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LEE GERHARDSON, 47, from New London, was found dead in Big Lake near the swimming beach in 10 feet of water Monday. Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.

New London man drowns at beach

A public works employee had quite a shock Monday morning when they went to Lakeside Park and discovered a body in the lake.

BIG LAKE AMBASSADORS for 2015-16 are (seated, left to right), Junior Ambassador Ava Rain, Kayla Robertson, Allison Bahe, Caitlyn Shaw, Isabella Rasmussen and Junior Ambassador Madline Peterson. They were crowned by the departing Big Lake Ambassadors, Junior Ambassador Madison Fritel, Ambassador Kailyn Johnson, Most Congenial Ambassador Samantha Moench, Ambassador Hailey Lahr and Junior Ambassador Raina White. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards).

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Samantha Phillippe and Julia Brolin, Big Lake Ambassadors from 2008-09, were the hosts of the 2015-16 Big Lake Ambassador Coronation Pageant Saturday.

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(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

LEE GERHARDSON, 47, from New London, was found dead in Big Lake near the swimming beach in 10 feet of water Monday. Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.

Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)