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Dec

Santa is star of Maple Lake Christmas


Skylar, left, and Serenity Meier tell Santa what they want for Christmas. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Santa Claus’ smile was still jolly after posing for more than 81 pictures with local youth, Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas In Maple Lake.
Mr. Claus rode in on a fire truck to Maple Lake Elementary where he and Mrs. Claus stayed for two hours, helping tykes on and off their laps, and listening to sometimes lengthy Christmas lists.

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Wed
07
Dec

Another successful year for Tree of Hope


Ron Wagner unloads games from his 74-year-old, fully restored Howard aircraft. Wagner, a member of the Zuhrah Flyers of the Shriners of Central Minnesota, and his passenger, Todd Schwartz, left, flew out of Eden Prairie.

More than 35 planes flew into the Maple Lake Municipal Airport, Saturday, Dec. 3, for the 27th annual Tree of Hope.
On each of the planes were dozens of toys collected from cities around the state for hospitalized children. A record number of volunteers sorted the toys in the airport hanger, then sent them back out by the garbage-bag full to planes or cars that delivered them to 38 hospitals in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin. A total of 115 bags were assembled using 2,875 donated toys.

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Wed
07
Dec

Maple Lake student wins Patriot’s Pen district award


Patriot’s Pen district award winner and MLHS student, Alyssa Hadler, poses with her award and Maple Lake VFW Commander, Bob Carnes. (Photo by Sue Hadler)

This year the Maple Lake Public and Parochial Schools had 131 essays written for the National Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Instructors Jennifer DesMarais, Eric Meyer, and Chris Paumen assigned their 6-8th grade students to write on this year’s theme “The America I Believe In.”
Maple Lake (Post 7664) had eight local winners who went on to district where 7th grader Alyssa Hadler took third place honors among 29 other district competitors. From area Posts there were a total of 416 students who participated, with Maple Lake turning in the most essays.
This VFW-sponsored Patriot’s Pen contest is a nationwide youth-essay writing competition that gives students in grades 6- 8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy.

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Wed
07
Dec

Holistic Holiday event at Pottery Farm


Members of the Dance Caravan amaze the audience by belly dancing while balancing swords on their heads. Dance Caravan and Shiver, two local belly dance troupes, performed at the Holiday Healing, Health and Happiness Event, Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Pottery Farm located in downtown Maple Lake. The dancers were just one of many activities that took place throughout the day to encourage healthy living. Besides the belly dancing demonstration, visitors were invited to shop the Holistic Holiday Sale featuring local vendors and artists, and take part in a variety of classes including yoga, chemical free cleaning and essential oils for a chemical free home, among others. After the belly dancing demonstration, visitors were invited to take part in a belly dancing class.
Wed
07
Dec

Local man joins city hall


Maple Lake native Sam Rassat is the new accounting clerk at City Hall. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

There is a new, but familiar face at Maple Lake City Hall.
Sam Rassat has taken over the reigns as the city’s new accounting clerk.
Rassat is a 2001 graduate of Maple Lake High School and has lived in the area most of his life. He is married to Kari and has five children, three girls and two boys ages three to 17; all are students at Maple Lake schools.

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Wed
07
Dec

Christmas gift bags assembled by volunteer “elves”


Fourteen “elves” at Maple Lake Manor volunteered to put together the close to 200 gift bags given away to children at the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas in Maple Lake last weekend. The residents who volunteered “really loved doing it. They had so much fun,” event coordinator Cathy Elfstrand said. They are, Bev Pittman, Celia Marquette, Irene Marquette, Amy Burg, Annette Choquette, Sandy Wurm, Kay Yerxa, Donna Anderson, Kathy Jacobson, Deb Pauly, Judy Boltman, Marge McClanahan, Carol Northenscold and Ruth Rigenhagen. (Photo by Cathy Elfstrand)
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07
Dec

Wright-Hennepin Co-op Electric Assoc. Board returns $3.1 million in capitol credits to members

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) is proud to announce a $3.1 million capital credit refund to members. This is the largest amount ever returned in the history of the cooperative, and marks the 36th consecutive year that WH has returned capital credits to members.
Members who purchased electricity from WH in 1991, 1992 and a portion of 2015 will receive a capital credit refund, as declared by WH’s Board of Directors. Like last year, members will receive a check in the mail if their refund is greater than $5. Members whose refund is between $1 and $5 will receive a bill credit instead of a check.

Wed
07
Dec

County conducts annual truth in taxation public hearing

There are a few meetings during the year that the Wright County Board of Commissioners doesn’t like having. Topping that list is the annual Truth in Taxation hearing, where the commissioners defend the budget and levy they set for the following year. That meeting took place Nov. 29 at a county board evening meeting.
County Coordinator Lee Kelly explained the process of coming up with a budget and certified taxable levy each year and it is a marathon process that begins shortly after the new budget years starts.
“This is one of the final steps and the culmination of our year-long budget process,” Kelly said. “In springtime, the administration department, along with the assistance of the auditor/treasurer, begin putting the budget together with the beginning of discussions of the process of putting our capital improvement plan together.”

Wed
30
Nov

Santa Claus is coming to town Christmas in Maple Lake moves to elementary school


Christmas in Maple Lake will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at the Maple Lake Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo from the Maple Lake Messenger archives)

Santa Claus always receives a warm welcome when he rides into Maple Lake on the local fire truck. There will be nothing different about that this year when he arrives in town on Saturday, Dec. 3.
What will be different is Santa’s destination.
For years, Maple Lake Fire has dropped the jolly old man off at The V for the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas in Maple Lake party. This year he’ll be going to the Maple Lake Elementary School instead.

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Wed
30
Nov

Online shoppers have until December 1 to support the Maple Lake Library


The Maple Lake Library hosted their annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair on Sunday, Nov. 27, in Maple Grove. Above, Mrs. Claus aka Deb Geyen smiles with a future reader. A percentage of all book fair sales will be contributed to the library. Cyber shoppers have until Thursday, Dec. 1, to complete online purchases. Order online by going to http://www.bn.com/bookfairs and entering the book fair ID #12021697 at check-out. More info on this event will be in the next Maple Lake Messenger. (Photo by Marie Mavencamp)

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