Athletes win awards at state track and field

Above, Brynn Paumen was the highest place winner at state last weekend. She finished fourth in the high jump at Hamline University. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

State qualifiers from the Maple Lake High School track and field team came home with some hardware after two days competing with some of the top athletes in the state, Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, at Hamline University.
Brynn Paumen earned the highest finish for the Irish, placing fourth to make it to the podium in the high jump.

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Literature on the go

From left, Barry Zander and Eric Ortiz dig the hole while Pastor Marc Well Nagel and Tom Zander wait to place the post. These members of Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Maple Lake installed a Little Free Library in front of Irish Blessings Coffeehouse in late May. They installed another one at the church. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Take a book or give a book, it’s all up to you when you visit one of two new Little Free Libraries in Maple Lake.
A bit like large bird houses on sturdy, wooden posts, the little libraries hold 30 or more books that are available to “check out” 24 hours a day, no library card or money required. Patrons can keep the book, return it when they are finished with it, or donate a different book.
It’s an idea that started in Wisconsin back in 2009 and the congregation at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Maple Lake thought the community here would benefit by having one or two as well.
“We wanted to be of more service to the community,” Bethlehem UCC Pastor Marc Well Nagel said. “The chair of our council, Beth Steinleitner, lives in Buffalo and she saw them around. She thought they would be a great way for us to reach out to the community.”


Track team sends five to state

Maple Lake will send five athletes to the State Track and Field Meet at Hamline University Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, after stellar performances at the Section 5A tournament where they qualified. They are, from left, Tyler Cranston, Brynn Paumen, Catie Fobbe, Aaron Reese and Maggie Miller (Photo by Chris Fobbe)

The Irish will send a record five athletes to the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field meet this week after top performances at sections.
Aaron Reese, Tyler Cranston, Catie Fobbe, Brynn Paumen and Maggie Larson will compete at Hamline University in St. Paul, Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, after placing among the top two in their events at the Section 5A meet at St. John’s University on Thursday, June 1.
Reese qualified by winning the 110-meter hurdles. He was the lone Irish champion for the day.
First place didn’t come easily for the senior who is still fighting a nagging injury, coach Ben Youngs said.


Buffers and options

A new state law says that buffers are required on all lands adjoining “public waters” by November. Above shows a buffer on farm land. (Photo submitted)

Wright SWCD
By now, all landowners should be aware of the Buffer Law passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton in 2015 and amended in 2016. Currently, it is unknown if any changes/amendments will be forthcoming in this legislative session. As of now, without legislative changes, buffers are required on all lands adjoining “Public Waters” by November. The essential point of this portion of the Buffer Law is that permanent vegetation must be in place and be an average of 50 feet wide and no less than 30 feet wide over a landowner’s property adjoining designated “Public Waters”. Wright SWCD staff is available to answer questions, discuss available options and programs to meet this requirement.

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Maple Lake remembers on Memorial Day

Maple Lake’s Boy Scouts march down Birch Avenue behind the American Legion Post 131 and V.F.W. Post 7664 colors and guards during the annual Memorial Day parade and service in Maple Lake. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Rain threatened, but did not fall, Monday, May 29, during Maple Lake’s annual Memorial Day service to remember veterans who gave their lives for their country.
A crowd gathered at the city park under overcast skies, Monday morning, to await the arrival of a solemn procession made up of American Legion Post 131 and V.F.W Post 7664 colors, guards and firing squad, Legion Commander Gary Jude, retired major from the Army National Guard Shelley Hermes and more, who made their way down Birch Avenue to Division Street and the Veteran’s Memorial.
A few people gathered along the route to watch in respectful silence as they passed, led by the Maple Lake Fire Department and marching in rhythm to the steady beat of Maple Lake High School drummers.

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Andy’s Pro Tire and Auto: so much more than tires

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.

Andy’s Pro Tire and Auto Service in Annandale has a new look, and some new features to go along with its already strong reputation of knowledgeable service and dedication to customers.
The blue building on the corner of Highway 55 and Poplar Avenue has had a makeover. Its new, metal log siding fits right in with the décor of the neighborhood, while new doors and other small touches give it an up-to-date look that it needed, owner Andy Scheiber said.
But the outside of a business is only as good as the quality of the product inside, and Andy delivers there as well. For nearly 29 years he has provided the area communities with tire and custom wheel sales, exhaust work, precision alignment and suspension service, along with the repair and replacement of brakes and engines.


Star Bank: A family-owned independent community bank that puts client relationships first

Star Bank - Maple Lake is located at 100 State Highway 55 E. The phone number is (320) 963-3161, and more information is available at www.starbank.net.

Members of the Star Bank staff include, from left, Andy Wahlquist, Jean Kramer, Angie Blizil, Craig Manz, Mikayla Bursch, Julie Hudek, Justine Charmoli, Carrie Beyer, Shelley Fobbe, Joni Ludwig and Deanna Lauer. Not pictured are Carol Wurm, Tami Kotila, Hope Kramer, Leah Huikko, Amelia Gapinski and Jackson Willard. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Historic Roots

The history of Star Bank goes back over 100 years to 1904 when a national bank was chartered under the name of The First National Bank of Bertha, in Bertha, Minnesota. For the next 80 years, it operated as a single location bank, until 1984 when The First National Bank of Verndale (Minnesota) was purchased and merged into this charter as a branch office. The two offices operated as First National Bank of Bertha-Verndale until March 2000.

In March 1990, Harry Wahlquist formed a holding company now known as Midwest Bancorporation and purchased the Bertha-Verndale bank. Since that time, the organization we know as Star Bank has grown from two offices to 10 offices, and over $240M in assets. Star Bank acquired the Maple Lake office of the First National Bank of Elk River in July 2012 and the bank’s official State of Minnesota Charter is now located in Maple Lake.

Family-Owned & Managed


Shear Style Hair and Spa: Familiar Name, Reputable Service

Shear Style Hair & Spa is located at 250 Lundeen Drive E in Annandale, behind the Subway. Open Monday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. To make an appointment call 320-274-5717. (Photo by Sam Zuehl)

Shear Style Hair and Spa in Annandale is a full-service salon and spa for the entire family. In addition to owner Rosemary Norgren, Shear Style has four stylists, a massage therapist and receptionist. They are pictured, back row, from left, Jen Pitzl, Kim Hempel and Norgren. Front row, from left, Kelsey Caughey and Kendra Norgren. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Shear Style stylist Jen Pitzl tends to a client. Shear Style stylists are all proficient in women’s cuts, men’s cuts, children’s cuts, waxings, colors and perms.

Marie Voigt is another member of the Shear Style Hair and Spa team. Every Wednesday men can get a three dollar discount on a hair cut.

Massage therapist Melissa Hasek is available for pregnancy massages, sea salt exfoliations, deep tissue massages, Thia massage, Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone and body wraps.

Stylists at Shear Style Hair and Spa in Annandale know hair, and that’s why everybody knows them.

For 20 years, Shear Style Hair and Spa has served the lakes area with affordable, professionally-done haircuts, perms, colors, highlights, pedicures, manicures, facials and more, and their loyal, ever-growing customer base knows it. That’s why they keep coming back for more.

“We have really loyal customers,” owner Rosemary Norgren said. “One of my first customers that I ever cut hair for still comes back. Our customers are why we’ve been in business for so long.”
Norgren, a Maple Lake native, bought Shear Style in 1996 when it was still operating from its location behind Kaz Hardware. A few years later Norgren moved the salon along Highway 55, then in 1999 she built her current shop at 250 Lundeen Drive, right behind Subway.


Gearing up for Gear-Head Get Together

Gear-Head Get Together committee members - Bottom Row: Pete Miessen, Becky Hance, Larry Green and John Rivers. Top Row: Dave Rivers, Scott Chantland, Roger James, Mary James, Hans Melgaard, Tom Hanson, Beckah Pipenhagen, Dan Albrecht and Don Ramstad. Not Pictured: Linda Rasset, Mike Zieska and Vicki Zieska.

 An aerial view of just a portion of the event on Birch Ave. (Photos by John Rivers)

The Gear-Head Get Together has come a long way from its roots when it was just a few gear-heads showing off some of their favorite mechanical odds and ends down by the old creamery in Maple Lake.

Today the “get together” has become Maple Lake’s biggest event of the entire year, and one of the most unique car shows in the state and perhaps the country.
It all takes place this year on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Maple Lake.

“You can go to five different car shows any weekend of the summer. There are car shows, motorcycle shows and tractor shows. The idea here is to bring everything together. If you’re a gear-head, you can appreciate it all from a souped-up lawn mower to a classic car,” coordinator Scott Chantland said.


Maple Lake Lumber Co.: See what’s in store at the showroom

Maple Lake Lumber Company is located at 120 Oak Ave. S. in Maple Lake and offers anything you may need for your next remodel, construction or DIY project. (Photo by Kayla Erickson)

ML Lumber’s decking display helps customers decide what materials and styles will work best for their home.

Maple Lake Lumber’s showroom offers a peek at what your future home could look like with different selections of interior and exterior siding, roofing, windows, patio doors, exterior and interior doors, molding, trim and more. (Photos by Nick Pawlenty)

Building a new home or remodeling a current one? Odds are, Maple Lake Lumber Co. has everything you need.
Owners Kathy and Daryl Hennen invite anyone with a construction project on their to-do list to come see for themselves with a visit to Maple Lake Lumber Co.’s indoor showroom.



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