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Wed
28
Sep

County continues to turn jail into a money maker

When most people think of government, typically the thought centers on the spending of tax dollars. Rarely does the concept of bringing in revenue come into play. At the Sept. 20 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the discussion of the August revenue and expenditure guidelines were discussed and one of the highlights was the continued revenue being generated by the Wright County Jail.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty said the county has been taking in outside prisoners ever since the jail opened, but, in the last couple of years, thanks to jail overcrowding elsewhere in the state, Wright County has been a destination spot for others to house their overflow prisoners and the money is getting pretty serious in terms of the revenue it generates.

Wed
28
Sep

Final segment of Hwy. 25 closed for reconstruction Sept. 26 Hwy. 25/Hwy. 55 intersection scheduled to open Sept. 30

Motorists who travel Highway 25 in Buffalo will find a new, temporary traffic configuration after the road closes between 14th Street and Catlin Street Monday, Sept. 26. This segment of Highway 25 is the final piece of roadway to be reconstructed as part of a multi-project plan to reconstruct Highway 25 through Buffalo’s business district.
Several days after the final segment of Highway 25 is closed, Highway 25 south of 14th Street will open, and the Highway 25/Highway 55 intersection will open in its new configuration. Motorists should plan for the following; the schedule is weather dependent:

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Wed
28
Sep

Level 3 predatory offender information


Level 3 sex offender, Antonio Carl Harris, was released on Sept. 20 and will be temporarily housed at the Wright County Jail, Buffalo. The offender will be monitored with a GPS system while in the community.

Level 3 sex offender, Antonio Carl Harris, was released on Sept. 20 and will be temporarily housed at the Wright County Jail, Buffalo. The offender will be monitored with a GPS system while in the community.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is releasing information to the community pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052 regarding a Level 3 predatory offender.
Antonio Carl Harris has relocated to (Wright County) and will be temporarily housed at the Wright County Jail in ¾ housing. He is being actively supervised by the DOC and will be working on finding housing and employment. The offender will be actively monitored with a GPS system while in the community.
Harris is a black male with brown eyes and black hair, 5’10” and 235 lbs. His release date was Sept. 20. His supervision agent is Les Gruwell. The offender has a history of sexual contact with female victims ages 16 to adult. Contact included sexual touching and penetration. Offender had met one victim for the first time on the same occasion as the offense and was not previously known to another victim.

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Wed
28
Sep

Bethlehem UCC new playground open to the public

Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Maple Lake, located on the north side of the high school, installed a Rainbow playset on Thursday in their backyard. Adjacent to the baseball field on Cty. Rd. 37, the playset is open to the community. Younger children of families watching baseball or football games will particularly enjoy the playset. Parents are requested to supervise children while they are playing.

Wed
21
Sep

Maple Lake Public Schools welcome nine new staff


Maple Lake Schools welcomed nine new staff members to its ranks in addition to new elementary principal Andy Sawatzke. They are, front row, from left, Claire Austin, elementary special education; Amy Van Beusekom, elementary special education; Debbie Stang, social worker; Jaime Geyen, elementary para and Susan Stejskal, school nurse. Back row, from left, Sawatzke, Tim Tungseth, activities director and seventh grade social studies; Eric Reger, elementary special education; Kelly Edmonson, elementary para and Matt Kusche, band. (Photo submitted)

Maple Lake schools welcomed nine new members to its staff this fall.
Tim Tungseth joins the school district as the new activities director and seventh grade American history teacher. He brings with him experience in both subjects as the former athletic director and social studies teacher at Crosby-Ironton High School. He was there for three years before moving to Maple Lake.
Originally from Fergus Falls, Tungseth has also spent two years teaching at Trinity Christian School in Williston, North Dakota, where he was a high school social studies teacher, assistant athletic director and assistant boys basketball coach.
He spent one year at Stephen-Argyle Central High School in northwest Minnesota teaching junior and senior high social studies and also served as an assistant boys basketball coach and assistant track and field coach.

Wed
21
Sep

MLE named Reward School


Three banners hang in the Maple Lake Elementary commons representing the three times MLE schools have earned Reward School status. Soon there will be a fourth. MLE staff recently learned that they had once again earned that honor. Above, a portion of the school staff is represented, but Principal Andy Sawatzke said it was a school-wide effort. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Maple Lake Elementary School has proven that it has the recipe for success by once again earning Reward School recognition, a designation given to schools that are ranked in the top 15 percent of all Minnesota schools receiving Title 1 dollars.
This is the fourth time Maple Lake has received the honor. Recently retired MLE principal Kris Harlan said the “secret formula” is teachers, students and parents all working together for a common goal.
The designation is awarded based on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores, tests that are given to students in third through sixth grades every spring that measure reading and math understanding.
Last year was the first time in three years that Maple Lake did not make Reward School recognition. According to Harlan, test scores were just a little down.
“But I had a good feeling this year,” she said. “The nature of Maple Lake Elementary staff is always looking to do things better.”

Wed
21
Sep

Local 4-H’ers shine at state fair


William O’Sullivan, of Maple Lake, was named reserve champion shorthorn plus steer at the MN State Fair. Pictured are Roger Sullivan, Mary Grace O’Sullivan, Frank Sullivan, Mary Sullivan, Patrick O’Sullivan, Joseph O’Sullivan and William O’Sullivan. (Photo submitted)

Mary Grace O’Sullivan

Three local 4-H’ers earned top places at the Minnesota State Fair this year.
William O’Sullivan and Mary Grace O’Sullivan of the Chatham Climbers 4-H Club, won purple ribbons for their cattle entries. Grace Thiele, of the Monticello Monarchs, earned call-back honors in sheep showmanship and was the sheep interview winner.
All three are from Maple Lake.
The O’Sullivans and Thiele were among 52 4-H’ers from Wright County to advance to the state fair by earning top honors at the Wright County Fair.
William O’Sullivan was named reserve champion shorthorn plus steer and second reserve champion shorthorn plus steer.
Mary Grace O’Sullivan was the shorthorn plus, registered fall calf purple ribbon winner.
Their entries were among 617 beef cattle shown by 4-H members in St. Paul Thursday, August 25, through Monday, September 5.

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Wed
21
Sep

New A.D. to implement school Twitter account

Maple Lake Schools’ Activities Director Tim Tungseth has kicked off his local career with an innovation that was warmly received and unanimously approved at the school board’s most recent meeting Monday, September 12.
“Something I hope to do,” Tungseth told board members, “is to start using Twitter for athletics or activities, to communicate with people, to promote our students and show all the good things that are happening in the school district, as well.”

Wed
21
Sep

Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 24.
“The abundance of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has been good in recent years, so we hope that results in good opportunities for duck hunters this fall,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Wetland habitat conditions are fairly good across the state and with a little help from Mother Nature with some favorable fall weather, it could be a good season.”

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Wed
21
Sep

St. Cloud Crossroads Center stabbing on Saturday

Nine people were injured by an attacker who was killed inside the Macy's store by an off-duty Avon police officer, identified by St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis as Jason Falconer from Avon. The FBI is investigating the Crossroads Center knife attacks on Saturday as "a potential act of terrorism." The attack was reported about 8:15 p.m.
St. Cloud Somali-American community members identified the deceased suspect as Dahir Adan. Abdul Kulane, community leader, said as far as the family and community knew, the suspect did not have any history of violence. He was known as a smart, accomplished student at Apollo High School and was a junior at St. Cloud State University. They also mentioned that he had worked part-time as a security guard. St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said the victims were stabbed by a man dressed in a private security uniform.

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