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Sheriff adds patrol hours for County Fair

Motorists driving to the Wright County Fair from July 30 through August 3 should be aware that officers and deputies from the Wright County law enforcement agencies will be ensuring their safety by enforcing child restraint and seatbelt violations. Forty hours of additional patrol hours will be worked during the five day event.  

"Children are most vulnerable to being seriously injured or dying in an automobile accident if they aren't properly secured in a child safety seat," said Wright County Sheriff Gary Miller. "It doesn't make sense for parents to love their children, yet put their lives at risk by not ensuring their safety. The number one cause of death for young people and children is automobile crashes."

The enforcement hours are funded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration through the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety and is part of Wright County's Safe & Sober program.

Wed
30
Jul

Sheriff seeks help solving arson crime in Monticello

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller is asking for the public’s assistance in solving an arson crime involving a structure fire at 216 Mississippi Drive in Monticello that was reported at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. Neighbors noticed the fire and called 911 during the Riverfest Parade. Monticello Fire Department extinguished the blaze, however, the house sustained heavy damage to the upper floor.

Wright County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Wright County Arson Investigation Team, which is made up of representatives from fire departments from across Wright County. It has been determined that the cause of the fire is arson.

Wed
30
Jul

Fight against MS is a family affair

Bette Cantin may not be able to get around like she used to, but she’s got plenty of folks in her life who are willing to walk in her name.

Last year, Maple Lake residents Jan Bakeberg and Terry Mooney took on the task of walking in the first annual 50-mile 2002 Multiple Sclerosis Challenge Walk for their friend, Bette, and Bette’s daughter, Nancy Wolff, who also has MS.

This year, Bette’s son, Mike, and granddaughter, Amanda, are getting ready for the first year of the new Colorado MS Challenge Walk from September 5 to 7. The walk will take Mike and his 16-year-old daughter from their home in Colorado Springs to Denver.

Despite the 15-mile training walks she and her father have been taking on weekends, Amanda said she is excited about the event.  “I heard about it on the radio, told my dad about it and he looked it up on the Internet,” Amanda said.

Wed
30
Jul

Aquatennial is not the end of royal work for Queen Jen

One of the Maples won a crown at the Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes coronation ceremonies on July 25, and Jen Pribyl couldn’t have been more pleased.

Jen, Maple Lake’s 2002-2003 queen, was this year’s representative to the Aquatennial. She and Miss Maple Grove, Sarah Strom, had come to be known as the Maples during the week of candidate activities leading up to the coronation. When Sarah was selected as an Aquatennial princess, Jen and the Maple’s alphabetical pals were some of her biggest supporters.

“When Sarah got crowned, we were so excited,” Jen said. “She was someone from our group and she is really a nice girl.”  Also crowned were Miss Lakeville Sandy Vucinovich as Queen of the Lakes; and as the second princess, Miss Clara City Courtney TerWisscha.

Wed
23
Jul

Exchange students visit Maple Lake families

New language, food, and friends are only a few of the adjustments Mireia Farres and Laura Rojo had to make when they came to live with two area families for five weeks this summer. Their arrival has kept the Tim and Judy Lamont and Jeff and Chris Blade households increasingly busy this summer.

Taking on an additional family member can be a daunting task. Yet both families believe that the experience was well worth any adjustments they have had to make. “We would have a foreign exchange student again. It is a good experience. It causes a family to become aware of how to adjust their lifestyle to help someone adapt to a new culture and home,” said Judy Lamont.

Wed
23
Jul

Police chase results in crash

A traffic stop in Maple Lake Township turned into a serious incident on Sunday when the car sped away and crashed into a tree during pursuit by a sheriff’s deputy.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, a Dodge truck driven by Brian Edward Heins, 26, of Buffalo, turned onto County Road 138 from Highway 55 at about 4:18 p.m. and nearly stuck a Wright County squad car head-on. Deputy Jolene Hartmann stopped Heins, who identified himself as Gene Christin Tallant. In a check of that information, the Hartmann discovered discrepancies and confronted Heins, who then provided his correct name. When Hartmann opened the door and ordered Heins to get out of his car, he sped off.

Hartmann pursued the vehicle for a short distance while Heins drove through ditches, fields and driveways before crashing into a tree at 1825 Donnelly Drive.

Wed
23
Jul

Annandale man killed in Corinna rollover

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that at 6:57 a.m. on the morning of July 18, the Wright County Sheriff's Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle rollover accident in Corinna Township that claimed the life of Nathan Stuart Callahan, a 26-year-old Annandale resident.     Callahan was traveling south-bound on County Road #6, approaching 81st Street NW, when the 1989 Oldsmobile that he was driving left the road and entered the west ditch. The vehicle struck a road approach, became airborne and rolled over before coming to rest.

The driver, who was the lone occupant, had to be cut free from his vehicle by the Annandale rescue squad. He was later flown by Life Link III to the St. Cloud Hospital where he died a short time later.     Nathan was the grandson of Ed and Kay Callahan of Maple Lake.

Wed
23
Jul

Meth labs are the root of many evils in Wright County

Are drugs a problem in Maple Lake?

According to Todd Hoffman, a sergeant with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department supervising the Wright County Drug Task Force, drugs are a growing problem locally and throughout the county.

Hoffman recently presented a program at the Maple Lake City Hall outlining the various drugs abused and the dangers that accompany such use, particularly in the case of methamphetamine.

“Meth labs have been on the increase since 1995,” he said. “In Minnesota, there will be about 300 to 400 this year and in Wright County, from 15 to 20 meth labs.”

Wed
16
Jul

Bloodmobile set for July 24

Did you know that blood collections decline during the summer, yet the need rises? The reasons are obvious and numerous. However, hospital patients rely on generous donors to give just one hour out of their busy summer schedule to help make a difference.

Your opportunity is approaching. The American Red Cross is coming to Maple Lake on July 24 from 1-7 p.m. at the V.F.W. Together, we can make a difference.

Shuttle drivers needed for Bloodmobile

There is an urgent need for shuttle drivers to take the donated blood from Maple Lake to the Blood Center in St. Paul during the Maple Lake Bloodmobile on July 24. Shuttles leave at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and drivers are paid mileage. Anyone wishing to help the Bloodmobile shuttles or seeking more information can call Cathy Elfstrand at 963-6277 (afternoons) or evenings at 963-5598.

Wed
16
Jul

Benefit provides aid after Wurm family house fire

The American Legion Club was the site on Sunday for a benefit to aid the family of Bill and MaryJo Wurm.

A fire caused by a sump pump after a big rainstorm on June 25 gutted the basement level of the Wurm’s home at 5424 Gunderson Avenue NW and caused extensive smoke damage throughout the house.

To aid the family, a committee consisting of Jodi Sawatzke, Sue Thrun, Lori Blizil, Jeanie Schmid and Tami Kotila organized the benefit which featured a pork chop dinner, door prizes, a silent auction and entertainment by Rhapsody.    Sue Thrun said the benefit turned out to be a great event.  “We want to thank all the people who came to show their support and all the retailers and vendors that donated,” she said.

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