June 20 is the date set for a vote on the proposed city hall project for Maple Lake.At its meeting on Tuesday, the Maple Lake City Council passed a resolution setting the date of the vote on a project that would construct a new city hall on the corner of Birch Avenue and Division Street in downtown Maple Lake.
The question on the June 20th ballot will read “Shall the City of Maple Lake, Minnesota be authorized to issue capital improvement bonds in an amount not to exceed One Million Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($1,350,000) to provide funds for the construction of a new City Hall?”
It’s been a busy week for the Maple Lake Fire Department, thanks to a rash of grass fires spurred on by dry and windy conditions.The largest fire occurred on Monday afternoon at about 3:15 p.m. when the fire department was called to a fire north of Highway 55 at 45th street.
Units from Buffalo and Monticello were called in to assist local firefighters in containing a fire that burned from 15 to 20 acres in a gully next to the Gene Piram Jr. farm at 2462 45th Street NW. Firefighters worked to keep the flames from climbing a hill to the farm buildings and were aided by surrounding plowed fields that contained the fire.
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This year’s Maple Lake High School representatives to Boys and Girls County, which was held at the Wright County Courthouse on April 11, were (front) Corian Carter, Elizabeth Brinza, Elizabeth Yager, (back) Markus Yager, Dan Lorentz and Jade Kotila.
And in what is likely a first for MLHS, brother and sister Markus and Elizabeth Yager were selected to continue on as Maple Lake’s representatives to Boys and Girls State. High School Principal Mary James said teachers independently select the top three male and female students in the junior class for Boys and Girls County. From that group the teachers’ ranking determines the state nominee for the boys while the American Legion Auxiliary uses essays to select the girls’ state representative.
“It’s just a real coincidence that a brother and sister were selected,” James said. “And it says a lot about their achievements and their family.”
In what has become one of Maple Lake’s biggest events of the year, the St. Timothy’s Dinner/ Auction, which took place on Saturday evening at the Maple Lake VFW, recorded its best year yet in raising funds for St. Timothy’s School.
Just over $100,000 after expenses was raised at the annual Dinner/Auction, which topped last year’s total of $85,000.
Susie Borell, who co-chaired the auctions with Becky Couette, said the event has come a long way in a short time, noting that the 2001 dinner-auction raised $15,000.
“That’s how much it’s grown and it’s just amazing what people are willing to give,” Borell said.
The new Maple Lake MEADA (Meth Education And Drug Awareness) group held nothing back as it made its case against meth.At a community meeting in the Maple Lake High School auditorium on March 28, County Commissioner Karla Heeter opened the session with a presentation on the evils of meth.
“We believe that meth is not a law enforcement problem,” she told the crowd of about 135 area residents and students. “It’s a community disaster.”
The figures Heeter presented showed that from 70 to 90 percent of the prisoners incarcerated in Wright County are there because of meth, at least 70 percent of county child protection cases are related to meth and more than half of the children in need of protective services are in that situation because of meth.
Auction co-chair Susie Borell needed a little help from Trevor Borell, Cortney Stotko, Lauren Borell and Brandon Borell to display a few of the items that have been donated for St. Timothy’s “An Evening in Paris” Dinner/Auction on April 8 at the Maple Lake VFW. The proceeds from the event benefit St. Timothy’s School.
Borell, who is cochairing the live and silent auctions with Becky Couette, said more homemade quilts than in year’s past will be popular auction items, along with a variety of tools and outdoor equipment, things for the kids, handcrafted wood items, autographed photos of Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson and former coach Bud Grant, a four-course Italian dinner with Father Mark Huberty, and three loads of gravel.