LAKE MARIA’S Winter Fun Day draws people from all over the state. Above, two kids enjoyed sledding down a hill during the 2012 event. This year’s Winter Fun Day is Jan. 25.

Lake Maria hosts snowshow hike

Lake Maria State Park’s 2014 winter schedule starts this weekend with a beginner’s snowshoe hike this Saturday (Jan. 11) from 10 a.m.



MEMBERS OF THE BIG LAKE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR performed for the school board at the beginning of their last meeting. The Chamber Choir members are selected for their skills from among their peers. They were directed by Mary Ebanks. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

DARLENE LANZ grew up just east of town and has lived in or around Big Lake all her life. She recalls what Christmas was like in Big Lake back then. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

SHERBURNE COUNTY ATTORNEY Kathleen Heaney, taking over as MCAA President. (Submitted photo.)

Cheryl Turck and Corey Mabis of the Sherburne County Probation Dept. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

SANTA AND HIS HELPERS prepared to give out toys to 111 families at the Food Shelf Monday. The toys were all donated by one local merchant. (Photo by Ken Francis.)