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Thu
09
Sep

Donation gives city sign a new lease on life

The city sign on the east end of Maple Lake has been revitalized thanks to a volunteer effort by Tom Mooney of Thomas J. Mooney Painting.

The sign, which was severely charred in an act of vandalism earlier this year, had estimated repair costs of more than $2,000 before Chamber of Commerce member John Rivers called in Mooney.

The repair process involved scraping off charred portions of the sign, matching the paint and then re-painting the damaged areas.

Mooney spent a series of four evenings working on the project in an effort to restore the sign before the Maple Lake Days of Old celebration on August 20.

Thu
09
Sep

Tony Ellestad killed in motorcycle crash

Maple Lake businessman Tony Ellestad, 48, died on September 2 as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash on September 1.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called at 8:18 p.m. to the scene of an accident at the 1500 block of County Road 8 SW in Marysville Township. Ellestad and his wife, Becky, were traveling northbound on County Road 8 when they struck a deer in the road. The couple was thrown from the motorcycle as it came to rest on the east shoulder of the road.

Tony Ellestad was taken by air ambulance to the Hennepin County Medical Center where he died in the morning of September 2. Becky Ellestad was taken by ambulance to Buffalo Hospital, where she was treated and released for minor injuries.

Thu
09
Sep

They’re back! Maple Lake’s schools get a new year off to a good start

Neither hot weather, nor unfinished remodeling, nor a pre-Labor Day start derailed Maple Lake’s schools from getting a good start on a new year.

Students and staff are back at Maple Lake’s schools, with well over 1,000 children entering the doors of Maple Lake Public Schools and St. Timothy’s School on September 1.

Enrollment at Maple Lake Public Schools shows 925 students from kindergarten through 12th grade:  K, 67; 1st, 64; 2nd, 77; 3rd, 55; 4th, 59; 5th, 62; 6th, 81; 7th, 77; 8th, 69; 9th, 71; 10th, 84; 11th, 79; 12, 78.

Enrollment at St. Timothy’s School shows 137 students in grades kindergarten through 6th grade:  K, 23; 1st, 18; 2nd, 26; 3rd, 20; 4th, 16; 5th, 17; 6th, 17.

And the first three days of school were followed by a three-day break, thanks to the Labor Day holiday.

Thu
02
Sep

Two file for city office election

The period of filing for city offices opened on Tuesday, August 24, and will close on Tuesday, September 7, at 5 p.m.

Maple Lake city offices up for election are a two-year term for mayor and two council seats for four-year terms. Those positions are currently held by Mayor Mike Messina and council members Judith Kelly and John Northenscold.

As of press time on Tuesday, both Kelly and Northenscold have filed for re-election.

Anyone seeking to file for office can do so during the city hall office hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

Thu
02
Sep

New school year brings 12 new teachers

It’s a year of change for Maple Lake’s schools as 12 new teachers are joining the staff at Maple Lake Public Schools and St. Timothy School.

And that number doesn’t include new Elementary Principal Kris Harlan, a former sixth grade teacher in Delano who was selected from a field of more than 70 candidates to replace Dan Olberg.

The new teachers are:

Thu
02
Sep

Cavanaugh takes second in State Fair Talent Contest

The honors just keep coming for Helen Cavanaugh of Maple Lake. Cavanaugh, the winner of the annual talent contest at the Wright County Fair a month ago, brought home runner-up honors with her piano performance at Sunday’s talent contest sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair. She was declared the Open Division runner-up and received a $50 check.

Playing the piano has always been a part of her life, since Helen started playing for Maple Lake High School pep fests as a teenager. “How long have I been playing?” she laughed. “I say a lifetime.”

Helen said she plays at every opportunity, including at the Dining Site at Maple Manor. But she plays only by ear and doesn’t read music. “That seems to work good for me,” she said. “I play anything that I can hum or sing.”

Thu
02
Sep

Campaign trail brings Kennedy to Maple Lake

Congressman Mark Kennedy’s campaign trail passed through Maple Lake on Tuesday, August 24. Kennedy toured the Product Technologies facility in the Jude Industrial Park and spoke to the plant workers about the economy, his desire to keep jobs in America, and the rebuilding effort in Iraq.

“You’ve got a great business here,” Kennedy said. “You are adding jobs in manufacturing.”  Kennedy noted that although many Americans believe the economy is struggling, companies like Product Technologies show that the struggles of the economy may be exaggerated.

“We want to keep our businesses competitive by encouraging investment,” he said. “We have added a million and a half jobs in the past year.”

Kennedy said the federal government has a responsibility to help American companies remain competitive with other countries such as China.

Wed
25
Aug

Cavanaugh to appear on Fox-9 TV programs

Helen Cavanaugh of Maple Lake will be featured on Fox-9 TV news shows as a result of her winning piano performance at the recent Wright County Fair talent contest.

The story on Cavanaugh was filmed at the Maple Manor Dining Site and is scheduled to run at 8 a.m. on Thursday and again during the evening news program at 9 p.m.

In addition, Cavanaugh will also be appearing at the Minnesota State Fair at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 29, at the Baldwin stage.

Wed
25
Aug

Filing opens for city offices

The period for filing for city offices opened on Tuesday, August 24, and will close on Tuesday, September 7, at 5 p.m.

Maple Lake city offices up for election are a two-year term for mayor and two council seats for four-year terms. Those positions are currently held by Mayor Mike Messina and council members Judith Kelly and John Northenscold.

Anyone seeking to file for office can do so during the city hall offices hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

City elections will be held at ciy hall on Tuesday, November 2, during the general elections.

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