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Feb

James and Gruber finds a new downtown home

January and February have marked a busy period for James and Gruber Certified Public Accountants, which has spent the past six weeks moving, remodeling and readjusting to its new headquarters on the Division Street side of the Security State Agency Insurance building in downtown Maple Lake.

The firm spent 20 years in its previous location next door to the Cookie Jar Bakery and moved, to not only to acquire additional space, but to also make room for a bakery expansion that is now underway.

James and Gruber offers a wide variety of accounting services which includes tax preparation, individual and corporate accounting, auditing services and bookkeeping. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours during the tax season.

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18
Feb

Maple Lake High School grad is Ice Palace bride

Yes, it’s been a snowy and cold 2004 thus far, even by Minnesota standards. But imagine having your wedding outdoors in this winter wonderland.

For Deb Brannan, a 1981 graduate of Maple Lake High School, it was a dream come true.

Deb and her new husband, Chad Wilhelm, got married on February 1 in front of a crush of reporters and television news cameras recording the rare occurrence of an ice palace wedding at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Wed
18
Feb

Nominees sought for Wright County Athlete of the Year

The Wright County Athlete of the Year Award is back. This spring the Buffalo Youth Softball and Baseball Associations have joined forces to resurrect the award, a year after Montrose Softball and long-time coordinator, Eddie Carver, decided to retire from the job.

The awards will be presented to an outstanding female and male athlete during a spring softball and baseball event to be held on April 25, 2004, at the Buffalo Civic Center.

The organizations are currently seeking nominations for the award, which need to be received by March 7, 2004. Following are the criteria an athlete needs to meet for nomination:

Wed
11
Feb
Wed
11
Feb

Mavencamp cousins serve in different corners of the world

In the growing number of Maple Lake men and women serving their country in the armed forces, count the Mavencamp boys among them.

Brian and Mark Mavencamp, sons of Joe and Karla; and Ted Mavencamp, son of Marie and Randy; are three cousins who are on active duty in three very different corners of the world.

Brian Mavencamp signed up with the Marines just six days after his graduation from Maple Lake High School in 2000. “I wanted to see the world instead of driving up and down the strip in Maple Lake,” he laughed.

And see it, he has.  From boot camp in San Diego, air electronics school in Pensacola, Florida, to a year getting to know the ins and outs of CH-53 helicopters in New River, North Carolina, Brian saw a considerable portion of America.   And overseas, he’s been in the Philippines, Korea, Guam and a lengthy stay in Japan.

Wed
11
Feb

Schools hire new Community Ed. director

An effort to replace Mark Casey as the Annandale/Maple Lake Community Education director has resulted in the selection of Eric Erlandson, who grew up in this area and is familiar with both Annandale and Maple Lake.

Erlandson is a 1992 graduate of Monticello High School, as is his wife, Alyssa, a 1995 MHS graduate. “I like the fact that I’ll be coming back to an area I’m familiar with,” he said.

Erlandson, who is currently the Community Education Director in Albany, has held that position for just over 2 and 1/2 years. He also served as Community Education coordinator in Waconia for three years and held a similar position in Monticello for three years. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, graduated from St. Cloud State with an emphasis in sports management and was awarded his Masters degree in Education Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

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11
Feb

‘Wherever You Go’ premieres in Maple Lake

How did Steve and Becky King’s original musical, “Wherever You Go,” fare during its world premiere last weekend?

Ask members of the opening night audience on Saturday, who rose to their feet in a standing ovation even before the last number was finished.

The first weekend of shows nearly sold out and those waiting for reviews from their friends and neighbors better get their tickets fast for this weekend’s four remaining performances.

“Everybody’s been really excited about the reception we received,” said Steve King. “It was good to see after all this time and work how everything came together.”

Wed
04
Feb
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04
Feb

Deep freeze can’t keep fish or anglers away

There was no stopping a big crowd from braving sub-zero temperatures on Saturday to try their luck at getting the big one during the 30th Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Maple Lake.

An estimated 450 to 500 anglers brought in some of the biggest contest entries in years, with the 6 lb., 13 oz. northern caught by Ryan Meintsma of Annandale taking the top spot in the game fish category. Meintsma was followed by Jim Achman of Annandale with a 6 lb. northern and Jesse McCalister of Annandale with a 4 lb.10 oz. bass. For their efforts, Meintsma won a portable fish house, Achman selected a power auger and McCalister took home a fish/depth finder. Harry Weyer of Annandale hauled in a 13.5 oz. crappie to take the pan fish prize of a $50 Wal-Mart gift certificate and a new fishing rod.

Winners of the cash-prize drawing were all from Maple Lake: Joe Linder, $300; Dennis Klug, $200; and Richard and Lori Thomas, $100.  

Wed
04
Feb

County requires pipe to river for joint sewer plant

The Wright County Planning Commission provided the cities of Annandale and Maple Lake with the Conditional Use Permit they sought for their proposed joint wastewater treatment plant last week. But the price for the permit is one that the cities do not want to pay.

At its January 29 meeting, the Planning Commission, on a 4-3 vote, approved the CUP with the stipulation that the cities construct a pipeline to carry treatment plant discharge to the Crow River. Costs for such a pipeline have been estimated to be about $2 million.  Two previous Planning Commission meetings in October and November failed to approve the CUP when four commission members voting against granting the permit cited concerns about the effects of discharge from the plant on surrounding properties.

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