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Fly-in is a crowd pleaser


A crowd gathered to see Portmann taxi onto the runway in his 1944 WWII training plane.

Weston Miller, 10 of Annandale, checks out the cockpit of Doug Portmann’s SNJ-5 World War II Advanced Trainer. According to Portmann, who flies out of Buffalo, the plane was built in 1944 and was used to train pilots during WWII. Portmann, right, helped a handful of children crawl up on the wing of the plane to see inside.

Portmann circled and did a fly-by, tipping his wings in a farewell salute much to the enjoyment of the spectators before heading home to Buffalo on Sunday.

A crowd of pilots, aviation enthusiasts and people who just wanted to see some airplanes came out to the Maple Lake Airport last weekend for the 30th annual Fly-in.
For the first time this year, organizers turned the event into a two-day celebration of aviation. On Saturday, Sept. 10, pilots who flew in were treated to a chili feed, bonfire, blugrass music hangar dance and an airport camp-out.
“Saturday’s festivities were “very well attended and enjoyed,” according to Wayne Flury, secretary of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 878, the group responsible for the event.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, skies were clear, but gusting winds kept the light aircraft and anything with a narrow landing gear at home, Flurry said.

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No One Fights Alone


Mike and Carla Huro led the riders for the Team Huro – No One Fights Alone Benefit on Saturday. After leaving the Maple Lake American Legion Club they rode to Santiago, Clearwater and Kimball before returning to Maple Lake.

Daryl Rossberg of the Maple Lake Legion Riders presented a check in the amount of $250 to Mike Huro of Team Huro at the No One Fights Alone Benefit Saturday. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)
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St. Tim’s hosts Fall Festival Sept. 25


St. Tim’s Fall Festival is Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Photo by The Maple Lake Messenger archives)

St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake will hold its annual Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the parish school.
This yearly event traditionally attracts crowds of community members eager to take part in the many activities and register for a chance at the $1,500 grand prize.
The prizes are raffled off Sunday afternoon and also include a $500 second place prize, three $250 prizes and 10 $100 prizes.
“Our cash raffle and big ticket raffle committee have been reaching out a lot more this year and local businesses have been very generous,” chairwoman Shannon Paumen said.

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Maple Lake says goodbye to businessman, Bruce Dalbec

Friends and family remembered Bruce Dalbec as a hard worker, and a man of many interests who was dedicated to his family. Dalbec, a local businessman and community member, passed away at the age of 78, Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis due to heart and kidney complications.
"He was very hard working, honest, loving, caring, funny and generous," his daughter, Terri Fuller said. "It is sure not going to be the same."

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County board bids farewell to 47-year employee

In the summer of 1969, the same summer that man first landed on the moon, a recent high school graduate named Bill Cordell helped his father do some work for the Wright County Highway Department. In the 47 years that have followed, there hasn’t been a time that Cordell hasn’t work for the county, the last 44 as a full-time employee.
At the Sept. 6 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioner honored Cordell with a retirement plaque as the longest-tenured county employee. As part of the presentation County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins explained how Cordell’s long career in the highway department began.

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Buffalo resident writes third book "Arm and Arm With the Holy Spirit"


Author Patrick Day, of Buffalo, and the cover of his new book “Arm in Arm with the Holy Spirit. (Photos submitted)

Author Patrick Day, of Buffalo, and the cover of his new book “Arm in Arm with the Holy Spirit. (Photos submitted)

Patrick Day, a resident of Buffalo, prison mentor and celebrated writer, has written his third book called "Arm and Arm with the Holy Spirit" and it has found a home here in Maple Lake. The book, which just recently came out, is now available at Book Break, the book store in downtown Maple Lake.
Day has written two books before this on unrelated but interesting subjects. "Too Late in the Afternoon" was his first book about a person who retires and falls into a deep depression. The book is about overcoming depression and the hardships someone faces when depressed. This book is also available at Book Break. His second book, "Murders in Genealogy in Hennepin County”, is a double mystery on genealogy and a mystery of missing confederate gold. This book is based on truth but then is fictionalized with two murders and the suspense that follows.

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County wins state auditor case, appeal still coming

For the last six months, Wright County has been caught in the middle between the Minnesota State Legislature and State Auditor Rebecca Otto. At question is whether the Legislature has the right to give counties the option of saving tens of thousands of dollars annually by having their fiscal year county audits performed by private accounting firms.
For reasons still unknown to local officials, Wright County was one of three counties named in the lawsuit, along with Becker and Ramsey counties. At the Sept. 6 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, Assistant County Attorney Brian Asleson informed the commissioners the Ramsey County District Court Judge Lezlie Ott Marek had issued a 17-page decision ruling in favor of the three counties.

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Princess Kay of the Milky Way sculpted in butter at State Fair


2016 Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist, Morgan Krause, of Buffalo, poses with her sculpted butter head at the MN State Fair. (Photo submitted)
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Solar project is powering homes of Wright-Hennepin members


The Dickinson Solar Project south of Buffalo was energized in August, and is expected to add 2.25 megawatts of renewable energy to Wright-Hennepin’s fuel source mix. (Photo submitted)

Members of Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) will now have a portion of their electricity generated by the largest cooperatively-owned solar project in the state of Minnesota.
The Dickinson Solar Project was brought online in August and is expected to generate 2.25 megawatts of solar power that the Rockford-based electric cooperative will purchase from Great River Energy (GRE) – one of WH’s wholesale power providers.
A joint venture between WH and GRE, the array sits on 13 acres of land between Rockford and Buffalo, Minn., and is comprised of 8,360 solar panels. The array is large enough to supply energy to 281 average homes.
Members of Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) will now have a portion of their electricity generated by the largest cooperatively-owned solar project in the state of Minnesota.

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Bounce Back Project fall dates

The Bounce Back Project was created to help you bounce back when life doesn’t go as planned, to give you the tools to be more resilient. We know that resilience is not necessarily something you’re born with, you can learn to become more resilient. The Bounce Back team has been sharing a number of tools with the community including: Random acts of kindness, three good things, gratitude, and now social connections.
Register for one of the following presentations to build your resilience. Call Rachel Mendel at 763-684-7100 or email rachel.mendel@allina.com to reserve your seat. Workplace presentations are available by request.

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