Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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Whether you just picked up a new vehicle from Link Ford Minong or you just had your current Ford serviced, you’re ready to head out to a vacation at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. You’ll enjoy cliffs, beaches, water and land. The area is comprised of 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland. Be sure to bring your camera for some great shots of nature and the lighthouses.

Camping

The area offers camping on 19 of the islands plus a campsite on the mainland. You will need to make reservations and a $10 reservation fee is charged. You can reserve camping sites in advance. Individual sites are $15 per night and group sites for eight or more are $30 per night. If you prefer primitive camping, choose one of the zones on 16 of the islands. Make reservations by visiting recreation.gov or by calling (715) 779-3397 and selecting option 1.

Reaching the Islands

You have several options to reach the islands. You can take your own boat, your kayak or ride the excursion boat. The excursion boat holds up to 140 passengers.

Tours

Take a narrated sightseeing tour, an island shuttle or a charter boat. Island tours offer nonstop excursions and the shuttle features stops at several islands. Cruises leave from Bayfield and reservations are recommended. For more information on the tours or shuttles, visit apostleisland.com or call (800) 323-7619.

Take the most popular tour is the 55-mile “Grand Tour.” This tour travels throughout the islands and is available from late May through the middle of October. When you take a cruise, you’ll have some great views of most of the islands and you’ll get a close look at the historic lighthouses and the sandstone cliffs.

When you visit the island via a shuttle, you have the option to visit the a lighthouse, go birding, hiking, have a picnic and more.

Car Ferry

Your other option is to take a car ferry to Madeline Island. This is the only island that is accessible by vehicle and it’s not within the National Lakeshore. The island features Big Bay State Park and the Madeline Island Historical Museum.

Visit Link Ford Minong

Stop by Link Ford Minong to test drive a new Ford or give our Ford service department a call to schedule and appointment for service.

Remember to Fasten that Seat Belt!

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The roads will be filled with car this summer. After all, summer means day trips, vacations, and fun. There are a lot of things to do before planning a trip. There is one particular thing we want you to do before heading out. That is to remember to fasten your seat belt.

You may understand that fastening your seat belt can save your life. But did you realize that having your passengers fastening their seatbelts it may also save your life? A story from ABC News made the claim, sharing information from a University of Tokyo study.

The survey looked at 100,000 front seat occupants involved in car-to-car crashes in Japan. In each of these cases there were also at least two rear seat passengers. In head on crashes in particular, the results were astounding.

In these accidents where the rear seat passengers were not wearing seat belts, it increased the chances of dying for the driver by over 600%. If that’s not disturbing enough, it increased the chances of death for the front seat passenger by over 700%. The reason? When rear seat passengers are not wearing restraints and a head on near head on accident occurs, many times they are catapulted into the front seat. The force of even just a 30mph collision can send the rear passenger traveling at a force of 2.5 tons into the front seat occupants.

The study suggests that total number of deaths could be reduced by just about 80% in these cases if the rear seat passengers were wearing seat belts. This is really important to consider before your family heads out on the highways this summer.

Look, you know the patrols will be out and a traffic ticket can be costly. We want you to buckle up for a much more important reason: the safety of you and your family. Especially now that you know your risk of serious injury as a driver or front seat passenger are greater when your rear seat passengers aren’t fastened in. We hope you will make it a point to make sure all are secure.

Come see us at Link Ford of Rice Lake

Have an enjoyable summer, but remember to have everyone fasten their seat belts. Before you hit the road this summer, come visit us at Link Ford of Rice Lake. We can set you up with a new or used vehicle. Be sure to ask us which ones have excellent safety ratings.

How Often Should You Get an Oil Change?

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Have you ever brought your vehicle into an oil lube place for an oil change when you didn’t need it? If you have an older vehicle without an oil monitor, you may have. And, if you are the type who goes by the window sticker, you have most likely changed the oil long before it was due. These places often put 3,000 miles on the sticker even if you use synthetic oil. Instead of playing guessing games, you can check to see if you really need an oil change by stopping by Link Ford Minong or by checking your owner’s manual.

Oil Monitors

Many of the new vehicles have oil monitors. Instead of guessing, pay attention to the monitor. It looks at how you drive and where you drive to determine whether you should change the oil sooner rather than later. The monitor takes into consideration the type of driving you typically do, whether normal or severe, and will light up when the oil has just a little life left in it.

Owner’s Manual

If your vehicle doesn’t have a monitor, check your owner’s manual. Add the oil change date to your calendar. If the manual states a certain mileage or a time frame, it’s whichever comes first. If you know you’re not going to put the requisite miles on the vehicle before the time frame, a calendar reminder is a great way. Otherwise, change the mileage on the window sticker to show the proper mileage.

Severe vs. Normal Driving

If you are not sure whether your driving is severe, you can get an oil analysis. This tells you the condition of the oil and it could let you know if your vehicle’s engine is having any problems. The samples of your vehicle’s oil will show traces of coolant or fuel – you may be able to avert being stranded if you know ahead of time that your engine has an issue.

Why Shouldn’t I Follow the 3,000-Mile Rule?

Oil companies are making extended-life oils that guarantee a specific mileage before the oil breaks down. Furthermore, engines are made better – they have closer tolerances – so it’s not necessary to change the oil quite so often.

You can save yourself quite a bit toward the cost of ownership of your vehicle by following the manufacturer’s recommendations rather than changing the oil every 3,000 miles. You’ll also save yourself money if you stop by Link Ford Minong as our techs tell you the correct mileage to change your oil and don’t assume that it has to be done every 3,000 miles.

July Events in Chippewa Falls

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After you pick up a vehicle from Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter, you’ll be ready for some trips to July events in and near Chippewa Falls.

Farmers Market in Downtown Chippewa Falls

The Farmers Market will be held every Thursday in July from noon to 6pm. They will be held in Allen Park across from the Chamber/Visitor Center on the corner of River and Bridge street. For more information please call 715-723-6661.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair

Starting July 13 and running until July 17, you can experience Midway rides, exhibits, great food and fun at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls. Enjoy family entertainment including top name stars, great food, animals, and over a mile of carnival rides and attractions.

US National Parks Photography Exhibit

Starting July 18 and running into August, the Heyde Center for the Arts/Chippewa Valley Cultural Association presents an exhibit featuring photographs of the United States National Parks by area photographers. There will be a speaker from the US National Park Service on the 29th of July at 7:00  p.m. The Park Service is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. No cost for admission to the exhibit. Photographer Rick Koziel will guest curate.

Visit Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter

Stop by Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter to test drive a new vehicle or to walk through an RV. If you are in the market for a fifth wheel and need to buy a new truck to go with it, we can help you with both.