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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.

Thu
23
Oct

Seat belt effort finds use at 87%

In a 10-day statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign that ended Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the state's overall seat belt use compliance is 87 percent, comparable to the record-high 88 percent use rate recorded in 2007.

DPS conducted a two-week motorist observational survey in August of more than 12,000 motorists in 37 counties. The state will receive $15.2 million in federal funds for both behavioral traffic safety initiatives and road safety improvements as an incentive for recording two consecutive years of belt use above 85 percent.

Thu
23
Oct

School board praised for new school technology

Technology is playing a growing role in the education of students and a demonstration at Monday's meeting of the Maple Lake School Board showed why technology is being welcomed into classrooms.

The district purchased 14 SMART Boards for use during this school year and four teachers provided a first-hand look at the changes the addition of that technology is making in their classrooms.

SMART Boards are interactive white boards that provide a touch-sensitive display which connects to computers and digital projectors. Science teachers J McClelland and Jeff Kubian, English teacher Ben Youngs and first grade teacher Ann Hagen showed board members how they are using the new technology.

Thu
23
Oct

MLHS grad makes dreams come true

One 2008 Maple Lake grad has gotten a head start on making her career dreams come true.

Bridget O'Loughlin was a regular in Maple Lake High School Drama Club productions and spent this spring and summer getting a big taste of her chosen profession.

In April, O'Loughlin was an extra in "Nobody," a film produced by Minnesota actor Josh Hartnett which will come out next year.

"It was a cattle call," O'Loughlin said. "They lined us all up and said 'yes, yes, no, no' depending on what they needed."

O'Loughlin was on the set of "Nobody" at various times for two weeks in the role of an art student. And she did have one close encounter with Hartnett.

"I didn't know it was him," O'Loughlin said. "He walked by and said 'Hi' and a friend who was with me said 'Oh my God, that was Josh Hartnett.' She was freaking out."

O'Loughlin also served as a stand-in for one of the film's stars.

Thu
16
Oct

Law enforcement prepares for seat belt sweep

Minnesota law enforcement will enhance seat belt patrols during a 10-day Click It or Ticket enforcement sweep that began on Oct. 10 and will run to Oct. 19. In the last three years more than half-612- of 1,212 total vehicle occupants killed during 2005-2007 were not belted. Another 1,298 unbelted motorists were seriously injured in crashes. To-date in 2008, of the preliminary 209 vehicle occupants killed in crashes, 128-61 percent - were not belted.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) is coordinating the effort that includes around 400 law enforcement agencies. Seat belt citations are $25 but can cost up to $115 with administrative fees. A similar May 2008 seat belt enforcement campaign generated 8,202 seat belt and 180 child seat citations.

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