Homes for the Holidays

Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 3:00pm-7:00pm

The foundation will be joining with ten local hosts to showcase their homes in the community. Many of the homes have recently been built or renovated. Several of the homes will be decorated in holiday decor and serve refreshments.

Tickets ($20) are available for sale at Battle Lake City Hall,  December 3rd at the Battle Lake School Craft Fair from 9:00am-3:00pm, or at the first house you visit. 
* If there is bad weather there will be no postponement date.

Visit all ten homes and get entered to win a drawing. Coupon for local restaurants are included with your ticket purchase.

Yard signs will indicate which homes are on the tour. Please remove shoes before touring the home, be kind and respectful.
Recommended for adults only.

1: Josh & Shauna Heggem – 42941 210th Street, Clitherall
This beautiful home is located on approximately seven acres on the southeast corner of Stuart Lake, overlooking a quiet bay known as “Baby Stuart.” Built in 2003 on the site of an old farm house and pasture, the Heggems are the second owners of this home, having purchased it from Ross and Theresa Ukkelberg in 2021. It is a true family home with lots of room both indoors and out for the kids to roam. The spacious three bedroom, four bathroom house has plenty of windows to view nature, including floor-to-ceiling living room windows. Other features are a large gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and a family room with an adjacent hot tub area. Visitors will enjoy views of the lake, and holiday decor and treats.

2: Larry & Kim Charest – 20946 Bonnie Beach Rd., Battle Lake
Built in 2005 this rustic farmhouse style home sits on a 100 acre hobby farm. The woodwork in this home was reclaimed from a 100 year old house and refinished by Larry and Kim. 

3: Rich & Pat Bullard – 116 Spruce Meadow Dr., Battle Lake
This newly constructed twinhome is part of the newest development in Battle Lake, specifically developed for a fifty and older age group. (So new that GPS doesn’t recognize the address yet.)  This home is a three-bedroom, two bath, on a one-level concrete slab. Built by Blue Spruce Properties owned by Joe & Kristi Hammers, these homes are rental units. Come in and see this comfortable home!

4: Barry & Gail Nelson – 301 N Jefferson Ave., Battle Lake
The home of Barry and Gail was built in 1920 by the owners of the property at that time, John H. and Louise M. Johnson. It was built as a single story house with a basement and an attic. An attached garage and second bedroom were added many years later. In the 1960’s, a porch was added at the rear. To the present owner’s delight, when they moved in, they found out that this porch had been built by her uncle. In the late 1980’s, the living room ceiling was removed and a loft was made out of the remaining attic area. Today, the loft is a cozy area for watching TV, reading and doing “desk work.” Large beams cross the living room at “normal” ceiling height from the loft to the south wall. At the same time, the south lawn was dug out to accommodate ground level windows and the lower level was finished off. This large room is currently used as the master bedroom.

Later improvements included modernization of the two full baths with large clay tiles and a walk-in shower and updated kitchen cabinetry and floor.

5: Albert & Andrea Fowler – 302 N Washington Ave., Battle Lake
Purchased by the Fowler’s in July of 2022, this newly renovated home was originally built in 1912. In 2020 it was purchased by John and Ashley Mess who took it down to the studs and updated everything including the floor plan. This home is a two story, three bedroom, 1 1/2 bath. It has an open floor plan with 9 foot ceilings, black windows, trim and baseboards, vinyl plank flooring, and heated tile bathrooms. In the warmer months they enjoy the fenced in backyard and deck.

6: Ron & Kathy Rickers – 402 N Lake Ave., Battle Lake
Built in 1910 by Lumberman Fred Everts and his wife Charlotte, this early prairie-style house has remained in the family for 112 years. Starting life as a simple structure with a living room, foyer, kitchen, and porch on the main floor and three bedrooms and a bath upstairs, it was enhanced in the 1920’s with a sun parlor addition to the rear overlooking Old Settlers Park. This light-filled space has served over the years as a dining room, sitting area, sewing room, and office. Bachelor Ed Everts lived in his parents’ home until his death in 1986, when his brother Tom and his wife Elaine moved in after doing some minor remodeling and decorating. In 2004 while Tom was recuperating from surgery, Elaine and son John designed an addition to the north to accommodate a main floor bedroom, laundry room, and handicapped-accessible bathroom. Following the deaths of Tom in 2009 and Elaine in 2015, their granddaughter Julia and her husband Joe DeMars lived in the house briefly before it passed in 2017 to Ron Rickers and Kathryn Everts Rickers, granddaughter of the original owners. Designed by John Everts, a kitchen with a coffered douglas fir ceiling and corner dining booth was added to the south, thus completing the structure—at least for the time being!

7: James & Katrina Ball – 304 W Bowman St., Battle Lake
Built in 1912, the home of James and Katrina has gone through two renovations. The first in the 70s took much of the home’s character away, adding drop ceilings and wood paneling. The second happened in 2020 after they purchased the house. Their home features new windows, custom cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms, restored hardwood flooring, and a sunporch. The finished home is 1100 sq ft with two bedrooms, one full bathroom and one half bathroom. 

8: Edie Thiel – 703 Lake Shore Drive, Battle Lake
This is the first of two homes renovated by Tom & Shari Prigge. Tom is a retired industrial tech teacher with a background in construction and cabinet building. This home was built in 1956, according to the message uncovered during the renovation. In 2015, the home was torn down to studs and the floor plan received some minor modifications. A two-bedroom, one bathroom home with updated energy efficiency. Features of the home include pine paneling, natural gas stove fireplace, custom hickory cabinetry, granite countertops, front patio, back deck, skylight in the bathroom, and luxury vinyl tile. New windows face the lake for an unexpectedly great view of West Battle Lake. Christmas décor is showcased throughout the home.

9: Tom & Shari Prigge – 705 Lake Shore Drive, Battle Lake
This is the second home renovated by the owners. Originally, this property was a garage facing the lake with small living quarters in the back. Built in the late 1950s or early 1960s, it was used as a workshop to repair small airplanes. In 2017, Tom & Shari tore the building down to its studs, reversed the floor plan, and added the garage to the back of the home. It is now a two-bedroom, one bathroom house with attached 3-car heated garage. The home features a covered patio, salvaged pine paneling, luxury vinyl tile, custom hickory cabinetry, granite countertops, and a natural gas fireplace. New energy efficient windows toward beautiful West Battle Lake put emphasis on lake living. Christmas décor throughout the home makes for a cozy holiday season!

10: Ambrose & Jessica Everts – 23139 Stony Point Rd., Battle Lake
Built in 2020 this craftsman inspired home is tucked away in the woods on the Northside of West Battle Lake. The home is open-concept with entertaining and family in mind. The Everts’ home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a finished basement. Their home features a cozy gas fireplace, luxury vinyl flooring, a large kitchen island, and great views of West Battle Lake.

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