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                                        Community Bulletin Board

                                                           Wednesday, November 20, 2019


November 20th

Wright County Community Action is offering a Home Stretch Homebuyer Class on Wednesday, November 20th from 
8 AM to 5 PM at Citizen's State Bank, 145 Nelson Blvd in Montrose.  Call WCCA at 320-963-6500, ext. 238 to register
and for additional information.  

November 21st

Are you thinking of how to transfer your farm business or land into the next generation?  U of M Extension is hosting Workshops
Farm Transition and estate planning on Thursday, November 21st from 9:30 AM to 3 PM at the Elko New Market Library, and
Wednesday, December 4th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Carver County Public Works Building in Cologne.  A light lunch and
workshop materials will be offered free of charge.  To learn more and register, go to  

November 22nd

Mayer Lutheran High School will hold its 12th Annual Celebrate His Harvest Gala on Friday, November 22nd beginning at 5:30 PM at 
the school's Mayer, MN. The theme this year is "Prepared to Soar", and all the money raised goes towards providing tuition assistance 
to the many families not able to afford the cost of a Mayer Lutheran education. As an added incentive, a donor has pledged a $100,000 
gift match for every dollar raised up to that amount. There will be a silent and live auction including items such as furniture, rounds of golf, 
and a week-long trip to Orlando. General admission tickets are $49 each, or a reserved table for eight for $475. For more information, 
please call 952-657-2251 ext. 1007, visit, or visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.

November 23rd

The Annandale Area Holiday Home Tour will be on Saturday, November 23rd from 11:30 AM to 4 PM.  A lunch and silent
auction will begin at 11:30 AM at St. John's Church, and a self guided tour of beautifully decorated holiday homes will begin
at 1, with maps provided.  Following the event, drink specials are being offered at Spilled Grain and Billy D's with purchased 
ticket.  Advanced tickets are required, and cost $35.  They can be purchased at In Hot Water, Miller's Jewelry, Green Lotus,
Cafe Jules, Irish Blessings, and Spilled Grain Brewhouse, and must be purchased by November 16th.  Proceeds from the 
event will go to help the costs of the 2020 free summer concert series in Pleasant Lake City Park. 

The 48th Annual Holiday Boutique and Pie Sale will be on Saturday, November 23rd from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Church of St. 
George in Long Lake. Join them for some early holiday shopping with an assortment of merchandise vendors, as well as 
homemade pies, jams, and other baked goods. There will also be lunch, snacks, a raffle, and a Knights of Columbus pancake 
breakfast on Sunday the 24th from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Proceeds from the event will support local and overseas charities. For 
more information, please call the parish office at 952-473-1247.

The 41st Annual Fine Arts Expo and 39th Annual Creative Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, November 23rd from 9 AM to 2 PM
in the Activity Center of Howard Lake Waverly Winsted Middle School.  There will be 100 plus artists and crafters exhibiting
their works for sale.  Admission is free, and there will be a food stand, as well as a bake sale and Cub Scout wreaths and

The Buffalo American Legion and the Nelson Masonic Lodge of Buffalo present A Military Table Lodge on Saturday, November 23rd
with social hour beginning at 5 PM and Table Lodge from 6 to 9 PM. Enjoy a seven course meal with the traditional seven toasts, honoring 
our veterans at this extraordinary table lodge! Tickets are $50 per person, and toasting cannons are available for $10. Formal attire is 
requested, and for more information, call 612-581-9394 or 612-817-1205.

Imagine Church in Otsego is hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, November 23rd from 4 to 7 PM. All are welcome and 
the meal is FREE! There will also be activities planned. For more information, please visit the church website:

November 24th

St. John's Lutheran Church of Buffalo is hosting Hymn Sing on Sunday, November 24th from 9:15 to 10:15 AM, featuring guest organist Jerry 
Bonstram. Come praise the Lord through music between services! Hymn requests can be submitted to the church offices. For more information, 
call 763-682-1883.

November 26th

The Wright County Historical Society will be hosting it's Festival of Trees from November 26th through January 10th, 2020.
please visit 

November 27th

The Church of Saint Henry is hosting a Community Thanksgiving Worship Service on Wednesday, November 27th at 7 PM. 
Also participating in this service will be Bridgeview Assembly of God, Community United Methodist Church, Monticello Covenant 
Church, New Life in Christ Ministry, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Quarry Community Church, and Change of Heart Church.

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Buffalo is hosting a Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 27th at 7 PM.  Pastor
Christopher Oehlke will focus on the thoughts of a biblical Thanksgiving, such as giving thanks to the Lord.  For more 
information, please contact the church at 763-682-4573, visit their website, or visit their Facebook

Zion Lutheran Church of Buffalo's Annual Community Festival of Praise and Thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday, November 
27th at 7:30 PM. Invite your friends and neighbors to attend this service that brings our community together. This night of scripture 
and music is prepared by the Buffalo Ministral Association and musicians from local churches. KRWC will be airing the program live, 
and will rebroadcast the service at 11 AM Thanksgiving Day. Singers interested in joining the large vocal choir are invited to rehearsals 
on Sunday the 24th at 7 PM, and Wednesday the 27th at 6:15.

November 28th

The Cokato City Hall is hosting a free Community Thanksgiving Day Meal on Thursday, November 28th from 11 AM to 1 PM
at the city hall.  Everyone is welcome to join, and for questions, call 320-286-5580.

November 29th

Free Park Friday at all Minnesota State Parks will be on Friday, November 29th. Skip the shopping and go for a healthy and free 
walk, as all MN State Parks will waive the $7 daily fee, all day long! Volunteers from Friends of Lake Maria Friends Group will be on 
hand at the trail center to answer questions about the park. For more information, please call the park office at 763-878-2325 or 
check their Facebook page.

November 30th

WCCA's First Annual Tree Walk Community Event will be on Saturday, November 30th from 3 to 7 PM at Village Hall in Waverly.
There will be sleigh rides and dog sleds, s'mores, gingerbread houses, a talent show, food trucks and concessions, cookie
decorating, caroling, a tree lighting ceremony, and story time with Mrs. Claus and pictures with Santa.  

December 1st

The Kimball American Legion Club is hosting an All You Can Eat Breakfast on Sunday, December 1st from 9 AM to noon at the Kimball 
American Legion. French toast, scrambled eggs and sausage are on the menu, along with milk, juice, and coffee. Adults are $10, and 
children are $5.

The Rogers Lions Club is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 1st from 8 AM to 1 PM at the Rogers Community Center. 
They will be serving pancakes and french toast. Kids who bring a canned food donation for the food shelf will receive a free picture with Santa! 
There will also be $5 raffle for a new 50 inch TV, with second prize being $150 cash, and third prize will be $100 worth of gift cards to local 
restaurants. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Rogers Police Shop With a Cop Event. For more information, visit
or visit them on Facebook!

December 5th

The 31st Annual Festival of Lights will be on Thursday, December 5th from 6 to 8 PM in front of the St. Cloud Hospital. The event is free 
and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food items to donate to the food shelf. There will be horse-
drawn trolley rides, reindeer, a living nativity scene, cookies and cocoa, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The lighting ceremony will 
begin at 7 PM.

All women are invited to the Northwest Deanery Advent Day of Prayer at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo on Thursday, December 5th 
from 9 AM to 3 PM. The topic of the day will be "Broken, Blessed, and Sent". The cost for the day is $35, and for reservations, please call 
Nancy at 763-682-1394.

December 7th

Buffalo's Deck the Halls event will be on Saturday, December 7th.  Don't miss Santa arriving by fire truck!  Take a horse-drawn
wagon ride and enjoy cookies and cocoa.  The mayor of Buffalo will be on hand to light up Sturges Park.  For more information,
please visit 

The Holiday for Orchestra- with Ringers and Singers will be on Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 PM at the Buffalo High School
Performing Arts Center, with special guests wRight Ringers, Wright County Chamber Chorus, and the Buffalo High School Concert

Delano's Old Fashioned Christmas will be on December 7th in historic Downtown Delano from 10 AM to 7 PM. There will be many 
different events and activities, most of which are free of charge. There will be Christmas bands and minstrels, as well as a warming fire 
with hot drinks provided by the Boy Scouts, live reindeer sleigh rides, and so many more events. For a full list of events, please visit
, or visit their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages!

The Friends of the Howard Lake Library will be hosting their Annual Book-tique Fundraiser on Saturday, December 7th from
10 AM to 1 PM and Monday, December 9th from 10 AM to 1 PM.  They will be selling books, gift items, puzzles, and holiday
decor.  The event will be at the Howard Lake Library, and for more information, call 320-543-2020.

Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church's 60th St. Lucia Day Celebration will be on Saturday, December 7th from 9 to 11 AM. There 
will be displays of wood and straw items, a traditional tree, tomte (elves), linens, and 100 plus lighted candles. Invite a friend for free 
coffee! For more information, please call 320-286-5964.

December 8th

The 10th Annual Nikolausbend Christmas Celebration will be on Sunday, December 8th at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3030 Navajo Ave 
in rural Watertown. The event will feature traditional German fare including Schnitzel, Spatzle, Balukraut, Wurst, Sauerkraut, mushroom 
sauce, mashed potatoes, and many different Christmas cookies and pastries, as well as coffee and lemonade. There will also be kids 
crafts and games. In exchange, it is requested you bring at least one NEW toy or gift, or a monetary donation to support local families in 
need. 100% of proceeds from the event will benefit Friends for Life Food Shelf in Watertown, Love Inc. in Delano, and WeCan- Mound. 
The event is supported in part by Thrivent Financial. For reservations or questions, please call 952-955-1679 or email

December 10th

All women are invited to an Evening of Fun and relaxation on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 PM at Huikko's Bowling and Event Center in 
Buffalo. There will be a gift exchange and singing favorite Christmas songs. Please bring a new and wrapped gift with a value of no more than 
$5 to exchange. The evening will be capped off with speaker Karen Taucher from North St. Paul. The menu will consist of a wonderful holiday 
dinner. The cost is $11, and for reservations, please call 763-682-1780 by December 8th. Sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries

December 12th

The Canadian Pacific Railroad's Holiday Train will be in the area on Thursday, December 12th. It will be stopping in Loretto at 4:15 PM, Buffalo 
at 5:45 PM, Annandale at 7:15 PM, and Kimball at 8:55 PM. Performing at the stops will be Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott, 
singing some of your favorite Christmas songs. For a complete list of stops, please visit

December 13th

Landlords, farmers, and agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the Informative Meetings being held across 
Minnesota. These free meetings are being provided by the U of M Extension. The meeting will be held at the Wright County Historical 
Society in Buffalo, on Friday, December 13th from 1:30 to 4 PM. Topics covered will include projected farm land rental rates, current 
farm land values, and much more. For more information, contact Adam Austing at 763-682-7381 or by emailing

December 14th

Annandale's Main Street Holiday will be on Saturday, December 14th. A Santa Fun Run will begin at 2 PM, with a 5K beginning 15 minutes 
later. Fee for the 5K is $20 in advance or $25 on race day, and fee for the Santa Run is $5 in advance or $8 on race day, and can be paid via 
PayPal to Other events include Letters to Santa from 2-6 PM, Anna and Elsa will be on hand for pictures, Pictures 
with Santa, a Medallion hunt, Elf scavenger hunt, Annandale Royalty, Campfire and s'mores, and much more. For a complete events list and 
more information, please visit the Annandale Chamber of Commerce Website.

December 18th

Annandale High School will be hosting Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular on Wednesday, December 18th from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Rock &
Roll Xmas Spectacular is a Las Vegas-caliber, multimedia, full-production show that mixes an 8-piece band with music, comedy, and parodies. 
Join an all-star cast of musicians as they rock their way through timeless holiday classics. For tickets, please visit


The Wright County Historical Society will be hosting it's Festival of Trees from November 26th through January 10th, 2020.
Community decorating is now and will and run through the 15th.  All requests to decorate must
be sent in online, and are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis by the WCHS staff.  To complete the online form,
please visit 


The Buffalo Rotary works very hard to make Toys for Tots a success, but they could never do it without the help of concerned
citizens and business leaders.  Last year, 225 families with 565 children in the cities of Buffalo and Montrose were provided
toys.  Help them surpass that number this year and bring joy to even more kids on Christmas morning.  You can help by:

  • Donating Cash via (go to Minnesota and Wright County), or by sending a check to Buffalo Rotary
    Toys for Tots, PO Box 501, Buffalo, MN 55313
  • Donating a new, unwrapped toy to one of the local drop off locations.
  • Be a drop off location
  • Spreading the Word about Buffalo Rotary Toys for Tots to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers

If you are a family residing in Buffalo or Montrose and are in need of assistance with providing toys for your children this year, 
you may request toys by filling out an application which is available at the Buffalo Food Shelf, Buffalo Chamber Office, and Wright
County Human Services, or online at before December 7th.

For more information, contact 763-269-5739 or by emailing 


Memorial Blood Centers is asking community members to give thanks this November by rolling up a sleeve and making a life-
saving donation. Plus, all presenting donors during November will automatically be entered to win one of five pairs of tickets to 
a Minnesota Wild game this season. Blood donors of all types are needed, especially type O. You may be eligible to donate if 
you are:

  • In good health
  • 17 years or older (or 16 with written parental consent)
  • Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative purposes
  • Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu

While walk in donors are always welcome, it is encouraged that you make an appointment in advance. Please visit 
to find your nearest blood drive or donor center, and to make an appointment.


Wright County Public Health announces the 60+ and Healthy Clinics schedule for November/ December 2019:

  • Tuesday, November 19 Annandale – City Hall
  • Thursday, November 21 Delano – Senior Center
  • Tuesday, November 26 St. Michael – Senior Center
  • Tuesday, December 3 Rockford – Walnut Place Apartments
  • Tuesday, December 10 Cokato – Edgewood Gables Apartments
  • Tuesday, December 17 Maple Lake – Maple Manor East
  • Thursday, December 26 Monticello – Senior Center

All clinic times are from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Services provided include:

  • Education through handouts related to topics on nutrition, exercise, prevention, safety, and more.
  • Toenails are trimmed and filed to meet the needs of those seniors who have a special health risk 
    or are unable to do this themselves. Feet are massaged with lotion.
  • Blood pressure and pulse are monitored upon request.
  • Referrals to services in the community and/or primary care if needed.
  • Questions related to health are addressed.

There is a $15 fee for foot care. However, if you are unable to pay the $15 fee, you will not be turned away.

If you are unable to attend or miss a clinic in your area, please feel free to attend a clinic in any other community.

For more information, call Wright County Public Health at 763-682-7468 or toll free at
1-800-362-3667, ext. 7468.

Wright County Public Health announces the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Program Schedule December 2019:

  • Thursday, December 5th Monticello High School - West Lecture Hall - 3 to 7 PM
  • Tuesday, December 10th Delano Senior Center - Activity Room - 2 to 6 PM
  • Tuesday, December 17th Cokato Library - Centennial Room - 2 to 6 PM
  • Thursday, December 19th Annandale City Hall - Council Chambers Room - 2 to 6 PM

Public Health Nurses provide the WOW Program Services including:

  • Immunizations for all ages
  • Screening and individual consultations for blood pressure, fasting lipid panel cholesterol, non-fasting A1C, pregnancy,
    and tuberculosis.
  • Home radon and well water test kits
  • Child car seat safety checks
  • Dental health and fluoride application
  • General health and community resource information

Fees and eligibility vary based on services.  Appointments are recommended by calling 1-800-362-3667 ext. 7516.




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

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. Plus there are prizes! This program is ongoing, so you can sign up 
anytime! No limit, please come to the library to register. Sponsored by the Annandale 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! Walk in or call ahead 320-274-8448.

Tuesday and Friday mornings

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

  • 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. 9-1



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

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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. Ongoing.

Ms. Sherrin’s Storytime

Join Ms. Sherrin for stories, crafts and songs for ages 8 and under. Social time starts at 12:30 p.m. with crafts and games. 
Storytime is at 1:00 p.m. with dancing, singing and storytelling. All kids are welcome and Ms. Sherrin is aware of sensory issues 
and special learning challenges and incorporates this into her storytime approach. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo 

Thursday, Nov. 21

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Preschool Storytime

Storytime involves stories, songs and crafts to build Kindergarten readiness. For ages 3-6. No limit. Sponsored by Friends of the
Buffalo Library.

Wednesday Nov. 27

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.


Friends of the Buffalo Library Meeting

Support the library and meet our friendly and dedicated members!

Tuesday, Nov. 26

7:00 p.m.



Black Friday Book Sale

The Friends of the Buffalo Library will be offering pristine books for sale-perfect for holiday gift giving! No one needs 
to know that you got a great deal on these items in excellent condition! For all ages. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo 

Friday, Nov. 29

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

During open hours.

  • For additional information on library services, contact the Buffalo Public Library at (763) 682-2753.

  • Buffalo Public Library • Hours
    Mon. 10-8; Tues. 10-8;  Wed. 10-8;  Thur. 12-8;  Fri. 11-5;  Sat. 10-2



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

Thanksgiving Storytime

Get ready to celebrate with fun stories that will help develop early literacy skills. Hands-on craft project to decorate your 
Thanksgiving table. For ages 0-6.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

11:00 to 11:30 a.m.


Mosaics Workshop

Mosaics was offered last spring and if you want to finish a project or create something new come to this workshop. Bring in your 
design and we will supply the tiles and instructions. No experience necessary. For teens and adults.

Saturday, Nov. 30

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

History of Clearwater

Learn about local history of Clearwater and surrounding areas at this informative gathering. Get help with researching facts and trivia. 
For teens and adults.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

6:30 p.m.

September Library Card Sign-Up Month

Celebrate your passion for reading and libraries. Come into the library to participate in three activities and then enter 
the drawing for a very literate prize! Sponsored by the Clearwater Area Friends of the Library.

During library hours

Computer Tech Help

Drop by the library for individual help from a GRRL Librarian. By appointment of just walk-in. For adults.

Tuesday, Nov.  26

10:30 a.m. to Noon


  • For additional information on library services, contact the Clearwater Public Library at (320) 588-6001

  • Clearwater Public Library • Hours
    Mon. 1-4; 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


Join Ms. Sherrin for stories, crafts, and songs. Social time starts at 10:30 with crafts and games. Storytime is at 11:00 with 
dancing, singing and storytelling. All kids are welcome and Ms. Sherrin is aware of sensory and special learning issues and 
incorporates this into her story times. For ages 3-8. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library.

Friday,  Nov.  22

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

R.E.A.D. with Penny!

Come READ with Penny the Dog at the library! Penny will be eager to hear you read! Children can build their reading confidence of 
just have fun reading to Penny. Registration not required. For ages 4-12. No limit. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the 

Saturday, Nov. 23

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.



Guess the title of the book by examining the shreds in a container. For all ages. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of
the Library.