Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Santa to visit Moose Lake Dec. 5


Colette Stadin

The Moose Lake City Park is decorated in preparation for Santa's arrival December 5.

With the Christmas holiday approaching, the Moose Lake community will start off the festivities December 5.

A lighted parade will start at 4:30 p.m. Anyone can join the parade with a lighted float or unit. Participants must meet in the school parking lot next to the park at 3:30 p.m., said organizer Barney Hollis.

The parade will proceed down Third Street to Elm Avenue, and head back to the park on Fourth Street.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place at the park at 5 p.m., and Santa will visit with children and ask for their Christmas gift wishes in the pavilion, right after the tree lighting ceremony.

The event is sponsored by Hollis, the city of Moose Lake, the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, First National Bank and many volunteers and donations.

Hollis and his crew have been busy decorating the park with many delightful displays. Those displays will stay in the park throughout the holiday period through New Year. People can take a tour of the park to view the beautiful displays each evening during the holidays.

Toy drive

Many parents are not able to give their children the Christmas gifts they would like to give, and the toy drive has been an annual event to help meet their needs.

The toy drive is sponsored by Tony Stewart Motors and Sonshine Ministries.

New, unwrapped gifts for children up to the age of 18 can be dropped off in collection boxes in these Moose Lake locations:

Art's Café, Blue Sky Electrolysis, Evergreen/Moose Lake Star-Gazette, Edward Jones Investments, First National Bank, The Five Sisters, State Farm Insurance Agency, Gamper's, Gateway Tire and Service, Hoffmann's Ace Hardware, Joe Jitter's Coffeehouse, Kwik Trip, Lampert's Lumber, MarketPlace Foods, McDonald's, Mercy Hospital, Augustana-Mercy Health Care Center, Members Cooperative Credit Union, Moose Horn Framing Studio, Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Moose Lake Florist, Moose Lake Co-op, Country Store, Moose Lake Motors, Moose Lake Veterinary Clinic, Moose Lake Methodist Church, Poor Gary's Pizza, Roffler's, Shopko Hometown, Tony Stewart Motors.

Other locations: Northview Bank in Barnum, TJ's Country Corner in Mahtowa, Ray and Marge's Resort by Sturgeon Lake, Denham Run Bar and Grill, and Woodlands National Bank in Sturgeon Lake.

For every toy dropped off at Lampert's, a toy will be purchased.

To receive the toys, parents and legal guardians may call the Sonshine Closet at (218) 485-5758, Tony Stewart Motors at (218) 485-9062, or Betty at (218) 389-6618 before December 12. The toys that are collected will be given away on Saturday, December 19, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Moose Lake.

Shopko Hometown will donate $1 for every signature (up to $2,000) collected at their store to the new Moose Lake Community School.

Special thanks for the toy drive to Shopko Hometown, One Heartland-Willow River, Hanging Horn Hikers, Hinckley Trailer Sales, and the Moose Lake Area Kiwanis Club.


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