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16
Nov

Hope for Guimond


Friends and family of Joshua Guimond gathered at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake, Thursday Nov. 10, on the 14th anniversary of the Maple Lake High School graduate's disappearance. Those in attendance took turns sharing memories and praying for his safe return. Guimond's disappearance from the St. John's University campus, where he was a student, remains an unsolved mystery.
Wed
16
Nov

Potter, Borrell win re-election bids

The last time there was a presidential election, Wright County had to replace four county commissioners due to redistricting in the county caused by a disparity in population within the districts that required redistricting after the 2010 census.
On Nov. 8, people went to the polls, this time voting for three commissioners. Both running incumbents – Charlie Borrell and Mike Potter – won their re-election bids and both won four-year terms on the board.
Borrell won the District 5 commissioner race with 6,934 vote (56.8 percent). Challenger Jason Franzen finished with 5,238 voted (42.9 percent). In a closer race, Potter was re-elected to the District 5 board seat, garnering 4,972 votes (53.4 percent), while his opponent, Mary Wetter, finished with 4,298 votes (46.2 percent).

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Wed
16
Nov

Wright-Hennepin members donate more than $51K to help local organizations

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) members who participate in Operation Round Up (ORU) donated grants totaling $51,900 in October, 2016.
ORU participants allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. The rounded amount is then used for donations to fund local programs. More than 80 percent of WH’s members participate in the ORU program. ORU’s board manages the generated money, which is held in a trust fund. Through a selection process and review of guidelines, the board evaluates funding requests on a bimonthly basis.

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Wed
09
Nov

Kissock re-elected Mayor of Maple Lake Kadlec, Larson join city council

The 2016 election came to a head, Tuesday, November 8, when the populace cast its votes.
In Maple Lake, Lynn Kissock will serve another two years as mayor after defeating Deb Geyen 549 votes to 472. Geyen will continue to serve out her term on the city council, which ends in 2018.
Joining Geyen on the city council will be new-comers Heather Kadlec and Kirk Larson who won the two open seats vacated by John Northenscold Sr. and Bart Lauer. Kadlec garnered 553 votes and Larson received 506. Opponent Kristen Logas earned 430 votes. Kissock was first elected to the city council in 2008. She has served as mayor since 2012.

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Wed
09
Nov

Volleyball #2 seed in State tournament


The Maple Lake volleyball team is headed to state after defeating Sauk Centre, 3-1, Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Section 6AA finals at St. Cloud State University's Halenback Hall. Above, they are pictured with their Section 6AA championship trophy. They are, front row, from left, Megan Lind, Kora Fuller, Mollie Scheiber, Morgan Scheiber, Olivia Marquette, Linsey Rachel, Katie Goelz and Lexi Bakeberg. Back row, from left, Brielle Paumen, Amber Klug, Kaleigh Beehler, coach Marty Kiebel, Brynn Paumen, Anna Becker, Mackenna Brown, and coach Amy Voigt. See page 7 for the story. (Photo by Mary Scheiber)
Wed
09
Nov

Woman confesses to sending threatening letter to Messenger


A photocopy of the anonymous letter that the Maple Lake Messenger received on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A 46-year-old woman from Corinna Township has been charged with terroristic threats after sending a menacing letter to the Maple Lake Messenger early last week that suggested the local public school was the target.
Shannon Voeller confessed to wanting to “cause pain” to three Maple Lake High School students mentioned in the letter, but didn’t know why, Annette Habisch-Peterson, a captain with the Criminal Investigative Unit for the Wright County Sheriff’s Office said.
Voeller, who suffers from mental illness, told investigators she chose the names randomly from past issues of the Messenger.
Although the letter used ominous phrases such as “pull the trigger on” and “never grow old,” police found no evidence of a plan in place to carry out those threats. Further investigation corroborated her confession, Habisch-Peterson said. She is the only suspect.

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Wed
09
Nov

Referendum fails to earn voter approval along with capital levy


Maple Lake residents cast their votes Tuesday evening, Nov. 8, at Maple Lake City Hall. A line extended to the doors earlier in the day, around 5:30 p.m., officials said. Voters came and went until the polls closed at 8 p.m. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Voters denied the Maple Lake School district’s request for a referendum for operations and technology, Tuesday, Nov. 8.
All together, in the district’s nine precincts, 1,247 residents voted yes to question number one that called for a $584.18 per pupil operating levy which would have generated about $500,000 per year for the next 10 years. A total of 1,511 voters marked no.
Question number two, which called for a capital project levy that would have generated $100,000 to update and maintain technology, earned 1,155 yes votes and 1,495 no votes.

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Wed
09
Nov

Community invited to gather for Joshua Guimond prayer vigil

On Thursday, November 10, at 7 p.m., the community is invited to gather for a prayer vigil on the anniversary of Joshua Guimond’s disappearance. We will take time to share memories, hear promises from God, and join in a candle vigil to “Keep Hope Alive.”
Josh Guimond was a 2000 graduate of Maple Lake High School and a St. John's University student who disappeared in 2002 on his way home from a party on St. John’s campus and has never been found.

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Wed
09
Nov

Give to the Max on November 17th

GiveMN is gearing up for its eighth-annual Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s homegrown holiday of giving. Set for Thursday, Nov. 17, the 24-hour online fundraiser is expected to once again raise thousands for nonprofits and schools around the state.

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Wed
09
Nov

Highway 25, north of Highway 55 through Buffalo, now open as two-lane road New four-lane segment scheduled to open later in November

Motorists who travel Highway 25 north of Highway 55 in Buffalo are finding improved traffic flow since two lanes of traffic permanently opened between Highway 55 and Catlin Street on Saturday morning, Nov. 5.
The segment of road had been closed for reconstruction since June 13th. Later in November, crews will open all four lanes of the new Highway 25 between Highway 55 and Catlin Street in Buffalo.
The project is one part of a multi-year, multi-project cooperative plan between the city of Buffalo and MnDOT to improve mobility, safety and infrastructure in Buffalo and Wright County. When complete, the combined 2016 projects will:

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