MAX, THE KLEINBANK MASCOT took a turn throwing pies at Principal Caryl Gordy, Teacher Karen Nelsen and Assistant Principal Teresa Smock-Potter during the Liberty Elementary School Pennies for Pies event, which raised over $3,000 for the Big Lake Food Shelf.

In your face, teacher!

Students at Liberty Elementary School raised a record $3,237.21 for the Big Lake Food Shelf with their fifth annual Pennies for Pies event last week.

EIGHTH GRADER ELI FLICKER took fourth place in the state level of the National Geographic Geography Bee held at St. Cloud State University last week. Eli and his brother, Jack, are the only two students from Big Lake to make it into the top 10 round of the state contest. (Submitted photo).

Eli finishes high in state geography bee

Big Lake Middle School student Eli Flicker won the Big Lake Middle School National Geographic Geography Bee and went on to compete at the state competition at St.

ARCHIVE PHOTO of Mrs. Julia Stevens second graders at Liberty Elementary School engaged in learning with an artist-in-residence. They were learning about “zentangles” and drew some of their own. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

School updating gifted programs

Big Lake School District is in the process of updating their Gifted and Talented student learning program and several changes are coming next year, Director of Teaching and Learning Crystal Thors



BABY LIAM SCHUMACHER and marathon runner Amy Visci who returns to Boston this year to support Team Liam. (Submitted photo).

WATERSHED EVENT. Sherburne SWCD Watershed Coordinator Tiffany Determan will host the third-annual Mississippi Watershed Event Thursday, April 24 from 4-7 p.m. in the Monticello Community Center at 505 Walnut St. SWCD staff and experts from state and federal agencies will be on hand to discuss lake and stream renovation projects, and refreshments will be served. (David Hannula photo.)

PAPER TRAIL. Newspapers, tax records, plat books and dozens of other books and printed items in the collection at the Sherburne History Center were highlighted during the "Day at the Museum" tour at the facility last Saturday. One day, the newspapers shown here and many others will be available on a computer screen, SHC officials said, making family historical research a much more convenient process. (David Hannula photo.)

OUTSTANDING FORESTRY AWARD. Sherburne SWCD Conservationist Gina Hugo received this Minnesota Community Forestry Award in March for her work in five urban communities in the previous year. (David Hannula photos.)

POSING FOR A PICTURE WITH THE EASTER BUNNY are Johnny, Olivia, Joe and Jacob O’Brien. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).