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Thu
26
Oct

Big band to raise big money for food shelf


Above, the full band for Morpheus playing at Bethlehem UCC October 28. (Photo submitted)

The Bethlehem United Church of Christ is proud to present Morpheus in Concert, Saturday, Oct. 28, as not only a good-will offering to the community, but as a fundraiser for the Annandale-Maple Lake-South Haven food shelf when they need it most.

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Thu
26
Oct

Council considers chicken ban challenge

At their most recent meeting, Tuesday, October 17, Maple Lake City Council members were prompted by resident Susan Anderson to consider a change in a city ordinance and allow chickens to be kept within city limits.
Responding in person to an ordinance violation notice, Anderson contended that as fowl, chickens should not be “lumped in” with livestock restrictions, but rather, should be considered as pets.
In a letter to the city council sent prior to the meeting, Anderson noted that backyard hens differ from livestock in that they are not kept with roosters, not used for breeding, that eggs are not sold, and that the number of hens would be too small to constitute a profitable venture in either eggs or meat.

Thu
26
Oct

Changes to zoning ordinance are now in effect

The Maple Lake City Council has approved a number of zoning ordinance amendments as recommended by the Planning Commission. The following summary has been approved for publication, upon which these ordinance amendments will become effective. Copies of the entire text of the ordinances will be posted at City Hall and at the Maple Lake Library.
In Section 41 (Accessory Buildings, Structures and Uses), under location regulations for residential districts, additional language was added regarding alley setbacks; Subdivision 3 regarding corner lots was added. Under Dimensional Limits and Construction Standards, Subdivision 8, regarding prohibition of metal corrugated siding or permanent sheet-metal, was removed, as was Subdivision 9, regarding roof pitch. All references to 120 square feet or smaller were changed to 200 square feet or smaller.

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Thu
26
Oct

County approves adding donated property to park system

When Wright County spent millions of dollars and got many millions more in grant funding to purchase the Bertram Chain of Lakes Park property, it was made clear that the days of the county buying property for its parks system was going to be over for a long time.
However, gifted property is a different story. At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, Parks and Recreation Administrator Marc Mattice presented the board with a proposed donation of 16½ acres of property adjacent to current county park land that the owner wants to remain undeveloped.
“It’s next to Albert Yeager Nature Area,” Mattice said. “That’s in Victor Township and it’s a wetland restoration site – native prairie (grasses) and some trees. It has a small hiking trail. Landowners in the area actually asked us to put the trail in a few years ago because they want to walk out there. Once every three weeks, we go mow a little section of trail.”

Thu
26
Oct

Irish football team earns No. 3 seed for playoffs


No. 30 Ben Reilley pushes through heavy Bulldog defense during Wednesday’s game in Paynesville. Reilley was 4-for-28 rushing.

No. 4 Brock Goelz makes a leaping catch despite Bulldog opposition.

The Irish are coming off a 52-18 loss to Mid-State Sub 1 foe Paynesville, Wednesday, Oct. 18, as they enter the post season this week. The team finished off the regular season with a 3-5 overall record after falling to the now 6-2 Bulldogs in Paynesville.
Despite a one-yard run by Alex Toedter in the first quarter followed by a sound kick by Andy Mavencamp, the Bulldogs managed to take an early 12-7 lead over the Irish, Wednesday.
Paynesville struck again in the second quarter for eight. Mavencamp attempted to close the gap, securing three more points for the Irish to make it 20-10 in Paynesville’s favor at the half.
The Bulldogs dominated the third quarter to boost their lead to 40-18. Ben Goelz contributed a 38-yard run for Maple Lake. The extra two points were good.
Paynesville secured two more touchdowns in the final quarter for good measure to come away with the 52-18 win.

Wed
18
Oct

Being a firefighter


Fire Chief Steve Peterson explains his job and what his team uses to put out fires and how they help in emergencies to a group of kindergarteners in front of one of the fire trucks.

Andy Novotny gets a laugh as he is fitted with a real firefighter’s jacket.

Kaeden Klatt, a kindergartener in Carol Tongen's class, gets a taste of the adventure by getting behind the wheel of one of the fire trucks at the fire department, and luckily he did not have any fire calls at the time.

Kindergarteners got a taste of what it is like to be a firefighter on a school trip to the fire department. Above left, Annie Jost's kindergarten class poses for a picture in front of one of the fire trucks. They are, from left, back row: Liam Blair, Jace Potack, Jack Paumen, Kenna Hennen, Brooklyn Rasset, Rylynn Harmon, Kelsey Golby, Abbi Inderrieden, Ben Norgren, Andy Novotny, Avianna Skay. Front row: Jackson Krauze, Whitler Chlan, Archie Sailer, Grady Allerson, Mindy Wooldridge, Izzy Paumen, Maeycyn Nix, Kaitlyn Uecker, Aidan Skay, King Smith, Reylyn Korbel.
Wed
18
Oct

Volunteers wanted for mission in Africa


Carol McBrady, center, founded Action for Children Zambia in 2003. While in Maple Lake this month, she and others are trying to put together a local mission group to further help the children in her care.

Fourteen years ago, Maple Lake native Carol McBrady initiated a movement that would improve the lives of thousands of children living on the streets of Zambia, Africa. She named her project Action for Children Zambia, and since then, has helped serve approximately 300 street children each year in some capacity.
Today she wants other small-town Minnesotans to have the opportunity to lend a hand in the way she has. That is why she and several others from Maple Lake are initiating a new group called Bridging Zambia that she hopes will create an even stronger connection between the community she once called home and the one that has become her home.
The group’s vision is to send a mission group to Africa comprised of locals who are willing to donate their skills and talents to the Action for Children Zambia cause.

Wed
18
Oct

Burning leaves could be bad for your health


Burning leaves generates large quantities of carbon monoxide, particulates, and at least seven proven cancer-causing substances. (Photo submitted)

A certain crispness in the air and the dry sounds of rustling leaves are common indicators that autumn has arrived. Another tell-tale sign of the changing season is the smell of burning leaves.
Open leaf burning is a common practice in Maple Lake and allowed within city limits from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, but is it healthy?
According to the American Journal of Public Health, burning leaves generates large quantities of carbon monoxide, particulates, and at least seven proven cancer-causing substances. The smoke can also severely increase breathing problems in people who suffer from asthma.
“For one month, from morning to night the town is nothing but a haze,” said Maple Lake City Council Member Deb Geyen who asks residents to be considerate of their neighbors this fall when burning leaves, or to even “think twice about burning at all.”

Wed
18
Oct

School board reviews levy and bond proposals

At their most recent meeting, Tuesday, October 10, the Maple Lake School Board viewed a PowerPoint presentation on the schools’ operating levy and general obligation bond proposals, followed by the demonstration of an accompanying tax impact calculator. The presentation, narrated by Superintendent Mark Redemske, explains why the referendum is necessary and how any approved funds will be put to use. The tax impact calculator allows residents to see a calculated monthly cost to their individual properties for each of the two ballot questions. Citizens are invited to visit www.maplelake.k12.mn.us to determine their individual tax impact and to obtain more information.

Wed
18
Oct

Minnesotans can seek winter protection under the Cold Weather Rule and apply for heating assistance

As temperatures drop and heating bills rise, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Public Utilities Commission want Minnesotans to know about help that is available from the state’s Cold Weather Rule and Energy Assistance Program.
The Cold Weather Rule protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off during the winter months. The Energy Assistance Program helps eligible Minnesota homeowners and renters pay for home heating costs.
“The Cold Weather Rule and our Energy Assistance Program are here to help Minnesota families who struggle with home heating costs to get through our cold winters,” said Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency includes the state energy office. “We want to make sure Minnesotans are safe and warm in their homes this winter.”

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