Community news from Fri. July 26 to Thurs. Aug. 1, 2013

The Stickney Crossing Library. It is located at 740 Clearwater Center. Raffle of 3 summer prints, 2 framed, $1/ticket. Drawing Aug. 3 at Noon in the Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The August Book Sale will be held Friday, Aug 2 and Sat, Aug. 3. Adults and teens 15 and older can learn the basics of simple basket weaving using newspaper. The two-part program will take place Sat Aug. 3 & 10, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Local artist Amy Payne will instruct participants. She has created baskets using a variety of materials. In this two-part workshop she will teach participants how to prepare newspaper materials and the weaving techniques to make a basket of their own. The attendance limit is 15 and preregistration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund. Monday Closed; Tues. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m.; Wed 3 – 8 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Friday 3 – 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 558-6001. Annandale Library For more information, contact the Annandale library at 320-274-8448. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services. Annandale Area Public Library • Hours Mon. 2-5, Tue. 9-1 & 2-5, Wed. 2-8, Fri. 9-12 & 2-5, Sat. 9-12. July is ‘Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Month’ as sponsored by the Hunger Solutions Minnesota. Therefore, we are asking for your support for our Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf. Thanking you in advance! Together, we are caring for neighbors in need. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your donation. Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Serving friends and neighbors. Providing emergency food and support information. C-CLFS is located in the brown Community Building under the water tower in Clearwater, 1100 County Road 75, P.O. Box 324, Clearwater, MN 55320 320-558-2954 Open: Mon 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Tues 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wed. 3 to 5 p.m. Back by popular demand! Add flavor to your life by increasing range of motion, improving mobility and relieving neck and back pain due to osteoporosis, arthritis and joint or spinal disc degeneration. Jeffrey Derr, MD, Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians will present information from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at CentraCare Health Plaza in the Windfeldt room on diagnosis and treatment as well as recipes and tips to fortify your spine. Pre-registration required at Register early; seating is limited. For questions, call (320) 656-7021. Board of Education Agenda Planning meetings are scheduled on the following dates in 2013 for the purpose of agenda development for monthly Board of Education meetings and work sessions: Aug 7, Aug 21 (9:30 a.m.); Sept 4, Sept 18 (9:30 a.m.); Oct 2, Oct 16 (9:30 a.m.); Nov 6, Nov 14 (9:30 a.m.); Dec 4, Dec 12 (9:30 a.m.). The above meetings will be held at the District 742 Administration Office, 1000 North 44th Avenue, St. Cloud. The Board of Education Personnel & Negotiations Committee will be meeting at 4 p.m. on the following dates in 2013: Aug 5, Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, and Dec 2. The Board of Education Finance & Audit Committee will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. on the following dates in 2013: Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 19, and Dec 17. The Board of Education Development Committee will be meeting on the following dates in 2013: Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 12, and Dec 10. All meetings will be held at 7:30 a.m. The Board of Education Integration & Equity Committee will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. on the following dates in 2013: Aug 28, Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 20, and Dec 18. The Board of Education Community Linkages Committee will be meeting at 12 Noon on the following dates in 2013: Aug 8, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14 and Dec 12. The Board of Education Legislative Committee will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. on the following dates in 2013: Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20 and Dec 18. The above meetings will be held at the District 742 Administration Office, 1000 North 44th Avenue, St. Cloud. The St. Cloud Area School District 742 Finance Study Group will be meeting at 12 Noon on the following dates: Tues, Sept 10, Tues, Nov 12, 2013. The meetings will be held at the District 742 Administration Building, 1000 North 44th Avenue, St. Cloud. Peace By Piece Quilt Guild Meeting: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Wright County Heritage Center, 2001 Highway 25 N., in Buffalo. Refreshments, visiting start at 9:30 a.m., meeting starts at 10 a.m. The Guild will feature Janet Harvey, who has had many jackets selected for the national Hoffman Challenge Touring Exhibits. Janet will be presenting a fashion show of 25 quilted jackets, and 2 dresses. "Summertime...and the Reading is Easy" brunch held Aug 8 at 9:30am at Reichel's Event Center in Annandale. Friends of the Annandale library will be featured along with lovely harp music by our young friend Kathryn Strand. The morning will be topped off by Mona Bean from Backus speaking about finding joy after years of angry living. Make reservations by calling Sheree at 320-963-6625 before 8pm or Dawn at 612-723-3905 or email This event sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries. Volunteer Opportunity - Therapeutic Horseback Riding Sat. Aug. 10 9 a.m. Volunteer training for Project ASTRIDE will be held at Avon Hills Paints and Quarter Horses. This is a 100% volunteer organization providing therapeutic horseback activities to individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. Contact the program at or visit Bethlehem United Church of Christ will host an old fashioned pie and ice cream social Wed, Aug 7 from 6 to 8 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Entertainment will be provided by the Annandale Community Band. Free will offering accepted to benefit youth camping and mission programs. Bethlehem Church is located at 400 East County Road 37 (airport road), Maple Lake, MN. 320-963-3118, Wright County Fair Seeks Local Talent The Wright County Fair runs from Wed, July 31 until Sunday Aug 4, 2013. All entertainment needs to be family friendly and appropriate for all ages visiting the fair. If you would like to perform call Ward at 763-682-1815 Camp We-No-Wheeze Held at Camp Friendship in Annandale, is celebrating 20 years of providing a safe camp experience for kids with asthma. The camp is scheduled to be held from Aug 10-12 this year. The camp is sponsored by Dr. Mohamed Yassin, Dr. Mary Keating and the St. Cloud Hospital. This camp is for kids ages 7 to 13 taking daily asthma medications. They experience typical outdoor camp activities in a medically-safe environment while learning more about asthma, its triggers and medication. For more information, call St. Cloud Hospital Respiratory Care at (320) 255-5675 or e-mail The Color Vibe, a for-fun 5k run company, is hosting one of their “colorful” runs for people of all ages Aug. 10, 2013 at St. Cloud State University. For more information on the company, the race or registration go to the company’s website: or send and email to St. Cloud Hospital offers three simple 15-minute screenings to determine risk for stroke, peripheral vascular disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm. Cost is $40 for each screening. You do not need a doctor’s referral for these screenings. Consider the screenings if you are older than 55 and have one or more of the following risk factors: ·Family history of stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm or heart disease; ·High blood pressure; ·Nicotine use; ·High cholesterol; ·Diabetes; ·Lack of exercise and/or obesity. To schedule a weekday appointment, please call Imaging Services at CentraCare Health Plaza at (320) 229-4986. Give your spouse a gift that will last your lifetime. Give your spouse a weekend of love. Give them a Marriage Encounter Weekend. Marriage Encounter Weekends enrich relationships. They help with communication, communication that provides a special spark to your marriage. To attend the Oct. 26-27 weekend, please call 320-252-3220 for further information or on the web at: A new Special Olympic team in the Clearwater, Annandale area! Ready to get out of the house? Want to join a team? We'll walk, run, jump and throw on the Track and Field team forming NOW. Open to individuals aged 8 to 88 and ALL ability levels. Medical release is required. The Compassionate Friends (on-going support group for grieving parents experiencing the death of a child of any age) Website Monticello Chapter: Meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 7 PM at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, 1001 7th St. E, Monticello. Contact: Beth at (763) 295-3610. Clearwater History group was formed last spring, and meets monthly. April thru Aug. they meet the third Thursday of the Month at Rejoice Lutheran, and Sept - Mar, they meet the third Saturday at Rejoice. Check the website for meeting dates in you have questions. POMC (Parents of Murdered Children or other family members) Group meets quarterly the 3rd Sunday of each month at Life Transitions Services. Contact Rita R. for additional information about the group and/or annual sponsored events (320) 252-5283. Catholic Charities Life Transitions Services, 312 2nd Ave N, Sauk Rapids Contact: Lois 320-529-0427. In addition to the support groups listed on the Public Service Announcement, Life Transitions also offers: New Clearwater/Clear Lake/Palmer Republicans (CCP) are looking for new members. If you are interested in joining your local republicican party call 320-290-0465. Meetings are the 1st Monday of each month. “Let your voice be heard.” Canine Agility of Central Minnesota located in St. Cloud, MN For class and club information call Dorein Johnson, 320-558-6898 or check out the website at: http://www. Are you in recovery from drugs or alcohol? Bring your friends and family to fun-filled sober events. You do not need to be a graduate of Recovery Plus — everyone is welcome. Events are from 6-9 p.m. on the third Sat of each month at Recovery Plus, 713 Anderson Ave., St. Cloud. Each month is a new activity. For more information, call (320) 229-3760, ext. 23804. Participation in a planning meeting is encouraged. Al-Anon/AC Meeting Meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (12100 Sherburne Ave in Becker. For information call Peggy at 763-262-4246. NA Meeting, Wed 7 p.m. United Methodist Church, 405 Main Street, Clearwater. A.A./Al-Anon combined meeting Sun., 7 p.m. at CW Methodist Church, 405 Main Street. Contact A.A. 320-558-2815, Al-Anon 320-558-6613. A.A. Meeting Monday nights at 7 pm Clearwater, St. Lukes Church. Call 320-558-6129 or 763-360-9935. Families of children with special health care needs are invited to attend the CentraCare Family Connection - Families Special Health Care Needs Network meeting. The group meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the lower level at the CentraCare Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle. For more information, contact group facilitators John and Brianna Inkster at (320) 230-2068. The Wright County Law Library announces a new community public service program designed to assist low income residents with various family law problems without charge. Times of the law clinic are from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and those signed up are taken on a first come-first served basis for a one time consultation. For more information call the Wright County Law Librarian John McCooley at 763-682-7592. On behalf of the Wright County Veterans Service Office we would like to “Welcome Home” all soldiers! Please do not forget to stop in the office to have your DD-214’s recorded as well as the follow up of medical and other benefits. All veterans are welcome. Our office hours are 8 a.m .to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are located in room C-114, first floor of Wright County Courthouse in Buffalo. Phone number is 763-682-7325 or 763-682-7326. Senior LinkAge Line/ RX Connect™ High prescription drug costs continue to plaque Minnesota consumers. The LinkAge Line/RX Connect™ program offers free personalized assistance to help consumers find low cost prescriptions drug assistance. Several prescription programs exist through the pharmaceutical companies, as well as with the Minnesota HealthCare Programs and Social Security for those qualifying individuals regardless of age. For more information or assistance in enrolling in a reputable program, call the LinkAge Line today at 1-800-333-2433 Wright County Community Action currently has programs available to assist individuals who are in the process of rental eviction or mortgage foreclosure. Participants must be income eligible, unable to receive assistance from other sources, housing must be affordable, and participants must agree to participate in WCCA’s Family Budgeting program. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call WCCA at 320-963-6500. Voices of Women - Central MN Sexual Assault Center is offering a support group for adult women. Group meetings are once a week for 10-14 weeks. Group dates and times remain flexible at this time. Please contact our Center for more information. The group will be held at Central MN Sexual Assault Center located on the eastside of St. Cloud. If you are interested contact Bethany or any staff member at 320-251-4357. Wright County Public Health offers cholesterol testing in the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Van. The entire test (the fasting complete profile) takes about 30 minutes. There is a $30 fee. For WOW Van sites, appointments or questions call Rosemary at 682-7717 or toll free 1-800-362-3667, Ext. 7717. These services are provided by Wright County Public Health. Tutor with Minnesota Literacy Council! Help someone in your community..learn English, Become a US Citizen, Earn their GED, Gain their adult diploma, Learn basic computer skills, Learn to read. Casie Moen, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (651) 645-2277 ext 219. Suicide Loss Support Group. A peer group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Caritas Family Services, 911 18th Street N, St. Cloud. All faiths welcome. No charge. Confidentiality respected. Questions please call 320-529-0427. Widowed Hope and General Bereavement Support Group. A peer group for widowed men and women or those who are grieving the loss of other loved ones. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Caritas Family Services, 911 18th Street N, St. Cloud. All faiths welcome. No charge. Confidentiality respected. Questions please call 320-529-0427. Separated/Divorced Support Group. Offered every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Caritas Family Services, 911 18th St. N., St. Cloud. No charge. All faiths welcome. No charge. Confidentiality respected. Questions please call 320-529-0427. Grief Support Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, 605 Franklin Ave NE, St. Cloud Contact: Linda at 320-654-1136. Grief Support Group (on-going support group for death of a loved one) Wed, 7 to 8:30 pm; no charge Contact: any funeral home or the Children’s Grief Connection by phone toll free 1-877-226-7632 or by email: Volunteer drivers needed. The Wright County Volunteer Transportation Program is in need of volunteer drivers to take people to medical appointments. Some special needs at this time are trips for dialysis, radiation, and trips to the Veterans Hospitals. There are also many shorter trips that need drivers. The county will reimburse drivers at $.50 for each mile driven. Contact Kathy DeMars, Wright County Human Services, 1-800-362-3667 ext. 7487 or 763-682-7487.


Brian Gene Baragar, Sr.

BIG LAKE BULL RIDER Mike Wolbeck poses for a picture with his daughter, Paisley, and fiancee, Amanda Langerud.

Lily Noble helps the 4x200 relay team to first place

LIFE IN OLD TIME BIG LAKE was a very different proposition then it is today, middle school students from April Bischoff and Ann Segner’s classes discovered when they had some guest speakers come to class Wednesday. Sharing their history were long-time residents Darlene Lanz and Dee and Norm Leslie. That’s me on the right. (Photo by April Bischoff).