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Jackson Gilb of Big Lake turned 10 on Monday, May 18 and celebrated a surprise birthday boat parade on Mitchell Lake. The boat parade featured many well-wishers, including a law enforcement boat featuring police officers and firefighters. Above, a clown holds a sign wishing Jackson, right, a…

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• The Gapen Tackle Company was building on the east side of Big Lake in order to locate its fishing lure business in the city. Under construction was a 50x80 concrete block building. It was located across Highway 10 from the Ranchero Drive-Inn. The business was owned by Dan Gapen, who owned …

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• A PUD concept plan review for the Marketplace Crossing I & II development was put on hold so its developer, CommonBond Communities, could address concerns for the project raised by the planning commission. Marketplace Crossing I & II is proposed as two 60-unit apartment structures …

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The Big Lake City Council unanimously approved a development stage planned unit development (PUD) request, preliminary plat, and building plan for the proposed Sandhill Villas development. Sandhill Villas is proposed to consist of 12 single-family homes at the corner of 205th Avenue and 172n…

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The Big Lake City Council granted a sign variance to Bionote, 19922 Industrial Drive, that will allow the business to put a non-conforming sign on the side of its building.

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A woman presents a bag of homemade cloth masks to Big Lake Fire Department volunteer Mike Bondus at the fire station on Saturday, April 25. Gov. Tim Walz established a homemade mask drive to help collect masks to be used for essential workers and others in need of masks. The Governor directe…

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A Canada goose takes off in flight on the Elk River in Big Lake on Thursday, April 23.

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A pair of loons are seen swimming in Mitchell Lake in Big Lake on a warm and sunny Thursday, April 23. The loons, Minnesota’s state bird, spend the summer season in and around Big Lake.

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Shortly after their wedding day four years ago, Tim and LaKeesha Furman had a dream come true when they bought a home in rural Big Lake that signified the beginning of a new life together.

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4-year-old Jaxxtin loves motorcycles and wanted to see motorcycles on his birthday. A parade down Minnesota Avenue in Big Lake was organized for Monday, April 27, and not only did Jaxxtin see motorcycles, he saw three police cars and a bunch of other well-wishers in cars, as well.

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The ​Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership​ is launching Framework 2030, the region’s first collaborative planning and economic development project. The Partner communities anticipate significant growth and development in the coming decades, and are using a collaborative ap…