December 2013

Classic Book Club for Adults

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
This month’s selection for discussion is “Fried Green Tomatoes” by Fanny Flagg. 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.

Princess For A Day

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 8:00am to 11:00am
Come dressed as a princess if you wish or just come for the fun to celebrate the princess in all of us with the Big Lake Ambassadors.
There will be princess crafts, games, activities and snacks available. This special day is open to all ages. There are only 30 spots available so be sure to sign up right away. We hope to see you there!
Independence Elem, Comm Room. 
Sign up for only $22 through Community Education. 763-262-2523.

Big Lake Fire Dept. Blood Drive

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
(at the Big Lake Fire Department on County Road 43)
January is National Blood Donor month, so we are saying thank you to our donors – all those who present to donate at the drive will receive a voucher for two Timberwolves tickets!
To sign up, go to and enter sponsor code 4176, or call Katie at 651-332-7162.  Walk-ins that day are also welcome!

Big Lake Junior & Senior Ambassador Candidate informational meeting

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:30pm

Looking for BL Junior & Senior Ambassador candidates Informational meeting 

Big Lake High School Lecture Hall

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. or

KELLY JOCHUM guards a Zimmerman player in a game played earlier this season. Jochum led the Hornets with 15 points in a 60-39 win over St. Cloud Apollo last Friday.

Ladies beat Apollo, 60-39

The Big Lake girls basketball team won its second game of the season, 60-39 last Friday over St. Cloud Apollo in a non-conference match.

Other teams competing include Buffalo, Monticello, Rogers, Chisago Lakes, North Branch, and St. Francis. Jan. 18 the dancers compete in the Buffalo Invitational. (Photo by Ken Francis)

The Big Lake Varsity Danceline

THE BIG LAKE VARSITY DANCE LINE, coached by Melissa VanHofwegen, will compete in the Mississippi 8 conference Championship at St. Francis High School Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. 



(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.)