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A Place to Retreat
Grand Lifestyle Magazine

As Emberly Lietz sat alone on Christmas evening 2020, she pushed the “publish” button on the Facebook Business Page for The Lake House Retreat. After months of renovations, sweat, and tears, she was ready to share her dream with the world.


“As I sat at the kitchen table, I was getting notifications every few minutes – another ‘like’,” Emberly recalled. “I called my sisters, so excited. In the first hours, we had over fifty ‘likes’ on our page. It became real.” 

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Home is Where the Lake is
The Grand Forks Herald

Former convent house converted into retreat along Erskine's Lake Cameron.

Emberly Lietz welcomes the opportunity to share her house in Erskine with visitors seeking a place to retreat. Lietz opened the business she calls The Lake House Retreat this spring, after spending the previous four months renovating it with the help of friends and family The Lake House Retreat is available for rent to individuals or groups for whatever length of time they want to spend there.

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This story was also featured in other regional news outlets: MBI Minnesota Business Insights, Duluth News Tribune,  Park Rapids Enterprise,  Travel Agencies Finder, Opera News, West Central Tribune, and Wadena Pioneer Journal.

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Vision Becomes Reality
The Erskine Echo

You have driven by an ordinary taupe vinyl sided home with black shutters without looking twice. It's tucked between the railroad tracks passing along Highway 2 and Lake Cameron on the west side of Erskine, MN. Blueprints, curled and faded with age found in the kitchen cupboards, reveal this two story abode was built as a convent in the 1950's for St. Joseph's Parish in Red Lake Falls, MN. About 25 years ago, it was moved to its current location and converted into a private, seasonal residence. 

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Coffee With Kay & Emberly Lietz from The Lake House Retreat Live Interview

Fast forward to 5:45 to watch the interview.

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