THE BIG LAKE FOOD SHELF has triple the freezer space, thanks to a donation of two new freezers from Connexus Energy. Pictured are Connexus Energy’s Samantha Neral and Food Shelf Director Amy Robertson. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Food shelf benefactor of 2 'big shelves'

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards


The Big Lake Food Shelf received a donation of two brand new commercial quality freezers, valued at just over $10,000, from Connexus Energy.
“Now we have three times the freezer space than we did before,” said Food Shelf Director Amy Robertson.
The extra freezer space allows the food shelf to take advantage of opportunities to purchase larger quantities of meat from Second Harvest.
‘We can buy big boxes for less than $5,” said Robertson. “It is good to have cash donations, but we still need those donations of non-perishable food items too.” 
Last week the food shelf received a donation of 300 pounds of food from the Big Lake Fire Dept., which was collected at their open house.
Connexus Energy has helped other local food shelves with donations too. In additions to the donations made to the Big Lake Food shelf, they have donated to the food shelves in Princeton, Cambridge, East Bethel and Anoka over the last two years, said Communications and Community Relations Specialist Samantha Neral.
“We like to be able to help out the communities we serve,” she said.
The Big Lake Food Shelf is always in need of volunteers to stock shelves and sort out food supplies for families in need. 
“We do have some wonderful volunteers,” said Amy. “But we can always use more.”
Anyone interested in volunteering at the food shelf should contact Robertson at(763) 263-2432.


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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