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Wed
15
Nov

Hunters register 70,724 deer during first weekend of season

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 70,724 deer during the first two days of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Preliminary numbers from opening weekend show that the number of deer registered was essentially the same as from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 57 percent were bucks, compared to 67 percent of the first weekend harvest of 2016.
In Zone 1, in northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 16 percent. In Zone 2, which covers the majority of the state and runs from Canada to Iowa, harvest was down 5 percent and Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, was down 20 percent.

Thu
09
Nov

Chamber Trick or Treat brings fun


four generations got together for some downtown trick-or-treating. They are pictured, front, from left, Emma Haflich, Carter Haflich, Aubree and Alyshia Wellsted. Back, from left, Zack Wellsted, Betty Haflich.

Ethan O’Brien, left, relaxes at Book Break while Sabrina Gorge helps herself to some candy. Dennis Groth, center, was handing out the treats.

Twenty-plus local businesses participated in the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Trick-or-Treating on Halloween afternoon, Tuesday, Oct. 31. The streets of Maple Lake were filled with costumed children and adults despite the chilly weather. Above, left, Marie Mavencamp, in the bee costume, and her family collected their fair share of candy.

Chelsea Vance and her son, Owen, were out enjoying the day.
Thu
09
Nov

15-year anniversary yields few new clues in Guimond disappearance


2017 marks 15 years since Maple Lake man Joshua Guimond disappeared from St. John’s University, but hope is not gone. (Photo submitted)

After 15 years the search continues for missing Maple Lake man Joshua Guimond.
Guimond, 20 at the time, disappeared from the St. John’s University campus on Nov. 10, 2002, literally without a trace.
Left behind were his glasses, contact lenses, coat, car and credit cards. After weeks of searching surrounding woods and lakes, no clues to his whereabouts were found.
Since that day, Guimond’s family has been searching tirelessly for him and the search continues today. Guimond’s father, Brian, recently set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to hire an investigator, and in April the word will get out to 2 million viewers thanks to the cable channel Investigation Discovery.
Earlier this fall, Brian agreed to meet with two detectives from the show Unsolved. They talked about Josh’s story and parts of it will air with other cold cases in the spring.
“It might get somebody’s attention,” Brian said.

Thu
09
Nov

Efforts to save on energy wins school district a state honor


At left, Brad Neutz, director of building and grounds at Maple Lake Schools, and building engineer, Steve Fritz, stand by a recommissioned boiler at the elementary school that has cut energy usage and saved money for the district. Not pictured is night lead custodian Dave Michalski. (Photo submitted)

Brad Neutz, director of building and grounds, and his staff are doing their best to cut down on energy usage at Maple Lake Schools and save taxpayer dollars.
Efforts like LED lighting, cleaning and maintaining equipment have already saved the district close to $176,000 in the last three years. The addition of solar panels installed earlier this year, which will be up and running soon, Neutz said, should reap even more savings for the school.

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Thu
09
Nov

The 33-0 Irish win state berth


The Maple Lake volleyball team punched its ticket to state by defeating Rocori to became the undefeated (33-0) Section 6AA Champion, Saturday, Oct. 4, at Hallenbeck Hall in St. Cloud. Pictured above with their first place trophy is, front row, from left, Ella Kiebel, Calli Maki, Mollie Scheiber. Second row, from left, Megan Lind, Alison Zander, Abby Althoff, Kylie Edmonson. Third row, from left Coach Marty Kiebel, Kora Fuller, Linsey Rachel, Katie Goelz, Mackenna Brown, Maddi Maas, Alexus Jackson. Fourth row, from left, Coach Monica Vanderlinde, Brielle Paumen, Amber Klug, Kaleigh Beehler, Brynn Paumen, Anna Becker, Coach Amy Voigt, Coach Lizz Gessell. (Photo by Mary Scheiber)

The Maple Lake volleyball team cruised through the Section 6AA tournament last week to go undefeated into its second consecutive state tournament.
The 33-0 Irish sealed the deal by defeating No. 1 seed in the Section 6AA west sub-section, Rocori, 3-1 at St. Cloud State University’s Hallenbeck Hall, Saturday, Nov. 4.
“I can’t even describe the feeling of being section champs with an undefeated season. It almost seems impossible but it’s 100% real,” senior Mollie Scheiber said.

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Thu
09
Nov

Voters say yes to school referendum


Maple Lake residents voted, Tuesday, Nov. 7, for or against a requested referendum and general bond obligation at Maple Lake High School.

Voters approved the Maple Lake School district’s request for a referendum for operations and technology, Tuesday, Nov. 7. A total 506 residents voted yes to question number one that called for an operating levy of $600 per pupil which will generate about $500,000 per year over the next 10 years to keep the school running at the level it is right now. A total of 380 voters marked no. Question number two, which called for a general obligation bond of $950,000 to maintain and update technology earned 515 yes votes and 370 no votes.

Thu
09
Nov

Banquet honors 149 leaders in education


Four Maple Lake teachers were honored at an annual Leadership in Educational Excellence Banquet and Award Ceremony, Wednesday, Oct. 24, in St. Cloud. They are, from left, Adam Ronnenberg, Holly Schrupp, Leah Roske and Mike Hojnacke. Also pictured is Mark Schmitz, executive director of Resource Training and Solutions. (Photo submitted)

“Tonight’s honorees have an unwavering belief that they are teaching someone who will do great things for our world,” said Paul Neubauer. Neubauer served as the presiding superintendent at the Leaders in Educational Excellence (LEEA) event on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud where four Maple Lake teachers were honored.
“Honorees, I want you to take a moment to thank those who also support you. Your family, spouses, your administrators – all are in your corner supporting you,” continued Neubauer.
The evening began with a welcome and congratulations by Mark Schmitz, executive director of Resource Training & Solutions. “Teaching can be both exhilarating and exhausting. We are pleased to be able to bring this honor to deserving educators,” he added.

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Thu
09
Nov

Emmer visits Maple Lake to talk shop


hosts were happy with the turn-out to talk with Rep. Tom Emmer last week. Besides addressing the political issues, guests were treated to beverages and food as part of the event.

about 50 people attended a Shop Talk with Emmer (R-Mn 6th District) event Saturday, Oct. 28, at Rivers Garage Collector Car and Tractor Museum in Maple Lake. After some one-on-one time with the Representative, guests had the chance to hear Emmer speak. Some of the issues addressed were the Af-fordable Care Act and immigration. Emmer decried the squabbles happening within the parties and spoke on his desire to promote the trade schools in public education. The event was put on by John and Jean Rivers and Larry and Loretta Schut as a fundraiser for Emmer's campaign for Congress. Pictured, from left, are Larry and Loretta Schut, Tom Emmer, John and Jean Rivers. (Photos by John Rivers)
Thu
09
Nov

County board explains how budget/levy numbers work

Last month when the Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted its 2018 draft budget and certified levy, the increases in both were somewhat alarming. The 2018 budget of $126,252,299 represented a 10.9 percent increase from 2017 and the levy – the amount paid by residents in property taxes – of $62,680,533 represented a 7.7 percent increase.
However, as the commissioners have explained since, the realistic increase is little more than a half-percent to the average homeowner. How is that possible? Thanks to the continued growth in Wright County, new additions to the tax base almost completely cover the increase in the county’s budget and levy.

Thu
09
Nov

Becker sisters to compete in national Miss Teen competition


Ashley Becker was crowned Miss of Minnesota.

Anna Becker was crowned Miss Teen of Minnesota.

Ashley Becker, 22-year-old daughter of Sandy and Steve Becker, of Maple Lake, was crowned Miss of Minnesota 2017 on Saturday, August 26, in St. Paul at Concordia University. Women, ages 19-24, are eligible to participate in the program which culminates with a national competition in November in Orlando, Florida.

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