhome purchasers will have the opportunity to rent their units through Lakeshore’s property management firm when the owners are not using their unit. Grand View’s Interlachen Resort also on Gull Lake, operates in a similar fashion.

“Construction of the first model townhome is slated to commence within the next 30 days. Extensive modifications to the Quarterdeck website will also be completed within a month.”

Tom Steffens, Lakeshore Properties Inc.’s spokesperson, said the improvements to the resort property will elevate Quarterdeck’s status.

Steffens extended an invitation to people to tour the property and new outdoor restaurant this summer to see the changes.

Curious about land prices? Close-Converse Preferred and Commercial Properties recently reported 3.23 acres of land near the proposed Costco in Baxter at the corner of Forthun and Elmwood Drive is going for $1,198,000 for the land and two buildings.

Lakes area chef Tom Kavanaugh was featured this week in the Star Tribune for his work as a mentor for the Elk River High School Culinary Team, which is representing the state in national competition during the last week of April in Baltimore.

The four-student team won the state’s culinary competition in March. The competition is sponsored by Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation. Kavanaugh, who also worked with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber for the Brainerd Lakes Marketplace culinary demonstrations and provided one for the Dispatch’s website at, previously was a judge for the national competition. At his home at Kavanaugh Resort this spring, he said decided not to continue as a judge because he wanted to help Minnesota’s team. He worked with other chefs to provide more learning opportunities for the students and open additional doors to them.

Frost this week raised the concern of growers this week, particularly those with budding apple trees. Temperatures in Brainerd dipped to a chilly 23 degrees early Thursday morning on the heels of a 25-degree low Wednesday and 26 degrees on Tuesday. Snow is in the forecast for Sunday night with a low of 31 degrees. A change of rain and snow extends into next week. Apple experts say losses become strikingly more severe as the temperature hits a low of 25 degrees.

The Regional Tourism and Online Marketing Summit is planned April 24 at Grand View Lodge’s Gull Lake Center in Nisswa.

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s GoSocial and Tourism Advisory Committees have extended the invitation to the event.

This year the keynote speaker is scheduled to be Kevin Norman, senior marketing/sales professional at Google in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

The chamber reports tourism breakouts will “address travel trends, event planning and the tourism impact of biking.”

The summit includes a trade show.

Anderson Brothers, Brainerd, and General Rental, Baxter, were both featured in a Compact Equipment national magazine late last year in an article that looked at compact equipment and the construction industry. The article is still available online. The two lakes area businesses reported their relationship was an example of a successful partnership between customer and equipment distributor as tough ground conditions on site had Anderson Brothers looking for alternative machines to their own fleet. In this case the compact track loaders provided the versatility they wanted. Anderson Brothers reported the recession and downturn in construction had them looking at renting equipment versus buying as how much they’d use the machinery was unpredictable.

The Baxter Town Meeting, originally planned for this spring, has been postponed to the fall.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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