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Tue
10
May

County medical examiner conducted Prince autopsy

For years, Dr. Quinn Strobl has appeared before the Wright County Board of Commissioners to give the board an annual report of the deaths that occurred in the county the previous year. In 2016, however, the eyes of the world will be on the chief medical examiner/coroner of the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office.

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Tue
10
May

Star Bank brought its voice to the Capitol during ICBA Washington Policy SummitStar Bank brought its voice to the Capitol during ICBA Washington Policy Summit

Over 1,000 community bankers and industry advocates gathered in Washington for the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) annual Washington Policy Summitrecently. Harry Wahlquist, president/CEO of Star Bank, met with regulators and members of Congress to discuss key issues affecting community banks and local economies, including regulatory relief, credit unions, data security and crop insurance.

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Tue
10
May

Senior Connections Volunteer Appreciation Event


Guest speaker Mike Bray with his "Saddle of Hope" for cancer awareness.

Meals on Wheels driver Diane Pruett strikes up a dance with diner Rose Wurm. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Meals on Wheels driver Jim Peterson recruits new driver Darrell Hirman. (Photo by Ginger O'Loughlin)

Last week over 40 visitors showed up to celebrate generosity at the Volunteer Appreciation party held at the M.L. Senior Dining site. The program started off with a fine lunch and entertainment. An assortment of folk music by Pat and Connie Lahr got guests dancing. Following the hip-hop, coordinator Ginger O’Loughlin praised all present for any volunteering they do, and then went on to commend those who specifically helped at the diner.

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Wed
27
Apr

Shedding light on country schools


The inside workings of the Carter School in the 1960s. Front Row (left to right): Betty Bauman, Vernon Bauman, Jon Peterson and Dianne Gohman. Second Row: Kenny Barthel, Randy Carter, Mark Peterson and Terry Larsen. Third Row: Linda Chapman, Tim Gillham, Shelley Larsen, and Fred Peterson. Back Row: Gary Betzler, Jon Dock, Wanda Peterson, Cynthia Gillham and Emma Hlinka. (Photo courtesy of Gary Betzler)

The Carter School has stood the test of time and remains standing in Silver Creek. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

The Carter School has stood the test of time and remains standing in Silver Creek. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Most everyone has been to a school with students, classrooms and multiple teachers, but what about back in the day when small towns were still developing? Most small towns had something called country schools, which were one-room buildings where a handful of kids from the area attended and were taught by one teacher. These unique places were around since the 1800s, and Maple Lake had a couple of country schools around the district. The classes were very small, had no more than one teacher, and had very limited resources which included no running water or indoor plumbing. When researching in Maple Lake, there have been numerous residents that can recall going to a country school and they all have something to say on the subject.

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Wed
27
Apr

Wright County’s first-ever bike fleet debuts at Maple Lake High School


Maple Lake Phy. Ed. teacher, Adam Ronnenberg, leads the way and demonstrates bike safety to his students.

Maple Lake Phy. Ed. teacher, Leah Roske, and Wright County Health Promotion coordinator, Mikaela Robertson.

Mikaela Robertson shows Joe Fynboh how to adjust his bike chain. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Students at five Wright County middle schools will get to use a new tool for physical education beginning this spring—the Wright County Bike Fleet, a 20-foot trailer packed with 36 kid-sized bikes. And when school lets out in early June, community groups, including summer programs, scout programs, and church groups will be able to rent the bikes.

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Wed
27
Apr

Turning Trash into Cash

She’s been doused in a dunk booth, and once agreed to do the splits. This week Maple Lake Elementary Principal Kris Harlan will no doubt tickle the funny bone of every student who sees her scooting down the hallway instead of walking.
Why will she be scooting? Because she said she would if students and staff could raise $4,000 through its Trash to Cash fund raiser.

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Wed
27
Apr

Maple Lake City Council Road construction debate draws crowd

The topic of discussion, Tuesday, April 19, at the Maple Lake City Council meeting was what to do with a proposed street improvement project in the Maplewood Third and Fourth additions.
The council meeting was closed early on for a public hearing on the matter, then re-opened later for regular business. The 20 or so people in attendance were invited to voice their opinions on the proposed project that would include portions of Third Street W., Lark Drive, Lark Circle, Vireo Lane, Robin Ave. and Oriole Ave.

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Wed
27
Apr

County puts moratorium on solar farms

Sometimes history can repeat itself.
About 20 years ago, Wright County found itself inundated with requests to place cell phone towers throughout the county. Once the first request came through, dozens more followed and the county found itself without a plan in place to prevent the potential for private companies to work with landowners to place the towers wherever they wanted.

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Wed
27
Apr

Locals place at the MN State 4-H Quiz Bowl competition


After claiming the regional championship spots, both Senior and Junior Rabbit Quiz Bowl teams advanced to the state competition. Over 130 teams represented the various bowls from across the state at the MN State 4-H Quiz Bowl competition in Sauk Rapids on Saturday, April 16. Left: The Senior Rabbit Quiz Bowl team placed third in their division. Front Row: Becca Wilts of Monticello and Serena Benson of Maple Lake. Back Row: Matthew Neumann of Maple Lake, Anna Mundahl of Buffalo and Clayton Field of Maple Lake. Right: The Junior Rabbit Quiz Bowl team placed fourth in their division. Front Row: Maya Benson of Maple Lake, McKenzie Skiles of Montrose and Maria Manuel of Delano. Back Row: Natalie Neumann of Maple Lake and Cora Benker of St. Michael. (Photos submitted)

After claiming the regional championship spots, both Senior and Junior Rabbit Quiz Bowl teams advanced to the state competition. Over 130 teams represented the various bowls from across the state at the MN State 4-H Quiz Bowl competition in Sauk Rapids on Saturday, April 16. Left: The Senior Rabbit Quiz Bowl team placed third in their division. Front Row: Becca Wilts of Monticello and Serena Benson of Maple Lake. Back Row: Matthew Neumann of Maple Lake, Anna Mundahl of Buffalo and Clayton Field of Maple Lake. Right: The Junior Rabbit Quiz Bowl team placed fourth in their division. Front Row: Maya Benson of Maple Lake, McKenzie Skiles of Montrose and Maria Manuel of Delano. Back Row: Natalie Neumann of Maple Lake and Cora Benker of St. Michael. (Photos submitted)
Wed
27
Apr

Wright County Parks get ready for the summer months

The weather has turned and the Wright County Parks Department is in full swing. Fishing piers and docks are in the process of being placed, trails are drying and opening up, and in May the beaches will open for the summer. There are many great opportunities for you to get out and enjoy the County Park System, but we would like to highlight a few of them for you.

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