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).

Spud Fest group is out of the gate!

The calendar says it is springtime in Big Lake and regardless of the weather, the Big Lake Spud Fest Committee is already meeting weekly at Russell’s On The Lake to plan the 42nd annual community

BNSF HAZMAT MANAGER Kenny Benser demonstrated how he would tighten valves on a non-pressurized tank car to prevent leaks from occurring while fire fighters from Big Lake and Monticello looked on Pictured from the left are Benser, Nathan Krantz from Monticello, Jake Minor, Aaron Bidle, Darren Hardies and Derek Gloege from Big Lake. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Rail officials hold class on accident mitigation

Big Lake drew the attention of Twin Cities media Thursday when Burlington Northern Santa Fe  (BNSF), Hazardous Materials Manager Derek Lampkin came to town to address local health and safety offi



CUB SCOUTS FROM PACK 93 came to visit the newspaper office Monday. From left to right, they are Ben Nau, Graelynn Winter, Jonathan McCormack, Gabriel Winter and Caleb Nau. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

SUPERHEROES: WITH GREAT POWER COMES ORDINARY RESPONSIBILITY is the BLHS one-act play this year. Cast and crew includes faculty advisor Ryan Purdy, Shiloh Zoccoli, Baylee Jacobs, Laicole Dobie, Emily Hanson, Autumn Clyde, Justina Zou, Jamie Schwartz, Rick Holbrook, Karissa Bechtold, Alexander Hugh Prom, Hannah Schoening, Heather Yanta, Emma Thompson, Jessica Stenberg, Kaylee Wagner, Aliyah Agyekum, Savannah Mitchell, John Freund, Zarae Jackson, and Aaron Matushenko. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

CITY LEADERSHIP. Maddie Zinken will represent the BLHS Student Council as liaison to the Big Lake City Council. She will also represent Big Lake and the Big Lake Ambassador Program at the Aquatennial in Minneapolis as one of 42 contestants with a shot at being named Queen of the Lakes. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

BIG LAKE CITY COUNCIL recognized Public Works employee John Moshier, retiring after 34 years of service. From the left are City Council Member Seth Hansen, John Moshier Council Member Duane Langsdorf, Mayor Raeanne Danielowski, Council Member Nick Christenson, Council Member Mike Wallen and Public Works Director Mike Goebel. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).