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City library turns eight years old


Kathy Parkin chooses a book from the new arrivals section at the Maple Lake Library. Volunteers strive to keep the library’s inventory current and up-to-date with all the most popular reads, in addition to the old classics. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

One fateful day, 11 years ago, Helen Mooney walked into the Maple Lake Messenger and said to then publisher Theresa Andrus, “I think we should have a library. Everybody else has one.”
“Theresa grabbed hold and carried it forward. That is just the kind of person she is,” Terry Mooney, a member of the library board said.

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Action for Children Zambia opens new house, struggles with storm damage


Students stand in front of a three-bedroom home Action For Children Zambia has rented to provide housing as well as supervision and structure for its secondary students. (photo submitted)

Action for Children Zambia celebrated successes and coped with losses this month as the annual spring fundraiser in Maple Lake approaches.
The fundraiser, set for Sunday, April 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Maple Lake Legion Club, comes at an opportune time for the organization founded and directed by Maple Lake native Carol McBrady to help less affluent children in Zambia, Africa.

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Programs, positions to be reduced or discontinued

At their most recent meeting, Monday, March 13, members of the Maple Lake School Board adopted a resolution to discontinue and reduce educational programs and positions.
Superintendent Mark Redemske said that administration and the Finance and Programs Committee have been working on the district’s 2017-2018 budget, which he characterized as a puzzle with many pieces.

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County looks to go back to private audit

For the last two years, due to a lawsuit brought against the state by Minnesota Auditor Rebecca Otto that inexplicably included Wright County, the county has been forced to have its audit done by the state, at a significant increase.
At the March 14 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners approved a four-year contract with a private auditing services for not only less than they were paying the state for auditing service, but less than the last year of their existing deal.

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Landfill expansion gets underway with board tour

As part of its March 14 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners opted to take its show on the road, as the board scheduled a tour that will be the first step in a planned expansion for the Rolling Hills landfill in Monticello Township.
The board heard a proposal from Rolling Hills two years ago to expand its current facility, but, as Assistant County Attorney Greg Kryzer pointed out, the last attempt to get zoning approval died in committee.

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Arts and Academics night is fun, educational


Maple Lake Elementary School held its second annual Arts-N-Academics Family Night, Tuesday, March 14, at the elementary school. Visitors were treated to dinner, bingo for books, parent presentations on such topics as ‘the importance of sleep’, storybook readers, math games and a variety of other activities for students. Above, volunteer reader Kathy Jacobson reads "How to Catch a Leprechaun" by Adam Wallace.
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15
Mar

Cold can’t freeze St. Patty’s Day fun


Paul Stokman serenades local Honor Guard members with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” to kick off the St. Patrick's Day parade, Saturday.

New to the parade this year, The Osman Shrine Thunderbirds, known as the Tin Lizzeys.

Hats, gloves, boots and snow pants were as common along the parade route as the traditional green Saturday, March 11, during Maple Lake’s 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Temperatures hung about in the low 20s, which was a far cry from last year’s 60-degree weather, and though crowds were down some, that didn’t stop organizers from calling the day a tremendous success.
“Whenever I talked to people along the route, they would say ‘we just love this parade,’” parade organizer Irene Hudek said.
For some the cold weather inspired them to be creative, like the man who watched the procession from a heated fish house in the Legion parking lot.
Janele Werle of Becker was so bundled in green blankets and snow gear, just the top portion of her face was visible as she watched the parade pass by. She attends the festivities every year and wasn’t about to let the cold keep her away, she said.

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15
Mar

Irish Scamper 5k


The starting line, Saturday morning, at the Irish Scamper 5K. (Photo by Sam Zuehl)

Five hundred brave souls tackled the Irish Scamper 5K, Saturday, March 11, despite the cold weather, and that is impressive, organizer Ben Youngs said.
“Usually the weather makes a huge difference. When it comes to hardcore runners, the weather doesn't bother them much. They are used to it and generally know how to dress for all conditions,” he said. “However, we have many non-runners, so numbers dip in cold weather. I am sure we would have had more if it were 50 degrees, but I am happy with 500.”
Last year, when temperatures were in the 60s, the event attracted closer to 550 athletes.

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Mar

Coronation


In front is newly-crowned 2017-18 Maple Lake Ambassadors, Chloe Riviere and Jennifer Malwitz, and Miss Congeniality, Alexus Jackson, with 2016-17 Ambassadors, Sydney Louis and Abby Bentley. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Jennifer Malwitz and Chloe Riviere were crowned this year’s Maple Lake Ambassadors, Saturday, March 11, following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Alexus Jackson earned the honor of Miss Congeniality.
Irish Washerwomen helped kick off the coronation festivities that took place in the Maple Lake High School gym where the three lucky girls were chosen from among six candidates before a crowd of onlookers, including Minneapolis Aquatennial Royalty and retiring Maple Lake Ambassadors Abby Bentley and Sydney Louis.
Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock introduced moderator Ms. Patty O’Furniture, A.K.A Trisha Manuel, who, along with the Washerwomen, brought a bit of humor to the festivities.
Aquatennial representatives also took the opportunity to invite Louis to represent Maple Lake at the 2017 Minneapolis Aquatennial in July as a retiring Ambassador.

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Mar

MAML is runner-up at state hockey tournament


The red and black colors of the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake hockey team are clearly visible in the stands as the Moose take to the ice during the state hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center last week. (Photos submitted)

Labeled the underdogs, the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team surprised everyone by upsetting No. 2 seed Delano in the first round of the State Hockey Tournament.
A 3-2 win over Northfield two days later put them in the finals where they played No. 1 seed and returning Class A champ, Hermantown, to a double-overtime dual that left the Moose just one goal shy of claiming that elusive title.
The Moose went home with second place, a still impressive finish to a first-ever state tournament appearance.
“The fact that we made it that far was pretty amazing given the fact that we were projected to lose the first game by seven goals,” Devon Lyons, a Maple Lake High School junior who plays forward for the Moose, said.

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