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WE CAN BE THE CHANGE volunteers from Saron Lutheran Church Chance Ottinger, Gayle Ahrens, Vera Habeger and Tom Stich pause for a picture after completing their projects. (Submitted photo).

Saron people can be the change

The people of Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake are rising to the challenge of making a positive change in the Big Lake community by volunteering to tackle mor

THE GREAT BRODINI got a little help from four-year old Elias Henning during his performance at the Big Lake Public Library Monday. Brodini has been performing his act for 30 years and has worked with the library’s summer reading program for 13 years. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Kids meet the Great Brodini at the library

The Great Brodini brought his magic to the Big Lake Public Library this week to entertain an audience of about 50 youngsters plus their parents.

THE BIG LAKE SPUD FEST COMMITTEE. Seated are Raeanne Danielowski, Don Orrock and Nick Paine. Standing from the left are Deb Johnson, Cody Munger, Tootsie McKern, Greg Green, Jason Lankki, Curt Schultz, Amber Lankki, Charlene Albright, Garrett Albright and George Quinn. Not pictured is Eric Petersen. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

42nd Spud Fest starts Thursday

Big Lake’s Spud Fest kicks off this Thursday at 6 p.m. with carnival wrist band rides until close.

THE BIG LAKE SPUD FEST MEDALLION HAS BEEN FOUND in the third week of the hunt by John Muir and his grandson’s, Mike and Jimmie and granddaughter Elizabeth Johnson.

Medallion has been found

The Big Lake Spud Fest medallion has been found by long-time Big Laker and retired civics teacher John Muir and his grandchildren, Mike and Jimmy Muir and granddaughter Elizabeth Johnson.

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SHERBURNE COUNTY FAIR BOARD MEMBER Irene Kostreba, pictured here showing a very old poster advertising a Sherwin Linton concert, is still looking for items to display in the county fair history center. Items could be given on loan or donated to the fair board. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

FRESH FLAME BURGER serves up fast food with its own flair on Hwy. 10 in Big Lake. Clara Henderson, Kari Luckey and Jamall Whitelaw ordered their food to go from restaurant owner Gus Afrooz. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

SHERBURNE COUNTY 4-H’ers got some hands-on experience working at the 4-H foodstand at the fairgrounds Wednesday evening in preparation for the Sherburne County Fair, which starts Wednesday. About 60 kids from six different 4-H clubs learned how to grill burgers, cook fries and hot dogs and serve customers during the orientation event. Above are Big Lakers Katie Olson (left), Kirsten Olson and Taylor Muehlbauer cooking fries and Bailey Muehlbauer (right) getting hamburger buns ready. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

GRAND KNIGHT DENNIS NAGORSKI of the Knights of Columbus presented Big Lake Chief of Police Joel Scharf and Becker Chief of Police Brent Baloun with a donation of prescription drug drop-boxes for each city. Along with marijuana, prescription drugs are often abused because of easy access. Keeping them out of the water system is important to protect the environment. Now our residents have a safe way to dispose of their unwanted or out-dated medications. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).