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17
May

License fee increase needed to sustain great fishing

Minnesotans celebrated great fishing when the season formally kicked off on Saturday, May 13.
Just how great is that fishing? According to the DNR, it ranks second in the nation in the number of resident anglers, who number 1.4 million. It’s the third most popular inland fishing destination for out-of-state visitors.
But the fantastic fishing that creates $4.2 billion in economic activity and 35,000 private sector jobs doesn’t just happen, officials said. It’s the fisheries management work of the DNR that creates a myriad of varied opportunities.

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Wed
17
May

Lady Bug gardeners retire their spades after 27 years: Downtown mini-park to be refurbished


Carol Wendorff, left, and Marjean Ruddle prepare to unearth some of the plants at Lady Bug Garden Club Park in downtown Maple Lake last week after the Lady Bug Garden Club officially called it quits. The park will be refurbished this summer with the intent to add maintenance free shrubs and an evergreen tree. Some plants, like this crab apple tree that was planted in the early years of the club, will remain. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

After 27 years, Maple Lake’s Lady Bug Garden Club is pulling up its roots and calling it quits.
The group is perhaps best known for establishing the Lady Bug Garden Club Park, a mini respite for nature lovers between Ed’s Barber Shop and the Manuel building. For the last couple weeks, past and present members have been literally pulling flowers it once planted there to make room for a more maintenance-free area that might one day be the home of a new city Christmas tree.

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Wed
17
May

Trevor's Fill the Suburban reaches new heights


A big group hug and a lot of smiles sum up Trevor’s big donation to the U of M Masonic Hospital. They are from left to right: Porter Pribyl, Trevor Pribyl (top), Jacqueline Pribyl (bottom) and Zachery Pribyl. (Photos by Rachel Pribyl)

Trevor Pribyl was at it again this year for his birthday, continuing his "Fill the Suburban" event where he buys and gives toys for kids with donated money and gifts to the U of M Masonic Children's Hospital.
To say it was successful is an understatement.
Trevor, who was diagnosed with benign brain tumors and spent a lot of time in the same hospital he delivers toys to, has spent his birthday wanting only one thing: to give back to kids who are going through the same ordeal as he did. He spent a lot of time in the hospital and was given a present to help him get through his visit. After he got out, he wanted to return the favor by taking all his gifts for his birthday and giving back to kids. He knew it was tough being in the hospital and that even a small gesture could make the stay more pleasant. This year, with the help of his mother, Rachel Pribyl, his siblings, friends and the community, he managed to make this birthday monumental.

Wed
17
May

Notification of release in Wright County

The Wright County Sheriff's Office is releasing this information pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 244.052. This statute authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sexual or predatory offender's release from prison or a secure treatment facility when the Wright County Sheriff's Office believes that the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of criminal sexual conduct or another offense that requires registration with law enforcement pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 243.166 or 243.167.
This offender is not wanted by the police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him/her by the court. This notification is not intended to increase fear in the community. Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public.

Wed
10
May

A Night to Remember


IFrom left, Cole Trager, Emma Carlson, Kayla Walsh and Michael O’Sullivan, with his back to the camera, kick up their heels at A Night to Remember. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Called “A Night to Remember,” this prom for special needs youth is all its name boasts and more. On Sunday, April 30, Maple Lake students joined more than 100 other 15 to 24-year-olds from the area with special needs at St. Michael-Albertville High School to enjoy a night of pampering, dancing, dinner and all-in-all, red-carpet treatment fit for royalty.
The entirely free event included a tuxedo or prom dress, accessories to match, hair styling and make-up by professional cosmetologists, a corsage or boutonniere, a ride in a limousine, and a walk down the red carpet, complete with paparazzi and cheering fans.
Dinner and dancing followed and each guest was awarded a gift bag and prom photo.
The second-annual event was put together by Westbridge Community Church in Albertville with the help of more than 20 sponsors and hundreds of volunteers, including student hosts who accompanied the honored guests for the evening.

Wed
10
May

Students shine in poppy poster contest


From left, Catherine Schultz, Anna McClelland and Sarah Neutz, local sixth grade students, were winners in the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Since the first poppies unfolded in Flanders field among the graves of fallen WWI soldiers, the blood red flower has been synonymous with self-sacrifice.
In the 1920s it became the official memorial flower of the American Legion Club and Auxiliary. Paper poppies, made by veterans for veterans, have been worn for decades to say thank you to those soldiers.
In Maple Lake, members of the Maple Lake American Legion Auxiliary give away the flowers on fishing opener weekend, just two weeks before Memorial Day. They can be found mostly at businesses along Highway 55 in Maple Lake. Any donations they make from the poppy distribution is used for the sole purpose of aiding veterans and their families.

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Wed
10
May

No injuries in car vs. train


No one was hurt, Wednesday, May 3, when a train collided with a Wright County squad car parked too close to the tracks at the intersection of Highway 55 and County Road 7, just after 5 p.m. According to Captain Sean Deringer, the deputy spotted a juvenile male who had been reported as a runaway, walking along the tracks. He parked his squad car with the bumper just over the tracks and went to retrieve the runaway. When he realized a train was approaching he tried to move the car, but did not have time. The squad car was totaled. The juvenile was later recov ered and returned safely. The Maple Lake Fire Department responded to the incident. (photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
10
May

Seniors nominated for Triple A award


Seniors Mackenzie Miller and Brady Tongen were chosen to represent Maple Lake High School as Triple A Award nominees. As nominees, Miller and Tongen were recognized for excelling in arts, academics and athletics. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Only two seniors with a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and a passion for extra-curricular and community involvement, can attain the status of Triple A nominee for their school for a shot at a state level award.
In Maple Lake, those two seniors were Mackenzie Miller and Brady Tongen.
Miller and Tongen, academic leaders of this year’s senior class, were chosen to represent Maple Lake High School in the 29th annual Minnesota State High School League sponsored Triple A competition last winter.

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Wed
10
May

St. Tim’s car raffle winner


Trevor Borell, left, was "pleasantly surprised" to hear he won the grand prize, a 2017 Chevy Cruze, or $10,000 at St. Timothy's annual spring auction fundraiser, Saturday, April 29. Borell, who is a junior at North Dakota State University, came home Friday, May 5, to collect his winnings from Father John Meyer, right. He decided to take the cash instead of the car and hopes to put it toward his education. He is majoring in industrial engineering. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
10
May

Camp Friendship Auxiliary sets record, donates $22,500 to True Friends


Members from the Camp Friendship Auxiliary present True Friends President and CEO, Ed Stracke, with a $22,500 check. (Photo submitted)

The Camp Friendship Auxiliary raised a record-setting $22,500 through its annual holiday fundraising party. They’ve been hosting an annual fundraising party each December for over 30 years and this is the most they have ever raised. The night consisted of 275 guests enjoying wine and beer tasting, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, mitten tree and 50/50 raffles. There were 138 silent auction baskets containing a variety of different goodies from toys to signed sports memorabilia to a variety of wine.

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