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Thu
14
Aug

Classic car is the star of Days of Old

The featured classic car at Saturday's Days of Old car show is a vehicle well-known to long-time Maple Lake residents.

A 1959 red Chevrolet Kingswood nine-passenger station wagon with a bubble-top revolving light on the roof was originally purchased by the Maple Lake Fire Department to transport an advance crew to the scene of fires and other emergencies. The vehicle, now owned by Roger and Mary James, will be pictured on Days of Old car show plaques and provided with a place of honor on August 16.

Thu
14
Aug

ML Lakers head to state

or the first time in over a decade the Maple Lake Lakers are taking a trip to the State Amateur Baseball Tournament.

Under the management of former Laker player and North Star League Hall of Famer, Dale Decker, the team will see its first state tourney since manager Gary Porter's heyday when the Lakers earned a place in 11 state tournaments, the last in 1995.

In fact, it was Porter's run of success that placed the Lakers in Class B, competing against much larger teams and towns.

"We are, without a doubt, the smallest town in Class B," said Lakers' manager Dale Decker. "The teams were divided up in the late '80s and early '90s when we'd had quite a run in the state tournaments and some of the placement decision was based on past performances. We could actually petition to go down to Class C so we'd be playing similar-sized teams, like Monticello and Howard Lake."

Thu
07
Aug

Seven seek election as District 1 commissioner

It's a crowded field of candidates running for the District 1 seat on the Wright County Board.

Six-year District 1 County Commissioner Karla Heeter of Silver Creek announced in the spring that she will not run for re-election since she accepted a position as the executive director of the Buffalo Hospital Foundation.

The candidate filing period closed on July 15 with all the local, state, and federal offices included in the deadline. Eight area residents had filed for the District 1 position, but Steven Duncan of Monticello has withdrawn from the race.

The next phase will be a state primary election on Tuesday, September 9, which will narrow the field of county commissioner candidates down to just two before the general election on Tuesday, November 4.

More information appears in this week's issue of the Messenger or subscribe to the on-line E-dition of the paper.

Thu
07
Aug

County tables extension of jail food service deal

With the economy in a depressed state, any time you can get what appears to be a bargain in volatile times, you take it. However, at the July 29 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners weren't as eager to jump at what appeared to be a pretty solid deal for the food service provider to the county jail.

Thu
07
Aug

Teachers take the stage in 'Outside Recess'

Who would have thought that three elementary teachers and a salesman would create a band together?

With the musical background of Ben Elsenpeter, Chad Hammerschmidt, Marty Kiebel, and Tom Uecker all combined, the group came about to form the band "Outside Recess."

And the band will be making its Maple Lake debut at the Days of Old Festival on Saturday, August 16.

Outside Recess formed in February of 2008, and the four members are in their rookie season as a band. The whole idea of getting a band together started with a conversation between Elsenpeter and Kiebel, and after a series of e-mails and an initial meeting, the four men suddenly had themselves a band.

"If you ask Marty, it really became official once he bought his new drum set, his first-ever drum set," said Uecker.  

Thu
07
Aug

Purple is the color for O'Sullivan boys

The duo of O'Sullivan boys earning local, state and national cattle championships is now a trio.

At this year's Wright County Fair, William O'Sullivan, 10, joined older brothers Joseph, 15, and Patrick, 12, in earning awards with the O'Sullivan's herd of prize-winning cattle.

But the year of cattle shows and purple ribbons was already well underway by the time of the fair at the end of July. In the earlier 2008 Junior National Shorthorn Show and Conference in Kansas City, William made his award-winning debut when he exhibited the Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Cow and Calf while Joseph took Division III Reserve Grand Champion honors. Joseph and Patrick were also named Champion Fitting Team at the Junior National Show.

Thu
31
Jul

Bank sets the record straight on development loan figures

A StarTribune article entitled "Advice to take to the bank: 'Don't panic'" mentioned First National Bank-Maple Lake and not in a good way.

Thu
31
Jul

McBrady honored at Wright County Fair

Mary McBrady of Maple Lake was officially honored at the Wright County Fair during Senior Day on Friday, July 25, as the Wright County Senior Woman of the Year. She was presented with a plaque from the county and a certificate from Governor Tim Pawlenty during a Senior Day program on the fairgrounds.

McBrady was honored with this year's Outstanding Senior Man, Jerome 'Jerry' Specht of Buffalo.

McBrady offered words of thanks for the honor and said she gave credit to her large family. "It's a lot easier to get things done because everybody helps," she laughed.

McBrady said she was humbled to receive the award and accepted it as a representative "of all the wonderful woman in the county."

Thu
31
Jul

Aquatennial is the week of a lifetime

Miss Maple Lake of 2007/2008, Sarah Latour, lived the last chapter of her royal reign this past week when she joined 49 other young women from throughout Minnesota at 'The 10 Best Days of Summer,' the Minneapolis Aquatennial.

"It's all done," laughed Latour. "I'm officially a has-been."

And although Latour didn't leave the Aquatennial with another crown, she left with memories enough to last a lifetime.

"It was amazing," said Latour. "I know it sounds cliche, but it really was everything I ever hoped for and so much more. I know the week is whatever you make it, just like with everything else, but it was 20 times more fun than I ever thought it could be. I've never made so many good friends so fast.

Thu
31
Jul

Council gives green light to Birch Avenue project

After discussions spanning more than three decades, the reconstruction of Birch Avenue will take place this year.

At a special meeting with the Planning Commission on July 24, the Maple Lake City Council considered the issues involved through feedback received from residents and staff and voted to proceed with the reconstruction project.

Council member John Northenscold began the meeting by disqualifying himself from voting on the issue on the advice of City Attorney Rhonda Pagel. Northenscold said Pagel told him just prior to the start of the meeting that his status as a Birch Avenue resident could create legal difficulties for the bond issued for the project and he left the council's table to take a seat in the audience.

Mayor Mike Messina started the discussion by noting that the project was delayed to look at its overall impact on the city's budget and levy, and to also make residents aware of sewer line infiltration issues and costs.

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