Roger’s BP Amoco: Ready resource for quick-stop shoppers

Roger’s BP-Amoco has been in Maple Lake for 45 years, 25 of them at its present location, just west of the Highway 55-Co. Rd. 8 intersection. (Photo by Kayla Erickson)

Owners Irene and Tom Hudek invite shoppers, commuters and drivers from around the area to stop in and fill up on an array of essentials in just one quick stop. (Photo by Katie Friedman)

Load up for the road! Hot snacks are available at Roger’s morning, noon and night.
Located just west of the State Hwy. 55-Co. Rd. 8 intersection, Roger’s BP-Amoco has long been a reliable local provider of everything from gasoline to groceries, coffee and quick meals for the road, snack items and a wide assortment of last-minute notions to make any trip better, whether long or short. Owners Tom and Irene Hudek invite local shoppers, daily commuters and drivers from around the area to stop in and fill up on an array of essentials in just one quick stop. 

MP Nexlevel: Offering opportunities as horizons expand

A leading local employer, MP currently offers a wide variety of opportunities that range from entry-level laborer positions to equipment operators and project management.

MP has completed more than 4,000 projects over the past five years, including 19 wind farms.

MP Nexlevel is seeking heavy machinery diesel and truck mechanics to repair and maintain about 1,500 pieces of machinery, vehicles and equipment.

The MP brand is licensed to work in 32 states across the country and employs about 1,200 people in strategic locations across the United States.



The Hitching Post: great food, friendly service, minutes away

The Hitching Post is conveniently situated between Clearwater and Annandale on Hwy. 24.

Stacy and Donny Handeland (center), with employees Ashley Gries, Amy Ellestad, Tracy Rapinac, Josh Glunz (standing), Crystal Long and Lisa Beuning, converge at a corner of the Hitching Post’s newly expanded bar.

Waitresses Rachael Miller (foreground) and Bridget Beckman exemplify the Hitching Post’s amiable work ethic, serving up great food with friendly smiles. “If the Hitching Post isn’t your favorite place to eat, then you’ve never been here.”

A grinning Muskie at the front door adds a local touch to a friendly welcome.

The Hitching Post is a popular spot for people of all ages to gather, relax and unwind. (Photos by Katie Friedman)



Lake Central Insurance Services and Lake Central Investments: Small enough to know you, big enough to serve you

Insurance agent Paul Manuel (right) and financial advisor John Volden (left) invite area residents to visit Lake Central Insurance Services and Lake Central Investments, convenienty located in downtown Maple Lake on the corner of Birch Ave. and Division St.

Manuel and Volden describe Lake Central Insurance Services and Lake Central Investments as a “one-stop shop for asset protection and wealth management.”

Anna Pribyl is a valued member of Lake Central’s insurance staff. (Photos by Katie Friedman)
Offering professional services with a personal touch, insurance agent Paul Manuel and financial advisor John Volden invite area residents to visit Lake Central Insurance Services and Lake Central Investments, which they described as a “one-stop shop for asset protection and wealth management.”
“We are two separate companies, operating out of the same office,” Volden explained. “We both work to protect your assets – whether they be cash assets or physical assets.”
Experienced advisors
With Volden at its helm, Lake Central Investments provides a broad spectrum of investment products, ranging from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and certificates of deposit to stocks, mutual funds and more. Additionally, Volden said, Lake Central Investments can provide direction on when to use Roth or traditional IRAs, financial and estate planning or 401(k) rollovers and distributions.

Northstar Granite Tops: Attractive, dramatic, lifetime strong

Steve and Rock Bobick, brothers and co-owners of Northstar Granite Tops in Maple Lake.

Co-owner Steve Bobick inspects a customer-selected slab of granite.

Co-owner Rob Bobick and customer Sig Hall of Waconia begin the layout of a soon-to-be kitchen counter.

Employee Todd Reese polishes a countertop surface in Northstar’s production shop. (Photos by Katie Friedman)



Reliable Auto Care: Trustworthy, local, expert care

Reliable Auto Care has been serving drivers’ automotive needs at 1018 Hwy. 55 East in Buffalo since 2005.

Jeff and Kris Jackson, owners of Reliable Auto Care, offer professional service with a personal touch.

Lead mechanic Shane Harner. Together, Jeff and Shane bring more than 40 years of combined experience to the job. (Photos by Katie Friedman)
Here in the northland, winter conditions can – and do – take their toll on our vehicles. So, whenever snow, salt or subzero temperatures wreak havoc on our main source of transportation, it’s nice to know that trustworthy, expert care can be found close to home.
At 1018 Hwy. 55 East in Buffalo, Reliable Auto Care has been serving drivers’ automotive needs since 2005, covering an  A-to-Z spectrum of issues from basic maintenance to sophisticated diagnostics. For most makes and models, this one-stop shop is equipped to address just about any problem with brakes, tires, shocks, suspension, steering, and more. 

Maple Lake Wine & Spirits: Your local go-to source for spirits, etc.

Maple Lake Wine & Spirits is located at 901 East Hwy. 55, next to Cenex Lake Region Co-op.

The store features a wide variety of wines, including many that are Minnesota-made.

Store Manager Carole Bestland welcomes one and all to Maple Lake Wine & Spirits.

Carole assists customer Ursula Heifort with a few holiday purchases. (Photos by Katie Friedman)
Maple Lake Wine & Spirits has just celebrated its fourth anniversary in a new building at 901 East Highway 55, next to Cenex Lake Region Co-op, but its history goes back much farther than that. Prior to moving across the highway on November 15, 2010, the municipal liquor store had been located next door to H&H Sport Shop for 15 years, and previous to that, operated from a downtown location where both on and off premises sales were offered. Its most recent incarnation is the store’s biggest yet, with many more products in a much larger space. 
Owned by the City of Maple Lake, Maple Lake Wine & Spirits exists for the benefit of Maple Lake’s residents, turning 100 percent of its profits back to the community’s General Fund, helping to keep the cost of running the city to a minimum for its taxpayers.

Buffalo Verizon: Connecting people and enhancing lives

Facing Highway 55 from its home at 637 Ryan’s Way in Buffalo, this hometown outlet is a premium, full-service Verizon store.

Verizon Wireless Zone Premium Retailers Bob and Shawn Cheney invite you to visit and explore the variety of products and services they have to offer.

The Wireless Zone carries a wide array of popular electronic devices to please everyone, from the most adventuresome to the most traditional.

Wireless consultant Dan King is part of a team of trained and knowledgeable employees. (Photos by Katie Friedman)
Buffalo-area residents can find a fast, easy way to stay connected with friends, family and community by simply stopping in at their local, family-owned Verizon Wireless Zone Premium Retailer. 
Facing Highway 55 from its home at 637 Ryan’s Way in Buffalo, this hometown outlet, owned by Bob Cheney and his son, Shawn, is a premium, full-service Verizon store.
“Pretty much, anything you can do at any other Verizon store, you can do here,” Shawn said.
And that encompasses quite a bit. In addition to popular electronic devices such as phones, tablets, mobile Wi-Fi and a large selection of accessories, they also service phone issues, and Shawn says that 70 percent of what they do is teaching people to use their devices.
Connecting with people

Park Terrace Assisted-Living and Memory Care: Accent on independence

At 613 Montrose Blvd. in Buffalo, Park Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care offers comfortable senior apartments in a warm and welcoming environment.

Members of the Park Terrace staff. Standing: Cheri Aldrich, Kathy Smith, Heidi Ewing, Kayla Elsenpeter, Brandy Bauers, Stacy Mauk, Adam Wilson. Sitting: Nancy Elam, resident Al Bernstein and Director Jill Pingel.

Veteran Al Bernstein, a resident since January 2010, with Jill Pingel, director of Assisted Living.

All residents of Park Terrace enjoy restaurant-style dining with a daily special. (Photos by Katie Friedman)
For seasoned citizens seeking assistance with daily living activities while wishing also to maintain their independence, Park Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care offers comfortable senior apartments in a warm and welcoming environment, fastidiously overseen by a competent staff of caring professionals. 
Opened on Montrose Boulevard near Buffalo Lake in 2007, Park Terrace has been delivering personalized physical, emotional and spiritual care to every resident on its scenic lakeside campus for seven years now, and Director Jill Pingel has been there from the start. 
The comforting, homey feeling that visitors notice when walking in, she says, is just one example of Park Terrace’s steadfast mission to provide good service. Assuming responsibility for nursing, dietary planning, activities and office duties, a staff of more than 50 keeps a round-the-clock schedule, 365 days a year.

Andy's Pro Tire & Auto: Small-town attitude. Big time service.

At Andy’s Pro Tire & Auto Service, in Annandale at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highway 55, the refurbished grille of a ’56 Chevy hails passersby.

Owner Andy Schieber and his crew keep a commitment to quality that has consistently earned the loyalty of return customers for miles around.

Service writer and knowledgeable auto technician Chip Mandel is a longtime employee of Andy’s Pro Tire & Auto Service.

Technician Mark Grieger puts the final touches on a tire repair.
Proud to be one of this area’s leading aftermarket auto repair facilities, Andy’s Pro Tire & Auto Service has been providing tire and custom wheel sales and exhaust work, precision alignment and suspension service – along with the repair and replacement of brakes, engines, transmissions – for more than 26 years. And, operating on the straightforward premise of excellent service at reasonable prices, owner Andy Schieber and his crew have kept a commitment to quality that has increasingly earned the loyalty of return customers for miles around. 
Andy’s Pro Tire Service is dedicated to keeping drivers and their vehicles safe on the road, and Andy’s will service just about any make or model of vehicle. A capable crew of excellence-certified technicians stand equipped and ready to take care of engine maintenance and repair needs, oil changes, mufflers, air-conditioning systems, transmission work and more.


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