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Maple Lake WWII hero earned Medal of Honor 72 years ago


Dirk J. Vlug being congratulated and awarded by President Harry Truman. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery. (Photo submitted)

December 15, 1944, Maple Lake born PFC Dirk John Cornelius Vlug, 126th infantry regiment, 32nd infantry division, was slugging it out with his platoon in the mountainous jungles near Limon, Leyte, as part of McArthur's effort to retake the Philippines (Battle of Leyte, 17 October 1944 – 26 December 1944). The fighting involved ongoing hand-to-hand combat against Yamashita's troops and causalities were heavy. This was the first step to end the Japanese three-year occupation and our forces lost 3,504 KIA, 11,991 wounded, 89 missing, to the Japanese 49,000.

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Wed
28
Dec

County board splits on record retention policy

For years, Wright County has sought to clean up clutter and space in the county courthouse as the world goes more paperless and documents of significance are determined to be of value to retain or dismiss. At the Dec. 20 meeting of the Wright County Board, this issue divided the commissioners as to which way to approach records retention.
Information Technology Director Adam Tagarro came before the board with a 16-page policy dealing with records and data management, including parameters for electronic correspondence such as business emails that qualify as records. Before Tagarro could make his presentation, Board Chairman Pat Sawatzke asked if the policy had gone through the technology committee and was told it had not, which became the lightning rod of the discussion.

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Wed
21
Dec

Maple Lake lights up for Christmas


Many Maple Lake residents are brightening their neighborhoods with twinkling lights this holiday season. Above, the blue lights in this yard on Albion Place cast a blue glow on the snow.
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Dec

School levy will fall by almost 5% in 2017


Superintendent Mark Redemske presents Board Chair Arnie Michalicek with a token of appreciation for more than 30 years of service as a school board member. Michalicek will be presented with a certificate at the 2016 Minnesota School Boards Association Leadership Conference in Minneapolis January 14. (Photo by Katie Friedman) CORRECTION: The Messenger staff apologizes for misspelling Arnie Michalicek’s name in the front page article of the Dec. 14th issue of the Maple Lake Messenger headlined “Michalicek gives up school board seat after 30-plus years.”

At their most recent meeting, Monday, Dec. 12, members of the Maple Lake School Board voted to certify the payable 2017-2018 property tax levy at $2,631,399.16, which reflects a decrease of 4.73 percent under last year’s levy.
Prior to the vote, Superintendent Mark Redemske presented the school district’s Truth in Taxation hearing, guiding board members through a breakdown of the 2017-2018 budget that included anticipated revenue and budgeted expenditures for the General, Food Service, Scholarship, Post-Employment Benefits and Building Funds, as well as debt service.

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Wed
21
Dec

Wright County Historical Society presents... Festival of Trees


just a few of the Christmas trees on display. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Wright County Historical Society’s 10th Annual Festival of Trees is free and open to the public. This display of more than 50 trees highlights local businesses, families, and organizations through a variety of traditional and uniquely themed, lit Christmas trees. There is also a Santa writing station, animated characters and an electric train display.
This season, the Festival of Trees will be open daily through Friday, January 6, 2017, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Tuesday nights open until 8 p.m. For more details please call 763-682-7323 or visit the WCHS Facebook page.
Please note: WCHS is closed on Friday, Dec. 23rd, and Monday, Dec. 26th, for the Christmas holiday.

Wed
21
Dec

From Cub Scout to Eagle Scout MLHS senior earns scouting’s highest rank


Above: Assistant Scoutmaster Bob Tollefson secures Nyquist’s Eagle Scout neckerchief during the Maple Lake senior’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony, Monday, Dec. 12. Watching are his parents, Charlene and Chris Nyquist. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Kenneth Nyquist was a round-faced, curly-haired second grader when he decided someday he would earn Boy Scout’s highest honor.
The rank of Eagle Scout is one many boys covet, but only a few have the fortitude to attain. In fact, according to Scouting Magazine, only about six percent reach it.
Today, Nyquist is numbered among those six percent.
On August 11th, Nyquist earned the Eagle Scout rank, and on Monday, Dec. 12, the Maple Lake High School senior celebrated his accomplishment with friends, family and the community at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Maple Lake American Legion Club.

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Wed
21
Dec

Maple Lake High School Winter choir concert


The auditorium was filled with wonderful music performed by the 9-12 grade choir of Maple Lake High School under the direction of Sue Nelson. The students entertained the audience with a variety of songs from Eric Whitacre's Glow to a couple selections from the well-known cappella group Pentatonix. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman) For more photos from the MLHS winter choir concert see page 7.
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Dec

Krasnow wins Mama’s Happy Military Mama Room Make-Over


Pictured, from left, Evan Krasnow, Tauna Wigfield and her son, Brady Wigfield, Amanda Ficek, Sue Krasnow, Jennifer Desmarais-Holland and Ann Layos. Wigfield, Ficek and Layos were all members of the group Mama's Happy. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Sue Krasnow, of Maple Lake, has won the Military Mama Room Make-over through Mama's Happy, a group that holds contests awarding military service members for their work as community members and their service as veterans or active duty members. Two winners were chosen by Mama’s Happy for this first-time giveaway.
Krasnow was nominated by Jennifer Desmarais-Holland, a sixth grade teacher at Maple Lake Elementary, with the help of her students and Sue's son, Evan Krasnow. Krasnow will receive a beauty make-over by Sarah the Hair Girl, a wardrobe make-over from Fashion Fix MN, along with donations from What Not Boutique and Von Maur, and a one-room renovation in her home.

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Wed
21
Dec

Christmas in Maple Lake raffle prize winners


Kyra Pauls

Grace Duske

At the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce event “Christmas in Maple Lake” held on Saturday, Dec. 3, two lucky attendees were chosen to win a 32” HD LED TV and a portable DVD player with headphones. Prizes were donated by Star Bank. Left: Two-year-old Kyra Pauls won the TV. Right: Eight-year-old Grace Duske won the DVD player with headphones. (Left photo submitted, Right photo by Nick Pawlenty)

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Dec

Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen’s Club recognizes five men


The Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen’s Club held a game feed at their last meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14, where five men were recognized for their dedication to the club. Each received awards for their 25 years of service to the club and community. They are, from left, Greg Thomes, Darwin Tietgen, Rick Eccless, Augie Legatt and not pictured, Maury Carlin. (Photo submitted)

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