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Community Bulletin Board

                                               Tuesday, December 11, 2018 



The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage after a significant shortfall in September and October. With the holidays here, which historically bring a further decline in donations, blood and platelet donors and volunteer blood drive hosts are urgently needed to avoid delays in medical treatments now throughout winter. 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. Below are upcoming blood donation centers in Wright County:                                                                                                                                                

Buffalo:            12/14, 8 AM – 2 PM, Buffalo High School

                         12/15, 10 AM – 3 PM, Advance Auto Parts


December 11

The Buffalo Women's Connection invites all women to an evening of fun and relaxation on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30 PM at the Huikko’s Bowling & Event Center. This is an exciting evening you won’t want to miss. Our Special Feature is going to be "Sharing the Fun." You can join us as we have a gift exchange, games and caroling. Please bring a new, wrapped $5 or less gift to share. The Special Speaker, Pam Magawa, will be "Spreading the Joy." She will share how our "Christmas Expectations" can be different than any we have ever experienced in the past. The menu is "A Surprise" with holiday punch and goodies! The cost is only $11 all inclusive. For reservations and cancellations, please contact Jewell Malerich at 763-682-1780 by Sunday, December 9th. Sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.

December 12

The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train will be making stops in Wright County again this Christmas season on Wednesday, December 12th. The train will station in Loretto from 4:15 to 5 PM at the Hennepin County Road 19 crossing, in Buffalo from 5:45 to 6:30 PM at the 5th Street Northeast crossing (west side of the tracks), and in Annandale from 7:15 to 8 PM at the West side of Downtown Park (over the Oak Avenue crossing). There will be both a concert and a presentation of a check to each town's mayor from CPR in support of local food shelves. Musical guests include The Trews & Willy Porter. Santa will also be on site prior to and during the events. People are asked to bring a food or monetary donation.

December 13

Every lady enjoys beautiful Christmas floral arrangements.; and with the help of Sue Yates from CUB Foods of Buffalo you’ll learn some tips on how to create a beautiful display of your own. So set your calendar for the "Sleigh Bells Ring" brunch held on December 13th, 9:30am at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale. Besides a wonderful meal and the demo there will be wonderful Christmas flute music by Elizabeth Cabalka and an inspiring message by Cynthia Sheppard of Egan, SD called "A Christmas Heart". Make your $9 reservations by calling Ardelle at 320-274-8336, Betsy at 320-274-5419 or email This is a Christian Women’s Club event.

December 14

Join us for the 4th Annual Bluegrass Gospel Christmas at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 14th at 7 PM. Performing will be the Dirksen, Kingery, and Mahlstedt families. Admission is free.

The annual Buffalo High School "Sounds of the Season" holiday concert will be presented Friday and Saturday evenings, December 14th and 15th at 7:30 PM. Come and enjoy the wonderful music from the Buffalo High School music department. Please note that these dates and times are a change from the school district newsletter.

December 24

The Sunday School Children of Immanuel’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo will present "A Christmas Prayer." on Christmas Eve at 7PM. Christmas is a time of prayer. No doubt the most well-known of all the prayers in the Bible was the prayer that Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount – the Lord’s Prayer. This children’s Christmas service truly presents the wonder of God’s grace as it is found in that prayer. The ending of service will be the singing of the Lord’s Prayer to the melody of "O Holy Night." Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, 1970 Edmonson Ave NE which is 4 miles east of Buffalo on County Road 35. website: Follow us on Facebook.

December 25

The Buffalo United Methodist Church is hosting a Christmas Day dinner on Tuesday, December 25th at 1 PM. If you or your family are spending the holidays apart from friends or family, then come celebrate! Everyone is welcome. Come early to sing Christmas carols at 12:30 PM. The church will also provide free rides to the dinner if you need one. Call 763-682-3538 or 763-682-4409 to book a ride or if you have questions.

January 6

You better come hungry to another KC Lumberjack Breakfast sponsored by the Northwest-Hennepin Knights of Columbus presents on Sunday, January 6th from 8:30 AM to 12 noon at the Mary Queen of Peace Church Hall, St. Martin Campus in downtown Rogers. Pancakes, French Toast, Sausage and Eggs, Applesauce, Orange Juice, Milk and Coffee will be served. A free will offering will benefit church, school and community.

January 12

The next "Home Stretch" homebuyer's workshop will be Saturday, January 12th from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Monticello. Brought to you by the Wright County Community Action, this informative workshop is designed to help Wright County residents thinking about buying a home within the next year learn the basic steps of homeownership. Participants receive a certificate after completion. The certificate may assist participants with a requirement of specialized mortgages, down payment assistance or other programs that could make home ownership more affordable. To register, call the WCCA at 320-963-6500, ext 238.

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.

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 320-963-3662.




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

Gingerbread House

Get out of the cold and come into the library. A large felt board gingerbread house is waiting for you to decorate and redecorate during the cold month of December. For ages 3-13. Sponsored by the Annandale Friends of the Library. Now thru Dec. 29. During library open hours.

Make and Take Holiday Gift

Decorate a holiday gift for someone special. All supplies will be provided, must be completed in the library. For ages 3-13. Limit 24. Sponsored by the Annandale Friends of the Library. Starts December 3 and continues while supplies last. During library open hours.

Book Page Art Prints

Coloring is a proven way to reduce stress. Create a piece of work that will be worth framing just by coloring images that have been printed on antique sheet music or book pages. All materials will be provided including Prismacolor colored pencils, gamsol and blending pencils. Bring in your own project and use our materials. For ages 16 and up. Individuals or groups of 12 or less are welcome. Sponsored by the Annandale Friends of the Library. During library open hours.

Let the Board Games Begin!

Gather some friends and come to the library for a game day. Bring your own game or use one of ours. The Annandale Friends of the Library have purchased Scrabble, Boggle, Bananagrams and Trouble just for you. Sponsored by the Annandale Friends of the Library.

Music in the Library with Angie Hoeft

Enjoy beautiful music from accomplished guitarist Angie Hoeft while you do your browsing in the library. A variety of styles and eras make for musical enjoyment. For all ages. A Legacy event. Wednesday, Dec. 12. 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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 volunte9:00 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 gifts 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.

Ms. Sherrin’s Storytime

This storytime is for all children 0-7 years old but is also geared for children who have a hard time in large groups and are sensitive to sensory overload. Registration is not required but is limited to 10 families on a first come, first served basis. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library. Thursdays, Dec. 13th & 20th. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Create an Ornament

Spruce up our holiday tree by creating your own special ornament. Materials will be available for you to add your unique touch to our tree. For children. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library. Dec. 1st thru 22nd. During open hours.

Teen Book Club

Join the Buffalo Library Teen Book Club, an ongoing event for grades 6-9. Stop at the desk to sign up for the book of the month. Read the book and join us for pizza and a rousing discussion. For teens. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.  

LED Origami Lantern

Decorate your space with your own handmade lantern! Learn about electric currents and circuits and make a circuit with LED lights and batteries. Fold the paper into a lantern origami creation to hold the light. All materials will be provided. For ages 11-16. Limit 12. Pre-registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library. Thursday, Dec. 27. 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Adult Book Club

Join the Buffalo Library Adult Book Club. For adults. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library. There will be no book club in December.

"School is Out" STEM Afternoon

The library will have LEGO’s and Snap Circuits available for some family STEM fun. This is a self-directed event. For ages 5 and up. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library. Wednesday, Dec. 26. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

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

  • 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.

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

Snowflake Storytime

Every snowflake is unique – just like you! Enjoy a story about the wonders of winter and make your own unique snowflake. For ages 3 to 6. Tuesday, Dec. 11. 11:00 a.m.

Memory Writers

An informal writing group with Linda Marie to inspire you to record your life stories. Writing experience not required. Wednesday, Dec. 13. 6:30 p.m.

Clearwater Book Club Readers

Join this lively discussion of great reads. Call 320-558-6001 for this month’s book title. For adults. Wednesday, Dec. 19. 6:30 p.m.

Computer Tech Help – Ongoing

By appointment or just walk in. Tuesdays, Noon to 1 PM.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – Ongoing

Sign up for this program at any time of the year. New and simplified record keeping available for both new and current program members. Incentives to help your young reader reach the goal of 1,000 books.


  • 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.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - Ongoing

Enjoy a fun program that builds early literacy skills and encourages parents to embrace their role as their child’s first teacher. This program is ongoing and you can sign up anytime. Each child will receive a reading record and earn prizes as they read. Sponsored by the Rockford Friends of the Library. For ages birth to kindergarten.

Monthly LEGO Club

Join us for a fun hour of LEGO building. Bring your imagination and we will provide the blocks. For ages 5 to 13. Limit 20. Registration required. Sponsored by the Rockford Friends of the Library. Monday, Dec. 17. 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. & Wednesday, Dec. 19. 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Family Storytime

Activities and stories for families. No limit. Wednesdays in Dec. 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Ferdig Fridays

Join us for a musical program that showcases the talents of local school-aged musicians from Mr. Jerald Ferdig’s music classes. First Friday of the month from 3:30 to 4:00 P.M., throughout the school year. Open to all ages.

Andrew Walesch Presents the Best of the Great American Songbook

Singer and pianist Andrew Walesch will present an evening of songs from the Great American Songbook by luminaries such as Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Appearing on stages all over the country and on nationally syndicated programs such as Mountain Stage on NPR, Andrew is known for his signature take on American Songbook classics and the stories behind them. For all ages. A Legacy event. Thursday, Dec. 13. 6:30 to 7:30 P.M.

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