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Students shine in poppy poster contest


From left, Catherine Schultz, Anna McClelland and Sarah Neutz, local sixth grade students, were winners in the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Since the first poppies unfolded in Flanders field among the graves of fallen WWI soldiers, the blood red flower has been synonymous with self-sacrifice.
In the 1920s it became the official memorial flower of the American Legion Club and Auxiliary. Paper poppies, made by veterans for veterans, have been worn for decades to say thank you to those soldiers.
In Maple Lake, members of the Maple Lake American Legion Auxiliary give away the flowers on fishing opener weekend, just two weeks before Memorial Day. They can be found mostly at businesses along Highway 55 in Maple Lake. Any donations they make from the poppy distribution is used for the sole purpose of aiding veterans and their families.

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Wed
10
May

No injuries in car vs. train


No one was hurt, Wednesday, May 3, when a train collided with a Wright County squad car parked too close to the tracks at the intersection of Highway 55 and County Road 7, just after 5 p.m. According to Captain Sean Deringer, the deputy spotted a juvenile male who had been reported as a runaway, walking along the tracks. He parked his squad car with the bumper just over the tracks and went to retrieve the runaway. When he realized a train was approaching he tried to move the car, but did not have time. The squad car was totaled. The juvenile was later recov ered and returned safely. The Maple Lake Fire Department responded to the incident. (photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
10
May

Seniors nominated for Triple A award


Seniors Mackenzie Miller and Brady Tongen were chosen to represent Maple Lake High School as Triple A Award nominees. As nominees, Miller and Tongen were recognized for excelling in arts, academics and athletics. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Only two seniors with a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and a passion for extra-curricular and community involvement, can attain the status of Triple A nominee for their school for a shot at a state level award.
In Maple Lake, those two seniors were Mackenzie Miller and Brady Tongen.
Miller and Tongen, academic leaders of this year’s senior class, were chosen to represent Maple Lake High School in the 29th annual Minnesota State High School League sponsored Triple A competition last winter.

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Wed
10
May

St. Tim’s car raffle winner


Trevor Borell, left, was "pleasantly surprised" to hear he won the grand prize, a 2017 Chevy Cruze, or $10,000 at St. Timothy's annual spring auction fundraiser, Saturday, April 29. Borell, who is a junior at North Dakota State University, came home Friday, May 5, to collect his winnings from Father John Meyer, right. He decided to take the cash instead of the car and hopes to put it toward his education. He is majoring in industrial engineering. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
10
May

Camp Friendship Auxiliary sets record, donates $22,500 to True Friends


Members from the Camp Friendship Auxiliary present True Friends President and CEO, Ed Stracke, with a $22,500 check. (Photo submitted)

The Camp Friendship Auxiliary raised a record-setting $22,500 through its annual holiday fundraising party. They’ve been hosting an annual fundraising party each December for over 30 years and this is the most they have ever raised. The night consisted of 275 guests enjoying wine and beer tasting, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, mitten tree and 50/50 raffles. There were 138 silent auction baskets containing a variety of different goodies from toys to signed sports memorabilia to a variety of wine.

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Wed
10
May

Board selects firm to conduct post-courts space study

For decades, Wright County has struggled to deal with the growth of the county, the increase need for services and the small footprint of the current courthouse. Space studies have been done several times over the last two decades, departments have moved into different buildings (human Ssrvices and the sheriff’s department/jail facility) and space has been revamped with the moving of different departments from one location to another.
With the courts moving out of the courthouse when its new building is completed adjacent to the Law Enforcement Center on the outskirts of Buffalo, a plan needs to be in place how to best optimize the space that is going to open up. At the May 3 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the first step in that process began.

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Wed
10
May

Board asked to turn over River Rider money to WCAT

For the last couple of years, Wright County has wrestled with the issue of dealing with public transportation. The county had run an efficient, cost-effective, low-key transit system with Sherburne County (River Rider), but when Sherburne County bailed on the project to join up with Stearns and Benton, Wright County was left hanging without a state-approved transit system.
Over the last year-plus, the debate has been ramped up and at a pair of meetings May 3 – one in Wright County and one in McLeod County – the water got muddier.

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Wed
10
May

Highway 55 gets some much needed cleaning


Members of the Maple Lake High School track team take a break to show off a rather large piece of trash they found dumped in the ditch. They are, from left,  Sai Na, Eva McClelland, Erin Paron, J McClelland. About a dozen members of the track team helped out.

Maple Lake Lion Tim Bautch coordinated a spring clean-up along Highway 55 last week, that included Maple Lake Ambassadors and members of the MLHS track team. The group picked up the Lion's adopted section of Hwy. 55 between County Road 6 and 7. Above, from left, are Ambassadors Chloe Riviere, Jennifer Malwitz and Alexus Jackson with Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
03
May

Generosity abounds at St. Tim’s auction


It was a full house at St. Timothy Catholic School's 20th annual Spring Auction fundraiser, Saturday, April 29, at the American Legion in Maple Lake. This year's theme was 1950s sock hop. Above, Rachel Pribyl, front, shows off her poodle skirt to the amusement of onlookers. Behind her, from left, are Liz Lind, Christine Stueber and Lois Carlson. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Father John Meyer, left, and Deacon Bobby Gonnella oversee the drawing of the grand prize, a 2017 Chevy Cruze, or $10,000 cash. This year's lucky winner was Trevor Borell.

Generosity abounded at St. Timothy’s 20th Annual Spring Auction fundraiser where a full house of people gathered, Saturday, April 29, at the American Legion Club in Maple Lake to show their support and give money to the local Catholic school.
Although organizers don’t yet know how much money was raised in total, a jar of canned beans went for a whopping $550, which is an indication of just how supportive party-goers were feeling.

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Wed
03
May

Helmbrecht, Plaggerman say goodbye to Maple Lake schools


former Maple Lake Elementary Principal Kris Harlan talks with Greg Helmbrecht, back, while third grade teacher Rhonda Carlson congratulates Will Plaggerman, front, at the men’s retirement party last week.

Staff at Maple Lake schools said goodbye to two familiar faces last week.
On Wednesday, April 26, retiring custodians Greg Helmbrecht and Will Plaggerman were given a grand send-off, complete with cake, speech and commemorative clock, in honor of their many years of service to the district.
Helmbrecht retires after more than 37 years, and Plaggerman after 16.
“In my 14 years both Will and Greg have always been here making sure the buildings are well cared for and safe for all who enter them,” Superintendent Mark Redemske said.

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