It’s rare when historic moments take place at a county board meeting, but, with the final board appearance from outgoing Sheriff Gary Miller and the oath of office being administered to Sheriff-elect Joe Hagerty, the Dec. 14 meeting of the Wright County Board proved to be one of those rare moments.
The songwriting career of George Meissner of Maple Lake is continuing its upward climb with the inclusion of a song he wrote on a CD of Christmas music produced by a California recording studio.
Meissner moved to the Maple Lake area from Golden Valley in 1984 and retired from a long career in the insurance industry in 1997. He began a second career as a singer and songwriter because he loved writing and performing. Having his songs included on nationally distributed recordings has been an unexpected bonus.
This winter’s trend of weekend storms continued with a snow storm that was described as the worst in the Twin Cities and Central Minnesota since the unforgettable Halloween Blizzard of 1991.
The Halloween Blizzard is still the champ, dumping 28.4 inches of snow from October 31 through November 3, 1991. But the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service ranked the 17.1 inches recorded at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport as the fifth largest in history, just ahead of the 16.8 inches record in the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940.
The ghostly faces pictured at left looked more like something out of Halloween than Christmas, but they were all part of the Maple Lake Elementary sixth grade musical, “A Kid’s Life.”
The production on December 9, under the direction of vocal music instructor Sue Nelson, gave kids a glimpse of how youngsters used to entertain themselves before the advent of computers, cell phones and other electronics.
Maple Lake’s state senator made history last week when she became the first woman to rise to the position of Senate majority leader.
District 19 State Sen. Amy Koch (R-Buffalo) was formally appointed to the position at the opening day of the 2011 session on January 4 after her earlier election to that post by the Senate Republican Caucus.
The National Geographic Bee school competition was Dec. 16 at the high school. Each finalist was awarded a participant certificate and a trophy was awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners of the championship competition. The champion, Gabe Hance, also received a medal from the National Geographic Society. Hance will take a test to see if he qualifies for the state geography bee. Participants could ultimately earn a chance to participate in the national bee hosted by Alex Trebek. They will also have a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship and other prizes.
The City of Maple Lake has had a good beginning at the new location for the municipal liquor store.
The liquor store moved into a new building next to Lake Region Co-op in mid-November and Manager Carole Bestland said the store traffic has been good, sales are up, many new products are being offered and there has been no borrowing of money involved in the project.