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Flyers deliver donated gifts to hospitals for the Tree of Hope


From left, Steve Guetter, Kjersti Kittelson and Wayne Flury carry donated toys from their airplane into the hangar at the Maple Lake Municipal Airport where they will be sorted and given back to pilots to deliver to 35 hospitals around Minnesota and one in Wisconsin.

Kurt Olson loads a bag of toys into his Cessna 172 RG. He’ll be flying to the Blaine-Anoka area to deliver the toys.

From left, Kjersti Kittelson, Steve Guetter and Scott Klein watch as airplanes filled with toys taxi down the runway. By lunch time, Saturday, most of the toys were bagged and loaded onto planes that would carry them to sick children in need of a little holiday cheer.

Angel Arabbo, on the far side of the first table, and Thuy Pieper, across from him, were two of many volunteers that sorted and labeled toys that arrived at the Maple Lake airport on Saturday. According to coordinator Elaine Morrow, the beautiful weather brought in a record number of airplanes to help distribute toys. A number of cars were also used to deliver toys to hospitals in the metro area.

Monika Bell of Maple Grove sorts through a heaping pile of donated toys. Bell is a member of the Minnesota chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women’s pilots that helps to organize the Tree of Hope. It is the only charity of its kind in Minnesota.

Wyatt Ericson, left, and his dad, Tim Ericson, have the job of labeling incoming donations. Tim is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 237.

Chris Kocinski stands by her plane with a load of toys that she will fly back to her home airport in Anoka. The gifts will then be delivered by car to four area hospitals.

A record 19 planes carrying volunteers and toys from across Minnesota arrived in Maple Lake, Saturday, Dec. 6, for the 25th annual Tree of Hope fundraiser. The toys will be given to children who find themselves in the hospital over the holidays.

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Elementary students get into the holiday spirit at concert


First graders keep their eyes on music teacher Abby Klumb as she directs them through the animated song, “Reindeer Love to Boogie.”

First graders Grace Ronnenberg, Daisy Auna Hohman and Alana Weiss perform a Christmas dance with their classmates.

A second grader discreetly waves to someone she recognizes in the audience during the Christmas concert. Second graders performed “Tap, Tap, Tap” and “Rock Around the Christmas Tree.”

Third grader Adison Gorres, center, belts out “Feliz Navidad” at Maple Lake Elementary’s Primary Holiday Concert, Thursday, Dec. 4, at the high school gym. Pictured performing with her are, front row, from left, Ashton Daluge, Ty Rollings-Strand, Gorres and Dane Woolridge. Second row, from left are, Lily Sanchez, Ryan Cranston, Logan Salmela, Makenna Jude and Nick Jost.

Second graders Madilynn Norgren, left, and Logan Anglin, right, look like they are having a good time decorating Amara Schroeder to look like a Christmas tree while their classmates sing “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.”

First, second and third grade students performed classic holiday favorites with a unique spin at the school’s annual concert. 

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ML Township discusses street closing on Maple Lake

Maple Lake Township’s last meeting discussing the possibility of closing Donnelly Drive, between Dempsey Ave. NW and Dillon Ave. NW. will be continued on Tuesday, December 16th, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Lake Township Hall located at 6298 Bishop Ave. NW, (off of County Road 37) in Maple Lake Township.
Township board members will give the public an opportunity to comment before a member vote is taken at the end of the meeting deciding the outcome of this issue. Those interested in this issue are encouraged to attend.
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142 children visit Santa at Christmas in Maple Lake


Allie and Shay McClory pose with one of Santa’s elves.

Balloon twister, Shawn Sullivan, makes a balloon character for Tanya Manthie and her sons, Brogan and Gavin.

Firefighter, Mike Peterson, hands hats to Emma & Kylie Mauldin.

Left: The Maple Lake Fire Department brought Santa to meet the 142 children that were in attendance. The event was sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and featured gift bags, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and balloon animals.

Christmas in Maple Lake was on Saturday, Dec. 6, at The V by HH.

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Council approves 2015 tax levy and budget

 

Prior to setting their property tax levies and budgets for the coming year, local governments are required to conduct a Truth in Taxation public hearing that offers citizens an opportunity to ask questions about their cities’ proposed budgets. The City of Maple Lake conducted that hearing at the city council’s most recent meeting, Tuesday, December 2.

The hearing was unattended by local residents, but for the benefit of the record and the edification of those who view the meetings on cable television, Mayor Lynn Kissock read through the details of a presentation as prepared by City Clerk LeeAnn Yager.

Maple Lake’s property taxes are distributed among three entities, Kissock explained, with 43 percent going to the city, 30 percent going to Wright County and 27 percent going to School District 881.

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Dec

A gobblin’ good time at the Thanksgiving Dance


Mrs. Senger, St. Tim's Phy. Ed. teacher, leads Sierra McAlpine, Jordyn Demarais, Josie Niemiec, Kylie Edmonson, Kenyon Kingsbury, Alexx Skreen, Jack Peterson, Stephanie Bernards, Noah Beffel, Joe Rieber, Sam Marquette and other students in a dance.

St. Tim’s 5th grade students load up some of the food donated during the Thanksgiving food drive that ended on November 26. The food was taken to the Annandale Food Shelf. Pictured is Natalie Neumann, Clare Donnett, Emma Jude, Elizabeth Gendreau, Olivia LaTour, David Heimkes, Brooke Mergen and Paul Schultz.

Volunteers Kathy Loch and Brandi Brandstrom helped by selling candy to Erika Hannon, Kyrsa Smith and Alexx Skreen.

Zach Carlson, Noah Gindele, Carter Scanlon and Mitchell Koss have a blast dancing to the Macarena.

Among the many activities at the dance was a football throwing game where kids lined up to see if they could score the ball threw the hoop.

Puppy-faced Ella Peterson and Charlee Wurm visited the face painting table prior to getting out on the dance floor with Maddi Klapp.

Hundreds of public and parochial school students attended the annual Thanksgiving dance sponsored by St. Timothy’s Parish School on Wednesday, November 26, at the Maple Lake American Legion.

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ML Township discusses street closing on Maple Lake

 

Maple Lake Township’s last meeting discussing the possibility of closing Donnelly Drive, between Dempsey Ave. NW and Dillon Ave. NW. will be continued on Tuesday, December 16th, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Lake Township Hall located at 6298 Bishop Ave. NW, (off of County Road 37) in Maple Lake Township.
Township board members will give the public an opportunity to comment before a member vote is taken at the end of the meeting deciding the outcome of this issue. Those interested in this issue are encouraged to attend.

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