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A perfect end to a perfect season


the Irish volleyball team celebrates its state tournament victory, Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Maple Lake team defeated North Branch 3-0 in the championship game to claim the title with an undefeated 36-0 record.

the Irish show off their first-place trophy amid cheers from their dedicated fans. This was the Irish’s second consecutive state title. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

The Maple Lake volleyball team had the perfect ending to a perfect season last weekend when they defeated North Branch in the finals of the State Volleyball Tournament to claim their second consecutive title.
It’s not easy to win a state championship. Last year they became the first volleyball team in the history of the school to do so. This year they became the first team to do it undefeated.
The now 36-0 Irish cruised through the state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center with a flawless, nine-set run, defeating first, Kenyon-Wanamingo 3-0 on Thursday, Nov. 9, then Academy of Holy Angels 3-0 on Friday, Nov. 10, and finally North Branch 3-0 on Saturday, Nov. 11

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Maple Lake honors its veterans


Claris Peters, left, tells the audience about her experiences while her husband, Bruce, right, was in Vietnam and after he came home.

Friday's program ended with a 21-gun salute. Afterwards, high school buglers Ivan Latour Osland and Maya Benson played Taps. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

“Today it is our privilege to say thank you to the men and women of our American veterans, to let them know we appreciate them for their service, and honor them for their sacrifice,” Maple Lake High School Principal Dave Hanson said in his opening remarks at the annual Veteran’s Day Program, Friday, Nov. 10, at the high school auditorium.
Community members, students and staff came to show their appreciation to the nation’s soldiers and listen to featured speaker Sergeant E5 Bruce Peters in recognition of Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 11.

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MLHS fall comedy is sure to entertain


The cast of the Maple Lake High School drama department’s comedy about sibling relationships are back row, from left, Nick Roehlke, Brian Heald and Sam Neutz. Front row, from left, Jessica Kaiser, Mara Hayes and Serina Benson. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake High School drama class’s light-hearted comedy about sibling relationships takes to the stage this week and everybody is welcome to attend.
The curtain opens at 6:29 p.m., opening night, Thursday, Nov. 16, on six young actors who will tickle your funny bone with antics only teenaged brothers and sisters can pull off in “Mutually Assured Destruction: 10 Plays about Brothers and Sisters” by Don Zolidis.

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Local priest honored with bench memorial


Friends of Reverend Stanley Kozlak erected this memorial bench by the Veteran's memorial in Maple Lake Community Park this fall. Pictured, front, from left, are Al Guck and Cathy Jude. Back row, from left, are Steve Deslauriers, Rob Ogram the Grand Knight of the Maple Lake/Annandale Council 3613 Knights of Columbus, Orlan Dahl and Gary Jude. Not pictured is Jerry Wolfsteller. (Photo Brenda Erdahl)

Known for his short, to-the-point sermons and abundant sense of humor, Father Stanley Kozlak was the kind of man you could turn to for comfort at a funeral or share a drink with at the local bar.

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Chamber of Commerce Craft Show is a hit for crafters


Brenda Naber, of Maple Lake, displays some of her hand-crafted items she was selling at the Chamber Craft Fair, Saturday, Nov. 11.

Rod Anderson, of Annandale, brings his wood working to the Maple Lake Chamber Craft Fair almost every year. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
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St. Tim’s Shopping Extravaganza is a hit


Bridget Kaspe, left, and Connie Faue sell their wares at the annual event.

Rachael Warner, back row, second from left, made much of the jewelry she and her friends were selling at Saturday's Shopping Extravaganza. Pictured with Warner are, Alicia Goeld, left, Danica Hageman and Caleigh Stai is in the front.  All are fifth graders.
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County preparing to upgrade sheriff squad car dash cams

For most of this century, one of the aids law enforcement has used in the process of traffic stops and arrests of different kinds has been the installation of dashboard cameras on squad cars.
Wright County has been no exception. All of their sheriff department squad cars have been equipped with dashboard cameras, but they have been around for many years and have become technologically antiquated over time.

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Nov

Lighting up Camp Courage


Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association presented a grant check to True Friends president and CEO Ed Stracke on Thursday, Oct. 26. The grant will pay for 90 percent of the cost of lighting upgrades at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, which has switched all of its lights to LEDs. Pictured, from left are, Luverne Anderson, operations manager at Camp Courage, Ryan O’Connor, key accounts executive at Wright-Hennepin, Ed Stracke, president and CEO of True Friends, and Bruce Klein, head of maintenance. (Photo submitted)

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) recently provided True Friends Camp Courage with a grant to replace all the lighting at its facilities in Maple Lake with LEDs. Work was recently completed at the facility, which provides camp and respite experiences for children and adults with a variety of disabilities. The switch to LEDs will save True Friends approximately 130,000 kWh each year in energy for an estimated annual energy savings of $15,400, with an additional $8,696 savings in equipment/maintenance costs.
“Non-profits are always looking to be more efficient with everything we do,” said Ed Stracke, True Friends president and CEO. “We want to get as many dollars as we can to the programs and not to the overhead. With the support of WH, that makes it very doable for us.”

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Roundabouts reduce serious injuries, save lives in Minnesota

The state’s nearly 200 roundabouts are reducing serious injuries and saving lives, according to a new study released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
“Overall, roundabouts in Minnesota are performing well,” said Derek Leuer, traffic safety engineer. “In most cases, modern roundabouts compare favorably in safety and operational performance to conventional intersections with stop control or signalized operation.”
Roundabouts also have comparable initial construction costs and lower life-cycle costs than a traffic signal with similar traffic capacity, he said.

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