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Wed
17
Aug

Zebra mussels confirmed in five Minnesota lakes Personal responsibility key to preventing spread

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed five new reports of zebra mussels in Central Minnesota lakes.
Infested waters signs have been posted at DNR accesses on West Battle Lake and Otter Tail Lake in Otter Tail County, Lake Florida in Kandiyohi County, Pocket Lake in Douglas County, and a network of abandoned mine pits in Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crow Wing County.

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Wed
17
Aug

Storytime with Marie comes to an end Children sent off with a farewell and bubbles


These children are blowing bubbles for the camera - Hazel Jacobson, Kate Peterson, Kenna Hennen, Gunnar Melgaard, Charlie Peterson, Elijah Dorse, Isabelle Melgaard, and Lauren Peterson. Not pictured is Tyler Reinke. (Photo by Marie Mavencamp)

These children are blowing bubbles for the camera - Hazel Jacobson, Kate Peterson, Kenna Hennen, Gunnar Melgaard, Charlie Peterson, Elijah Dorse, Isabelle Melgaard, and Lauren Peterson. Not pictured is Tyler Reinke. (Photo by Marie Mavencamp)

Storytime with Marie celebrated its last session “bubbling” over with fun. Nine children and five adults listened to fun stories, had fun acting out nursery rhymes and reviewing all the fun we had over the last 10 weeks. Then everyone went outside to play with bubbles on the sidewalk in front of the McHugh building. After our final picture and snack, each child got to take their own bubble wand home for even more fun.
I would like to thank the Recovery Center for allowing us to use their building every Tuesday for our story time. The location and space is perfect for all our activities each week.

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Wed
17
Aug

Camp Cambria hosts juvenile arthritis event


In its third and largest year, Camp Cambria (hosted by Camp Courage) strengthens its commitment by providing 110 children with juvenile arthritis an engaging, fun camp experience with other kids who understand life’s daily challenges. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Alexandra Hawkins attended Camp Cambria for the first time this year and says, “I am definitely coming back next year.”

Daniel Melnikolov says, “This place is great. They let you do stuff that works within my realms.” He is pictured here with the remnants of a paper mache mask on his face.

A group of campers formed a circle to sing and chant. (Photos by Nick Pawlenty)

When talking about arthritis, most people relate the problem with age. The older people get, the worse their joints get and arthritis is more prevalent. This isn't always true and Camp Courage hosted an event that sheds new light on juvenile arthritis - a very real and painful sickness for kids.
300,000 juveniles have been diagnosed with arthritis (three times more common with females), ranging from joint pain, limited mobility and even skin and muscle arthritis. These kids have a hard time fitting in at school, daily schedules and keeping up with friends. Most just want to fit in and keep up with their peers but their pains hold them back from the simplest idea of being a kid.

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Wed
10
Aug

The end of an era Muller Family Theatres sold to Detroit company


Mike Muller poses next to the cornerstone of the former Maple Lake movie theater engraved with the names of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Muller. The building now houses the Maple Lake Library. (Photo by Kayla Erickson)

For nearly 100 years the Muller name has been synonymous with the movies. It’s a legacy that has taken local movie goers from the days of the silent picture to monster screens and surround sound. Today that era is coming to an end as Mike Muller, grandson of that first movie entrepreneur, turns up the lights for the last time on Muller Family Theatres.
Mike, 76, of Maple Lake, recently sold his eight theaters and 104 screens to a family-owned, Detroit firm called Highline Investments LLC. According to an article in the Star Tribune, Highline will eventually drop the Muller name, but not for a few months.

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Wed
10
Aug

Half of charges dropped in Paumen case


Brad Paumen stands with Fred Jude at his resort, Dark Night Tours, in Belize. (Photo submitted)

Brad Paumen stands with Fred Jude at his resort, Dark Night Tours, in Belize. (Photo submitted)

Half of the charges have reportedly been dropped against Maple Lake man, Brad Paumen, who was arrested in Belize last winter for allegedly plotting to kill four people.
Steve Loch, Paul Jude and other locals recently visited Paumen in Belize during a scuba diving excursion to the Great Blue Hole just off the coast of the Central America country.
Paumen told them he expected the rest of the charges to be dropped in the next few months. His passports had been returned, allowing him to return to Maple Lake last spring for his son’s high school graduation, and he continues to operate his successful tourism business, Dark Night Cave Adventures.

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Wed
10
Aug

Locals scuba dive in Belize


Locals Fred Jude, Paul Jude, Gary Olson and Steve Loch traveled to Belize to dive the Great Blue Hole. (Photo from www.amazingplacesonearth.com/great-blue-hole-belize/)

Fred Jude, Paul Jude, Gary Olson and Steve Loch recently took the adventure of a lifetime in Belize to dive one of the most wondrous and mysterious natural landscapes on Earth, the Great Blue Hole.
This underwater cave system boasts a bountiful array of sea creatures and an odd sight underwater, stalactites. This means at one time there were caves, but the sea rose and flooded the caverns.
As the group got ready to make their first dive into the 124-meter deep submarine sinkhole, Fred Jude looked under the water and saw many reef sharks and bull sharks swimming underneath him. He looked at his companions and said, "Let's go!"

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Wed
10
Aug

National Night Out promotes unity


MLFD members stopped by an Oak Ave. home for National Night Out held on July 2. Pictured are Tonia and Scott Wick, Jessica Rahje, Firefighter Lisa Hegle, Preston Caughey, Amanda Goelz, Firefighter Shane Caughey with Ethan Caughey, and Linda Latour.

Above: City councilmember and MLFD fireman, Todd Jude, talked with Wright County Deputy, Daniel Warren. Jude is driving a new MLFD utility vehicle that was acquired from an anonymous local who donated $40,000 for the purchase. A committee of four firefighters wrote the specifications and a company near Green Bay, WI, customized it. This all-terrain vehicle will be used fighting grass fires and for off-road rescue purposes.

National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday of August each year and is meant to bring neighbors and first-responders, like police officers and firefighters, together for safer communities.
Similiar to past years, members of the MLFD disbursed throughout Maple Lake neighborhoods and handed out ice cream treats. This outing gave residents a chance to meet and thank their local first-responders and also bring up any concerns.

Wed
10
Aug

Hwy. 55 lane closures west of Annandale begin Aug. 15

Motorists traveling Highway 55 at Wright County Road 3, located west of Annandale, may encounter delays as the road is reduced intermittently to a single lane during daytime hours beginning Monday, Aug. 15.
Flaggers will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the Highway 55/County Road 3 work zone. Motorists should plan their travel in advance and may experience delays of up to 15 minutes when flaggers are present.

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Wed
10
Aug

Wright County Fair sets attendance record

Nobody will argue that the Wright County of 20 or 30 years ago bears little resemblance to the Wright County of today, but one thing that has remained the same in many respects is that Wright County residents new and old make a point of attending the Wright County Fair.

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Wed
10
Aug

Wright County Drug Court receives final approval Program expected to launch in October

District court and county leaders in Wright County will soon launch a new initiative aimed at reducing drug crime and abuse in the community. After months of planning by local officials, a proposal to establish the Wright County Adult Drug Court was recently approved by the Minnesota Judicial Council, and local justice system officials expect to open the program in October.

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