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09
Jul

Pribyl Power


Trevor Pribyl helps at the fastpitch station by throwing by throwing a few fastballs himself to return them to the starting point.

Maple Lake Ambassadors Lori Elsenpeter, Courtney Klingelhoets and Blair Stewig sold concessions during Trevor Pribyl’s benefit on Sunday.

Some of the organizers for Trevor Pribyl’s benefit – Tonya Klug, Sara Youngs, Heather Haney and Chris Fobbe – pose with Rachel Pribyl (center) during the event that raised more than $12,500 on Sunday afternoon.

Brothers Trevor Pribyl, Porter Pribyl and Zachery Pribyl sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch of the Maple Lake Lakers’ game against the Loretto Larks at Irish Stadium. Trevor also had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch for the second time this season. He returned the favor by making bracelets for each Laker player featuring his number.

Jesse Puncochar takes his turn in the beanbag tournament as his opponent, Ben Youngs, looks on.

Trevor emerges from the dunk tank, a popular feature, with temperatures hovering around 90 degrees.

Doreen Fobbe paints the face of Madeline Lind.

Trevor Pribyl, right, poses with his parents, Mark and Rachel, and siblings Zachery, Jacqueline and Porter at Sunday’s benefit to support he and his family. The benefit raised more than $12,500.

 

Hundreds of people streamed into Irish Stadium before the Maple Lake Lakers took on the Loretto Larks. Their purpose was to support and raise money for the family of Trevor Pribyl, who was first diagnosed with a brain stem tumor three years ago.
That goal was achieved as more than $12,500 was raised.
“I’m very proud of our community,” said Tonya Klug, one of the organizers of the event. “I couldn’t believe the generosity.”
Trevor’s mom, Rachel Pribyl, couldn’t believe it either.
“There’s not even words that can explain it,” she said. “It was very, very humbling and amazing that that many people would cut their holiday weekend short to support us. It was amazing. I spent a lot of time hiding my tears behind my sunglasses.”
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
09
Jul

Intersection work to help complete future projects


Crews work to replace the water main and storm sewer at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Division Street. It is one of four intersections being improved to help with future construction projects.

 

Work is being done at four local intersections to make future improvements easier to complete.
On Monday and Tuesday, the water main and storm sewer were replaced at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Wright County Road 7, also known as Division Street. Water was shut off for businesses and residences west of the intersection to Robert Avenue North, east to Birch Avenue South and north to Minnesota Highway 55, with The V by HH and Madigan’s Bar and Grill operating with a temporary water source.
Maple Lake Public Works Director Jerry Sawatzke explained the purpose of the work.
“Four years from now, we’ll be able to work on this street (Maple Avenue) and not have to dig up the county road again,” Sawatzke said. “That’s the same thing we’ll do on Elm Avenue.”
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
09
Jul

Boat Parade


The Maple Lake Property Owners Association hosted a boat parade on July 4th.

The Deckers won first place with their “Save the Ta-Tas” boat.

The Stewigs took second place with a boat featuring the Maple Lake Ambassadors.
Wed
02
Jul

Ordination marks a milestone for Curtis


The Rev. Culynn Curtis and his wife, Meg, pose for a photo following his ordination on June 7.

 

Wed
02
Jul

Ordination marks a milestone for Curtis


The Rev. Culynn Curtis and his wife, Meg, pose for a photo following his ordination on June 7.

 

Wed
02
Jul

Dollar General plans mid-2015 opening in ML

 

Ground has been broken and the countdown has begun for the opening of a Dollar General Store in Maple Lake.
The store is slated to open at 800 Hwy. 55 W., at the corner of the highway and Spruce Street, in about a year.
“The store is currently trending for a grand opening celebration in mid-2015, but please note construction progress may alter the exact date,” said Dollar Genearl Public Relations Manager Crystal Ghassemi.
As of press time, the building permit had yet to be approved.
A traditional format is planned for the store, with a building footprint of about 9,000 square feet, including about 7,400 sales square footage.
As for why the retailer with more than 11,000 stores in 40 states chose to build in Maple Lake, Ghassemi said, “We look for places were we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
02
Jul

Preschoolers kick off Fourth of July early

Marie Mavencamp leads preschoolers down Birch Avenue as part of the annual Fourth of July parade. The event coincides with Preschool Storytime at the Maple Lake Library. More information on that program appears on page 4 and a full listing of summer programs at the library appears on page 6 of this week's Messenger.

Wed
02
Jul

Fire ravages pheasant farm, kills 500 chicks

 

An early morning fire on Thursday destroyed a shed housing about 500 pheasants at 6132 Co. Rd. 39 NW in Corinna Township. Robert Earley, who owns the property, suspects a heat lamp to be the cause of the fire because it appeared to have started where the youngest chicks were housed. Chicks ranged in age from 1-day-old to 16-weeks-old and the oldest birds were set to be released in the wild soon.
The fire also destroyed a 14-foot trailer containing windows, plumbing fixtures and other items. A nearby pontoon was also severely damaged, with only a gas tank and motor being salvageable. Eighteen Maple Lake volunteer firefighters responded to the fire at 1:40 a.m. The building, trailer and equipment were fully involved in flames when the firefighters arrived.  The firefighters were on the scene for about two hours. 
Wed
02
Jul

Four longtime county employees retire


Four retiring Wright County employees pose with county board members after a meeting in which they were recognized for their years of service. (Front) Bill Swing (information technology director, 31 years), Randy DesMarais (deputy assessor, 33 years), board chair Christine Husom, Genell Reese (vet services and nuclear/civil defense director, 37 years), Al Buskey (building management supervisor, 34 years). (Back) Commissioners Mark Daleiden, Charlie Borrell,, Pat Sawatzke and Mike Potter.

 

Typically county board meetings are “business as usual” type affairs in which the commissioners discuss contracts, ordinances and budgets. The June 24 meeting was anything but typical.
In an emotional meeting that brought several to tears, the county said goodbye to four of its longest-tenured employees – Building Maintenance Supervisor Al Buskey, Deputy Assessor Randy DesMarais, Information Technology Director Bill Swing and Veterans Services Director Genell Reese.
Between them, the four employees combined to provide the county with 135 years of service, making their collective retirements a significant loss to the county.
“This day is really unprecedented,” Commissioner Pat Sawatzke said. 

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