LEEA Award: Back Row (L-R): Tim Schochenmaier, Bob Dockendorf, Mark Canton, Rob Cavanna, Caryl Gordy, Crystal Thorson, Teresa Smock-Potter. Front Row: Nate Hamrin, Anita Stangler, Stacie Boeckman, April Bischoff. Support Staff: Back Row (L-R): Mark Canton, Jon Miller, Jack Ranallo. Front Row: Diana Quinn, Brenda Hill, Rob Cavanna, Kim Peterson, Bill Miller. (Submitted photos.)

BL teachers and support staff honored at two awards ceremonies

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Four Big Lake Schools teachers were recognized as exceptional educational leaders at the 22nd Annual Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards (LEEA) ceremony at the end of last month.
April Bischoff, Stacie Boeckman, Nathan Hamrin and Anita Stangler represented Big Lake Schools’ honorees.  They were recognized among 151 educators across 41 school districts. 
Additionally, four educational support staff members were recognized for their commitment to helping Big Lake Schools run smoothly at the 4th Annual Educational Support Staff Recognition event held at the end of September.
Brenda Hill, Bill Miller, Kim Peterson and Diana Quinn were recognized among 101 support staff members across 27 school districts.
Honorees were selected from nominations submitted by each school within a district.
“We are very proud of these individuals for the great work they have done inside of our schools,” said Superintendent Jonathan Miller. 
Each honoree received a plaque and certificate from the Governor of Minnesota. 
 

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(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

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Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)