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Aug

Gear-Head Get Together 2016


An aerial view of Birch Ave. on Saturday during the Gear-Head Get Together. (Photo by John Rivers)

By the main stage, 92-year-old Marie Wurm got a close look at Rockin’ Hollywoods saxophonist when he sat down next to her during an excursion into the crowd.

Cole Erdahl and Ava Rudolph help themselves to a Matchbox toy in the saddle bags of this vintage motorcycle at the invitation of a sign left on the motorcycle’s seat. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Damon Hardina marvels at a Ron Finch custom-made bike at Finch’s booth near the old creamery. Finch, also known as the Fabulous Finch, also had a number of sculptures he made out of everyday tools on display.

Special guest and master bike builder from Detriot, Ron Finch, took a cruise on his custom-made bike. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Brad Villand launches himself off a van from French Lake Auto Parts during a show near the Maple Lake Legion parking lot. The motorcycle stunt rider showed off his skills throughout the day.

These two youngsters rode in style in their homemade hot rod wagon. (Photo by John Rivers)

DJ Bondo Bob spun vinyl from 8 to 11 a.m. (Photo by John Rivers)

Holt Motors Bondy Long race car. (Photos by John Rivers)

Vaughn Veit with a yellow Corvette. (Photo by John Rivers)

Pin-up girls posed with a military jeep. (Photos by John Rivers)

Maple Lake Ambassadors, Sydney Louis and Abby Bentley, pose with Mayor Lynn Kissock. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)
Wed
24
Aug

Zebra mussels confirmed in three Minnesota lakes Number of new finds similar to last year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed three new reports of zebra mussels in Central Minnesota lakes in the last week: Detroit Lake in Becker County, Signalness Lake (popularly known as Mountain Lake) in Pope County, and Round Lake in Aitkin and Crown Wing counties.
The number of new zebra mussel finds in 2016 is running close to last year at this time. “Most new zebra mussel infestations are found and reported from late July to mid-August,” said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor. “Ten new finds have been confirmed this season, similar to the number confirmed last year at this time. We also add some connected waters to the list when their infestation is likely.”

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Wed
24
Aug

Youth from Bethlehem United Church of Christ attend National Youth Event in Coronado Springs


Pictured: Stacey Lambert, Sammi Hill, Eric Ortiz, Emma Hill, Sienna Ortiz and Dallas Winkelman. Not Pictured: Youth group leader, Maria Winkelman. (Photo submitted)

Youth from Bethlehem United Church of Christ attended the National Youth Event at Coronado Springs, Florida, July 26-30th. This event brought together over 3,000 youth from all over the world. The four days were filled with breakout sessions on a variety of topics from injustices in the world to how young people can make a difference. The group of five youth and two adults worked at the Orlando Rescue Mission where the activities ranged from organizing donations, to caring and entertaining children, to counting diapers. As part of the conference, participants received a day pass to Disney World.

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Wed
17
Aug

Lakers secure Section 12 seed for MN State Tourney


Front Row: Brian Russell, Brian Goedker, Hunter Malachek, Graham Brown, Luke Fobbe, Nate Maas, McRae Haney, Matt Bergstrom and Todd Fuller. Back Row: Riley Decker, Jeremy Schmidt, Dusty Decker, Mitch Wurm, Nick Preisinger, Chad Raiche, Derek Rachel, Donnie Mavencamp and Bobby Fobbe. (Photo by Hailee Malachek)

The Maple Lake Lakers celebrate their win over Howard Lake

The Maple Lake Lakers secured the Section 12 second seed for the Minnesota State Tournament last week in impressive fashion. Powered by tough pitching, stout defense, and a resurgent offense, this team now looks to make a run at another state title.
Maple Lake 8
Howard Lake 1
Despite nature's efforts, heavy rains could not delay this clash of rivals forever. The winner got a berth to state while the loser's season was over. Maple Lake lost a pair in the regular season so this was their last chance for a win against the Orphans. With so much to play for on a Friday night, the Lakers did not disappoint.

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Wed
17
Aug

National Farmers Market Week Local and fresh, community at its best


Rain dampened the Maple Lake Farmers Market, Friday, August 12, during National Farmers Market Week, but it didn’t drive everybody indoors. Above, Sylvia and Joel Diers of Silver Creek look over the flowers on display at the Hasty Woods Tree Farm and Nursery booth manned by Grant Everson. Friday was Everson’s second week at the Maple Lake Market and he said his plants were selling well. He hoped to return next Friday.

Deborah Clegg wasn’t the only one attracted to the assortment of vegetables on display at Justin Ternos’ booth. Ternos, left, brings goodies from Beck’s Greenhouse and Vegetable Farm in Elk River every Friday.

Katie Serrano, right, straightens the rows of bread at the Home Style Maple Lake Bakery booth. Carol Northenscold, left, helps out. There was also live music and pork chops and corn on the cob for sale at Friday’s market. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
17
Aug

Local charter school focuses on Project Based Learning


Neveah Danielson, of Maple Lake, is the first student selected to attend the Jane Goodall Enviromental Sciences Academy, which is located northwest of Maple Lake near Camp Courage. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

The Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, a free Minnesota Public Charter School for grades 6 - 12, begins its second year of instruction on August 30, 2016. About 114 returning and new students from across Wright County and beyond are expected at the school’s Camp Courage location near Maple Lake. The school is aligned with the Minnesota State Standards and has key partnerships with The Jane Goodall Institute - Roots and Shoots Program, the Mn Department of Natural Resources, the University of Minnesota and True Friends.

Wed
17
Aug

Local author introduces his first book “The Road Taken”


Studer signs a copy of the book that will be available to read at the Maple Lake Library. Next to him is Marilyn Groth, owner of Book Break and Margaret Jenniges, president of the library board. Jenniges said the book will be displayed in a prominent place in the library when it is not checked out. Studer enjoyed the “Meet & Greet” so much that he will be making another appearance at Book Break on Saturday during the Gear-Head Get Together. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Jim Studer signs a copy of his first book, “The Road Taken” that was published just a few weeks ago by North Star Press of St. Cloud Inc. He was at the Book Break in Maple Lake on Friday, Aug. 12, for a “Meet & Greet” with his editor, Miranda Rice, also pictured. Studer, a former Maple Lake teacher, wrote about life on a Central Minnesota farm, his teaching career and travels to Brazil as well as “old stories” from relatives he has treasured.
Wed
17
Aug

County approves sending out courts RFP

For the last several years, Wright County has been battling an antiquated courts system in the Wright County Courthouse in Buffalo that doesn’t meet the needs of the residents of the county or the judges that work there.
The facility is so antiquated, it grandfathered in on violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act legislation that requires wheelchair accessibility. It has been a back burner issue for almost a decade and, faced with an increased case load in the courts system, in June the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved sending out a Request for Proposal for architectural firms to bid on the project.

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Wed
17
Aug

Health-Wise Living event at Maple Manor Senior Dining

On August 11th a Healthy Living event was held at the Senior Dining Site located in Maple Manor. The program began with gardening specialist Connie Lahr explaining the Crow River Food Council as one that promotes healthy eating by maximizing the use of local, regional, and seasonal food produced with sustainable practices, and helping create prosperous communities in our region.
Their focus is on strategies that make it easier to purchase fruits and vegetables, support local farms, grow our local food system, and addressing the wide range of challenges and disparities faced when trying to eat a healthy diet. This effort is part of a growing network of efforts across the country. The Crow River Food Council is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and conducted in partnership with LiveWright.

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Wed
17
Aug

Major traffic changes along Hwy. 25 in Buffalo began Monday

Motorists who travel Highway 25 in Buffalo should plan their travel in advance as one reconstructed segment of the road opens in its permanent configuration, and another segment closes for construction, after 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15.

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