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A Huey touches down in Vietnam to extract soldiers from a landing zone.
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Rasset as a warrant officer in the Army.
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Rasset today at his home in Maple Lake.
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Rasset at the controls of his Huey during his tour in Vietnam.
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  Gen. Colin Powell fixed his gaze on the 21-year old warrant officer. It was 1971 in Vietnam. Powell wanted to learn first-hand about the Huey helicopter that had been shot down a few days before. “The report says you were shot down in Laos,” Powell said. “... + continue reading

It was in a festive atmosphere that the 10th and 12th grade choir, above, performed their Christmas carols Monday night.
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The ninth grade choir sings a song called The Rhythm of Life at the 9th through 12th grade holiday concert on Monday. They are, front row, from left, Kaleigh Beeler, Shauntel Johnson, Linsey Rachel and Grace Thiele. Row two, from left are, Molly Scheiber, Amber Klug and Anna Becker. Row three, from left are, Ben Rivers and Colton Christopherson. Row five, from left are, Tyler Weimer, Ian Larson and Cole Trager.
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Maple Lake choir director Sue Nelson leads the 10th through 12th grade choir Dec. 15 at their annual holiday concert in the high school auditorium. Pictured in the front, from left are, Taylor Pilger, Lydia Green, Emily Webb and Audrey Berndt. In the back, from left, are David Stokman, Brendan Heald and Jackson Willard.
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The Maple Lake ninth grade choirs sing a collection of Christmas carols. They are, front, from left, Sienna Ortiz, Kora Fuller, Kaleigh Beehler and Shantel Johnson. In the back, from left are Colton Christopherson, Danielle Miller, Ben Weese and Cole Trager.
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From left, Steve Guetter, Kjersti Kittelson and Wayne Flury carry donated toys from their airplane into the hangar at the Maple Lake Municipal Airport where they will be sorted and given back to pilots to deliver to 35 hospitals around Minnesota and one in Wisconsin.
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Kurt Olson loads a bag of toys into his Cessna 172 RG. He’ll be flying to the Blaine-Anoka area to deliver the toys.
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From left, Kjersti Kittelson, Steve Guetter and Scott Klein watch as airplanes filled with toys taxi down the runway. By lunch time, Saturday, most of the toys were bagged and loaded onto planes that would carry them to sick children in need of a little holiday cheer.
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Angel Arabbo, on the far side of the first table, and Thuy Pieper, across from him, were two of many volunteers that sorted and labeled toys that arrived at the Maple Lake airport on Saturday. According to coordinator Elaine Morrow, the beautiful weather brought in a record number of airplanes to help distribute toys. A number of cars were also used to deliver toys to hospitals in the metro area.
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Monika Bell of Maple Grove sorts through a heaping pile of donated toys. Bell is a member of the Minnesota chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women’s pilots that helps to organize the Tree of Hope. It is the only charity of its kind in Minnesota.
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Wyatt Ericson, left, and his dad, Tim Ericson, have the job of labeling incoming donations. Tim is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 237.
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Chris Kocinski stands by her plane with a load of toys that she will fly back to her home airport in Anoka. The gifts will then be delivered by car to four area hospitals.
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A record 19 planes carrying volunteers and toys from across Minnesota arrived in Maple Lake, Saturday, Dec. 6, for the 25th annual Tree of Hope fundraiser. The toys will be given to children who find themselves in the hospital over the holidays. + continue reading

First graders keep their eyes on music teacher Abby Klumb as she directs them through the animated song, “Reindeer Love to Boogie.”
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First graders Grace Ronnenberg, Daisy Auna Hohman and Alana Weiss perform a Christmas dance with their classmates.
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A second grader discreetly waves to someone she recognizes in the audience during the Christmas concert. Second graders performed “Tap, Tap, Tap” and “Rock Around the Christmas Tree.”
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Third grader Adison Gorres, center, belts out “Feliz Navidad” at Maple Lake Elementary’s Primary Holiday Concert, Thursday, Dec. 4, at the high school gym. Pictured performing with her are, front row, from left, Ashton Daluge, Ty Rollings-Strand, Gorres and Dane Woolridge. Second row, from left are, Lily Sanchez, Ryan Cranston, Logan Salmela, Makenna Jude and Nick Jost.
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Second graders Madilynn Norgren, left, and Logan Anglin, right, look like they are having a good time decorating Amara Schroeder to look like a Christmas tree while their classmates sing “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.”
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First, second and third grade students performed classic holiday favorites with a unique spin at the school’s annual concert.  + continue reading

Allie and Shay McClory pose with one of Santa’s elves.
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Balloon twister, Shawn Sullivan, makes a balloon character for Tanya Manthie and her sons, Brogan and Gavin.
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Firefighter, Mike Peterson, hands hats to Emma & Kylie Mauldin.
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Left: The Maple Lake Fire Department brought Santa to meet the 142 children that were in attendance. The event was sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and featured gift bags, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and balloon animals.
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Christmas in Maple Lake was on Saturday, Dec. 6, at The V by HH. + continue reading

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