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.


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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