THE BIG LAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT is being appreciated this week as part of Peace Officer’s Memorial Day in the city. Members include (front row, left to right): Administrative Assistant Laurie Morris, Officer Cindy Finch, Officer Jesse Gilbertson, Officer Sam Norlin, Lt. Sam Olson, Administrative Asst. Tina Peterson and Chief Joel Scharf. Back row, left to right: Officer Dan Sherburne, Investigator Terry Nordquist, Officer Eric Sonnenburg, Officer Chris Hoard, Officer Todd Siebert and Investigator Rich Berg. Missing: Officer Guy Chaffee. (Submitted Photo).

Mayor proclaims this week as police week

Staff Writer
Bill Morgan

 With a very light agenda, the Big Lake City Council breezed through their Wednesday meeting in less than an hour.

Police Week
Mayor Raeanne Danielowski read aloud a proclamation declaring May 12-16 as Police Week 2014, or Peace Officer’s Memorial Day in Big Lake.
The mayor called upon all citizens in th e Big Lake community to especially honor and show their sincerest appreciation for the police officers of the city by deed, remarks, and attitude. Danielowski called upon all citizens “to make every effort to express their thanks to the men and women who make it possible for citizens to leave their homes and families in safety each day and to return  knowing they are protected by men and women willing to sacrifice their lives, if necessary, to guard loved ones, property and government against all who would violate the law.”
Finally, it was noted that every 49 hours, an American police officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States and 170 officers are seriously assaulted in the performance of their duties.
City Newsletter
At the March 19 council workshop, members of the city council discussed the possibility of reinstating the city newsletter as another way to communicate with residents and businesses. Council discussed this again at the April 16 workshop and asked city staff to obtain costs for the possibility of running a full-page “ad” in the West Sherburne Tribune, and/or take out four pages in the Big Lake School District's quarterly Community Ed catalog.
The cost of a full-page "ad" in the West Sherburne Tribune would be $1,409.40, plus $100 for color. The size of the full page ad would be 10 inches x 21.75 inches.
The cost for four pages in the Big Lake School District's quarterly Community Ed catalog is non-applicable because the school district is not interested in providing space in their catalog for the city newsletter.
From 1999 to 2012, the City of Big Lake published a quarterly two-to-four-page newsletter mailed directly to residential homes in the same envelope as the city's water/sewer bills. In mid-to-late 2012, the city began mailing the water/sewer bills in the form of a postcard, therefore eliminating the distribution method for the city newsletter.
Currently, the city's communications efforts include the city website, the city Facebook page, SWTV Channel 19 and all city council and commission meetings.
Council approved reinstatement of the City newsletter as a quarterly direct mailing to all addresses within the Big Lake city limits effective third quarter.
Other news
• The fire and police departments gave their monthly department updates as well as Economic Development and Public Works;
• Members of the City of Big Lake will join members of the Big Lake Community Lake Association in a tour of Big and Mitchell Lake May 22 at 5 p.m.;
• Heidi Steinmetz was appointed executive director of the Big Lake EDA.
The next Big Lake City Council meeting is May 28 at 6 p.m.


(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.)