Autumn Lights gala held at Carousell Works

Autumn Lights gala held at Carousell Works

Gary W. Meyer


A hundred or so turned out of the 17th annual Sherburne County History Center fundraiser - the Harvest Moon Gala - last Friday evening at the Carousell Works in Big Lake.
   The party-goers, invited to dress up in mid-20th Century costumes - like 1960’s and 1970’s party clothes, dined on a wonderful meal by A Catered Event of Big Lake, and bid on prizes to raise funds for the historical group.
   Brenda Peterson of Clear Lake, SCH board president, welcomed the crowd, reminding them their participation means good things for the historical society.
   It was also a message shared by Michael Brubaker, executive director: . . . “the Autumn Lights is also an opportunity to recognize the generous support received from so many people.”
   With the society’s many donations and gifts, they were able to provide a variety of programs and special events this year. 
   “We were also able to build new exhibits and provide access to more and more of the history of Sherburne County. In the past 12 months we have been able to present nearly 60 programs and special events.
   “We have been able to re-publish the memoirs of Sherburne County educators. And we are constantly working to change exhibit pieces in the museum.”
   There was a special treat for gala-goers this year. The historical society asked for dessert recipes from residents in all townships of the county. Only three were received in this first year of competition.
   But the winning recipe, an apple crisp by Amelia Kolbinger  of Becker Twp. was superb - and was shared with all attending.
   SCHS Board members besides Peterson include Jean Johnson, Becker, vice president; Judy Wilts, Big Lake, treasurer; Diane Jacobsen, Big Lake, secretary; Carol Kolbinger, Becker; Marion Salzmann, Elk River; and Teresa Warner, Becker.
   Table sponsors were the Arnold and Schmeising families of Clear Lake, Bob and Judy’s Farm Market of Big Lake and Xcel Energy.
   The Tribune and Citizen had the honor of serving again as event sponsors.


(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.)