Community News from Fri. June 20 to Thurs. June 26, 2014

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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.
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 towww.elkriverart.org & "like" our "Artsoup" Facebook page for up-to-date info.  
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.
Summer Butterfly Tour
Sat. July 5 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet your guide at the Oak Savanna Trail, beginning of the Prairie’s Edge Wildlife Drive on CR 5.
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 www.redcrossblood.org and search sponsor keywood: Great River, call 1-800-RED Cross or Maggie @ 763-260-8401.

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(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.)