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What have they done to our Eagle Lake Road?
We have lived on Eagle Lake Road for 44 years. Someone has made a huge mistake with is restriping they just completed. My grandchildren and others have to walk up to Glenwood or down to Minnesota to legallly and safely cross the street as the crosswalk in front of the school driveway is no longer there. We now have to stand in the middle of the lane of traffic to get our mail. The new stripes have made it unsafe for anyone to walk, ride a bike or run as there is no space on the side of the road.
Buses have a longer wheel base and will need to swing out into the left turn lane to make the right turn into the schools without hitting the curb. The US Postal Service needs to drive along what was the shoulder there to deliver our mail and will be forcing people into the center turn lane. Both would be breaking the law correct?
We were children once believe it or not. We would have loved to walk an extra two blocks in a 44 degree below wind-chill. Oh by the way there is NO sidewalks on Eagle Lake Road beyond Minnesota Avenue so anyone living further north will have to walk on the edge of a lane of traffic or in peoples yards. Is this really safer for our children? The county put the cart before the horse and now has the road striped like we have a sidewalk when we do not. When I called with questions I was told we would have to “adjust” but at what cost and how many could be hurt or worse?
We didn’t need a new freeway through town. A three way stop sign at the school to make people wait for kids would have made it safer to cross and slowed down the people who seem to forget the speed limit drops when County Road 5 becomes Eagle Lake Road coming into town.
Merwin & Janet Metzger
Big Lake, MN
The Hornet Way – Every Day.
My six year old son has a set of core values – do you?
I have thus far, only privately thanked the teachers, staff, and administrators at Big Lake Schools for the amazing work they do in preparing the community’s children for academic, personal and professional success. 
After reading a recent letter from a concerned citizen, displeased that administrators worked to ascertain grants to fund no-cost breakfast and lunches - accessible to all children without qualification guidelines - I felt compelled to publically speak out and declare my appreciation for their efforts.
Fortunate and grateful - words that describe how I feel to be living in a community with schools that employ committed, competent, and caring professionals. We all have ideas on what we think would make the world a better place and I certainly have mine. Instead of focusing on me, me, me, I think the world could benefit from a little more, WE, WE, WE – the underlying plan behind the no cost lunch, breakfast, and don’t forget no-cost bussing that students attending summer school were so fortunate to receive.
This is not just a free food program. This is a well evaluated and executed strategic initiative by Big Lake school administrators. An initiative that not only served to fill the bellies of hungry children of all ages, but served to teach children and teens that school IS a safe place where they can enjoy the company and comradery of one another. A safe place where students can trust and rely on the adults that grade their work, celebrate their successes and listen to their struggles. A safe place with an open door that leads not only to a classroom with lessons and homework, but also an open door that leads to opportunities for children and teens to heighten self-esteem, develop healthy peer relationships, learn effective communication skills and core academic concepts, applicable through all facets of their lives.
As human beings, we can only choose how we behave and how we choose to look at the world - positive or negative. I will continue to happily pay my taxes as an American citizen who enjoys many more comforts in
life than those collectively around the globe. As the mother of a child attending Big Lake Schools, I get the
opportunity to again, go to school. This time, through the eyes of my child. I couldn’t be happier with this second chance - the chance to learn with him and partner with the amazing staff of the Big Lake Schools.
To all those who worked to obtain the funding for the 2014 no-cost breakfast, lunch, and summer school
bussing program – THANK YOU! You truly are making a positive impact in this world by teaching our children that school is a safe, fun, and supportive environment. With the continued support of this community and the efforts of dedicated teachers and school staff, our kids will continue to be well positioned to contribute amazing things to the world.
I encourage all who are reading this to live the core values being taught to the Big Lake community’s children. As adults, we can learn a lot from a bunch of kids.
Respect - be considerate of self, other people and other people’s beliefs and property
Honesty - be truthful
Kindness - be caring, friendly and helpful
Responsibility - be dependable and accountable
Fairness - be committed to the just treatment of others
Here’s to an awesome 2014 – 2015 school year!
Megan Zachman
Big Lake, MN
I was not surprised to see two letters last week going off on their own “rants” about Brett Collier’s letter about the waste of taxpayer money for free breakfast and lunch for those who do NOT need it. I was annoyed by the glowing article in the paper about the program not showing the real truths. I was writing about this topic last year too.
People can get so angry when others point out wasteful spending of taxpayers money and resort to using labels, name calling (crank) and vocabulary like “mean, rant, greed, extreme, harassment, interrogate, diatribe”, over and over again while themselves make uninformed judgments about someone they know nothing about and topics they are not totally informed about.
Just because the program sells itself as helping the poor doesn’t mean it stops there. Like most government programs it extends the taxpayer handouts to those not in need and therefore wastes out money. (A debt reaching 18 trillion this year.) If anyone is capable of really looking at it logically, that should raise a red flat.
Convenience should not be mistaken for need. Money wasted here might really be needed elsewhere. I admire Mr. Colliers for actually following through and investigating what was really happening. I sincerely doubt he was harassing anyone by asking a simple question. A question that others should be asking as well!
I found D. Stearns’ letter to be full of stereotying groups of people without anything to back it up - probably been watching too much MSNBC which is known for its liberal rants. His spew was definitely an overreaction (or “extreme” in his own words) to what Mr. Collier’s wrote.
Perhaps we should stop thinking about any goverment entity feeding the poor in our community and take on that responsibility ourselves. I know several church groups and others who would be more than willing to help in this area using community resources and contributions.
I know that they would have better oversight on the use of any monies for such an endeavor! I think it would be great to tell the government no thanks, we got it covered!
K. Baker
Big Lake, MN
The Sherburne County Law Library wishes to share and endorse a New Free Legal Program for low income Minnesota residents.
Minnesota Legal Advice On-Line (MLAO) has been established to meet the growing legal needs of low income residents 24/7 with confidential legal advice from attorneys to those residents who qualify.
Patrons simply go on-line to to see if you qualify. If so, then make up a user name and password, go online and leave your legal question. You will receive an email when the attorney has reviewed your question. This program does not cover criminal or bankruptcy issues.
Residents are invited to use this important free service immediately.
Minnesota Legal On Line Advice (MLOA) is Admin-istered by Legal Services State Support, a project of the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition and is funded through a grant from the Legal Services Advisory Committee. Special thanks to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and our Minnesota Partners.
Ellen Krug of Call for Justice explains these entities share the goal of increasing access to legal advice for those who cannot afford it. (ellen.krug
The Sherburne County  Law Library also holds free law clinics at 12 noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call 763-765-4800 to register.
John McCooley
Law Libarian
Elk River, MN


Kathleen R. Huber

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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