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Youngsters sing for a crowded audience


Maple Lake Elementary grades 1-3 performed for a crowded audience in the MLHS gym during their holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 8. The program was directed by music teacher, Mrs. Abby Hoselton. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)
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14
Dec

City affirms intent to sell lot at Birch Ave. and Division St.

Amidst a flurry of last-minute protests from proponents of a town square’s creation at the corner of Birch Avenue and Division Street, the Maple Lake City Council has voted in affirmation of its intent to sell the city-owned lot.
The council’s most recent meeting, Tuesday, December 6, included the vote of affirmation as a perfunctory first step in a process of exploration of the city’s options and the market’s opportunities. And while City Attorney Rhonda Pagel assured councilmembers and other interested parties the affirmation in no way binds the city to an ultimate sale, defenders of the proposed town square persevered in their attempt to sway the council against any further consideration of selling.
Such robust efforts have caused a purchase offer by Lake Central Financial to be taken off the table, as President Bryan Bruns regretfully informed the city by letter that he is not comfortable being placed in a position of competition with the town square concept.

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14
Dec

City council approves 2017 tax levy and budget

Prior to setting their property tax levies and budgets for the coming year, local governments are required to conduct a Truth in Taxation public hearing that offers citizens an opportunity to ask questions about their city’s proposed budgets. The City of Maple Lake conducted that hearing at the council’s most recent meeting Tuesday, December 6, as prepared and presented by City Clerk LeeAnn Yager.

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Wed
14
Dec

County shuts down River Rider, questions on Trailblazer

At a time when Wright County is finally closing the door officially on the River Rider transit program – more than two years after it stopped operation – the future of the county’s transit system is once again in question as the 14 cities that participate in Wright County Area Transit (WCAT) program submitted a letter of intent to leave the Trailblazer Transit group at the end of 2017.
Bus transportation in Wright County has been in place for more than 20 years. In the early 1990s, Wright County was purchasing services from Sherburne County for the River Rider program. In 2001, Wright County partnered up with Sherburne County as a joint powers group.
Wright County Commissioner Pat Sawatzke served on the River Rider board throughout its joint powers history and said the program, while small, served a purpose for residents in Wright County, especially those in need.

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Dec

Keller wins Lions bingo jackpot


Maple Lake Lions member, Dale Decker, presented a $900 check to Scott Keller after he won the bingo jackpot held at Madigan’s every Wednesday. (Photo submitted)
Wed
07
Dec

Santa is star of Maple Lake Christmas


Skylar, left, and Serenity Meier tell Santa what they want for Christmas. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Santa Claus’ smile was still jolly after posing for more than 81 pictures with local youth, Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas In Maple Lake.
Mr. Claus rode in on a fire truck to Maple Lake Elementary where he and Mrs. Claus stayed for two hours, helping tykes on and off their laps, and listening to sometimes lengthy Christmas lists.

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Wed
07
Dec

Another successful year for Tree of Hope


Ron Wagner unloads games from his 74-year-old, fully restored Howard aircraft. Wagner, a member of the Zuhrah Flyers of the Shriners of Central Minnesota, and his passenger, Todd Schwartz, left, flew out of Eden Prairie.

More than 35 planes flew into the Maple Lake Municipal Airport, Saturday, Dec. 3, for the 27th annual Tree of Hope.
On each of the planes were dozens of toys collected from cities around the state for hospitalized children. A record number of volunteers sorted the toys in the airport hanger, then sent them back out by the garbage-bag full to planes or cars that delivered them to 38 hospitals in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin. A total of 115 bags were assembled using 2,875 donated toys.

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Wed
07
Dec

Maple Lake student wins Patriot’s Pen district award


Patriot’s Pen district award winner and MLHS student, Alyssa Hadler, poses with her award and Maple Lake VFW Commander, Bob Carnes. (Photo by Sue Hadler)

This year the Maple Lake Public and Parochial Schools had 131 essays written for the National Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Instructors Jennifer DesMarais, Eric Meyer, and Chris Paumen assigned their 6-8th grade students to write on this year’s theme “The America I Believe In.”
Maple Lake (Post 7664) had eight local winners who went on to district where 7th grader Alyssa Hadler took third place honors among 29 other district competitors. From area Posts there were a total of 416 students who participated, with Maple Lake turning in the most essays.
This VFW-sponsored Patriot’s Pen contest is a nationwide youth-essay writing competition that gives students in grades 6- 8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy.

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Wed
07
Dec

Holistic Holiday event at Pottery Farm


Members of the Dance Caravan amaze the audience by belly dancing while balancing swords on their heads. Dance Caravan and Shiver, two local belly dance troupes, performed at the Holiday Healing, Health and Happiness Event, Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Pottery Farm located in downtown Maple Lake. The dancers were just one of many activities that took place throughout the day to encourage healthy living. Besides the belly dancing demonstration, visitors were invited to shop the Holistic Holiday Sale featuring local vendors and artists, and take part in a variety of classes including yoga, chemical free cleaning and essential oils for a chemical free home, among others. After the belly dancing demonstration, visitors were invited to take part in a belly dancing class.
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07
Dec

Local man joins city hall


Maple Lake native Sam Rassat is the new accounting clerk at City Hall. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

There is a new, but familiar face at Maple Lake City Hall.
Sam Rassat has taken over the reigns as the city’s new accounting clerk.
Rassat is a 2001 graduate of Maple Lake High School and has lived in the area most of his life. He is married to Kari and has five children, three girls and two boys ages three to 17; all are students at Maple Lake schools.

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