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Community Bulletin Board

                                          Wednesday, September 19, 2018 


September 21

The Hamel VFW and American Legion will provide a Color Guard honoring National POW / MIA Recognition Day on Friday, September 21st. The color guard will meet at the Hamel VFW at 4 PM, and will leave for Greenfield at 4:30. The presentation at the City of Greenfield Central Park will be at 5:30. All are invited to attend.

September 22

Come to the Delano Oktoberfest, Saturday, September 22nd from 12 noon to 11 PM at River Street North and Riverfront...hosted by Lupine Brewing Company and St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Watertown. Family fun including kids games and play area, an Oktoberfest Market, a special barrel aged beer release, a sauerkraut contest, stein crafting, Deutschland Meats food truck, and apfelstrudel! Great old-time Oktoberfest music all day! 5 dollar admission for those 21 and older, the first 500 attendees will receive a limited edition mug with a paid admission. Those 20 and under are free!

September 23

The Mary Queen of Peace Parish Family Festival is coming up on Sunday, September 23rd at the St. Martin Church Campus in Rogers. Enjoy bingo and other games, a silent auction, country store, kids activities, plus...broasted chicken, burgers, tacos, pie and ice cream, a beer garden and more! The fun will run from 10 AM to 3 PM, and all are welcome!

September 24

A blood drive to reduce the impact of blood shortages due to Hurricane Florence will be held Monday, September 24th in Buffalo. More than 1700 blood drives have been cancelled due to the hurricane, and donors in non-impacted areas are asked to donate blood. The Buffalo Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the blood drive at Huikko's Bison Creek Event Center in Buffalo on September 24th from 1 to 7 PM. Appointments are appreciated, but walk-ins will be accepted as time allows. For more information, log onto; and use the sponsor code; KNIGHTS. 

September 26

The Rogers-Hassan Senior Friendship Group is proud to partner with the Rogers Applebee's for an evening of delicious food, friends and donations to the group. Bring your family and friends to the Rogers Applebee's starting at 4 PM on Wednesday, September 26th. Identify yourself to your server as being part of the Seniors event....and Applebee's will donate 15 percent of your food purchase to the Rogers-Hassan Senior Friendship group. For more information, call (763) 657-7848.

September 29

The Pumpkin Palooza is coming to the Willow Creek Park to support the Kimball Friends of the Library. Enter the pumpkin growing contest and have your pumpkin judged at the Pumpkin Palooza in the Willow Creek Park Shelter. The event runs from 3 to 6 PM....judging ends at 5 PM. Pumpkins will be auctioned off at 5:30 PM. Other events include kids games, 5-dollar burger baskets at the Lions Hamburger Stand, a silent and live auction and music from Mikko Cowdery and Friends. For more information on the pumpkin contest, contact the Kimball Public Library at (320) 398-3915.

St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Watertown hosts..."Meet Your Maker," a craft beverage experience! September 29th from 4 to 7 PM. Taste top Minnesota Craft Beverage products including Minnesota-made beer, cider, wine and spirits! Tickets 35 dollars, 60 dollars for a couple, or a 4-pack for 100 dollars. A designated driver can enter for just 10 dollars. Tickets include an artisan sandwich from Taylor Meats, plus chips and a pickle. Tickets available on-line at; All proceeds benefit the St. Peter Fellowship Hall restoration project.

The Plato Lions present Octoberfest on Saturday, September 29th from 4 to 7 PM at the King Pin Pub. The Lions will serve up brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad and apple dessert. Take-outs are available. Enjoy music from 3 to 6 PM. Proceeds go toward the Children's Gift of Learning.

September 30

The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Buffalo near Pelican Lake will hold a special event on Sunday, September 30th. The Mission Festival will begin at 9:30 M with a service with special guest speaker, Pastor Jon Ladner. After Sunday School and Adult Bible Class, there will be grilled pork chops and a potluck lunch. A free-will offering will be taken. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran is located at 1970 Edmonson Avenue Northeast in Buffalo. More information at;

Explore 4-H Day open houses will be held Sunday, September 30th at the Monticello Community Center and at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake. Stop in from 1 to 2:30 PM to find out about 4-H clubs in your area, membership opportunities and have fun with hands-on project activities.

October 60-Plus and Healthy Clinics

Wright County Public Health will host 60-plus and Healthy Clinics on Tuesdays in October. All clinic times are from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Services offered include toenail trimming and foot care, blood pressure and pulse monitoring, education through handouts related to topics on nutrition, exercise, prevention, safety and more. A 15 dollar fee is charged for foot care, but anyone unable to pay the fee will not be turned away. More information is available at (763) 682-7456.

October dates are as follows; October 2nd at the Walnut Place Apartments in Rockford, October 9th at the Edgewood Gables Apartments in Cokato, October 16th at the Maple Manor East in Maple Lake, and October 23rd at the Monticello Senior Center. 

October 2

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life will hold its Fall Tour meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7 PM at the St. Albert's Parish Center. Anyone interested in learning more about life issues and be involved in pro-life efforts are invited to attend the free informational meeting. Anyone with questions may call Marlene at (763) 497-2265.

October 4

Memorial Blood Centers remind area residents of a blood donation event on Thursday, October 4th at the Loretto Community Center at 150 Railway Street East in Loretto from 1:30 to 7 PM. Anyone 17 years of age, in good health, free of antibiotics for 24hours, symptom-free for at least 3 days following a cold or flu are welcome. Appointments are always encouraged, but walk-in donors will also be welcomed.

October 7

Explore 4-H Day open houses will be held Sunday, October 7th at the Howard Lake Community Center in Howard Lake, and at St. Peter's Church at 204 River Street North in Delano. Stop in from 1 to 2:30 PM to find out about 4-H clubs in your area, membership opportunities and have fun with hands-on project activities.

The Crow River Chapter of MCCL, the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life will be hosting its annual Respect Life Breakfast on Sunday, October 7th at the St. Albert's Parish Center. A menu including smoked sausage, egg bake and caramel rolls will be served from 8 AM to 12:30 PM, and take-outs are available. A bake sale is also planed. A free-will donation will be taken. Anyone with questions, contact Marlene at (763) 497-2265.

October 13

Wright County residents thinking about buying a home are invited to attend the next Home Stretch informational workshop on Saturday, October 13th from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Annandale City Hall. To register, contact Wright County Community Action at (320) 963-6500, extension 238. There is a 30 dollar registration fee per household.

The Montrose United Methodist Church will host its annual fall hotdish supper on Saturday, October 13th from 4:30 to 7 PM. Appetizers, salads, hot dishes, desserts and beverage will be on the menu. Cost is 11 dollars for adults, 6 dollars for kids ages 5 to 10, and kids under 4 are free. Proceeds benefit various missions and outreach projects.

October 14

An Explore 4-H Day open house will be held Sunday, October 14h at the Fresh Acres Corn Maze at 7835 Jason Avenue NE in Monticello from 11 AM to 2 PM. Stop in from 1 to 2:30 PM to find out about 4-H clubs in your area, membership opportunities and have fun with hands-on project activities.

October 21

The Johnson Kelly American Legion Post #483 in Kingston announces its Annual Turkey Dinner on Sunday, October 21st from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Kingston Community Center. Adults, 10 dollars, kids ages 6 to 10 are 5 dollars, pre-schoolers are free! Take-out is also available!

October 27

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

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;

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.

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