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From Cub Scout to Eagle Scout MLHS senior earns scouting’s highest rank


Above: Assistant Scoutmaster Bob Tollefson secures Nyquist’s Eagle Scout neckerchief during the Maple Lake senior’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony, Monday, Dec. 12. Watching are his parents, Charlene and Chris Nyquist. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Kenneth Nyquist was a round-faced, curly-haired second grader when he decided someday he would earn Boy Scout’s highest honor.
The rank of Eagle Scout is one many boys covet, but only a few have the fortitude to attain. In fact, according to Scouting Magazine, only about six percent reach it.
Today, Nyquist is numbered among those six percent.
On August 11th, Nyquist earned the Eagle Scout rank, and on Monday, Dec. 12, the Maple Lake High School senior celebrated his accomplishment with friends, family and the community at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Maple Lake American Legion Club.

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Maple Lake High School Winter choir concert


The auditorium was filled with wonderful music performed by the 9-12 grade choir of Maple Lake High School under the direction of Sue Nelson. The students entertained the audience with a variety of songs from Eric Whitacre's Glow to a couple selections from the well-known cappella group Pentatonix. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman) For more photos from the MLHS winter choir concert see page 7.
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Krasnow wins Mama’s Happy Military Mama Room Make-Over


Pictured, from left, Evan Krasnow, Tauna Wigfield and her son, Brady Wigfield, Amanda Ficek, Sue Krasnow, Jennifer Desmarais-Holland and Ann Layos. Wigfield, Ficek and Layos were all members of the group Mama's Happy. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Sue Krasnow, of Maple Lake, has won the Military Mama Room Make-over through Mama's Happy, a group that holds contests awarding military service members for their work as community members and their service as veterans or active duty members. Two winners were chosen by Mama’s Happy for this first-time giveaway.
Krasnow was nominated by Jennifer Desmarais-Holland, a sixth grade teacher at Maple Lake Elementary, with the help of her students and Sue's son, Evan Krasnow. Krasnow will receive a beauty make-over by Sarah the Hair Girl, a wardrobe make-over from Fashion Fix MN, along with donations from What Not Boutique and Von Maur, and a one-room renovation in her home.

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Christmas in Maple Lake raffle prize winners


Kyra Pauls

Grace Duske

At the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce event “Christmas in Maple Lake” held on Saturday, Dec. 3, two lucky attendees were chosen to win a 32” HD LED TV and a portable DVD player with headphones. Prizes were donated by Star Bank. Left: Two-year-old Kyra Pauls won the TV. Right: Eight-year-old Grace Duske won the DVD player with headphones. (Left photo submitted, Right photo by Nick Pawlenty)

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Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen’s Club recognizes five men


The Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen’s Club held a game feed at their last meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14, where five men were recognized for their dedication to the club. Each received awards for their 25 years of service to the club and community. They are, from left, Greg Thomes, Darwin Tietgen, Rick Eccless, Augie Legatt and not pictured, Maury Carlin. (Photo submitted)
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County authorizes final 2017 budget, levy

For the better part of the past year, the Wright County Board of Commissioners and the county coordinator’s office has been preparing ahead for 2017, determining the needs of the county for the following year’s budget and levy.
Almost nine months from the day they held the first preliminary meetings, the county board unanimously approved the 2017 budget and certified levy.
“In front of you is a resolution proposed relative to adopting the 2017 budget and levy,” County Coordinator Lee Kelly said. “As you know, this is the final piece of our budget process for the year.”
The final budget figure was $113,861,809 – an increase of 3.2 percent from the 2016 budget ($110,285,712). The final levy number – the amount charged residents through property taxes – was $58,184,217, which represents a 4.97 percent increase from the 2016 levy ($55,426,154).

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Winter truck load increases begin Dec. 22 for central, metro, south and southeast frost zones

Winter truck load increases will begin Thursday, Dec. 22, on unrestricted highways in the central, metro, south and southeast frost zones, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Winter load increases are already in effect for the north and north central frost zones.
Vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the winter load increase period. However, trucks must comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed registered gross weight tolerances.

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Michalick gives up school board seat after 30-plus years


After half a life-time on the Maple Lake School Board, Arnold (Arnie) Michalick calls it quits. Monday, Dec. 12, marked chairman Michalick’s last meeting. On Thursday, Jan. 12, he will receive a state honor from the Minnesota School Board Association. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

At 61-years old, Arnold (Arnie) Michalick has spent half of his life on the Maple Lake School Board.
That’s 366 regular monthly meetings, not counting the numerous special, committee and other extra sessions that come with such a position.
Of those years, he has been chairman for 20. He has signed the high school diplomas of all four of his children, and has been instrumental in monumental accomplishments such as building a new elementary school.

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Ice over Maple Lake


Bart Lauer reported that Maple Lake froze over on Saturday, December 10th, 2016. The earliest recorded freeze-up was on November 7th, 1991, with the latest on December 22, 1998. For more Maple Lake freeze-up dates see page 3. (Photo by Sam Zuehl)
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True Friends hosts holiday party


True Friends hosted their annual Holiday Fundraising Party on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Camp Friendship Dining Hall. Supporters gathered for appetizers, desserts, wine and beer samplings, a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds go to True Friends whose mission is to enhance the independence and self-esteem of children and young adults with disabilites.

Jan Colbert, of Maple Lake, with daughter, Katie, joined the festivities.

True Friends President and CEO, Ed Stracke, and grandson, Graham Stracke, welcomed the crowd

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