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28
Sep

St. Tim’s Fall Festival is fun for all


Festival goers managed to dodge a few rain showers Sunday afternoon at the annual St. Tim’s Fall Festival. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

Kate Peterson, 4-year-old daughter of Dan and Rebecca Peterson, gave it her best at the Pedal Pull.

Overcast skies and periods of light rain didn’t seem to affect attendance at St. Timothy Catholic Church’s 64th annual Fall Festival, Sunday, Sept. 25, where $3,750 worth of cash prizes were given away.
The event attracts hundreds of people every year to the St. Timothy Catholic School grounds for food, games, music and a chance to win cash prizes.
This year’s big winner was Paul Northenscold who bought the winning ticket for the $1,500 grand prize. Kay Schroden won the second place $500 prize.

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Wed
28
Sep

Ducks Unlimited efforts raise money for habitats


Joel Diers, right, displays a camouflaged gun that was raffled off Tuesday night, Sept. 20, at the Heart of the Lakes Ducks Unlimited 11th annual banquet. With him is Kurt Segner, owner of Little Jim’s Sporting Goods in Annandale. The event raised $15,000 for wildlife habitat and wetland conservation. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Ducks Unlimited Heart of the Lakes chapter will be able to support 26 acres of wildlife habitat this, thanks to a record number of sponsors that came forward at its annual banquet, Tuesday, Sept. 20.
For every sponsor, the organization is able to support a single acre of land through matching funds, State Youth and Education Chairman Devin Davidson said.
Tuesday night’s event produced 26 sponsors, the majority of them local businesses and residents from the Maple Lake and Annandale areas.

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Wed
28
Sep

Homecoming countdown


The Homecoming court has been selected. Here are the nominees in the running to become this year’s Homecoming King and Queen. Boys, from left, are Ben Triplett, Hunter Malachek, Garret Anderson, Tanner Schmidt and Ben Gindele. Girls, from left, are Ellie Haney, Morgan Scheiber, Lauren Heeralall, Jennifer Malwitz and Macy Wurm. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Sunday, Oct. 2, is the kick-off to the Maple Lake Schools Homecoming Week beginning with Powder Puff Football at 2:30 p.m. and He-Man Volleyball at 5:30 p.m.
Students will show off their floats at the parade on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Coronation will follow the parade at 7:15 p.m. with a bonfire after. The week will continue with special dress-up days, two home volleyball games on Tuesday and Thursday, and a Post Prom dinner on Wednesday.
Friday, Oct. 7, will wrap up the week with a pep-fest, fun activities, community cook-out, and the football game against Rockford at 7 p.m.

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Wed
28
Sep

Maple Lake Library to host fundraiser on October 1st


SAM Quilters of St. Timothy’s display some of the quilts that will be up for auction at the library’s fundraiser.

Showing other live auction items are Cathy Jude with Terry Redlin's print "The Sharing Season," Jude Kelly with Spicer Castle Mystery Weekend, Yvonne Hogie-Streich and Irene Abrams with MN Wild tickets and Jerry Zeidler with the Breezy Point Get-Away. (Photos by Sam Zuehl)

he Maple Lake Library will host the 8th Annual Fundraiser at the Maple Lake American Legion Post 131 on Saturday, October 1. Social hour and the wine pull begin at 5 p.m. The library will welcome guests at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:15 p.m. There will be silent auction items to bid on from 5-7:30 p.m. The cash raffle and chance bucket drawings will be announced at 7:30 p.m. with the live auction to follow. Entertainment for the night is Joe Thomas along with the Maple Lake Community Theater. You can purchase tickets in advance at the Maple Lake American Legion, Star Bank and the Maple Lake Library. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Wed
28
Sep

Council approves 2017 preliminary budget, levy

At their most recent meeting, Tuesday, September 20, Maple Lake City Council members approved the city’s 2017 preliminary budget and levy based on their proposed budget for the city, and scheduled a Truth in Taxation hearing to be held December 6. Following December’s Truth in Taxation hearing, the final levy will be established.
The council approved a proposed budget of $1,833,998 and Mayor Lynn Kissock made immediate note of an increase to the levy as the budget stands, but pointed out that while the proposed levy can be reduced during intervening months, it cannot be increased.
Trying to be fiscally responsible but also looking toward maintaining the city’s infrastructure and putting aside funds for eventual projects and staffing additions, Kissock said that while the city is raising its tax rate a bit this year, the council aims to approach its goals in a conservative manner.

Wed
28
Sep

County continues to turn jail into a money maker

When most people think of government, typically the thought centers on the spending of tax dollars. Rarely does the concept of bringing in revenue come into play. At the Sept. 20 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the discussion of the August revenue and expenditure guidelines were discussed and one of the highlights was the continued revenue being generated by the Wright County Jail.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty said the county has been taking in outside prisoners ever since the jail opened, but, in the last couple of years, thanks to jail overcrowding elsewhere in the state, Wright County has been a destination spot for others to house their overflow prisoners and the money is getting pretty serious in terms of the revenue it generates.

Wed
28
Sep

Final segment of Hwy. 25 closed for reconstruction Sept. 26 Hwy. 25/Hwy. 55 intersection scheduled to open Sept. 30

Motorists who travel Highway 25 in Buffalo will find a new, temporary traffic configuration after the road closes between 14th Street and Catlin Street Monday, Sept. 26. This segment of Highway 25 is the final piece of roadway to be reconstructed as part of a multi-project plan to reconstruct Highway 25 through Buffalo’s business district.
Several days after the final segment of Highway 25 is closed, Highway 25 south of 14th Street will open, and the Highway 25/Highway 55 intersection will open in its new configuration. Motorists should plan for the following; the schedule is weather dependent:

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Wed
28
Sep

Level 3 predatory offender information


Level 3 sex offender, Antonio Carl Harris, was released on Sept. 20 and will be temporarily housed at the Wright County Jail, Buffalo. The offender will be monitored with a GPS system while in the community.

Level 3 sex offender, Antonio Carl Harris, was released on Sept. 20 and will be temporarily housed at the Wright County Jail, Buffalo. The offender will be monitored with a GPS system while in the community.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is releasing information to the community pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052 regarding a Level 3 predatory offender.
Antonio Carl Harris has relocated to (Wright County) and will be temporarily housed at the Wright County Jail in ¾ housing. He is being actively supervised by the DOC and will be working on finding housing and employment. The offender will be actively monitored with a GPS system while in the community.
Harris is a black male with brown eyes and black hair, 5’10” and 235 lbs. His release date was Sept. 20. His supervision agent is Les Gruwell. The offender has a history of sexual contact with female victims ages 16 to adult. Contact included sexual touching and penetration. Offender had met one victim for the first time on the same occasion as the offense and was not previously known to another victim.

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Wed
28
Sep

Bethlehem UCC new playground open to the public

Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Maple Lake, located on the north side of the high school, installed a Rainbow playset on Thursday in their backyard. Adjacent to the baseball field on Cty. Rd. 37, the playset is open to the community. Younger children of families watching baseball or football games will particularly enjoy the playset. Parents are requested to supervise children while they are playing.

Wed
21
Sep

Maple Lake Public Schools welcome nine new staff


Maple Lake Schools welcomed nine new staff members to its ranks in addition to new elementary principal Andy Sawatzke. They are, front row, from left, Claire Austin, elementary special education; Amy Van Beusekom, elementary special education; Debbie Stang, social worker; Jaime Geyen, elementary para and Susan Stejskal, school nurse. Back row, from left, Sawatzke, Tim Tungseth, activities director and seventh grade social studies; Eric Reger, elementary special education; Kelly Edmonson, elementary para and Matt Kusche, band. (Photo submitted)

Maple Lake schools welcomed nine new members to its staff this fall.
Tim Tungseth joins the school district as the new activities director and seventh grade American history teacher. He brings with him experience in both subjects as the former athletic director and social studies teacher at Crosby-Ironton High School. He was there for three years before moving to Maple Lake.
Originally from Fergus Falls, Tungseth has also spent two years teaching at Trinity Christian School in Williston, North Dakota, where he was a high school social studies teacher, assistant athletic director and assistant boys basketball coach.
He spent one year at Stephen-Argyle Central High School in northwest Minnesota teaching junior and senior high social studies and also served as an assistant boys basketball coach and assistant track and field coach.

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