Exchange student’s visit is a learning experience

Maple Lake is a long way from Berlin, but Paul Blache considers the trip and the year he’s spending at Maple Lake High School an investment in his future.

Blache, a 17-year-old German exchange student, is a senior at MLHS and living, since his arrival on Labor Day weekend, with Charlie and Terri Malachek.

“I wanted to learn the language for a job in the U.S. later,” he said of his decision to spend a year in Maple Lake.

And of course, Maple Lake is considerably different from Blache’s home in Berlin, where he lives with father, Stefan; mother, Rufina; 13-year-old brother, Francisco; and 12-year-old brother, Johannes.

“It’s very different,” Blache said. “In the city, we have transportation such as buses to go where you want. Here, you have to wait for someone to pick you up in a car.”


Wright County Teens Against Tobacco training a success

Teens from seven Wright County school districts joined together at a two-day retreat at Camp Koinonia in South Haven for a Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) training on November 4-5.

The Retreat, which was sponsored by the Wright County Department of Public Health, brought the teens together so that they could learn the many dangers of tobacco use and the tolls that tobacco use takes on their communities.

The teens also learned how to effectively create and present an anti-tobacco lesson to other students in their communities. Additionally, participants worked on a variety of hands-on projects and listened to presentations from members of Buffalo's Allina Hospital, the Wright County Sheriff's Department, and Target Market.


Maple Lake Elementary third grade visits Maple Lake’s past

We had real nice guests named Jim Rachel, his wife Bernice, Curt Hofman and his wife, Janet. They came to tell us what it was like growing up in Maple Lake.

Jim lived on a farm with two brothers and two sisters for over 80 years. A lot of people farmed in those days, but because Maple Lake was once all trees the land had to be cleared first. Maybe that is why we have such a good lumberyard. Cordwood was a strong wood that was used a lot, and of course there were many Maple trees.    We asked a lot of questions about the school and found out that they had to walk one or two miles everyday no matter how cold it was. The teacher went to school early to start the wood burner. She taught all the grades in one room. They had country schools with classes the size of 15-50 kids. The older the students the bigger the class. School was from 8:00-4:00.


Playground is gift to students of St. Timothy’s

Students at St. Timothy’s School got the gift that will keep on giving last week as volunteers gathered to assemble new playground equipment for the school. The aluminum, steel and plastic Game Time Playsystem was purchased through a donation from Steve and Sharon Paumen, with a donation from the estate of Kathlyn (Sis) Pribyl covering the costs of installation materials.

Featured in the new equipment are two slides, an overhead climbing apparatus, interactive play boards and a climbing net. Older pieces of play equipment at St. Timothy’s were also removed for safety reasons. Installation of the 45’ x 60’ play equipment took place on Nov. 16 with an all volunteer crew, which was provided with free food and child care. Sue and Bob Borell served as coordinators for the project.


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