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Wed
18
Oct

Being a firefighter


Fire Chief Steve Peterson explains his job and what his team uses to put out fires and how they help in emergencies to a group of kindergarteners in front of one of the fire trucks.

Andy Novotny gets a laugh as he is fitted with a real firefighter’s jacket.

Kaeden Klatt, a kindergartener in Carol Tongen's class, gets a taste of the adventure by getting behind the wheel of one of the fire trucks at the fire department, and luckily he did not have any fire calls at the time.

Kindergarteners got a taste of what it is like to be a firefighter on a school trip to the fire department. Above left, Annie Jost's kindergarten class poses for a picture in front of one of the fire trucks. They are, from left, back row: Liam Blair, Jace Potack, Jack Paumen, Kenna Hennen, Brooklyn Rasset, Rylynn Harmon, Kelsey Golby, Abbi Inderrieden, Ben Norgren, Andy Novotny, Avianna Skay. Front row: Jackson Krauze, Whitler Chlan, Archie Sailer, Grady Allerson, Mindy Wooldridge, Izzy Paumen, Maeycyn Nix, Kaitlyn Uecker, Aidan Skay, King Smith, Reylyn Korbel.
Wed
18
Oct

Volunteers wanted for mission in Africa


Carol McBrady, center, founded Action for Children Zambia in 2003. While in Maple Lake this month, she and others are trying to put together a local mission group to further help the children in her care.

Fourteen years ago, Maple Lake native Carol McBrady initiated a movement that would improve the lives of thousands of children living on the streets of Zambia, Africa. She named her project Action for Children Zambia, and since then, has helped serve approximately 300 street children each year in some capacity.
Today she wants other small-town Minnesotans to have the opportunity to lend a hand in the way she has. That is why she and several others from Maple Lake are initiating a new group called Bridging Zambia that she hopes will create an even stronger connection between the community she once called home and the one that has become her home.
The group’s vision is to send a mission group to Africa comprised of locals who are willing to donate their skills and talents to the Action for Children Zambia cause.

Wed
18
Oct

Burning leaves could be bad for your health


Burning leaves generates large quantities of carbon monoxide, particulates, and at least seven proven cancer-causing substances. (Photo submitted)

A certain crispness in the air and the dry sounds of rustling leaves are common indicators that autumn has arrived. Another tell-tale sign of the changing season is the smell of burning leaves.
Open leaf burning is a common practice in Maple Lake and allowed within city limits from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, but is it healthy?
According to the American Journal of Public Health, burning leaves generates large quantities of carbon monoxide, particulates, and at least seven proven cancer-causing substances. The smoke can also severely increase breathing problems in people who suffer from asthma.
“For one month, from morning to night the town is nothing but a haze,” said Maple Lake City Council Member Deb Geyen who asks residents to be considerate of their neighbors this fall when burning leaves, or to even “think twice about burning at all.”

Wed
18
Oct

School board reviews levy and bond proposals

At their most recent meeting, Tuesday, October 10, the Maple Lake School Board viewed a PowerPoint presentation on the schools’ operating levy and general obligation bond proposals, followed by the demonstration of an accompanying tax impact calculator. The presentation, narrated by Superintendent Mark Redemske, explains why the referendum is necessary and how any approved funds will be put to use. The tax impact calculator allows residents to see a calculated monthly cost to their individual properties for each of the two ballot questions. Citizens are invited to visit www.maplelake.k12.mn.us to determine their individual tax impact and to obtain more information.

Wed
18
Oct

Minnesotans can seek winter protection under the Cold Weather Rule and apply for heating assistance

As temperatures drop and heating bills rise, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Public Utilities Commission want Minnesotans to know about help that is available from the state’s Cold Weather Rule and Energy Assistance Program.
The Cold Weather Rule protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off during the winter months. The Energy Assistance Program helps eligible Minnesota homeowners and renters pay for home heating costs.
“The Cold Weather Rule and our Energy Assistance Program are here to help Minnesota families who struggle with home heating costs to get through our cold winters,” said Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency includes the state energy office. “We want to make sure Minnesotans are safe and warm in their homes this winter.”

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Wed
18
Oct

County considers getting back in the transit business

The subject of public transit has been an ongoing issue in Wright County for almost four years, when Sherburne County surprised Wright County officials by announcing it was pulling out of the River Rider transit program shared by the two counties to join another group. That led to River Rider being dismantled. Wright County then couldn’t reach an agreement with Trailblazer over fair representation on the Trailblazer Board.
It resulted in Wright County and Trailblazer parting ways only to be replaced by WCAT (Wright County Area Transit), an organization operated by Wright County cities. But, it appears as though Wright County is getting back in the transit business.
At the Oct. 10 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners voted not only seek to find an agreement to partner with WCAT, but to hand over the remaining funds in the extinct River Rider account.

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Wed
11
Oct

Autumn colors call


A spell of warm fall weather made Wednesday, Oct. 4, perfect for a bicycle ride as this man is doing along 1st Street beneath the canopy of two colorful Maple trees on the southern edge of Maple Lake Community Park. The fall colors are vibrant now, but won’t be for long as the cooler temperatures close in. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
11
Oct

Maple Lake schools turn to taxpayers

Lack of state funding and a dwindling rainy-day savings has prompted Maple Lake Public Schools to turn to its taxpayers for the third time in three years.
On Tuesday, Nov. 7, people living within the Maple Lake School District will be asked to vote on two questions that, if passed, will allow the district to maintain its level of programming, services and technology.
If the referendum fails again the result will likely be larger class sizes at the elementary and high school, cuts to staff, support services and extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, Supt. Mark Redemske said.

Wed
11
Oct

Maple Lake Library fundraiser draws crowd

The Maple Lake Library’s 9th Annual Fundraiser was a resounding success, Saturday, Oct. 7, according to organizers.
There were 145 dinners served (almost 30 more than last year), 20 live-auction items sold and 81 baskets on the silent auction.

The Maple Lake Library is a completely volunteer-run organization that depends on community support to keep its doors open.
On Sunday, library volunteers received the affirmation they were looking for that the library is appreciated and matters to the community, Mooney said.
The library’s next fundraising event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Barnes and Noble book store in Maple Grove.

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Wed
11
Oct

St. Tim's marathoners pedal for pledges


St. Timothy Catholic School students, along with their friends and family, get ready to take off on the school's annual bike marathon fundraiser, Saturday morning, Oct. 7. Money raised at this event helps keep tuition costs down for parents.

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