The strategic planning retreat was led by Stu Wilson and Melissa Brechon from Library Strategies Consulting Group. About 40 people attended the retreat which was held at The V.
Melissa talked about the constraints facing libraries, especially those facing the Maple Lake Library and also the trends in library services as libraries evolve to meet the needs of the users.
Margaret Jenniges gave a snapshot of the library - statistics on cardholders, books and movies, programs available for adults and children, number of volunteers and what they do (most of the statistics were taken from the article written for the community guide). The library has a $32,000 operating budget, City provides funds sufficient to cover 15% of the operating budget, fundraiser covers 60-70%, remaining 15-25% comes from fundraising activities, grants and donations.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Maple Lake’s Irish Blessings Coffeehouse & Vintage Market is changing the purpose and format of the Vintage Market segment of their business, effective October 1, 2014. The current Market space; a separate building located just behind the coffeehouse; will be used to accommodate larger groups interested in meeting for breakfasts or luncheons, dinners, meetings, classes or other events. The coffeehouse can currently accommodate groups up to 16 people; the new space will enable it to serve groups of up to 40.
More information appears in this week's messenger.
Pictured is Carol Bestland ("Grandma"), who is the manager of the liquor store and Lorie Hegle, the chairperson of the wine pull.
Maple Lake Wine & Spirits is having a wine pull from now until the Maple Lake Library's fundraiser, which is Saturday, October 4th. Maple Lake Wine & Spirits has been kind enough to offer a 10% discount on any wine purchased there for the fundraiser. They also will store the wine there until the fundraiser. The way the wine pull will work at the fundraiser is a cork is purchased for $10 and then you match up your cork with a bottle of wine. It's a win-win - everyone gets something for their $10, and for the library it's clear profit.
Wright County has a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. The new system will distribute emergency messages via telephone to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute. CodeRED® employs a one-of-a-kind Internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized emergency messages directly to homes and businesses.
This service can be used in case of fires, flooding, train derailment, chemical spills, nuclear incidents, evacuation, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, disease outbreaks, or other emergencies. Calls can be geographically targeted for local incidents. If widespread, the entire county with 31,000 households can be called within 30 minutes.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty reports that there have been two arrests made in relation to the Christopher Rossing missing person case.On Tuesday, August 26th, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by family members of Christopher Rossing who advised that Christopher has not been seen or heard from since Friday, August 22nd. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office began investigating this as a missing person’s case.On Wednesday, September 10th, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Otis Nuttall, age 28 of Hutchinson, on kidnapping charges in connection with the disappearance of Rossing. On Friday, September 12th, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gwen Maria Butcher, age 32 of Hutchinson, on felony obstructing charges in connection with the disappearance of Rossing. More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty reports that on Sunday, September 14, at approximately 5:17 p.m. the Wright County communications center received a report of a multiple-vehicle accident with injuries on County Road 39 NE and 107th St. NE in Monticello Township. Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Monticello Fire/Rescue and CentraCare EMS, were dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival it was found that a Chrysler 300 and Ford Super Duty pickup, pulling a horse trailer, had collided head-on in the curve at 107th St. NE on Co. Rd. 39. The driver of the Chrysler, Christopher Hazel, age 37 of Annandale, and his passenger, Donna Swenson, age 65 of Annandale, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Andra Olson, age 48 of Monticello, was extricated from her vehicle and was transported by North Air to North Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
Paddy O'Sullivan is shown with his Grand Champion Shorthorn Plus Heifer exhibited in the Open Class Show at the fair. Pictured from left to right are judge, Dr. Casey McMurphy, of Edmund, Okla.; Minnesota Shorthorn Queen, Amy Beckstrand; parents, Frank and Mary Cecilia Sullivan; Terry Stade and Paddy O'Sullivan at halter.
William O'Sullivan, of Maple Lake, exhibited the 4-H Grand Champion Charolais Breeding Female at the Minnesota State Fair. Pictured left to right are Frank Sullivan, siblings Matthew and Mary Grace O 'Sullivan, Mary Sullivan; brothers Michael and Joseph O'Sullivan and William O’Sullivan at halter.
Brothers Paddy and William O’Sullivan, of Maple Lake, showed grand champion cattle in their respective categories at the Minnesota State Fair.
Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle collision in the 2600 block of Wright County Road 37, near Crofoot Avenue, on Monday. The crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. According to Capt. Dan Anselment, of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Jesse Mathews, of Champlin, was eastbound in his 1992 Lexus when he bent down to pick up a dropped electronic device and crossed the center line. His vehicle struck a westbound 2013 Ford Explorer being driven by Jodi Menke, of Monticello. Menke was transported to the Monticello hospital by Allina Ambulance. The Maple Lake Fire Department, Maple Lake Ambulance and Wright County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the accident.