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The Sherburne History Center’s Winter Lecture Series 2020 kicks off on Wednesday, January 22, 2:00 pm, at the Sherburne History Center in Becker. The first speaker is SHC Executive Director Mike Brubaker, who will be sharing “Cemeteries and Their Stories.” The lectures, held the 2nd and 4th …

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The Bounce Back Project is hosting its fourth annual night of laughter with Wanna Come Out and Play, featuring the comedy of The Peabody Players, on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8 p.m. at River City Extreme in Monticello.

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Bruneau, Roger James, age 65, of Montrose, sentenced on 12/19/19 for Gross Misdemeanor Driving After Cancellation to 365 days jail, $100 fine; 361 days stayed for one year on conditions of probation, serve 4 days jail, pay $100 fine plus surcharges, have no same or similar violations.  Sente…

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The Big Lake Spudfest Committee recently made a generous $5,000 donation to the Big Lake Food Shelf. Pictured in no particular order are Spudfest members Raeanne Danielowski, Natalie Bender, Scott Johnson, Donna Clarksean, Corrie Scott and Deb Johnson. Committee members are pictured with San…

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Congratulations to Great River Spine & Sport and Dr. Scott Schulz for receiving the 2019 Member of the Year Award from the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce. Great River Spine & Sport was nominated and approved by fellow members of the Big Lake Chamber for its many activities in volunteer…

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The Big Lake High School Choir performed selections of Christmas music during the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s annual banquet Thursday, Dec. 12 at The Carousell Works in Big Lake. 

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• The Big Lake City Council on Dec. 11 formally approved the 2020 tax levy of $4,435,953, and includes the General Fund Levy of $3,291 million and the debt levy of $1,144 million. This is an increase of $236,543 over 2019 final tax levy. Also approved was the 2020 Big Lake Economic Developme…

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The City of Big Lake 2020 Fee Schedule was adopted by the Big Lake City Council. The fees include building department fees, licensing, parking fines, planning/zoning, and administrative fees as examples. A printed copy of the ordinance and all its fees is available for inspection during regu…

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The Big Lake City Council on Dec. 11 approved a variance that will allow a 520 square-foot garage addition at 154 Hudson Avenue. A variance was needed because the garage will push the property beyond 1,200 square feet of accessory buildings.

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George Quinn spoke during the public forum portion of the meeting to oppose the siting of a Freedom Rock, a giant boulder painted by Iowa artist Ray Sorensen that honors the sacrifices of those who served in the Armed Forces. Plans call for Sorenson to paint one rock in each of the 50 states…

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George Quinn gave an update on the First Responders walk-a-thon that he participated in on Oct. 26. Quinn said he and others walked 25 miles in Big Lake and Big Lake Township and raised about $1,000 as part of the event, which recognized the first “First Responders Day” on Oct. 28. Quinn tha…

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Representatives from the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MNCUN) and Minnco Credit Union recently presented a check to Minnco’s second $1,000 Quarterly WINcentive® Savings account winner Grace S. Grace’s husband, Joe, is a veteran and Grace already has plans to pay it forward by donating the …

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Wright County Court Administrator Monica Tschumper was among four distinguished Minnesota Judicial Branch employees from across Minnesota honored for their professional talents at the recent Minnesota Association for Court Management (MACM) conference. Monica Tschumper of Wright County Distr…

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Ten members of the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce & Industry are sponsoring trees at Browns Park south of Big Lake City Hall.  They include Anytime Fitness, Big Lake Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cabot Lodge Securities-Paul Knier, City of Big Lake, Great River Spine & Sport, Ken …

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“In spite of the snow and icy roads, we had a great turnout and similar to last year,” exclaimed President Kathy Poslusny at their annual Santa Day Sunday afternoon. The Big Lake American Legion Auxiliary hosted 222 youth along with their parents and grandparents at The Friendly Buffalo.

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• The City Council assessed delinquent utility charges onto the tax statements of property owners who have not paid their utility bills. There were 12 property owners who own a total of about $11,000 to the city for unpaid utilities.

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The Big Lake City Council has accepted the resignation of Public Works Director Mike Goebel effective November 29, 2019. Goebel is retiring after more than 33 years with the city.  He began employment with the city on February 11, 1986 

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The Big Lake City Council has designated the Elk River Star News as its official city newspaper for the publishing of legal notices. The move comes after the West Sherburne Tribune folded following its October 5 issue.

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The City Council assessed delinquent utility charges onto the 2020 tax bills of property owners who have not paid their utility bills. There were 12 property owners who own a total of about $11,653 to the city for unpaid utilities.  Similar action was taken against property owners with unpai…

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Minnco Credit Union volunteers and staff attended a ceremony on November 5, 2019, to commemorate the groundbreaking of their new branch office in Big Lake. Big Lake mayor Mike Wallen, along with close to twenty city officials, chamber members, and other dignitaries, were also on hand for the…

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Big Lake student Aaron Stauffer played Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, the Fall play at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. It is a Shakespearean classic set in a roaring 20s jazz club with lots of dancing, singing, art deco, suffragettes, and flapper girls. The show ran from Nov…