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Wright County Fair sets attendance record

Nobody will argue that the Wright County of 20 or 30 years ago bears little resemblance to the Wright County of today, but one thing that has remained the same in many respects is that Wright County residents new and old make a point of attending the Wright County Fair.

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Wed
10
Aug

Wright County Drug Court receives final approval Program expected to launch in October

District court and county leaders in Wright County will soon launch a new initiative aimed at reducing drug crime and abuse in the community. After months of planning by local officials, a proposal to establish the Wright County Adult Drug Court was recently approved by the Minnesota Judicial Council, and local justice system officials expect to open the program in October.

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Wed
10
Aug

Sami Knott receives donation from Legion Riders


Pictured is Mike Huro, Sami Knott, Kraig Hill and Sami's father, Dan Knott.

Members of the Maple Lake Legion Riders attended the Sami Knott Benefit Friday night to present her with a check for $100. If you are interested in becoming a Legion Rider member, please contact Membership Chair Karen Ergen at 320-980-1769 or feel free to stop at the American Legion Post 131, Maple Lake, for a registration form.

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10
Aug

Coming together for Sami Knott


Members of the 2011 Irish volleyball team, who hosted the event, posed with Sami and the auctioneers. Back Row: Joseph O’Sullivan, Sami Knott and Will O’Sullivan. Middle Row: Roger Sullivan, Rachel Latour, Shelby Rachel, Dani Hudek and Frank Sullivan. Front Row: Brooke Decker and Jenny Puncochar.

A custom Irish bean bag set was just one of the auction items.

Jim Raymond (L) and Al Hudek (R) accepted a cold brew from Harney Heeralall, owner of The V by HH. The duo cooked some of the 650 pork chops prepared for the event.

A benefit was held Friday at The V by HH to support Sami Knott, a 2012 MLHS graduate who is battling Stage 3 colon cancer. Although she has undergone surgeries and many rounds of chemotherapy, Sami was in high spirits at the event that included a dinner, silent/live auction and live music by Mitch Gordon and The Unleaded Band.

Wed
03
Aug

Classic good times at Wright County Fair


Back by popular demand was the Todd Armstrong Midway Show. (Photos by Katie Friedman)

BMX Event at the Fair

Tom Blizil’s 1946 Ford F1 pickup is another shining example of the many impressive local entries at Saturday’s Classic Car and Truck Show.

10-year-old Sydney Briemon of Maple Lake and Streak, her Arabian Pinto, turned out in their shiniest finery for the Little Mountain Wranglers Pleasure Show.

As always, the mutton bustin’ competition drew dozens of intrepid would-be sheep riders.

Good weather, great food, interesting exhibitions and lively entertainment made for five days of fun times at this year’s Wright County Fair, held at the fairgrounds in Howard Lake Wednesday through Sunday of last week.
A copious collection of attractions, both old and new, drew 68,000 attendees through the gates – a turnout up 5,000 from last year. Nature, too, did her part, smiling on this year’s event with mild temperatures and, for the most part, sunny skies.

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Wed
03
Aug

2016 Minneapolis Aquatennial Nelson, Zaske represent Maple Lake


Maple Lake was represented by two locals at the 2016 Minneapolis Aquatennial. Pictured on the left is 2015-16 Maple Lake Ambassador, Maddie Nelson, and on the right is Wright County’s 2014-15 Fairest of the Fair, Maria Zaske.

On Wednesday, July 20th, 56 young women from various Minnesota communities came together in Minneapolis to vie for the honorary title of Queen of the Lakes at the 2016 Minneapolis Aquatennial Celebration. In years past, the Maple Lake community has been represented by remarkable young ladies such as Ebony Ortiz and Blair Stewig. This year was no exception; however, rather than have one community member in attendance, Maple Lake was represented by two distinguished young women: Fairest of the Fair 2014-2015, Maria Zaske, and 2015-2016 Maple Lake Ambassador, Maddie Nelson.

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Wed
03
Aug

Holy Cross Country Music Festival


The country/gospel band “Good Soil” entertained a good-sized crowd with its soulful renditions of gospel classics.

Tyler Warner lets go of a ball that would knock Brady Jensen into the dunk tank. There were other yard games for families to enjoy at the festival, including a bounce house for the younger children. (Photos Brenda Erdahl)

Maple Lake’s Holy Cross Lutheran Church held its annual Country Music Festival on Sunday, July 31. There was food, kids games, a silent auction and gospel/country-style music from the local band, “Good Soil”. The day started with a Sunday morning worship service that focused on music during which the various music ministries of the church were highlighted. The popular pork chop dinner took place in the early evening and throughout the day families were invited to have fun at the dunk tank and in the bounce house. There was also a bake sale and silent auction that included everything from quilts and wood crafts to jewelry, fishing poles and a vintage violin. According to officials, all proceeds will support the music ministry at Holy Cross which is in need of equipment and other essentials.

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Wed
03
Aug

Local woman recognized with award at County Fair

Amy Lou Burg, of Maple Lake, grabbed her mail one afternoon and was just about to throw a piece of junk mail away when she realized that it might be worth opening. To her surprise, it was an award for the Senior Citizen Woman of the Year in Wright County. "I was glad I didn't throw it away," Burg said. The Maple Lake native was honored at the Wright County Fair on Friday, July 29.

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Wed
03
Aug

Sheriff’s dive team plays key, unsung role in crime solving

When you live in a state where your motto centers around having 10,000 lakes (and more than 6,500 rivers), it suffices to say that Minnesotans spend a lot of time on the water – whether of the liquid variety or on top of the frozen kind.
With that amount of activity on the water, unfortunately tragedies happen. People drown. Vehicles fall through the ice. Boats tip over and require rescues. All of those potential incidents are addressed in Wright County by the sheriff’s department 40-member Recreational Services Division, namely its 13-member dive team.

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Wed
03
Aug

County board approves preliminary 2017 budget dates

It may seem a bit early to already be looking ahead to 2017, but when it comes to completing the lengthy and complicated process of setting the county budgets and certified levy for the coming year, it’s never too early to get that process underway.
At the July 26 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the key preliminary dates were laid out to the board, which will take up much of the board’s time over the next two months, but are actually starting a little later than they typically did in previous years.

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