November 2013

AUCTIONEER FRED WALZ encourages bidders to dig deep for some tasty pies during the Slice For Life Pie Auction at St. Luke’s Church Tuesday. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Pie auction a tasty fundraiser

Dozens of people turned out at St. Luke’s Church in Clearwater Tuesday evening to help raise money for a good cause.

CLEARVIEW FUTURE. Clearview Principal Sheri Rutar and St. Cloud Schools Superintendent Willie L. Jett II are shown at a school event in Clear Lake earlier this year. A new plan for the district will add 15 minutes to the school day at all St. Cloud schools, Including Clearview, beginning next fall (see related article). The district will present a new strategic development plan in February.

St. Cloud adding 15 minutes to school day

As part of an ongoing plan to add instructional time, St.

A GROUP OF FOOD SHELF VOLUNTEERS who helped put together Thanksgiving Day meals this week. (From left) Dan Koren, Betty Loehr, Corky Rainer, Erv Stute, Karen Lietha, Verlie Lorch, Jean Meyer, Nancy Bettein, Diane Stute, Nick Eiden and Michelle Mace. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Food Shelf helps with a holiday meal

It was almost 4:30 on Tuesday, approaching the time when over 100 families would be picking up their Thanksgiving meal at the Clearwater/Clear Lake Food Shelf

The Thanksgiving Ecumenical Choir consisted of members from Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church and Saron Lutheran Church. They sang many songs, including “All Are Welcome” and “We Will Give Thanks.”(Photo by Aleah Stenberg)

A time for giving thanks

For the past decade, Big Lakers from many churches have gathered on Thanksgiving Eve, setting aside time before the food and festivities, to worship and give thanks to God.

Middle School Student John Haynes preparing a large hexagon that will be painted with the letter "R" on it to spell out "PRIDE". (Submitted photos.)

Students and artist team up to create mural

Thanks to a grant provided by the Central Minnesota Arts Board, Big Lake Middle School students have been busy working with a St.

A CROSSING GUARD helps Big Lake students get across Eagle Lake Road after school Tuesday afternoon. The county just purchased LED lights to install on crosswalk signs to make them more noticeable to drivers. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

LED lights will make kids safer

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office is making sure kids will be safe getting to and from school.

Congratulations to the Big Lake students who participated! Pictured from left to right: front row: Jessalyn Roussin, Bella Kallas, Cassie Knick. Second row: Cacia Stanley-Sanford, Autumn Clyde, Halley Alt. Third row: Natalia Springsteen, DeAnn Schmitt, Lauren McCreery, Abi Klier, Allison Bahe. Back row: Ms. Ebanks (BLHS Choir Director), Alyssa Nguyen, Donnie Johnson, Shantal Whitelaw. Not pictured: Crystal Nordquist, Jaidyn Anthoney, Julianna DeLong, Liz Thompson, Aerica Joos. Congratulations to Big Lake High School 11th grader, Cacia Stanley-Sanford, who was chosen as first runner-up for the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City! Stolahfestival picture is of entire choir

BLHS Choir has lots to be congratulated for!

 Nineteen Big Lake High School choir students participated in the 111th Annual St. Olaf Choral Festival earlier this month.