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                                          Wednesday, March 21, 2018 


March 21

Wednesday Lenten Services at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1970 Edmonson Ave NE, Buffalo. website:  Follow us on Facebook. Contact Pastor Smith at 682-1878 or Julie Gutknecht at 682-4462.

To hear more from God's word about the last week of our Savior's life on this earth, join us at Immanuel for our special Lenten services on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7 PM, and preceded by a delicious homemade soup supper beginning at 5 PM.

2018 Wednesday Lenten Series Theme and speakers:

March 21 • Jesus is the Great High Priest (Hebrews 1:1-3) • Pastor Jon Ladner

And mark your calendar for our Holy Week Services:

March 25 • Palm Sunday Service followed by Breakfast, 9:30 a.m.

March 29 • Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m.

March 30 • Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7 p.m.

April 1 • Easter Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

The pastors at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, invite your family to join in, and hear more from God's word about the last week of our Savior's life on this earth at the special Lenten services on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7PM, which is preceded by a delicious homemade soup supper beginning at 5PM. That's at 1970 Edmonson Ave. N.E. In Buffalo.

March 23

The Montrose Lions host their all-you-can-eat Smelt Fry this Friday, March 23rd at the Montrose Community Center. The menu includes smelt, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw breadstick, brownie and a beverage. Ages 12 to adult are 11 dollars, kids ages 5 to 11 are 5 dollars, and kids 4 and under eat free! Serving will be from 3 to 7 PM, and the proceeds will help the Montrose Lions fund the many service projects they sponsor in the community each year.

The very popular "K.C." Fish Dinner will be featured in downtown Rogers at the Mary, Queen of Peace Church Hall—St. Martin Campus, on Friday, March  23rd. Enjoy your choice of baked or deep Fried Fish; plus delicious side assortments of Macaroni & Cheese; Baked Potatoes; Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Dinner Rolls, Cookies and Beverages. Cost: 4 years & under - $2; 5 years to12 years...$6; and 13 years & older - $11. An extra serving of fish is $2. Sponsored, cooked, & served by the Northwest-Hennepin Knights of Columbus council #11941.

March 24

The Hamel VFW is hosting a 1959 Sock Hop / Birthday Party for one of their dearest friends on Saturday, March 24th. There'll be burgers, fries ,and root beer floats. So put some grease in your hair (if you have any),.....ask your honey to slide on her poodle skirt, and make it over to the VFW. Plan ahead...dress for the best costume contest as well. Be there for the T.C. Dance Lesson from 6:30 PM until 7PM. The Arcades will be Rockin' and Rollin' from 7PM until 10:30. Proceeds will benefit the National Guard. Don't miss the birthday party and Sock Hop. on March 24 at the Hamel VFW, at 19020 Hamel Road in Plymouth.

Don't miss the Buffalo Community Health Fair Saturday, March 24th from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Buffalo Community Middle School. More than 40 vendors and displayers will be on hand offering information, products and services for the mind, body and spirit! Grab a passport and have it stamped at selected displayers for a chance to win GREAT door prizes! Live music will be featured, and there will be loads of activities for children too! The event is free and open to the public!

March 25

Mark your calendar for this Palm Sunday Chicken Dinner and Bake Sale on March 25th, at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted, served from 10:30 AM until 1 PM. This event is sponsored by the Catholic Order of Foresters, Winsted Court 1054, & Matching Funds Event' . .. and dinner and bake sale proceeds will benefit the Holy Trinity Mission Group. Enjoy the delicious chicken and dressing; mashed potatoes and the fixings, including Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream for dessert. Tickets at the door: adults $12, children, 6-10, $5....5 and under are FREE. For Advance tickets $11, call Carol 485-2516.

March 27

If "talking about the weather" peaks your interest, here's news for you! The National Weather Service invites you their Skywarn Spotter Training Classes in Buffalo, on Tuesday, March 27th, at the Wright County Government Center, located at 10, 2nd St. NW, Room 120. The first class will be at 1:30 PM, and the Second Class, at 6:30 PM. The classes are FREE, and open to the public A class is about 2 1/2 hours in length, and will include a slide and video program that teaches potential spotters about severe storm structure, and many other environmental clues to identify severe storms and tornadoes. Instructors are trained by the National Weather Service, and qualified for POST credit. That date again, is Tuesday, March 27th. For more information, contact Steve Berg at 763-684-2364.

If you are looking for an opportunity for success in your selected field, or if you may be searching for a new career, need to hear.. THIS..! You are invited to the 14th Annual Job Fair and Career Expo, at the Monticello High School, located at 5225 School Boulevard, on Tuesday, March 27, from 2 until 7 PM. Learn more about careers in Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, Agriculture, Retail, Education, Transportation, Healthcare, Social Services, and many other business ventures highlighted by your skills and experience. An ASL interpreter will be available at the Job Fair from 3 until 6PM. For commuters from 4 until 7 PM, enjoy FREE Lotzza Motzza pizza provided by Bernatello's Pizza. Grab a slice and get a job close to home! For information and assistance, please contact the Monticello WorkForce Center, at 763-271-3722.

March 29

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church of Buffalo and the Buffalo Presbyterian Church are hosting a joint presentation of "The Living Last Supper," a dramatic musical experience for Holy Week. The production will be presented on Maundy Thursday, March 29th at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church at 507 County Road 134 in Buffalo. All are invited to watch as the Last Supper comes to life, with dialog from the disciples, and beautiful choral music. The event is free, and child care will be provided. For more information, call the Buffalo Presbyterian Church at (763) 682-2773, or log onto;

The annual "Blizzard of a Garage Sale" to benefit Crossroads Animal Shelter will be held Saturday, March 31st at the Discovery School gym in Buffalo. Plan now to donate your tax deductible, re-usable treasures to help raise funds for the on-going operational costs at Crossroads. Donations will be accepted all day on Friday, March 30th. Please no clothing, electronics or exercise equipment. Pre-sales start that day at 2 PM for a 1 dollar donation. For more information, call (763) 684-1234.

April 7

If you like antiques, this message is for you! can ask, a professional: What Is It Worth ? The Antiques Appraisal Fair will be presented by the Hanover Historical Society on Saturday, April 7th, at the Hanover City Hall, from 10Am until noon. Appraisals will be performed by Appraisal Specialists, Midwest's Bonnie Lindberg and James Marrinan. . The door open at 9AM. There'll be a silent auction throughout the event, and free refreshments for all. $5 appraisals per item, with a limit of 2 items per person. We all wonder what that special family heirloom is worth, but how can we know when there is that ' family connection' that influences our thinking? 'Talk to a professional', and you can, on Saturday, April 7 at the Hanover City Hall.

April 21

The Seniors of Rogers are planning a Flea Market and Craft Sale for Saturday, April 21st from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Rogers Community Center. Don't miss this early-season sale extravaganza. As always, vendors are wanted and welcome. The more we have to sell, the more you'll find to buy! Cost: $30 for 8' table and 2 chairs. For more information, call Deb at 763-416-6790. That's the Rogers Seniors Flea Market and Craft Sale on Saturday, April 21, starting at 9 AM.

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.

Wright County Community Action is operating the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) in Wright County. The Energy Assistance Program is available to income eligible households to pay a portion of the cost for their heat bills. The program can also provide assistance to homeowners in need of Furnace Repairs. Assistance levels for families served through the Energy Assistance Program are determined based on household income, household size, and actual cost of heating for a period of twelve continuous months. Wright County Community Action works with households to resolve heating crisis situations such as a shut offs and disconnections. Wright County Community Action will continue to take applications through May 31, 2018. If you are interested in applying for Energy Assistance or would like more information please contact Wright County Community Action at: WCCA 130 W. Division Street, P.O. Box 787 Maple Lake, MN 55358. You may also call at; (320) 963-6500.

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.

The University of Minnesota Extension annually recognizes farm families throughout the state, and Wright County is seeking nominations for Wright County Farm Family of the Year. Nominees should be actively involved in agricultural with one or more agricultural enterprises, or have made significant short term progress or innovative contributions with their agricultural endeavors. In addition to demonstrating a commitment to supporting the fields of agriculture and production, nominees should also be involved in their communities and related organizations. To nominate a family to be Wright County Farm Family of 2018, call Rod Greder at University of Minnesota Extension, Wright County at 763-682-738l, or send an e-mail to to obtain a nomination form. All nominations must be received by March 20th, and a family will be selected by May 1st, 2018.

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 320-963-3663.





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

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

1,000 Books before Kindergarten - ongoing

Give your child the gift 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.

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.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. GRRL supplies Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.

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.

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