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                                               Monday, September 25, 2017 


The Cokato Museum and Historical Society recently opened its latest temporary exhibition, 'Pedal Power'! 'Pedal Power' displays many bicycles, tricycles, and related vehicles from across the decades. Photographs show how area residents used them for sport, recreation, and basic transportation. Catalog pages show how much styles and prices have changed over the years, as well. 'Pedal Power' runs through the end of September. Check them out online at; or call 320-286-2427 for more information.

There is help for homeowners who are facing foreclosure. Wright County Community Action (WCCA), a non-profit organization, offers confidential foreclosure counseling at no charge, and if applicable, will work with the lender to come to a reasonable solution. For more information, call Wright County Community Action at 320-963-6500, ext. 238.

Memorial Blood Centers are currently facing an urgent need for blood. Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and there is no substitute. Only volunteer donors can help save lives, and you can be the one to save a save a family..... the heartache and grief of losing a loved one. To register for a blood drive, contact Memorial Blood Centers directly, or visit online at MBC.ORG, or you can always call 1-800-RED CROSS. Please care...and please plan to give blood now.


The Wright County Public Health Wellness On Wheels Program of services includes: Immunization of all ages, Screening for Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Pregnancy, Hemoglobin, and much more. The following schedule is the same each month:

            1st Thursday....Monticello High School

            2nd Tuesday....Delano Senior Center

            3rd Thursday....Annandale City Hall

            4th Tuesday....Cokato Library

Appointments are recommended for the WOW Program. For more detailed information about services and addresses, or to make an appointment, call 763-682-7516...or 1-800-362-3667...or visit the website at

Attention; If there is a baby in your future, you'll want to learn and be ready. The Buffalo Hospital is providing the community classes and tools to help improve their health and wellness. Programs vary on pricing and start date. For more information, call the hospital's Community Engagement and Wellness department, at 763-684-7025. To register, call Allina Health Class registration line at 866-904-9962.


Homebuyer Education: Are YOU Ready for Homeownership? Thinking about buying a home? Wright County Community Action invites you to attend a two evening informative workshop designed to help YOU learn the basic steps to homeownership. The homebuyer’s workshop (Home Stretch) covers a variety of topics in the home buying process. Experienced area mortgage lenders, real estate agents, home inspectors and other housing professionals instruct the workshop. Class participants analyze their current situation to determine when is the right time for them to buy a home, learn new ways to budget and save for homeownership, what steps to take to become a homeowner, discuss how to obtain a mortgage loan, the purchase agreement, loan closing and review basic maintenance of their home. Volunteer instructors for the workshop are professionals who work in the Wright County area. Participants receive a certificate after completion of the workshop. The certificate may assist the participants with a requirement of specialized mortgages, down payment assistance or other programs that could make homeownership more affordable. To register, call Wright County Community Action (WCCA) at (320) 963-6500, ext 238. (Class fee of $30.00 per household).

September 30

OCTOBERFEST is BIG whenever it is! The Plato Lions say that September 30th is their Octoberfest Celebration, at King Pin Pub...and you won't want to miss the Brats, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, and apple dessert ....also hot dogs will be available. Proceeds will be given to several worthy charities, including: MN Lions Vision, Hearing FDTN, MN Diabetes, and more. Remember, Octoberfest on September 30th with the Plato Lions at the King Pin Pub, starting at 4:00PM.


The Lutheran Women's Missionary League, of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Annandale, proudly invites everyone to their LWML Annual Fall Bazaar 2017, on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9AM until 1 PM. Enjoy the colorful and delicious varieties of baked goods, and canned and fresh vegetables. Select from crafts, Christmas items, cookbooks, greeting cards, and even white elephants. Start with a breakfast of sweet rolls, juice and coffee, and stay for the lunch of Sloppy Joe sandwiches, with pie, juice and coffee. Take out is available. The LWML Annual Fall Bazaar, is located at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Annandale, at 7809 County Road 35 West.


If you, or someone in your family, is struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you can now access a list of valuable resources online. The online directory is designed to empower individuals to find the services that fit their unique needs. This new directory has been developed by Attention Deficit Awareness of Minnesota, Inc. (A-D-A-M), serving Central Minnesota since 1995, and is a non-profit organization. Check out the new website at A-D-A-M, PO Box 6233, St. Cloud, MN 56302-6233.


The Dassel Saddle Club is having a Fall Harvest Obstacle Challenge and Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, Sept. 30th from 12 until 4PM. There will be 70- plus items to find, from your checklists. This event is for groups or families of walkers and horseback riders at a cost of $15 per family, or $15 per rider. There will be drawings for door prizes. This event location is Darwin-Dassel County Park, Hwy. 12 West of Dassel, on Saturday, Sept. 30th. For more information, call Carrie, at 320-699-9501.

October 1

The Crow River Chapter of MCCL, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, is sponsoring it's annual Respect Life Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 1St, at the St. Albert's Parish Center, corner of 57th St. And Main Ave., in Albertville. The smoked sausage, egg-bake, caramel roll breakfast, will be served from 8AM to 12:30PM. Take outs are available. This will be a free-will donation breakfast, and it is open to everyone. If you have any questions, please call Marlene, 763-497-2265.

Master Gardeners volunteer on behalf of the university, after having completed a university-taught core course, and are required to volunteer 50 hours the first year as interns. For more information about becoming a UM-Extension Master Gardener, contact Rod Greder, Wright County Extension, at 763-682-7381 or Alice Dahl, at 763-682-7393.

October 7

The City of Montrose, Park and Recreation Commission, is holding its 2nd Annual "Bark in the Park" event . It's a Doggie Social, on Sat., Oct. 7th. The event will be held at Veterans Park, on Buffalo Ave. Near Jacque Bs restaurant from 2pm until 4, and it's FREE to the public. Bring your pet so they can play and mingle with others! There will be many vendors all themed to help make you and your dog look good, be happy, and look great. Support your local operating and home based businesses, while spending time as a family with your pet. That's on Sat., Oct. 7, in Montrose.


The 8th Annual Timberdash 5K Trail Run, Walk, and Kids K, will be held Saturday, October 7th at Bertram Chain of Lakes in Monticello. This event will be held at a new location this year, at 9910 Briarwood Ave. NE in Monticello. Check-in and registration for the race begins at 8AM and goes until 9:15. At 9:30, events kick off with the Kids' K and Fun Run, followed by the 5K Run and Walk at 10AM. Proceeds help the nonprofit, Crisis Nursery to provide emergency support services and childcare to families experiencing a crisis situation in Wright County.

Be a part of the 6th Annual Disabled Veterans Duck Hunt on Saturday, October 7th! This event will include a morning waterfowl hunt at Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve followed by a luncheon, dog demonstration, and a trap shoot at the Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen's Club. All applicable veterans are encouraged to apply. You can apply online at The application deadline is September 22nd. For more information please call 763-682-7325.


October 14th

The Word: "OCTOBERFEST' always brings a smile, with the memories of FUN at a special German Festival featuring German and more. The Monticello VFW Post 8731 will be presenting the Best of the Best Authentic German favorites ..... the food...the beer...the music and the Action on Saturday, October 14, at 713 So. Cedar St. Beer will be starting at 8AM, and you can enjoy the Oktoberfest Breakfast from 8-11AM. The Authentic German Menu will be available from 11AM until 9PM. A regular menu will also be available. Wear your Best German outfit, and you may win a prize for the most authentic German costume! Other events for the day include a Silent Auction; a Meat Raffle; and games! Proceeds of the event to help benefit various Veteran and Local Charities. Mark your calendar for all-day FUN..... OCTOBERFEST, on Saturday, October 14, at the Monticello VFW Post 8731. 


If you, or someone in your family, is struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you can now access a list of valuable resources online. The online directory is designed to empower individuals to find the services that fit their unique needs. This new directory has been developed by Attention Deficit Awareness of Minnesota , Inc. (A-D-A-M), serving Central Minnesota since 1995, and is a non-profit organization. Check out the new website at, or write to: A-D-A-M, PO Box 6233, St. Cloud, MN, 56302-6233.

Project Pencils is a local school supply drive being held for local children and families who cannot afford school supplies for the up coming school year. Project Pencils has been going on for six years now. Last year they were able to help 279 Wright County children begin school with all of their needed supplies. The generosity of our community is the only way we are able to help these students. If you are willing to help us by donating funds, please contact Brady Vollbrecht from Wright County Health and Human Services or send a check to Wright Country Health and Human Services Attn: Accounting 1004 Commercial Drive Buffalo, MN 5513. You can also join our Facebook page and invite others to join, at


Area Public Library Events

The Annandale, Clearwater, Howard Lake and Rockford public libraries present: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program designed to increase the awareness of early literacy and to encourage parents to embrace their role as their child's first teacher. Participants have a chance to win prizes. This program is ongoing, so you can sign up any time! No limit; please come to the library to register. Sponsored by the Area Friends of the Library and Great River Regional Library.

Basic computer & internet help. Do you need help setting up an email account, doing a basic web search, or using Word or Excel on your PC? An experienced volunteer is willing to help every Tuesday and Friday morning from 9-11 a.m. Walk in the Annandale Library or call ahead at 320-274-8448.

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


Buffalo Public 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.

Fun Friday- ongoing. Create an easy make-and-take craft at the library every Friday between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For ages 3 to12. Sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Library.

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


Howard Lake Public Library