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The Maple Lake Veteran’s Day program

A Veteran's Day program will be held on Friday, November 10, at the Maple Lake High School auditorium. The Elementary Veteran’s Day Program is at 9 a.m., the High School Program follows at 10:15. Guest speaker is Vietnam combat veteran, Sergeant Bruce Peters (shown at right), and his wife, Claris. The public is welcome to attend. The programs are sponsored by Maple Lake Senior Connections and the Maple Lake Lions. A free lunch for veterans will be served at The V Restaurant, provided by the VFW and American Legion Club. Guests are welcome to attend the luncheon at cost. (Photo submitted)

BCT presents “The Murder Room”

Buffalo Community Theater kicks off its 30th anniversary season this month with a production well-suited to this spooky time of year: "The Murder Room." Written by prolific playwright Jack Sharkey, "The Murder Room" is a spoof of mystery thrillers. There are all the elements of a classic English whodunit- the stodgy upper crust, irreverent servants, a creepy old house with secret chambers, bumbling policemen and little violence. Although the title sounds serious, it's actually a full-on farce with zany British humor, plenty of puns, sight gags and silliness. Make plans now to enjoy an evening of laughter and mystery that will keep you in suspense to the very end. The production will take place at Buffalo's Discovery Auditorium October 20-21, 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. and October 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available from the BCT website: or at the door. BCT is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Above, "The Murder Room" cast includes Jenny Robinson, Steve Ramirez, David Hoadley, Kevin Courtney, Joelle Strandquiest and Deb Schee. (Photo submitted)

Maple Lake Lions Breakfast

The Maple Lake Lions Club held its pancake breakfast at the Maple Lake High School cafeteria, Sunday, Oct. 8. Above, enjoying the food are, from left, Kim Wurm-Ogilvie, Izzy Ogilvie, Gabby Smith, Sawyer Ogilvie, Ezra Smith and Brody Baker.

A good-sized crowd turned out for the Lion’s breakfast. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Birth Announcement: Maria Elizabeth Rothermel

Elizabeth and Aaron Rothermel are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Maria Elizabeth Rothermel. Maria was born on September 18 at 1:52 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. She was also measured at 21 inches in length. The proud grandparents of the newborn are Steve and Karen Rothermel, of Roseville, and Ken and Lee Ann Yager, of Maple Lake. The new family resides in Wausau, Minnesota. (Photo submitted)

In Memory september 20, 2017

The moment that you left us
Our hearts were split into two
One side was filled with memories
The other side died with you
I often lay awake at night
When the world is fast asleep
And take a walk down memory lane
With tears upon my cheek
Remembering you is easy, I do it every day
But missing you is a heartache that never goes away
I hold you tightly within my heart
And there you will remain
You see life has gone on without you
But will never be the same.
In memory of Donna Sawatzke who’s been gone four years, September 24th, by her Loving Family


Early goose season was great for this duo

At right, Peter Flatten and Mike Muller thinned out the Canada Honkers Monday when they had their five bird limits by 7:30 a.m. hunting on Muller’s property south of South Haven. Muller said he didn’t fire a shot on Saturday’s opening day, but bagged one on Sunday. Normally a late sleeper, he was pleased with the early flocks they attracted with decoys and flags on the third day of hunting. He and Peter each shot one out of a flock of about 15 and when the geese swung they harvested five which gave them their limits when added to earlier kills. (Photo submitted)

Filling the plates of Wright County

From left, Andrea Unger and Chrissy Piekarski display the sign Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association created for the Wright County food shelves food drive. Employees and members placed stickers on the sign after donating. In all, WH Board of Directors, members and employees donated more than $1,900. (Photo submitted)

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) and its employees donated more than $1,900 to Wright County food shelves leading up to the Wright County Fair.
Employees donated money in exchange for the option to wear jeans instead of dress attire for a week, were entered into prize drawings or received discount tickets to Fair events. WH also accepted donations during the Classic Car Show at the Fair.
“I am pleased and proud of the generosity displayed by our board, members, and employees,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of WH. “I hope the contributions from our cooperative helped families throughout Wright County.”
Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that provides power to rural Wright County and western Hennepin County. The cooperative has been a corporate citizen to the area since 1937 and currently serves more than 50,000 electric accounts. It is headquartered in Rockford.


Library wins "Sisters in Crime" grant

The Maple Lake Library was chosen by the national organization of Sisters In Crime as the July 2017 "We Love Libraries" grant winner.
The grant, in the amount of $1,000, will be used to purchase books (not restricted to the mystery genre nor to those by Sisters in Crime members). 
Representatives will present the check on Saturday, October 28, at the Maple Lake American Legion Club from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will feature a panel of local authors, including Midge Bubany, Jessie Chandler, Pat Dennis, Erin Hart, and Christine Husom.
The event is free and open to the public. Authors will sell their books at the event and Clover Meadow Bakery, of Maple Lake, will provide treats.


Wedding Announcement: Duske-Schleif

Kaitlin Duske and Sean Schleif are happy to announce they will be getting married September 9, 2017. The proud parents are Chad and Susie Schleif and Brad and Stacy Duske. Kaitlin Duske graduated from Buffalo High School in 2013, graduated from college at Ridgewater College with a Veterinary Technology AAS Degree and currently works for Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic. Sean Schleif graduated from Maple Lake High School in 2011, graduated from Alexandria Technical and Community College with a degree in Diesel Mechanics AAS Degree and currently works for PCI Roads. Sean and Kaitlin will be married at Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield. (Photo submitted)

Wedding Announcement: Szczesny-Dale

Lonna Szczesny, of Maple Lake, is proud to announce the engagement of her daughter, Samantha Irene Szczesny, to Allan Timothy Dale, son of Aaron and Rachael Dale, also of Maple Lake. The bride-to-be graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and is employed as a web designer for BNG Team's BNG Design division in Fargo. The groom is also employed with BNG Team as a software support specialist for their ConnectBooster division. Allan and Sam will exchange their vows at Rustic Oaks in Moorhead, MN on October 1. They will reside in Fargo. (Photo submitted)


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