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Landfill expansion gets underway with board tour

As part of its March 14 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners opted to take its show on the road, as the board scheduled a tour that will be the first step in a planned expansion for the Rolling Hills landfill in Monticello Township.
The board heard a proposal from Rolling Hills two years ago to expand its current facility, but, as Assistant County Attorney Greg Kryzer pointed out, the last attempt to get zoning approval died in committee.

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Wed
22
Mar

Arts and Academics night is fun, educational


Maple Lake Elementary School held its second annual Arts-N-Academics Family Night, Tuesday, March 14, at the elementary school. Visitors were treated to dinner, bingo for books, parent presentations on such topics as ‘the importance of sleep’, storybook readers, math games and a variety of other activities for students. Above, volunteer reader Kathy Jacobson reads "How to Catch a Leprechaun" by Adam Wallace.
Wed
15
Mar

Cold can’t freeze St. Patty’s Day fun


Paul Stokman serenades local Honor Guard members with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” to kick off the St. Patrick's Day parade, Saturday.

New to the parade this year, The Osman Shrine Thunderbirds, known as the Tin Lizzeys.

Hats, gloves, boots and snow pants were as common along the parade route as the traditional green Saturday, March 11, during Maple Lake’s 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Temperatures hung about in the low 20s, which was a far cry from last year’s 60-degree weather, and though crowds were down some, that didn’t stop organizers from calling the day a tremendous success.
“Whenever I talked to people along the route, they would say ‘we just love this parade,’” parade organizer Irene Hudek said.
For some the cold weather inspired them to be creative, like the man who watched the procession from a heated fish house in the Legion parking lot.
Janele Werle of Becker was so bundled in green blankets and snow gear, just the top portion of her face was visible as she watched the parade pass by. She attends the festivities every year and wasn’t about to let the cold keep her away, she said.

Wed
15
Mar

Irish Scamper 5k


The starting line, Saturday morning, at the Irish Scamper 5K. (Photo by Sam Zuehl)

Five hundred brave souls tackled the Irish Scamper 5K, Saturday, March 11, despite the cold weather, and that is impressive, organizer Ben Youngs said.
“Usually the weather makes a huge difference. When it comes to hardcore runners, the weather doesn't bother them much. They are used to it and generally know how to dress for all conditions,” he said. “However, we have many non-runners, so numbers dip in cold weather. I am sure we would have had more if it were 50 degrees, but I am happy with 500.”
Last year, when temperatures were in the 60s, the event attracted closer to 550 athletes.

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Wed
15
Mar

Coronation


In front is newly-crowned 2017-18 Maple Lake Ambassadors, Chloe Riviere and Jennifer Malwitz, and Miss Congeniality, Alexus Jackson, with 2016-17 Ambassadors, Sydney Louis and Abby Bentley. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Jennifer Malwitz and Chloe Riviere were crowned this year’s Maple Lake Ambassadors, Saturday, March 11, following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Alexus Jackson earned the honor of Miss Congeniality.
Irish Washerwomen helped kick off the coronation festivities that took place in the Maple Lake High School gym where the three lucky girls were chosen from among six candidates before a crowd of onlookers, including Minneapolis Aquatennial Royalty and retiring Maple Lake Ambassadors Abby Bentley and Sydney Louis.
Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock introduced moderator Ms. Patty O’Furniture, A.K.A Trisha Manuel, who, along with the Washerwomen, brought a bit of humor to the festivities.
Aquatennial representatives also took the opportunity to invite Louis to represent Maple Lake at the 2017 Minneapolis Aquatennial in July as a retiring Ambassador.

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Wed
15
Mar

MAML is runner-up at state hockey tournament


The red and black colors of the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake hockey team are clearly visible in the stands as the Moose take to the ice during the state hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center last week. (Photos submitted)

Labeled the underdogs, the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team surprised everyone by upsetting No. 2 seed Delano in the first round of the State Hockey Tournament.
A 3-2 win over Northfield two days later put them in the finals where they played No. 1 seed and returning Class A champ, Hermantown, to a double-overtime dual that left the Moose just one goal shy of claiming that elusive title.
The Moose went home with second place, a still impressive finish to a first-ever state tournament appearance.
“The fact that we made it that far was pretty amazing given the fact that we were projected to lose the first game by seven goals,” Devon Lyons, a Maple Lake High School junior who plays forward for the Moose, said.

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Wed
15
Mar

C&W Spinning to expand


A C&W Spinning employee works next to a stock load of steel piled nearly to the ceiling. Owner Dale Corey hopes much of this steel will be moved to a new 7,500-square-foot addition that is in the works for this spring and summer. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Once all of this steel is moved to the new addition, C&W Spinning will be able to use this space for production which means they can do more work, faster.

Business is growing for C&W Spinning Inc. in Maple Lake, and it’s time for its building at 238 West Division Street to grow with it.
Owner Dale Corey is planning a 7,500-square-foot expansion that could create three or four more jobs by next fall.
“We’re crossing our fingers we can add about 7,500 square feet. It’s all at the architect yet. He’ll determine how big we can go,” Corey said.
The addition, which will be a separate building behind the current structure in the lot where the Maple Lake Café used to be, will act as storage for the booming metal working company, freeing up more space in the current building for production.

Wed
15
Mar

County preparing for hearing on local sales tax

The March 7 meeting of the Wright County Board ended very shortly after it began, as there were only a pair of housecleaning items. But, it may be the quiet before the storm in the coming weeks.
On the March 14 agenda, there will be discussion to set a public hearing to impose a half-cent sales tax to cover road and bridge projects. The county has looked to avoid adding on a tax, but, with the State of Minnesota holding the line on state aid funding for road and bridge projects, it has allowed counties to impose their own sales taxes, most of which have added a half-cent tax. The state sales tax is 6.875 percent. The proposed county tax would raise Wright County sales tax collected to 7.375 percent.

Wed
15
Mar

Governor Dayton signs bill to legalize Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota

Governor Mark Dayton has signed Chapter 6, House File 30, a bipartisan bill to give liquor stores in Minnesota the option to open on Sundays beginning on July 2, 2017. The bill passed with bipartisan support in the Minnesota House (88-39) and Minnesota Senate (38-28).
“This new law reflects the desires of most people in Minnesota, who have made it clear to their legislators that they want to have this additional option,” said Governor Mark Dayton.
Recent polls have shown that two-thirds of Minnesotans support giving liquor stores the option to open on Sundays. Individual liquor stores will still be able to decide when they would like to operate, and local governments retain the ability to set liquor laws that make sense for their unique local economies and needs.

Wed
15
Mar

Local man wins Fishing Derby fish house


Even though weather forced cancellation of the 2017 Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby, a major fishing prize was raffled off this past weekend. Ralph Tomes Jr., from Maple Lake, is the winner of the Ice Castle Fish House which was raffled off by the Maple Lake-Lake Property Owners Association. Tomes purchased his ticket from Roger’s BP Amoco in Maple Lake. He enjoys fishing and camping. His new Ice Castle will replace a smaller $400 fish house which he purchased earlier this year. The date of next year’s Ice Fishing Derby is February 3rd, 2018. (Photo submitted)

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