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03
Aug

Minnesota road fatalities reach 200 Enough is enough: Driving needs to be a priority behind the wheel

Minnesota has now reached 200 road fatalities in 2016, a sad reminder that motorists need to remember what is the most important task when behind the wheel.

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Wed
03
Aug

Critical blood shortage: Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to give now

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.

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Wed
03
Aug

Local Business Owner Receives Award


Tricia Manuel was presented with the 2016 Lifetime of Laughter Award from the International Clown Hall of Fame.

Tricia Manuel was presented with the 2016 Lifetime of Laughter Award from the International Clown Hall of Fame.

Tricia Manuel and her daughter, Julia Bothun, open the 20th annual All Star Clown Show.

Fred Baisch, of St. Paul, Tricia Manuel, of Maple Lake, and 100 clowns from all over the USA close the All Star Clown Show.

On July 23, Greg DeSanto, the executive director at the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center, presented Tricia Manuel the 2016 "Lifetime of Laughter" Award.

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Wed
27
Jul

Lakers host Fan Appreciation Day


Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock waits on a young customer, Sunday, July 24, at Irish Stadium during the Lakers’ Fan Appreciation Day when everything at the concession stand was just one dollar. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The North Star League regular season wrapped up on Sunday and with five teams finishing at 12-8, the league had to call on their mightiest supercomputers to figure out how the season standings worked out. After several rounds of tiebreakers the Lakers finished sixth overall in the league based on the head-to-head records against the other 12-8 teams. Maple Lake will play Loretto in the first round of the double-elimination playoff tournament on Friday, August 5th, followed by either the winner or loser of Hutchinson and Dassel-Cokato. All games of the tournament will be played at Loretto this year.

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Wed
27
Jul

The Stables at Greenfield Farms: Open house and ice cream social


The Stables at Greenfield Farms hosted a summer open house and ice cream social on July 20th. Above: Head instructor Jennifer King riding Paranormal (aka Norm). Paranormal is a three-time, three-gaited Saddle Bred World Champion previously owned by William Shatner.

The open house included horse and rider demostrations, music by Annandale Community Band and an ice cream social. Above: Student Katie Rivers, of Maple Lake, riding Phancy. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
27
Jul

Local publishes book "The Road Taken"


Jim Studer is the author of "The Road Taken", a book he wrote on Central Minnesota, farming, teaching in the area, his travels and old stories from relatives. He will have a meet and greet August 12 at Book Break. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Local English teacher Jim Studer has created a new piece of literature, a book called "The Road Taken", set to be for sale to the public August 1. The name of the book is a metaphor of Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken", which signifies that he took the path in front of him, not just the road less travelled. Whether or not it is less travelled, the path he took was still his. The book centers around his life as a teacher and traveling and some other events that were significant in his life.

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Wed
27
Jul

City continues town square debate

As a potential buyer has extended its purchase agreement deadline and defenders of a different option work to draw support, Maple Lake’s city council has agreed to put off, for just a bit longer, a final decision regarding future use of a patch of land on the corner of Birch Avenue and Division Street.

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Wed
27
Jul

CenterPoint Energy awards grants to communities for safety initiatives City of Maple Lake receives $2,500 Community Partnership Grant


Maple Lake City Councilmember and local firefighter Bart Lauer accepted a $2,500 grant check, to be used for firefighting equipment, from Steve Marsh of CenterPoint Energy at the council’s meeting July 19. (Photo by Katie Friedman)

CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects. The company recently awarded the City of Maple Lake a $2,500 grant for firefighting equipment, hydrant connections, nozzles and fittings that will be used to serve the community.

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Wed
27
Jul

County Highway 35 open west of County Highway 7

The County Hwy. 35 Improvement Project located just west of the intersection with County Hwy. 7 was completed and opened to traffic late Friday afternoon. This project raised the grade of the highway approximately three (3) feet in the area known locally as "Wolff Swamp" that historically has flooded several times each year due to flooding across County Hwy. 35. The improvement project was completed in a timely manner by Landwehr Construction Co. of Saint Cloud, as a large amount of rain fell over this past weekend that would have likely caused the highway to be under water (if not for the improvement project). The project completion is also timely for traffic traveling to the Wright County Fair that begins later this week in Howard Lake.

Wed
27
Jul

CSAH 6 traffic routes affected by culvert replacement

The Wright County Highway Department would like to inform the public of three one-day road closings.
Beginning on Monday, August 8, a short section of County Road 6, located south of TH 55, will be closed in three separate locations, each on a separate day, for the removal and replacement and/or repair of centerline culverts. The first location to be addressed is located just south of CR 105 near Albion Center. The second location to be addressed is located just north of CR 105. The third location to be addressed is located just north of County Road 37.
The closing will begin shortly after 7:00 a.m. Monday and end at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. Work in each location is expected to take one day and the road will be opened in that location before work begins on the remaining culvert(s). A detour will not be posted. Please use alternate routes.

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