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Like the rest of the state of Minnesota, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) continues to move forward in a phased reopening. Starting July 1st, all libraries will be open to computer by appointment. This new service will be in addition to our curbside pickup and Print2Go services.

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The idea of a Picnic in the Park was a hit with our participants.  Believe me, I get it!  We are bored and want something fun to do safely with nice people!  Within two days of the July newsletter being out, the senior center picnic at Ellison Park scheduled for the 23rd was full.  The gover…

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Governor Tim Walz has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, June 19, 2020. He has directed flags to fly at half staff on the 19th of every month through 2020 to remember, mourn, and honor lives lost due to C…

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The race for Big Lake’s next mayor with two City Council members against each other: incumbent Mayor Mike Wallen and Council Member Paul Knier, both of whom have lived in the city of Big Lake for more than two decades.

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Starting June 18, all subscribers to the Monticello Times will need to reestablish their online accounts to gain full access to all stories and images. We recently updated our online subscription portal and will need to reconnect all existing accounts. Click here to quickly get access by ent…

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It was exciting to host our first Parking Lot Bingo event this past Tuesday and it went pretty well, thanks to the wonderful volunteers who helped.  Bingo is played in the Monticello Community Center west parking lot at 10 a.m. and will continue to be every Tuesday until further notice.  Peo…

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Like many of you, the weeks since the tragic death of George Floyd have been emotional and difficult for city officials, leaders, and staff. Our presence outside the metro area has not stopped challenging questions, concerns, and conversations from coming to the center of our community.

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The Wright County Fair Board has been monitoring the current conditions and information concerning the Covid-19 virus.  Both the virus threat and the reaction by government to the threat have created major considerations that all large events are having to work through.

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Join us for Parking Lot Bingo!  Yes, bingo in a parking lot.  We will be playing in the Monticello Community Center west parking lot on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. starting June 9. 

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The project we coordinated with the Monticello High School that we called, Seniors Supporting Seniors, was a huge success!  Senior citizens were asked to paint encouraging words on rocks to be given to high school seniors.  Those young people are missing out on so much due to the pandemic an…

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 A couple looks at a poster of the Monticello Class of 2020 that has been erected on the northeast corner of Highway 25 and Broadway Street in Monticello.

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Members of the Monticello American Legion Post 260 Honor Guard make their way into Riverside Cemetery along the Mississippi River for the Legion’s annual Memorial Day event. Members of the Honor Guard made changes to the Memorial Day event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which included fol…

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 In the last week I have participated in two very helpful Zoom meetings discussing when and how to safely open senior centers.  One was sponsored by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) and the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) and the other by the Minnesota Association of Seni…

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Zoey Pierce stands for graduation photos after being filmed walking across a graduation stage with her diploma on the east side of the Monticello High School parking lot on Tuesday, May 19. Members of the MHS senior class had graduation photos taken Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Videos…

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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…