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Wed
20
Aug

Night lane closures set for Highway 55

 

Motorists will encounter overnight delays on Minnesota Highway 55 between Rockford and Buffalo as lanes close and flaggers hold traffic for up to 20 minutes at a time beginning at 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, Aug. 29.
All lanes of Highway 55 will re-open by 5 a.m. each day.
The closures are needed as crews resurface Highway 55.
Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through each night’s work zone. Motorists must obey the flagger and follow the pilot car through the work zone.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
13
Aug

A summer of OJT


Katherine Borgert, Wesley Roehlke, Elijah Lark, Brandon Latzig, Josh Chambliss, Hailee Malachek and Brady Tongen have been working at Camp Courage as part of a program through Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services.

 

For seven Maple Lake High School students, summer vacation has been more than just a break from school. It’s been a time to earn on-the-job training.
Katherine Borgert, Josh Chambliss, Elijah Lark, Brandon Latzig, Hailee Malachek, Wesley Roehlke and Brady Tongen have been working at True Friends’ Camp Courage near Maple Lake three days each week.
“The student workers are gaining valuable work-readiness skills to help them be successful, self-sufficient workers in the future,” said Jennifer Carl, a youth employment specialist with Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, which provided a grant for the program.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
13
Aug

Gear-heads getting together with airplane enthusiasts


Members of the Gear-Head Get Together committee have been working to coordinate Saturday’s event in downtown Maple Lake. Members include (front) John Rivers and Scott Chantland; (back) Tom Hanson, Roger James, Mary James, David Rivers, Pete Miessen, Larry Greene, Hans Melgaard, Vickie Zieska and Linda Rasset; and (not pictured) Dan Albrecht and Mike Zieska. For the first year, they are collaborating with Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 878, which will be hosting a fly-in, pork chop dinner and craft show. A shuttle will run between the two events throughout the day.

 

For the past 27 years, the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 878 has hosted its annual pork chop dinner and fly-in on Labor Day weekend. For the past three years, the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce has hosted the Gear-Head Get Together in downtown Maple Lake on the third Saturday in August. Saturday, for the first time ever, the two events will take place on the same day.
“These two events are very complementary as both celebrate creativity and freedom of expression in motorized vehicles, whether they operate on land or in the air,” said Wayne Flury, the secretary of EAA Chapter 878.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
13
Aug

Wright County Sheriff’s Office issues 224 speeding tickets in July

 

With July came a statewide focus on speeders and individuals not wearing their seatbelts.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office issued 224 speeding tickets during the 18-day stretch, the second most speeding tickets of any county outside the metro area, with only Olmsted County issuing 20 more.
Enhanced speed enforcement coupled with educational programming was the focus of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety’s July speed enforcement campaign.
Between 2011 and 2013, illegal and unsafe speeding contributed to 235 deaths and 666 serious injuries, according to DPS/OTS. In almost one in four fatal crashes throughout the state over the past 10 years, speed has been a factor. 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
13
Aug

New tax for county road projects a possibility

 

Nobody likes new taxes, but, at times, they’re the only way to get local projects completed. At the Aug. 6 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins came before the board to discuss future county road projects and the potential funding gap.
Hawkins explained that the issue had been discussed at the July 21 transportation committee of the whole meeting and that, over the past 20 years, costs for transportation projects have increased about 300 percent while available funding has not kept pace. The result has been a deterioration of the condition of the county’s highway system. As a result of this funding gap, much-needed reconstruction projects have been delayed.
As things currently stand, the funding gap will result in the delay or reduction of several projects scheduled for 2015 and beyond.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
06
Aug

Miss Teen of Minnesota, a new perspective for Becker


Miss Teen of PA 2010, Hayley Fisher, Miss Teen of America 2012, Kiera Kinnaird, Program Director Sunny Hill, Miss Teen of PA 2014, Julianna Franzino, Miss Teen of MN 2013, Ashley Becker, and Miss Teen of PA 2012, Jessi Harper, after the program finals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Miss Teen of MN, Ashley Becker with siblings Austin and Anna outside of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Wed
06
Aug

High times at the county fair


Sam Neutz of Maple Lake and his Dorset ewe, Lucky, relaxed at ringside between judging events.

Sarah Sypnieski of the Monticello Monarch 4-H club guided her trusty mount through the Western Pleasure Pony class to a first-place blue ribbon at Friday’s 4-H horse show.

Pig races were featured daily at the fair, providing great entertainment for spectators.

This comely redhead was entered for competition by her caregiver, Natalie Neumann of the Chatham Climbers 4-H club.

Adam Goelz, Maple Lake, and his son, Paul, lined up alongside a couple of enthusiastic 4-H’ers for a big glide down the Fun Slide.

 

Wed
06
Aug

County declines request for storm siren funds

At the times of dangerous summer storms, often the difference between being forewarned and being caught unaware can be the sounding of storm sirens alerting people that threatening weather is in the area. But, who pays for those sirens to be installed and maintained? At the July 29 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners learned it isn’t them.

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