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                                                  Friday, April 20, 2018 


April 20

The Buffalo Community Theater's production of "On Golden Pond," will return to the stage this weekend. The stage version of the famous, Academy Award-winning movie, is the story of an aging couple navigating their golden years and re-building family relationships. The events are played out at the family's summer cabin "On Golden Pond." Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, April 22nd at 2 PM at the Buffalo Discovery Center Auditorium. Tickets are available at;, and at the door.

The Kimball Area Friends of the Library invite you to a dinner with Jeanne Cooney, author of Hot Dish Heaven Murder Mysteries on Friday, April 20th from 6 to 9 PM at the Millner Heritage Winery and Vineyard, south of Kimball on Highway 15. A social hour begins at 6 PM, with dinner at 6:30, and the presentation at 7:30. The dinner menu includes roasted chicken breast, baby red potatoes, green beans, hamburger noodle hotdish, green salad, dinner roll, cheesecake and coffee. A 6 dollar drink voucher is also included. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Kimball Public Library and at the Harvest Bank of Kimball for 30 dollars, or reserve a table of 8 for 200 dollars, a 40 dollar savings! For more information, email;

April 21

The Hanover Lions host a smelt fry and pork chop dinner this Saturday, April 21st from 11 AM to 7 PM at the Hanover City Hall. Smelt, pork chops, breadsticks, cole slaw, baked beans, chips, cookies, milk and coffee are on the menu. Adult tickets are 12 dollars, seniors and kids ages 6 to 12 are 10 dollars and kids under 6 are 5 dollars. Proceeds help support the many activities and events that the Hanover Lions provide funds for in the community.

The Seniors of Rogers are planning a Flea Market and Craft Sale for Saturday, April 21st from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Rogers Community Center. Don't miss this early-season sale extravaganza. As always, vendors are wanted and welcome. The more we have to sell, the more you'll find to buy! Cost: $30 for 8' table and 2 chairs. For more information, call Deb at 763-416-6790. That's the Rogers Seniors Flea Market and Craft Sale on Saturday, April 21, starting at 9 AM.

April 22

The wRight Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble and the Wright County Chamber Chorus will be present their annual Spring Concert Sunday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM at the Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. This year's theme is "Music and Light Shining in our Hearts." Tickets available in advance and at the door. Refreshments will follow the concert. 

Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale invites you to the annual Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 22nd from 8 AM to 1 PM. Scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, coffee or milk, and all-you-can-eat pancakes served with REAL maple syrup! Adults $8, kids 4 to 12 are $4, and kids 3 and under eat free! Fresh maple syrup will be available to purchase to take home too! Minnesota Pioneer Park is just east of Annandale on Highway 55.

A benefit for the family of the late Mike Rogers of Otsego, and formerly of Monticello, will be held Sunday, April 22nd from 12 noon to 4 PM at the American Legion Post #112 in Elk River. Mike recently passed away after a battle with cancer. He was a U-S Army and National Guard veteran, and formerly served on both the Albertville and Monticello Fire Departments. A silent auction, bake sale and raffles will be held from 12 noon to 3 PM, with a live auction to follow. Food will be available for a 10 dollar donation. Other donations are currently being accepted and are greatly appreciated. All items are welcome, and 100 percent of all proceeds will go to Mike's family. For more information, call (612) 202-7794, or (612) 685-1098.

April 24

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake on Tuesday, April 24th from 12:30 to 6:30 PM. Nearly all people who are in good health, and who have not donated for 56 days are welcome. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years of age. Make an appointment at (320) 543-2444, or be a walk-in donor.

The Wright County Wellness On Wheels (WOW) Van will be at the Cokato Library in the Centennial Room on Tuesday, April 24th from 2 to 6 PM. Services include immunizations for all ages, numerous screenings and consultations, home radon and well water test kits, dental health and fluoride application, and general health and community resource information. Appointments are recommended by calling (763) 682-7516, or 1-800-362-3667, extension 7516.

"Peace by Piece" Quilting Guild will host its monthly meeting Tuesday, April 24th at the Wright County Heritage Center in Buffalo. A social hour begins at 9:30 AM, with the meeting beginning at 10 AM. This month, it's an all-day sew-in! Bar-B-Que will be provided, members are asked to bring a dish to share.

April 27

Don't miss the 32nd Annual KRWC Radio Wright County Home and Garden Show, Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th at the Buffalo Civic Center. Come out and celebrate the end of a long, hard winter, and see many displays and special activity areas! Friday's hours are 3 to 8 PM, with FREE BERNATELLO'S PIZZA from 5 to 7:30 PM! Saturday's hours are 9 AM to 3 PM with several live broadcasts throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public, and many prizes will be given away!

April 28

Saturday, April 28th is Volunteer Park Cleanup Day at Lake Maria State Park near Monticello. Join other volunteers in helping to prepare the park for the summer season! Volunteers will be raking, working on trails and planting trees. Lunch will be provided for hungry workers. Registration is needed for the event. Please call the Lake Maria park office to register at (763) 878-2325. Bring your own work gloves and tools if you like, or use the tools that will be at the site. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, or get prior approval from the Park Manager. Lake Maria State Park is 7 miles northwest of Monticello on Wright County Highway 111.

Crossroads Animal Shelter hosts the annual "Dinner for the Dogs, and Cats, Too!" on Saturday, April 28th. The annual benefit is one of the biggest each year for the shelter. The dinner will be at River City Extreme in Monticello with a social hour at 6 PM, followed by a plated steak and shrimp dinner. Many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menus will also be available. Tickets are $40 per person available at the Crossroads Animal Shelter, or by calling (763) 684-1234. A raffle, money boards and silent and live auctions will be a part of the evening.

Help "Stomp Out Parkinson's" on Saturday, April 28th from 3 to 8 PM at The V in Maple Lake. A silent auction, chicken or prime rib dinner, full bar, silent and live auctions are all a part of the events of the day. The fundraiser benefits the National Parkinson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. More information is available by calling (612) 245-9571.

The Hamel VFW will host a Dinner and Dance Night Saturday, April 28th. Food will be served from 5 to 8 PM, with music from "The Arcades" with 50s and 60s rock and roll from 7 to 10:30. The cover charge is 5 dollars per person at the door. The event is open to everyone.

April 29

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church of Buffalo has re-scheduled the 2nd of a two-part informational gathering presented by John Emery, a U-S Army veteran, and spokesperson from the Islamic Resource Group in Minneapolis. The event has been re-scheduled due to the recent blizzard. Islam & Christianity: What Do We Have in Common will be presented Sunday, April 29th at 6:30 PM at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church at 3477 10th Street NE in Buffalo. People of all faiths from throughout the region are welcome. More information is available at;

The Buffalo Figure Skating Club presents "Skating on Sunshine," the annual Spring Ice Show and Family Skate on Sunday, April 29th at the Buffalo Civic Center. Enjoy all the great skating groups and individuals. Other activities include a 50-50 drawing, the concession stand, and the family skate to follow the show, with skate rental available for 2 dollars. "Skating on Sunshine" begins at 2 PM, Sunday, April 29th at the Buffalo Civic Center.

The 12th annual fundraiser for Action for Children-Zambia will be held Sunday, April 29th from 2 to 5 PM at the Maple Lake Legion Club in Maple Lake. The event will be held by the family of Carol McBrady, and proceeds will go toward educational costs, farm equipment and the Redemption House. Tickets are $25 per person. Delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served, and a program highlighting the progress made by the organization in the past year are planned. More information is available by calling Betty Thomes at (320) 963-3940.

May 3

Friends of the Buffalo Community Center will hold a Town Hall Meeting May 3rd at 7 PM at the current Community Center building at 206 Central Avenue. The informational meeting hopes to generate excitement for a new Community Center building that would be multi-generational and all-inclusive. A panel representing Monticello, Becker and Buffalo Community Centers will be on hand, and Karla Heeter will act as moderator. Questions will be welcomed, and refreshments will be served.

May 12

The Rockford Laestadian Lutheran Church welcomes you to the Annual Spring Saturday Market on Saturday, May 12th from 9 AM to 1 PM. Brunch, Finnish baked goods, Pasties, hanging plants, gifts, home decor and more will all be featured! Preview the sale on Facebook and Instagram. The Rockford Laestadian Lutheran Church is located at 741 Ibarra Ave. NE in Rockford.

Ongoing Events

Now is a great opportunity to show your children how much you love them, and want to keep them safe by making sure they are in the correct child safety seat. An estimated 9 out of 10 child safety seats are misused. In Minnesota, a child needs to be in a child safety seat until they reach age 8 or 4’9 inches in height. Wright County Public Health has several child passenger safety technicians who perform child safety seat appointments, most often conducted in the parking lot of the Wright County Health and Human Services. Each appointment is scheduled for 45 minutes, per child safety seat. In 2017, Wright County Public Health received $2,500 in grant dollars to help provide child safety seats . Some health insurance companies also provide child safety seats. To schedule a child passenger safety seat check, contact Terri Burkhart at 763-682-7516.The Wright County Wellness on Wheels Program offers tips for your family's safety and well-being: Each year more than 400 people are silently killed from carbon monoxide poisoning, known as CO. It's called the "silent killer" because it doesn't sting your eyes, make you cough, or produce a visible or malodorous vapor. If a CO alarm sounds, or you have ANY symptoms of CO poisoning----don't ignore it! . Leave the house or area immediately. Call 911 or the fire department as soon as you are outside the home. And here is another timely reminder.....Flu Shots are still available through the WOW Program. Call 763-682-7516.

Wright County Community Action is operating the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) in Wright County. The Energy Assistance Program is available to income eligible households to pay a portion of the cost for their heat bills. The program can also provide assistance to homeowners in need of Furnace Repairs. Assistance levels for families served through the Energy Assistance Program are determined based on household income, household size, and actual cost of heating for a period of twelve continuous months. Wright County Community Action works with households to resolve heating crisis situations such as a shut offs and disconnections. Wright County Community Action will continue to take applications through May 31, 2018. If you are interested in applying for Energy Assistance or would like more information please contact Wright County Community Action at: WCCA 130 W. Division Street, P.O. Box 787 Maple Lake, MN 55358. You may also call at; (320) 963-6500.

The blood supply is very critical during this time of the year with accident victims in addition to the every day surgery patients. To donate blood, simply call 1-800 RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit:, Give the Gift of Life! All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with signed parental permission form) weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. A new system called RAPID PASS is available to anyone to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online. Just visit This must be done the day of the donation.

The University of Minnesota Extension annually recognizes farm families throughout the state, and Wright County is seeking nominations for Wright County Farm Family of the Year. Nominees should be actively involved in agricultural with one or more agricultural enterprises, or have made significant short term progress or innovative contributions with their agricultural endeavors. In addition to demonstrating a commitment to supporting the fields of agriculture and production, nominees should also be involved in their communities and related organizations. To nominate a family to be Wright County Farm Family of 2018, call Rod Greder at University of Minnesota Extension, Wright County at 763-682-738l, or send an e-mail to to obtain a nomination form. All nominations must be received by March 20th, and a family will be selected by May 1st, 2018.

Attention! Seniors with a song in your heart, and a bounce in your step...Let's Dance!!! There's an Afternoon Senior Dance almost every week, right here in Wright County. Some locations include The "V" in Maple Lake; Huikko's Bison Creek in Buffalo; the Monticello VFW, and the Buffalo Legion. These afternoon events are from 1PM until 4. A small cover charge includes lunch. Age doesn't matter. It's the bounce that counts!! Whether you dance or not, you are invited to come for the fun!! .For dates, location and information, call Mike Elsenpeter, at 320-963-3663.





The Annandale Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

Basic Computer & Internet Help – ongoing

Do you need help setting up an email account, doing a basic web search, using Word or Excel on your PC? An experienced volunteer is willing to help! Walk in or call ahead 320.274.8448.

Tuesday and Friday mornings

9:00 to 11:00 am

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – ongoing

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program designed to increase the awareness of early literacy and to encourage every parent to embrace their role as their child's first teacher. Plus, there are prizes! This program is ongoing, so you can sign up any time. No limit; please come to the library to register. Sponsored by the Annandale Area Friends of the Library and Great River Regional Library. 

For more information, contact the Annandale library at (320) 274-8448.

Annandale Area Public Library • Hours
Mon. 2-5, Tue. 9-1 & 2-5, Wed. 2-8, Fri. 9-12 & 2-5, Sat. 9-12


The Buffalo Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities

1,000 Books before Kindergarten - ongoing

Give your child the gift of reading and literacy. Track the progress with your child's special booklet and earn prizes along the way. For ages birth to Kindergarten. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.

Teen Book Club - ongoing

Join the Buffalo Library Teen Book Club, an ongoing event for grades 6-9. Stop by the desk to leave your contact information. Read the book and join us for pizza and a rousing discussion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Library. Check our online events calendar for dates and times or call the library.

Adult Book Club - ongoing

Our adult book club is flourishing! Stop at the circulation desk to join our group. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Library. Check our online events calendar for dates and times or call the library.

For more information on library services, contact the Buffalo Library at 763-682-2753.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. GRRL supplies Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.

Buffalo Public Library • Hours: M 10-8; T 10-8; W 10-8; Th 12-8; F 11-5; S 10-2


The Clearwater Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

Pre-School Storytime - April 24

Stories and activities to build kindergarten readiness. For ages 2 to 6. 11 to 11:30 AM.

Music With Angie - April 25

A journey through the evolution of American pop culture and entertainment. Tidbits of history, scientific invention, celebrity bios and songs from each era from the 1890s through the 1960s.


Computer Tech Help – ongoing

By appointment or just walk in.

Tuesdays, Noon to 1 PM.

For additional information on library services, contact the Clearwater Public Library at 320-558-6001.

Clearwater Public Library • Hours
Mon. closed; Tues. 10-1 & 3-6;  Wed. 3-8;  Thur. 10-1;  Fri. 3-6;  Sat. 10-1



The Howard Lake Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - ongoing

Fun for parents and children alike! Parents and children spend time reading together, and children win prizes for achieving various milestones. This program includes an annual graduation for those who've completed the program and this celebration is open to all participants. Visit the library for more details and to pick up your materials! For ages 1 month to Kindergarten. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library. This program is ongoing throughout the year.

For additional information on library services, contact the Howard Lake Public Library at (320) 543-2020.

Howard Lake Public Library • Hours
Mon. 2-8, Tue. 1-6, Wed. 2-8, Thur. 10-6, Fri. 3-6, Sat. 10-1.


The Rockford Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

Monthly Lego Clubs - April 18th and 23rd

Join us for a fun hour of Lego building. Bring your imagination! The Lego blocks will be provided. For ages 5 to 13. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Rockford Friends of the Library. 

Family Storytime - April 18th and 25th

Activities and stories for families. No limit. Registration is not required. 11:15 AM to 12 noon.

Bingo With Melissa - April 19th

Come and play bingo at the library. Ages 7 to 12. Limit 20. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Rockford Friends of the Library. 4 to 5 PM.

Rockford Adult Book Club - April 23rd

Contact the library for current titles. Registration is not required. 2 to 3 PM.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - ongoing

Register your child to read 1,000 Books before kindergarten. Sign up anytime during open hours.

For additional information on library services, contact the Rockford Public Library at (763) 477-4216.

Rockford Public Library Hours

Mon. 2-8, Tues. 2-8, Wed. 10-6, Thurs. 3-8, Fri. 3-6, Sat. 10-1