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.


HISTORIC FIND. SCSU graduate student Jeff Williams is shown with copies of the Red Wing Republican Eagle newspaper that detail a week's worth of the fighting on Iwo Jima in 1945. Williams said he found the historic treasure at a rummage sale and paid $20 for the five newspapers. (Photos by David Hannula.)

Top left Jayden Mclearen, top right Cade Sixberry, bottom Vince Dailey. (Submitted photo.)

Back row: Coach Ryan Prom, Josh Gunther, Erik Larsen - 5th place, Jake Wesley, Shane Roberts - 3rd place, Brady O'Connor, Jordan Hickman - 4th place, Nick Merten, Front Row : Connor Gess - 2nd place, Jayden Mclearen - champion, Dylan Krebs - 2nd place, Vince Dailey - champion, Cade Sixberry - champion. Not pictured : Assistant Coach Loren Holthaus. (Submitted photo.)

BIG  LAKE HORNET Cassie Knick took third place in the all-around in the Mississippi 8 Conference meet versus Buffalo.