MASTER GARDENER Sue Nelson enjoys teaching kids in the junior master gardener’s program. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Master Gardeners are there to help

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Sherburne County Master Gardeners are always available to answer questions pertaining to plants or gardening.
This year they have set up a horticultural hotline, the “hort line,” so residents can get quick answers to their most pressing garden questions.
Anyone with a question for a master gardener should call (763) 765-3080, ask the question and leave a name and call-back number. A Sherburne County Master Gardener will return the call within three business days.
Questions about any aspect of gardening can be asked, including trees and shrubs, insects and pests, invasive species, fertilizing and weed control or soil.
The Sherburne County Master Gardeners also have their own Facebook page and can be found on the statewide Master Gardeners website. There is also a master gardeners blog, which can be found at
Lately, Master Gardener Sue Nelson has been visiting the Big Lake Farmers Market every Wedneday from 3-7 p.m. to answer residents questions. Nelson enjoys teaching kids in the Junior Master Gardener’s program.
The Master Gardeners group is part of the University of Minnesota Extension Office services.


DANCERS FROM JENNIFER’S DANCE CENTER will be performing at Disney World in Florida in October. Pictured (front row, left to right), are Grace Esselman, Lillian St. Jean, Sophia Gerou, Kailey Buchta, Rowan Payne and Hannah Oakes. Middle row are Amelia Cameron, Brianna Anthony, Jacqie Bengtson, Gianna Mitchell, Alex Dillion, Abby Yanke and Rose Curtis. Back row are Tori Ramert, Alexis Erickson, Sophia St. Ives, Tiana Link, Rachel Royseth, Kristian Kunkel, Brooklynn Bengtson, Nicole Bengtson and Kendall Luoma. Not pictured are Haylee Oakes and Melanie Miskowic. (Submitted photo).

FIVE GIRLS FROM MARY OF THE VISITATION CHURCH’S YOUTH GROUP helped Gail Stanley (not pictured) of Big Lake pack her belongings for a move she was taking to Princeton last weekend. The girls are (from left to right): Bridget Buchholz, Jasmine Johnson, Michaela Manifold, Brittney Kostek and Josie Berger. (Photo by Bill Morgan)

CENTRACARE HEALTH MONTICELLO HOSPITAL provides top-quality health care for the community. St. Cloud Hospital, run by CentraCare Health, was recently named the third best medical facility in the state, second only to the Mayo Clinic and Abbot Northwestern. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

CHUCK MAURER, 54, of Becker was killed in a car crash Tuesday and his 10 year old daughter, Casey, was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center after his mini-van was t-boned by a pickup truck driven by four teenagers from Little Falls. (Submitted photo courtesy of the Maurer family.)

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