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2,170 new cases of colon cancer expected in MN this year

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be an additional 2,170 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed in Minnesota this year among people mostly 50 years old and older. Approximately 760 will die from the disease. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month.
Hardest hit will continue to be communities of color, including African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and American Indians.
It is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer among men and women combined. However, it is also one of the most preventable cancers, and can often be successfully treated if diagnosed early. The five-year survival rate is around 90 percent for colorectal cancers caught in their earliest stage.
However, many list one or more of the following as the reasons why they hesitate being screened:
Concerns about affordability,
The so-called embarrassing nature of a colonoscopy
Some believe if it doesn’t run in the family they can’t have an issue

Wed
22
Feb

Bus drivers honored with their own day


For 11 years Marilyn Blizil has been getting students safely to and from school in Maple Lake. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Governor Mark Dayton will officially recognize dedicated drivers like Blizil by declaring it School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Gov. Dayton declares Wednesday, Feb. 22, Bus Driver Appreciation Day

What do you call 70 youngsters on a big yellow bus? You could call them students, but the drivers at M&M Bus Service in Maple Lake think of them as “precious cargo.”
Every day, twice a day, M&M’s 16 bus drivers deliver 500 to 600 students to school and home again, traveling about 300 square miles each day through the city streets and down the country roads of the Maple Lake School District.
“They become like our own kids,” said Marilyn Blizil who has driven for M&M for the last 11 years. “We’re responsible for them, and it’s a huge responsibility.”

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Wed
22
Feb

Maple Lake celebrates Red Cross Month by giving blood


Victoria Rollings, with the help of Meghan McDaniel, watches the process while holding a red stress ball to alleviate any fear. This is the fourth time Rollings has donated blood. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
22
Feb

A tradition of fun St. Patrick’s Day Celebration turns 40


A crowd of more than 3,500 people jammed the streets of Maple Lake to watch the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Above, St. Tim’s school displayed their Irish tradition with a message via sign cards. The words said, “Irish or not, may God Smile on you.”

To the left are Maple Lake’s royal family of Colleens chosen at the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. They are, from left, Mary Jo Paumen, Chris Mavencamp and Carol Beaman. (Photos from Maple Lake Messenger archives)

They say the show must go on, and when you have a good one like the Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, that’s especially true.
Through snowstorms and wind chills, and once an 80-degree heat wave, in 40 years the show has gone on without a single cancellation. Why? Because everyone likes to be Irish for a day.
Harold Brutlag, retired publisher of the Maple Lake Messenger, was part of that first St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Maple Lake. Up until then, the city had celebrated Snow Daze. It was a smaller affair, Brutlag said, where snowmobile races were enjoyed instead of a parade.

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Wed
22
Feb

MLFD Pancake Breakfast is a blast


The line for the MLFD Pancake Breakfast was a hearty one as was the breakfast. Firefighters helped plate food and gave the line some conversation as they made their way through.

Enjoying their breakfast was front to back on left: Jim Peterson, Greta Piotter, Samara Peterson and Jack Peterson. On right, front to back: Marge Peterson, Sophia Piotter, Deb Geyen and Ryan Peterson. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Many people young and old enjoyed the Pancake Breakfast, which was held at the American Legion Club Feb. 19.
Wed
22
Feb

Special ed co-op serves growing numbers

At their most recent meeting, Monday, February 13, members of the Maple Lake School Board heard information presented by Lindsey Pellaton, coordinator for the Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative (MAWSECO).
Pellaton began with the December 1 child count, which represents the number of special ed students living within the school district boundaries, and does not necessarily represent the number of students the district serves in that capacity.

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Wed
22
Feb

County to open jail pod, could bring in $1 million annually

A decade ago, Wright County was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to board prisoners at other jails throughout the state because its own jail was full and a jail housing crisis was taking place statewide. When the county opened its new Law Enforcement Center, it was designed to be larger than the county needed for its own prisoners.
A decade later, the county has become a clearing house for other counties and the state. In 2016, Wright County took in $1.2 million in revenue to board prisoners and, at the Feb. 14 county board meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to open one of two unused 60-bed pods that is expected to generate more than $1 million in additional annual revenue.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty said that he has been asked for more than a year to bring in outside prisoners and began discussing with the county board about opening one of the pods because of the demonstrated profit that the jail has and will continue to generate.

Wed
22
Feb

Spring road weight restrictions in effect

Spring road weight restrictions went into effect on Wright County Highways on Tuesday, February 21, at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions, which protect our roadways, will remain in effect until further notice.
All roads will be posted with signs indicating maximum allowable axle loads. The Wright County Sheriff’s Department will enforce these limitations.
Any questions regarding specific route postings should be directed to the Office of the County Highway Engineer in Buffalo at 763/682-7383 or 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7383. Maps showing specific restrictions are available for viewing in city and town halls. This map is also available on the home page of the Wright County website: www.co.wright.mn.us
Virgil G. Hawkins
County Engineer

Wed
15
Feb

Pirouetting with Princesses


Princesses dancing with the current Maple Lake Ambassadors, Sydney Louis and Abby Bentley. The Costume Shoppe provided the Renaissance gowns worn by the candidates. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
15
Feb

Out of towners


From left, Maria Amparo Minervini of Argentina, Scott Alm of Sweden and Sai Na of China are foreign exchange students at Maple Lake High School. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Different, but welcoming, is the consensus of three foreign exchange students calling Maple Lake home for the time being.
Scott Alm of Sweden, Sai Na of China and Maria Amparo Minervini of Argentina are learning to live and learn in a community that is not only considerably smaller than what they are used to, but has a lot of strange customs locals don’t think twice about.

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