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Wed
29
Jul

City adopts social media policy

 

At their most recent meeting, Tuesday, July 21, Maple Lake City Council members approved a social media policy that will determine how web-based social media will be implemented and managed as part of the city’s overall communication functions.
It is the city’s intent to represent itself appropriately, consistently and positively on the Internet. The policy’s purpose is to establish procedures for creating and maintaining an online community presence in accord with directives established by city management. It also provides standards for individual employees regarding the use of social media for communication with citizens, colleagues and the world at large.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
29
Jul

Holy Cross Country Music Festival


Pastor Luke Baehr and Matt Wagner in the duet “I Am” at the Holy Cross Country Music Festival on Sunday, July 26.

Left: Vocalists Brian Warner and daughter, Katelyn. Violinist Marilyn Groth is between them. Right: Richard Eckman with harmonica and steel guitar.

Richard Eckman with harmonica and steel guitar.

Jayce Wagner on drums.

Pastor Culynn Curtis dressed for the occasion Sunday morning.

Chris Riviere, the band’s bass player.

There was a whole lot of toe-tapping and clapping by the audiences at this year’s annual Country Gospel Music concerts at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Maple Lake, Sunday, July 26. The day began with a Country music orientated church service at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Culynn Curtis presiding and a band led by Matt Wagner and featuring vocalists Brian Warner and his daughter, Katelyn. The day gave way to a silent auction, bake sale, pork chop dinner, outside games and two evening concerts with Pastor Luke Baehr, Silver Creek Community Church, narrating. 

Wed
29
Jul

County bids farewell to long-time assessor

 

It isn’t unusual for Wright County to say goodbye to a longtime employee. County government work has a high rate of retention of employees. When a venerable county veteran decides to call it a career, it’s typically his or her decision and it is cause for celebration.
But, at the July 21 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the county said a goodbye that nobody wanted to see. Former County Assessor Greg Kramber sustained near-death injuries in a head-on car crash Feb. 23, 2014, on Hwy. 55 in Maple Lake at 53rd Street Northwest. Kramber, returning home from church with his 11-year-old son, suffered life-altering injuries in the crash.
More information appears in this week's Messesnger.
Wed
29
Jul

A Grand Jury determines an indictment on Besser


Christopher Besser (left) and his father, Todd Besser.

 

Wed
22
Jul

Chapman’s win 11th Annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament


Barb Schneider and daughter, Missy, exhibit the sign displayed each year in memory of Christopher, who was an avid fisherman.

Wayne Chapman, left, and his son, Paul, winners of the 11th annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament, held on Saturday, July 18.

Four-year-old Emmett Hayes of Excelsior gets a little help from Jack Kiffe. In the background is Doug Schneider.

Matt Schneider reacts quickly to a hit, but the fish got away. He and his partner, Ryan Holt, finished the tournament in third place.

Deacon Ron Freeman leads participants in a prayer before the start of the 11th annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament on Maple Lake, Saturday, July 18.

Jack Kiffe watches while Doug Schneider weighs his and partner, Marty Kiffe’s, catch.

Jeffrey Nelson from the MN Bass Federation put on Casting For Kids at the 11th annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament. Maple Lake Ambassadors Maddie Nelson, Maya Ortiz and Heather Blahut pose with the winners and their prized fishing poles. First-place winner was Gavin Simon.

Jeffrey Nelson from the MN Bass Federation put on Casting For Kids at the 11th annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament. Maple Lake Ambassadors Maddie Nelson, Maya Ortiz and Heather Blahut pose with the winners and their prized fishing poles. Taking second place was Leila Dalum.

Jeffrey Nelson of New Brighton helps four-year-old Emmett Hayes of Excelsior cast the lure onto the target during the kids casting clinic. Nelson volunteered his time to put on the casting clinic on Saturday.

Jeffrey Nelson from the MN Bass Federation put on Casting For Kids at the 11th annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament. Maple Lake Ambassadors Maddie Nelson, Maya Ortiz and Heather Blahut pose with the winners and their prized fishing poles. Jaleal Gray, Emmett Hayes, and Sydney Hayes all tied for third place.

The 11th annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament on Maple Lake was once again a success Saturday, July 18, with several trophy worthy bass reeled in including a 4.34 pound whopper caught by Jack Kiffe that won the biggest fish prize.

More information appears in this week's Messenger.

Wed
22
Jul

3 of a Kind Bike Run to benefit veterans


There was a rumble as the bikers rolled into Maple Lake on Saturday for the 3 of a Kind Bike Run.

The ride left Clearwater Corners and the first stop was American Legion Post #131 in Maple Lake, from there they rode to the Legion Club in Howard Lake, LaLa's in South Haven and to the Legion Club in Clearwater where the riders enjoyed a spaghetti dinner, silent and live auctions and enjoyed the music of Outside Recess.

 

Over 90 bikers took part in the third annual “3 of a Kind” Bike Run Benefit on Saturday, June 18th. Members of the Maple Lake Fire Department escorted bikers from the Clearwater Legion Club on a ride that took them through Maple Lake, a ride which culminated with a spaghetti dinner, an auction and live music, with proceeds going to help improve the lives of war veterans.
“3 of a Kind” began as a memorial for three men: Jeff Colbenson, of Maple Lake, and Brett Johnson, of Becker, who were killed in a plane crash in 2010, and Matt Steffens, from Monticello, killed in a motorcycle crash two years earlier.  The event quickly grew, from some 30 bikers the first year to upwards of 100 (and even more) in succeeding years.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
22
Jul

Horse theft in Clearwater


Pictured are the two missing horses on the left and right. The mostly white horse in the middle is not missing.

 

On Friday, July 17, the Stearns County Sheriffs’ Office was dispatched to a theft of two horses from the address of 20202 9th Ave. E in Lynden Township, Clearwater. The complainant in the theft reported that two horses are missing from within the fenced area and were last seen by the owners on Friday, July 10th. The horses were not wearing their halters at that time and the halters are also missing.
The horses are described as paint geldings. One is a 9-year-old sorrel and white tobiano named Ace and is 15 hands tall. The other is a 6-year-old dun and white overo named Taykota and is slightly shorter than the other.
Both horses are people oriented and are friendly.
 
Wed
22
Jul

Clowns around town


The Clown Arounds at Annandale’s Fourth of July parade.

Marie Mavencamp facepainting on arms and cheeks during the Gear-Head Get Together.

Perhaps you’ve enjoyed their antics at a parade in Annandale, Buffalo, Eden Valley or Monticello.  Maybe you laughed at them as they collaborated with the Irish Washer Women in Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.  Possibly they have entertained your children or brightened the day of a relative living in a nursing home.  They are the Clown Arounds, and they have been in the “funny” business since August 9, 2006, when eight adults and two children held the first meeting of the club.  Charter member and first president of the organization, Maple Lake businessman, Darrell Jensen, had been encouraged to attend the Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp by Tricia Manuel.  He enjoyed the experience so much that six weeks later he decided to start a clown club.  Manuel agreed to be the club’s education supervisor/mentor, and Marie Mavencamp agreed to be the group’s historian.

More information appears in this week's Messenger.

Wed
22
Jul

Friday night’s storm meant lights out for some Maple Lake residents

 

Thirty-eight houses were reportedly out of power until late in the afternoon Saturday, July 18, after a storm swept through Maple Lake Friday night, July 17. This branch from a willow tree snapped off in the high winds and fell on these power lines that snapped the top of the pole off on Sunset Street East in Maple Lake. According to resident Jayne Spaeth, the neighborhood was out of power from just before midnight until after 4 p.m. the next day. Xcel Energy was still working on restoring power at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, and were at that time hoping to have it back on within the hour, Spaeth said.
 

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