Programs & Events


60+ and Healthy Clinics
The 60+ and Healthy Clinics, provided by Wright County Public Health, provides foot care for the senior citizens of Wright County. Toenail trimming is offered to meet the needs of those seniors who have a health condition such as diabetes or are unable to trim toenails themselves.            
The 60+ and Healthy Clinics will be charging a $15 fee for foot care services. This fee is necessary because the clinics are no longer being funded by grant money. However, if you are unable to pay the fee, you will not be turned away. The clinics are hosted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.   
If you have any questions, please ask clinic staff or call WC Public Health at 1-800-362-3667 or 763-682-7456. Upcoming dates:
Tuesday, August 18: Maple Lake Maple Manor East, 333 2nd Street West
Tuesday, August 25: Monticello Senior Center, 505 Walnut Street, Suite 3
For the full schedule, visit:

Search for Miss Teen Wright County announced
If you are single, never been married between the ages of 13 to 18 years, applications are being accepted for the title of 2016 Miss Teen Wright  County. Miss Teen Wright County will represent her county at the Miss Teen Minnesota pageant, which  will be  held  at  the Ritsche Auditorium, March 12th, 2016, in St. Cloud.
 The young lady chosen as Miss Teen Wright County will become an ambassador from the  Wright  County area and will receive an official title and sash.
 The young lady chosen as Miss Teen Minnesota will receive a prize package and college scholarship totaling $30,000 and the chance to represent Minnesota at the 2016 Miss Teen International pageant  in Jacksonville, Florida.                                                                                               
The American Heart Association’s “Go for Red for Women”  is the official harity of the Miss Teen Minnesota Pageant.
 The current reigning 2015 Miss Teen Minnesota is  Nicole Doyle  of Lakeville. As Miss Teen Minnesota, Doyle  speaks out on “ Kids Get Arthritis, Too” – Juvenile Arthritis Education and Awareness. “I didn’t know that kids could get arthritis ….” Diagnosed at age 3, Doyle  has  heard those words countless times since then. Juvenile arthritis is an auto-immune disease that can rob children of a carefree, painless childhood. There is no known cause and no cure, which is why research, education, and awareness are vital in the battle against this disease. For more information go to:
 Teens will compete in Personal Interview, Fitness Wear, Fun Fashion Wear and Evening Gown. (There is no talent or swimsuit competition)                                                                                                                          
 Young teen ladies living in Wright     County interested in applying should write for bio-form to:                                           
Miss Teen Minnesota
International Pageant
P.O. Box 240537
Apple Valley, MN
Or call for information:: (952) 432-6758 or fax (952) 953-3896

55+ Driver Improvement Program 
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering 55+ Driver Improvement Program courses on the following days:
August 13th (4Hr. Refresher Course) 4 to 8 p.m., State Farm Cory Laugen, 570 Humboldt Dr. NW, Ste. 202, Big Lake
August 28th (4Hr. Refresher Course) 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Delano Sr. Center, 234 2nd St. N., P.O. Box 108, Delano
The driver improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. The fee for the four-hour refresher course is $20 and the eight-hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit or call TOLL FREE 1-(888)-234-1294. 
Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law.  First-time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10% discount. 

Upcoming Red Cross blood drives
Donors of all types are encouraged to help save lives by giving blood. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visiting Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Wright County:  Aug. 18: 12-6 p.m., Our Fathers Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave. SE, Rockford; Aug. 20: 1-7 p.m., Classic Hall & Event Center, 220 Poplar Lane S., Annandale; Aug. 20: 12-6 p.m., First American Bank, 12725 43rd. St. NE, St. Michael; Aug. 25: 12-6 p.m., Preferred Choice Chiropractic, 703 Thielen Drive SE, St. Michael;  Aug. 26: 12-6 p.m., Presbyterian Church, 507 County Road 134, Buffalo.
“There’s Music in the Air…” brunch is August 13
St. John's Lutheran Church invites you to a  special "FRIENDS" brunch called "There's Music in the Air…" August 13, 9:30 a.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, Annandale. Bring your neighbors, friends, daughters and grandkids (10 or over) for a special morning.  You'll enjoy great food, awesome music by the young Strands, Peter singing and Katherine on the harp, and discover what the dulcimer is all about. Kathy Bishop of Lodi, Wisc. both the feature and speaker, will talk about "Friends Forever.” Don't forget to make reservations by calling Eleanor at 320-274-5460, Dawn at 612-723-3905 or email This event is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.
Ah, Nuts! Food allergies free event is August 13
If you or family members have had a bad reaction to a specific food, discover if it was food intolerance or a more serious food allergy. Katie Krebs, RD, St. Cloud Hospital, will discuss symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of food allergies from 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 13 at CentraCare Health Plaza, Windfeldt Room.
 The event is free. Pre-registration required at Register early; seating is limited. For more information, call 320-656-7021. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children’s Center.
Gear-Head Get Together is August 15
The Gear-Head Get Together show and swap meet located downtown Maple Lake is Saturday, August 15. The Gear-Head swap meet starts at 8 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. (call 763-333-4422 for details, no household items). DJ Bondo Bob will be entertaining from 8 to 11 a.m., Castaways perform 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Horsepower dyno for cars and bikes onsite from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a vintage dragster display showing all day. Bring your cars, trucks, rods, motorcycles, scooters, tractors, snow-machines, lawn mowers, chainsaws, commercial vehicles, motors and other mechanical devices. No trophies, no plaques, just great Gear-Head fun. Food and beverages available all day. A free Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce event. For more details visit 
EEA Chapter 878 Fly In/Drive In is August 15
The Maple Lake Airport, EAA Chapter 878, will have a Fly In/Drive In on Saturday, August 15. The 29th annual pork chop dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (free meal to PIC of warbird or experimental aircraft). Showing aircraft and aviation displays and Clowning for Smiles by Dotz. Shuttle buses available to and from the Gear-Head Get Together show and swap meet.
Learn kayaking basics at Lake Maria State Park 
Get the family out on the water during the Sunday, August 16,  I Can Kayak! event. Beginners will learn essential skills, from how to set off safely from shore to the most effective paddling strokes. Single person kayaks, life jackets and paddles are provided, so participants need only bring their sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The minimum age for this event is 8 years old. A Minnesota State Parks vehicle permit is also required to enter the park.
 Reservations are required and can be made online or by phone at (24 hours a day) or 866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, excluding holidays.
For more information about the I Can Kayak! or any of the other I Can! programs, visit or contact the DNR Information Center at or 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 New Generation 4’x4’ garden presentation
Welcome to 208 Oak Avenue North, Maple Lake, for a FREE NEW GENERATION 4’x4’ Compost Made Garden demo and presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 17, for gardeners interested in organic, weed-free growing with sound environmental goals. Copy is up on with before and after pictures showing luscious growing vegetables. It’s that time of year.
 This class will again be offered for a small fee at Buffalo Community Ed. at 7 p.m. Monday, September 21, and Monticello Community Ed. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 22. For more information call Pat and Connie at 320-963-3690.
Short-call substitute teacher two-day training
People who want to teach but don’t have the full credentials will have an opportunity to become certified as short-call substitute teachers under the Minnesota Limited, Short-Call Substitute program. A four-year bachelor degree is required to qualify.
Resource Training & Solutions in St. Cloud has announced that it has coordinated a two-day program on August 17 & 18, to prepare individuals to apply to become limited, short-call substitute teachers.  
Registration for the training can be made by contacting Deb Thomes at Resource Training & Solutions, 137 23rd Street South, Sartell, MN, phone 320-255-3236 or toll-free 844-335-3276, website
Wright County Farm Bureau annual meeting
Wright County Farm Bureau will hold their annual meeting a month earlier this year on Tuesday, August 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Waverly. Come at 7 p.m. and socialize until dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. Elbows Allowed is serving the buffet-style dinner of meatballs and ham.
 As to the program, there will be a picture and voice review of activities the past year as well as the usual business and election of directors. Please get your tickets by August 7th. Tickets can be purchased from one of the directors or by calling Kathy at 763-682-4992.
First-time home buyers seminar is Aug. 18 & 19
Wright County residents thinking about buying a home are invited to attend a two day workshop designed to help them learn the basics of home ownership. 
Wright County Community Action (WCCA) offers a first-time home buyer’s seminar (Home Stretch) which will cover a variety of topics related to the home buying process.  Area lenders, real estate agents, and other housing professionals will instruct the workshop.  
Home Stretch will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18 & 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 449 West Broadway, Monticello. You must attend both classes in order to receive the certificate. To register, call Wright County Community Action (WCCA) at (320) 963-6500, ext. 238.
Annual Habitat Banquet Aug. 19
The Twin Cities Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 37th Annual Habitat Banquet on August 19 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. 
Plan to attend to help preserve sporting traditions through the creation of healthy forests for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Tim Tordoff, 605-670-8360.
Check out, free at ML Library
Patrons of the Maple Lake Library are encouraged to stop in and check out your family history on for free. If you are not a patron of the library, you only need to fill out an application. So come join us at the library, take advantage of this opportunity, and discover your roots. Library hours are Monday and Friday from 12 to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 12 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.