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Wed
04
Oct

Governor encourages Minnesotans to help Puerto Rico relief efforts

Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith are encouraging concerned Minnesotans to donate and volunteer with qualified relief efforts, to assist those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. There are approximately 13,000 Puerto Rican people living in Minnesota, meaning many Minnesotans have family, friends, or other loved ones impacted by Hurricane Maria.
 “Many Minnesotans have families and friends who have been severely affected by the terrible devastation in Puerto Rico,” said Governor Dayton. “I thank everyone who has already supported the Island's tragic victims, and encourage everyone else, who is able, to support the qualified relief and recovery efforts there. I thank the courageous members of the Minnesota National Guard who have already deployed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”

Wed
04
Oct

Landowners asked to help keep snow off local roads this winter

As farmers prepare to harvest their crops this fall, they should consider leaving a few rows of standing corn to help control blowing and drifting snow, as well as improve visibility, on Minnesota roads this winter, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
MnDOT pays farmers to leave standing corn rows, hay bales or silage bags to protect selected state roads. Farmers are compensated per acre for leaving standing corn rows and per lineal foot for strategically stacked bales or silage bags. A typical standing corn row treatment is about a ¼ mile long and one acre in size, with 12 rows of corn left standing. Average compensation to the landowner is about $1,000 per acre.
This “living snow fence” can be designed and constructed to fit into individual land use and farming operations.  Ears of corn are allowed to be harvested by families, clubs, organizations and church groups.

Wed
04
Oct

County Board adopts 2018 draft budget and levy

For the last two months, the Wright County Board of Commissioners has been meeting with department heads and doing a line item-by-line item breakdown of the proposed budgets for 2018. At the Sept. 26 meeting of the county board, the commissioners presented their draft budget and levy for 2018.
“This is the culmination of many weeks of budget meeting put in by departments heads and staff in compiling our budgets and presenting it to you,” County Coordinator Lee Kelly said. “We are required to pass a preliminary budget and levy by Sept. 30. This is the last meeting that you have to take action on that.”
The draft budget came in at $126,252,299 – a $12.4 million increase (10.9 percent) over 2017 and a draft levy, the amount paid through property taxes by county residents and business, at $62,680,533 – a $4.5 million increase (7.73 percent).

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Wed
04
Oct

Minnesota Manufacturing Week

To highlight the importance of manufacturing, Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring the week of October 1-7, 2017, to be Minnesota Manufacturing Week.
Manufacturing is the state’s largest industry by gross domestic product (GDP). It supports 318,000 Minnesota jobs, while contributing $48.2 billion to the state’s economy. This output represents 16 percent of Minnesota’s private gross domestic product. Manufacturing accounted for about $18 billion in state exports in 2016.
Minnesota Manufacturing Week acknowledges and honors the important role manufacturers and their workers play in state’s economy. Plant tours of manufacturing facilities around the state, speakers, and educational activities are planned for this week and throughout the month.

Wed
04
Oct

Launch of Wright County Regional Watercraft Decontamination and Inspection Program

In a first for the state of Minnesota, Wright County has established a regional watercraft decontamination and inspection program. From October 11th through October 31, if you wish to launch a water-related equipment into Lake Sylvia (east and west), Lake John, or Pleasant Lake in Wright County, a free entrance inspection is required. The regional site is located at 1300 Business Blvd. in Annandale, and is open sunup to sundown.
After inspection, and if needed decontamination, the user will receive a Proof of Inspection to place in their tow vehicle and their water-related equipment will have a zip-tie seal affixed. When launching the water-related equipment, the user will place the zip-tie seal in a collection box at the lake access.
The new requirement applies to water-related equipment launched from October 11 through October 31 at public or private landings, with two exceptions:

Wed
27
Sep

2017-18 Homecoming Fobbe, Stecker crowned queen and king


Henry Stecker and Catie Fobbe were crowned 2017-18 Homecoming king and queen, Monday, Sept. 25, at the Maple Lake High School Homecoming Coronation. Last year’s royalty Ben Triplett and Jennifer Malwitz returned to do the crowning honors. Earlier in the month students chose 10 candidates to challenge for the honor. Above, the entire Homecoming court is pictured, front, from left, Caitlin Weege, Kaleigh Beehler, Linsey Rachel, Calli Maki. Back, from left, Quinn Youngs, Alex Toedter, King Henry Stecker, Queen Catie Fobbe, Miles Brown and Tyler Weimer. Homecoming week kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 24, with Powderpuff Football and HeMan Volleyball. Monday night’s bonfire was cancelled because of rain, and the Homecoming parade was postponed to Friday, Sept. 29, at 5:45 p.m. Throughout the week students will celebrate with dress-up days concluding with a pep-fest Friday afternoon and then the main event, the football game versus Holdingford, starts at 7 p.m. followed by a dance. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Maple Lake High School is celebrating Homecoming this week. At right are this year’s Homecoming candidates. Front row, from left are, Calli Maki, Catie Fobbe, Kaleigh Beehler, Caitlin Weege, Linsey Rachel. Back row, from left, Tyler Weimer, Miles Brown, Alex Toedter, Henry Stecker, Quinn Youngs. The week of fun, which included Powder Puff Football, HeMan volleyball, parade, coronation and bonfire, will culminate on Friday, Sept. 29, with the big Homecoming football game featuring the Irish vs. Holdingford. The game starts at 7 p.m. with a dance to follow.
Wed
27
Sep

Another fun festival


Marie Mavencamp spent the festival painting children’s faces.

The Maple Lake Knights of Columbus sold hotdogs, hamburgers and fries. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

It was a hot, but fun-filled day for St. Timothy Catholic Church’s 65th Annual Fall Festival, Sunday, Sept. 24. Visitors got some relief from the heat around 3 p.m. when a series of short showers passed through leaving a rainbow overhead.
A healthy crowd turned out for the event for games, entertainment and a shot at $3,750 in cash prizes given away.
This year’s big winner was Henry Mavencamp who bought the winning ticket for the $1,500 grand prize. Wayne Malachek won the second place $500 prize and Mary Lou Whelan, Julie Clasemann and Michelle Stevenson won the three $250 prizes.

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Wed
27
Sep

Library fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 7


Nan and Ed Paumen present some of the home-crafted items they will donate to the 9th annual Maple Lake Library Fundraiser. Accepting them on behalf of the library is Library Fundraising Committee Chairperson Terry Mooney, left. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Ed and Nan Paumen love to work with their hands.
For Ed it’s woodworking: intricately cut crosses, plates puzzled together with bits of walnut, cedar and cherry, baskets of sturdy wood that appear to be somehow woven together.
For Nan it’s quilting and canning: ornate, quilted blankets, pickled beets, bread and butter pickles, and whatever else her garden can produce.

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Wed
27
Sep

New pumps installed in Maple Lake

The Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Waste Water Commission has no more need of Maple Lake’s EQ basin after installing two new pumps at the Maple Lake site last week.
Plant operator Joe Haller told the commission at its Thursday, Sept. 21, meeting that the pumps were being installed that day and that the commission could now give responsibility of the EQ basin back to Maple Lake.
“There is no need for the commission to have the EQ basin now,” Secretary Kelly Hinnenkamp said. “The commission needs to make a motion to approve and send a letter to Maple Lake then Deb (Geyen) and Lynn (Kissock) can bring it before their council and get advice on what to do with it.”

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Wed
27
Sep

County board approves regional inspection plan for AIS

For those who enjoy Minnesota’s 10,000-plus lakes, the acronym AIS has become far too familiar. AIS – Aquatic Invasive Species – have contaminated many Minnesota lakes. Zebra mussels, Eurasian milfoil and the newest and most devastating invasive species, starry stonewort, have infested waters. Lake Koronis in Paynesville has become the example of how a lake can undergo a complete infestation.
Without the state taking action to attempt to create an organized program to combat the AIS epidemic, local governments have been forced to combat infestations within their boundaries largely on their own. At the Sept. 19 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the county voted to move forward with a pilot project funded through the Initiative Foundation.

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