Star Bank: A family-owned independent community bank that puts client relationships first

Star Bank - Maple Lake is located at 100 State Highway 55 E. The phone number is (320) 963-3161, and more information is available at www.starbank.net.

Members of the Star Bank staff include, from left, Andy Wahlquist, Jean Kramer, Angie Blizil, Craig Manz, Mikayla Bursch, Julie Hudek, Justine Charmoli, Carrie Beyer, Shelley Fobbe, Joni Ludwig and Deanna Lauer. Not pictured are Carol Wurm, Tami Kotila, Hope Kramer, Leah Huikko, Amelia Gapinski and Jackson Willard. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Historic Roots

The history of Star Bank goes back over 100 years to 1904 when a national bank was chartered under the name of The First National Bank of Bertha, in Bertha, Minnesota. For the next 80 years, it operated as a single location bank, until 1984 when The First National Bank of Verndale (Minnesota) was purchased and merged into this charter as a branch office. The two offices operated as First National Bank of Bertha-Verndale until March 2000.

In March 1990, Harry Wahlquist formed a holding company now known as Midwest Bancorporation and purchased the Bertha-Verndale bank. Since that time, the organization we know as Star Bank has grown from two offices to 10 offices, and over $240M in assets. Star Bank acquired the Maple Lake office of the First National Bank of Elk River in July 2012 and the bank’s official State of Minnesota Charter is now located in Maple Lake.

Family-Owned & Managed


Shear Style Hair and Spa: Familiar Name, Reputable Service

Shear Style Hair & Spa is located at 250 Lundeen Drive E in Annandale, behind the Subway. Open Monday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. To make an appointment call 320-274-5717. (Photo by Sam Zuehl)

Shear Style Hair and Spa in Annandale is a full-service salon and spa for the entire family. In addition to owner Rosemary Norgren, Shear Style has four stylists, a massage therapist and receptionist. They are pictured, back row, from left, Jen Pitzl, Kim Hempel and Norgren. Front row, from left, Kelsey Caughey and Kendra Norgren. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Shear Style stylist Jen Pitzl tends to a client. Shear Style stylists are all proficient in women’s cuts, men’s cuts, children’s cuts, waxings, colors and perms.

Marie Voigt is another member of the Shear Style Hair and Spa team. Every Wednesday men can get a three dollar discount on a hair cut.

Massage therapist Melissa Hasek is available for pregnancy massages, sea salt exfoliations, deep tissue massages, Thia massage, Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone and body wraps.

Stylists at Shear Style Hair and Spa in Annandale know hair, and that’s why everybody knows them.

For 20 years, Shear Style Hair and Spa has served the lakes area with affordable, professionally-done haircuts, perms, colors, highlights, pedicures, manicures, facials and more, and their loyal, ever-growing customer base knows it. That’s why they keep coming back for more.

“We have really loyal customers,” owner Rosemary Norgren said. “One of my first customers that I ever cut hair for still comes back. Our customers are why we’ve been in business for so long.”
Norgren, a Maple Lake native, bought Shear Style in 1996 when it was still operating from its location behind Kaz Hardware. A few years later Norgren moved the salon along Highway 55, then in 1999 she built her current shop at 250 Lundeen Drive, right behind Subway.


Gearing up for Gear-Head Get Together

Gear-Head Get Together committee members - Bottom Row: Pete Miessen, Becky Hance, Larry Green and John Rivers. Top Row: Dave Rivers, Scott Chantland, Roger James, Mary James, Hans Melgaard, Tom Hanson, Beckah Pipenhagen, Dan Albrecht and Don Ramstad. Not Pictured: Linda Rasset, Mike Zieska and Vicki Zieska.

 An aerial view of just a portion of the event on Birch Ave. (Photos by John Rivers)

The Gear-Head Get Together has come a long way from its roots when it was just a few gear-heads showing off some of their favorite mechanical odds and ends down by the old creamery in Maple Lake.

Today the “get together” has become Maple Lake’s biggest event of the entire year, and one of the most unique car shows in the state and perhaps the country.
It all takes place this year on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Maple Lake.

“You can go to five different car shows any weekend of the summer. There are car shows, motorcycle shows and tractor shows. The idea here is to bring everything together. If you’re a gear-head, you can appreciate it all from a souped-up lawn mower to a classic car,” coordinator Scott Chantland said.


Maple Lake Lumber Co.: See what’s in store at the showroom

Maple Lake Lumber Company is located at 120 Oak Ave. S. in Maple Lake and offers anything you may need for your next remodel, construction or DIY project. (Photo by Kayla Erickson)

ML Lumber’s decking display helps customers decide what materials and styles will work best for their home.

Maple Lake Lumber’s showroom offers a peek at what your future home could look like with different selections of interior and exterior siding, roofing, windows, patio doors, exterior and interior doors, molding, trim and more. (Photos by Nick Pawlenty)

Building a new home or remodeling a current one? Odds are, Maple Lake Lumber Co. has everything you need.
Owners Kathy and Daryl Hennen invite anyone with a construction project on their to-do list to come see for themselves with a visit to Maple Lake Lumber Co.’s indoor showroom.



The City of Maple Lake thrives on volunteerism

(Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Volunteers make things happen in Maple Lake and there is a lot happening.


For starters, on Saturday, June 18, the city will host its second annual Brewfest. The event had its debut last year in conjunction with the city’s 125th anniversary. There was music and food and the whole event attracted about 200 people, Maple Lake City Clerk Lee Ann Yager said.

This year many vendors will be in attendance, offering some of their most sought-after brews. It will all take place at Irish Stadium where amenities, like bathrooms and fencing, are all conveniently on hand.

With an initial fee at the door, or a ticket purchased in advance, visitors receive a mug, a score card, a poker chip and a selection of more than 60 craft beers, along with wines and spirits available for sampling.


Water’s Edge Dog Center has something for every dog

Water’s Edge Dog Center offers basic obedience, socialization skills and much more at its indoor and outdoor training facilities just west of Buffalo at 4173 15th St. NW.

Water’s Edge also takes boarders. With 10 outside areas in which to exercise, all with seven-foot high privacy fences, dogs are sure to have an enjoyable stay.

Water’s Edge’s indoor facility makes it possible to hold classes five days a week, all year long.

An owner and her pet enjoy agility class outside for the first time this spring. Classes are moved indoors during the summer during bad weather.

Dan Rode, owner of Water’s Edge Dog Center just west of Buffalo, has nearly 30 years experience training dogs.

Some he’s trained for competition, like Bronson and Bo, two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers who earned awards at the Westminster Dog Show, but the majority of dog owners he instructs at Water’s Edge are there to learn basic obedience and socialization skills.

“Most people who come here are just looking to have a well-behaved, social pet,” he said.


With more than 37 acres of land at his disposal, plus an indoor and outdoor training facility, Rode is equipped to offer a variety of classes all year long at Water’s Edge. Hundreds of dogs go through his programs each year and have been doing so since 2003 when he first opened. Since those early days he’s expanded quite a bit. He now has four other instructors who teach classes that cover everything from basic obedience and puppy training to agility and flyable.


Northstar Granite Tops: Elegant stone, knowledgeable service

Northstar Granite’s well-designed showroom offers up-to-date design options.

A wide variety of styles and colors are available to kitchen, bath and bar shoppers. (Photos by Nick Pawlenty)

Hand crafting and installing granite countertops, bars, vanities and fire place surrounds are what the crew at Northstar Granite Tops in Maple Lake do best.
Owners Steve and Rock Bobick have been in the business for 14 years and their six employees all have close to 10 years of experience.

They know their craft and they know how to do it well.

Located at 601 Sixth Street in Maple Lake, Northstar Granite Tops has been the choice for new-home builders, professional remodelers and homeowners who are looking to give their existing kitchens or bathrooms new life by incorporating the beauty and durability of granite.

“You don’t need to be involved in a big remodeling project to get new countertops,” Steve said. “If everything else in your kitchen is fine and you just want new countertops, we’ll come in and install them. You won’t have to lift a finger, except maybe to call a plumber when we’re done.”


Buffalo Floral: We have a little bit of everything

Buffalo Floral owners, Tim and Patty Speckel, in their main showroom.

Buffalo Floral is located at 114 Central Ave. in downtown Buffalo. Call (763) 682-2010 or (855) 501-2010.

A recent remodel allowed for a second showroom area for additional, and often themed, floral displays. (Photos by Sam Zuehl)

The experience and knowledge of the Buffalo Floral staff is always in high demand, but never so much as on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s Day.

The upcoming holiday is the floral shop’s busiest single day of the year, according to Tim Speckel who owns the shop with his wife, Patty. And that’s saying a lot since flowers and the many uses for them keep the Speckels and their staff busy throughout the year.

There are weddings, holidays, funerals, prom and your everyday special occasions such as birthdays, thank yous, new babies, anniversaries, etc.

Tim likes to say that Mother’s Day is the biggest week of the year for florists, Christmas is the biggest month and Valentine’s Day is the biggest single day.

In fact, preparations for the big day start almost a month before Feb. 14th even arrives.

First the flowers and other products are ordered. Once the flowers arrive they must be conditioned and put into arrangements.


Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce: Chamber shares plans for new year

Visit www.maplelakechamber.com to view a list of businesses that are Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce members.

Pictured is the Gear-Head Get Together Upcoming 2016 Chamber Events... • Maple Lake Irish Pre-Party - March 5 • St. Patrick’s Day Festival - March 12 • Spring Chamber Craft Sale - March 12 • All-City Garage Sale - June 4 • Gear-Head Get Together - August 20 • Business Trick-or-Treat - October 31 • Fall Chamber Craft Sale - November 12 • Christmas in Maple Lake - December 3

The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce has plans to make 2016 an exciting year by returning all eight of its annual events, including the always popular Gear-Head Get Together that attracts crowds of people with its collection of mechanical odds and ends.

“There are people in town from the early morning until late at night. It has a state-fair atmosphere,” said chamber treasurer Kathy Hennen of the four-year-old event that has doubled in size every year since it started in 2012.

But Gear-Head isn’t the only festivity the local chamber of commerce has in store for the community come the new year.

“Our mission is to improve the vitality of the community, making Maple Lake a great place to live and do business,” Hennen said, and that is just what they aim to do.

The group’s second largest event next to Gear-Head is the St. Patrick’s Day parade and it’s the party that gets everything started.


KleinBank: A financial partner you can trust

KleinBank is located in Buffalo at 910 Commercial Drive, open lobby Monday thru Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. Drive-up open Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon (24-Hour ATM). (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Dave Gast - Business Banker, Randy Haskins - Bank President and Jake Lindquist - Business Banker.

Tellers - Ashley Patri, Linda Julig and Barb Krause.

When Randy Haskins, KleinBank branch president in Buffalo, was asked what he believes has attributed to the bank’s longevity, he stated, “We’re fortunate to have customers that trust us and are loyal. Of course, that goes both ways. We believe in building relationships and contributing to, and maintaining, a strong community. This is evidenced when we look at our three commercial lenders who have a total of over seventy-five years in banking. In addition, the retail staff combined has over 135 years serving the local community.”

Haskins said, “The decisions KleinBank has made over the years have been based on sound business practices, sticking to what we do best – ‘old fashioned banking,’ and being fiscally conservative. We bring in local deposits and lend them right back out in the community, in the form of consumer, business and mortgage loans. We make an effort to be competitive with our products and services.”


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