Members of the Maple Lake School Board were gratified to learn last week that the school district’s financial state is healthy and strong, but were troubled to find that one budgeting area is subject to unpredictable and substantial changes beyond the control of the district’s administration.
At a re-scheduled meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, the board heard and approved the district’s June 30, 2014 audited financial statements as presented by Mollie Thompson of Schlenner Wenner & Co.
Thompson began with an independent auditors’ report on financial statements, telling the board, “We’ve issued what we call an unmodified opinion,” which documents that the financial statements are fairly presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices.
On Monday, November 17, just before 4:30 p.m. an accident involving two vehicles occured 2 miles west of Maple Lake on Hwy. 55 near Hart Ave. One person was transported to the hospital with injuries. No further details were available at press time.
Maple Lake city offices saw a steady stream of voters in to and out of the polls Tuesday morning, casting their ballots for governor, legislators, city councilors, local school board members, county sheriff and other public offices. Volunteer Election Judges Vicky Gries, Marge Peterson, Bonnie Elfmann, and Jenny Polsfuss all helped voters with things like registration, providing ballots, and explaining how to mark a ballot. Election Judge Sue Boros helped oversee the ballot counter and handed out “I Voted” stickers.
In local races, Lynn Kissock ran unopposed and will once again take office in January as Maple Lake’s mayor, along with Deb Geyen, re-elected, and Todd Jude elected to City Council.
Strategically placed rows of corn and a lot of teamwork are helping keep more rural roads open in central and southwestern Minnesota this winter by reducing the amount of snow blowing onto roads that are prone to drifting shut, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The standing corn rows are part of a MnDOT program started about 15 years ago that pays farmers to leave corn stalks up in the winter. The corn rows break the wind’s force, causing the snow to collect around the corn rows instead of drifting onto the roads. The rows improve driver visibility, road surface conditions and lower costs of road maintenance.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.