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Thu
12
May

Choir and band students perform in Chicago


Maple Lake High School students got the opportunity to perform at The Field Museum in Chicago last month. (Photo submitted by Sue Nelson)

The Maple Lake Senior High School band and choir took a trip to Chicago for a performance and had the opportunity to see some sites while there. The 9th to 12th graders, including four eighth graders, took the trip on April 22 to April 25, and had a great experience taking in some new landscape. Led by Susan Nelson, Nathan Mitchell, and four chaperones (Phil Greenhagen, Brad Neutz, Sara Goelz and Sharon Hayes), the Leisure Times Travel Agency, with help from Patricia Mack and the 49 students, got to take a trip of a lifetime doing what they love at the school and in music.

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Thu
12
May

Volunteers gather in an effort to beautify Highway 55


Close to 30 volunteers planted shrubs and bushes along Highway 55 near Star Bank in Maple Lake Saturday morning, May 7. Maple Lake Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Ambassadors got their hands dirty in an attempt to make that stretch of road more beautiful. The planting was part of a Highway 55 Beautification project the City of Maple Lake been working on in collaboration with the MN Department of Transportation, the organization that provides the funding. Last year the city received $3,000 to plant trees along Hw. 55 in front of Maple Lake Elementary School. This year Maple Lake received $5,000 in funding. Next year the city expects about $8,000 for the beautification effort, Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock said. City staff prepared the area for Saturday’s planting. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl) For more photos from the 2016 Highway 55 Beautification project see page 8.
Thu
12
May

MLFD responds to vehicle fire that spread to a field


Firemen Tom Blizil, Brad Hennen, Kurt Larson, Jeremy Kramer and Will Helmbrecht work to keep the vehicle fire contained while the property owner and Deputy Coon look on

Eleven members of the Maple Lake Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 1338 Cty. Road 37 late morning on Monday, May 9.

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Tue
10
May

No 'handicap' here, St. Tim’s Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser was 'in the money'


The auction crew for Saturday’s 19th Annual St. Timothy’s Spring Auction was Greg Bammel, Joseph O’Sullivan, Roger Sullivan, Father John Meyer, Wayne Gangl, Frank Sullivan and Will O’Sullivan. Not Pictured: Paddy O’Sullivan and Shawn Branine.

Serving a delicious meal of Bourbon Beef Tenderloin, Cajun Shrimp and all the fixings were Rachel and Mark Pribyl, and Jeani and Hans Melgaard. Being served was Rose Wurm from Maple Lake. 300 dinners were served with catering by Harney Heeralall from The V by HH.

Sparked by a donated auction basket at last year’s event, St. Timothy’s 19th Annual Spring Fundraiser was a real trip to the Winner’s Circle. “There was so much excitement around (last year’s) Kentucky Derby basket that we decided to run with it for this year’s theme,” said Brandi Brandstrom, who co-chaired this year’s event with Laura Warner. “We even encouraged the ladies to wear big, fancy hats and had a ‘best hat’ contest- Shannon Paumen was the winner, her hat was homemade and fantastic!”

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Tue
10
May

Coke points earn shoes for veterans


Members of Maple Lake’s VFW Auxiliary delivered 12 pairs of brand new Nike shoes to the Eagles Healing Nest, a veterans home in Sauk Centre recently. Above, from left, Eagle’s Healing Nest Assistant Director Todd Westerbeck and Director Melony Butler accept the shoes from Jane Decker, secretary, and Cyndy Moelter, hospital chairperson of the Maple Lake VFW Auxiliary. (Photo submitted)

These are the 12 pairs of brand new Nike tennis shoes Decker and Moelter donated to the veterans at Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre recently.

Life after a war is certainly not a walk in the park, it’s more of an exhausting, uphill journey.
This spring some of America’s veterans will have a slightly more comfortable walk thanks to Jane Decker, whose efforts to collect Coca Cola Rewards Points has provided a dozen new pairs of Nike shoes for struggling veterans.

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Tue
10
May

Students of Excellence recognized


Back Row: Executive director of Resource Training & Solutions - Mark Schmitz, MLHS science teacher - J McClelland, MLHS math teacher - Mike Hojnacke, MLHS principal - Dave Hansen, MLHS English teacher - Jean Elsenpter, MLHS social teacher - Dawn Klabunde. Front Row: Jordan Sifferle, Nate Maas, Kaija Johnson and Aidan Jude.

“While each of you have achieved excellence in the classroom, arts, co-curricular activities and volunteerism, it is the WHY effort behind the results that matters,” said Ron Wilke, presiding superintendent at the Students of Excellence Banquet and Recognition ceremony. The event was Wednesday, April 27, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. “Never lose sight of WHY you do the hard work,” he added.

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Tue
10
May

County medical examiner conducted Prince autopsy

For years, Dr. Quinn Strobl has appeared before the Wright County Board of Commissioners to give the board an annual report of the deaths that occurred in the county the previous year. In 2016, however, the eyes of the world will be on the chief medical examiner/coroner of the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office.

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Tue
10
May

Star Bank brought its voice to the Capitol during ICBA Washington Policy SummitStar Bank brought its voice to the Capitol during ICBA Washington Policy Summit

Over 1,000 community bankers and industry advocates gathered in Washington for the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) annual Washington Policy Summitrecently. Harry Wahlquist, president/CEO of Star Bank, met with regulators and members of Congress to discuss key issues affecting community banks and local economies, including regulatory relief, credit unions, data security and crop insurance.

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Tue
10
May

Senior Connections Volunteer Appreciation Event


Guest speaker Mike Bray with his "Saddle of Hope" for cancer awareness.

Meals on Wheels driver Diane Pruett strikes up a dance with diner Rose Wurm. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Meals on Wheels driver Jim Peterson recruits new driver Darrell Hirman. (Photo by Ginger O'Loughlin)

Last week over 40 visitors showed up to celebrate generosity at the Volunteer Appreciation party held at the M.L. Senior Dining site. The program started off with a fine lunch and entertainment. An assortment of folk music by Pat and Connie Lahr got guests dancing. Following the hip-hop, coordinator Ginger O’Loughlin praised all present for any volunteering they do, and then went on to commend those who specifically helped at the diner.

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Wed
27
Apr

Shedding light on country schools


The inside workings of the Carter School in the 1960s. Front Row (left to right): Betty Bauman, Vernon Bauman, Jon Peterson and Dianne Gohman. Second Row: Kenny Barthel, Randy Carter, Mark Peterson and Terry Larsen. Third Row: Linda Chapman, Tim Gillham, Shelley Larsen, and Fred Peterson. Back Row: Gary Betzler, Jon Dock, Wanda Peterson, Cynthia Gillham and Emma Hlinka. (Photo courtesy of Gary Betzler)

The Carter School has stood the test of time and remains standing in Silver Creek. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

The Carter School has stood the test of time and remains standing in Silver Creek. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Most everyone has been to a school with students, classrooms and multiple teachers, but what about back in the day when small towns were still developing? Most small towns had something called country schools, which were one-room buildings where a handful of kids from the area attended and were taught by one teacher. These unique places were around since the 1800s, and Maple Lake had a couple of country schools around the district. The classes were very small, had no more than one teacher, and had very limited resources which included no running water or indoor plumbing. When researching in Maple Lake, there have been numerous residents that can recall going to a country school and they all have something to say on the subject.

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