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Men charged in Clough murder hold prior felony convictions


In connection with the murder Cheyenne Clough, Justin Jensen (left), of Maple Lake, is being charged with aiding and abetting, Shawn Benson (center), of Maple Lake, is being charged with second-degree murder, and Edward Zelko (right), of Buffalo, is being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Three men were charged last Wednesday in connection to the death of 19-year-old mother, Cheyenne Clough, of Buffalo, who was found shot outside a park in Wright County last week. Shawn Benson, 21, of Maple Lake, was charged with second-degree murder, while 28-year-old Justin Jensen, of Maple Lake, and 26-year-old Edward Zelko, of Buffalo, were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. A fourth person has also been charged in connection to the case. Thomas Nicholson, 26, of International Falls, was charged with aiding an offender to avoid arrest.

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15
Jun

Cause of five car collision still under investigation


Belka’s vehicle was split in two with one half on each side of the road. She was later airlifted to HCMC with life-threatening injuries. (Photo submitted)

Barbara Belka, 73, of Rockville, led Wright County Sheriff’s deputies and Annandale Police on an escalating speed chase on Tuesday, June 7, after driving into, and damaging, a guard rail in South Haven. With officers in pursuit, Belka continued through Annandale and on toward Maple Lake. Although police called off the pursuit just as Belka reached Maple Lake, she continued on, causing a crash involving four other vehicles and injuring herself and three others on Hwy. 55, just east of the County Road 7 intersection in Maple Lake.

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Jun

Irish head to state Baseball team makes school history


The Irish baseball team is Section 5AA champions and will head to the State competition with their first game on Thursday, June 16, 12:30 p.m., at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud against Proctor. Front Row: Coach Brooks Marquardt, Mitch Hoisted, Dawson McAlpine, Ben Goelz, Hunter Malachek, Alex Marquette, Tyler Weimer, John Reilley and Coach Joe Hofman. Back Row: Coach Jordan Mathaisen, Blake Wellsted, Andy Mavencamp, Lucas Fobbe, Nick Preisinger, Jack Seibert, Cole Trager, Nate Maas, Grant Mergen, Nate Hogan and Jaxon Stagler. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)

The Irish baseball team made school history by winning six games in a row to earn a first-ever state tournament berth last week at Irish Stadium.

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15
Jun

From local boy to priest Fr. Matthew Northenscold of Maple Lake is ordained at Cathedral of St. Paul


Archbishop Bernard Hebdas lays his hands on Matthew Northenscold’s head during Saturday’s ordination at the Cathedral of St. Paul on May 28. (Photo by David Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

Nearly every seat was taken at St. Timothy Catholic Church Sunday morning, May 29, where the Mass for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi was to take place. But celebrating this Holy Day wasn’t the only reason the people came in such droves. A man of their flock since birth, Matthew Northenscold, was to preside over the Mass for the first time as an ordained priest.

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Wed
15
Jun

Pace Industries Product Tech Division’s groundbreaking


Chuck Serbus - Strack Project superintendent, Dan Ingalls - PT Purchasing, David Rivers - PT Materials manager, Lynn Kissock - Maple Lake Mayor, Lon Negen - Negen Associates architect, Jeff Rivers - PT division president, Matt Strack - Strack vice president, Jeff Jaros - PT Operations manager, Sherri Knisley - PT controller, Travis Olufson - PT environmental, Marilyn Wurm - PT project assistant, John Nack - Strack COO, and Bob Strack - Strack CEO. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Pace Industries, Product Tech Division, formerly known as Product Technologies, is getting a bigger and better renovation for their company soon. The groundbreaking was Friday, June 9, and included Maple Lake's Mayor Lynn Kissock, Matt Strack the vice president of Strack Construction, the St. Cloud company who is building the expansion, Lon Negen the architect of the project, Jeff Jaros, operations manager of Product Tech, and their hard-working team, who joined the festivities. Jeff Rivers, the division president of the company, was more than thrilled to get this project started and make room for more possibilities in the company.

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Wed
15
Jun

County finally lands final Bertram Park acquisition

Back in 2008 when Wright County and the City of Monticello decided to partner up to buy the massive Bertram Chain of Lakes Park property owned by the Minneapolis YMCA, there was no guarantee it was going to get completed. With a price tag of $20 million, it was an ambitious plan that had no guarantee of complete purchase or success.

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15
Jun

RE/MAX honors local agent for extraordinary business performance


RE/MAX agent, Vicki Greene, earns annual sales production award.

Vicki Greene with RE/MAX Integrity has qualified for the esteemed 2015 RE/MAX Platinum Club Award. In 2015, less than seven percent of all active RE/MAX agents received this award.

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15
Jun

Representative Marion O'Neill receives Financial Advocacy Award


Rep. Marion O'Neill (center) receiving her Financial Advocacy Award from Lutheran Social Services. Pictured with Cate Christenson Rysavy (left) and Susie Schatz (right) from LSS. (Photo provided by Lutheran Social Services)

Last week, Representative Marion O'Neill (R-Maple Lake) received the Financial Advocacy Award from Lutheran Social Services (LSS) for her legislation that provides financial counseling to help keep Minnesotans from defaulting on their student loans. The new pilot program is unique to the state and helps people struggling with student debt find financial management options that work for them.

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15
Jun

2016 FSA county committee nominations needed for election

will be holding a County Committee Election for Local Administrative Area (LAA)-2. LAA-2 represents Cokato, Middleville, Marysville, Stockholm, Victor, Woodland, and Franklin townships. LAA-2 is currently represented by Kenneth (Ken) Marketon of Howard Lake. Marketon has served 9 years on the Wright County FSA Committee and is no longer eligible to serve on the committee. Therefore, candidates are needed to be nominated for the position.

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Wed
15
Jun

Notice of mail ballot procedures - Wright County

The following precincts located in Wright County have elected to vote by mail ballot procedure in statewide elections as authorized under Minnesota Statute 204B.45. All other precincts vote at their designated polling place on Election Day.

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