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Wed
09
Aug

Kingery Family shines at Holy Cross Music Festival


The Kingery Family of Central Minnesota performed gospel blue grass before a large audience at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Sunday, July 30, at the parish’s annual Music Festival.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church near Maple Lake held its annual Music Festival on Sunday, July 30. After a pulled pork dinner, guests settled in to the church’s sanctuary for music by The Kingery Family. Hailing from Central Minnesota, the musical group performs primarily gospel blue grass with a variety of string instruments and some a Capella. Head of the family Mike Kingery said the group’s calling was to minister together through music at primarily local venues. He and his wife, Chris, and their eight children started their ministry. The family has since grown to include two sons-in-law and seven grandchildren. Good will donations were accepted at the event. All proceeds will go to missions and outreach.

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Wed
09
Aug

Change is in the air for Action for Children Zambia 


A small group of Minnesotans made a big difference at Kulunga Bana, AFCZ's farm, with the gift of their knowledge and financing for solar-powered electricity. In May, the lights came on. Above, the brand new solar panels are prepared for set-up. (Photo submitted)

Carol McBrady, Maple Lake native and founder of Action for Children Zambia, will be looking for a little help from people back home in the United States when she returns for a visit this fall. 
The organization that helps less affluent children in Zambia, Africa, will be taking over its own administration after seven years relying on a separate company for those duties. 
It's a necessary change an an important step toward independence, McBrady wrote in a monthly newsletter, but it comes with some anxiety. 

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Wed
09
Aug

National Farmers Market Week 


August 6-13 is National Farmers Market Week. (Photo submitted)

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the eighteenth year USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market.

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Wed
09
Aug

Board discusses land use plan in light of denial

At different times in the history of Wright County, there has been reason to update the county’s land use plan. In 1988, the county did a comprehensive overhaul of its plan. In 2007, at the height of the housing bubble shortly before it unceremoniously burst and drove the national economy to one of its lowest points ever, the county began making changes as warranted in quadrants of the county.
The Aug. 1 meeting of the Wright County Commissioners put a focus on how land use is handled – is it a blanket policy or one that can be viewed more on a case-to-case basis as the layout of certain townships change with time?

Wed
09
Aug

Deer hunters will find additional opportunities this fall

Additional deer hunting opportunities will be available this fall thanks to a series of mild winters and conservative hunting regulations, which have resulted in rebounding deer populations across Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
“Deer populations have responded well to favorable winter weather and our efforts to rebuild deer numbers, and we have been able to expand harvest opportunities in almost all areas of the state this fall,” said Adam Murkowski, big game program leader for the DNR.
Hunters can buy deer licenses and apply to the lottery for antlerless deer permits now. The deadline to apply for the antlerless permit lottery is Thursday, Sept. 7. Archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, and firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 4.

Wed
02
Aug

All in the family: Second Becker claims Miss Teen of Minnesota title


Anna Becker of Maple Lake is crowned Miss Teen of Min- nesota 2017 by her older sister, Ashley Becker, Miss Teen of Minnesota 2013.

All around the world, countless girls and women compete in various pageants for various different titles, but none of them quite compare to the title of Miss Teen of America.
Unlike many other pageants, this pageant system focuses on girls’ commitment to their academics, community and personal growth.
American Pageants (formerly Miss Teen of America) was founded in 1983 by Warren Alexander, a former educator and pageant director. Designed to help America’s youth reach their full potential, this scholastically-based pageant recognizes young girls and women ages 7-18 for their outstanding personal achievements, leadership abilities, and artistic, creative or athletic talents.

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Wed
02
Aug

Dan the flower man


Dan Zitzloff has raised four children, one grandson, foster children and now he is raising flowers.

In his 72 years, Dan Zitzloff has raised four children, one grandson, foster children and now he is raising flowers.
evening and sometimes, when the wind is blowing right, we can smell the fragrance of the flowers; it’s kind of nice,” he said.
Some are as pretty as a pic- ture, others as cute as a button and all of them are given the same love and devotion he gives everything else in his life.

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Wed
26
Jul

The fall of the Big Top: Manuels say goodbye to the Greatest Show on Earth


Trisha Manuel, left, and her daughter, Julia Bothun, said goodbye to the Ringling Bros. Circus which closed this spring after 146 years in business. Manuel keeps clowning alive with her Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp and the annual All Star Clown Show which takes place Saturday, July 29, at 6 p.m., at the Buffalo Civic Center. The event is open and free to all. (Photo submitted)

“The Greatest Show On Earth” took its final bow on Sunday, May 21. The Ringling Bros. Circus had been in business for 146 years, performing across the entire country. Due to the high costs of putting on the show and a steady decline of ticket sales, the Feld family decided to close the show they have been presenting since acquiring it in 1967.
The circus had recently been in the news prior to closing when they announced the retirement of the Asian elephants from the show. This was seen as a success for animal rights groups as they had been pressing Ringling to stop making wild animals perform. PETA deemed the circus “the cruelest show on earth” and expressed their thrill of the entire production shutting down, as the other animals would no longer be forced to perform.

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Wed
26
Jul

Maple Lake boy battles E. Coli strain that took his sister’s life


Kallan Maresh, age 3, on the left, passed away from a rare form of E. Coli, while her brother, Kade, on the right, is on the mend from the same strain. (Photo submitted)

Five-year-old Kade Maresh, of Maple Lake, is showing signs of improvement after a life-threatening battle with a rare form of E. Coli that took his younger sister’s life.
Kallan Maresh, 3, died in her parent’s arms Saturday, July 1, at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital due to complications known as HUS (Heolyic Uremic Syndrome) which attacks the kidneys and other organs. The infection attacked the little girl's kidneys, nervous system and heart.

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Wed
12
Jul

Wright County Fair is Wednesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 30


Youngsters enjoy Muttin’ Bustin’ where kids try to stay on sheep at last year’s fair. Muttin’ Bustin’ will be back at the Wright County Fair again this year in Howard Lake.

The Wright County Fair will run from Wednesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 30. Those entering exhibits should bring them on Tuesday, July 25.
The 2017 fair will feature action-packed grandstand shows, beginning with the Combine Derby on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. This event also features a Lawn Mower Derby and a Power Wheels Derby for the kids to participate in. This will be a great night of gigantic combine smashing and kids having fun as well.
Thursday night the Grandstand will be rocking with the bulls and riders coming in for a bull riding competition which begins at 7 p.m. There will also be some fun competitions for the kids to participate in from the audience. This is a very high energy show of non-stop bull riding.

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