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31
Aug

Short-call substitutes

People who want to teach but don’t have the full credentials will have an opportunity to become certified as short-call substitute teachers under the Minnesota Limited, Short-Call Substitute program. A 4-year bachelor degree is required to qualify.
Resource Training & Solutions in St. Cloud has announced that it has coordinated a two-day program on September 22 and 23, to prepare individuals to apply to become limited, short-call substitute teachers.

Wed
24
Aug

Gear-Head, from rain to shine


Blue skies started to peek through the clouds Saturday afternoon during Maple Lake’s annual Gear-Head Get Together. The city was a motor-heads dream as Birch Ave. and other streets were lined with cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. (Photo by John Rivers)

Maple Lake’s sixth annual Gear-Head Get Together was a success, according to organizers who estimate more than 300 cars and 50-plus motorcycles were showcased, Saturday, Aug. 20.
Birch Avenue and parts of Division Street were lined for most of the day with everything from classic cars to pedal bikes, some in pristine condition and others works-in-progress. All were gems to the spectators who came to see them. The threat of rain dampened attendance somewhat, according to coordinator Scott Chantland, who estimated a crowd about two-thirds the size of last year’s, and in the early afternoon the sky finally opened up. Despite the rain, organizers were happy with the outcome.

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Wed
24
Aug

New owner revitalizes Maple Lake Bowl


Lara Erickson, of Clearwater, is the new owner of Maple Lake Bowl and The Pines Bar and Grill located at 320 Maple Ave. in Maple Lake. (Photo by Kayla Erickson)

After closing for a brief period earlier this summer, the Maple Lake bowling alley is open again under the direction of new owner, Lara Erickson.
Erickson, of Clearwater, bought the business from Amy Koch and has been operating it under her name until she officially closes on it in October.
Koch, who owned Maple Lake Bowl for nearly four years, put the bowling alley up for sale, but when she received no takers she closed it at the end of June.

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Wed
24
Aug

Lakers move on to face Class 5 top seed


The Maple Lake Lakers defeated the St. Peter Saints 6-0. They will go on to play the Waseca Braves in Dassel on Sunday at 5 p.m. (Photo by Hailee Malachek)

The Maple Lake Lakers started their play-off run with a dominating performance over the St. Peter Saints last Saturday night in Dassel. The Lakers were the first team from the North Star League to advance after Delano lost to the Raymond Rockets in the first game of the tournament on Friday night. Loretto will be joining the Lakers in the next round after a close 3-2 win against the Hanska Lakers on Sunday.

Maple Lake won 6-0

Wed
24
Aug

Exchange students enrich lives


The Workman’s brought Perez Bozal up to Nisswa to visit Babe the Blue Ox. They also went to Valley Fair and Mall of America. Pictured, from left, is Weston Workman, Perez Bozal and Lilly Workman. (Photo submitted)

At least three Maple Lake students will have a story to tell when they return to the classroom in a few weeks and are expected to talk about their summer vacation.
Lilly Workman, Sydney Von Arb and Andrea Peterson didn’t scale any mountains or travel the world, but they did learn a lot about Spain and France. All three had the opportunity to host a foreign exchange student this summer, so in a way, the other side of the world traveled to them.

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Wed
24
Aug

Locals ventured to Birch Ave. for a free showing of the movie “Up”


Movie lovers pulled out their foldable lawn chairs to enjoy Disney’s “Up” during Friday night’s, Aug. 19, Movie on Birch. The event, which is put on twice every summer by the Sherburne-Wright Cable Commission, attracted a crowd to Birch Ave. in Maple Lake despite some earlier dribbles of rain, to watch a movie on the big screen under the stars and win prizes provided by sponsor Thomes Insurance Group. David Northenscold went home with a new tent. Other prizes included state fair tickets, Twins tickets, a one-year AAA membership, and a number of free car washes.

Kate and her son, Hudson Rassat, enjoy some treats before the movie starts.

Maple Lake Ambassador Sydney Louis draws a name from the basket during the prize give-away before the movie. Looking on, from left is Greg Thomes from Thomes Insurance Group, the event’s sponsor, Bill Bruce from the Sherburne-Wright Cable Commission, and Louis’s fellow Ambassador Abigail Bentley. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
24
Aug

Financing secured for city projects

Street and sewer improvement projects took the spotlight at the Maple Lake City Council’s most recent meeting, Tuesday, August 16, as financing was secured for this summer’s effort and assessments were organized for another, just completed.

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Wed
24
Aug

Board approves commissioner district primary re-count

In January, 2012, thanks to the redistricting of Wright County due to its disproportionate growth in the previous decade, four new county commissioners came to the Wright County Board at the same time.
The only carry-over was Commissioner Pat Sawatzke, who started his stint as a county commissioner 22 years earlier. As Sawatzke prepares to leave the county board at the end of 2016, finding his replacement isn’t going to be easy – both in terms of replacing his experience and, as it turned out, whittling the field down to two candidates.

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Wed
24
Aug

Mother to speak for first time about DWI crash that paralyzed daughter, injured herself and two sons

WHAT: For the first time since her family’s life-changing crash, Erica Bodell will publicly talk about the injuries to herself and her three children that were caused by a drunk driver.
The Bodell’s family forever changed Nov. 21, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., when a drunk driver in Isanti County hit their vehicle head-on. Erica’s two sons suffered severe injuries, while her daughter, Havana, who spent three months at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare recovering, was paralyzed.
As the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) kicks off the end-of-summer extra DWI enforcement campaign Aug. 19 – Sept. 5, Erica hopes her story encourages people to think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.

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Wed
24
Aug

Roundabout project at Highway 35, County Road 134 in Buffalo on track for opening at the end of August

The Wright County Highway Department would like to inform the public that the roundabout construction at County Highway 35 and County Road 134 is currently on schedule for completion by the end of August.
The construction improvements will consist of the construction of a modern roundabout to improve safety and traffic flow through the intersection. It is anticipated that the construction work will last until the end of August, weather permitting.

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