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Wed
09
Nov

FSA county committee election nominees announced for Wright County

The Wright County Committee will be holding an election this fall for Local Administrative Area (LAA) 2. Ballots will be sent via mail on November 7, 2016, to LAA2 and must be returned or postmarked by December 5, 2016. Nominees will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2017. LAA 2 includes the townships of Cokato, Middleville, Marysville, Stockholm, Victor, Woodland, and Franklin.
LAA2 is currently served by Kenneth Marketon who has met the term limit to serve on the committee and is not eligible to run again.

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Wed
09
Nov

County chooses architect for courts project

There has been debate, arguments and even threats concerning the inadequacy of the current Wright County Courthouse and the cramped, out-dated courtrooms where cases are heard. At the Nov. 1 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, a big step forward was made to bring an end to that problem.
The commissioners voted unanimously to award the contract for the architectural design for the new county courts facility to the firm BKV Group. The board heard presentations from three architectural firms and, after having discussions with all three firms about their proposals, approved drawing up a contract with BKV for a not-to-exceed figure of $1.15 million for the architectural design and oversight of the project.

Wed
09
Nov

Fine Arts Expo and Crafts Fair

The 38th annual Fine Arts Expo and 36th annual Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Activity Center HLWW Middle School, 8700 County Road 6 SW, Howard Lake. Free admission. There will be 80+ artists and craft persons exhibiting their works for sale. This is an outstanding opportunity for the public to meet artists and craft persons.
Many of the exhibitors will be demonstrating their techniques and are eager to share their talents and ideas. There is no admission fee. Register to win prizes. Enjoy the food stand. All ages are welcome, bring friends and family. Food stand, bake sale and prizes. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Community Education sponsors this event.

Wed
09
Nov

Property tax homestead notice

Please contact your county assessor to file a homestead application on or before Dec. 15, 2016, if one of the following applies:
• You purchased a property in the past year and you, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2016; or
• You, or a qualifying relative, occupy a property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2016, and the property was previously classified as non-homestead.
This will affect the amount of property tax you pay in 2017, and it may affect your eligibility for a property tax refund.

Wed
02
Nov

Warm year for Trick-or-Treaters


Trick-or-Treaters hit the streets of Maple Lake in search of the best businesses and households to visit for candy. Although the light rain may have put a damper on some, most enjoyed a warmer than usual Halloween.

Ten-year-old Collin Kass channelled Godzilla for a moment in his full-body T-Rex costume.

Annie Vorbeck with her four-month-old, Elias.

Kyrsa Smith, Allie Ertel and Carter Ertel had the right idea bringing umbrellas to hide from the drizzle.

Marie and Randy Mavencamp took grandchildren Isabelle, Gunnar, Axel and Larson Melgaard out trick-or-treating. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
02
Nov

All are welcome to join Veterans’ Day Program


All are welcome to the Veterans’ Day Program featuring guest speaker Merrill Curtis Burgstahler on Friday, Nov. 11, at 10:15 a.m. in the MLHS auditorium. Pictured at left is Technical Sergeant Merrill Curtis Burgstahler in his early 20s as part of the 6th Armored Division in W.W.II. and at right is Burgstahler today at age 94. (Photos submitted)

This year’s guest speaker for high school will be WWII veteran, Merrill Curtis Burgstahler. He was born in Hector, Minnesota, in 1923 and grew up in Glencoe. He was the son of a farmer and the eldest of five children. Burgstahler attended Glencoe School from the 4th grade until he graduated in 1940. With no money for further education, and his family struggling due to the Depression, he worked various jobs, including managing 17 paper boys. At the time he was drafted Burgstahler was working for Moline in Minneapolis, a large farm tractor factory which had part of the plant manufacturing the Bofors anti-aircraft gun. It was top secret.

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Wed
02
Nov

MLE Halloween Carnival


Two-year old Maevyn Geyen excitedly waits for the costume contest to begin. She won third place in the one to three-year old category.

Two-year old Maevyn Geyen excitedly waits for the costume contest to begin. She won third place in the one to three-year old category.

Seven-year old Vander Tulenchik contemplates the jar of M&Ms before guessing how many pieces of candy covered chocolates are in it. Behind him, his dad Luke, offers advice.

Superheros, skeletons and a convincing Col. Sanders look-a-like were among the festive characters to descend upon Maple Lake Elementary School’s gymnasium, Saturday, Oct. 29, to take part in the annual Halloween Carnival.
Crowds of costumed children enjoyed an assortment of games with spooky names like Boiling Cauldrons and had their fortunes told by Madam Zorba. Toys and candy were given away as prizes while cotton candy and hot dogs could be had at the Spooke Cafe. Meanwhile, 15 children ages one through sixth grade won awards for the best costume. The one adult award, given to anyone older than a sixth grader, went to Col. Sanders, A.K.A Noah Beffel, who wouldn’t share the Kentucky Fried Chicken secret recipe. Winners this year received a gift certificate to Bernatello’s Pizza and a $5 gift card to Dollar General in Maple Lake.

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Wed
02
Nov

DeMarais, Miller qualify for state cross country meet


Gus DeMarais and Mary Miller will compete at the State meet on Saturday, Nov. 11. (Photo submitted)

Eighth graders Gus DeMarais and Mary Miller finished ninth and tenth at the Section 5A race in Milaca on Oct. 27 to qualify and compete in the State meet. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)

For the fifth year in a row, the Maple Lake cross country team will send runners on to the state meet.
Eighth graders Gus DeMarais and Mary Miller finished ninth and 10th, respectively, at the Section 5A race in Milaca, Thursday, Oct. 27, to qualify for the prestigious event.
“Coach Youngs told me to ‘run your race, Gus’ so that’s what I did,” DeMarais said.
DeMarais and Miller, who are best friends on and off the race course, led the Irish to a fourth-place finish overall out of 22 teams. Only the top two teams go on and the top eight girls not on a qualifying team.

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Wed
02
Nov

With Help Comes Hope - Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life

“Our hearts are broken,” reads the handwritten note from my long-time friend. I can see her dried tear stains on the edge of the card. Her son Joe was a 2015 graduate of Buffalo High School, a cross country runner, friend to all, and had just finished his first year at St. Could State. He had such a bright future ahead of him yet, at the age of 19, he ended his own life in May of this year. Joe’s mom, Dori Slicer, laments, “Obviously Joe had some innermost heartache that he felt he couldn't share with us. We were completely blind-sided.”
The Slicer Family does not mourn alone. 726 people committed suicide in Minnesota last year; the highest number in 32 years. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24.

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Wed
02
Nov

A Thanksgiving editorial from the Annandale/Maple Lake Food Shelf

On November 24th families all over this nation will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. As you know, this tradition goes back to the early settlers who celebrated a bountiful harvest and families got together to enjoy their labor of the land. This was also a day to turn to God and give thanks for the crops that they had harvested. It was a time of being thankful.
Thanksgiving has continued in this great country of ours but now its focus is more on families getting together to enjoy each other’s company and eat and eat until they cannot look at another piece of turkey or pumpkin pie. However, this is not the case for all families in this country. For many families Thanksgiving is only a reminder that many others will pig out while they will continue to go hungry. Why? There are many reasons and excuses, but the fact remains this country has issues when children and seniors go hungry.

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