The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced it will lift the spring open burning restrictions in seven counties within the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The imposed restrictions ceased on Monday, May 3.
Restrictions are being removed in the following counties because the vegetation has greened up enough to significantly lower the wildfire danger.
These counties include Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington and Wright. However, the DNR cautioned property owners to refrain from burning near cured fuels.
After restrictions are lifted, property owners who need to burn should do the following: get an open burning permit, follow all open burning laws and regulations, only burn small piles that can be controlled, and attend the fire until it is completely out.
The fire departments of Wright County were presented with a check for $5,800 on April 27 to equip a fire investigation response trailer.
The equipment, purchased with a grant provided by State Farm Insurance Companies, will be housed at the Maple Lake Fire Hall for use in fire investigations throughout the county.
State Senator Mark Ourada (R-Buffalo) conducted the check presentation. “I am excited that this mobile unit will help our county better assist in the assessment and prevention of fires,” said Ourada. “Fire safety and education are crucial for fire prevention, and I am proud to be here with State Farm to present the Maple Lake Fire Department with this check.”
The money will go to create a response team that will work to increase life safety and property preservation in hopes to reduce the dollar losses incurred by insurance companies due to arson fires.
The Maple Lake magnesium die-casting company felt the brakes that were placed on the U.S. economic engine after the 9/11/2001 terrorist assault and is now in a period of rapid growth that has more than doubled the number of people employed at its facility on the corner of Congress Street and Maple Avenue.
“We had a good end to 2001,” said Vice President of Operations, Jeff Rivers. “It was like the market hadn’t had time to react to 9/11, but around Christmas, the phones stopped ringing and the orders stopped coming.”
Rivers said the plant kept itself busy for a few months by making stock parts. “By mid-February, we had stuff piled to the ceiling,” he said. “At the end of February, we had quite a layoff, which brought the number of employees in the 50s, which for us was pretty low.”
The need for blood is great - on any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed. Blood transfusions often are needed for trauma victims, due to accidents and burns, heart surgery, organ transplants, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.
Nearly 29 million units of blood components are transfused each year. And with an aging population and advances in medical treatments and procedures requiring blood transfusions, the demand for blood continues to increase.
Examples of how much blood many patients need for medical procedures: Intensive care for a premature baby, 1 to 4 units of red blood cells; treatment for a leukemia patient, 2 to 6 units of red blood cells; patients with sickle cell disease, 10 to 15 units or red blood cells.
It was “Hats Off to Grandparents,” at Maple Lake Elementary’s Grandparent’s Day on April 23 as nearly 300 grandparents joined first, third and fifth grade students for an afternoon of music, contests and prizes.
In keeping with this year’s theme, special guests included members of the “Red Hots,” the local branch of the Red Hat Society. Music teachers Pat Johnson, Sue Nelson and Sue Rootes led students in a program of songs.
Roger, Scott and Sam Millner, and Kurt Jonas display a small portion of the outdoor power equipment that will be featured at M&M Express Sales and Service next door to the Millner’s M&M Bus Service building on Division Street in Maple Lake.
The new business will feature sales of equipment such as Jonsered chainsaws and a full line of lawn and garden equipment, Hustler Turf Equipment zero-turn radius mowers for home and professional use, Mantis garden tillers, Kioti tractors and accessories, Efco grass trimmers and cut-off saws, and Thomas skid steers and accessories.
The opening day on Saturday, May 1, will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and feature equipment displays and demonstrations, which will include the operation of a portable sawmill, along with skid steer and lawn mower demonstrations. Free refreshments will include hotdogs and pop, coffee and cookies, along with free balloons for the kids.
Decisions were being made in Maple Lake last week that will have an impact on manufacturing across the county and throughout the world.
Those decisions are the result of a meeting hosted by John Rivers of Product Technologies Inc. for an American Society of Mechanical Engineers committee which sets the standards for casted, forged and molded parts.
In attendance were industry experts from across the country representing such manufacturing giants as Boeing, General Motors and Caterpillar Inc.
The ASME committee meets twice each year and is chaired by Don Day, a former community college professor who is now a business owner in New York. Day said the committee is the result of a voluntary national effort that was initiated when the lack of uniform manufacturing standards caused headaches for engineers.
Senior Class officer Tammy Wenzel and her escort, Phillip Roemer, paused to the applause of the crowd during the 2004 Prom Grand March on Saturday at Maple Lake High School.
With a theme of “Captured in a Dream,” prom decorations featured a variety of blue and silver stars and arches that formed the backdrop for a procession of 83 couples.
And afterward, 149 students enjoyed “Crusin’ the Tropics,” the 10th Annual Post Prom Party hosted by a big crew of parents and volunteers that featured food, games, prizes and the hypnotic entertainment of Sami Dare.
Misty Yanish, a 2002 graduate of Maple Lake High School, was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota at ceremonies on Saturday at Maple Grove High School.
“I was so shocked,” Misty laughed. “It was fun, but kind of nerve-wracking.”
The nerve-wracking part came when Misty and fellow candidate, Cindy Condon of Minneapolis, went through interviews with three judges and then gave speeches on the words they would use to describe themselves.
The Ms. Wheelchair America Program Inc. is organized to provide an opportunity for women of achievement who utilize wheelchairs to successfully educate and advocate for individuals with disabilities.
Misty, who now lives in St. Cloud, attends St. Cloud Tech. and is planning on graduating next year with a degree in Child and Adult Care and Education.