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Thu
09
Oct

Chamber donation kicks off library fundraising drive

With the dream inching toward reality, the Friends of the Maple Lake Library were more than happy to accept an $8,000.00 donation from the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce.

The money was part of a legacy from Maple Lake's Centennial celebration in 1990. Funds were set aside to be put towards an un-named something that would benefit the city as a whole.

Now, nearly 20 years later, the money has found a home.

"The Chamber voted in 2006 to give the money to the library project," said Irene Hudek, president of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce. "The money was set aside for a project that would last a long time. This is certainly one that we can all use and enjoy."

On the receiving end, Denise Blizil, an active member of the library steering committee and chairperson of the Capital Campaign Committee, was pleased to see funds coming in for the fledgling project.

Thu
02
Oct

Dale Decker is League Manager of the Year

For a rookie, Dale Decker managed quite a year for the Maple Lake Lakers, and it's not just Maple Lake that thinks so.

The 2008 North Star League, which is made up of three divisions, North Star East, North Star Central and North Star West, and includes teams from Maple Plain, Loretto, Mound, Albertville, Rogers, Elk River, Dassel-Cokato, St. Michael, Maple Lake, Hutchinson, Delano, Buffalo, Howard Lake, Monticello, Rockford, Big Lake and Kingston, voted Decker North Star League Manager of the Year at their Sept. 29 meeting.

Not surprising after Decker, a retired North Star Hall of Fame player, and, in his first year as manager, led the Lakers to a third-place finish in the State Amateur Baseball Tournament, their first appearance at the state tournament since 1995.

Thu
02
Oct

Corinna Township takes legal action against county

Corinna Township will be pursuing legal action against Wright County regarding a dispute over planning and zoning authority.

At the Sept. 23 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, it was reported that the county was served with a summons on Sept. 19.

Assistant County Attorney Tom Zins said the matter has been brewing for months and that the township finally opted to take it to court.

"We were served with a summons Friday (Sept. 19), so this is no longer potential litigation," Zins said. "The lawsuit seeks authority for the township to do its own zoning. The suit looks to have the county stop exercising its authority to handle planning and zoning issues in the township."

On August 11, Corinna Township began issuing building permits, sewage treatment system permits and land use permits. The township had worked for three years to create a local zoning process.

Thu
02
Oct

Arrest made in two-year-old burglaries

Sounding a lot like something from a prime-time cop show, (CSI:Maple Lake?), the Wright County Sheriff's Department made an arrest last month in two Maple Lake burglaries, one dating to 2006.

On December 11, 2006, the Old Town Creamery at 25 Birch Ave. N. reported an overnight burglary. Approximately $87 in cash was taken along with damage to a window and other items in the business. The Wright County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Investigative Unit processed the scene and collected suspected blood evidence from the damaged window.

Then, about a month later in January of 2007, the Wright County Sheriff's Office responded to St. Timothy's Catholic Church on another overnight burglary report. The basement of the church was vandalized with doors pried open, cabinets rummaged through, ceiling tiles removed, and an interior window broken. Again, the Wright County Major Crimes Investigative Unit processed the scene and collected suspected blood evidence.

Thu
02
Oct

Business hardships become focus of city council special meeting

A special meeting of the Maple Lake City Council called to discuss details for dressing up the downtown portion of Birch Avenue became an opportunity for business owners to vent their frustrations over the reconstruction project.

The long-awaited effort to reconstruct Birch from Division to Fourth Street has caused more disruption to businesses than anticipated and owners made their feelings known at the city council's special meeting on Sept. 23.

Christine Gilson of Christine & Friends said her business has been closed since the construction began. Now that the utility work is done, she asked the council why the contractor working on the road base couldn't move from the residential area to the business district and get that finished first.

Thu
25
Sep

City council looks at Birch streetscaping plans

As has been the case for the past several months, the Birch Avenue street reconstruction project was a major topic of discussion for the Maple Lake City Council.

At its meeting on Sept. 16, City Engineer Jeremy Mathiasen told the council that utility work would be finished on Birch this week, with work on the street base proceeding in the residential section.

Mathiasen presented the council with a plan for streetscaping in the downtown area, noting that a meeting of business owners resulted in the scaling back of trees in the downtown area from 18 to six. Two of the trees would be placed south of the intersection with First Street, and the other four trees would be placed toward each end of the Birch business block. Of nine streetlights in the plan, two would be placed across First, four on the west side of Birch and three on the east side.

Thu
25
Sep

School names Volunteers of the Year

Volunteers at Maple Lake School District 881 were honored with the annual Volunteer Appreciation celebration on Sept. 18 in the Maple Lake Elementary media center.

The event included refreshments, door prizes, music provided by MLHS senior Theresa Gilbertson, and an awards program honoring the Business of the Year and the Volunteers of the Year for the 2007-08 school year.

The award winners were Kelly Pribyl, Rosealice Hayes, Inger Tempesta, Dan Zahler, Marie Mavencamp and Dan Schmidt.

Community Care Coordinator Celeste Dahlstrom led off the program by announcing Zahler Photography of Annandale as the Business of the Year.

"They have been a pleasure to work with," Dahlstrom said, "always efficient and very accommodating."

Dahlstrom noted that Zahler is helping to provide the school with identification badges for volunteers and have donated numerous items to the schools.

Thu
25
Sep

Homecoming king and queen crowned

Brent Puncochar and Pei Lee were crowned as the 2008 Maple Lake High School Homecoming King and Queen during coronation ceremonies on Monday night in the MLHS auditorium.

Homecoming week will also feature dress-up days, Irish athletic contests from the volleyball, cross country and football teams, and the 2008 Homecoming Parade, which is set for 6 p.m. on Friday. The parade route will start from the city park on a course through the downtown area and back to the school. Homecoming coverage continues inside this week's issue of the Messenger.

Thu
25
Sep

Birch Avenue reconstruction taking its toll on downtown business

You have to see it to believe the changes that are taking place on Birch Avenue in the second month of the long awaited street reconstruction project.

But at this point in the project, Birch looks more like a plowed field with a cow path coming down the center. And there aren't many customers who would take a cow path to go shopping.

Business owners have struggled with heavy equipment jarring their walls, the disruption of utilities and, after several weeks of construction, a heavy loss of customers.

"It's quite a bit slower than usual," said Becky James of Becka Beads. It's a hassle for people to get in here, especially older people. One lady told me, 'I sure hope you have insurance.' Yesterday I had a big hole in front of my door. When people call for directions or to check hours I have to tell them we're all torn up. I don't know if they even bother to come in."

Thu
18
Sep

Homecoming begins with 2008 court

The events of Homecoming 2008 began with the selection of the Homecoming Court. Named to the court by their classmates were Rob Hannon, Brent Puncochar, Tanner VanLith, Dillon McBrady, Andrew Brinza, Laura Johnson, Naomi Leino, Megan Wurm, Jeana Renier and Pei Lee.

The first Homecoming events are set for Sunday with the annual Powder Puff football game at 4 p.m. and the He-Man Volleyball game at 7 p.m.

Coronation of the 2008 Homecoming King and Queen will take place on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maple Lake High School auditorium.

More information on Homecoming events appears in this week's issure of the Messenger.

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