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For 11 years Marilyn Blizil has been getting students safely to and from school in Maple Lake. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Governor Mark Dayton will officially recognize dedicated drivers like Blizil by declaring it School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Gov. Dayton declares Wednesday, Feb. 22, Bus Driver Appreciation Day What do you call 70 youngsters on a big yellow bus? You could call them students, but the drivers at M... + continue reading

Victoria Rollings, with the help of Meghan McDaniel, watches the process while holding a red stress ball to alleviate any fear. This is the fourth time Rollings has donated blood. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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A crowd of more than 3,500 people jammed the streets of Maple Lake to watch the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Above, St. Tim’s school displayed their Irish tradition with a message via sign cards. The words said, “Irish or not, may God Smile on you.”
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To the left are Maple Lake’s royal family of Colleens chosen at the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. They are, from left, Mary Jo Paumen, Chris Mavencamp and Carol Beaman. (Photos from Maple Lake Messenger archives)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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They say the show must go on, and when you have a good one like the Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, that’s especially true. Through snowstorms and wind chills, and once an 80-degree heat wave, in 40 years the show has gone on without a single cancellation. Why? Because everyone likes to... + continue reading

The line for the MLFD Pancake Breakfast was a hearty one as was the breakfast. Firefighters helped plate food and gave the line some conversation as they made their way through.
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Enjoying their breakfast was front to back on left: Jim Peterson, Greta Piotter, Samara Peterson and Jack Peterson. On right, front to back: Marge Peterson, Sophia Piotter, Deb Geyen and Ryan Peterson. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)
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Many people young and old enjoyed the Pancake Breakfast, which was held at the American Legion Club Feb. 19.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Elementary Principal Andy Sawatzke was duct taped to the wall by his students last week as a reward for a successful fall fundraiser. (Photo submitted by Kath Heffron)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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All the work students did for the Parent-Teacher Association’s fall fundraiser was rewarded, Tuesday, Feb. 14, when they had the opportunity to tape their principal to the wall. If students sold five or more items in November they got to place a piece of duck tape onto Elementary Principal Andy... + continue reading

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The newly-installed metal log siding gives Andy’s Pro Tire and Auto a more up-to-date look and fits right in with the décor of the neighborhood. Insert is the before look.
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Andy’s Pro Tire and Auto Service in Annandale has a new look, and some new features to go along...

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HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH 5460 63rd St. NW, Box 462, Maple Lake Ph.: 763-463-9447 www.holycrossmaplelake.org Pastor: Culynn Curtis Visitors Are Always Welcome! SUN.: 8 a.m., Traditional... + continue reading

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Morgan Scheiber fights for the rebound. She had five points, four rebounds and three assists against the B-B-E Jaguars.
02/22/2017
The Maple Lake girls basketball team defeated St. John's Prep, Tuesday, Feb. 14, on the road, then fell to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Thursday, Feb. 16, at home. Despite the loss of statistical... + continue reading

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