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BL Comm Guide 2015-16

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Big Lake Chamber Community Guide 2015-16

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Big Lake Chamber of Commerce
Welcome from the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce!
The Chamber is committed to the success of the Big Lake
business community through information, communication,
cooperation and support for all.
The Chamber is a referral center for both local and out-ofstate inquiries. We answer hundreds of questions about the
Big Lake community and area businesses. The BLCC also
offers opportunities to businesses through networking at our
monthly Chamber meetings, monthly newsletters, weekly
emails, our website, the Business Expo, and our Big Lake
Block Party.
We would like to thank the members who participated in
the community guide as well as other Chamber events
throughout the year. Your involvement in the Chamber is an
essential part of doing business.
You can help make the community and
organizations in the area stronger by being
an active BLCC member. In return, the
Chamber will help make your business or
organization stronger. If you would like to
find out more information about the Big
Lake Chamber, you can contact our office
at (763) 263-7800, Monday- Thursday 9
a.m.- 3 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. or
feel free to visit our website at
Tricia Skodje
www.biglakechamber.com. Don’t forget to
“like” us on Facebook!

PRESIDENT: Tricia Skodje
DIRECTORS:
John Howard, Coborn's-Big Lake - 763-263-3555
Michelle Backlund, Michelle Backlund CPA - 763-263-1532
Donna Clarksean, KleinBank - 763-235-2727
Gina Wolbeck, City of Big Lake - 763-263-2107
Scott Schulz, Great River Spine/Sport - 763-260-8401
Susan Nagorski, West Sherburne Tribune - 763-263-3602
Ken Geroux, Ken Geroux Construction - 763-263-6878

ADLER HERDINA and his brother had fun shooting
balls at targets using air power playing blow-up games at the
Big Lake Chamber of Commerce block party at McPete’s.
(Photos by Jennifer Edwards)

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Special Features

From the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 4
Ambassadors program thriving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 6
Learning is forever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 10
Our lakes have many stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 16
Tenants sought for the industrial park . . . . . . . . . . .Page 22
Business Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pages 44-47

JUST 4 LAFFS clown Balou, aka Wesley Newman,
made balloon animals for children at the Big Lake Chamber
Block Party.

Front Cover Photos: The Big Lake Ambassadors wave
to the crowds who attended the 2015 Spud Fest parade.
(Photo by Jennifer Edwards) YOUNGSTERS work on their
throwing skills before a T-Ball session near Independence
Elementary School. (Photo by Ken Francis) Filmstrip photos
submitted by Gayle Berthiaume
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From The Editor

Ambassadors have come a long way
It was in the early 1980’s and our young Big
Lake Chamber was branching out, trying new
ideas to add to the Spud Fest festival.
Among the new events coordinated during
that era were Spud Fest wrestling in mashed
potatoes and the potato pancake breakfast.
One event came and went, however, in a
short year. The Miss Big Lake Contest, which attracted three
young ladies, was held only in 1983, then not heard from
again for 10 years.
But the message of that first pageant was young Big Lake
ladies could achieve on stage - and win a scholarship. It needed to have educational advancement at its core.
That was the case for young Mary Kral, (now Mary
Swanson) who won a $500 scholarship and entered college
the following fall, helping her on to a professional career. The
funds for the scholarship came from the Big Lake Lions, who
coordinated Spud Fest.
I was one of the people involved in promotion of the first
Miss Big Lake Pageant.
It was wonderful to see how seriously our three young candidates took that pageant. They were intent to promote their
best self - and I believe had fun doing it.
That is indeed the theme for the ensuing Big Lake

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Ambassador contests, which have
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lot of hard work - a Sherburne Tribune which shows her in a
lot of time - and photo with her father, Wes Kral.
considerable passion to make this event grow each year.
It has - and it’s due to the efforts of many local persons, who
likewise, take it very seriously.
Big Lake and its Ambassador program are recognized as one
of the finest in the state.
They don’t promote swimsuits.
They promote education, commitment to community and
enjoyment of others as they continue their young journeys
through life.
That spirituality has gotten the attention of the Minneapolis
Aquatennial Committee - and Big Lake representatives now
regularly attend the annual parade in Minneapolis.
Great visibility for a great program.
We’re proud of all of them.
Tribune Staff Writer Jennifer Edwards recounts all the years
and faces of the Miss Big Lake contests in a feature within this
issue of the Big Lake Community Guide.
Enjoy the story and pictures and refresh your memory of
those who helped the program march along.
Jennifer has two other features within this Community
Guide - a sitdown with Dorothy Hinrichs and family about
Camp Cozy, a campground which was located on the north
end of Lake Mitchell, for many years in the middle of the last
century.
She has also compiled a story on efforts to market the
newest section of the Big Lake Industrial Park, owned and
operated by the City of Big Lake and Big Lake Twp.
Staff Writer Ken Francis has provided a feature on Big Lake
Schools Community Education and the growth it has experienced, reaching out to serve the community.
We’re proud of their work and the support we’ve received
from area businesses and organizations to make this
Community Guide possible.
Thank you very much.

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EDITOR

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Ambassador program thriving
Jennifer Edwards
Staff Writer
The Big Lake Ambassador Pageant is a
self-supporting program which gives
four young women a $500 scholarship
for college and the experience of a lifetime in exchange for representing Big
Lake to the world at large.
In addition to appearing in parades
and festivals all around the region, the
ambassadors put in hundreds of hours
of volunteer work, doing everything
from painting faces to calling bingo
numbers at the nursing home.
The program first started in 1983
when the Big Lake Civic and
Commercial Club, in conjunction with
organized Spud Fest, decided to hold a
Miss Spud Fest contest.
The pageant committee was chaired
by Deb Hansen and Louise Williams.
Three winners were chosen. Mary Kral,
daughter of Wes Kral and Dorothy
Fallon, was named the winner. Pamela
Stein was named first runner-up and
Cindi McConnell was named second
runner up.
Mary was sponsored by Citizen State
Bank, where she worked. Stein was
sponsored by Panayotoff Vegetable
Farm. McConnell was sponsored by the
businesses in the Big Lake Professional
Building.
Each Miss Spud Fest was judged on
their academic record, community service, an essay she wrote on the founding
fathers of Big Lake and on questions
asked by the judges, who were from the
winter carnival.
Although the contest was successful it
was more than 10 years before another
contest was held.
Miss Big Lake
In 1994, the organizers of Spud Fest
brought the program back and first-to
be-crowned was Amy Schnitzler and
Princesses were Joanna Adams and
Jennifer Lara. Jennifer Lindberg was
named most congenial.
In 1995 Angie Putnam was named the
new Miss Big Lake. Mikinzie Bichel and
Jenny Peterson were the Princesses and
Angel Kline won the title of Miss
Congeniality. Marie Moe wrote the winning essay and Becca Dean sold the
most Spud Fest buttons.
In 1996, Jaime Fish was crowned Miss
Big Lake. Her court included Princesses
Stacey Gail and Elizabeth Onstad. Amy
Westrum was named Miss Congeniality.
The 1996 royalty were selected from a
field of 19 candidates.
In 1997, Miss Big Lake was Tracy

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The current reigning Ambassadors
are Allison Bahe, Isabella Rasmussen,
Kayla Robertson and Caitlyn Shaw.
Junior Ambassador are Madeline
Peterson and Ava Rain.
Corrigan. Princesses were Jolene Grace
and Valerie Olson. Allison Strand was
named Miss Congeniality. Matthew
Kowalski and Hannah Glelter, both
seven years old, were named Mr. and
Miss Sprout.
Crowned in 1998 were Marla
Weston, Crystal Brown, Triston Rose
and Shannon Simms. In 1999, they gave
up their crowns to Jodi Kendall, Nicole
Witowski, Amanda Heitz Holm and
Faith Pearson.
In 2000 April Springer won the crown
with Jessica Lanie, Stephanie Saxton
and Sarah Soule. In 2001 Laura Brandt,
Shannon Helps, Nikki Sims and Sheila
Urizar were crowned. Sheila was
named Most Congenial. Little Sprouts
that year were Katie Cocchiarella and
Tate Walquist.
The year 2002 saw Kari Kendall,
Tiffany Bodine, Brigitte Leininger and
Sarah LaPointe take the tiaras. Sarah
was Most Congenial and Joe
Cocchiarella and Nicole Kampa were
the little Sprouts.
Ambassador Contest
The contest changed over time as
public sentiment moved away from the
Princess model and became the Big
Lake Ambassador contest in 2003.
That was the year Sue Springer, who
worked hard behind the scenes to raise
funds, unveiled the new baked potato
float made of fiberglass with the butter
pat cushions which is still in use today.
“It cost $12,000,” said Springer.
“There were donors but the girls did a
lot of the fund-raising themselves.”
First to ride the float were Laurel
Gaynor, Brittany Hansen, Lindsay
Wolters (Most Congenial), and Brianna
Wojnowiak. Brittany Green and April
Harrison were named Junior Sprouts.

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2014 Big Lake Ambassadors Samantha
Moench, Kailyn Johnson & Hailey Lahr &
Jrs. Madison Fritel & Raina White.

In 2004, Feanna Bring, Sarah Gaynor,
Alicia Mooney and Stephanie Quinn
were crowned with Doug Borchert and
Jordyn Carlson as the little Sprouts.
In 2005, the program, by now a
501c3 thanks to Sue Springer, was
switched to the Ambassador program
we have today.
The first Ambassadors crowned were
Lacey Brown (Most Congenial), Lauren
Davis, Holly Flagg and Jessica
Rostomily. Makayla Caliguiri and Abby
Sundeen
were
named
Junior
Ambassadors.
Alyssa Krueger (Sigafus), Samantha
Martin, Jamie Prettyman and Most
Congenial Kelsey Walter were named
Big Lake Ambassadors in 2006.
In 2007 they gave up their crowns to
Alicia Anderson, Brittney Doperalski,
Sarah Oltmanns and Samantha Smith.
Megan Frazer and Megan Zinken were
named Junior Ambassadors.
In 2008 it was the turn of Megan
Abram, Julia Allen, Jackie Barker and
Samantha Phillippe to represent Big
Lake. Megan was Most Congenial. Skye
Davis and Emma Thompson were Junior
Ambassadors.
Dominique Boroski, Sara Hansen,
Corrie Scott and Brittah Springer were
crowned Ambassadors in 2009. Sara
was Most Congenial. Leah Andersen
and Emily Zinken were Junior
Ambassadors.
In 2010, Paige Liebl, Brianna Maciej,
Emily Muehlberg and Erin Whitacre
were crowned and Alexis Nau and Evi
Wandersee were named Junior
Ambassadors.
They gave up their crowns in 2011 to
Marijane Oquin and Hailey Uphoff.
Katie Forsman and Sabrina Thao were
also crowned but left the program
before completing their year. Ashlee
Ogren and Madison Thompson were
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1994. Princess Joanna
Adams, Queen Amy Schnitzler,
Miss Congeniality Jennifer
Lindberg & Princess Jennifer
Lara

1995. Princesses Jenny
Peterson & Mikinzie Bichel,
Miss Big Lake Angie Putnam &
Miss Congeniality Angel Kline

1998.
Marla
Weston,
Crystal Brown, Triston Rose and
Shannon Simms

1999. Miss Big Lake Jodi
Kendall. Princesses Amanda
Heitz & Nikki Hagen, & Miss
Congeniality Faith Pearson

2002 Miss Big Lake Kari
Kendall, Princesses Tiffany
Bodine & Brigitte Leininger and
Miss Congeniality Sarah LaPointe

2003 Big Lake Ambassadors
Breanne Wojnowiak, Laurel
Gaynor, Brittany Hanson & Miss
Congeniality Lindsey Walter

2006 Big Lake Ambassadors
Samantha
Martin,
Most
Congenial Kelsey Walter, Jami
Prettyman & Alyssa Krueger

2010 Big Lake Ambassadors
Paige Leibl, Brianna Maciej,
Erin Whitacre, Emmaleigh
Muehl-berg & Jrs. Alexis Nau &
Evi Wandersee

2007 Big Lake Ambassadors
Samantha
Smith,
Sarah
Oltmanns, Alycia Anderson &
Brittney Doperalski

2011 Big Lake Ambassadors
Marijane Oquin & Hailey
Uphoff & Jrs. Ashlee Ogren &
Madison Thompson

1996. Jaime Fish, Stacy
Gail, Elizabeth Onstad & Miss
Congeniality Amy Westrum

2000. Princesses Sarah
Soule & Stephanie Saxton, Miss
Big Lake April Springer & Miss
Congeniality Jessica Lanie

1997. Tracy Corrigan,
Jolene Grace, Valerie Olson &
Allison Strand

2001. Miss Big Lake Laura
Brandt, Princesses Shannon
Helps & Nikki Sims, & Miss
Congeniality Sheila Urizar

2004 Big Lake Ambassadors
Feanna Bring, Stephanie Quinn,
Alecia
Mooney
&
Miss
Congeniality Sarah Gaynor

2005 Big Lake Ambassadors
Lauren Davis, Holly Flagg,
Jessica Rostomily & Miss
Congeniality Lacey Brown

2008 Big Lake Ambassadors
Jackie Barker, Julie AllenGearhart, Megan Abram &
Samantha Phillippe

2009 Big Lake Ambassadors
Corrie Scott, Sara Hanson,
Brittah Springer, Dominique
Boroski & Jrs. Emily Zinken &
Leah Anderson

2012 Big Lake Ambassadors
Sarah Impola Ashley Schafer,
Hannah Trocke, Samantha
Young & Jrs. Sierra Stromberg &
Reagan Weyhrauch

2013 Big Lake Ambassadors
Autumn Smith, Emily Hansen &
Maddy Zinken & Jrs. Kaitlyn
Smith & Lauryn Yanta

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named Junior Ambassadors.
Crowned in 2012 were Sarah Impola, Ashley Schaefer,
Hannah Trocke (Most Congenial) and Samantha Young. Sierra
Strombach and Reagan Weyrauch were Junior Ambassadors.
2013 saw Autumn Clyde named Most Congenial. Emily
Hansen, Maddy Zinken and Bailey Jacobs were Ambassadors
but Jacobs did not last the year. Kaitlyn Smith and Lauryn
Yanta were the Juniors.
In 2014, Kailyn Johnson, Hailey Lahr and Samantha
Moench were crowned. Samantha was most Congenial
Kaitlyn Hart left the program and Madisen Fritel and Raina
White were the Junior Ambassadors.
The current reigning Ambassadors are Allison Bahe, Isabella
Rasmussen, Kayla Robertson and Caitlyn Shaw. Junior
Ambassador are Madeline Peterson and Ava Rain.
Just Beginning
To this day, candidates are still asked to sell buttons for
Spud Fest and write an essay. They are also asked to gather
food for the Big Lake Food Shelf.
When the young ladies win their tiaras, their work is just
beginning, not only for them but for their family members. It
is often the parents who step up to drive the float, get the girls
to where they need to be and chaperone them while they are
out on the road.
Although it is a not-for-profit organization and donations
are tax deductible, the Ambassadors and the Ambassador
candidates raise all the funds themselves through their annual spaghetti dinner, fashion show, car washes and other activities. They receive no outside support from the city, the Big
Lake Chamber or other organization except Spud Fest.
Ambassadors Continued On Page 29

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Big Lake Public Library
The Big Lake Public Library is located at 790 Minnesota
Street across from Independence Elementary School.
The Big Lake Public Library is a part of the Great River
Regional Library.
Library Hours: Mon. 2-7 p.m.; Tues. 10-1 p.m.; Wed. and
Thurs. 2-6 p.m.; Fri. 10-5 p.m. And Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Big Lake Library Phone: 763-263-6445 www.griver.org
Manager: Terry L. Pfleghaar

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Location: City Hall Building, 160 Lake Street North, P.O.
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Phone: (763) 263-2432
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Hours: Every Monday & Thursday - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Every Wednesday - 9 to 11 a.m.; 2nd and 4th Saturday - 9 to
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Monthly board meetings are held the third Tuesday of every
month except the month of July at the Senior Center at City
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Community Education: Learning is forever

BASKETBALL COACH KURT
BRETHORST works with kids during the
basketball skills program at the Big Lake
Middle School gym.
Ken Francis
Staff Writer
Even though the school year ends in
June, there is still plenty of activity going
on at Big Lake Schools.

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Kids can be seen working out in the
weight room. Others are on the track,
in the gym or on the soccer fields, honing their skills for the next sports season. For the younger kids, the workouts
are introducing them to new sports and
activities.
There are also classes for adults, and
daycare for pre-school children.
It’s all part of the Big Lake
Community Education program, which
has been offering programs and activities for kids and adults for almost 40
years.
Community Education (CE) began in
the 1930s in Flint, MI when two men,
Frank Manley and Charles Mott, questioned the logic of closing down
schools after regular school hours
ended.
The Mott Foundation helped start a
pilot project that made better use of the
school facilities. Classes and activities
for all ages were planned to help the
schools meet the needs of the community. The success of the project set the
stage for other communities throughout
the country.
Gov. Harold LeVander started a

statewide advisory committee in
Minnesota in 1969 and the first funding
for community education programs
was established in 1971.
Big Lake’s Start
Community Education in the Big
Lake School District began in 1977
under the direction of Darrell Esterly,
then assistant principal of Big Lake
High School.
In December, 1977, Charlene Hayes
was hired as part-time director of CE to
develop a program for community
members to help them continue lifelong learning. Big Lake High School
Athletic Director Linda Anderson
worked alongside Hayes to assist with
activities.
In the early years, the Big Lake CE
Program was limited to the school year
and offered 10 to 15 recreational-style
classes and a few adult trips every
quarter. There were no summer classes.
That changed in the late ‘80s. Under
the joint direction of Supt. Bob Lageson
and part-time CE Director John
Haskell, the program grew.
Programs and activities were added
throughout the calendar year, including

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summer recreation, Adult Basic
Education, cooperative programs with
St. Cloud YMCA and Becker
Community Education, pre-school and
after school care and, after the legislature approved funding, CE added
School Readiness.
In those early years, the state CE
assessed
program
Organization
strengths and weaknesses in order to
recommend changes. A review of the
Big Lake CE program revealed that it
needed a fulltime director. In the summer 1993, the school hired Rande
Gustafson to fill that position. He
served until 2007 when the school district restructured job responsibilities
and Brad Schnitzler was named CE
Director.
Over the past eight years, Schnitzler
says CE is continuing to expand and
evolve with the needs of the community. What is popular one year might not
be as interesting the next.
“When personal computers came
out, computer classes were very popular. They have become less popular
because now with the internet, people
can learn more online,” he says. “If it’s
new technology, we get some interest
because it’s not out there yet. Not
everybody knows how to work with it

yet.”
Online Programs
Computers still play a role in CE,
only at home instead of in the classroom.
A program called ed2go allows people to take six-week classes online at
home.
“It’s really starting to pick up,” says
Schnitzler. “It’s mainly for adults. They
can go online and find any area course
they might be looking for.”
The program started about seven
years ago, but it took awhile to catch
on. Now lots of people are taking classes in business, law, technology, design
and composition, healthcare, language
and college readiness.
“It’s getting more and more popular
because people can do it in the comfort of their own home on their own
time frame,” says Teresa Scott, CE
Program Secretary. “We’ll pick a few
popular classes and showcase them in
our brochure.”
Three of those classes in this year’s
summer brochure were Secrets of
Better Photography, Genealogy Basics
and Write and Publish A Nonfiction
Book.
CE also offers driver improvement
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“We partnered with Keller Lake
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senior center,” says Schnitzler.
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Fitness
Fitness classes have
always been popular
with adults.
“We’ve always had
some form of fitness
classes, either a running
club a walking club or
yoga,” says Schnitzler.
“Zumba is popular now.
And we’ve also started
with Refit class.”
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CE also offers a GED program for those 17 and over looking
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reading and writing and English as a Second Language.
And there are special classes and activities that CE offers
when someone has a different idea.
Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding classes were offered this
summer as a new fitness activity. Combined with yoga, SUP
helps coordination, strength and balance.
Last year, CE offered a rain barrel-making class.
“I thought it would be great for community education, so I
approached Big Lake and asked if they wanted to do the
class,” says Master Gardener Kerry Hamlet, who taught the
class.
The barrels were donated by Viking Coca Cola and the
Master Gardeners purchased the adaptor kits. Under Hamlet’s
instruction, participants used drills and other tools to make
rain barrels for them to keep and use at home.
Schnitzler says CE is always looking for activities and classes that would be of interest to people in the community.
“We try to keep with the times. We want to make sure we
always have new classes,” he says.
Sometimes, there isn’t much interest in the beginning, so
deciding whether to offer a class is difficult.
“Ninety percent of the time we’ll give it a try, as long as we’re
not losing a lot of dollars on it. I think that’s a decision I
make,” says Schnitzler. “If it takes 10 people to break even
and we only have eight signed up, we’ll give it a try. It’s good
not only for community education, but for the school district.”
Hamlet’s barrel-making class had 12 participants in its first
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again.
“I’ll probably offer that again in spring and
maybe do another type of class on gardening,” she says.
The Young Ones
CE is known for its summer recreation programs, like swimming, gymnastics, basketball camps, fitness training, T-ball and more
recently, trap shooting.
But Schnitzler says pre-school, child care
and school readiness programs have grown
significantly in the last few years.
Located at Liberty and Independence
Elementary Schools, Kids Club now offers
before, during and afterschool childcare for
kids from three years to ninth grade with creative curriculum and engaging activities. So
it’s not just about adults watching kids all day.
Kids learn and have fun while their parents
are at work. It’s a win-win for everyone, says
Schnitzler.
“A parent could drop off their child at 6
a.m. in childcare; at 9 a.m. we send them to
School Readiness; they come back to childcare at noon and in the afternoon they are
involved in daytime childcare preschool.
Then after school there are more childcare
activities and the parent can pick them up at
6 p.m.,” he says. “It’s kind of like one-stop
shopping.”
Big Lake CE publishes three catalogues
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Schnitzler says there are plenty of people
out there who might be good at something,
and CE is a great way to share their knowledge.
“We know there are people who have
some sort of expertise,” he says. “So anyone
interested in teaching a class should contact
us. We’ll see if we can make it work.”
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Big Lake Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous
aa.org
Al-Anon Hotline (Sherburne Co.)
952-920-3961
www.al-anon-alateen-msp.org
Becker/Big Lake Hockey Association
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Big Brother/Big Sister
320-253-1616
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Big Lake Spud Fest
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Big Lake Community Food Shelf
PO Box 501
763-263-2432
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Big Lake Township
763-263-8111
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Big Lake Fire Station
763-263-3456

Big Lake Women of Today
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Big Lake Friends of the Library
763-263-6445

Big Lake Youth Basketball
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Big Lake Lionesses
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Big Lake Ambassadors
[email protected]

Big Lake Lions
PO Box 128, Big Lake

Boy Scout/Cub Scout Troop 93
[email protected]
Biglakebsa.org

Big Lake American Legion & Auxiliary
763-263-3147
www.legion.org

Big Lake Police Department
763-263-2500 (emergencies dial 911)

Boys and Girls Club
Bgca.org

Big Lake Baseball Association
biglakebaseball.com

Big Lake School District 727
763-262-2536
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1-800-252-1166
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Big Lake Chamber of Commerce
763-263-7800
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Big Lake Sno Cruisers
763-263-5809
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763-271-2271
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Big Lake Resources
Crime Victims Services Sherburne Co.
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Sherburne County Crisis Nursery
763-765-4000
Sherburne County Daycare Assistance
763-765-4000

Tri-Cap
800-821-9719
763-263-0101
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Cristo Vive International
763-263-1526
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Sherburne County Historical Society
763-261-4433
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United Way 211
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Energy Assistance & Tri Cap
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Sherburne County
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Girl Scouts – of MN and Wisconsin Lakes
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Sherburne County Sheriff
763-765-3500

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763-263-0058
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MN Domestic Violence Crisis Line
1-866-223-1111
NorthStar
612-373-3333
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Sherburne County
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Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
763-389-3323
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Suicide Crisis Hotline
1-800-635-8008

Poison Control Center – MN
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Retired Senior Volunteer Program
320-255-7295
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Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Center
320-251-HELP or 1-800-237-5090
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Our lakes have many stories
Jennifer Edwards
Staff Writer
Since long before Europeans ever came
to this continent, the waters of the two lakes
now known as Big Lake and Lake Mitchell
have been enticing weary travelers to stop
and rest a while along one of the world’s
most ancient trails.
Native Americans lived here then, first
the Sioux, then the Ojibwe, who were
forced to make their way west by the invasion of Europeans.
It was an inviting spot, with clean water,
sandy beaches, an abundance of fish and
shady oak woods which grew all around.
Joseph Brown, the first European credited
with settling the town, thought it was the
perfect spot for a hotel, so he built one. It
proved popular for generations.
Many older residents can recall eating
Sunday dinner of roast beef at the hotel run
by Joseph’s descendants, who inherited the
business after he was run over be a stagecoach in front of his hotel, located in what
is now Lake Street North between The
Holiday Station and the old school building.
The Browns donated the land for the
school, which was built in 1903 and added
onto in 1915. But it was the community
who came together and decided to make
Big Lake into a tourist attraction in the late
1800s to generate income.
And come they did, from the Twin Cities
and beyond on the trains which arrived in
the mid 1860’s.
People would dine at one of the many
restaurants, fish, boat and swim in the
waters, dance at the pavillion, ride the
carousel, play ballgames or listen to guest
speakers. At the end of the day they would
stay at a hotel or get back on board the train
for the trip home.
Ice Man Cometh
In the wintertime the lake provided
income in another form. Blocks of ice were
cut from the clear waters and loaded onto
trains to provide the first refrigeration in the
form of ice boxes.
Every week the ice man, Paul Glass,
would come and bring a fresh block of ice
to help people keep things cold, Big Lake
native Delores (Hudson), Lanz remembered.
One terrible winter an ice wagon and a
team of horses broke though the ice as they
moved the blocks to shore. They sank without a trace in the deepest part of the lake on
the south side, near Russell’s.
Before Big Lake became known as a
vacation place, it was known for hunting
and farming. The government at the time

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sold several 10-acre lots to area resident on
the undeveloped west side of the lake with
the idea that they would become poultry
farmers, raising chickens for eggs and meat.
As Big Lake became known for tourism,
many little cabins were built on the shores
of both the lakes. On the east side, a little
store opened at the intersection of Crescent
Street and Glenwood to serve ice cream
and other treats.
A pavillion was built for dancing, near
where Mary of the Visitation Catholic
Church is now. Later it became a roller rink
and there was a carousel. Shoreacres Resort
was where Shoreacres Townhomes are
now.
Summer Camp
Camp Wells was on the north east side of
Lake Mitchell and consisted of 90 acres of
wild land owned By St. Mark’s Episcopal
Church in Minneapolis. They used it to provide a summer camp experience for children from North Minneapolis.
The camp was first overseen by Henry
and Annie Anderson. Annie cooked at the
Anderson Cafe in town and was known for
her good food. She cooked for Camp Wells
and she and Henry lived on the property
and took care of it, although they already
owned one of the 10-acre lots on the west
side of the lake.
When Henry passed away, Cal Hinrichs
and Dorothy (Anderson) Hinrichs were
asked to be the caretakers. Cal and Dorothy
lived in Big Lake and moved back here after
college.
They lived on the 10 acres until they were
asked to take care of Camp Wells. They
moved there and lived there for the next 20
years.
“We raised our four children there,” said
Dorothy, who had one son, Richard, and
three daughters, JoAnn, Gayle and Jana.
“We joined in all the camp activities. It was
wonderful.”
The camp had a big lodge and several
cabins for campers. There were quarters for
a nurse, a cabin for arts and crafts, a garage
workshop and the house the Hinrichs lived
in.
Cal taught Industrial Technology at Big
Lake High School for 33 years but it was far
from his only endeavor. He and Bob
Lannoye opened the first Skidoo
Snowmobile dealership in the area.
His daughter Gayle recalled Cal, Bob and
Oris Harstad all piling on one machine one
winter to take a trip to town. The trio
plunged through the ice when they got to
the channel.
“Dad said as they were going down he
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just caught his coat collar at the back of the neck as he was
about to go under the ice,” Gayle recalled.
They made it out of the water and post haste to the nearest house on the point between the two lakes to warm up.
Snowmobiles often got stuck on the hill in Camp Wells and
Cal would always help them.
Camp counselors stayed the whole summer but campers
came for two weeks at a time to learn swimming, canoeing
and water safety. They played games and did art projects and
hunted for tiny turtles near the lagoon.
Gayle remembered deciding to ride her horse down to the
little store to buy some candy one day. When he got to the
point where the trail led away from the beach the horse
turned into the water and decided to roll.
“I was still on its back,” Gayle laughed.
On a recent trip to Florida Gayle and her husband, Ron
Berthiaume, met a man in a flooring store who said he
remembered staying at Camp Wells as a child.
“He said he had a great time there,” Gayle recalled. “He
said it was a blast.”
Changing Times
Eventually the pavilion turned roller rink became a home
for the Bondhus family, a large family with lots of children.
Their father, Tom, was an inventor, Gayle recalled.
“One year he had a very successful invention. He gave out
dollar coins for Halloween that year,” she said. “Kids were
going home to change their costumes so they could go back
again.”
Another favorite destination for the Hinrichs kids was the
A&W Restaurant on the south west corner of the lake.
“I often rode my bike there,” said Gayle.
St. Marks decided to sell the land, much to the surprise of
the Hinrichs. The new owner, Will Beaudry, turned the lodge
into a supper club named Tracy’s and sold the land for development. In 1977 the lodge caught fire and burned to the
ground.
“I remember we went out onto the ice and watched it
burn,” said Dorothy. “the land is all built up now.”
Beaudry and Hinrichs built their share of the little starter
homes around the lakes. All Dorothy has left is an acre and
a half of the original 10-acre lot on the west side of the lake.
The lakes are still put to use by Big Lake residents today,
although more for recreation than survival. Lakeside Park is
home to many events every year, including the Big Lake
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Big Lake Parks
Beaudry Park: Hill St. N. between Park and Lagoon Avenues.
Bluff Park: 20220 Prairie Drive. Located in the Prairie
Meadows Dev. Playground structure, picnic tables and swings.
Brown Park: 106 Lake Street North. Adjacent to City Hall
along US Hwy 10. Gazebo, benches & flower garden.
Hidden River Park: 20774 Atlantic Blvd. Located in the
Hidden Rivers Development along CR 5. Trail to river with
overlook gazebo and benches.
Highline Park: 19200 Highline Drive. Located N of Highline
Drive west of CR 5, and east of Highland Trail. Playground,
picnic tables, ballfield, benches and grills.
Hudson Wood Park: 16400 May Circle. Playground, benches
and picnic tables.
Jefferson Square Park: 10 Lake St. S. Located along the southside of US Hwy 10 at the intersection of Hwy 10/25. Benches,
reader board and flower garden.
Kellerwood Park: South of Hwy 10 and West of Hwy 25
along Keller Lake. Benches.
Lake Ridge Park: 4430 Pintail Street. Located east of CR 81 off
of 206th Avenue. Playground, ballfield, benches, swings and
picnic tables.
Lakeside Park: 101 Lakeshore Drive. Located on the west side
of Big Lake along US Hwy 10. Beach, playground equipment,
3 volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, boat launch, fishing pier,
dock, two shelters, picnic area, grills, picnic tables, water
fountain and skate park. Special Notes:
Lakeside Park Daily Passes: (available at park entrance)
Vehicle - $5/day; Vehicle & Trailer - $15/day

Lakeside Park Seasonal Passes:
Vehicle Only - $10 (city resident); Vehicle & Trailer - $20 (city
resident); Vehicle Only - $30 (non-resident); Vehicle & Trailer
- $40 (non-resident): City Resident: person(s) living "within"
city limits; Non-Resident: person(s) living "outside" city limits
Parking/Driving Rules & Regulations: Vehicles, including
motorcycles, must park/drive only in the designated areas.
Beware of restricted parking areas (handicapped, no parking,
etc.). Watch for children.
Boating: Boats must remain 150 feet away from swimming
area.
Swimming: No lifeguard on duty. Swim only in the buoyed
area.
Pavilion Areas: There are two Park Pavilion areas available for
rental at Lakeside Park. A Facility Use Agreement must be
completed and approved by the City to reserve a pavilion.
General Rules: No pets allowed. No glass containers. No keg
beer. Place refuse in proper container. Report emergencies to
park attendant. Be courteous to others.
Lions Park: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Located 3.5 miles N of
Hwy 10 on Eagle Lake Rd. 36 acres built up to accommodate
the entire community. Community building reserved on an
“as requested” basis for non-profit groups. Bonfire ring, playground area, picnic tables and barbecue grills.
McDowall Park: North of Lake Mitchell. Trail system, prairie
restoration plantings and benches.
Mitchell Farms Park: 5415 Teal Street. Located N of Mitchell
Road and W of Teal Street. Playground, benches and swings.

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Big Lake Parks
Powell Park: 1420 Powell Street. Located w of CR 5 and S of
Hiawatha Avenue. Playground, benches and swings.
River Oaks Park: West of CR 5 and north of Grace Drive. Dirt
walking trail. This part provides access to the Elk River.
Riverside Landing Park: East of CR 5, across from Highline
Drive. This park provides access to the Elk River.
Sanford Select Acres Park: Sanford Avenue and Eaglewood
Drive.
Shores of Lake Mitchell: 3211 Lake Ridge Drive. Located
south of Lake Ridge Drive and north of Manitou Street.
Playground, swings, benches, horseshoe pits, soccer field and
basketball court.
Sweetwater Bend Park: Located in Sweetwater Bend
Development located on the northern most part of the city
limits. Off CR 73 Thompson Lake.
Wrights Crossing Park: 514 Forest Road. Located S of Hwy 10
and N of Forest Rd. Playground, swings, gazebo, benches,
picnic tables and volleyball court.
SHERBURNE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1965,
comprises more than 30,700 acres of wetlands, prairie openings and oak savanna and is home to an astounding array of
native animals. The Refuge is open seven days a week during daylight hours free of charge. Visitor information leaflets,
which include a map of the Refuge, may be picked up at
information kiosks at Refuge entry points. The Refuge office is
open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 763-389-3323. You can visit the Refuge web site
at: www.fws.gov/midwest/sherburne.
Wildlife Drive: Prairie’s Edge Wildlife Drive is located 1.2
miles north of Orrock on Sherburne County Road 5. The
Drive is open during daylight hours from late April throughout October. This 7.3 mile auto tour features three wildlife
observation decks and three short hiking trails.
Hiking Trails: The Refuge offers two scenic hiking trails, the
Mahnomen and Blue Hill, both located on County Road 9.
The trails are for foot travel only. Bicycles and horses are not
permitted. Pets must be leashed.
Open Hiking: All Refuge lands are open to hiking, crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing from Sept. 1 - Feb. 28.
Cross Country Skiing: Two ungroomed trails, The Blue Hill
Trail and the Mahnomen Trail, are available in the Refuge for
cross-country skiing.
Fishing: All fishing, including ice fishing, is confined to the St.
Francis River. Access points are located where the St. Francis
River crosses county roads. State regulations apply.
Canoeing: Canoeing is permitted only on Battle Brook south
of Little Elk Lake and on the St. Francis River south of Battle
Brook. Use is limited to daylight hours. Overnight
camping/campfires are not permitted.
Bicycling: Bicycling is permitted on the Prairie’s Edge Wildlife
Drive and public roads crossing the Refuge. Hiking trails are
closed to bicycling and no off-road travel is permitted. Refuge
service roads are open to bicycling Sept. 1 - Feb. 28.

SAND DUNES STATE FOREST
Sand Dunes State Forest is located in central Sherburne
County, about three miles west of Zimmerman and 5 miles
north of Big Lake. The forest can be reached by taking
Sherburne County five north from Big Lake, off U.S. 10, or following Sherburne County Highway 4 west from Zimmerman
off U.S. 169.
•Sand Dunes has something for just about everyone. The
225-acre Bob Dunn Recreation Area, nestled within the forest, holds a 36-unit Ann Lake Campground and Day-Use area
including the Sand Dunes Horse Camp which fills early and
often on summer weekends.
•The Sand Dunes consists of oak savanna forest and prairie
and 2,700 acres of pine plantation of rolling terrain and few
hills. It provides beautiful areas for a variety of recreational
activities, such as horseback riding, snowmobiling, hunting,
swimming, panfish fishing on Ann Lake, camping, hiking, and
cross-country skiing.
BRIDGEVIEW PARK RESERVE
Acquired in 1996, it is approximately 29 acres in size and
lies along the Mississippi River, with over 1,200 feet of shoreline. The park is located along County Road #50, east of State
Hwy. 25 and south of County Road #11. The land is gently
rolling with a ridge extending east and west offering some
scenic vistas overlooking the Mississippi River, which in this
area is part of the Wild and Scenic River System.
Much of the park is comprised of an Oak Woodland/
Brushland forest. This is significant in part because it is a portion of only 5% of Sherburne County that still contains intact
native plant communities.
A mowed trail system allows for recreational activities such
as hiking, snowshoeing, and birdwatching and educational
experiences featuring native grasses, wildflowers, and
wildlife. The park is managed for low impact use. A parking
area serves as the entrance to the park.
Park Rules: No motorized vehicles. No hunting. No camping. All pets must remain on a leash. Please stay on designated trails. The digging or transplanting of any vegetation is prohibited.
Highlights: Hiking Trails, Snowshoeing, Birdwatching,
Scenic Views
Hours: The park is open dawn to dusk 7 days a week.
Directions: The Bridgeview Park Reserve is located southwest of Big Lake along the Mississippi River. From State Hwy.
25, go west on Co.Rd. 11 and then immediately south on
Co.Rd. 50. Go ½ mile and the park entrance is on the south
side of the road.

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Big Lake 4-H

Big Lake Composting

Home Explorers: We meet at Saron Luther Church, 311 Lake
Street S, Big Lake the second Monday of each month at 3 p.m.
For more information, contact Karen Schurter at 763-2621027 or Karen Gudim, 263-6935.
Refuge Rangers: Members are from the Big Lake, Clear Lake
and Becker area. We meet the 1st Sunday of the month at the
Big Lake Lions Community Park, 21960 County Road 5, Big
Lake at 4:15pm. For more information, contact Lori Schafer
at 320-743-4723 or email [email protected]
4-H in Sherburne County: Contact Joe Rand, 4-H Program
Coordinator at 763-765-3077 or [email protected]

City of Big Lake
18041 198th Avenue
Big Lake, MN 55309
Phone: 763-263-2268
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily, year-round
Directions: Take Hwy 10 to County Road 43. Go south on
County Road 43 to 198th Avenue. Take a left onto 198th Avenue
and then a right into the City of Big Lake Public Works site. The
compost site is behind the Public Works buildings. There should
be a sign stating “Yard Waste Composting” to direct residents to
the site.
Acceptable Items: brush under 2" in diameter (separated from
grass and leaves), brush over 2" in diameter (cut in 2' lengths
and stacked), Christmas trees, grass clippings, leaves, and yard
waste
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Tenants sought for industrial park
Jennifer Edwards
Staff Writer
The Big Lake Industrial Park has been in development for 15
years with the final plat for Phase I of the development going
before the Big Lake City Council in August, 2000.
The industrial park is a joint development orchestrated by
the City of Big Lake and the Big Lake Township Board of
Supervisors.
The idea is to help bring more jobs to Big Lake, a community where most people commute to other locations for
employment and to swell the coffers of both with more industrial property.

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OFFICE HOURS:
Monday – Thursday
8:00am – 8:00pm

Monday – Friday
12:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday & Sunday
8:00am – 4:00pm

1700 Highway 25 N
Buffalo, MN 55313

OFFICE HOURS:

MAIN 763-682-1313
URGENT CARE 763-684-3696

URGENT CARE HOURS:

Monday – Thursday
8:00am – 8:00pm

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Saturday & Sunday
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1001 Hart Blvd, Suite 100
Monticello, MN 55362

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm

11091 Jason Ave NE
Albertville, MN 55301

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MAIN 763-295-2921
URGENT CARE 763-271-3896

URGENT CARE HOURS:
New Evening Hours

MAIN 763-684-8300

The land was chosen, east of the
city, in the township but close enough
to run city sewer and waterlines out
there. It was purchased in1997.
There was a great deal of collaboration between the two governing entities.
Roads were completed and by 2006, all
13 lots in the park were sold out.
The success of the park, in just a few
short years, inspired the second phase
of expansion. An additional 34 acres of
land was purchased in 2008, roads
were put in and city sewer and water
installed.
Unfortunately, about the time the
acreage was purchased and made
“shovel ready and certified,” the bottom
dropped out of the economy and the
lots were slow to sell.
Now the economy has turned
around and interest is resurging. The lots
vary in size from less than one acre to
almost 16 acres, but could be configured in many ways with a wide variety
of uses allowed.
The Big Lake Industrial Park sits on
Hwy. 10 with easy access to I 94.
Located roughly halfway between the
Twin Cities and St. Cloud and only 15
minutes from the Albertville Outlet
Mall, the Big Lake Industrial Park is easy
to find.
The location is close to the
Northstar Commuter Rail Line. Big Lake
is the northernmost stop on the line and
is home to the Northstar’s Maintenance
Facility.
The train is met by the Northstar
Link bus from St. Cloud. Big Lake is less
than an hour away from the Twin Cities
International Airport.
Big Lake has an excellent supply of
well-educated workers who would prefer to work close to home. It also has a
good stock of housing and new water
treatment and wastewater treatment
facilities.

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Value & Quality Since 1949

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beside a pile of
pipes intended
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equipment. (Archive
photo by Jennifer
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A few of the other businesses which
call Big Lake home include Cargill,
Alcoa, who recently purchased RTIRemmele Engineering, Flour City
Bending, Industrial Molded Rubber,
Paragon Store Fixtures and Rapala.
The City of Big Lake has a beautiful
system of parks and trails, including
Lakeside Park, which offers boat
launching and a swimming beach and
River Oaks Park on the Elk River.
Lakeside Park is home to many
events all year round, including the Big
Lake Farmers Market and the Big Lake
Legacy Foundation free summer Music
in the Park concert series.
Big Lake is five miles from
CentraCare
Health
Monticello
Hospital, which has its own emergency room and helicopter landing
pad. CentraCare health runs St. Cloud
Hospital, recently named the third best
medical facility in the state.
Big Lake School District gets top
grades for graduation rates and boasts
a high school, middle school and two
elementary schools.
Land in the industrial park sells for
$2 per square foot. Anyone interested
in the locating a business in Big Lake
should contact John Uphoff of WSB
and the Big Lake Economic
Development Authority at (763) 2672942.

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City of Big Lake

WELCOME TO BIG LAKE!
Mayor Raeanne Danielowski
City of Big Lake
As the mayor of the city of Big Lake, it is my
honor to welcome everyone to live, work and
play in a city where community matters. With
our beautiful lakes and our great parks, trails,
organizations, and school district, Big Lake is a wonderful city
with a strong sense of community. Big Lake has many opportunities for recreation and community involvement through
summer events such as Music in the Park, Big Lake Farmers
Market, Spud Fest, the Fire Department Dance, Graniteman
Triathlon, Movie in the Park, Team Liam 5K walk/run and Big
Lake Block Party, as well as winter events which include
snowmobile races, ice fishing contests, Get Outdoors Winter
Fest Event and our Community Tree Lighting ceremony, just to
name a few. Big Lake’s past and future successes depend
greatly on people volunteering and becoming involved in the
community.
The Big Lake City Council and City Staff are very supportive of our local businesses and encourage everyone to “buy
local” or “think local first” to enhance and bring stability to
our community. We have been very happy to see some of our

Providing Engineering and Surveying
Services for over 65 Years

DESIGNING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

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existing businesses being able to grow and expand their companies and provide more job opportunities for our community. Big Lake is poised for future business growth with our
“Shovel Ready” industrial park site, modern waste water
sewer treatment plant, and excellent sewer/water distribution
system. We are excited to welcome “Lupulin Brewing”. Also
on the horizon is a possible rail park, a 300-acre transit-oriented development site and a multiplex sports facility, which
could potentially bring more jobs into the community.
I encourage everyone to visit the City’s website at
www.biglakemn.org or on Facebook to find out what is happening in the city and what Big Lake has to offer.

Big Lake City Hall
160 Lake Street North, Big Lake, MN 55309
www.biglakemn.org
Phone: (763) 263-2107
Fax: (763) 263-0133
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Big Lake City Council is comprised of elected officials
consisting of a Mayor and four City Council Members, all of
whom are elected at-large. All seats are four-year terms with
City elections held on even-numbered years. The Mayor presides at City Council meetings and has equal voting rights
with the Council Members.
City Council Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday
of the month beginning at 6 p.m. Workshops are also held the
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month beginning at 5 p.m.
Meetings are held in the Big Lake City Council Chambers
located at 160 Lake Street North, Big Lake.
City Information
Big Lake is a growing community in Sherburne County. The
2010 census reports the City of Big Lake’s population to be
10,060 and Big Lake Township's to be 7,386, totaling 17,392.
The City of Big Lake is home to many beautiful natural amenities with our pride and joy being Lakeside Park. This park
offers beach and boat access to Big Lake and Lake Mitchell,
and provides numerous outside activities including a children’s play area, volleyball courts, a basketball court, horseshoe pits, outdoor exercise equipment, a fishing pier, skate
park, picnic areas, and is home to the Big Lake Farmer’s
Market, Movie in the Park events, and the Big Lake Legacy
Foundation’s Music in the Park summer events.
Big Lake is roughly 45 miles away from the Minneapolis/St.
Paul International airport and 28 miles from the St. Cloud
Regional Airport. Our community is also the home to the
northern most stop of the NorthStar Commuter Rail. This service will provide access from Big Lake, down to Minneapolis,
stopping in Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Fridley
and connecting to the Hiawatha Line (light rail) in downtown
Minneapolis.

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Youth Ministry
Legacy Foundation Sponsor

The Becker/Big Lake Knights
of Columbus enjoy many other
activities not mentioned
and contribute unscheduled
donations throughout the year.

www.kc9140.weebly.com

Visit Our Beautiful Store!
Liquor • Beer • Wine • Kegs
Case Discounts
Unopened products can be returned.
Mondays:
Senior Citizen Discount Day
Tuesdays:
10% Discount On All Wines
Our wine section features a large
selection from around the world.

Wine Festivals
Fall & Spring
www.biglakemn.org
(Click City Departments Tab)

Lake Shopping Center, Big Lake Open 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Mon - Sat.

763-263-3673
www.biglakechamber.com

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Big Lake Police Dept.
Location: 160 Lake Street North, Big Lake, MN 55309
Phone:
Emergency: 911
Dispatch: 763-765-3500
Administration/Business: 763-263-2500 (8am-4:30pm)
Fax: (763) 263-2000
www.biglakepolice.com
Chief of Police: Joel D. Scharf
The Big Lake Police Department has a dedicated staff of
sworn, civilian, and reserve staff providing professional law
enforcement services to the City of Big Lake.
The Big Lake Police Department works cooperatively with
numerous agencies, community groups, and its citizens to
provide to a high quality of life in our community.

Big Lake Fire Dept.
Location: 20243 County Road 43, Big Lake, MN 55309
Mail: Box 129, Big Lake, MN 55309
Phone: (763) 263-3456, Fax: (763) 263-7006
Fire Chief: Paul Nemes
Assistant Fire Chief: Ken Halverson
Captain: Nick Fiester
Captain: Seth Hanson
Captain : Tim Davis

Captain: Sam Olson
Captain: Charlie Stern

Jeff Kranz and Brenda Blake, Owners

Monticello Printing
Family-Owned Since 1975
Quick & Friendly Service

www.montiprinting.com

Active Partnership with the
citizens & businesses of Big Lake
& the greater community

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MEDICARE PLANS
HEALTH INSURANCE
LIFE AND ANNUITIES

763-263-7682
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INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENTS
[email protected]
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Offering Complete Body & Frame Repair

Auto Glass Replacement
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The girls work tirelessly to promote
Big Lake and, as one of the oldest
Ambassador programs in the state, has
been recognized by the Minneapolis
Aquatennial Committee for the past
two years.
Former Ambassador Samantha Young
represented Big Lake at the last
Aquatennial. This year, 2013-14
Ambassador Madelyn Zinken represented the Big Lake community.
Big Lake Grand Knight Norb Vossen
was also recognized as Special
Commodore by the Aquatennial committee because of his volunteer efforts
in and around the community, including support for the Ambassador program.
Amy Bodine, who chairs the current
Big Lake Ambassador Committee,
comprised mostly of former ambassadors, estimated the girls attend 25-30
parades and coronations
each year and volunteer
close to 1,000 hours of community service between
them each year.
“One of our goals is to
raise their scholarships to
$1,000 but we haven’t been
able to do that yet,” Bodine
said. “They certainly earn it.”

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Big Lake Public School District 727
Welcome to Big Lake!
Choosing a school district is one of the most important
decisions parents will ever make. We believe, and so do
many of our families, the decision to enroll in Big Lake
Schools is one that will benefit your children for a lifetime.
Our destination school district is focused on individualized learning, employs high quality teachers and
ensures our graduates are career and college ready.
Additionally, Big Lake Schools has adopted cutting-edge
education philosophies that are present in everyday
work. These philosophies include Response to
Intervention (RtI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and
Supports (PBIS), Professional Learning Communities
(PLCs), Q-Comp, and our behavior philosophy, the
Hornet Way.
Diverse educational offerings paired with a wonderful
community makes Big Lake Schools an excellent choice
for your family!
For more information on Big Lake Schools, visit our
website at www.biglake.k12.mn.us.
Com. Ed. Office 763-262-2523
District Office 763-262-2536
Early Childhood 763-262-3233
Kids Club - Ind. 763-262-7168
Kids Club - Lib. 763-262-8284
Little Learners
763-262-3233
Big Lake High School: 763-262-2547
Big Lake High School welcomes more than 930 students in grades 9-12. It boasts a wide variety of educational and co-curricular activities that enable students
to be successful in school and life.
Preparing students for college and career is Big Lake
High School's number one priority. Students have a
wide variety of class offerings to choose from that help
focus career options and transition them to college.
Class offerings include:
More than 150 classes in 14 different focus areas
College in the Classroom (CIC)
Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Online Classes
Classes through Wright Technical Center
Foreign languages
Project Lead the Way classes
AND MORE!
Big Lake Middle School: 763-262-2567
The middle school is home to about 700 students in
grades 6-8 and is physically located between
Independence Elementary and the high school.
The middle school's focus is to provide students with
educational experiences that emphasize the instruction
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trators and staff take into account student learning,
socialization needs and developmental diversity at Big
Lake Middle School. Additionally, they understand that
middle school years are critical years for developing
appropriate behavior.
Big Lake Middle School offers many classes that supplement Minnesota's required core curriculum - this classes include:
Music Education, Band or Choir
Physical Education
Art & FACS
Media & Technology (Project Lead the Way)
The middle school promotes a welcoming and safe
atmosphere for diverse learners. Students respect each
other and staff, and promote a positive image in our
community.
Liberty Elementary School: 763-262-8100
Liberty Elementary is one of two elementary schools in
the Big Lake School District. It is home to about 850 students in pre-kindergarten - fifth grade. Liberty's focus is
to prepare 21st Century learners with a solid elementary
education that can be built upon in middle school and
high school years.
The elementary school offers many classes that supplement Minnesota's required core curriculum - these
classes include:
Fine Arts: Music/Art
Physical Education
Media & Technology
Liberty teachers believe that providing additional curriculum opportunities above and beyond the State's
requirement is essential for developing well-rounded,
global citizens.
Liberty is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that promotes an atmosphere for high academic achievement and personal growth.
Independence Elementary School: 763-262-2537
Independence Elementary is one of two elementary
schools in the Big Lake School District. It is home to
about 900 students in kindergarten - fifth grade. Indy's
focus is to prepare 21st Century learners with a solid
elementary education that can be built upon in middle
school and high school years.
The elementary school offers many classes that supplement Minnesota's required core curriculum - these
classes include:
Music
Physical Education
Media & Technology
Indy teachers believe that providing additional curricu-

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BL School Dist. 727

Community Education

Community Education is exactly what its name implies - a
lum opportunities above and beyond the State's requirement is essential for developing well-rounded, global way for community members, schools, local businesses and
organizations to come together to become active partners in
citizens.
addressing community education concerns.

In other words, Community Education provides educationIndy is very proud of their school and their students - the
school boasts a safe, caring and inviting environment al resources that help people raise the quality of life in their
where each student is valued for the person they are and communities. Our programs include:
Programs & Services
the contributions they bring.

Kid’s Club Program
What is Kids Club?
Kids Club is a Big Lake Community Education program that
offers before, during and after school childcare in a fun and
safe environment. It's more than just childcare though - we
offer a wide variety of programming that includes arts &
crafts, physical education, outdoor games and many field
trips!
What ages can go?
Kids club is open to children from the age of 3 all the way to
9th grade.
When is Kids Club open?
Kids Club is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6
p.m. It's a great option for late start, early release and nonschool days!
Where is Kids Club at?
We have two convenient locations: inside Liberty and
Independence elementary schools. What location your child
attends depends on where you live within the school district.
Daytime Kids Club is held at Liberty Elementary School.
For more information, visit our website at
www.biglake.k12.mn.us.

Heritage Montessori School
“Where staff help students reach their personal
potential within a school committed to excellence”
• Childcare • Preschool
• Kindergarten
• Elementary Grades 1-5

Call

763.263.0550

for your private tour

Youth and Adult Classes
Adult Basic Education
Adults with Disabilities
Early Childhood Education Classes
Early Childhood Screening
Preschool
Extended Day & Daytime Child Care
Big Lake Community Education is located in Independence
Elementary School at 701 Minnesota Avenue. For more information on offerings, please contact Community Education at
763.262.2523 or visit www.biglakece.com

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a Big Lake
Community Education program that provides parent education, and learning and development classes for young children. A licensed parent educator and/or a licensed early
childhood teacher lead classes with the assistance of support
staff, if needed. These classes are a great way to meet lifelong
friends who share the same concerns, joys and challenges as
you. ECFE classes serve children age 0 to 5.
Little Learners Preschool is a highly recognized and soughtafter program that focuses on school readiness for ages 3, 4
and 5. Parents can choose to have their children attend two,
three or four times a week either in the morning or afternoon.
The preschool offers unmatched programming that follows
school readiness curriculum designed around building selfesteem, increasing social skills, encouraging self-reliance and
developing cognitive skills necessary for kindergarten success.
Additionally, curriculum is structured to nurture development of the whole child through teacher-led small and large
group activities and child-directed time centered around
interest areas including literacy, math, science, dramatic play,
art, music, games and outdoors. Core curriculum components
of Every Day Math and Daily Five for Language and Literacy
are embedded in the framework in order to align with kindergarten standards.
Lesson plans are focused on objectives derived from the
MN Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. Children are
taught by a licensed teacher and one assistant in a safe and
nurturing environment.
ECFE and Little Learners Preschool are located in Liberty
Elementary School. For more information, please call
763.262.3233 or visit www.biglake.k12.mn.us.

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Township Information
ORROCK TOWNSHIP
www.orrocktownship.com
Orrock Township, 26401 180th St NW
Big Lake, MN 55309
General Email: [email protected]
Phone: 763-263-6411
Fax:
763-263-6419

Township Meetings
Last Wednesday of each Month at 7:00 PM
Town Hall
BIG LAKE TOWNSHIP BOARD: (FRONT ROW):
26401 - 180th Street NW
Bruce Aubol, Norm Leslie, Robert Hofer, Steve Pfleghaar
Big
Lake, MN 55309
and Larry Alfords. (BACK ROW): Laura Hayes, Ken Warneke
and LaDonna Hensel. (Photo by Gary W. Meyer.)
Township Board Members:
Chairperson Charles Gotzian
BIG LAKE TOWNSHIP
Vice Chairperson - Bryan Adams
www.biglaketownship.com
Clerk Brenda Kimberly-Maas
21960 County Road 5, Big Lake, located at Lion’s Park 2.6
Supervisor Corrie Silverberg
miles North of Hwy 10 on County Road 5 (Eagle Lake
Supervisor Bob Hassett
Road). U.S. Mail: P.O. Box 75, Big Lake, MN 55309
Supervisor Eric Peterson
Phone: 763-263-8111, Fax: 763-263-3660
Treasurer Laura Jones
Town Hall/Clerk’s Office Hours:
Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 12 Noon
Township Meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
at the Town Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Call the Town Hall to book a rental of the town hall building. Rate: $200 to reserve Hall/Kitchen/Indoor Restrooms.
For reservations or more information, call 763-263-8111.
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Big Lake Area Lakes

Big Lake/Lower Lake:
Lake Size: 251 Acres
Public Boat Access: Located on Southwest
shore of lake off U.S. Hwy. 10 & Co. Rd. 73
Lake Notes: Specializing in Northern Pike and Bluegill.
Walleye, Crappie and Sunfish also caught.
Lake Mitchell/Upper Lake:
Lake Size: 170 Acres
Public Boat Access: 1 on Northeast shore, 1 on
Southeast shore of lake
Lake Notes: Specializing in Northern Pike and Bluegill.
Walleye, Crappie, Largemouth Bass and Sunfish
also caught. Connects to Big Lake.
Eagle Lake: Lake Size: 381 Acres
Public Boat Access: Located on Northwest shore of lake
off Co. Rd. 75
Lake Notes: Specializing in Crappie and Bluegill.
Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass also caught.
Lake Ann: Lake Size: 184 Acres
Lake Notes: Specializing in Crappie and Bluegill.
Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass and Sunfish also caught.
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Birch Lake: Lake Size: 151 Acres
Public Boat Access: Located on West shore of lake off
Co. Rd. 15 & 223rd Ave.
Lake Notes: Specializing in Crappie and Bluegill.
Northern Pike, Walleye and Sunfish also caught.
Orono Lake: Lake Size: 281 Acres
Public Boat Access: Located on West shore of lake
Lake Notes: Specializing in Crappie. Northern Pike and
Bluegill also caught.
For further information, please contact the DNR at:
1-800-766-6000
Big Eagle Lake Improvement Association
www.BigEagleLake.com
Lake Association Contact Info:
Earl Rose (President): 651-429-8842
George Wallin (Treasurer): 763-263-0099
Lori Andreen (Secretary): 612-802-1550
Gordy Westerlind (Vice Pres): 763-263-1915

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Mission Statement: The maintenance and improvement of
waters for sustained community recreation and enjoyment.
BLCLA Email Address: [email protected]
BLCLA Web Address: www.lakesassociation.org
BLCLA Mailing Address: PO Box 163, Big Lake, MN 55309
Projects
• Maintenance
Identification and management of invasive weeds
at lakes and ponds
Education, training and monitoring
Contract with approved private and public resources
• Identification and controlling pollution
Storm water runoff Hwy 10
Establish vegetative buffer zones at greenways
Solid retention for storm water runoff
Shoreline restoration suggestions and assistance
for landowners
• Improvement
Identification and establishment of programs to improve
aquatic, waterfowl, and wildlife habitat
Shoreline restoration with financial and technical
assistance for lake and pond side landowners

Shirlee Heitz
ABR, CRS, GRI
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Serving Big Lake & surrounding
communities for 29 years.

Specializing in Your Temporary Employment
Needs in the Local Area Since 1985

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763-262-0123
Chuck Heitz

690 Humboldt Drive

Realtor

BIG LAKE

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Big Lake Area Events

The following area events have been provided.
Please check either their website, facebook or watch
for more information in the West Sherburne Tribune
for the date and time of the events.
September 2015
Big Lake Annual Block Party - McPete’s Sports Bar and Lanes
- www.biglakechamber.com
Big Lake Farmers Market - www.biglakemn.org
Bird Tour - Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
Dog Vaccination and Licensing Clinic - 763-263-8111
Movie in the Park - www.biglakemn.org
Wildflower Tour - Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
October 2015
Fall Wildlife Festival - Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
Fire Dept. Open House - Check the BLFD Facebook page for
details
Lord of Glory’s 4th Annual - Pumpkin Fest www.LordofGloryLutheran.org
Sandhill Crane Tour - Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
Spud Fest’s Spudspookular - www.biglakespudfest.com
November 2015
13th Annual Community Thanksgiving Eve Service. Watch for
more information in the West Sherburne Tribune
Veteran’s Day Open House - Big Lake Legion Auxiliary Unit
#147

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December 2015
Big Lake Chamber Holiday Social - Watch for details at
www.biglakechamber.com
Christmas Bird Count - Join Friends of Sherburne Refuge to
count birds on the refuge and in the local area during this
annual event
Christmas Tree Ornament Party - www.sherburnehistorycenter.org
Community Tree Lighting Ceremony - Watch for more information in the West Sherburne Tribune
Cookie & Craft Sale - www.saron.org
Santa Day - Sponsored by Big Lake American Legion &
Auxiliary
Shopping with Santa - Sponsored by the Big Lake Lioness
February 2016
BL Lions Fish Fry - at Lions Park, in Big Lake Township, 2
miles North of Hwy 10 on CR5 (Eagle Lake Rd)
Get Outdoors Winter Fest Event - Watch for more information
in the West Sherburne Tribune
Little Hole on Big Lake Ice Fishing Contest at Lakeside Park.
Hosted by the Big Lake Area Jaycees
Senior Valentine Luncheon - www.saron.org
Snowshoe Hike - Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
March 2016
Big Lake Business Expo - Sponsored by the Big Lake Chamber

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Hrs: M - Th: 11am - 10pm, Fri & Sat: 11am - 10:30pm, Sun: 11am - 10pm

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Big Lake Area Events

of Commerce at the Big Lake High School
www.biglakechamber.com
Big Lake Lions Annual Fish Fry - At Lions Park in Big Lake
Township, 2 miles North of Hwy 10 on CR5 (Eagle Lake Rd)
Big Lake Lions Annual Pancake Breakfast - at Lions Park, in
Big Lake Township, 2 miles North of Hwy 10 on CR5 (Eagle
Lake Rd)
Big Lake Women of Today Easter Egg Hunt - Lakeside Park
Watch for details: http://biglakewomenoftoday.webs.com/or
find us on Facebook
Minnesota Food Share month
May 2016
Big Lake All City Garage Sale - May 19-21, 2016
Place your garage sale ad by calling the West Sherburne
Tribune 763-263-3602
Big Lake Clean Up Day - Annual Clean Up Event. Look for
more information in the West Sherburne Tribune
Memorial Day Service - Big Lake Cemetery
June 2016
Big Lake Farmers Market - www.biglakemn.org
Big Lake Spud Fest - Big Lake’s annual community event.
Activities include softball tournament, a potato pancake
breakfast, Spud Idol, Big Lake Ambassador Pageant, parade,
an 8K run, medallion hunt starts 4 weeks before, watch the
West Sherburne Tribune for the clues. For other information

check out www.biglakespudfest.com
Music in the Park -www.facebook.com/TheLegacy
FoundationBigLake
July 2016
Big Lake Farmers Market - www.biglakemn.org
Music in the Park - www.facebook.com/TheLegacy
FoundationBigLake
Sherburne County Fair - www.sherburnecountyfair.org
Team Liam 5K walk/run - www.teamliam.org/5k-run
August 2016
Big Lake Farmers Market - www.biglakemn.org
Big Lake Fire Department Dance - Check the BLFD
Facebook page for details.
Big Lake Lions “Ron Nelson Memorial” Golf Tournament
Graniteman Triathlon - granitemantri.com/index.php/eventdetails/graniteman-big-lake
Music in the Park - www.facebook.com/TheLegacy
Foundation BigLake
Night to Unite - www.biglakepolice.com

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* Pumpkin Carving/Sculpting Contest * Pumpkin Chunkin’
* Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest * Petting Zoo * Pumpkin Sling Shot
* Inflatables * Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest * Hay Rides & More!

Chili Cook-Off & Food Concessions Available

Free Dinner for Veterans and a Guest, 12-4pm (or until gone)
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See www.LordofGloryLutheran.org for more details.
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In the Community

MEETINGS:
(If your organization/group is not listed in here and you would
like to be please contact 763-263-3602 and we can get it in
for next year’s guide.)
AA OPEN Meetings
Mondays, 7pm at The Church of Mary of the Visitation
Catholic Church, Big Lake, Big Book Study. Handicap
Accessible. Questions? Contact: Dean 763-248-1969.
AA Meeting - SUNDAY NIGHT SOLUTIONS 6pm at Saron Lutheran Church - 311 Lake Street S, Big Lake.
Rotating Forums. Contact: Todd (320) 420-1429.
Big Lake Al-Anon
Meetings held Mon., 7pm at The Church of Mary of the
Visitation Catholic Church- 440 Lake Street N. (church basement) Contact Laurie at 763-263-7506.
* No mail at this address *
Big Lake American Legion Auxiliary
Meets the first Tuesday of each month (March - Dec.) at 7 p.m.
in the Senior Citizen Center at Big Lake City Hall. Please contact Kathy at 763-263-6093 or Dawn at 763-263-6150 for
membership information.
Big Lake American Legion Post 147
Meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Big Lake
Senior Center at Big Lake City Hall building 7 p.m.
If you need a ride call Wayne Harris 763-242-4664.
Membership information call Richard Wingard at 763-238-3073.
Big Lake/ Becker MOPS Mother's of Preschoolers Group meets the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of the month from Sept 10 through April 22 at
Becker Baptist Church at 11951 Hancock Street in Becker.
Our meetings run from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Big Lake Lions
Are looking for community minded people to join our organization. If interested in getting involved with our organization,
please contact any Lion member or send a note to Box 128,
Big Lake, MN 55309 or 763-263-2218.
Big Lake Lioness
Meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Big
Lake Township Lions Community Park 21960 County Rd 5.
Big Lake Senior Club
Many of you may not be aware that the City of Big Lake has
provided us with a lovely room at city hall with kitchen facilities, dining tables and chairs, where we meet every Tuesday.
We play cards every Tues. 1 to 4 p.m. Come join us.
We would love to have you join us so if you are interested,
please call Darlene Lanz 763-263-7134.
Big Lake Women of Today
Hold a monthly general meeting at Senior Activity Center
located in the Big Lake City Office Building on the 2nd TUESDAY of the month @ 7p.m.
If you are interested in coming to a meeting or a super fun
event or maybe becoming a member please contact Natalie @
612.518.3504 or find us at Facebook or www.biglakewomenoftoday.webs.com.
Living With Parkinson's Under The Age Of 60
If you or anyone you know is 60 or under and has been
diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, you are welcome to join
a newly forming group. We will be meeting the 2nd Tuesday
of each month from 6:30-8pm at Saron Lutheran Church in
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Specific topics will be scheduled along with open forum.
Caregivers welcome! Any questions, please call Camille
Johnson at 763-350-7401.
Moms in Prayer
A group that meets weekly to pray for their children and the
schools they attend. For information, visit the Moms in Prayer
website at www.momsinprayer.org or contact Colene
Stenberg at 763-263-6809 or [email protected]
Rivers of Hope
Advocates for ending family violence
Rivers of Hope is a non-profit community based agency offering
advocacy, support, education and referral services for victims of
family violence.
Rivers of Hope, working in partnerships with schools, law
enforcement, social service agencies and the court system has been
serving communities in Sherburne and Wright counties since 1989.
Contact us at 763-295-3433 or 1-800-439-2642 email:
[email protected] Free and confidential. Phones answered
24/7.
Scrabble for Seniors
Keller Commons. Every Wednesday 1 p.m. at Keller
Commons. Call Marci 763-263-2363 for information.

BIG LAKE COMMUNITY GARDENS
After a long winter, do you long to be planting, weeding and
harvesting this upcoming summer, but don’t have a yard to
garden in? Here’s your chance! The City of Big Lake begins
accepting applications in the middle of March 2016 from City
of Big Lake residents interested in leasing a garden plot.
Garden plots are 10 feet by 20 feet. The garden plots are
located at 18041 198th Avenue, Big Lake, adjacent to the
driveway entrance to the Big Lake Public Works Building
(next to the water tower). Gardens will be leased to City of Big
Lake residents on a first come first serve basis. Garden plots
will be leased (check the city for the price) to help cover cost
of water and other garden expenses.
Community garden applications, rules and regulations can
be picked up and delivered to City of Big Lake City Hall, 160
Lake Street North, Big Lake, MN 55309, Attention: Mike
Goebel. Community Garden applications, rules and regulations can also be downloaded from the City of Big Lake’s web
site.
If you have further questions about the garden, please call
Big Lake Public Works Department at 763-263-2268.

BIG LAKE FARMERS MARKET
Lakeside Park Parking Lot Highway 10 • Big Lake Wed.
June to Oct, 2016 3 to 7 p.m.
The Big Lake Farmers Market is a market in which farmers,
growers, and producers sell their own products directly to the
public, allowing consumers to have a direct relationship with
the producer of the items they purchase. This market will
emphasize quality and freshness.
Anyone with handmade crafts are also welcome. Come to
sell or come to buy!
If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Big Lake
Community Education at 763-262-2523.

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Sherburne History Center
Sherburne History Center
We offer a wide variety of public programming throughout
the year. Guest speakers have given presentations on preserving family treasures as well as on interesting stories of
Sherburne County's history. Our annual Christmas Tree
Festival is geared to the whole family, while some events are
specifically for our members. We have great stories ... and
cool stuff!
We foster a sense of community by connecting people with
the county's past and help people understand the past so they
can make informed choices about the future.
Contact the Sherburne History Center:
Telephone: 763-261-4433 or 763-262-4433 (metro line)
Fax: 763-261-4437
Mailing address: 10775 27th Avenue SE, Becker, MN 55308
For general inquiries please e-mail [email protected]
For research requests, please e-mail Mo Galvin at:
[email protected] or check out our website
at: www.sherburnehistorycenter.org
A HORSE DRAWN
HAY RIDE was a popular
activity at October’s fall
festival on the Sherburne
National Wildlife Refuge.
(Photo
by
Jennifer
Edwards).

Landscape
Design &
Construction

Family Owned & Operated for 28 Years!
Steve Eid, Owner/Landscape Designer

15101 W. Hwy. 10, Elk River (Just 4 miles E. of Big Lake on Hwy. 10)

• 763-441-3090 •
WWW.STEVESELKRIVERNURSERY.COM

Debbie’s

NO W O P E N! More than just a thrift store!

PET BOARDING

Bed & Biscuit
• A safe and fun-filled
vacation.
• Open 7 days a week,
365 days a year!

Usable, clean donations

daily during
DAILY ! welcomed
business hours up to
one hour before closing.
SPECIALS NO AFTER
HOURS DROP-OFFS!
Proceeds go back into the community
to help support families in need.

• Your pets are
special to us,
we will treat
them like
our own!

Hours: Sun. 12-5, M-Th. 10-6, Fri. 10-4, Sat. Closed

20455 187th Ave. NW, Big Lake (Old River Rock)

763-263-ACTS
actsthriftstore.webs.com • Acts-Thrift-Store.com

Call Today - 763-241-1234
Located inside Steve’s Elk River Nursery

15101 West Hwy 10 • Elk River
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Senior Living
Premier Adult Community
Deluxe Apartments
For Adults ages 55+

Keller Lake Commons is
nestled among 15 acres of
lovely wooded and well
groomed grounds by Keller
Lake and Kellerwood Park.
Watch the seasons change
as you walk on the path that
surrounds the Commons. We
offer reasonably priced one
and two bedroom apartments
starting below $700. Units
with patios, walk-in closets,
in-unit laundry and walk-in
tubs are available.

Other Amenities:
• On-Site Laundry
• Community Room
• Game Room/Library
• Barber/Beauty Salon
• Fitness Center

Activities:

Pot Lucks • Card Games
Coffee Time • Music
And More!

We Host:

the Big Lake Foot Clinic
for Seniors on behalf of
Senior Helpers in Big Lake

Big Lake
Senior Dining Site

Lunch served at 11:30am,
Mon - Fri. Please call
for reservations:
763-263-0058

Hwy. 25 & Norwood Lane, Big Lake, MN.
For more information or a tour, contact Marci.

763-263-2363

www.kellerlakecommons.com
[email protected]

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Retired and Senior Volunteer Program - RSVP
You are invited to respond to the needs of your community!
If you are 55+, this is your invitation to volunteer service!
Start with a discussion about your individual interests, skills
and time available to volunteer.
Explore the possibilities for service through a wide variety of
local agencies, including many projects with limited or
flexible commitments.
End with a rewarding volunteer experience that fits perfectly into your lifestyle and comes with some additional perks
because you’re experienced at life!
Please respond to this invitation to give your time through
RSVP.
Contact: Charlotte Strei
763-635-4505/1-877-560-RSVP (7787)
[email protected]
413 Proctor Ave, Elk River, MN 55330
RSVP website:
www.ci.stcloud.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=92

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Places of Worship

Alive! Lutheran Church, LCMS
Transforming Lives with Christ's Life!
121 W. Broadway, Monticello
763-295-1749
www.aliveinmonticello.org
Pastor: Greg Koepsell
If you don't have a church to call
home check out Alive!
Sunday Worship: 9am
Fellowship & Sunday School for all
ages: 10am
Monday Worship: 6pm
For other worship schedules (Advent,
Lent) contact the church office.
Bethany Bible Church
763-263-2167
511 Eagle Lake Road, Big Lake
Sunday school- 9 a.m.
Sunday Worship 10 a.m.
bethanybiblemn.org
Bridgeview Assembly of God
20500 County Rd 11, Big Lake
(763) 263-6274

(763) 263-5744 (F)
www.bridgeviewchurch.org
[email protected]
Pastor Steve Royalty
Worship - 10 am
Wed. evening - 6:30 p.m.

Community Covenant Church (SVEA)
Pastor Dan Mutterer, 763-263-6322
23506 162nd St.
Cty. Rd. 15, 6 miles north of Hwy. 10
Worship, 10:30 a.m., nursery provided.

The Church of Mary of the Visitation
Pastor: Father Gene Doyle
763-447-3339
Locations:
12100 Sherburne Ave, Becker
440 Lake St N, Big Lake
Mass Times:
Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Mass Location Rotation:
1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of
the month, all masses will be at
the Becker location.
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month,
all masses will be at the Big Lake
location.

Cornerstone Baptist Church
Pastor Gordon Langdon, 763-263-7878
15300 Co. Rd. 35- Hwy. 10E, N.
on Co. Rd. 15, rt. on Co. Rd. 35,
1/2 mi. on left.
Bible Time 9:30 am, Worship 10:30 am
Evening Praise 6 pm,
Wed. 6:30 Services, Tues: Food give
away 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The Crossing Church.
763-633-9706
freegrace.tv
Hope Lutheran Church
(ELCA) in Orrock
Pastor Steve Seiffert
(612) 788-4349 • 763-263-7990 (LM)
26498 180th St, 8 mi. N. of Big Lake

SARON LUTHERAN CHURCH

Celebrating 50 Years
of Serving Seniors
1965 - 2015

WORSHIP TIMES:
8:45 a.m. (traditional)
and 10:30 a.m. (contemporary)
Agape
Christian
Preschool

• Senior Housing
• Transitional Care
• Assisted Living & Memory Care
• Long-Term Care • Adult Day
• Home Care & Hospice
• Club GA-Wellness Center

The
Refuge
Youth
Ministry

311 Lake Street S. • Big Lake, MN 55309

763-263-2209 • www.Saron.org

763-241-4438 • guardianangelsmn.org

Sponsoring Church of Guardian
Angels - Elk River since 1962

EEO/AA

A real
and genuine
Faith Community
grounded in
Christ’s love.

Sunday Worship & Holy Communion Every Sunday - 10 am
Nursery Available
Great fellowship and refreshments every Sunday
Look For The Welcoming Red Door: 1326 4th Street, Elk River

763-441-5482 • www.holytrinityelkriver.org
facebook.com/HolyTrinityElkRiver

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or 7 mi. W. of Zimmerman or
12 mi. NE of Becker on Cty. Rd. 4
Sunday worship 10 a.m.
Confirmation & Youth classes 6:45
Wed.

763-263-3090
Marty Mably, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 8 & 10:30;
9:15 am Education Hour
www.lordofglorylutheran.org

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
The Rev. Rob Cavanna, Pastor
1326 4th Street NW
Elk River, MN 55330
763 441-5482
www.holytrinityelkriver.org
Sunday Worship: 10 am
Sunday School: 10:05 am
Nursery Available
Men’s & Women’s Groups
Bible Studies & Prayer Groups
Youth Ministries & Adult Education
A church where you’re not just a face
or number!

Riverside Church
Phone: (763) 263-2410; Hwy 25 & Cty
Rd 14, Big Lake.
Sunday Schedule: 8:45am, 10:30am &
12:05pm
Come as you are! Not just a CHURCH
where you go, it’s a FAMILY where you
can BELONG.
Real & Relevant Sunday Experiences for
the entire family [Worship Services,
Music, Nurseries, Sunday School (PreSchool thru Gr. 5)] Weekday Opportunities! Engaging Children & Student
Ministries,
Celebrate
Recovery,
DivorceCare for adults, students & kids
and Small Groups.
More Info @
www.MyRiversideChurch.com or
www.Facebook.com/MyRiverside
Church
[email protected]
Tom Lundeen – Senior Pastor, Skipp
Machmer – Executive Pastor, Chad
Doran – Creative Arts Pastor, Chip
Garrison – Children’s Ministries Pastor,
Dan Boal – Student Ministries Pastor,

Iglesia Amor Viviente
Juan & Patricia Aguayo Pastores
221 Lake St North
(763) 607-5403
[email protected]
www.amorviviente.com/minnesota
Service: Saturday 6 p.m.
Lord of Glory Lutheran Church
15550 190th Ave NW, 4 miles E of Big
Lake, Off Hwy 10 & CR 15

Nate Sickler – Small Groups Pastor, Bill
Arant – Care Pastor, Glen McKinney –
Connections Pastor
Saron Lutheran Church
311 Lake St. S. (Hwy 25), Big Lake,
MN 55309. (763) 263-2209.
www.saron.org.
Pastor Kyle Sidlo
Summer Worship - Memorial Day Labor Day - 9a.m.
During school year: 8:45a.m. (traditional) and 10:30a.m. (contemporary)
Holy Communion, 2nd & 4th Sundays,
Holy Baptism, 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Snake River Church
5 miles north of Hwy 10 on CR 11, then
1.5 miles E on CR 4,
3/4 mile W on 180th St
Phone: Barb 763-263-7950
Pastor Steve Johnston
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Spirit Life Church
221 Lake Street North
763-262-5433
Pastor Jim Herzing
Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.
spiritlifechurchmn.org


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Business Directory

CHAMBER MEMBERS
LISTED IN BLUE.
A Catered Event
763-262-6615
Abba Pregnancy
Resource Center
763-634-1238
See ad on page 41
Ace Solid Waste
763-427-3110
Action Plus
763-295-4005
See ad on page 33
ACTS Thrift Store
763-263-2287
See ad on page 37
Alive Lutheran Church
763-295-1749
See ad on page 40

All Elements
763-314-0234
See ad on page 29

Bauer Handyman Services
763-412-6109
See ad on page 42

American Family Insurance
Kelli J. Riebel Insurance Agency
763-263-2163
See ad on page 45

Best Western
Chelsea Inn & Suites
763-271-8880 or 877-349-2415

Angell’s Construction Services
763-263-0586
See ad on page 45
Anytime Fitness
763-263-1300
See ad on page 23
AST Sports - Monticello
763-295-4099
Aubol’s Appliance
763-263-2407
See ad on page 17
Audio Communications
763-263-3582
See ad on page 15

Big Lake Public Schools
763-262-2536

Big Lake Women of Today
320-420-5585

Big Lake Area
Veterinary Hospital
763-263-8387

Bob & Judy's Farm Market
763-263-1171
Big Lake Community Food Shelf See ad on page 10
763-263-2432
Bob's Towing & Recovery
763-262-8697
Big Lake Community
See ad on page 12
Lakes Association
763-263-1527
Bogart, Pederson & Assoc., Inc.
Big Lake "Do It Best" Lumber
763-262-8822
763-263-3400
See ad on page 32
See ad on page 10
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Big Lake Fire Department
763-433-2851
763-263-3456
See ad on page 26
Big Lake Floral and Gift
763-263-3366

Boone Family Chiropractic
& Wellness
763-263-8181

Big Lake Hardware Hank
763-263-2019
See ad on page 12

BPAthletics.com
763-445-9190

Big Lake/Becker
Knights of Columbus
www.kc9140.weebly.com
See ad on page 27

Brenteson Companies, Inc.
763-263-3100
Brian G. Blanchard,
CLU, CHFC, CFP, CASL Columns Resource Group,
Northwestern Mutual
763-262-2141

Big Lake Lions Club
763-263-2218

“WORKING WITH PEOPLE,
NOT JUST NUMB3RS”
Monticello • Maple Lake • St. Cloud
Albany • Little Falls

New Business and
Personal Clients
Welcome!
www.swcocpas.com

763-295-5070
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Big Lake Spud Fest
612-810-2119
See ad on page 5

Big Lake Police Department
763-263-2500
See ad on page 28

Carefree Country Club
763-263-6050
See ad on page 21

Bauer Handyman Services, LLC
• Home Repairs & Improvements
• Odd Jobs & More!

“BIG LAKE’S LOCAL HANDY MAN”

763-412-6109
P.O. Box 42 Big Lake, MN

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Cargill Kitchen Solutions
763-262-1900

China Inn
763-263-7200

Carousell Works
763-263-7779

Cindy Lemm- Edina Realty
763-370-8999
See ad on page 29

CentraCare Clinic- Big Lake
763-263-7300
See ad on page 13

City of Big Lake
763-263-2107

CentraCare Health- Monticello
763-271-2384
See ad on page 47

Clear Waters Outfitting
320-558-8123
See ad on page 20

Central Minnesota
Jobs & Training Services
763-271-3700

Coborn's Super Store
763-263-3555
See ad on page 8

Central MN Arts Board
centralmnartsboard.org
See ad on page 20

Connexus Energy
763-323-2650

Debbie's Cleaning Service
(763) 263-9300
(763) 568-5558

Heritage Montessori
763-263-0550
See ad on page 31

Debbie’s Bed & Biscuit
763-241-1234
See ad on page 37

Holiday Inn Elk River
763-656-4400
See ad on page 46

Edward Jones
Tim Suchy
763-262-9988
See ad on page 21

Holy Trinity
Episcopal Church
763-441-5482
See ad on page 40

Elk River Municipal
Utilities Security Systems
763-441-2020
See ad on page 43

Hometown Eyecare
763-263-8444

Friends of the Sherburne
National Wildlife Refuge
763-389-3323

CenterPoint Energy
www.centerpointenergy.com

Corner Oaks Family Dental
763-263-3262
See ad on page 13

Cherrywood Advanced Living
(320) 257-7445
See ad on page 38

Cornerstone Cafe
763-295-3888
See ad on page 34

Great River Spine & Sport
763-260-8401

China Buffet Monticello
763-295-8300
See ad on page 34

Crossings by
GrandStay Inn & Suites
763-262-7700

Guardian Angels
763-241-4438
See ad on page 40

Chin Yuen Monticello
763-271-1688

DATASuccess, Inc.
(763) 263-7070
See ad on page 17

Heitz Group- Edina Realty
763-262-0123
See ad on page 33

Fudgin Delicious Ice Cream
& Hom Decor
763-207-8588

Call today
for a free
home security
audit!

Insurance Specialists Team
763-263-0785
JC’s Body Shop & Frame
(763) 263-3008
See ad on page 29
JC’s U Lock Storage & Rental
763-219-2857
Jeddeloh & Snyder, PA
(763) 262-2889
See ad on page 17
Jennifer’s Dance Centre
(763) 263-6678
See ad on page 35
Jerry's Auto Salvage
763-263-2600

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Business Directory
Lake Liquors
763-263-3673
See ad on page 27

Johnson Bruns
& Company Chartered
763-263-3300
See ad on page 17
Just 4 Laffs Entertainment
320-493-9278

Legacy Foundation of Big Lake
763-464-8928
Loch Jewelers
763-295-3771

Keller Lake Commons
763-263-2363
See ad on page 38

Lofgren Construction, LLC.
763-232-5670

Ken Geroux Construction Corp.
763-263-6878
See ad on page 5
KleinBank
763-263-2100
See ad on page 2

Lord of Glory Lutheran Church
Pumpkin Fest
763-263-3090
See ad on page 35
Lupulin Brewing
See ad on page 21

Lake Cafe
763-263-2409
See ad on page 9

M&M Express
Sales & Service, Inc.
763-263-6000
See ad on page 27

Lake Dental Care
763-260-0459

Majestic Creations
763-261-2174

Mary Kiffmeyer
State Senator
651-296-5655
See ad on page 44
Mary Kay Cosmetics
320-743-2636
McDonald’s of Big Lake
763-263-1010
McPete's Sports Bar & Lanes
763-263-6556
See ad on page 9
Merit Drywall
763-878-2795
See ad on page 45
Metro Insurance Brokers, Inc.
651-578-0233
Michelle Backlund, CPA
763-263-1532
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
320-532-7851
Mischief Managed
763-355-4749

Mary Kiffmeyer
State Senator District 30
Capitol Office
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

State Office Bldg, Rm. 123
St. Paul MN 55155
651-296-5655
[email protected]

Nick Zerwas
State Representative
District 30A
300 State Office Building

MNSota Real Estate
763-262-0010
See ad on back page
Monticello/Buffalo Clinic
Monti: 763-271-3896
Buffalo: 763-684-3696
See ad on page 22

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Nick Zerwas
State Representative
651-296-4237
See ad on page 44
Northstar Technology Solutions
763-262-0729
NorthStar-Metro Transit
612-373-3333
See ad on page 14
Options, Inc.
763-263-3684
Ottem Insurance
763-263-7682
See ad on page 28
Peterson Grimsmo Chapel
763-295-2918
See ad on page 41
Pizza Factory
763-263-7676
See ad on page 10
Pizza Pub
763-262-2224
Preferred Title
763-295-6140
See ad on page 32
Progressive Lending Solutions
612-590-1375

Monticello Cancer Center
763-271-2800
See ad on page 47

Rack's Sports Bar and Grill
763-262-0547

Monticello Country Club
763-295-4653
See ad on page 20

Ray’s Abbey Carpet
763-263-2058
See ad on page 29

Monticello Dental
763-263-7100
See ad on page 21

ReNew You Medical Spa
763-645-3313
See ad on page 46

Monticello Printing, Inc.
763-295-3141
See ad on page 29

RetroGreen Energy
320-252-8888

Monticello Times &
Great River LIFE
763-295-3131

100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

St. Paul MN 55155
651-296-4237
[email protected]

New Day United Methodist
Church
763-441-2750

Mutt's UpKeep
479-215-6575

Riverside Church
myriversidechurch.com
See ad on page 41
Rivers of Hope
763-295-3433
Riverwood Bank
763-262-2265

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Russell’s on the Lake
763-263-6111
See ad on page 4
Sam’s Club Maple Grove
763-416-0299
Sand Prairie Dental
763-263-6350
Saron Lutheran Church
763-263-2209
See ad on page 40

Thrivent Financial
Derek Birdsall
763-633-5300
or Cell: 612-803-5130
Township of Big Lake
763-263-8111
See ad on page 32
Trails Grill & Sports Bar
763-263-0800
See ad on page 11

Schlenner Wenner & Co.
763-295-5070
See ad on page 42

Travelers Country Club
On the Mississippi
320-743-3133
See ad on page 18

Senior Helpers
763-262-9966

USA Northland Directories
712-274-8811

Shade Tree Appliance
& Recycling
763-262-0346

West Sherburne Tribune
763-263-3602
See ad on page 5

Sherburne County
763-765-3000

White Bear Clothing Co.
763-263-7600

Sherburne County Area
United Way
763-633-5886
Fax: 763-633-1634
Sherburne History Center
763-261-4433
Shore View Town
Homes Association
218-820-4197
SmartSearch
320-333-7877
Spinning Sound
Entertainment
612-590-1375

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St. Benedict's
Senior Community
763-295-4051
See ad on page 39
Starz Dance Studio
763-262-STEP (7837)
See ad on page 20
Steve’s Nursery
763-441-3090
See ad on page 37
Studer Chiropractic
763-295-4797
See ad on page 13
SuperAmerica
763-263-6455
See ad on page 43
The Friendly Buffalo
763-263-7766

www.biglakechamber.com

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• Great new menu
• Outstanding food

• Flexible seating up to
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• Professional in-house
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• Spacious rooms
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• Convenient location
with free heated
underground parking

• 30,000 sq ft Wild Woods Waterpark
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• Waterpark is open Friday-Sunday
during school year (summer hours
open 7 days a week)

For more information and waterpark hours visit
hielkriver.com or call 763-656-4400
9200 Quaday Ave. NE, Otsego, MN 55330

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Growing and strengthening
local health care services

centracare.com

Chemo,
Radiation
and Buddy.
monticellocancercenter.org
www.biglakechamber.com

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