Community News from Fr. Jan. 24 to Thurs. Jan. 30, 2014

The Big Lake Public Library is offering the following programs at 790 Minnesota Ave., Big Lake:
For more information about library programs and activities, contact the Big Lake Public Library at 263-6445.
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programs and information services.
Big Lake Public Library • Hours: Monday 2-7, Tuesday 10-1, Wednesday 2-6, Thursday 2-6, Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-1.
OPEN AA Meetings
Mondays, 7pm
At The Church of Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, Big Lake, Big Book Study
Handicap Accessable
Questions?  Contact:  Dean 763-248-1969.
Big Lake Al-Anon -   Meetings held Mon., 7pm at The Church of Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church- 440 Lake Street N. (church basement) Contact Laurie at 763-263-7506.
* No mail at this address *
AA Meeting - SUNDAY NIGHT SOLUTIONS - 6pm at Saron Lutheran Church - 311 Lake Street S, Big Lake. Rotating Forums. Contact: Todd (320) 420-1429.
Celebrate Recovery
Become free from life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits.  Women’s group meets Monday’s at 7 at Riverside Church. 
For more information, please call 763.263.2410 or visit www.myriverside 
  Does a loved one suffer from alcohol or drug addiction? Come to a free intervention workshop facilitated by trained specialists. Workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month at Recovery Plus, 713 Anderson Ave, St. Cloud. Learn to use "care-frontation," avoid enabling and learn how to develop and implement an intervention plan. 
The next session will be Feb. 1. No registration required. For more information, visit, call 320-229-3760 or 800-742-4357.
Youth Hunter Safety Program Friday April 18, 2014 8 am to 4:30 pm. The class will be held at the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Range and Training Center, 13880 Business Center Drive, Elk River Door J
This is the “Field Day” for students who have completed the HunterCourse at Student must be 11 years old before the date of the Field Day.
Parent or Guardian must attend first 30 minutes of the Field Day. Student must bring Field Day Voucher, copy of birth cert., sack lunch, blaze orange article of clothing (i.e. hat, cap or vest) to the Field Day. Students must make and bring a survival kit (info on survival kit is with the on-line course) can be carried in a fanny pack or a small back pack to the Field Day. Dress for the weather.
Firearms for testing will be provided, do not bring any firearms to training.
E-Mail SGT Novotny with students name, DOB, Town, Parents Name & contact phone number (cell-home), then student will be placed on the sign-up sheet.
Pre-registration, sign-up required (no walk-in). Questions: Call or E-Mail Paul Novotny 763-765-3511 Or paul.novotny@
Class size is limited.
Monticello Community Theater announces auditions for I Hate Hamlet Mon, Feb. 3 and Tues, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Chelsea Inn & Suites, 89 Chelsea Road, Monticello.  
Everyone is welcome to try out for this hilarious tribute to acting.  There are roles for three men and three women.  
Performances will be April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12.  For more information, call Ginny at 612-703-4200.
Republican Precinct Caucuses for Becker City, Becker Township, Palmer Township, Santiago Town-ship, Orrock Township and the new Big Lake Township Precinct 4,  will meet at Becker Baptist Church, 11951 Hancock Street, Becker.  Start time is 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 4.
If you have any further questions about where your precinct caucus locations, please go to the MN Secretary of State's www site and click on the caucus finder link. 
The Crossing Church would like to invite you to the Grand Opening of their new Big Lake location.
The address is 790 Minnesota Avenue - Suite 500, right next to the Big Lake Library.
Live worship, party atmosphere, free SWAG bags for every first-time guest, plus a hope-filled message from Pastors Eric & Kelly Dykstra.
We also offer Crossing Kids programming during every service so your kiddo (birth-grade 5) can enjoy a 
worship experience of their own as they learn simple truths about God.
For more information, email
Looking for BL Junior & Senior Ambassador candidates Informational meeting 
Big Lake High School Lecture Hall, Feb. 5 6:30 p.m.
Girls entering 3rd or 4th grades and 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2014 are welcome to participate! The big event is Sat. June 28 during Spud Fest.
Please contact Samantha (Juniors) or Alyssa (Seniors) for more information.
A CoDA HOW meeting will be held at Faith Lutheran Church every Thursday evening at 7 p.m.. 
Faith Lutheran is located at 12449 Clementa Av NW, Monticello, just north of the entry to Lake Maria State Park. 
The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. A free will offering is the only cost.  More information about co-dependency can be found at  
Please contact Karen at 320-963-7037 or if you have any questions.
Living With Parkinson's Under The Age Of 60
If you or anyone you know is 60 or under and has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, you are welcome to join a newly forming group. We will be meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake.  Specific topics will be scheduled along with open forum.  Caregivers welcome!  No Children please.  Any questions, please call Camille Johnson at 763-350-7401.  
The Big Lake Lions are looking for community minded people to join our organization. If interested in getting involved with our organization, please contact any Lion member or sent a note to Box 128, Big Lake, MN 55309 or 763-263-2218. 
Scrabble for Seniors at Keller Commons. Every Wednesday 1 p.m. 
Call Marci 763-263-2363 for information.
  Big Lake Senior Club
Many of you may not be aware that the City of Big Lake has provided us with a lovely room with kitchen facilities, dining tables and chairs, where we meet every Tuesday.
We play cards every Tues. 1 to 4 p.m. Come join us.
We would love to have you join us so if you are interested, please call Darlene Lanz 763-263-7134.
G.A.L.A. Meetings
G.A.L.A. stands for “Get A Life Again”.  This is a group of widows and widowers.  They meet twice a month to eat out and socialize.  The events are held at different places around the surrounding counties.    There are also different card groups that meet monthly.  We would love to have you join us.
If interested contact Lorraine Theis at (763) 263-0202 or Gwen Chamberlin at (763) 265-6105.
The Monticello Cancer Center is offering free nutrition classes for cancer patients and survivors the second Wed of every month at 1 p.m. at the Monticello Cancer Center. Topics addressed include benefits of good nutrition, managing eating problems during treatment, how to read food labels and how to eat well after cancer treatment ends. All are welcome to attend.
For more information about these informative nutrition education classes, call the Monticello Cancer Center at 763-271-2800.
Moms in Prayer, formerly Moms In Touch, is an interdenominational, nonprofit ministry with groups of moms meeting to pray for children and schools in every state in the
USA and in 130+ countries around the world. 
For more information, call Colene Stenberg at 263-6809 or visit Groups for every Big Lake school are forming now. Please, come join us!
Men of Faith
Non-denominational bible study for all men.
Meet every Wed. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center.
For more information call Dave Lindberg 763-878-2619.
Want to meet your neighbors? 
How about doing great things for the community you live in?
Making new friends is always fun.
Come check out the Big Lake Women of Today!
    The Big Lake Women of Today are pleased to be making an impact in our community through their volunteer efforts with Spudfest, Sherburne Co. Fair, Big Lake Block Party, 1st annual 5K Walk/Run for Hope,  to name a few. If you’d like to find out what else we do then come to a meeting, contact us on the web or give us a call. We’d love to hear from you.
The Big Lake Women of Today will hold a monthly general meeting at Senior Activity Center located in the Big Lake City Office Building on the 2nd TUESDAY of the month @ 7p.m. 
We are growing and would like to show YOU how YOU can help with YOUR community and have fun while doing it. Why not date us for awhile; if you like us, then join us! We’d love to have you.
If you are interested in coming to a meeting or a super fun event or maybe becoming a member please contact Natalie @ 612.518.3504 or find us at Facebook or   
Come on!  What have you got to loose, check us out and see what YOU can do for your community.
Big Lake Food Shelf
You can help your fellow neighbor and your community by volunteering at the food shelf.  We’re open Mon and Thurs evenings from 5:30 to 7:30pm; Wed mornings from 9 to 11am and the second and fourth Sat’s from 9 to 11am.
To become a volunteer simply call the food shelf at 763.263.2432 and leave your name and number.  Orientation to various duties of your choice at the food shelf will take approximately 45 minutes. Self scheduling is the key to our success and yours!    Won’t you join us?
Come on!  What have you got to loose, check us out and see what YOU can do for your community.
  MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers program:
2nd & 4th Tuesday Mornings 10 to 11:30
Sept 11 through April 23rd
(only one meeting in November and December)
Next to the library, across from Independence Elem.
Contact: Amanda Holm, 763-691-4730 or Shawna Wicksall, 763-234-7789 smw629@aol. com
Website: or
Circle of Parents - Sharing Ideas - Sharing Support.
You are not alone, parenting success, friendships, mutual self-helf. Weekly free time away from your children where you can share concerns and learn how to be a better parent.
Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 15550 190th Ave, NW, Elk River. 
Open to the public, child care included, no registration needed.
Tuesday evenings 2nd and 4th of each month 6 to 7 p.m. 
For more information, contact Chris Powell 763-516-4835.
Compassionate Crafters, a gathering of knitters, crocheters, quilters, etc. meet the 2nd & 4th Monday of every month, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Keller Lakes Commons, Dining Room.  
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota provides support groups for families of children with mental illness.
Parent resource groups meet in Elk River on the first Thurs of the month, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and on the third Thursday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Both groups meet at the YMCA, 13337 Business Center Drive in Community Room B.  
For more information contact Sue at 763-633-0894, or call NAMI at 651-645-2948.
Big Lake Running Club. Come out Wed. nights 6 p.m. and run around the lakes, or less! Everyone runs or walks at their own pace.
All runners and walkers are welcome. Meet in the High School parking lot (by door H2). 
If you have any questions, contact John Bruns 763-263-3316.
Central MN Sexual Assault Center Support Group: Monticello Lamp-lighter’s.
For more information, contact Julie at Central MN Sexual Assault Center, 320-251-4357 or 800-237-5090.
Monticello location: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 9300 Jason Ave, NE, Monticello.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m.
  Come learn computers and more.
Do you want to take a refresher course or learn more about computers? Come into the ABE Computer Lab at the Monticello Workforce Center to learn keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and databases. 
We also offer preparation for the Special Boilers License Examination and GED pretesting and preparation. All services are open to the public and provided free of cost. 
You do not have to be unemployed to use these services.
Call to get started. 763-271-3768.
Catholic Charities Big Lake Senior Dining is in need of volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels route and also to help package meals in the kitchen. It takes 45 minutes to an hour for the route and about one to two hours in the kitchen. 
If intereested please call LouAnn Denny at 263-0058.
Adult Literacy Tutors.  Enthusiastic individuals needed to tutor immigrants, refugees and life-long Minnesotans in reading, writing and English. Help students achieve life’s necessities like completing job applications, helping their children with homework or understanding medicine labels. 
Training and ongoing support provided by the Minnesota Literacy Council. 
For opportunities throughout the Metro area or Greater Minnesota, contact Allison atarun chey@the or 651-645-2277, Ext 219.


BIG LAKE BULL RIDER Mike Wolbeck poses for a picture with his daughter, Paisley, and fiancee, Amanda Langerud.

Lily Noble helps the 4x200 relay team to first place

LIFE IN OLD TIME BIG LAKE was a very different proposition then it is today, middle school students from April Bischoff and Ann Segner’s classes discovered when they had some guest speakers come to class Wednesday. Sharing their history were long-time residents Darlene Lanz and Dee and Norm Leslie. That’s me on the right. (Photo by April Bischoff).

BIG LAKE Finance Director Deb Wegeleben was serving as an interim but was awarded the position permanently because she did the job so well.