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Seniors take a trip to the lake for a successful rainy day catch


Richard Summerlet doesn’t seem to mind the rain as he casts out his line Saturday morning in hopes of catching a big one. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Posing with some of the day’s catch is Mayor Lynn Kissock, Maple Lake Ambassadors Sydney Louis and Abby Bentley, and Maple Lake Lions member, Steve Mooney. Satisfied with the outcome of the annual event, Mooney says, “Harold Brutlag isn’t the only one with a honey hole on Maple Lake!” (Photo submitted by Steve Mooney)

It was a rainy Take a Senior Fishing Day, Saturday, Aug. 27, but that didn’t stop the fishermen and women from getting out on the lake, catching fish and having fun. Three pontoons took about 10 people out on Maple Lake for the annual Maple Lake Lion-sponsored event that gives seniors living at Maple Manor Apartments a chance to wet their lines. Richard Erdahl, Steve Loch and Chris Nelson volunteered their boats and their time to take the groups around the lake to their favorite fishing holes. When all was said and done, the crew cleaned about 32 fish which they fried up as part of the annual fish fry at the Manor that evening. Most were sunfish with a couple crappies thrown in, Lion Steve Mooney said. The group used bait donated by H&H Sport Shop.

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Benson, Jensen and Zelko indicted in Clough murder


Justin Jenson (left) and Edward Zelko (right) are both being indicted for aid and abet first degree premeditated murder and aid and abet second degree intentional murder. Shawn Benson (center) was indicted for first degree premeditated murder and second degree intentional murder for the homicide of Cheyenne Clough in June of 2016.

Tom Kelly, Wright County Attorney, reports that on Thursday, August 25, 2016, a Grand Jury returned the following indictments in the murder of Cheyenne Clough, DOB 4-4-97, of Buffalo: Shawn Benson, DOB 5-14-95, was indicted for first degree premeditated murder and second degree intentional murder and Justin Jensen, DOB 8-19-87, and Edward Zelko, DOB 4-11-90, were both indicted for aid and abet first degree premeditated murder and aid and abet second degree intentional murder.

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Lakers enter the third weekend of the MN State tournament

Week two of the Minnesota Baseball Association Class C tournament wrapped up last weekend with plenty of exciting games, including one extra-inning game that was played in the fog. Bad weather has not been a problem for the Lakers as they punched their ticket to the final weekend with their win on Sunday. Sunday also featured fellow North Star League teams Hutchinson, who advanced after an 8-2 win of the Fort Ripley Rebels, and Loretto, who lost a 2-1 game to the Prior Lake Mudcats.
Maple Lake 8
Waseca 1

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School’s still out, but teachers are in


Staff at Maple Lake Public Schools are hard at work already, preparing for the upcoming year. Above, staff participates in a Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training Program, Monday, Aug. 29. (Photo submitted)

Evenings are getting shorter, days are getting cooler, and once again, Maple Lake schools are becoming a busy place. Even though classes don’t begin until Tuesday, Sept. 6, the everyday hustle and bustle is underway as sports start up and staff prepare for the new year.
“I’m in all August,” said Ben Youngs who teaches three high school English classes and coaches cross country in the fall, speech in the winter and track in the spring. “I never get it all done in the allotted time.”

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Maple Lake Airport Fly-In expands to two days


The 30th Annual Maple Lake Municipal Airport Fly-In is September 10-11. (Photo from The Maple Lake Messenger archives)

The annual fly-in at the Maple Lake Airport for 2016 is being expanded into a two-day celebration of aviation. On Saturday, Sept. 10, members of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 878 are hosting their first afternoon fly-out, with a chili feed, bonfire, bluegrass music hangar dance, and an airport campout rounding out the evening. On Sunday, Sept. 11, the activities switch to the popular pork chop dinner, served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A hot dog meal is available for youngsters.

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Montrose death investigation

Sheriff Joe Hagerty reports the Wright County Communications Center received a report of an unconscious male lying in the roadway in the 500 block of 1st Street North in Montrose at 2:28 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The victim was identified as 18-year-old Justin Harvey from Montrose. The preliminary investigation indicated Harvey approached a pickup truck parked on the roadway and became involved in a confrontation with a passenger still seated in the vehicle. The vehicle accelerated during the confrontation, dragging Harvey a short distance.
Harvey was treated at the scene by deputies, Montrose Rescue workers and Ridgeview Ambulance prior to being transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.
Two adults were arrested and booked into the Wright County Jail on criminal vehicular operations and simple robbery charges.

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Board reviews capital improvement fund requests

For more than a decade, Wright County has earmarked money that has been turned back in its county department budgets into its Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) fund, a fund created to pay for projects that arise or have been put off as part of the annual budgeting process.
At its Aug. 23 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners was presented with the 2016 listing of department requests for funding of projects from the CIP-Finance Committee as part of the 2017 budget kickoff meeting.
Commissioner Mark Daleiden said that the projects that are seeking funding are ranked and determined which ones will take priority over others.

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Local 4-H’ers excel at county fair

Area 4-H Club members excelled at the 2016 Wright County Fair, earning blue ribbons and numerous championship honors, including the following:

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Cty. Rd. 108, Buffalo: Culvert replacement, traffic routes affected

The Wright County Highway Department would like to inform the public that culvert work will continue on County Road 108, and the road will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday- Friday, in various locations, over a period of two weeks, beginning September 6, 2016.

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MN dairy industry crowns 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way


Haley Hinrichs, of Goodhue, was crowned the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the MN State Fairgrounds Aug. 24. Hinrichs will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 3,500 Minnesota dairy farm families. (Photo courtesy of Midwest Dairy Association)

Haley Hinrichs, a 19-year-old college student from Goodhue, Minnesota, representing Goodhue County, was crowned the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the MN State Fairgrounds, Aug. 24.
Hinrichs will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,000 Minnesota dairy farm families. She is the daughter of Tim Hinrichs, and attends Iowa State University, where she is pursuing a degree in agriculture education with an emphasis in communications.
Twelve county dairy princesses from throughout Minnesota competed for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Meghan Skiba of Cambridge, representing Isanti County, and Morgan Krause of Buffalo, representing Wright County, were selected as runners-up.

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