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Wed
02
Aug

Dan the flower man


Dan Zitzloff has raised four children, one grandson, foster children and now he is raising flowers.

In his 72 years, Dan Zitzloff has raised four children, one grandson, foster children and now he is raising flowers.
evening and sometimes, when the wind is blowing right, we can smell the fragrance of the flowers; it’s kind of nice,” he said.
Some are as pretty as a pic- ture, others as cute as a button and all of them are given the same love and devotion he gives everything else in his life.

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Wed
26
Jul

The fall of the Big Top: Manuels say goodbye to the Greatest Show on Earth


Trisha Manuel, left, and her daughter, Julia Bothun, said goodbye to the Ringling Bros. Circus which closed this spring after 146 years in business. Manuel keeps clowning alive with her Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp and the annual All Star Clown Show which takes place Saturday, July 29, at 6 p.m., at the Buffalo Civic Center. The event is open and free to all. (Photo submitted)

“The Greatest Show On Earth” took its final bow on Sunday, May 21. The Ringling Bros. Circus had been in business for 146 years, performing across the entire country. Due to the high costs of putting on the show and a steady decline of ticket sales, the Feld family decided to close the show they have been presenting since acquiring it in 1967.
The circus had recently been in the news prior to closing when they announced the retirement of the Asian elephants from the show. This was seen as a success for animal rights groups as they had been pressing Ringling to stop making wild animals perform. PETA deemed the circus “the cruelest show on earth” and expressed their thrill of the entire production shutting down, as the other animals would no longer be forced to perform.

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Wed
26
Jul

Maple Lake boy battles E. Coli strain that took his sister’s life


Kallan Maresh, age 3, on the left, passed away from a rare form of E. Coli, while her brother, Kade, on the right, is on the mend from the same strain. (Photo submitted)

Five-year-old Kade Maresh, of Maple Lake, is showing signs of improvement after a life-threatening battle with a rare form of E. Coli that took his younger sister’s life.
Kallan Maresh, 3, died in her parent’s arms Saturday, July 1, at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital due to complications known as HUS (Heolyic Uremic Syndrome) which attacks the kidneys and other organs. The infection attacked the little girl's kidneys, nervous system and heart.

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Wed
12
Jul

Wright County Fair is Wednesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 30


Youngsters enjoy Muttin’ Bustin’ where kids try to stay on sheep at last year’s fair. Muttin’ Bustin’ will be back at the Wright County Fair again this year in Howard Lake.

The Wright County Fair will run from Wednesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 30. Those entering exhibits should bring them on Tuesday, July 25.
The 2017 fair will feature action-packed grandstand shows, beginning with the Combine Derby on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. This event also features a Lawn Mower Derby and a Power Wheels Derby for the kids to participate in. This will be a great night of gigantic combine smashing and kids having fun as well.
Thursday night the Grandstand will be rocking with the bulls and riders coming in for a bull riding competition which begins at 7 p.m. There will also be some fun competitions for the kids to participate in from the audience. This is a very high energy show of non-stop bull riding.

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Thu
06
Jul

Roundabouts get mixed reviews


Above is a proposed roundabout for the intersection of 8/Division/57/Elm Street. This could alleviate some congestion for the intersection. (Photo submitted)

As local residents gathered at City Hall Tuesday, June 27, to weigh in on the idea of mini roundabouts at two Maple Lake intersections, a message was sent to Wright County officials that such construction would make for welcomed improvements at one of the proposed sites, but not so much for the other.
This project would involve the construction of smaller roundabouts, with surmountable curbing allowing for truck clearance, which Wright County Engineer Virgil Hawkins has said would reduce delays and increase traffic capacity. If the city agrees, one or both could be included in the county’s 2018 or 2019 safety project budget.

Thu
06
Jul

Zebra mussel confirmed in Cedar Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a zebra mussel in Cedar Lake, near Annandale in Wright County.
The DNR confirmed a report from a lake association that one adult zebra mussel was found attached to a stick in about three feet of water at the Schroeder’s County Park public access. A broader survey of the lake is being conducted to determine how widely zebra mussels may be present. Signs at lake accesses have been updated to alert boaters to the presence of zebra mussels.

Wed
28
Jun

Miller’s Jewelry celebrates 125 years


Miller’s Jewelry is 125 years old, making it one of the three oldest, continuously running, jewelry stores in Minnesota. Right, this is what Miller’s Jewelry’s storefront looked like around 1950. (Photo submitted)

Local shop, Miller’s Jewelry, celebrates its 125th year this season, making it one of the three oldest, continuously running, jewelry stores in the state.
What is the secret to the business’s longevity?
“It starts with good people,” owner Jim Miller said. “Great people work here and great people are on the other side of the counter.”

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Wed
28
Jun

Big fun on the Fourth of July


A local fireworks display lights up the night during last year's holiday. The State Fire Marshal urges caution with fireworks this Fourth of July. (Photo submitted)

As the United States celebrates its independence Tuesday, July 4, with parades, fireworks and barbeques, Maple Lake and the surrounding area has several events locals can participate in to ring in the occasion.
Library kiddie parade
Kicking things off on Monday, July 3, little ones can take part in their very own Fourth of July parade at the Maple Lake Library with Marie Mavencamp and the famous dog, Boone, from Books with Boone.

Wed
28
Jun

Corcoran man used stolen investor funds to buy an island on Mink Lake

Ronald Johnson, the Corcoran man recently convicted of defrauding investors out of $2.1 million, reportedly purchased a 17-acre island on Mink Lake near Maple Lake with stolen funds.
When last for sale, the heavily wooded island was listed for $109,000, and came with a 36- by 24-foot pavilion.
The fate of the island has not been determined, but such cases often require restitution to the victims.
Johnson, 51, reportedly stole from victims who were hoping to invest successfully in the North Dakota oil boom. Johnson, who was charged in a superseding indictment with nine counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, was found guilty on all counts by a federal jury in St. Paul.

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Wed
28
Jun

Howard Lake man injured in crash with dump truck

The driver of a pickup truck was transported by North Air Care after colliding with a dump truck in Albion Township, Thursday, June 22. Lucas James Meinstad Klages, 23, of Howard Lake, was northbound on County Road 7 in a 2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup around 11:40 a.m., when he failed to yield at a stop sign, pulling into the path of a Wright County Highway Department truck heading east on County Road 35. The 2009 International dump truck struck the driver’s side of the S10, inflicting extensive damage, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s office. Medical aid was given to the driver and lone occupant of the S10 by Maple Lake Fire and Rescue and Maple Lake Ambulance. Due to injuries sustained, the driver was transported to North Memorial Hospital by North Air Care. The driver of the dump truck, James Timothy Casari, 39, of Montrose, was not injured.

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