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Oct

Annual Library Fundraiser draws a crowd


Angie Blizil and Sandy Blizil peruse the baskets on display on the silent auction tables.

The generosity and dedication of the community is what keeps the doors open at Maple Lake Library, and once again the community of Maple Lake has come through with flying colors.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, the library committee held its eighth annual fundraiser at the Maple Lake Legion Club. It’s the largest fundraiser of the year for the solely volunteer-run organization, and it traditionally draws large crowds for food, drinks, prizes and the opportunity to support the library.
Although attendance was down slightly this year, those that did attend helped the committee raise an amount that is close to what has been raised in previous years.

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Wed
05
Oct

Second half of real estate taxes due Oct. 17

Robert J. Hiivala, Wright County Auditor/Treasurer, would like to remind all county property owners that second-half property taxes for real estate properties are due October 17, 2016.
If, for some reason, you cannot locate your 2016 property tax statement and would like to get an additional copy, or if you have questions regarding your second-half taxes due, this information is available online at the county website at www.co.wright. mn.us. On the left side, in the green box, select “Property Tax Search.” If you have misplaced your tax statement(s), you can print a copy of your statements for 2005 thru 2016, if you wish. If you don’t have access to the Internet, call the Wright County Auditor/Treasurer Department at 763-682-7572 or 763-682-7584 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Wed
05
Oct

Maple Lake Lions Club hosts annual pancake breakfast


Randy Mills and his 8-year-old grandson, Grant Merz. Grant has volunteered three years in a row and said, "I like to work here because it keeps me busy." According to Randy, "Grant has been asking about working at the breakfast for the past six weeks."

Lions members prepared and served the breakfast. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
05
Oct

Wright County 4-H youth to celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8

More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. Wright 4-H will use National 4-H Week this year to showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.
Clubs throughout Wright County will be showcasing their club and showing their 4-H pride by hosting open houses for potential new members, wearing 4-H shirts to school, speaking in their classrooms, creating 4-H displays in windows of local businesses and much more. The Wright County Board of Commissioners also declares October 2-8, 2016, as “National 4-H Week in Wright County.”

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Wed
05
Oct

No rate increases planned for wastewater plant

For the first time since the new wastewater treatment plant opened in 2009, residents and businesses in Annandale, Maple Lake and Howard Lake will not see an increase in user rates when the calendar turns over.
Rates have increased annually from $3 per thousand gallons when the plant opened to $7 this year, resulting in an average user’s monthly bill rising from $13.50 in 2009 to $31.50 this year. Rates were kept artificially low in the beginning while a cash reserve of $2.7 million was intentionally spent down.
At their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, commissioners from the three cities discussed updated cash flow projections and decided that no increase in rates will be needed in 2017. In fact, projections show that due to increased revenue the commission’s cash reserve is expected to continue rebounding from a low point of just over $607,000 last year into the foreseeable future.

Wed
28
Sep

St. Tim’s Fall Festival is fun for all


Festival goers managed to dodge a few rain showers Sunday afternoon at the annual St. Tim’s Fall Festival. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

Kate Peterson, 4-year-old daughter of Dan and Rebecca Peterson, gave it her best at the Pedal Pull.

Overcast skies and periods of light rain didn’t seem to affect attendance at St. Timothy Catholic Church’s 64th annual Fall Festival, Sunday, Sept. 25, where $3,750 worth of cash prizes were given away.
The event attracts hundreds of people every year to the St. Timothy Catholic School grounds for food, games, music and a chance to win cash prizes.
This year’s big winner was Paul Northenscold who bought the winning ticket for the $1,500 grand prize. Kay Schroden won the second place $500 prize.

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Wed
28
Sep

Ducks Unlimited efforts raise money for habitats


Joel Diers, right, displays a camouflaged gun that was raffled off Tuesday night, Sept. 20, at the Heart of the Lakes Ducks Unlimited 11th annual banquet. With him is Kurt Segner, owner of Little Jim’s Sporting Goods in Annandale. The event raised $15,000 for wildlife habitat and wetland conservation. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Ducks Unlimited Heart of the Lakes chapter will be able to support 26 acres of wildlife habitat this, thanks to a record number of sponsors that came forward at its annual banquet, Tuesday, Sept. 20.
For every sponsor, the organization is able to support a single acre of land through matching funds, State Youth and Education Chairman Devin Davidson said.
Tuesday night’s event produced 26 sponsors, the majority of them local businesses and residents from the Maple Lake and Annandale areas.

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Wed
28
Sep

Homecoming countdown


The Homecoming court has been selected. Here are the nominees in the running to become this year’s Homecoming King and Queen. Boys, from left, are Ben Triplett, Hunter Malachek, Garret Anderson, Tanner Schmidt and Ben Gindele. Girls, from left, are Ellie Haney, Morgan Scheiber, Lauren Heeralall, Jennifer Malwitz and Macy Wurm. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Sunday, Oct. 2, is the kick-off to the Maple Lake Schools Homecoming Week beginning with Powder Puff Football at 2:30 p.m. and He-Man Volleyball at 5:30 p.m.
Students will show off their floats at the parade on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Coronation will follow the parade at 7:15 p.m. with a bonfire after. The week will continue with special dress-up days, two home volleyball games on Tuesday and Thursday, and a Post Prom dinner on Wednesday.
Friday, Oct. 7, will wrap up the week with a pep-fest, fun activities, community cook-out, and the football game against Rockford at 7 p.m.

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Wed
28
Sep

Maple Lake Library to host fundraiser on October 1st


SAM Quilters of St. Timothy’s display some of the quilts that will be up for auction at the library’s fundraiser.

Showing other live auction items are Cathy Jude with Terry Redlin's print "The Sharing Season," Jude Kelly with Spicer Castle Mystery Weekend, Yvonne Hogie-Streich and Irene Abrams with MN Wild tickets and Jerry Zeidler with the Breezy Point Get-Away. (Photos by Sam Zuehl)

he Maple Lake Library will host the 8th Annual Fundraiser at the Maple Lake American Legion Post 131 on Saturday, October 1. Social hour and the wine pull begin at 5 p.m. The library will welcome guests at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:15 p.m. There will be silent auction items to bid on from 5-7:30 p.m. The cash raffle and chance bucket drawings will be announced at 7:30 p.m. with the live auction to follow. Entertainment for the night is Joe Thomas along with the Maple Lake Community Theater. You can purchase tickets in advance at the Maple Lake American Legion, Star Bank and the Maple Lake Library. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Wed
28
Sep

Council approves 2017 preliminary budget, levy

At their most recent meeting, Tuesday, September 20, Maple Lake City Council members approved the city’s 2017 preliminary budget and levy based on their proposed budget for the city, and scheduled a Truth in Taxation hearing to be held December 6. Following December’s Truth in Taxation hearing, the final levy will be established.
The council approved a proposed budget of $1,833,998 and Mayor Lynn Kissock made immediate note of an increase to the levy as the budget stands, but pointed out that while the proposed levy can be reduced during intervening months, it cannot be increased.
Trying to be fiscally responsible but also looking toward maintaining the city’s infrastructure and putting aside funds for eventual projects and staffing additions, Kissock said that while the city is raising its tax rate a bit this year, the council aims to approach its goals in a conservative manner.

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