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14
Sep

Fender bender on County Road 8


No injuries were reported at this fender bender that took place, Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 8th Street Northwest and County Road 8 near Kramer Sales. The Maple Lake Fire Department responded to the scene around 3 p.m. to find that one car had been rear-ended while turning into a driveway. Pictured, walking, is Chris McClory. Standing by the damaged vehicle are, from left, Mike Lauer and Ken Bruns. All three are members of the Maple Lake Fire Department. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
07
Sep

Two charged in the death of Maple Lake graduate, Justin Harvey


Justin Streibel and Noelle Ziegelmann are being charged with 2nd degree murder without intent and simple robbery.

Victim and 2016 MLHS graduate, Justin Harvey. (Photos submitted)

Sunday, Aug. 28, the Wright County Communications Center received a report of an unconscious male lying in the roadway of 1st Street North in Montrose. The victim was identified as 18-year-old Justin Harvey, of Montrose, a 2016 MLHS graduate.
Two adults were arrested and booked into the Wright County Jail. James Streibel, of Howard Lake, and Noelle Ziegelmann, of St. Michael, are being charged with 2nd degree murder without intent while committing a felony and simple robbery.
The complainant is a licensed police officer with the State of Minnesota. The complainant is familiar with the law enforcement officers submitting reports in this matter, and believe those persons to be reliable and their reports to be true and accurate. The complainant attests that, based on those reports, the following facts establish probable cause:

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Wed
07
Sep

Wetterling suspect, Danny Heinrich, to appear in court


Left: Jacob Wetterling. Right: Danny Heinrich.

Jacob Wetterling's 1989 abduction remained unsolved despite decades of national attention. But on Saturday, Minnesota officials offered some measure of closure nevertheless, announcing that the boy's remains had been identified.
In a statement released to the media, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office confirmed the news, noting that it plans additional DNA testing. The office added that authorities are "currently in the process of reviewing and evaluating new evidence in the Jacob Wetterling investigation."
Saturday morning, Jacob's mother, Patty Wetterling, texted media outlets saying, “Our hearts are broken. We have no words.”

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Wed
07
Sep

Remembering Roger Riesgraf


Maple Lake resident and former superintendant, Roger Riesgraf, passed away on Aug. 28 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

It is difficult when someone in the community passes away, and It is even harder when that person touched so many people's lives in so many ways. Roger Riesgraf was a friend, family member and role model for many in Maple Lake. Ask anyone who has lived in Maple Lake and crossed paths with the late superintendent of Maple Lake schools.
Everyone seemed to have known him as a great man, a leader, friend and father. The whole community was hit hard when hearing of Riesgraf's passing after a long fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Many knew him through his work as a veteran and as the superintendent of Maple Lake High School, but his life was a very vibrant one and worth sharing to those who had known him. It is sad to see his passing, but at the same time his life should be celebrated now and in the future.

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Wed
07
Sep

New elementary principal is no stranger to Maple Lake


Andy Sawatzke is the new principal at Maple Lake Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Zahler Photography)

It’s the first week of school for students and staff at Maple Lake Elementary. For many that means new classrooms, new expectations and plenty of new faces.
Andy Sawatzke is one of those new faces, but he is no stranger.
A Monticello native, Sawatzke joins the school district as the new elementary principal, replacing Kris Harlan who retired last spring after 12 years in the role.

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Wed
07
Sep

Team Huro presents 3rd annual No One Fights Alone benefit

Mike Huro, the President of the Maple Lake Legion Riders, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects plasma cells in bone marrow. Multiple myeloma means more than one tumor in the marrow. He will be having a benefit that will support the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute of Buffalo and patients who may not have the means to pay for expenses for treatment at the hospital.

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Wed
07
Sep

Sportsmen’s Labor Day shoot


The Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen’s Club hosted their annual Labor Day Trap Shoot on Monday. Attendees gathered for contests, prizes and lunch. Above: Contestants line up as Greg Thomes explains the rules for the Annie Oakley competition. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Brian Sandy, of Big Lake, celebrates a hit.
Wed
07
Sep

A damp first day for students


Chris and Natalie McClory send Shay (5th grade) and Allie (3rd grade) off to class but not before posing for the infamous first day of school photo. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman) For more photos from open house and the first day of school see page 7.
Wed
07
Sep

County Board proclaims Aug. 30 as Kyla Mauk Day

In the 62-year history of the Princess Kay of the Milky Way, until last year, there had never been a winner from Wright County, despite the county being one of the largest dairy producing counties in the state. That changed when Kyla Mauk of Middleville Township won the honor last year.
As part of the Aug. 30 county board agenda, the commissioners honored Mauk as she finishes her year as the reigning Princess Kay by proclaiming Aug. 30, 2016 as Kyla Mauk Day throughout Wright County.
Mauk, who grew up north of Howard Lake, lives in the commissioner district of Commissioner Charlie Borrell, who brought the item to the county board agenda, said there couldn’t have been a more deserving candidate to be honored in Wright County.

Wed
07
Sep

The cost of the EpiPen price increase

There’s a cost that comes with the 450 percent increase in the price of EpiPens.
Parents worry that they won’t be able to afford their child’s medication. They drive to pharmacies miles away from their homes just to get the best deal on EpiPens. School nurses watch as families weigh the risk of sending their child to school without this life-saving medication because they cannot afford it.
I heard from one family whose child’s allergy is so severe that it takes two EpiPens to treat an allergic reaction. That means the family has to pay for two EpiPens for school, two more to have at home, and an additional two for the grandparents’ home. Sure, it’s expensive. But they do it because the alternative is terrifying. I experienced that firsthand.

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