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Mon
16
Jan

St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal and Commodore nomination Form.

This is for nominations of the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal and Commodore positions.

Wed
11
Jan

Northenscold nods to citizens, colleagues


John Northenscold’s 30 years of service on the city council will be celebrated with an open house Thursday, January 12, from 1-3 p.m. All are welcome. (Photo by Katie Friedman)

With three decades of community service and an attendance record of more than 700 public meetings, Maple Lake City Councilmember John Northenscold has built a solid and sterling reputation for equanimity, preparedness, and perhaps most of all, dependability.
“Thirty years went by fast!” he told his fellow councilmembers at the last meeting of his tenure, in December. He also expressed surprise at the number of meetings in which Councilmember Deb Geyen roughly calculated he had participated. That sum was actually 720 and did not include additional meetings of the planning and airport commissions, on which he also served.

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Wed
11
Jan

Council organizes for the new year


Maple Lake’s 2017 City Council: Deb Geyen, Kirk Larson, Mayor Lynn Kissock, Todd Jude and Heather Kadlec. (Photo by Katie Friedman)

The Maple Lake City Council kicked off 2017 with an assortment of annual organizational tasks Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Newly-elected Councilmembers Heather Kadlec and Kirk Larson, along with the re-elected Mayor Lynn Kissock, began their first meeting of the year by reciting an oath of office before City Clerk Lee Ann Yager and an assortment of other witnesses.

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Wed
11
Jan

Aaron Loch ordained in Rome


Alan and Kathy Loch stand with their son, the newly ordained Father Aaron Loch, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. (Photo submitted)

Omnium urbis et orbis Ecclesiarum Mater et Caput: "Cathedral of Rome and of the World.” It was here, amid the marble columns of the first church built in Rome, that local man Aaron Loch was ordained a priest for the Legionaries of Christ.
A graduate of St. Timothy Catholic School in Maple Lake, Loch was among 34 men ordained to the priesthood before an audience of 3,000 people, Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
Also known as Cathedral of Rome and of the World, the Basilica of St. John is the cathedral of Pope Francis, and Loch’s favorite church in the world.

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Wed
11
Jan

Blessed by the Pope Local woman receives Pope’s blessing


Chau-ta Rollings managed to capture the moment Pope Francis blessed his mother, Pat, during a recent trip to Rome for local man Aaron Loch’s ordination into the priesthood. Chau-ta and his mom both got to meet and speak with the Pope. (Photo submitted)

Pat Rollings of Maple Lake and her son, Chau-ta-u-auch-ca, are feeling especially blessed these days, and with good reason.
The two, along with Pat’s granddaughter, Victoria, a senior at Maple Lake High School, were in Rome last December to attend Aaron Loch’s ordination when they found themselves face-to-face with Pope Francis.
“He touched my cheek. I didn’t know what to say, I said thank you,” Pat recalled a few weeks after their return from the holy city. “I can’t describe the experience . . . it was unreal.”

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Wed
11
Jan

Maple Lake Chamber seeking 40th Annual St. Pat’s button design for contest

Area residents are invited to design the button for the 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce. The winner of the contest will receive a $25 cash prize.
Interested individuals are encouraged to create a unique design for this year’s button - either computer-generated (and saved as a PDF) or hand-drawn. The button design must include the words “40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, March 11, 2017, Maple Lake, MN.” All other elements of the button design should be consistent with the Irish/St. Patrick’s Day theme.

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Wed
11
Jan

Three Wright County DFL activists honored

Three Wright County DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) activists were honored at recent events. John Deitering of Buffalo and Dani Main of Howard Lake were honored at the December 10th DFL State Central Committee meeting as outstanding volunteers of the year. At its annual Unity Dinner, November 19th, the DFL 6th Congressional District honored Laurie Stammer as its “Labor Partner of the Year,” and Dani Main garnered another honor by being named “New Voices of the Year” at this event.

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Wed
11
Jan

Borell named board chairman for 2017

The first order of business that took place at the Jan. 3 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, as is the requirement of county boards, was to name a board chairman for the coming year. The board unanimously voted Commissioner Charlie Borrell to take the post in 2017.
Borrell said that the chairman’s gavel is passed along in a consistent order from one commissioner to the next, a pattern the board has maintained for decades – when it’s that commissioner’s turn, he or she is typically voted in unanimously.
Borrell said he is looking forward to being the chairman because it is one of the few times that allows for a commissioner to bring his or her personality to the board.

Wed
11
Jan

Board lays out committee/advisory board assignments

At the first meeting of every year, the Wright County Board of Commissioners determines what may be their most important job of the entire year – dividing up
the committee and advisory board assignments for the coming year. As part of the Jan. 3 agenda, the board divvied up those assignments for 2017.
“I believe our committee system is the most important aspect of being a county commissioner,” Commissioner Mark Daleiden said. “If we didn’t do these committee assignments, work just wouldn’t get done at the county board level. It allows us to vet out issues that we face and give the board the background and research needed to make informed decisions.”

Wed
11
Jan

Fender bender at Maple Lake north access


One person was transported by Maple Lake Ambulance after this grey Ford Fusion was rear-ended when turning into the Maple Lake access on County Road 37, Thursday, Jan. 5. According to Maple Lake Fire Chief Todd Borell, both vehicles were heading east. The accident occurred around 2:40 p.m. Maple Lake Ambulance and Rescue, along with the Wright County Sheriff's Department and Allina Ambulance responded to the scene. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

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