Shop local this holiday season!

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Big Lake stores are geared up for the holidays and merchants have gift ideas for everyone on Santa’s list, including lots of gift certificates for the hard-to-buy-for.
Start with a trip to Audio Communications, located in the Big Lake Industrial Park, where Proprietor Dick Backlund has plenty of gift ideas, including Astrostart remote car starter systems, beginning at $299.95.
Safety comes first with a weather alert radio, selling for $39.95, or buy a CB radio for $39.95. Boost your cell phone reception with a cell booster, $299.95, or entertain the family with free equipment from Dishnetwork with one of their cable television plans.
Ladies will love gifts from JoNova’s Salon, including gift certificates for services, hair products and make-over packages starting at $25. Manicure/pedicure packages cost $25-50. Facials start at $35.
Gift Certificates
Give the cook a break with a gift certificate to Russell’s On The Lake fine-dining restaurant. Gift certificates are available to fit any pocketbook and are sure to be appreciated.
The Lake Cafe also sells gift certificates for family-style dining. Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 gift card free.
KleinBank offers Mastercard gift cards, which can be used anywhere. Amounts can vary, ranging from $10 to $750.
Caribou Coffee also offers a range of gift cards for all pocketbooks with coffee bean and card incentives. They also have gift sets. A dark roast dynamic duo gift set or a light roast perfect pair gift set sells for $19.99. A drinking buddies gift set costs $23.99 or buy a merry mocha gift set for $21.99.
Keep the family entertained with gift cards from McPete’s Sports Bar and Bowling Lanes. Purchase a $50 gift card and get $10 worth of goods or services free. Buy a $100 gift card and get $20 in goods or services free.
Get 10% off a new bowling ball from Drilling, Inc. or purchase a bowling starter package, including ball, bag and bowling shoes for $139.99. Purchase new finger grips and get a bowling ball cleaned and polished for free.
For all these and many more gift ideas, shop local and support local business owners.


DAUNTE BATES is ready to enjoy his lunch.

MONTICELLO PUBLIC WORKS Mike Rogers catching the cockatoo which flew into a window of their building. (Submitted photos).

2014-2015 SHERBURNE COUNTY FAIR Junior Royalty are Duke Mike Edlund, Duchess Sophia Gerou, King Justice Haom, Queen Peyton Provost, Prince Tyson Newman and Princess Lilian Lies with the past royalty. (Submitted photo courtesy of Always Platinum Photography).

SMOKEY THE BEAR posed for a picture with Mia and Yazmine Garcia at the Big Lake Public Library. Smokey teaches everyone to prevent wildfires. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Cooper Adcock and Natalie Johnson volunteered to be in charge of selling snacks to weary shoppers at the Sale of Stuff.