The students, Grades 9-12, members of family consumer sciences, directed by Beth Smith and Brenda Larson, were up as early as 4:45 a.m. to put the turkeys in the oven.

BLHS Turkey Day - A Feel Good Day!

Gary W. Meyer


BLHS students rolled out the red carpet again Thursday, as they celebrated Thanksgiving with their annual turkey luncheon before a crowd of up to 120.
   The students, Grades 9-12, members of family consumer sciences, directed by Beth Smith and Brenda Larson, were up as early as 4:45 a.m. to put the turkeys in the oven. It was capped off with apple and pumpkin pie to those attending.
   The school regularly invites members of the senior community, Options, Inc., group homes, and this year asked students to invite grandparents.
   Among the first guests to come off the serving line were Karina Acuna and Gabby Chanthavong of Big Lake.
   It made for a fun and friendly luncheon for BLHS Student Brianna Fourdyce, who hosted her Great Aunt Marie Urbanski of Andover and Grandmother Pat Schulz of Coon Rapids.
   Brianna was part of the sweet potatoes crew - along with her best friend, Student Laicole Dobie - pealing the potatoes and preparing them as a savory portion of the meal.
   All the trimmings were there - potatoes, gravy, cranberries, stuffing and relishes, topped of course with the desserts, prepared by the 45 students.
   And while the guests ate, they were serenaded to the melodic tunes of Christmas carols and other favorites, contributed by Music Teacher Mary Ebanks and her BLHS Treble Choir, comprised of girls Grades 9-12. Ms. Ebanks took the time to promote the treble choir’s next local performance, as part of the holiday concert at BLHS Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.  They will also be singing the National Anthem at the University of Minnesota Gophers basketball game at Williams Arena Dec. 7.
   The day was a new experience for two foreign exchange students to BLHS. Andreas Lindberg, Tromso, Norway, and Olga Nissenen, Utajarvi, Finland, helped out. They note their countries do not celebrate Thanksgiving as the US does; rather, they have Midsummerfests to celebrate their cultures.
   Thanksgiving is “old hat” to a third exchange student, Flomo Darjue, of Liberia. He spent six years in North Carolina before coming to Big Lake this year. (Flomo is the student who stepped in with a camera and took the pictures for this story when the Tribune reporter’s camera mysteriously failed - dead batteries.)


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)

CENTRACARE HEALTH MONTICELLO HOSPITAL provides top-quality health care for the community. St. Cloud Hospital, run by CentraCare Health, was recently named the third best medical facility in the state, second only to the Mayo Clinic and Abbot Northwestern. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

CHUCK MAURER, 54, of Becker was killed in a car crash Tuesday and his 10 year old daughter, Casey, was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center after his mini-van was t-boned by a pickup truck driven by four teenagers from Little Falls. (Submitted photo courtesy of the Maurer family.)

Ronald D. Wobbrock
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