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04
Jan

Sawatzke presides over final board meeting

At the time that Wright County Commissioner Pat Sawatzke sat in on his first meeting as a county commissioner in 1991, Wright County was about half the size it currently is. Twenty six years and more than 1,200 county board meetings later, Sawatzke presided over his final county board meeting as its outgoing chair.
Sawatzke chose not to run for an eighth term and addressed his fellow commissioners from the speaker’s podium, promising to keep his remarks short…sort of.

Wed
04
Jan

Wright-Hennepin employees donate more than $1,700/102 lbs. of food to Annandale Food Shelf


Chrissy Emery (left center) and Stephanie Merrill (right center) presented the Annandale Food Shelf with 102 pounds of food and more than $1,700 in donations on behalf of Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association employees in December. Accepting the donation for the food shelf were Managing Directors Jean (left) and Ed Skomoroh (right). (Photo submitted)

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) employees donated more than $1,700 and 102 pounds of food to the Annandale Food Shelf in December.
Employees donated money and nonperishable food items upon learning that the reserves at the food shelf were low. In exchange for their donations, employees wore jeans instead of dress attire throughout December, or were entered into prize drawings.

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Wed
04
Jan

Stellis Health ranks among lowest cost clinics in Minnesota

The total cost of care at Stellis Health is 17 percent lower than the Minnesota state average, according to a new report by the Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM) nonprofit. The report looks at clinic costs across Minnesota and assesses whether the increased costs are the result of clinics charging more or ordering more care like tests, follow-up visits and prescriptions.
“We strive to keep our costs down and this report validates that our providers are doing a good job at using health care resources effectively and wisely,” says Douglas Hanson, CEO of Stellis Health, PA. The MNCM report shows that Stellis Health was 8 percent lower than the state average on prices and 10 percent lower on the volume of care its patients received.

Wed
28
Dec

Grades 5-8 perform at band concert


Under the direction of music teacher Abby Hoselton, grades 5-8 band entertained attendees prior to Christmas on Monday, Dec. 19th, in the MLHS Auditorium.
Wed
28
Dec

Council salutes outgoing members


Members of the Maple Lake City Council expressed thanks and fond farewells to outgoing Councilmembers Bart Lauer and John Northenscold. Lauer was honored for four years of service on the council; Northenscold, for 30 years and five months. (Photo courtesy of Lee Ann Yager)

Members of the Maple Lake City Council took time out from politics to express thanks and fond farewells to outgoing Councilmembers John Northenscold and Bart Lauer at their last meeting of the year, Tuesday, December 20. Lauer was honored for four years of service on the council; Northenscold, for 30 years and five months.
Local businessman John Rivers employed the public forum to speak on behalf of his family, saying, “We’ve been involved in Maple Lake for 21 years, and I have to say, if it wouldn’t be for John Northenscold, Product Tech and Pace Industries would not be in Maple Lake. I want to make that very clear. He deserves a big part of the credit on that, at least 98 percent of it....I always said you should put a bronze statue in front of Product Tech to show an appreciation for what he did for us there, and later, thinking about it more, it should be gold plated.”

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Wed
28
Dec

Maple Lake WWII hero earned Medal of Honor 72 years ago


Dirk J. Vlug being congratulated and awarded by President Harry Truman. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery. (Photo submitted)

December 15, 1944, Maple Lake born PFC Dirk John Cornelius Vlug, 126th infantry regiment, 32nd infantry division, was slugging it out with his platoon in the mountainous jungles near Limon, Leyte, as part of McArthur's effort to retake the Philippines (Battle of Leyte, 17 October 1944 – 26 December 1944). The fighting involved ongoing hand-to-hand combat against Yamashita's troops and causalities were heavy. This was the first step to end the Japanese three-year occupation and our forces lost 3,504 KIA, 11,991 wounded, 89 missing, to the Japanese 49,000.

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Wed
28
Dec

County board splits on record retention policy

For years, Wright County has sought to clean up clutter and space in the county courthouse as the world goes more paperless and documents of significance are determined to be of value to retain or dismiss. At the Dec. 20 meeting of the Wright County Board, this issue divided the commissioners as to which way to approach records retention.
Information Technology Director Adam Tagarro came before the board with a 16-page policy dealing with records and data management, including parameters for electronic correspondence such as business emails that qualify as records. Before Tagarro could make his presentation, Board Chairman Pat Sawatzke asked if the policy had gone through the technology committee and was told it had not, which became the lightning rod of the discussion.

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Wed
21
Dec

Maple Lake lights up for Christmas


Many Maple Lake residents are brightening their neighborhoods with twinkling lights this holiday season. Above, the blue lights in this yard on Albion Place cast a blue glow on the snow.
Wed
21
Dec

School levy will fall by almost 5% in 2017


Superintendent Mark Redemske presents Board Chair Arnie Michalicek with a token of appreciation for more than 30 years of service as a school board member. Michalicek will be presented with a certificate at the 2016 Minnesota School Boards Association Leadership Conference in Minneapolis January 14. (Photo by Katie Friedman) CORRECTION: The Messenger staff apologizes for misspelling Arnie Michalicek’s name in the front page article of the Dec. 14th issue of the Maple Lake Messenger headlined “Michalicek gives up school board seat after 30-plus years.”

At their most recent meeting, Monday, Dec. 12, members of the Maple Lake School Board voted to certify the payable 2017-2018 property tax levy at $2,631,399.16, which reflects a decrease of 4.73 percent under last year’s levy.
Prior to the vote, Superintendent Mark Redemske presented the school district’s Truth in Taxation hearing, guiding board members through a breakdown of the 2017-2018 budget that included anticipated revenue and budgeted expenditures for the General, Food Service, Scholarship, Post-Employment Benefits and Building Funds, as well as debt service.

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Wed
21
Dec

Wright County Historical Society presents... Festival of Trees


just a few of the Christmas trees on display. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Wright County Historical Society’s 10th Annual Festival of Trees is free and open to the public. This display of more than 50 trees highlights local businesses, families, and organizations through a variety of traditional and uniquely themed, lit Christmas trees. There is also a Santa writing station, animated characters and an electric train display.
This season, the Festival of Trees will be open daily through Friday, January 6, 2017, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Tuesday nights open until 8 p.m. For more details please call 763-682-7323 or visit the WCHS Facebook page.
Please note: WCHS is closed on Friday, Dec. 23rd, and Monday, Dec. 26th, for the Christmas holiday.

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