Graniteman Triathlon in Clearwater

Graniteman Triathlon

Staff Writer
Ken Francis

BICYCLISTS RACED ALONG Co. Rd. 75 Saturday morning during the second leg of the Graniteman Triathlon in Clearwater. Athletes swam .46 miles in Warner Lake, rode their bikes 14.3 miles, then finished with a 3.1 mile run. There were 251 finishers - 145 men and 106 women. The overall winner was Casey Miller, 35 of Baxter, MN in a time of 1:05.57. The top female finisher was Nicole Heininger, 25 of White Bear Lake in 1:09.49. The top finisher from Clearwater was Alexander Johannes, 19, who completed the course in 1:30.03. Complete results can be found online at


(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.)