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Wed
01
Feb

House and Senate leaders take first steps to address state health care crisis

The Minnesota House and Senate began the 2017 legislative session with a plan to provide immediate and temporary relief to the thousands of Minnesotans who are stuck with outrageous premium hikes and canceled policies in the chaotic individual health insurance market.
On top of this immediate relief to Minnesotans, the plan proposes a handful of regulatory reforms to improve Minnesota's health care system over the long-term.
These are just the first steps being proposed by Republicans to fix the present crisis created by the imposition of the Affordable Care Act regulations on the state's health care system.
What are these first steps exactly?

Tue
31
Jan

VFW Post seeking support for Veterans Memorial

A dream is closer to reality as the Wright County VFW Post 1901 is now seeking help for the funding of a Veterans Memorial at the post home on Highway 12 in Montrose.
The Wright County Veterans of Foreign Wars of Montrose and the Honor Project Committee are committed to seeing the construction of a permanent monument located at the Wright County VFW post home in Montrose. The monument will honor Wright County veterans that have served in any of the five branches of the military, including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard.
The goal of the Honor Project Committee is to construct a memorial that honors veterans with ties to the local community while at the same time promoting civic pride. As part of the fundraising efforts for construction of this memorial, the committee is asking for the support of Wright County businesses, organizations, and individuals to help make this dream become a reality.

Wed
25
Jan

Fishing Derby countdown has begun


Recent warm weather hasn’t been kind to the ice on Maple Lake which could affect the 42nd annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby. As of Tuesday, Jan. 17, the contest is still on for Saturday, Feb. 4, but organizers have set a back-up date of Feb. 11 (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Feb. 4th event to feature new attractions

As of press time, the Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby is moving forward despite warm weather that could affect the safety of the ice.
As of last week, there was 16 ½ inches of ice on the lake, which is good news, chairman Greg Thomes said. Last year at this time there was only 12 to 13 inches and continued warm weather convinced organizers to cancel. The ideal amount of ice for a contest of this size is 18 to 24 inches.
“So far this year we still have very good ice,” Thomes said late last week, but by Tuesday, Jan. 24, ice conditions had deteriorated to the point that organizers are worried.
“Now the ice is not good. We don’t want to jeopardize people,” Thomes said.
The Maple Lake Property Owners Association was to meet Wednesday, Jan. 25, to make its final decision. On the table is whether to go ahead with the Feb. 4, date, postpone the derby until Saturday, Feb. 11, or cancel it all together, Thomes said.

Wed
25
Jan

Council OKs development proposal requests

Members of the Maple Lake City Council voted Tuesday, January 17, to authorize Economic Development Director Jim Gromberg to start preparation of requests for proposals (RFPs) for the downtown city lot at Birch and Division as well as two tax forfeited lots in the industrial park and a city-owned lot near Dollar General.
The purpose of that action, Mayor Lynn Kissock explained, is to authorize Gromberg to compile information for the council to review before determining and prioritizing which requirements the RFPs will contain. The council has scheduled strategic planning sessions to take place February 1 and 2 at which the plan is to assemble specific criteria regarding proposals for each separate property.

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Wed
25
Jan

MLFD assists in Corinna Township barn fire


The Maple Lake Fire Department assisted the Annandale Fire Department with this barn fire, Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Corinna Township. No one was hurt in the fire, but the barn was a total loss, Maple Lake Fire Chief Steve Peterson said. Maple Lake sent three trucks and 13 firemen to the scene to provide water and manpower, and spent about an hour battling the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)
Wed
25
Jan

Webb Surveying moves to Spruce Ave.


Charles and Denise Webb are excited about their new office space in the upper portion of the Hegle Door building on Spruce Ave. North in Maple Lake. The new location will provide more room for their business, Webb Surveying. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Webb Surveying in Maple Lake has changed its location, but not its dedication to customer service.
Since 2010, Charles and Denise Webb have been providing the area’s land surveying needs. In 2014 the couple moved their operation into downtown. In December of this year, their growing business spurred them to seek larger accommodations. They found the space they were looking for in the upper portion of Hegle Door Sales at 375 Spruce Ave. North in Maple Lake.

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Wed
25
Jan

Community Lawn Care and Land O’Lakes support the Maple Lake Library


Casey Moline of Community Lawn Care presented the donation checks to the Maple Lake Library Board, from left, Paul Manuel, Lynn Kissock, Dave Hanson, Margaret Jenniges, Chris Paumen, Terry Mooney, Vicki Grimmer, Vicki Decker, Denise Blizil and Della Ness. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

During the winter months Community Lawn Care helps locals decorate for the holidays. As a part of their services they allow their customers to choose a non-profit to support. A percentage of what the customers pay is then donated to the desired organization. The Maple Lake Library is thrilled to announce the $4,400 donation they received from Community Lawn Care/Centra Sota Cooperative and the Land O’Lakes Foundation. The library would like to thank all of the local residents who chose to support them as they rely on donations and grants to keep their doors open.

Wed
25
Jan

Regional crime lab expected to grow this summer

For the last couple of years, Wright County officials have wrestled with the funding process used for the Tri-County Crime Laboratory, which serves Anoka, Wright and Sherburne counties. At the Jan. 17 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners learned that the funding process may change soon because the lab will be adding another county under its umbrella.
“The regional crime lab is likely going to change its name from Tri-County to Midwest Regional Crime Laboratory because Isanti County is expected to join up in June or July,” Commissioner Christine Husom said. “It’s something we’ve been expecting and hoping for since the lab got accredited to handle DNA evidence. We’re hoping that the more counties that join up, the more spread out the funding for the lab will become.”

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Wed
25
Jan

County to provide area for safe exchange program

In the modern technological era we live in, there are numerous ways of purchasing items. One of the more popular avenues of buying and selling has been going to websites like Craig’s List, Auto Trader, Facebook, Stub Hub, Car Soup and dozens of smaller sites that allow people to post items for sale and cut out the middle man.
With that new stream for buying and selling have come the scam artists who search out victims who think they’re going to get a great deal only to get mugged, robbed or assaulted.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty announced that Wright County is now providing a safe haven for these sorts of transactions to take place – the Safe Exchange Program. The program will allow such trades and transactions to take place in the parking lot at the Law Enforcement Center, providing security for both buyer and seller.
While the program is new to Wright County, there have been several similar programs popping up in Minnesota and throughout the country.

Wed
25
Jan

Good food, good conversation at chamber social


Mayor Lynn Kissock chats with Scott Millner and John Rivers. Chamber members enjoyed food, drinks and plenty of conversation. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

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