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School board brainstorms for voters’ support

At its most recent meeting, Monday, July 11, members of the Maple Lake School Board discussed the challenges involved in communicating the school district’s financial needs to local voters prior to a vote this fall on an operating referendum and capital projects levy. As more than $400,000 in overspending is anticipated in the coming year, the board is once again considering an operating referendum request of $500,000 and a capital projects levy of $100,000 – measures that failed to pass in a similar request last November.

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20
Jul

County website focus of government transparency

There have been many changes that have been made to how Wright County government has been run in the last three-plus years since four new county commissioners were seated. One of the essential changes that has been made in that time has been the changes to the county’s official website.

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Wed
13
Jul

Haiti fundraiser draws money, support


More than 20 businesses, some local and others from surrounding communities, donated goods and services that were raffled off at Sunday’s, July 10th, “Thanksgiving in Haiti” fundraiser at Irish Blessings in Maple Lake. Above: Mark Schramel visits with Heidi O’Donnell while waiting to sell raffles. Hanging on the wall behind them are some of the prizes businesses have donated. Schramel is one of the fundraiser organizers and will be traveling to Haiti this fall.

Maria Peterson, of Maple Lake, is $1,500 closer to returning to Haiti where work continues to help families suffering from poverty and the effects of a 2010 earthquake.
On Sunday, July 10, Peterson and Mark Schramel of Montrose held a fundraiser at Irish Blessings Coffeehouse to raise support for a proposed mission trip that will help with medical care, building projects and education in the city of Williamson, a province in Haiti. The effort is part of a project called “City on a Hill” created by World Wide Village, a non-profit group based out of the Twin Cities.
About 70 people attended Sunday’s event that Peterson and Schramel dubbed “Thanksgiving in Haiti,” because the trip will take place over the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 21-28, generating over $1,000 for the effort.

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Wed
13
Jul

“A Veteran’s Award” Roger Riesgraf honored by CentraCare Hospice


The St. Cloud CentraCare Hospice presented local resident and former Maple Lake superintendant, Roger Riesgraf, with “A Veteran’s Award” at a ceremony held on July 6 at Maple Manor. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Roger Riesgraf was 17 and attending college at Mankato State when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. He joined the Army Reserve but was soon ordered to active duty and in March 1943, was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky, for basic training. He went onto attend Ohio State University to study engineering from September of 1943 until February of 1944. Then the Army students were sent to Camp Campbell, Tennessee, to join a tank battalion. After training, he was given a choice to either go to the European or Pacific theaters. Since older brother, Robert, had already been sent to North Africa, Riesgraf chose to go to the Pacific and was assigned to the 788th Amphibian Tractor Battalion.

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Wed
13
Jul

Maple Lake introduces a Farmers Market


Maple Lake’s Farmers Market is now open every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Division Street and Birch Avenue. (Photos by Nick Pawlenty)

Maple Lake’s Farmers Market is now open every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Division Street and Birch Avenue. (Photos by Nick Pawlenty)

On Friday, July 8, at the intersection of Division and Birch, a crowd gathered in the park to see the newest event Maple Lake has to offer. The Farmers Market, created and started by John Northenscold (Sr.), opened its doors and raised its tents for the first time, and seems to have hit the ground running. Many people showed up to the market checking out the many varieties of items and goods the vendors had to offer.

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Wed
13
Jul

Local named Wright County’s Outstanding Senior Woman of the Year


Amy Lou Burg, of Maple Lake, will receive her award for being named the 2016 Wright County Outstanding Senior Woman on Friday, July 29, at the Wright County Fair.

Amy Lou Burg has been selected as the Wright County Outstanding Senior Woman 2016. Born on March 5, 1939, she is an active volunteer and compassionate individual with five children, 14 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Burg will receive her award at the Wright County Fair in Howard Lake on Friday, July 29th. There will be a luncheon at 11:30 for $3.00. The award ceremony will be at 1:00 at the Free Stage. All seniors gain free admission into the fairgrounds.

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Wed
13
Jul

Lahr wins Square Foot Gardening’s Certified Instructor drawing


Congrats to long-time Square Foot Gardener, Connie Lahr, as the Grand Prize winner of the Certified Instructor drawing. Connie is pictured above with her husband, Patrick. (Photo submitted)

2016 marks 40 years since the initiation of Square Foot Gardening, and in honor of that and of the passing of its founder, Mel Bartholomew, the staff marked July 1 as a day of recognition of all the certified instructors of Square Foot Gardening. CIs were invited to submit their recent garden activities for possibility of recognition on July 1, 2016. Connie Lahr and her husband, Patrick, were honored to receive an award for all their work promoting SFG recently and over the many years that they have introduced the system both locally and abroad.

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Wed
13
Jul

Voters choose new parks and trails license plate

Following a week of online voting, during which more than 30,000 votes were cast, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announced the winner of the contest to design a Minnesota state parks and trails license plate.
The winning plate features an image of a canoe on the water, surrounded by Minnesota’s four seasons.

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Wed
13
Jul

County trying to catch up on technology projects

When the Wright County Board of Commissioners was reconfigured in 2013 with the arrival of four new commissioners, there was a push to improve the county’s technological capability. Under the previous board during the economic recession that began in 2008, many technology-related projects were put on the back burner because the county’s priority at that time was to make sure it didn’t have to lay off employees while trying to ride out the economic downturn.

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Wed
13
Jul

The Stables at Greenfield Farms Open House

The Stables at Greenfield farms will be hosting a free Summertime Open House and Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 20th, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Schedule of events:
4-6 p.m.: Demonstrations presented by Greenfield riders and horses
6:30 p.m.: Concert presented by Annandale Community Band followed by an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

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