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May

Memorial Day service is Monday, May 29

For nearly 150 years Americans across the country have honored their fallen soldiers on what is known today as Memorial Day.
In Maple Lake, Memorial Day is celebrated with a somber morning parade made up of Legion and VFW color guards, firing squad and more. Led by the Maple Lake Fire Department, the group marches to the steady beat of a snare drum played by members of the Maple Lake High School Marching Band from the Legion Club, down Birch Ave. and along Division Street to the Veteran’s Memorial at the city park where speakers further remark upon the solemn day.
It all happens this year on Monday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. with the parade.
Once the procession arrives at the park, the band will perform the National Anthem.

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Wed
24
May

Rusty Shamrock: The boutique of antiques and more to open Friday, June 2


Deanna and Mike Mantel have been hard at work preparing for the grand opening of their store, Rusty Shamrock, Friday, June 2, on Birch Ave. South in the heart of downtown Maple Lake. (Photo by Shelby Maznio)

Downtown Maple Lake will soon be home to a new business, the Rusty Shamrock. On Friday, June 2, the boutique of antiques, thrifty up-cycled finds and project pieces will open its doors.
Owners Deanna and Mike Mantel have been hard at work preparing for the grand opening of their store. Having been in the business of antique dealing for four years and dabbling in hobby dealing and thrift store searching, the Mantels wanted to take their passion to the next level, which led them to the decision of opening the Rusty Shamrock.
“It was time,” Deanna said. “It was the next step.”

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Wed
17
May

Board tables decision on imposing local option sales tax

For the last several months, Wright County has dealt with the likely necessity to impose a local option sales tax for road projects due to a significant decrease in road and bridge funding from the State of Minnesota. Following a public hearing May 4 that lasted almost three hours, it seemed as though passage in some form or another was inevitable since enough commissioners had spoken favorably of the proposal to have the needed votes to pass it.
However, shortly before the matter was expected to come to a vote, Commissioner Mark Daleiden asked that the matter be tabled until the June 13 meeting, much to the dismay of Commissioner Mike Potter – who didn’t see the motion coming and has grown tired of board agenda items consistently being tabled or postponed.

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Wed
17
May

Board OKs guns in trap team photos

At their most recent meeting, Monday, May 8, members of the Maple Lake School Board held a short but decisive discussion on school yearbook policy regarding the inclusion of firearms in photographs of shooting sports teams and their individual members. The conversation was sparked by a recent controversy in the Big Lake High School District, in which a team photo originally rejected by the school, because the students are pictured with guns in hand, was later allowed in the wake of parental and public opposition.
Superintendent Mark Redemske asked the board, “If someone is shooting at a clay pigeon, does anybody have a problem with a shotgun being in the picture?” He clarified his question, adding that the firearm would be expected to be used appropriately in any submitted photo.
Responses from around the table indicated immediately that no such controversy exists in the Maple Lake School District.

Wed
17
May

License fee increase needed to sustain great fishing

Minnesotans celebrated great fishing when the season formally kicked off on Saturday, May 13.
Just how great is that fishing? According to the DNR, it ranks second in the nation in the number of resident anglers, who number 1.4 million. It’s the third most popular inland fishing destination for out-of-state visitors.
But the fantastic fishing that creates $4.2 billion in economic activity and 35,000 private sector jobs doesn’t just happen, officials said. It’s the fisheries management work of the DNR that creates a myriad of varied opportunities.

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Wed
17
May

Lady Bug gardeners retire their spades after 27 years: Downtown mini-park to be refurbished


Carol Wendorff, left, and Marjean Ruddle prepare to unearth some of the plants at Lady Bug Garden Club Park in downtown Maple Lake last week after the Lady Bug Garden Club officially called it quits. The park will be refurbished this summer with the intent to add maintenance free shrubs and an evergreen tree. Some plants, like this crab apple tree that was planted in the early years of the club, will remain. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

After 27 years, Maple Lake’s Lady Bug Garden Club is pulling up its roots and calling it quits.
The group is perhaps best known for establishing the Lady Bug Garden Club Park, a mini respite for nature lovers between Ed’s Barber Shop and the Manuel building. For the last couple weeks, past and present members have been literally pulling flowers it once planted there to make room for a more maintenance-free area that might one day be the home of a new city Christmas tree.

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Wed
17
May

Trevor's Fill the Suburban reaches new heights


A big group hug and a lot of smiles sum up Trevor’s big donation to the U of M Masonic Hospital. They are from left to right: Porter Pribyl, Trevor Pribyl (top), Jacqueline Pribyl (bottom) and Zachery Pribyl. (Photos by Rachel Pribyl)

Trevor Pribyl was at it again this year for his birthday, continuing his "Fill the Suburban" event where he buys and gives toys for kids with donated money and gifts to the U of M Masonic Children's Hospital.
To say it was successful is an understatement.
Trevor, who was diagnosed with benign brain tumors and spent a lot of time in the same hospital he delivers toys to, has spent his birthday wanting only one thing: to give back to kids who are going through the same ordeal as he did. He spent a lot of time in the hospital and was given a present to help him get through his visit. After he got out, he wanted to return the favor by taking all his gifts for his birthday and giving back to kids. He knew it was tough being in the hospital and that even a small gesture could make the stay more pleasant. This year, with the help of his mother, Rachel Pribyl, his siblings, friends and the community, he managed to make this birthday monumental.

Wed
17
May

Notification of release in Wright County

The Wright County Sheriff's Office is releasing this information pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 244.052. This statute authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sexual or predatory offender's release from prison or a secure treatment facility when the Wright County Sheriff's Office believes that the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of criminal sexual conduct or another offense that requires registration with law enforcement pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 243.166 or 243.167.
This offender is not wanted by the police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him/her by the court. This notification is not intended to increase fear in the community. Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public.

Wed
10
May

A Night to Remember


IFrom left, Cole Trager, Emma Carlson, Kayla Walsh and Michael O’Sullivan, with his back to the camera, kick up their heels at A Night to Remember. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Called “A Night to Remember,” this prom for special needs youth is all its name boasts and more. On Sunday, April 30, Maple Lake students joined more than 100 other 15 to 24-year-olds from the area with special needs at St. Michael-Albertville High School to enjoy a night of pampering, dancing, dinner and all-in-all, red-carpet treatment fit for royalty.
The entirely free event included a tuxedo or prom dress, accessories to match, hair styling and make-up by professional cosmetologists, a corsage or boutonniere, a ride in a limousine, and a walk down the red carpet, complete with paparazzi and cheering fans.
Dinner and dancing followed and each guest was awarded a gift bag and prom photo.
The second-annual event was put together by Westbridge Community Church in Albertville with the help of more than 20 sponsors and hundreds of volunteers, including student hosts who accompanied the honored guests for the evening.

Wed
10
May

Students shine in poppy poster contest


From left, Catherine Schultz, Anna McClelland and Sarah Neutz, local sixth grade students, were winners in the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Since the first poppies unfolded in Flanders field among the graves of fallen WWI soldiers, the blood red flower has been synonymous with self-sacrifice.
In the 1920s it became the official memorial flower of the American Legion Club and Auxiliary. Paper poppies, made by veterans for veterans, have been worn for decades to say thank you to those soldiers.
In Maple Lake, members of the Maple Lake American Legion Auxiliary give away the flowers on fishing opener weekend, just two weeks before Memorial Day. They can be found mostly at businesses along Highway 55 in Maple Lake. Any donations they make from the poppy distribution is used for the sole purpose of aiding veterans and their families.

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