BIG LAKE varsity divers look on as Lily Noble completes a dive at the meet versus Buffalo. Noble has been the team’s highest scoring diver this season. The girls compete in Section 5A this weekend.

Swim team heads to section meet

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards


Big Lake High School varsity swimmers and divers competed in sections at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Friday afternoon and  Saturday (today), beginning at 3 p.m.
The Hornets, who have a 5-2 record, compete in Section 5A against teams from Milaca, Becker, Foley, Monticello, Princeton, Cloquet-Esko-Carleton, Ogilvie-Mora, Proctor-Hermantown, Zimmerman and Sauk Rapids-Rice.
The Hornets tied for second place in the Mississippi 8 Conference with Monticello and Buffalo. St. Michael Albertville are this year’s conference champions.
“The girls have all worked so hard and have achieved so many personal and team goals,” said Coach Brittany Gronewold. “I am so proud of all of their hard work and devotion this season.”
“They are excited to go for State at Sections on Saturday. They are truly remarkable individuals and it has been such a privilege coaching them,” she said.
Winners of the section meet will go on to compete at state Nov. 18-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in St. Paul.


(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.)