DEAN-O-MITE ENTERTAINMENT. Dean Downs gets all the kids dancing at the Lions 40th anniversary open house. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

Nice Going, Big Lake Lions!

Gary W. Meyer


Saturday was cold and windy, a little rain coming down from the heavens.
   But that didn’t stop the Big Lake Lions from celebrating their 40th birthday at Lions Park.
The Lions turned out en masse to welcome the public, have demonstrations and pork sandwiches and an enjoyable time.
The Lions have been a big part of the Big Lake community since their inception back in 1973. They started with several strong-willed individuals who felt there was a need for public service.
   In fact, of the three originating members, two - Norm Leslie and Bob Noble - were there shaking hands Saturday. That has been their pledge to the community - and they have enthused others along the way to step in and help.
   Their projects have been wide-ranging and numerous. Some have been very noticeable within the community, like their work with Spud Fest, the holiday food basket program, the various “fries” and their sponsorship of the Lions Park facilities, which also serves as home to Big Lake Township.
   Many of their community support activities have been less-noticed.
But there always have been two constants to Big Lake Lions’ endeavors: Plenty of people will show up to help - and they will do it with smiles on their faces.
   Hats off to the Big Lake Lions. Happy Birthday - and best wishes for many more.


FIGHTING DESTRUCTIVE INSECTS. State plant health specialists Angie Ambourn, center, and Jennifer Dippel took part in a presentation on the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Elk River Monday morning. The state is partnering with the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in an effort to slow the spread of the insects, which include a survey in which volunteers look for increased woodpecker activity and other natural signs that could indicate an EAB infestation. (Photos by David Hannula)

JODI AND BEN BROWN volunteered to man the Minnesota Grown booth at the state fair last year.


ALL STATE ELITE gymnast Mallary Dick on beam.

The Big Lake 14 Elite volleyball team took third place in the President’s Day Festival Tournament, which incudes 64 schools from around the state. Team members are (front) Emily Zinken and Emma Pupeza. Standing are Kayla Ahrens, Haley Newhouse, Logan Miller, Sage Wuornos, Annika Poe, Megan Carlson, Makenzie Reiter, and Hailey Atwood. Not pictured is Alyssa Rezac. (Submitted photo).