Marie Mavencamp leads preschoolers down Birch Avenue as part of the annual Fourth of July parade. The event coincides with Preschool Storytime at the Maple Lake Library. More information on that program appears on page 4 and a full listing of summer programs at the library appears on page 6 of this week's Messenger.
An early morning fire on Thursday destroyed a shed housing about 500 pheasants at 6132 Co. Rd. 39 NW in Corinna Township. Robert Earley, who owns the property, suspects a heat lamp to be the cause of the fire because it appeared to have started where the youngest chicks were housed. Chicks ranged in age from 1-day-old to 16-weeks-old and the oldest birds were set to be released in the wild soon.
The fire also destroyed a 14-foot trailer containing windows, plumbing fixtures and other items. A nearby pontoon was also severely damaged, with only a gas tank and motor being salvageable. Eighteen Maple Lake volunteer firefighters responded to the fire at 1:40 a.m. The building, trailer and equipment were fully involved in flames when the firefighters arrived. The firefighters were on the scene for about two hours.
Four retiring Wright County employees pose with county board members after a meeting in which they were recognized for their years of service. (Front) Bill Swing (information technology director, 31 years), Randy DesMarais (deputy assessor, 33 years), board chair Christine Husom, Genell Reese (vet services and nuclear/civil defense director, 37 years), Al Buskey (building management supervisor, 34 years). (Back) Commissioners Mark Daleiden, Charlie Borrell,, Pat Sawatzke and Mike Potter.
Typically county board meetings are “business as usual” type affairs in which the commissioners discuss contracts, ordinances and budgets. The June 24 meeting was anything but typical.
In an emotional meeting that brought several to tears, the county said goodbye to four of its longest-tenured employees – Building Maintenance Supervisor Al Buskey, Deputy Assessor Randy DesMarais, Information Technology Director Bill Swing and Veterans Services Director Genell Reese.
Between them, the four employees combined to provide the county with 135 years of service, making their collective retirements a significant loss to the county.
“This day is really unprecedented,” Commissioner Pat Sawatzke said.
A Falcon Heights woman was injured Thursday morning when her vehicle rolled over on Highway 55 just west of Maple Lake in Albion Township. Marissa Amidon, 21, was transported to Buffalo Hospital by Maple Lake Ambulance. Her injuries were not believed to be serious. The Maple Lake Fire Department, Wright County Sheriff’s Office and State Patrol also responded.
Morgan Krause conducts a tour of the milk tank room during Breakfast on the Farm at Krause Holsteins on Saturday morning. The event included an all-you-can eat breakfast, samples of cheese and ice cream, a 1950s style sundae stand, a “Name the Cow” contest, wagon rides, machinery exhibits, educational agricultural booths, a petting zoo, Victor the Viking, live music by the Tim Lundstrom and Carol Moore duo, a children’s play area and gift packs for children under 12.
Ground has been broken and surveying is taking place at the corner of Minnesota Highway 55 and Spruce Avenue in Maple Lake. The activity is preceding the construction of a Dollar General store on the site. The Overland Group finalized the purchase of the formerly city-owned property, on behalf of Dollar General, on June 27. A timeline for construction and opening of the store was unavailable as of press time.
A crowd of about 375 people gathered in downtown Maple Lake on Friday night to watch “The Lego Movie,” register for door prizes and purchase concessions. Though it rained temporarily before the movie, the clouds cleared out to help make the event a success. (At right) Larry, Paige and McKenzie Fitzgerald wait for the movie to begin. The event was sponsored by the city of Maple Lake, the Sherburne-Wright Cable Commission and the Maple Lake American Legion Post 131. More photos appear on page 12.
Society is increasingly going more paperless. Digital devices have replaced books and magazines and portable devices have sped up the delivery time of information. At the June 17 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners took the next big step in that process, approving a $1 million contract with Zuercher Technologies to streamline the process of dispatching 911 calls throughout the law enforcement process.