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Community Bulletin Board

                                               Tuesday, October 23, 2018 


October 23

Give blood and help save lives! The Plato Lions will sponsor a community blood drive on Tuesday, October 23rd from 11 Am to 5 PM at the Lighthouse Church on Highway 212 West in Plato. As a thank-you for being a donor, you'll be registered to win one of five 500-dollar gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants. More information is available at;

October 24

An educational meeting on the changes in Medicare in 2019 will be held Wednesday, October 24th at the Buffalo Community Center. Mark Robinson, a Medicare Specialist will host the meeting, and will answer questions about changes to COST Plans. Concerns, questions and options for 2019 will be addressed. The program will begin at 10 AM, and is sponsored by the Buffalo Community Center, and the Buffalo Branch of the Great River Regional Library. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by calling the Buffalo Library at (763) 682-2753, or the Buffalo Community Center at (763) 682-6036. 

October 26

The Cokato American Legion Post #209 will host a turkey supper on Friday, October 26th from 4:30 to 7 PM. Please note the new location....the dinner will be at the First Baptist Church at 395 Broadway Avenue North in Cokato. Kids 6 and under eat free. 

Zion Lutheran Church of Buffalo will host its annual Lutefisk Dinner on Friday, October 26th. Lutefisk, meatballs, potatoes rutabagas, peas, lefse, apple crisp and cranberry relish, along with milk and coffee are on the menu. Serving is from 4:30 to 7 PM. Save a dollar by purchasing advance tickets at the church office. Tickets also available on the night of the dinner. 

October 27

Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale presents a Halloween "Spooktacular"  Saturday, October 27th from 5 to 8 PM. Just 10 dollars per carload, or 3 dollars for individuals, bikers, or walk-ins. Live goblins, witches and warlocks throughout the park. A haunted village for younger kids, a spooky trail of terror for older kids, and games in the big red barn for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult while on the property. Bring a flashlight! Food available, free cookies to decorate and a bake sale will be part of the fun. Minnesota Pioneer Park is just east of Annandale of Highway 55.

Vendors are wanted for the October 27th Craft Sale at the Rogers Community Center. For information and registration, call (320) 212-3466. 

A Respect Life Family Dinner will be held Saturday, October 27th at the St. Albert's Parish Hall in Albertville. A social time will begin at 6 PM, a chicken dinner at 6:30, followed by featured speakers Shelly Zahler and Brad Hackenmueller, who will speak on behalf of the St. Michael Foundation. A magician will entertain the kids. Reservations are required by calling Jim at (763) 497-3909, or Marlene at (763) 497-2265. The event is hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 4174.

October 28

The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Buffalo near Pelican Lake will hold a Fall Family Festival on Sunday, October 28th. A service at 9:30 AM will be followed by lunch and fun activities being planned from 12 noon to 2 PM for the whole family. A Sloppy Joe lunch and family fun activities will be a part of the day. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 1970 Edmonson Avenue Northeast in Buffalo. More information is available at;, and on Facebook.

A fundraiser is being planned for a 20 year employee of Precision Prints in Buffalo who is battling a rare illness. "Let's Make a Difference for Mandy" will be held Sunday, October 28th from 11 AM to 3 PM at the St. John's Education Center at St. John's Church of Cokato. Grilled pork chops with all the fixings, a bake sale, silent auction and a kid's fun room will be just some of the activities for the day. For more information or to make a donation, email Amy at;

The Hanover Lions present a pancake, french toast and sausage breakfast on Sunday, October 28th at the Hanover City Hall. Dehmer's sausage will be featured, and blueberry pancakes will be available! Serving is from 8 AM to 12 noon. A free will offering will be taken to help the Lions continue their good work in the Hanover community.

The Buffalo Community Orchestra presents "Open the Season: BCO Plays the Classics" on Sunday, October 28th at 4 PM at the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature Dr. Andrew Burgdorf on cello, and Erika Blanco on violin performing the "Double Concerto for Violin and Cello" by Brahms. A conductor's chat begins at 3 PM, and a pre-concert showcase by the Bravo Strings of Montrose begins at 3:30. Tickets available in advance at Buffalo Books and Coffee and at; Tickets also available at the door.

October 31

A Harvest Party is planned for October 31st from 6 to 7:45 PM at the Buffalo Covenant Church! Food, games, crafts, fun and family escape rooms will be featured. Costumes are welcome, but please, no violent, bloody, or scary costumes. Families must attend together, children must be accompanied by a parent.

November Wellness on Wheels Schedule

Wright County Public Health announces the WOW Program schedule for November 2018. 

Thursday, November 1 - West Lecture Room, Monticello High School (3 to 7 PM)

Tuesday, November 13 - Delano Senior Center Activity Room (2 to 6 PM)

Thursday, November 15 - Annandale City Council Chamber Room (2 to 6 PM)

Tuesday, November 27 - Cokato Library Centennial Room (2 to 6 PM)

November 60-Plus and Healthy Schedule

Wright County Public Health announces the 60+ and Healthy Clinics schedule for November 2018.

Tuesday, November 6 - Buffalo Community Center

Tuesday, November 13 - Howard Lake Community Center

Tuesday, November 20 - Annandale City Hall

Tuesday, November 27 - St. Michael Senior Center

Thursday, November 29 - Delano Senior Center

All clinic times are from 9:30 to 11 AM. Educational hand-outs, toenail trimming, blood pressure monitoring and more are a part of the services. 15 dollar fee for foot care, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. 


November 2

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Winsted invites you to the annual LWML Chili and Pie Luncheon on Friday, November 2nd from 11 AM to 1 PM. A bake sale and silent auction on hand made quilts will be a part of the day. Take outs will be available, and a free will offering will be taken. Proceeds support community and St. John's missions.

November 3

The St. Michael American Legion Post 567 Auxiliary's annual "Dears Gone Wild" event will be held Saturday, November 3rd from 11 AM to 3 PM at the St. Michael American Legion. Grab your friends and have a fun day shopping all the vendors. A special lunch will be available, and hourly drawings will be held. Proceeds help support area veterans and the community.

You're invited to the 40th Annual Harvest of Hands at the Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo on Saturday, November 3rd. Come and help celebrate 40 years of crafts, baked goods and giving! The event runs from 9 AM to 1 PM with delicious foods, a craft sale, silent auction and white elephant sale. Something for everyone, and activities for the children! Funds go to support projects to help with local and world hunger. The Zion Lutheran Church is located at 1200 Highway 25 South in Buffalo.

November 4

The St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake presents the LWML baked chicken dinner with all the fixings and apple or pumpkin dessert on Sunday, November 4th. Serving will be from 11 AM to 1 PM in the school fellowship hall. Take-outs are available. A freewill offering will be taken. You may also shop the Country Store for goodies and handcrafted items. 

November 9

A Family Fun Night is planned for Friday, November 9th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Discovery Center in Buffalo. Carnival games, a silent auction, bingo, and food and ice cream served by "What's The Scoop?" Game tickets are 50 cents each and are available in advance at the Discovery School Office. The Fun Night is presented by Discovery Elementary School. 

November 10

The St. Henry's Council of Catholic Women invites you to the Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 10th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the St. Henry's Catholic Church in Monticello. Handcrafted items and delicious baked good will be available for purchase, along with Grandma's Jewelry Box, Grandma's Christmas Attic, and a used book sale. Lunch is Chicken Wild Rice soup and homemade pie. The event is sponsored by the St. Henry's Council of Catholic Women.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Buffalo will host its 50th Annual Country Fair for Missions on Saturday, November 10th from 8 AM to 1 PM  in the Family Life Center, Fellowship Hall and the connecting hallway. A gift shop, craft shop, country store, holiday shop, bake shop Christmas cookie shop, Country Fair naturals will again be featured. A silent auction, and attic treasures will also be among the highlights. The Kid's Korner will keep the youngsters busy while the adults shop! Also enjoy the coffee shop, the quiche and muffin brunch, and the chow mein dinner. The event is open to come and celebrate the 50th Annual Country Fair at St. John's!

The Rockford Laestadian Lutheran Church welcomes one and all to the Fall Saturday Market on November 10th from 9 AM to 1 PM. Come out for pasties, delicious bakery items, unique holiday crafts and home decor...then stay for a mouth-watering brunch! Get in on the giveaways by following the sale on Facebook and Instagram at; RLLC Saturday Market. The church is located at 741 Ibarra Avenue NE, just past Beebe Lake on County Road 34.

November 14

The next Homestretch first-time homebuyer's seminar will be held Wednesday, November 14th from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Citizen's State Bank in Montrose. Wright County Community Action offers the program which will cover a variety of topics related to the home-buying process, and common areas of home-ownership. Volunteer instructors for the program are professionals who work in the Wright County area. For more information and registration, contact Wright County Community Action at (320) 963-6500, extension 238.

November 17

The Annual Holiday Boutique is coming Saturday, November 17th to the St. George Catholic Church in Long Lake. Vendors, lefse making, great foods, treats raffles and more. The event runs from 9 AM to 4 PM.

November 18

The Knights of Columbus of St. George's Catholic Church of Long Lake will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, November 18th. Pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, milk and coffee will be served from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Proceeds help support numerous charities both locally and abroad.

November 20

A "Slice For Life" Pie Auction is coming to the St. Luke's Church of Clearwater on Tuesday, November 20th. Bid and purchase Thanksgiving pies, with proceeds to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Pies for the judged contest must be submitted by 5:30 PM. Everyone is welcome! Clerking and Auction Services provided by Walz Auction Service.

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.

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.

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.

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 from 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.


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.

  • 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.

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

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