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Board delays approval of sheriff’s reorganization plan

County government is always looking to streamline operations to maximize productivity and find ways of saving costs, but at times that comes with a price. Such was the case at the March 28 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, as the board discussed the proposed reorganization of the clerical unit of the sheriff’s department which would result in the elimination of two long-time employees currently in supervisory positions.

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Nutrition is Our Mission open house


Nutrition is Our Mission in Maple Lake had a full house at its open house, Saturday, April 1, to celebrate its grand opening at Oak Avenue South. Owner Debbie Wurm has been selling her high-quality, science-based products out of her home until now. Above, Cindy Woolhouse takes a look at some of the products Wurm has for sale at her new shop on Oak Avenue South.

Jordan Sifferle, Rayne Coughlin, Delaney Sifferle and Madison Gagnon enjoy a nutritious shake.
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National Public Health Week is April 3-9, 2017

During the first week of April, public health agencies across the United States celebrate National Public Health Week. This week is not only a time to acknowledge accomplishments over the past years, but it also provides an opportunity to reflect on how public health services continue to adapt and grow to keep up with our ever-changing world.

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Mar

Heavy duty washer plays role in cancer prevention


Maple Lake Fire Department Chief Steve Peterson stands by the department’s newest piece of equipment called an extractor. Similar to a heavy duty washing machine, the extractor will help protect firefighters from soot and smoke residue that have been known to cause cancer. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The life of a firefighter was simpler back when the greatest threat to life and limb came from the fire they were fighting. Today there is an invisible threat, and it’s called cancer.
Roughly 60 percent of firefighters (career, paid on call and volunteer) will get cancer compared to 20 percent of the general population, according to the International Association of Firefighters.

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Mar

Clowns and the Easter Bunny, oh my!


Marie Mavencamp, a member of the Wright County Clown Arounds, works her magic. Clowns like Mavencamp and newcomers to the art will have a chance to learn some new skills at Saturday’s Spring in the Clowns event that will end with a kazoo parade through downtown Maple Lake and other fun activities open to the public. (Photo submitted)

Maple Lake’s most famous clown is up to her old tricks again, and this time on April Fools Day.
Pricilla Mooseburger, also known as Tricia Manuel, owner of The Costume Shoppe and Pricilla Mooseburger Originals, has planned a clowning event, Saturday, April 1, that the entire community can get involved in.

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Mar

5th grade musical is a hit


Maple Lake fifth graders entertained the audience with a highly energized production of On The Radio, Thursday, March 16, at the high school auditorium during the annual fifth grade musical. From the Depression and WWII to Elvis, the Beatles and disco, the students performed songs like "Ain't We Got Fun," "Hound Dog" and "Footloose." Above, students respond to the music while singing "Ain't We Got Fun." They are, front row, from left, Roman Thompson and Haley Nelson; second row, from left, Tatum Stratton and Joseph Aune; third row, from left, Madison McLeod and Julia Jerome. For more photos see page 8. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)
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Mar

Cokato opts out of joining wastewater commission

In December, the Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Commission was considering adding Cokato to its ranks, now it looks like that proposal is off the table.
Cokato is instead preoccupied with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s announcement to impose stricter limits on phosphorous discharges, and is considering pursuing legal action over those limits, Commission Secretary Kelly Hinnenkamp said.
Three months ago, Cokato’s City Council revealed that it was looking to upgrade the city’s wastewater system, and requested the commission conduct a study on what it would take to add them to the regional facility.

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Mar

Local home values are on the rise

At their most recent meeting, Tuesday, March 21, members of the Maple Lake City Council received an update by Wright County Assessor Ken Yager on housing sales and prices in the local area.
Yager told the council that 82 permits had been issued in 2016, in addition to seven callbacks from 2015, for a total of 89. By comparison, 85 permits were issued in 2015 along with 17 callbacks from 2014, for a total of 102. Six new homes were assessed last year, and eight callbacks for unfinished properties remain to be assessed for 2018. In the previous year, nine new homes were assessed and seven callbacks had been slated for 2017.

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Mar

County approves proceeding with jail bond refunding

As Wright County prepares to bond for up to $40 million for its new courts building, it is also considering refinancing the $39 million remaining on existing bonds used to construct the county jail a decade before.
At the March 21 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the board discussed the options, which were presented to the commissioners at March 14 committee of the whole meeting.

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Wright-Hennepin members donate more than $58,000 to help local organizations

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) members who participate in Operation Round Up (ORU) donated grants totaling $58,100 in February.
ORU participants allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. The rounded amount is then used for donations to fund local programs. More than 80 percent of WH’s members participate in the ORU program. ORU’s board manages the generated money, which is held in a trust fund. Through a selection process and review of guidelines, the board evaluates funding requests on a bimonthly basis.
The ORU trust board approved the following donations on behalf of WH members for February:
• $2,000, Alzheimer Association, MN, funds to support Alzheimer Association programs
• $1,000, Boy Scout Troop #358, funds to update patrol boxes
• $200, Buffalo Grad Party, funds to support a drug-free, all-night party

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