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Wed
10
Sep

Dassel man dies in two-car crash

Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that at 1:34 p.m. on September 8, the Wright County Sheriff's Communications Center received a call of a two-vehicle crash with injuries at Rhoades Ave. SW and County Road 31 in Stockholm Township.

The initial investigation indicates that a 1979 Caprice Classic, traveling southbound on Rhoades Ave. SW, failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 1994 LeSabre sedan traveling eastbound on County Road 31.

Wed
10
Sep

Monday energy demands close Maple Lake schools

School closings are a common occurrence in Minnesota when snow, ice or fog present unsafe conditions for transporting students.

But Monday’s emergency closing of Maple Lake Schools on a day of blue skies, sunshine and 90-degree temperatures caught everyone by surprise.

Maple Lake was one of about 15 outstate schools that closed midway through the school day when Xcel Energy asked schools participating in its Energy Saver Program to reduce electricity usage due to high electrical demand on Monday. Other area schools that closed were Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Holdingford, and Paynesville.

And because St. Timothy’s School depends on District 881 bus services to transport its students, that school also closed on Monday.

Wed
03
Sep

Tickets still available for Sept 13 Firefighter and EMT Gala

A deadline of August 28 had been set to obtain tickets for the Firefighter and EMT Gala on September 13. However, tickets for the event still remain, so the deadline has been extended to Friday, September 5.

No tickets will be available at the door and coordinator Cindy Miessen urged residents to make the most of this opportunity to show appreciation and support for the Maple Lake Fire Department.

The Firefighter and EMT Gala at the American Legion Club will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner catered by Red’s Cafe Catering of Montrose at 6 p.m.

Entertainment will feature Gary Tyson, a hypnotist and magician from Mankato, and a program hosted by emcee Greg Thomes.

Wed
03
Sep

One-car crash kills Howard Lake man

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on August 27, 2003, at 9:35 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle accident in the 5600 block of County Road #7 SW in Middleville Township that claimed the life of Melmer John Lahr, a 69-year-old Howard Lake resident.

Upon arrival, personnel discovered a 1991 Ford Explorer to be fully engulfed in flames with heavy damage sustained by the front end of the vehicle. The Howard Lake Fire Department extinguished the flames and found that the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Lahr, had died at the scene.     The initial investigation indicates that Lahr was traveling northbound on Co. Rd. 7 in Middleville Township, when the vehicle left the road into the east ditch, striking a tree.

Wed
03
Sep

Fire Report

Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Dept. and Ambulance Service responded to the following emergencies during the past week:

Wed
03
Sep

Driving a bus wasn’t just a job for Mary Jindrich

After nearly 30 years of getting Maple Lake’s children safely to school and safely back home, bus driver Mary Jindrich is retiring.

And for Mary, saying goodbye to a job that made her a part of the lives of two generations of Maple Lake’s children is not an easy thing to do.

She took on the task of driving a bus when she was a young mother herself and Mooney Bus Company was in the process of transferring ownership from Clay Mooney to his sons, Phil and Marty. Three years ago, the bus company was sold to Roger and Karen Millner and became a part of M & M Bus.  Through the changes of ownership, new buses replacing the old, and seeing children grow to become parents themselves, Mary has enough stories to write a book on the life and times of a 30 year school bus veteran.  And 99% of those stories would be about kids.

Wed
03
Sep

Warrior Boats softball squad heads to national tourney

Exactly 20 years since the Warrior Boats women’s softball team last made it into national competition, they’re going again.

On September 18, a contingent of 15 players and five fans will leave for Salem, Oregon, as one of six Minnesota teams competing in the Women’s Class D Softball Nationals in the American Softball Association.

“We’re really fortunate,” said coach Jill Sandberg. “Some of the girls have been at nationals and some haven’t, so they are really excited about having this opportunity.”

Wed
27
Aug
Wed
27
Aug

17th Annual Fly-In planned for Sept. 7

The 17th Annual Pork Chop Dinner and Fly-In will once again be filling the skies around Maple Lake with colorful aircraft of every size and era. Set for Sept. 7, the planes are expected to begin arriving about 10:30 a.m. with the last to leave taking off at about 3:30 p.m.

The pork chop dinner, prepared by the EAA Chapter, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the members, families and friends of EAA Chapter 878 and by Wright Aero.

All dinner participants are eligible for door prizes, and the traditional grand door prize to be given away at the end of the day is a propeller clock, hand-carved by chapter member Marv Sikkila of Buffalo.

Wed
27
Aug

Additional patrols set for Labor Day

Motorists in Wright County will be seeing additional patrol cars during the Safe & Sober enhanced speeding enforcement and education campaign occurring August 27th-September 4th.    Law enforcement officers from Annandale, Buffalo and Howard Lake police departments will join Wright County deputies in an effort to prevent crashes on our streets and roadways by issuing tickets to violators.

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