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Pierz homes are ready for holidays

Arnold Kowalczyk and Diane Holmquist's log home in rural Pierz will be among fiv

PIERZ - An up-north style log home with green trim was dressed in more green trimmings to get ready for the holidays and for the fifth annual Tour of Homes in Pierz that is scheduled Sunday.

The log home is owned by Arnold Kowalczyk and Diane Holmquist. Kowalczyk designed and built the home in 2007 in rural Pierz. The home features vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace, a large pond and a waterfall in the front of the house.

The Kowalczyk home is among five homes to be on the tour that is scheduled from 1:30-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds from the tour will benefit Holy Trinity School in Pierz. Tickets are available at the school, Unity Bank, F&M Bank and Red's Auto, all in Pierz; Double Deuce in Genola; and Radio Shack in Little Falls.

Cari Woitalla, tour marketing coordinator, said funds from the tour will help enrich students' activities and learning. Woitalla said the tour is a way for people to get out in the community and to give back to the students.

Woitalla said from 3-6 p.m. Sunday tour participants can attend the Double Deuce for shopping, a social hour and dinner. Dinner is not part of the cost of the tour tickets. However, people may purchase dinner tickets for $12 at the school, Double Deuce or Radio Shack.

Other homes on the tour include:

• Kurt Litke' northwoods style home was built in 2001 in rural Pierz. The home is nestled in oaks on the Platte River. The modest home has a cabin feel to it as it is decorated with Minnesota pelts and mounts along with antiques and collectibles. Throughout the home, there are many handmade quilts constructed by Litke' late wife, Barb Sufka-Litke, his Christmas tree decorated with ornaments handmade by Barb.

• Jason and Christine Bakke's ranch style home in rural Pierz was built in 2002 with northern Minnesota charm. The 5,700-square-foot home has six bedrooms and four bathrooms. Features include 28-feet vaulted ceilings in the great room along with a stone fireplace, log beams and pine paneling. In the great room there are several mounts from hunting trips around North America to include a brown bear, mountain lion, alligators and white tail bucks.

• Doug and Lisa Kloss' home in Pierz was built in 2006. The home has a shower in the master bath that features a TV, radio, steamer, whirlpool, foot massager and a telephone. The family room has a gas stone fireplace and a hickory tray ceiling. The kitchen has hickory cabinets and a walk-in pantry. The four-season porch has stamped concrete and is finished with white ash on the vaulted ceiling. The boys' room is done in John Deere decor from the colors and tractors on the walls to the bedspreads that Doug Kloss' mom made. Doug Kloss custom made the boys' beds, the bed and the night stands in the master bedroom and the hickory/ceramic tile bar. The garage has an epoxy floor with an entertainment center and dart board.

• Matt and Chelsey Bell's home was built in 1992 by Bob Loidolt. It is a lofted traditional home with custom oak, granite counter tops and lots of built-ins. It was purchased by the Bells in May. Since purchasing the home, the Bells have repainted a few rooms, added tile flooring in dining room, engineered wood in living room, insulated and heated garage, added an epoxy flooring, and new flooring in master bedroom. This home's design is spacious with custom accents.

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