"I had kind of been thinking it would be a great spot to retire, and then I realized I didn't have to wait until I retire to move up here," said Hayward attorney Desmonde Bennett.
Following Bennett in a four-minute video are a number of young professionals in their 20s and 30s, all of whom speak about the reasons they live and work in a rural county known best for its large outdoor events and silent sports attractions rather than as base for a life and professional career.
"We loved the school district and have made great friends," says bank president Mike Stamp. "It's a great place to raise kids."
Later he adds, "If you are thinking of moving to the Hayward area, I think you should do it."
Amanda Wilson, seated next to husband Nathan Reynolds, talks of pursuing their goal of owning a Northwoods resort.
A business strategist and Lac Court Oreilles (LCO) member says his children love the access to all the outdoor activities: hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking.
"This is going to be your chance to escape from the every day hustle and bustle," says personal banker Taylor Nelson, also a LCO member. "You can really separate yourself from work."
General Manager Kaci Robotka says the Village of
Winter is an "extremely affordable place to live," and adds, "I like the school district. All the teachers are absolutely wonderful. The community leaders, church leaders, they are all very open. I absolutely love having my child in the community."
She also says her family can launch an ATV trip right from Winter on the Tuscobia Trail.
Beer and coffee bar owner Ian Finch says he had never skied or biked much before moving to Sawyer County, but that all changed after he made the move.
Hayward Community School District Supt. Craig Olson talked about living his dream job and in his free time having easy access to outdoor activities like fishing and snowmobiling.
The video is a collabo ration of the Hayward Lakes Visitors and Convention Bureau (HLVCB), the Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corp (SC/LCOEDC) and the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce (HACC).
It was produced by James Netz Photography/Due North Digital.
"Our goal was to encourage people to consider Sawyer County as a place to live, work and play," said Lynn Fitch, president of SC/LCOEDC. "The primary goal was to recruit workers."
Chris Ruckdaschel, executive director of HACC, said like many areas of the country, one of the biggest economic challenges for Sawyer County is attracting a quality workforce.
"Because of the many desirable characteristics of our area — small town sense of community, abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities and scenery, diversity of amenities without big city hustle/bustle, just to name a few — we know that there are folks out there that would love to call Sawyer County home," he said. "Our interviewees in the video provide real life testimonials of why they've chosen Sawyer County, and we believe this video can provide inspiration for some considering making Sawyer County home."
After watching the video a couple of times, it does conjure up thoughts of all the great reasons for living here and all the other reasons Sawyer County is great place to call home.
The video can be seen on the Sawyer County Record Facebook page and at the following locations: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCg_lbFuVU; sclcoedc.com/choosesawyercounty; and www.youtube.com/channel/UCaMvpVmpI3gZzf3u2Zwv6Ag.