The City of Maple Lake thrives on volunteerism

(Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Volunteers make things happen in Maple Lake and there is a lot happening.


For starters, on Saturday, June 18, the city will host its second annual Brewfest. The event had its debut last year in conjunction with the city’s 125th anniversary. There was music and food and the whole event attracted about 200 people, Maple Lake City Clerk Lee Ann Yager said.

This year many vendors will be in attendance, offering some of their most sought-after brews. It will all take place at Irish Stadium where amenities, like bathrooms and fencing, are all conveniently on hand.

With an initial fee at the door, or a ticket purchased in advance, visitors receive a mug, a score card, a poker chip and a selection of more than 60 craft beers, along with wines and spirits available for sampling.


Water’s Edge Dog Center has something for every dog

Water’s Edge Dog Center offers basic obedience, socialization skills and much more at its indoor and outdoor training facilities just west of Buffalo at 4173 15th St. NW.

Water’s Edge also takes boarders. With 10 outside areas in which to exercise, all with seven-foot high privacy fences, dogs are sure to have an enjoyable stay.

Water’s Edge’s indoor facility makes it possible to hold classes five days a week, all year long.

An owner and her pet enjoy agility class outside for the first time this spring. Classes are moved indoors during the summer during bad weather.

Dan Rode, owner of Water’s Edge Dog Center just west of Buffalo, has nearly 30 years experience training dogs.

Some he’s trained for competition, like Bronson and Bo, two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers who earned awards at the Westminster Dog Show, but the majority of dog owners he instructs at Water’s Edge are there to learn basic obedience and socialization skills.

“Most people who come here are just looking to have a well-behaved, social pet,” he said.


With more than 37 acres of land at his disposal, plus an indoor and outdoor training facility, Rode is equipped to offer a variety of classes all year long at Water’s Edge. Hundreds of dogs go through his programs each year and have been doing so since 2003 when he first opened. Since those early days he’s expanded quite a bit. He now has four other instructors who teach classes that cover everything from basic obedience and puppy training to agility and flyable.


Northstar Granite Tops: Elegant stone, knowledgeable service

Northstar Granite’s well-designed showroom offers up-to-date design options.

A wide variety of styles and colors are available to kitchen, bath and bar shoppers. (Photos by Nick Pawlenty)

Hand crafting and installing granite countertops, bars, vanities and fire place surrounds are what the crew at Northstar Granite Tops in Maple Lake do best.
Owners Steve and Rock Bobick have been in the business for 14 years and their six employees all have close to 10 years of experience.

They know their craft and they know how to do it well.

Located at 601 Sixth Street in Maple Lake, Northstar Granite Tops has been the choice for new-home builders, professional remodelers and homeowners who are looking to give their existing kitchens or bathrooms new life by incorporating the beauty and durability of granite.

“You don’t need to be involved in a big remodeling project to get new countertops,” Steve said. “If everything else in your kitchen is fine and you just want new countertops, we’ll come in and install them. You won’t have to lift a finger, except maybe to call a plumber when we’re done.”


Buffalo Floral: We have a little bit of everything

Buffalo Floral owners, Tim and Patty Speckel, in their main showroom.

Buffalo Floral is located at 114 Central Ave. in downtown Buffalo. Call (763) 682-2010 or (855) 501-2010.

A recent remodel allowed for a second showroom area for additional, and often themed, floral displays. (Photos by Sam Zuehl)

The experience and knowledge of the Buffalo Floral staff is always in high demand, but never so much as on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s Day.

The upcoming holiday is the floral shop’s busiest single day of the year, according to Tim Speckel who owns the shop with his wife, Patty. And that’s saying a lot since flowers and the many uses for them keep the Speckels and their staff busy throughout the year.

There are weddings, holidays, funerals, prom and your everyday special occasions such as birthdays, thank yous, new babies, anniversaries, etc.

Tim likes to say that Mother’s Day is the biggest week of the year for florists, Christmas is the biggest month and Valentine’s Day is the biggest single day.

In fact, preparations for the big day start almost a month before Feb. 14th even arrives.

First the flowers and other products are ordered. Once the flowers arrive they must be conditioned and put into arrangements.


Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce: Chamber shares plans for new year

Visit www.maplelakechamber.com to view a list of businesses that are Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce members.

Pictured is the Gear-Head Get Together Upcoming 2016 Chamber Events... • Maple Lake Irish Pre-Party - March 5 • St. Patrick’s Day Festival - March 12 • Spring Chamber Craft Sale - March 12 • All-City Garage Sale - June 4 • Gear-Head Get Together - August 20 • Business Trick-or-Treat - October 31 • Fall Chamber Craft Sale - November 12 • Christmas in Maple Lake - December 3

The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce has plans to make 2016 an exciting year by returning all eight of its annual events, including the always popular Gear-Head Get Together that attracts crowds of people with its collection of mechanical odds and ends.

“There are people in town from the early morning until late at night. It has a state-fair atmosphere,” said chamber treasurer Kathy Hennen of the four-year-old event that has doubled in size every year since it started in 2012.

But Gear-Head isn’t the only festivity the local chamber of commerce has in store for the community come the new year.

“Our mission is to improve the vitality of the community, making Maple Lake a great place to live and do business,” Hennen said, and that is just what they aim to do.

The group’s second largest event next to Gear-Head is the St. Patrick’s Day parade and it’s the party that gets everything started.


KleinBank: A financial partner you can trust

KleinBank is located in Buffalo at 910 Commercial Drive, open lobby Monday thru Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. Drive-up open Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon (24-Hour ATM). (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Dave Gast - Business Banker, Randy Haskins - Bank President and Jake Lindquist - Business Banker.

Tellers - Ashley Patri, Linda Julig and Barb Krause.

When Randy Haskins, KleinBank branch president in Buffalo, was asked what he believes has attributed to the bank’s longevity, he stated, “We’re fortunate to have customers that trust us and are loyal. Of course, that goes both ways. We believe in building relationships and contributing to, and maintaining, a strong community. This is evidenced when we look at our three commercial lenders who have a total of over seventy-five years in banking. In addition, the retail staff combined has over 135 years serving the local community.”

Haskins said, “The decisions KleinBank has made over the years have been based on sound business practices, sticking to what we do best – ‘old fashioned banking,’ and being fiscally conservative. We bring in local deposits and lend them right back out in the community, in the form of consumer, business and mortgage loans. We make an effort to be competitive with our products and services.”


DeZiel Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Serving Wright County and the West Metro for over 18 years

Dana and Mike DeZiel, owners of Deziel Heating and A/C, Inc., picured in front of their new location near the railroad tracks in Buffalo, 209 5th Street NE Suite #5, Buffalo, MN 55313. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

DeZiel Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. – your trusted local partner for residential heating and air conditioning needs and service.
Mike and Dana DeZiel have owned and operated DeZiel HVAC since 1997, serving Buffalo, Wright County and the West Metro area for over 18 years. High school sweethearts from Maple Lake, they started their business from their home but have grown to require a larger space and now occupy a new office building just south of the railroad tracks in Buffalo. Mike and Dana invite you to contact them for your furnace and air conditioner installation, repair, upgrade and seasonal maintenance. Look for their bright new signs on 5th St. NE, south of Hwy. 55 in Buffalo.

Quality Customer Service


DOJO  Karate: Preparing champions for life

DOJO  Karate’s Buffalo location, 409 Hwy. 55.

DOJO  Karate’s full- and part-time teaching staff.

DOJO Karate students practice their skills with partners. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Confidence, respect, discipline: these are characteristic attributes of one’s experience with Dojo Karate, Buffalo. “For kids, for adults, for life” is their slogan, according to owner, Chris Hourscht, and all individuals benefit in personal development, as well as self-defense skills and fitness.

“Dojo” is a Japanese word meaning “karate school,” and students are instructed in Westernized Korean TaeKwonDo or American Karate. Karate is one of the martial arts, and Dojo’s style is sometimes referred to as “sport karate.” Kids, adults and families are encouraged to join together with separate classes designed to meet kids’ needs. Hourscht adds, “Families who train together, bond together and stay together.”


Apollo Glass: Clearly, a great glass resource

For more than two decades, Apollo Glass has been serving customers’ glass needs from the same location at 400 Seventh Street Northeast in Buffalo, as always, and now on the Internet with a Website and Facebook presence, as well.

Apollo Glass is also proud to offer custom shower doors.

Certified glass technicians Mike Lanie and Bob Glenn install a back glass into an F250 pickup.

Mike Lanie builds a new screen for a 3x5’ porch door. (Photo by Katie Friedman)

Apollo Glass is something of an institution in this area, having served the community’s glass needs for more than two decades, from the same location at 400 Seventh Street Northeast in Buffalo, as always, and now on the Internet with a Website and Facebook presence, as well.

Equipped with knowledge and experience, Apollo Glass has earned its reputation for reliability, quality work and customer satisfaction. That reputation continues to grow among local drivers, homeowners and businesses, as Apollo Glass handles the glass repair and replacement needs of all.


Madigan’s Pub & Grill: Parties - large & small we can handle them all!

Madigan’s Pub & Grill is located at 110 Star St. E. in Maple Lake under the water tower. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Madigan’s has a great sports bar area with big screens for the big games, along with a game room that is great for kids of all ages. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

The 2015 Madigan’s annual Parking Lot Party featured country music group, Diamond Back. (Photo by Tyler Jacobson)

Madigan’s volleyball leagues include men’s, women’s and co-ed teams. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Madigan’s serving area includes a three-season porch with bar service and this three-season outdoor patio with fireplace. Madigan’s delivers too! Find a menu online at www.madiganspub.com. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)




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