Community News from Fri. July 4 to Thurs. July 10, 2014

The Big Lake Public Library is offering the following programs at 790 Minnesota Ave., Big Lake:
Book Club for adults will meet Wed, July 9, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The book for discussion is “The Kite Runner” by Khalid Hosseini. Newcomers are welcome to join the Book Club and pick up their copy of the month’s selection at the library.
Adults and teens are invited to create a Russian nesting doll Thurs, July 10, 3 to 5 p.m. Work with an artist from ArtStart to design and paint your matryoshka dolls. The attendance limit is 12 and registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years, together with an adult caregiver, are invited to Toddler Storytime Friday, July 11, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. The theme is “Zoom, Zoom. Let’s go to the moon!” The attendance limit is six pairs, and registration is required.
Dazzling Dave, Yo-Yo Master, will perform Wed, July 16, 3 to 4 p.m. His performance will entertain families, teens and children eight and older. Dazzling Dave is a professional yo-yo performer who has been performing since 1998. His awards include Midwest Regional Champion and Masters World Champion. The attendance limit is 75 and registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to Preschool Storytime Friday, July 18, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Children will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. The attendance limit is 20 and registration is required.
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.
CentraCare Health-Monticello will offer a CPR and First Aid class designed specifically for daycare providers and new parents Sat, July 12, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the hospital. This life-saving class teaches the skills you need to effectively manage medical emergencies you may encounter with infants and children. Choking, airway obstruction and home/ environmental safety issues with be covered, in addition to automated external defibrillator (AED) training. This American Heart Association course meets the licensing requirements for day care providers.
Cost to attend this informative class is $65 and registration is required. For more information, or to register to attend, visit
The Big Lake Lioness will be hosting the Big Lake Community Blood Drive for the American Red Cross at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church (440 Lake St N), Mon. July 14 12 noon to 6 p.m.
You can get appointment information by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (763-2767) or visit; enter Sponsor Code: 6283. Please bring a photo id or donor card with you for donation. The Lioness will also be calling some of you in the next week so you can sign up with them for an appointment.
Summer Recharge/ Refresh:
Weds., Now through Aug. 27 7 to 8:30 p.m. 
A video clip, the word of God, fellowship and ice cream! What could be better?
Theme: What is Faith and How Do I Get?
Saron Lutheran Church, 311 Lake St., Big Lake.
Great River Spine & Sport Blood Drive, American Red Cross Bus 1260 State Hwy 25, Monticello, Mon. July 14 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For an appointment please visit and search sponsor keywood: Great River, call 1-800-RED Cross or Maggie @ 763-260-8401.
Explore campus, meet with professors and learn about student organizations at an upcoming visit day at Northern State University.
Northern Bound Day is Thurs, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the NSU campus. This visit day provides a chance for prospective students and their families to experience all that Northern has to offer. Events will begin in the Student Center, and will include:
  • Information fair featuring displays and representatives from the university’s four schools and on-campus organizations.
  • Campus tour.
  • Information about financial aid opportunities.
  • Picnic lunch on the campus green (weather permitting).
 RSVP to Northern Bound Day by calling 1-800-678-5330 or emailing
For more information about visiting NSU, visit
Big Lake QB Club &
Alumni Golf Tournament
Join the Big Lake Hornets football team, coaches, booster club and alumni as we kick off the 2014 season!
4 person scramble, 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, team and individual awards including raffle prizes and dinner after play!
All for only $75 per player!
To register to play or to find information on how to make a donation, visit: or Call Bruce Bordwell 763-843-6538.
Universe in the Park
Sat. Aug 8, 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Lake Maria State Park.
Come learn about the night sky! University of Minnesota graduate students will present a powerpoint program. If skies are clear, participants will view the night sky with through telescopes. 
Be sure to bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
From the south: I-94 to 2nd Monticello exit, follow signs to Chelsea Road and County Road 39(West). Then 7 miles to Cty Rd 111. From the north via Highway 8, 39 and County Road 111.
More Information: Call (763) 878-2325.


(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

LEE GERHARDSON, 47, from New London, was found dead in Big Lake near the swimming beach in 10 feet of water Monday. Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.

Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)