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Thu
20
Nov

Recount confirms O'Loughlin as Maple Lake's mayor-elect

Unlike the Coleman-Franken senate vote recount, Maple Lake's was completed in just a few hours.

The recount was requested by council member Deb Geyen, a write-in candidate who came up short of victory in a close race for Maple Lake's mayor with former council member Mike O'Loughlin. In the original count on Nov. 4, O'Loughlin was the leading vote-getter with 340, followed by Geyen with 313 and Mayor Mike Messina with 284.

Thu
20
Nov

Cenex/Lake Region to make big investment in Maple Lake

A $500,000 joint venture between Lake Region Co-op and Cenex Corporate means big changes for the Maple Lake Country Store-Lake Region facility.

Outside updates, including an already-installed canopy and new lighting and pump faces, leads the way to major inside changes, which includes updating the two side-by-side businesses.

Mike Murray, Maple Lake's Lake Region Co-op manager since April of this year, is implementing changes suggested by a Five-Star market survey he initiated.

"We needed to move forward and update the way we do business. We had to figure out a way to expand inside sales, to support gasoline sales which are not generally profitable," said Murray. "These are exciting changes for all of us."

The plan involves splitting The Country Store and the Cenex into separate businesses, remodeling both and adding nearly 3,500 square feet to the Cenex convenience store by reallocating space formerly used for offices.

Thu
13
Nov

Citations fly in Click it or Ticket campaign

A 10-day, statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign resulted in 4,713 seat belt citations while another 113 motorists were cited for improper use or non-use of child restraints. The enforcement sweep ran Oct. 10-19 and included around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies. The Safe & Sober effort was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).

The 329 agencies that have reported citation totals to-date also tallied 772 nighttime belt citations during the campaign's special night patrols. In Minnesota 2005-2007, 62 percent of the 296 motorists killed between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. were not wearing seat belts.

"Officers working these patrols have seen the violent results of unbelted traffic deaths too many times," says Cheri Marti, director of DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "Their efforts are helping to prevent more of these unnecessary tragedies."

Thu
13
Nov

School board gets good news on project budget

The Maple Lake School Board met on Monday, Nov. 10, and heard good news about their construction "wish list."

"We have a projected interest remaining of $231,078.00. There was an $85,499 credit given from Rochon Construction as a result of lower service costs from Xcel for electric service," Job Gutierrez of Wold Architects and Engineering Co. told the board.

Superintendent Mark Redemske told the board that Principals Mary James and Kris Harlan had cut their furniture and equipment expenditures to $250,000. They also had a projected interest-remaining project dollars of $231,078. Now they had a projected balance of $764,051 to work with.

"We projected three of the alternates and they were rejected because of the scope of the projects. If we go back and scale back, we might be able to do them," Redemske told the board.

Thu
13
Nov

Businesses welcome customers back to Birch

The sidewalks were in, the street was paved, but the weather didn't cooperate for the Grand Re-opening of Maple Lake's downtown business district.

After a record-tying 74 degrees on Monday, Saturday's weather stayed cold and windy, with temperatures settling in the mid-30s. Temperatures that sent the shoppers who braved the first real cold snap of the season scurrying from shop-to-shop trying to stay warm.

"It was cold, and we really appreciated the brave souls who came out," said Christine Gilson, owner of Christine & Friends. "Sales were steady, we weren't busy-busy, but that gave us time to talk to regulars we hadn't seen in a while. That was nice."

Sommer Elsenpeter, an owner of Irish Blessings Coffeehouse, agreed.

Thu
13
Nov

Recount requested for mayoral race

The senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman isn't the only close election that's headed for a recount.

At its Nov. 6 meeting, the Maple Lake City Council heard that council member Deb Geyen, who ran for mayor as a write-in candidate, had requested a recount. Former council member Mike O'Loughlin received the most votes in the mayoral contest with 340 to 313 for Geyen and 284 for Mayor Mike Messina. A total of 1,008 residents voted, with 59 ballots classified as undervotes (no vote for mayor recorded).

City Clerk Linda Hruby said the city will ask the county that the ballots be returned for the recount on Nov. 13, and then ship them back to the county before the senate recount begins.

Fri
07
Nov

Green Acres meeting Nov. 19

The Wright County Assessor's Office will be conducting a Green Acres informational meeting for the public to review the new legislative changes in the Green Acres program. There will be a short presentation covering the program rules and requirements, enrollment options and the application process. The meeting will be at the Rockford Township Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. For more information or directions to the hall, contact the assessor's office at 763-682-7367.

Fri
07
Nov

Veteran's Day programs set

The annual Maple Lake Veterans' Day programs are set for 10:20 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Maple Lake High School auditorium.

This year's theme will be "Women in the Military," with local speakers Helen Doherty, Florence Menth, Erma Jude, and Christina Vikingson. The MLHS choir will perform and other entertainment will be offered. A free lunch will be served for all veterans and spouses at the VFW between programs.

Fri
07
Nov

Joshua Guimond remembered at Nov. 8 program

A program to remember the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of Maple Lake college student Joshua Guimond and keep hope alive has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake.

Joshua disappeared in the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 2002, after he left a gathering of friends on the St. John's campus.

The program at Holy Cross will begin with a prayer service followed by a candlelight procession outside to the tree and plaque dedicated to Joshua.

Fri
07
Nov

Taken far too soon

In October of last year, five members of the Maple Lake High School Class of 2005 survived a serious accident during a hunting trip. At that time, the Maple Lake community breathed a collective sigh of relief at escaping the unthinkable tragedy of losing so many young people in the blink of an eye.

This year, our luck ran out.

Four friends and former students of Maple Lake High School were involved in a single-vehicle crash that killed Derek Kammerer, 22, of Maple Lake; his girlfriend, Andrea Northern, 23, of South Haven; and their friend, Michael DeMars, 22, of Maple Lake. Stephen Dooher, 22, of Waverly, survived the crash.

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