Lil Achiever's hold night for the ladies

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Li’l Achievers Daycare held their third annual Ladies Night Out event last week.
“This is our third year but it is the first year we have opened it up to the public,” said Director Kaitlen Forro. “We had 30 people pre-register and expect about 60 ladies to show up.”
The event was a fundraiser to help the daycare create an outdoor classroom for their students and support the Big Lake Area Foodshelf.
There were interesting activities for women, including appetizers catered by Russell’s On The Lake, beverages and a tarot card reader.  There was also a raffle and those in attendance could earn raffle tickets for bringing food shelf items or participating  in a number of activities.
Twenty seven vendors filled the student classrooms, although not all had items for sale. Among them was Stacy Cardinal of Macaroni Kid, a free online website listing area activities, events and giveaways geared to children. 
Among the vendors was Kathie Bushman of Tastefully Simple.
“I have an online party going on all the time,” said Bushman. “And all the hostess rewards go to the Big Lake Food Shelf.”
Heather Olson of Little Bloom of Minnesota has been busy making hair accessories and unique fabric tutus for little girls.
“My husband is in the military,” she said. “This is something I can do while my daughter is little.”
Jennifer Jacobsen was at the event, offering a line of tasty Steeped Teas. Asiah Storkamp was with Origami Owls, which sells unique jewelry designed to invoke memories. Tara Moores offered 10% back on jewelry parties thrown to benefit the school district or the food shelf.
Nancy Kjelberg has created a special line of journals, recipe books, address books and a shopping buddy for grocery lists and coupons. She also has notebooks. 
With her creations, Nancy supports Bags of Smiles with 10% of her sales going to the activity bags which are given to children at Gillette, Amplatz or Children’s Hospitals in the Twin Cities.
Vendors included children’s book sales, make up by Avon and Mary Kay, Tupperware and many others.


THE BIG WOODEN CROSS which stood behind the monument known as La Pieta was broken in Our Lady of the lake Catholic Cemetery last weekend. (Submitted photos.)

THE BECKER-BIG LAKE SQUIRT B1 HOCKEY TEAM. Front row, (L-R): Erik Baker, Cooper Fredericks, Josh Lillemo, Jack Beckstrom, Kellen Hurt and Luke Boardson. Second row, (L-R): Dillon Lindenau, Nik Hughes, Ben Piehl, Eli Sheideman, Zack Dembinski, Jacob Polecec and Dylan Pishney. Coaches, (L-R): Eron Boardson, Head Coach Mark Fredericks and Jake Pishney. (Submitted photos).

Pictured above are food shelf volunteer Bob Segler, Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Dr. Scott Schulz, Tara Boone and Sara Peterson. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

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TOMMY ECKSTROM had to think hard about what he wanted to say on the gift card for the present he had just purchased.