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Wed
15
Mar

Local man wins Fishing Derby fish house


Even though weather forced cancellation of the 2017 Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby, a major fishing prize was raffled off this past weekend. Ralph Tomes Jr., from Maple Lake, is the winner of the Ice Castle Fish House which was raffled off by the Maple Lake-Lake Property Owners Association. Tomes purchased his ticket from Roger’s BP Amoco in Maple Lake. He enjoys fishing and camping. His new Ice Castle will replace a smaller $400 fish house which he purchased earlier this year. The date of next year’s Ice Fishing Derby is February 3rd, 2018. (Photo submitted)
Wed
15
Mar

Plane crash near Paynesville

On March 4, at approximately 2:44 p.m., the Paynesville Police Department was notified of a plane crash near the Paynesville Airport. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the Paynesville police responded and found a male party standing outside his crashed experimental airplane. The pilot, identified as Michael Jude, age 71, of St. Cloud, received significant injuries. Paynesville Fire and Rescue and Paynesville Ambulance responded to the scene, treated Jude and transported him to the Paynesville Hospital. Jude was eventually transported to the St Cloud Hospital for further treatment. 

Wed
15
Mar

St. Patrick’s Festival Craft Sale


Jean Borrell of Maple Lake, left, speaks with Karen Kirscht of Plymouth at her booth. A record number of vendors took part in Saturday's event including 10 new vendors that haven't been to the Maple Lake craft fair before, organizer Betty Gordon said. Gordon has been organizing the event for the last 20 years and has never had it fill up so fast. "One girl has never ever done a show before. I feel honored she picked Maple Lake," Gordon said. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Mon
13
Mar

Maple Lake elementary school staff are inviting all Maple Lake elementary students and their families to our 2nd annual Arts-n-Academics family night on Tuesday, March 14th at the elementary building from 5:15-8 p.m.

The night begins with a pizza meal in the elementary cafeteria for $2.00 per person. The meal includes a slice of pizza, carrots, water and cookie. The SILENT AUCTION will run from 5:15-7:15 p.m. The profits from the SILENT AUCTION will go toward purchasing new books for our BOOK ROOM in the elementary.

Next...parents/guardians will be invited to select one of two speakers that will be located in the media center (library) and large group room from 6-6:25 p.m.. One speaker will present information to us on-THE IMPORTANCE of SLEEP (media center) and the other speaker will share some easy tips for parenting our kids-titled the NURTURED HEART APPROACH (large group room).
School-aged students will be left in the cafeteria to play BINGO or BOOKS while parents are at one of the two speakers.

Wed
08
Mar

Irish Party: Good food, good fun, good cause


Jerry Frasier was the entertainment for the Irish Party held on March 4. His comedy routine went hand-in-hand with his magic tricks and a couple of guests got pulled up to the stage to help in his show. Mayor Lynn Kissock helped by picking an invisible card out of a deck and was rewarded with a balloon poodle, which Frasier tied behind his back. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

It wasn’t quite standing room only, but there certainly weren’t very many chairs left unoccupied at the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce’s annual Irish Party, Saturday, March 4, at the American Legion Club.
The kick-off to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and the chamber’s largest fundraiser, the Irish Party is always a popular event, and this year was no different.
“If any more people would have come, I don’t know where we would have put them,” Kathy Hennen, one of the five chamber members to chair the event said.

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Wed
08
Mar

Pace officially opens new addition


The new expansion at Pace Industries has been in the works since 2004 and finally in 2016 the project was kicked into gear. The all-cement expansion brings the already 35,000 square foot building to a whopping 95,000 square foot business, adding 60,000 square feet to its existing structure. This will make more room for its employees, adding an estimated 20 new jobs to the company and create a larger area for its magnesium die-casting team. Above, staff members gather to take a picture to commemorate the new building. (Story and more pictures on page 12) (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)
Wed
08
Mar

County honors employees at recognition ceremony

Wright County employs hundreds of individuals who devote their work lives to serving the public. Often times, their contribution to county government goes largely unrecognized. But, once a year, the county board of commissioners takes time to honor those employees. At the Feb. 28 meeting of the county board, the commissioners hosted the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony.
The county honored employees for five-year increments of service to the county – from five years to a pair who have worked for the county 40 years – as well as singling out individual and group achievement. This year, a pair of individuals was singled out for their achievements.

Wed
08
Mar

Sunday sales could cost local liquor store


Kate Heberling, assistant manager at Maple Lake Wine and Spirits, takes time to stock bottles between customers, Friday, March 3. The local municipal liquor store may be open on Sunday starting this summer with the passing of a bill Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Angela Berthiaume, manager of Maple Lake’s municipal liquor store is not excited about a bill Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign that will repeal the 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.
“We’re not going to make any more money and it takes away from personal time and family time,” Berthiaume said.
On Monday, Feb. 27, the Senate voted 38-28 to scrap the highly-debated law that has been around since Minnesota first became a state. The bill already earned approval from the Minnesota House of Representatives and is now in the hands of the governor who has said he won’t veto it, but is expected to either sign it or let it become law.
If that happens, liquor stores will be allowed to be open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays starting on July 2, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

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Wed
01
Mar

Another perfect Pinewood Derby


Joseph Brandstrom, right, reacts as Daimeyn Floding’s car passes his down the stretch at the Maple Lake Boy Scouts Pack 219 Pinewood Derby, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Maple Lake American Legion Club. Floding eventually won the tournament for the second year in a row. More pictures can be found on page 9. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
01
Mar

Gary and Cathy Jude named Grand Marshals


Gary and Cathy Jude were selected as the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshals and will finally have a chance to see the parade from the inside-out. (Photo by Sam Zuehl)

Gary and Cathy Jude have missed only one St. Patrick’s Day celebration in all their years in Maple Lake, yet they have never seen the entire parade.
For the past 40 years, the couple has been too busy either marching or helping with the festivities to view the parade, beginning to end.
This was the year they were going to pull out the lawn chairs, and for once just enjoy the show. But with the announcement of this year’s Grand Marshals, those plans have been changed, and pleasantly so.
Cathy was on vacation in Arizona when she received the news that she and her husband Gary were named the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals.
“It was a shock, but it’s an honor,” Cathy said.
The Judes were nominated and ultimately chosen because of their dedication and service to the community.

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