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Wed
21
Jun

Mini roundabout open house

Wright County and the City of Maple Lake are partnering on possible intersection improvements that include mini roundabouts. The two intersections being considered are the County Road 37 & County Road 8 intersection and the County Road 8/57 and Elm Avenue intersection.
The City of Maple Lake will be holding an open house to get public input on the proposed projects.
The proposed project layout is available on the City’s website at www.ci.maple-lake.mn.us.
Date: Tuesday, June 27
Time: 6:00 p.m. general discussion, 6:30 p.m. – County Road 8/37/Elm Avenue discussion, 6:50 p.m .– County Road 8/37 discussion
Location: Maple Lake City Hall, 10 Maple Ave. S, Maple Lake, MN
Contact: Virgil Hawkins, County Highway Engineer, (763) 682-738
virgil.hawkins@co.wright.mn.us

Wed
14
Jun

Irish baseball is headed for state


From left, Hunter Malachek, Ben Goelz and Alex Marquette display the Section 5AA championship trophy the Irish earned last week. The Irish will compete in the state tournament at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. The first game is scheduled for Thursday, June 15. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

The Maple Lake baseball team is on its way to state for the second time in two years after cruising through the Section 5AA tournament without a single loss.
The No. 1 seeded Irish beat Providence Academy twice on two different days to earn the right to play at Dick Putz field in St. Cloud on Thursday, June 15, in round one of the state games.
Armed with the home-field advantage, the Irish took care of Providence 7-3 on Monday, June 5, in game three of the section tournament.

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Wed
14
Jun

Irish are second at state


The Maple Lake softball team beat Albany and Dillworth-Glyndon-Felton on its way to second place in the Minnesota State High School League softball tournament last week. The Irish lost to defending 2A champs Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the final game. The team finished its season with a near perfect, 26-1, record. (Photo by Mary Scheiber)

The Maple Lake Irish ended a near-perfect season at the Minnesota State High School League softball tournament last week.
Only one loss marred an otherwise untarnished record and it occurred in the final game where the Irish were pitted against defending 2A champions, Zumbrota-Mazeppa.
The Cougars handed the Maple Lake team its only loss of the season to claim yet another title. Although the Irish were gunning for it all (a perfect record and a state championship), no one can deny the girls had a great run.

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Wed
14
Jun

Raiche inducted into Hall of Fame


Maple Lake Lakers ballplayer Chad Raiche was inducted into the North Star League Hall of Fame, Sunday, June 4, before the Lakers took on Buffalo at Irish Stadium. Above, Raiche, center, is with his friends and family after the induction ceremony. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Chad Raiche was inducted into the Northstar League Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 4. As the 126th League member to be inducted, Raiche was honored for his love of baseball and commitment to the Maple Lake Lakers team.
Growing up in Maple Lake, Raiche played baseball as a kid and joined the Lakers in 1993, right out of high school. After quitting and moving away for a few years, he returned and began playing with the team again in 1998.

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Wed
14
Jun

Farmers market opens Friday

Maple Lake’s Farmer’s Market will kick off its season on Friday, June 16, in the empty lot on the corner of Birch Ave. South and Division Street in downtown Maple Lake.
Every Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m. until Sept. 29, an assortment of healthy, locally-grown foods can be found there.
It all started last year as a way to support local growers, bring healthy foods to the community and attract business to downtown. With 15 to 20 vendors and 100 to 150 shoppers every Friday, organizers considered it a hit.

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Wed
07
Jun

Annual road construction not as severe in Wright County

There’s an old adage that there are two seasons in Minnesota – winter and road construction season. Anyone who travels any distance runs into detours, slowdowns, pilot cars and the like when they’re on the roads.
While the summer will impact a lot of drivers dealing with state highway and bridge projects, those in Wright County may have it a little easier than most, as most of the 2017 summer construction projects largely avoid the larger cities in the county.
Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins explained the summer projects being done in Wright County and said that the projects they’re scheduling won’t have a major adverse impact on local driving.

Wed
31
May

Flower people are happy people: Butterfly Gardens builds community through flowers


Kathy Carlson, above, owns Butterfly Gardens in Maple Lake with her twin sister Colleen. The flower mart, located in the Cennex parking lot, has come to town each spring since 2009. (Photo by Shelby Maznio)

Located right off Highway 55 in the Cenex parking lot, Butterfly Gardens Flower Mart offers a wide selection of flowers and plants to aspiring and dedicated green thumbs. Owners and twin sisters, Kathy and Colleen Carlson, have made their business a place where the community can come together and chat while looking for a new flower to begin or add to their garden.
Growing up on a farm in Montrose the Carlson sisters began working in a greenhouse when they were about 14 or 15 years old. This led to buying their first location in Maple Plain in 1999, later moving it to a new location in Montrose in 2002. They expanded to Maple Grove in 2006 and came to Maple Lake in 2009, where Kathy oversees the greenhouse while Colleen is in Montrose.
“It sort of just became a part of who we are,” Kathy said. “We’ve been doing it now for roughly 18 years.”

Wed
31
May

Board holds off approving opening in sheriff’s department

For the last couple of months, there has been a lot of contention between the county and the sheriff’s department centering on the decision of Sheriff Joe Hagerty to reorganize his office, resulting in the job elimination of two longtime employees.
At the May 23 meeting of the Wright County Board, it would appear that things haven’t thawed, as Commissioner Darek Vetsch asked that a routine position replacement request put on the consent agenda be pulled for more discussion.
The position, a lieutenant in the sheriff’s administration division, was pulled by Vetsch because he wanted the board to have more of an impact in determining what the job description is for such a position in the reorganized sheriff’s office.

Wed
31
May

M&M addition means faster, better service


M&M Express Lube at 520 Division Street West changed the look of its entire building with new windows, siding, brick and signage in addition to three new vehicle bays. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

M&M Express Lube in Maple Lake added three new vehicle bays to its shop at 520 Division Street West, which means the company will be able to serve its customers better and faster.
Workers started construction on the 35- x 60-foot addition last winter, finishing in March, and business has been booming ever since.
“Those new bays are always full,” M&M Office Manager Darcey Bichler said. “Our technicians are always busy.”
So busy, in fact, that the full-service automotive shop has hired another full-time employee to service vehicles and increased the hours of its on-the-job training student, Mike Ness.

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Wed
24
May

A scary moment for Maple Lake


(Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Max Boltman was transported to Buffalo Hospital after his 2002 Chevy Malibu hit a train at the Birch Ave. crossing in Maple Lake, Monday, May 22. Boltman was stopped at the railroad tracks facing south when around 1 p.m. his car, for unknown reasons, proceeded forward under the lowered stop arm and into the passing train. According to Maple Lake Fire Chief Steve Peterson, the Malibu was pushed into the ditch and the train proceeded west before stopping on the outskirts of town. The wheels of one of the oil cars had left the tracks, but the train car remained upright.

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