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Wed
12
Jul

Wright County Fair is Wednesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 30


Youngsters enjoy Muttin’ Bustin’ where kids try to stay on sheep at last year’s fair. Muttin’ Bustin’ will be back at the Wright County Fair again this year in Howard Lake.

The Wright County Fair will run from Wednesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 30. Those entering exhibits should bring them on Tuesday, July 25.
The 2017 fair will feature action-packed grandstand shows, beginning with the Combine Derby on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. This event also features a Lawn Mower Derby and a Power Wheels Derby for the kids to participate in. This will be a great night of gigantic combine smashing and kids having fun as well.
Thursday night the Grandstand will be rocking with the bulls and riders coming in for a bull riding competition which begins at 7 p.m. There will also be some fun competitions for the kids to participate in from the audience. This is a very high energy show of non-stop bull riding.

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Thu
06
Jul

Roundabouts get mixed reviews


Above is a proposed roundabout for the intersection of 8/Division/57/Elm Street. This could alleviate some congestion for the intersection. (Photo submitted)

As local residents gathered at City Hall Tuesday, June 27, to weigh in on the idea of mini roundabouts at two Maple Lake intersections, a message was sent to Wright County officials that such construction would make for welcomed improvements at one of the proposed sites, but not so much for the other.
This project would involve the construction of smaller roundabouts, with surmountable curbing allowing for truck clearance, which Wright County Engineer Virgil Hawkins has said would reduce delays and increase traffic capacity. If the city agrees, one or both could be included in the county’s 2018 or 2019 safety project budget.

Thu
06
Jul

Zebra mussel confirmed in Cedar Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a zebra mussel in Cedar Lake, near Annandale in Wright County.
The DNR confirmed a report from a lake association that one adult zebra mussel was found attached to a stick in about three feet of water at the Schroeder’s County Park public access. A broader survey of the lake is being conducted to determine how widely zebra mussels may be present. Signs at lake accesses have been updated to alert boaters to the presence of zebra mussels.

Wed
28
Jun

Miller’s Jewelry celebrates 125 years


Miller’s Jewelry is 125 years old, making it one of the three oldest, continuously running, jewelry stores in Minnesota. Right, this is what Miller’s Jewelry’s storefront looked like around 1950. (Photo submitted)

Local shop, Miller’s Jewelry, celebrates its 125th year this season, making it one of the three oldest, continuously running, jewelry stores in the state.
What is the secret to the business’s longevity?
“It starts with good people,” owner Jim Miller said. “Great people work here and great people are on the other side of the counter.”

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Wed
28
Jun

Big fun on the Fourth of July


A local fireworks display lights up the night during last year's holiday. The State Fire Marshal urges caution with fireworks this Fourth of July. (Photo submitted)

As the United States celebrates its independence Tuesday, July 4, with parades, fireworks and barbeques, Maple Lake and the surrounding area has several events locals can participate in to ring in the occasion.
Library kiddie parade
Kicking things off on Monday, July 3, little ones can take part in their very own Fourth of July parade at the Maple Lake Library with Marie Mavencamp and the famous dog, Boone, from Books with Boone.

Wed
28
Jun

Corcoran man used stolen investor funds to buy an island on Mink Lake

Ronald Johnson, the Corcoran man recently convicted of defrauding investors out of $2.1 million, reportedly purchased a 17-acre island on Mink Lake near Maple Lake with stolen funds.
When last for sale, the heavily wooded island was listed for $109,000, and came with a 36- by 24-foot pavilion.
The fate of the island has not been determined, but such cases often require restitution to the victims.
Johnson, 51, reportedly stole from victims who were hoping to invest successfully in the North Dakota oil boom. Johnson, who was charged in a superseding indictment with nine counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, was found guilty on all counts by a federal jury in St. Paul.

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Wed
28
Jun

Howard Lake man injured in crash with dump truck

The driver of a pickup truck was transported by North Air Care after colliding with a dump truck in Albion Township, Thursday, June 22. Lucas James Meinstad Klages, 23, of Howard Lake, was northbound on County Road 7 in a 2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup around 11:40 a.m., when he failed to yield at a stop sign, pulling into the path of a Wright County Highway Department truck heading east on County Road 35. The 2009 International dump truck struck the driver’s side of the S10, inflicting extensive damage, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s office. Medical aid was given to the driver and lone occupant of the S10 by Maple Lake Fire and Rescue and Maple Lake Ambulance. Due to injuries sustained, the driver was transported to North Memorial Hospital by North Air Care. The driver of the dump truck, James Timothy Casari, 39, of Montrose, was not injured.

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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