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Dec

Card of Thanks: December 17, 2014

 

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Barnes & Noble Book Fair a success. The library earned over $1,650 that will be used to purchase new books and audio books. Stop in at your library to check out the new books purchased with the grant from Wright-Hennepin Trust and the earnings from the Barnes & Noble Book Fair.
Friends of the Maple Lake Library
Pictured are: Margaret Jenniges, Katie Serrano, Robin Aeshliman, Charlotte Drenckhahn, Denise Blizil, Mike Heffron, Della Ness, Kath Heffron and Marie Mavencamp.
 
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Dec

Ask a trooper: December 10, 2014

Question: How long has there been a drunk driving law in Minnesota?
Answer: The Minnesota Legislature criminalized DWI in 1911, making “driving while in an intoxicated manner” a misdemeanor. The laws and sanctions addressing DWI have certainly evolved in the past 103 years. The strengthened efforts are successfully working to get drunk drivers off the roads:
• Evidence of influence was set at .15 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in 1917.
- The first civil sanctions for DWI (Implied Consent) began in 1961.
• A per se level of .10 BAC was attached to administrative license sanctions in 1971 (MN was the first state to take such action).
• The concept of BAC changed to Alcohol Concentration (AC) in 1978.
• License plate impoundment began in 1988.
• Test refusal became a criminal offense in 1989.
• Child Endangerment enhancement and ‘Not a Drop’ law enacted in 1993.
Wed
03
Dec

It’s in your court: December 3, 2014

Don’t Be a Grinch!
Here come the holidays, so it’s probably timely to again make some comments on child holiday visitation or “parenting time.” Many children of divorced parents will be happily splitting the holidays between their loving and cooperating parents.  Other children become the focus of the annual ritual, that is, the “fight” over which parent is entitled to have the child with them for Christmas. One would think rational parents could resolve these issues, but unfortunately, during the two weeks before Christmas our court will likely see several such disputes make it on the court calendar.  Some parents go so far as to retain a lawyer and bring an “emergency motion” to resolve the issue, basically asking the judge to “play Solomon.”
Wed
26
Nov

Card of Thanks: November 26, 2014

 

Thank you to all who helped make the Veteran’s Day luncheon a huge success. Thank you to Harney of The V by HH for the wonderful meal, the local businesses for their donations of door prizes, and a special thank you to Ginger O’Loughlin for organizing the Veteran’s Day program at the school. 
 
Maple Lake VFW Post 7664 and Auxiliaries
Wed
26
Nov

Brenda's Banter: November 26, 2014

Hi. My name is Brenda and I am a stay-at-home mom with three under seven-year-olds in the house.
Save me!
No, no, it’s not as bad as all that.
Really.
I have most of my sanity, and as for my sense of humor? Well, you’ll have to tell me.
The truth is, my kids are wonderful. They are, not to sound boastful, the absolute best huggers in the world. I mean they’ve mastered it. My oldest son, for instance, gives what he calls the “boa constrictor.” It involves all four of his appendages wrapped around me in a bone crushing hug that often topples us to the floor.

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