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Wed
26
Oct

Council contends with disagreements

A schism between two factions of thought was evident at the most recent meeting of the Maple Lake City Council Tuesday, March 18, as council members found several agenda items over which to disagree.
The first point of contention was an upcoming goal-setting session that Councilmember Deb Geyen proposed to delay until after the November 8 election.
“To me, it makes more sense to wait until the new people are on board to start this whole session,” Geyen said. “Maybe by then we will have our economic developer, of whichever company that may be, so they can be on board.”

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Wed
26
Oct

Nutrition is Our Mission


Debbie Wurm stands in front of the future site of her new business, Nutrition is Our Mission, located at 21 Oak Ave. S., in Maple Lake, Wurm hopes to bring a convenient one-stop shop for health and well-being. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

A new business will be coming to downtown Maple Lake, and will be very beneficial to health and well-being. Debbie Wurm, with the help of Herbalife, wants to create a health and wellness opportunity that will benefit residents and in some cases, Wurm hopes, travelers making their way through town.

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Wed
26
Oct

County remains in legal battle with state auditor

For much of 2016, Wright County has been pulled into a legal battle between State Auditor Rebecca Otto and the Minnesota Legislature over a law passed last spring that gave counties an option to have outside audits done to save taxpayer money. At the Oct. 18 meeting of the Wright County Board, it was learned the county may have to fight the case all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Assistant County Attorney Brian Asleson laid out the developments in the case, which was heard in district court over the summer, and the ruling came down largely in favor of Wright and Becker counties, which were singled out in the lawsuit for what the county maintains were purely random reasons.
On Oct. 12, Otto appealed a district court decision to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. In addition, on the same day, she filed a petition for accelerated review to the Minnesota Supreme Court, saying the issues should be argued by the state’s high court.

Wed
26
Oct

Hole-in-one for Porter


Gary Porter made a hole-in-one Monday morning, Oct. 17, in the fog on hole #7 at Southbrook Golf Club in Annnandale. The hole is a Par 3, Ydg 143. Porter used a 7 iron.
Wed
19
Oct

Five candidates run for Maple Lake School Board

Incumbents Shelly McAlpine and Joe Paumen, along with Bill Neumann, Sandy Becker and Chris Paumen,
are running for four seats on the Maple Lake School Board.

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Wed
19
Oct

MLE students tour the Maple Lake Fire Station for Fire Prevention Week


Carter Johnson listens to his heartbeat in the back of an ambulance during his kindergarten class’ tour of the Maple Lake Fire Station. Firefighter Shane Caughey assists.

Maple Lake firemen, Billy Helmbrecht and Steve Peterson, admire Henry Halloran’s new duds. Halloran, a kindergartener at MLE, tried on some protective gear firemen wear on Oct. 12 when students visited the Maple Lake Fire Station as part of Fire Prevention Week. Students received the grand tour that included a chance to sit in a real fire truck.

Above: Kylie Frost tries on a firefighter’s hat.
Wed
19
Oct

Downtown Open House celebrates new businesses

There are some new faces in Maple Lake’s downtown who haven’t been properly introduced, which is why the businesses that make up that unique shopping area are holding a Downtown Open House on Saturday, Oct. 22.
There will be refreshments, drawings and lots of good deals from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the majority of the businesses on Birch Avenue, plus The Costume Shoppe on Division Street.
“So much has changed in downtown, but there are a lot of people who don’t know about it,” Cheryl Pullins, owner of Grandma’s Attic, said.
In the past two years four new businesses have moved into the downtown area: The Book Break and Love Inc. are two newcomers on the east side of Birch, K.T. Aesthetics is the newest addition on the west side, and at the south end, in the former hair salon, is Grandma’s Attic.

Wed
19
Oct

School board: New para hire approved as required

After a certain amount of hesitation and some stated feelings of conflict, the Maple Lake School Board has allowed for the addition of a paraprofessional to the high school’s special education staff, at a cost of just under $27,000 a year.
One of the district’s high school paras retired last spring, and at the time administrators had felt the program would be able to get by without replacing that position. But the new school year has brought additional enrollment, requiring additional hours beyond the capacity of current staff, and as Superintendent Mark Redemske told boardmembers, the state requires those needs to be met.
“I know nobody here is crazy about spending more money that we really don’t have,” Redemske said. “But I think we’re setting ourselves up for some difficulties down the road if we don’t approve this.”

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Wed
19
Oct

Ropes course takes all campers to new heights

True Friends Camp Courage in Maple Lake is home to a new high ropes challenge course that is entirely wheelchair accessible. The Challenge Course at Camp Courage allows all campers to partake in activities and experiences, including a giant swing, zip line and ropes circuit.
The traversing course includes harnesses for campers with full-body motion and for campers who are wheelchair bound. A continuous belay system connects the camper to an anchor point at all times. Once campers complete the circuit, they have the option to zip line down a 600-foot drop to the bottom.
The challenge course at Camp Courage was custom-designed and built by Universal Ropes Course Builders, Inc. and Director of Team Quest Jason Colvin. Construction of the course began in March and was completed on July 9, 2016.

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Wed
19
Oct

Former compost facility to be taken down

Back in the early 1990s, the concept of “going green” entailed composting on a gigantic scale. It was no longer a backyard operation by environmentalists and hippies. Wright County took a proactive approach, which the benefit of hindsight would deem an unqualified disaster.
Wright County got in the garbage business, which essentially forced all solid waste generated in the county to go to the facility built to handle it. A local government getting into private business is rarely good and the composting vision never materialized, turning the facility into a mistake taxpayers picked up the tab for two decades after the doors were closed to pay off the bonds.
At the Oct. 11 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, a summer storm may have provided the ideal end-game solution to the legacy white elephant the facility has been for longer than most would like to admit.

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