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Hayes family has five generations

With the addition of a newborn to the Hayes family, they now have five generations in their lifetime. Back row: Grandma Jamie Sabo of Maple Lake and great-grandpa Paul Hayes of Buffalo. Front row: mother Brooklyn Danner of Maple Lake, great-great grandmother Rosealice Hayes of Buffalo who is holding great-great-granddaughter Brianna Danner of Maple Lake. (Photo submitted)

Wright County Child Foster Care party provides smiles to many children’s faces

Every year, many children enter the child foster care system due to difficult family situations. Licensed child foster care providers willingly open their homes to care for and support these children, while the children’s families strive to create a healthy environment for them to return home to.
Wright County Health and Human Services spreads a little cheer each year by hosting a holiday party. This year’s party was held on December 8th at Monticello River City Extreme. 135 people attended including children, families, and staff. A huge turn-out. Festivities included frosting cookies and craft making. Tie blankets were made and donated by the Annandale Girl Scouts and Kruzin 4 Kidz for each and every child. Santa himself was able to make an appearance, hand out gifts, and take a picture with each child.

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Wright County Public Health announces upgraded Wellness on Wheels vehicle

Wright County Public Health announces a new development in the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Program. For over 20 years, the WOW Van has provided preventative health services to Wright County communities. Beginning in 1995 with a renovated ambulance, the program grew and adapted to fit needs around the community, resulting in a 35-foot RV being purchased and fitted for use starting in 2000. Sixteen years later, the demand for services continues to grow, and the current RV is being replaced with a more compact, versatile vehicle, allowing the WOW Program to expand and include new services that better fulfill the needs of the community.


Birth Announcements - Mason James Anderson

Harper Anderson is excited to announce the arrival of her baby brother, Mason James Anderson.
Mason was born on October 6, 2016. He weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz. and was 19.75 inches long.
Proud parents are Shawn and Stacey (Allbee) Anderson of Shakopee. Grandparents are Jim and Judy Allbee of Howard Lake and Roslyn Rose of Maryland Heights, MO. Great-grandmother is Margaret Chap of Silver Lake, MN.


Birth Announcements - Lindy M’Chele Johnson

Craig and Lauren Johnson, of Annandale, would like to announce the arrival of their newborn daughter, Lindy M’Chele Johnson.
Lindy was born at the St. Cloud Hospital on October 2nd, 2016. She weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.
Proud grandparents are Greg and Pam Wurm and Mark and Joan Johnson. Proud great-grandparents are Carol and Lawrence Wurm.


Letter to the Editor October 26, 2016

It’s election time again and I would like to say a few words of support for Deb Geyen running for mayor. Deb is a life-long resident of Maple Lake. She went to school here as I did. She knew the city when it was a bustling town. She also watched its slow painful decline.
Now Deb is running for mayor after ten years of being a dedicated council member. She has seen the proactive work and wants to continue and expands this. She knows that business growth also requires housing growth. Housing growth means not only single family homes, but also affordable living apartments for so many that work in the industrial park.
Many of the employees are hired through temp agencies and in many cases drive 30 miles or more to work in Maple Lake. Housing is sorely needed in this area. And, yes, we even have people that live in their cars because they can’t afford the apartment spaces in town which are few. I have witnessed this personally.


Card of Thanks

We would like to thank our family and friends who gave food, cards, flowers and words of sympathy in the loss of our loving mother, Leah Stumpf.
We also would like to thank Father John Meyer and Dingmann Funeral Care for their words of comfort in making the arrangements, Marge Pavlik and the Resurrection Choir and those who served the lunch at the Legion. To Park Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care, for the wonderful care they gave to our mother over the past seven years, Park View Care Center, Guardian Angels and Elim Hospice.
The Family of
Leah Stumpf


Benson-Yager to wed

Kathy and Scott Horsman of New Richmond, WI, and Todd Benson of Little Canada are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Becca Benson to Peter Yager, son of Ken and Lee Ann Yager of Maple Lake. Becca is a graduate of Columbia Heights and is employed with Hardy & Stevens Counseling Associates as a licensed marriage and family therapist. Peter graduated from Maple Lake and is employed with Sherburne County as a property appraiser. An October 22nd wedding is planned.


Wedding Announcements: Upcraft - Hoffman

Together with their families, Jen Upcraft and Ryan Hoffman would like to announce their upcoming wedding this November, 2016, in Grand Forks, ND.
Jen is a 2010 Maple Lake High School graduate. She attended North Dakota State University and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2014 and a Master of Architecture in 2015. She is currently employed at JLG Architects out of Grand Forks, ND. Her parents are Roger and Carol Upcraft, of Maple Lake.
Ryan is a 2012 graduate of Munich Public High School. He is attending North Dakota State University and will receive a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics. Ryan anticipates graduation in December of 2016. His parents are Mark and Carol Hoffman of Munich, ND.


Birth Announcements - Adalyn Rose Spry

Birth: Jason and Melanie Spry, of Delano, would like to announce the arrival of their newborn daughter, Adalyn Rose Spry. She was welcomed home by her two big sisters, Lila and Scarlett.
Adalyn was born on August 3, 2016. She weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. and was 21 inches long.
Proud grandparents are Jon and Sandy Thomas of Maple Lake.


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