Meet your Big Lake Ambassador Candidates

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards

 Big Lake Ambassadors Autumn Clyde, Emily Hansen and Madelyn Zinken and Junior Ambassadors Kaitlyn Smith and Lauryn Yanta will ride the big baked potato float with the butter pad cushions for the last time in the Spud Fest parade Saturday.

The parade will be followed by the Big Lake Ambassador Coronation in the high school auditorium at 1:15 p.m., at which four new ambassadors and two new junior ambassadors will be selected for 2014-15.
This years Ambassador candidates are Teanna Britton, sponsored by The Lake Cafe and Streamline Auto, Kaitlyn Hart, sponsored by Mid-State Seamless Gutters and On Time Land Care, Kailyn Johnson, sponsored by JoNova Salon and the Big Lake Police Dept., Hailey Lahr, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Boone’s Family Chiropractic and Wellness, Samantha Moench, sponsored by Big Lake Lions and Izzy Rasmussen, sponsored by Big Lake Lioness and RiverWood Bank.
Junior Ambassador candidates are Raina White, sponsored by The Lake Cafe and Big Lake Lions, Madisen Fritel, sponsored by Tim and Cathy Olson and the Knights of Columbus, Natalie Ulven, sponsored by Apollo Insurance, Josaphine Vizenor, sponsored by the Big Lake Police Dept. and Edina Realty, and Amelia Gardner, sponsored by Big Lake Lioness and RiverWood Bank.
The four senior ambassadors will win scholarships of $500 each and represent Big Lake to surrounding communities around the region at their special events. The Ambassadors also volunteer throughout the year at the Big Lake Food Shelf and in countless ways in the Big Lake community.
The scholarship program is entirely self-supporting as the girls host a fashion show in April at Saron Lutheran Church, car washes and other fundraising events each year.
The Big Lake Ambassadors and this year’s candidates will be face painting at the main stage tent Friday at 6 to 7:30 p.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.)