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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)
Wed
04
Jan

42nd Annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby to be held February 4, 2017

Plans are underway for the 42nd Annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby to be held February 4th, 2017. "The big question is whether there will be adequate ice to hold the contest and festivities this year," per Derby Chairman, Greg Thomes. Last year's contest was cancelled due to poor ice conditions. Long-range forecasts indicate that colder weather is right around the corner.
Several new twists are planned for this year's contest. A food court will provide more varieties of on-ice nourishment. The actual fishing contest has been extended one additional hour. The new contest hours are set from 12 noon until 3 p.m.
Over $40,000 in prizes will be given away to lucky anglers. The 42nd largest Northern Pike will win a new Ice Castle Fishing Wheelhouse.

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Wed
04
Jan

Ice rink is ready for skating


The ice rink located on the east side of Irish Stadium is now open and ready for skaters. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The ice skating rink by Jude Hall in Bolduan Park is open and ready for skaters.
According to Maple Lake Boy Scouts Scout Master Al Loch, the city has provided lighting in the evenings and Boy Scouts are working on finding volunteers to man the warming house. Right now, the warming house is open Monday nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Loch hopes to open it Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 until 2 p.m., soon.
Scouts who volunteer can put the time toward their community service hours and toward their personal fitness merit badge, Loch said.

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Wed
04
Jan

Windstream to end cable service

Maple Lake residents will start receiving notices this week about Windsteam’s intent to discontinue cable service, but traditional telecommunications and broadband services will not be affected.
Windstream will stop cable service to customers within the City of Maple Lake on March 31. Service outside the city will be discontinued on Jan. 31.
Maple Lake City Hall received a letter from Windstream last fall stating that the Arkansas-based company intends to terminate a 2006 Cable Franchise Agreement.
There are currently only about 15 active cable customers in Maple Lake and about 200 in unincorporated areas of the county. Both numbers are steadily declining, Windstream Senior Adviser of Corporate Affairs Scott Morris said. The company cited the withdrawal of cable services on advances in the video industry that its current infrastructure can no longer meet.

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Wed
04
Jan

Legion building is a century old


This is what the American Legion Club building looked like back in 1939 when it was still the Happe Hotel. The original structure was built in October, 1916, making the building 100 years old last fall. (Photo submitted)

After four different owners and several remodels, this is what the century-old American Legion Post 131 building looks like today. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Maple Lake’s American Legion building may not look it, but it turned 100 years old last fall.
Its birthday is October, 1916, that’s when Frank Happe erected the first brick walls with the intention of turning it into the 16-room Happe Hotel. Since then, the building has gone through several remodels, and four different owners, but the basic structure remains the same.

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Wed
04
Jan

Wellness on Wheels: Is hand washing that big of a deal?

Professors of historical medicine now believe President James Garfield died not from the bullet fired by an attempted assassin, but because of the manure-stained hands of his doctor. This lack of basic hygiene caused a severe infection and killed him three months later.
Medical standards have come a long way since Garfield was president, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of hand washing. This simple act goes a long way in preventing a host of diseases.
Research tells us that eight out of ten infections are transmitted through touch and that most of us frequently touch our eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Are you ever on your computer with one hand on the mouse with the other hand resting by your mouth?

Wed
04
Jan

Sawatzke presides over final board meeting

At the time that Wright County Commissioner Pat Sawatzke sat in on his first meeting as a county commissioner in 1991, Wright County was about half the size it currently is. Twenty six years and more than 1,200 county board meetings later, Sawatzke presided over his final county board meeting as its outgoing chair.
Sawatzke chose not to run for an eighth term and addressed his fellow commissioners from the speaker’s podium, promising to keep his remarks short…sort of.

Wed
04
Jan

Wright-Hennepin employees donate more than $1,700/102 lbs. of food to Annandale Food Shelf


Chrissy Emery (left center) and Stephanie Merrill (right center) presented the Annandale Food Shelf with 102 pounds of food and more than $1,700 in donations on behalf of Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association employees in December. Accepting the donation for the food shelf were Managing Directors Jean (left) and Ed Skomoroh (right). (Photo submitted)

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) employees donated more than $1,700 and 102 pounds of food to the Annandale Food Shelf in December.
Employees donated money and nonperishable food items upon learning that the reserves at the food shelf were low. In exchange for their donations, employees wore jeans instead of dress attire throughout December, or were entered into prize drawings.

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Wed
04
Jan

Stellis Health ranks among lowest cost clinics in Minnesota

The total cost of care at Stellis Health is 17 percent lower than the Minnesota state average, according to a new report by the Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM) nonprofit. The report looks at clinic costs across Minnesota and assesses whether the increased costs are the result of clinics charging more or ordering more care like tests, follow-up visits and prescriptions.
“We strive to keep our costs down and this report validates that our providers are doing a good job at using health care resources effectively and wisely,” says Douglas Hanson, CEO of Stellis Health, PA. The MNCM report shows that Stellis Health was 8 percent lower than the state average on prices and 10 percent lower on the volume of care its patients received.

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