BIG LAKE SPUDSPOOKULAR TRAIL OF TERROR committee members are (front), Curt Schultz, the security guard, (front row, left to right), Charlean Albright, Karen Betland, Patti Borchert, Melissa Kroll, Chris Kroll, Shannon Reagan, Ashley Valerius and Robbie Koestler. Back row is Melissa Schultz, Greg Borchert, Nick Paine, a pirate monster, Jason and Amber Lankki and Doug Borchert. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards).

Terror Trail terrorizes gobs of kids

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards


The Big Lake SpudSpookular Trail of Terror drew big crowds to Borcherts Woods off Co. Rd. 75 over the last two weekends.
The trail, which is located in 12 acres of woods, raises funds for the annual summer Big Lake Spud Fest and is organized by the same committee, with a little help from their friends.
In addition to providing a spooky adventure for trail walkers and raising funds for Spud Fest, the event raises donations for the Big Lake Food Shelf.
Saturday morning there were some not-so-scary free events for the younger set, including a pumpkin decorating contest and a costume contest. 
The event drew well over 300 people of all ages as various groups and organizations stationed themselves along the trail with plenty of candy to give away.
“We had over 100 people Friday night,” said Spud Fest Committee Member Nick Paine.
Children had an opportunity to decorate a pumpkin at the Trail of Terror. There was a bonfire to warm up by and a lunch of brats and hot dogs to buy.
Then it was time to judge the costume contest, a tough job for the Spud Fest Committee, with so many well dressed youngsters to choose from. The committee selected three winners. The crowd also chose their favorite, a younger version of Adrian Peterson, who won as much for his dance moves as Peterson’s play on the football field.
“We were really pleased with the number of people who came out,” said Committee Member Patti Borchert. “We have had many positive comments on the trail.”


Mike Zdychnec, Executive Program Director for Healthcare Management at MN School of Business. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

JEN SCHUMACHER (far left), applauds as 15-year-old Matthew Trutna wins the 2015 Team Liam 5K Saturday. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards).

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)
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