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Wright County to establish drug court

Over the last several years, national studies have shown that drug courts have been beneficial from a cost standpoint to keep non-violent drug offenders from serving prison sentences. Currently in Minnesota, there are 57 treatment courts that seek to rehabilitate offenders without sending them to prison. Starting in November, Wright County will join that number.
In August, thanks to the efforts of Tenth Judicial Court Judges Michele Davis and Geoffrey Tenney, Wright County had been awarded a three-year, $350,000 federal grant from the United States Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to create the Wright County Adult Drug Court. The first official meetings of the drug court are scheduled for Nov. 3.

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Wed
02
Nov

Wright Co. Human Services Special Needs Fund receives $8,000 grant from Wright Co. Area United Way

Wright County Human Services Special Needs Fund received a grant in the amount of $8,000 from the Wright County Area United Way.
The grant helped replenish the Special Needs Fund, previously called the Good Samaritan Fund, which helps fulfill the needs of individuals and families when they have exhausted all other resources (county, community and volunteer organizations). The lack of such resources motivated the agency to develop this fund. The funds are used for clients on a one-time basis who truly have no other place to turn.
Many of the people helped are on some form of insurance or assistance; however, the programs do not fund all the needs, such as some medical needs and the incidentals that people often need to meet their daily living requirements. In some cases it helps a child from being placed in foster care or it may help a senior citizen get some everyday essentials they need to live.

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02
Nov

Wright Co. Human Service receives $5,000 grant from United Way for Adoption/Kinship Support Group

Wright County Human Services received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Wright County Area United Way for the development of an adoption/kinship support group.

Wed
26
Oct

Local candidates address issues at forum


Deb Geyen gives her view on local issues at a recent public forum. She is hoping to be elected mayor of Maple Lake at the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election. Beside her, current mayor Lynn Kissock, who is vying for the same position, looks on. Both were subject to some hard-hitting questions by moderator Mike Messina Wednesday, in front of a moderate crowd. The forum will be re-broadcast, repeatedly, on Charter cable access channel 180 until shortly before the election and can be viewed on the city website.

Maple Lake City Council hopefuls answered questions about their reasons for running and their stance on local issues. Kirk Larson, center, answers a question posed by moderator Mike Messina. Heather Kadlec, left, and Kristen Logas listen. The three are running for two seats on the council. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

In the interest of introducing candidates for city offices to the citizens of Maple Lake, contenders were invited to express their views in a forum on city issues Wednesday, Oct.19, that will be rebroadcast through November 7 on Maple Lake Government Access Channel 180, and can also be seen on Windstream’s Channel 12 or via a link on the City of Maple Lake Web site.
The forum, conducted at City Hall, was hosted by Vicki Grimmer on behalf of the owners and staff of the Maple Lake Messenger, and moderated by former Maple Lake Mayor Mike Messina. Three city council candidates–Heather Kadlec, Kirk Larson and Kristen Logas – vying for two open seats being vacated by incumbents John Northenscold and Bart Lauer, fielded questions from the moderator and the audience, as did two mayoral candidates: incumbent Mayor Lynn Kissock, and challenger Deb Geyen, who currently sits on the city council.
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Wed
26
Oct

Candy buy back supports food shelf and overseas troops


Maple Lake Elementary School collected three bins of candy as part of its Halloween Candy Buy Back last year. The school will be collecting excess candy again this year on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 2, and donating it to troops overseas. (Photo submitted)

It won’t be long before those little ghosts and goblins start appearing on the streets and avenues of Maple Lake as Oct. 31st fast approaches.
For parents it means pounds of candy that sometimes feels never ending. This year, after all of the trick- or-treating comes to an end, and candy buckets are filled to the rim with goodies, trick-or-treaters have the opportunity to do a good deed and spare their bodies from sugar overload.

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Wed
26
Oct

From P.I.E to P.T.A Parent-teacher group gets new name


More than 100 families signed up for PTA game night on Sept. 29. Attendees tried a wide variety of games made by the Gamewright company. Half of the proceeds from games purchased/ordered went to PTA. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

The organization responsible for the Halloween Carnival, Santa’s Secret Shop and Track and Field Day has a new name, but its focus remains the same, and that is to serve the students and families of Maple Lake schools. P.I.E., which stands for Partners in Education, is now P.T.A, or Parent Teacher Association. The name was changed mainly for tax purposes, P.T.A president Rhonda Pagel said. P.I.E. was not a formal tax deductible charitable organization, 501(c)(3), which on occasion made fundraising challenging. Corporations like Target, for instance, only give to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. In the past to accept gifts from the company, it had to be channeled through the school district, Pagel said. To become its own charitable organization would have been costly for P.I.E. By changing to P.T.A, Maple Lake can take advantage of the nationally-known organization’s 501(c)(3) status at a much more reasonable price.

Wed
26
Oct

Collision at intersection north of Maple Lake


One person was transported by ambulance to Buffalo Hospital after a two-car collision, Monday, Oct. 24, around 4 p.m. at the intersection of Gowan Avenue and 65th Street. Chad Ward, 40, of Monticello, suffered unknown injuries when his Ford Escape struck the passenger side of a van driven by Michael O’Loughlin, 64, of Maple Lake. O’Loughlin was examined at the scene by Maple Lake Ambulance and released, according to the Wright County Sheriff's report. Ward was traveling east on 65th St., and O‘Loughlin was traveling south on Gowan when the two collided. There are yield sides for both north- and south-bound Gowan. Emergency responders removed the windshield of the van to evacuate O‘Loughlin, while Ward was able to exit through the back door, MLFD Chief Todd Borell said. Maple Lake rescue and ambulance responded with 17 personnel in addition to Wright County Deputies. The accident is still under investigation. (Photos by Sam Zuehl)

One person was transported by ambulance to Buffalo Hospital after a two-car collision, Monday, Oct. 24, around 4 p.m. at the intersection of Gowan Avenue and 65th Street. Chad Ward, 40, of Monticello, suffered unknown injuries when his Ford Escape struck the passenger side of a van driven by Michael O’Loughlin, 64, of Maple Lake. O’Loughlin was examined at the scene by Maple Lake Ambulance and released, according to the Wright County Sheriff's report. Ward was traveling east on 65th St., and O‘Loughlin was traveling south on Gowan when the two collided. There are yield sides for both north- and south-bound Gowan. Emergency responders removed the windshield of the van to evacuate O‘Loughlin, while Ward was able to exit through the back door, MLFD Chief Todd Borell said. Maple Lake rescue and ambulance responded with 17 personnel in addition to Wright County Deputies. The accident is still under investigation. (Photos by Sam Zuehl)
Wed
26
Oct

Busy day downtown during Open House


Grandma's Attic was a popular spot for shoppers with its unique collection of antique and vintage furniture, homemade jewelry, signage and collectables. Most of the businesses on Birch Avenue participated in Saturday's event that was meant to draw people to the downtown businesses.

Marilyn Groth, owner of Book Break, talks with local authors, Jim Studer, left, and Jerry Hoem, during the Saturday, Oct. 22, Downtown Open House. Outside two shoppers check out Groth's signs in the window. Nearly every parking spot on main street was filled during the event that attracted people from Maple Lake and surrounding communities.

Kristen Torblaa gave a sneak preview of her new store, KT Aesthetics, which will be opening on Birch Ave. in November in the former location of Total Care Chiropractic. Right, she, signs up a customer for a facial treatment. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
26
Oct

Council contends with disagreements

A schism between two factions of thought was evident at the most recent meeting of the Maple Lake City Council Tuesday, March 18, as council members found several agenda items over which to disagree.
The first point of contention was an upcoming goal-setting session that Councilmember Deb Geyen proposed to delay until after the November 8 election.
“To me, it makes more sense to wait until the new people are on board to start this whole session,” Geyen said. “Maybe by then we will have our economic developer, of whichever company that may be, so they can be on board.”

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Wed
26
Oct

Nutrition is Our Mission


Debbie Wurm stands in front of the future site of her new business, Nutrition is Our Mission, located at 21 Oak Ave. S., in Maple Lake, Wurm hopes to bring a convenient one-stop shop for health and well-being. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

A new business will be coming to downtown Maple Lake, and will be very beneficial to health and well-being. Debbie Wurm, with the help of Herbalife, wants to create a health and wellness opportunity that will benefit residents and in some cases, Wurm hopes, travelers making their way through town.

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