SHOP LOCAL FOR CHRISTMAS and support hometown merchants. Chuck Hultman of Big Lake Hardware Hank and Rental has lots of Christmas gift ideas for everyone. (Photo by Gary W. Meyer).

CASSIE TINIUS, CentraCare director of physician recruitment, spoke to the local hospital board about the difficulties of physician recruitment. But the job continues, she said, in spite of significant competition for doctors from other hospitals.

Hospital feeling the pinch of doctor shortage

CentraCare-Monticello public boardmembers got a glimpse into the difficulties of doctor recruitment when they held their “annual meeting,” a two-hour session last Thursday evening.

MISCHIEF MANAGED is the name of Leah Corder’s family counseling business now open in Big Lake above the Fudgin’ Delicious Ice Cream Shop. Wednesday the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at her office. Pictured above from left to right are Mayor Raeanne Danielowski, City Clerk Gina Wolbeck, State Rep. Nick Zerwas, Economic Development Specialist Heidi Steinmetz, Leah Corder and Darla, the Great Dane, Accountant Michelle Backlund, Ken Geroux of Ken Geroux Construction and Chamber President Tricia Skodje.

Mischief Managed opens in Big Lake

Psychotherapist Leah Corder has opened a new business in Big Lake,  Mischief Managed, in the Jefferson Square building above the Fudgin’ Delicious Ice Cream Shop.

Participating in the ceremony were Kyle Schlangen, Matt Chmielewski, Kevin Schlangen, Shelly Zierdt, Jeff Zierdt, Matt Schiller, Melissa Schiller, Raeanne Danielowski, Dustin Vaverek, Doug Boser and Heidi Steinmetz. Lupulin Brewing is a 10-barrel craft brewery and taproom slated to open in first quarter 2015 in Big Lake.

Lupulin Brewery held a groundbreaking ceremony

LUPULIN BREWERY HELD A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY last Friday. They have been working with Boser Construction, along with state and local officials and their honored guests.



HISTORIC FIND. SCSU graduate student Jeff Williams is shown with copies of the Red Wing Republican Eagle newspaper that detail a week's worth of the fighting on Iwo Jima in 1945. Williams said he found the historic treasure at a rummage sale and paid $20 for the five newspapers. (Photos by David Hannula.)

Top left Jayden Mclearen, top right Cade Sixberry, bottom Vince Dailey. (Submitted photo.)

Back row: Coach Ryan Prom, Josh Gunther, Erik Larsen - 5th place, Jake Wesley, Shane Roberts - 3rd place, Brady O'Connor, Jordan Hickman - 4th place, Nick Merten, Front Row : Connor Gess - 2nd place, Jayden Mclearen - champion, Dylan Krebs - 2nd place, Vince Dailey - champion, Cade Sixberry - champion. Not pictured : Assistant Coach Loren Holthaus. (Submitted photo.)

BIG  LAKE HORNET Cassie Knick took third place in the all-around in the Mississippi 8 Conference meet versus Buffalo.