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Airport to host Tree of Hope


The Maple Lake Municipal Airport will host Tree of Hope on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations and gifts will go to children in MN hospitals over the holidays. (Photo from the Maple Lake Messenger archives)

Once again the Minnesota aviation community is thinking of sick children by flying hundreds of presents to hospitals all over the state this Christmas, and Maple Lake is at the hub of the endeavor.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, dozens of pilots will fly into the Maple Lake Municipal Airport, cockpits full of toys and gifts that will be sorted and sent back out in planes or cars to more than 38 hospitals from Rochester to Duluth to Fergus Falls.
“It all started when we found other toy collections did not give to hospitals at holiday time, and often the families could not afford presents with the financial costs of seriously ill children,” organizers said.

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Evening Book Club brings new insight to Maple Lake


Members of the new Evening Book Club in Maple Lake are, back row, from left, Lori Hegle, Denise Blizil, Keri Wurm, Nancy Dearing and Vicki Decker. Front row, from left, Lisa Johnson, Joni Paumen, Jolynn Fobbe and Betty Thomes. (Photo submitted)

Since its inception in 2009 the independent, and 100 percent volunteer Maple Lake Library has continued to grow and expand, offering new books, new features and new programs.
The newest opportunity for local readers is the Evening Book Club.
Inspired by popular demand, the group meets at 6:30 p.m., once a month for an hour-and-a-half of good food, and good discussion over a good book.

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Thanksgiving Dance St. Tim’s gets the party started at annual fundraiser


Kylie Mauldin, Bridget Donnett and William Donnett dance in front.

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, friends and family of St. Timothy’s Parish School staff and students gathered at the Maple Lake American Legion Post 131 for the annual Thanksgiving dance fundraiser. Right: St. Tim’s students fill the dance floor in anticipation to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, friends and family of St. Timothy’s Parish School staff and students gathered at the Maple Lake American Legion Post 131 for the annual Thanksgiving dance fundraiser. Right: St. Tim’s students fill the dance floor in anticipation to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”
(Photos by Bob Zimmerman) 

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MN DVA Outreach and St. Cloud Medical Center Outreach

As most of you are aware, Launette Figliuzzi has resigned as the county Veterans Service officer and Wright County is in the process of hiring her replacement. This is to notify you that MN DVA Outreach has placed two representatives in Wright County. They are here to help with claims during this hiring process. Luke Johnson will be in the Buffalo office most Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kelly Jones will be in Monticello, at the Work Force Center, on Tuesdays. St. Cloud VA Medical Center Outreach will also be sending a representative to our office to help with eligibility and enrollment at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. Christine Dawson will be in Buffalo on Thursdays. As they are here for limited hours, we ask that you set up an appointment to meet with them. Our office will be making these appointments for them and we can be reached at (763) 682-7325.

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Sheriff’s department to utilize drone technology

In the days following Christmas, we’re likely going to see more flying objects in the sky. They go by many brand names but they’re commonly referred to as drones. As the prices on them have dropped to making low-end models affordable, more and more people have been using them and getting new and interesting camera angles.
However, when it comes to the police, the use of drones is often viewed as an intrusion of rights and an invasion of privacy. But, the reality of law enforcement is that any tool that can help in the crisis situations they deal with – from searches for lost children or elderly, active crime scenes like a potential school shooting or getting a different view of a car crash scene that requires collection of evidence. Having an eye in the sky is a beneficial tool that is becoming much more common.

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Notification of release of level three sex offender

The Wright County Sheriff’s office is notifying the public of a risk level three sex offender whom is being released to temporary housing at Wright County Jail in Buffalo, MN.
Dagan Michael Lasart will be released on Dec. 13, 2016. Lasart is a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a fair complexion and medium build weighing 176 lbs. at 5’ 8”. Offender engaged in sexual contact with an adult female victim. Contact included sexual touching. Offender concealed his identity and entered victim’s residence without permission. Force and a weapon were used to gain compliance. Offender was not previously known to victim.
The Wright County Sheriff's Office is available to provide you with useful information on personal safety. The Wright County Sheriff's Office may be reached at 763-682-7600. To report criminal activity by this offender or any other individual, please call 911.

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Sen. Bruce Anderson to chair Senate Veterans & Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee

Sen. Bruce Anderson (R-Buffalo) will assume the chairmanship of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee when the legislature reconvenes in January. The Senate Republican Caucus announced the decision during a Tuesday morning press conference unveiling their committee structure and rosters.

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As water temperature dips, DNR urges caution for boaters 30 percent of boating deaths happen on cold water

As the days grow shorter and the water temperatures dip, the Department of Natural Resources urges hunters, anglers, paddlers and all boaters to use extreme caution, especially when venturing out in small boats.
People on small boats, such as canoes, kayaks, and fishing boats, should take extra precautions to prevent being suddenly thrown overboard, swamped or stranded in rough, cold waters.
“Cold water robs body heat 25 times faster than air of the same temperature,” said Lt. Col. Greg Salo of the DNR’s Enforcement Division. “Should you find yourself in the water, righting your canoe or small boat and climbing back aboard is extremely difficult in muscle-cramping cold water. It’s best to not boat alone and to always wear a life jacket.”

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Schmid graduates from US Marine Corp

PFC Merlion Schmid of Maple Lake graduated from the United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA on June 17, 2016. PFC Schmid successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD San Diego. He completed one month of combat military training where he earned expert marksmanship at Camp Pendleton, CA and then two months training in motor transport at Fort Leonardwood, MO. PFC Schmid is currently stationed on the East Coast.

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Christine Husom’s book launch at the Book Break Dec. 10th

Frosty The Dead Man, third in the Cozy Snow Globe Shop Mystery Series by local author Christine Husom, will launch on December 6th. Husom will be at Book Break in Maple Lake on Wednesday, December 7, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., and at Buffalo Books and Coffee on Saturday, December 10, from 10:00 to noon for signings. Everyone is welcome.
The series is set in fictional Brooks Landing, Minnesota which local residents may recognize as Buffalo, the way it was about 30 years ago. Protagonist Camryn Brooks is a former legislative director who has returned from Washington, D.C. and is running her parents’ Curio Finds shop. Her friend, Alice “Pinky” Nelson, has an adjoining coffee shop, called Brew Ha-Ha.

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