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BIG LAKE SENIORS SUPPORT BACKPACK BUDDIES at the Hawaiian luau fundraiser. Enjoying the delicious barbecued pork meal were Sue Fleming, Pat Morris, Linda Stallcop, Arlene Goldman, Lester Wood, Barbara Wood and Beth Smith.

Hearts, luau warm Backpack program

The temperature was well below freezing in Big Lake Saturday but at Saron Lutheran Church on Lake Street South, it was a tropical paradise and local residents

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Car fire at tribune building

New Superintendent Steve Westerberg

Marcella A. Schill

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.