December 22, 2022 at 2:17 p.m.
This is the last paper before Christmas. I am so grateful for you our readers and to our very loyal advertisers. With the grace of God and our readers and advertisers, we have been able to keep a small town newspaper running somehow. I have spoken of my faith before, so humor me once again. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Is it a time to spend with family exchanging gifts for one another? Absolutely. But he is the reason for the day and everything else. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
For those of you who didn’t get a chance to take in the Miracle at Big Rock Creek, there is still time. The light festival runs past the new year so you still have time. It was our first year attending Big Rock and we were pleasantly surprised. A couple of years ago, we were somewhere doing something in Wisconsin and were heading home through Somerset. We got stuck in traffic to rival rush hour in Los Angeles. The line to get into what we learned was another lighting festival in town had to be 12 miles long. Big Rock Creek has so much parking that traffic snarls like at other spots, are non-existent. Give it a try, you will be glad you did.
This week the Chisago Lakes School Board says goodbye to three members, including Mark Leigh. Mark has been on the board and the chair for an astounding 34 plus years.
The first few times I met Mark I was convinced he hated me. All I would get would be a low-level grumbling directed at me. Then once I learned who Mark was, I learned that I had to lean in (I have terrible hearing) and he was such a good guy. I want to personally thank Mark for his service on the board and also for his years as a soccer coach in our schools. Mark is heading north to start his next adventure soon and we wish him nothing but the very best.
This February, the super-popular Celebration of the Lakes makes its return. We will have a ton of info for you in the upcoming weeks, but for now, the Celebration is once again partnering with the Chisago Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Wild River Snowmobile Club and the Kid’s Pro-Ice Club by selling raffle tickets for a 2022 Ski Doo Renegade snowmobile.
Second prize is a gift certificate from FXR for $750 and third prize is a $500 gift certificate from Bikeman.
The drawing is February 11 at 4pm. You can get your raffle tickets at the Chamber or from a member of the Wild River Snowmobile Club. Good luck - but this is my year, sorry..