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Fri
02
Oct

Horse breeding operation brings global recognition to Maple Lake

A small horse-breeding farm in Maple Lake is becoming big news on a global scale.

Local residents David and Debbie Treadwell of Advantage Arabians LLC in Maple Lake are having success in breeding and competing with their Arabian horses and are passing that success on to a second generation.

Earlier this year Debbie took a Half Arabian she bred and raised to the prestigious Scottsdale, AZ Arabian Horse Show and was named Reserve Champion in the Stock Hunter division. At the same show, Debbie presented an Arabian Colt for the Dubai Arabian Stud and was named unanimous Champion out of 70 horses, winning over $29,000.00 for the Dubai Stud in the United Arab Emirates.

In June she sold and exported another horse she bred and raised to the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.

Fri
25
Sep

Homecoming royalty crowned at MLHS

Megan Carriveau and Patrick Donohue were crowned as the 2009 Maple Lake High School Homecoming Queen and King during coronation ceremonies on Monday night in the MLHS auditorium. Homecoming week will also feature dress-up days, Irish athletic contests and the 2009 Homecoming Parade, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday. More information on the Irish Homecoming appears inside this issue of the Messenger.

Fri
25
Sep

County Board approves $100 million draft budget

At a time when more families are finding it difficult to make ends meet during the current economic recession, at its Sept. 15 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved its 2010 draft budget and certified levy - topping $100 million for the first time in terms of the budget and almost $49 million in levy dollars, the amount county residents are required to pay.

The draft budget of $100,168,585 represents an increase of 2.8 percent, while the draft levy of $48,917,651 represents a 7.2 percent increase from 2009. While the numbers, especially the levy figures, represent significant increases, the process at arriving at those figures wasn't as difficult. County Coordinator Dick Norman said that, in the three decades that he has been working for the county, the 2010 budget process was unique in a couple of respects.

Fri
25
Sep

City looks at trading liquor store franchise for grocery

The Maple Lake City Council is making a bid to bring a grocery store back to Maple Lake.

At the council meeting on September 15, Tina Goodroad, planner and economic development specialist with Bonestroo, said a developer is talking with the city on the possibility of bringing a grocery store to Maple Lake. She said the developer for the unidentified grocery chain expressed concerns about the population numbers in Maple Lake, but said that the city's willingness to add its liquor store franchise to the package was very well received.

Mayor Mike O'Loughlin noted that a pharmacy within the grocery store is also being included in the discussions.

Goodroad recommended that the city share the cost of a market study with the grocery chain as the next step in moving the negotiations forward. The city's share of that study would be $3,500.

Fri
25
Sep

Maple Lake princess goes from tiara to training camp

From tiara to training camp, and from sitting in the sparkle section to dining in the mess hall, Megan Ramsdell dons a crown and uniform to represent her community and her country.

This summer, Ramsdell served as one of three members in the Maple Lake royal court. She reigns as a princess with Princess Nicole Blizil and Queen Brittany Gries. Together, the young women travel to area parades and festivals to serve as ambassadors for the community. This fall she set her crown aside for fatigues when she traveled to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, to begin basic training.

Ramsdell said that last winter she considered joining the Navy, but decided on the National Guard. On January 21, she was sworn in as a Private First Class for the Minnesota National Guard.

A few months later, Ramsdell earned the title of Maple Lake princess. At the end of May, she was part of the 2009 graduating class, the 100th class to graduate from Maple Lake High School.

Fri
25
Sep

Maple Lake princess goes from tiara to training camp

From tiara to training camp, and from sitting in the sparkle section to dining in the mess hall, Megan Ramsdell dons a crown and uniform to represent her community and her country.

This summer, Ramsdell served as one of three members in the Maple Lake royal court. She reigns as a princess with Princess Nicole Blizil and Queen Brittany Gries. Together, the young women travel to area parades and festivals to serve as ambassadors for the community. This fall she set her crown aside for fatigues when she traveled to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, to begin basic training.

Ramsdell said that last winter she considered joining the Navy, but decided on the National Guard. On January 21, she was sworn in as a Private First Class for the Minnesota National Guard.

A few months later, Ramsdell earned the title of Maple Lake princess. At the end of May, she was part of the 2009 graduating class, the 100th class to graduate from Maple Lake High School.

Thu
17
Sep

County joins 17 cities on All-Hazard Mitigation Plan

In the eight years that have passed since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, the focus on disaster preparation and prevention has become much more heightened. The change is evident everywhere, from buffer zones being built into construction projects to metal detectors at the entrances to the county courthouse. Wright County is now taking the next level of security protection, looking to prevent potential disasters before they happen.

At the Sept. 8 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners approved the Wright County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Mandated by the federal government three years ago, Wright County began working on the plan in December, 2006. The plan attempts to identify risk areas and increase preparedness to avoid such problems in the future.

Thu
17
Sep

Maple Lake Lumber awarded sewer plant project bid

A special meeting of the Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Commission laid to rest issues surrounding construction of a maintenance equipment building at the site of the new sewer plant in Albion Township.

At last month's meeting, Maple Lake Mayor Mike O'Loughlin questioned estimates presented by engineers for construction of the maintenance building and for its heating system.

Engineer Brad DeWolf presented additional information on the project at the Sept. 10 special meeting, which compared a building bid received by plant contractor DiMar Construction with one provided by Maple Lake Lumber.

Thu
17
Sep

Doherty honored for 50 years with Legion

Helen Doherty, a U.S. Army nurse during the second World War, was acknowledged for 50 years of consecutive membership in the American Legion at Friday night's membership dinner at the American Legion Hall in Maple Lake. She is shown above with Gary Jude, American Legion Post 131 commander. Jude said Doherty was presented with a national award given out after a member has completed 50 consecutive years of membership.

Doherty said her army nursing career began on 1943 and her first overseas assignment was at Southport, England, beginning on Feb. 13, 1944. She was a member of the 1004 Evacuation Unit (a mobile hospital) along with 40 other registered nurses and 40 medical doctors. From England her unit followed the invasion at Normandy landing on Omaha Beach on July 2, 1944. She said they were in Luxembourg during Christmas at the time of the Battle of the Bulge and later followed the army into Germany.

Thu
17
Sep

Political theater no sweat for Maple Lake mayor

There aren't many mayors in Minnesota who are represented by a talent agency, but Maple Lake's mayor is a working actor with a long resume.

In his latest acting effort, Mayor Mike O'Loughlin will be appearing in "The Holy Grail in America" which is a feature documentary scheduled to air on the History Channel on September 20.

O'Loughlin, who is employed by Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association in Rockford, said his interest and skills in acting began growing on the job in the mid-1970s.

"I used to work in different stores and caught over 500 shoplifters," he said, citing his ability to inconspicuously follow suspected shoplifters.

That success led to a position with a private investigation agency which specialized in retail security and insurance fraud.

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