Community News from Fri. June 13 to Thurs. June 19, 2014

The Big Lake Public Library is offering the following programs at 790 Minnesota Ave., Big Lake:
The Brodini Comedy Magic Show Monday, June 16, 3 to 4 p.m. Adults, teens and children are invited to enjoy this show which features a large variety of magic tricks and audience participation. It’s fun for the whole family. The attendance limit is 90 and registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Preschool Storytime for preschoolers ages 3 to 6  Friday, June 20, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Preschool storytime usually involves stories, flannel boards and social activities to build kindergarten readiness. 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.
Mark your Calendars for ArtSoup - Sat, June 28 10 to 6pm in Downtown Elk River.  
It's our 10th Anniversary & we are expecting a huge crowd for this regional, community festival!  
We are looking for Vendors, Artists, Sponsors, Food Vendors, & Attendees!   
For more info & registration go & "like" our "Artsoup" Facebook page for up-to-date info.  
CentraCare Health - Monticello is hosting a Healthcare Provider CPR Course Sat, June 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the hospital. This course teaches CPR skills to help healthcare workers care for patients of all ages (including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-valve mask device, and oxygen), use of an AED and relief of FBAO in responsive and non-responsive patients. This course is designed for healthcare providers who care for patients in a wide variety of settings, both in and out of the hospital.
The cost to attend this informative class is $60 and registration is required. For more information, or to register to attend, visit
Summer Recharge/ Refresh:
Weds., June 11 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.
Summer Butterfly Tour
Sat. June 21 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet your guide at Blue Hill Trail.
Is It Really A.D.D.?   
Certain common vision problems are a dead ringer for Attention Deficit Disorder.  Free workshop teaches parents, teachers and professionals how to identify vision problems that imitate A.D.D. or which make it worse.    
Wed, June 18, 6 to  7:30 pm, Omni Vision & Learning Center; Dr. Mary Gregory, 9766 Fallon Avenue Suite 105, Monticello. 
Please call for reservations at 763.314.0664.  


Car fire at tribune building

New Superintendent Steve Westerberg

Marcella A. Schill

FIGHTING DESTRUCTIVE INSECTS. State plant health specialists Angie Ambourn, center, and Jennifer Dippel took part in a presentation on the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Elk River Monday morning. The state is partnering with the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in an effort to slow the spread of the insects, which include a survey in which volunteers look for increased woodpecker activity and other natural signs that could indicate an EAB infestation. (Photos by David Hannula)

JODI AND BEN BROWN volunteered to man the Minnesota Grown booth at the state fair last year.