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Maple Lake Prom: Rollin' on a River


A group of students pause for a picture on prom night, Saturday. They are, from left, Kara Glassman, Denver DeMarais, Michael Ness, Shelby Campbell, Cheyenne Gage, Dalton DeMarais, Aleska Zandstra and Harley Hubert. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Maple Lake High School students got all dolled up, Saturday, April 22, for the 2017 prom. This year's theme was Rollin' on a River. Above is a shot of what the event looked like as the students walked through the Grand March.

Catie Fobbe and Daryn Strub approach the grand march in an unusual style.

Tyler Cranston sports an old-fashioned but distinguished get-up as he escorts Emily Jude through the grand march.

Nathan Carlson carries Katelyn Kramer at Saturday's grand march during the Maple Lake Prom.
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Apr

MLHS students experience Spain


Twenty-seven Maple Lake High School students spent two weeks over Spring Break exploring cities in Spain. Here some stop to pose near the entrance of the Retiro Park in Madrid. Behind them is one of the original four gates, Puerta de Alcala, that led into the city many years ago. They are, front, from left, Jake Fynboh and Margaret Graham. Back, from left, Lauren Heerallal, Ashley Schmitz, Brady Tongen, Tyler Russell, Megan Wassermann, Clara Greenhagen, Kaleigh Beehler, Hanna Stewig and Anna Becker. (Photo submitted)

Twenty-seven Maple Lake students got out of the classroom in a big way for some intense hands-on learning recently that left them changed and eager for more.
On Tuesday, March 21, the group of juniors, seniors and three adult chaperones departed for Spain to learn about the Spanish language and culture better than they ever could in the classroom. It was a two-week trip that brought them to six cities across the country and a weeklong stay with a Spanish family.

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26
Apr

Maple Lake Bakery to close its doors


The Maple Lake Bakery on Birch Avenue will close its doors for good when owner Rudy Wasserman retires on Saturday, April 29. (Photo submitted)

The Maple Lake Bakery will open its doors for the last time, Saturday, April 29, as owner Rudy Wasserman prepares to retire.
Wasserman, who will turn 65 in July, said he knows it’s time to quit and pursue other interests.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say they hate to see it go, but it’s just kind of a matter of knowing when to quit. It’s long hours,” he said.
Wasserman has tried to sell the business, but so far has had no luck. While his last day open will be on Saturday, April 29, from 6 a.m. until noon, regular bakery hours, he plans on keeping the building on the market for some time yet.

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Apr

WSB hired for economic development aid

At their most recent meeting, Tuesday, April 18, members of the Maple Lake City Council voted to retain the services of Economic Development Coordinator Jim Gromberg and Minneapolis-based WSB & Associates for economic development services, at a fee of $1,500 per month and $125 per meeting, beginning May 1.

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Apr

Board approves construction manager for courts facility

The process of constructing a new Wright County courts facility took a big step forward at the April 18 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, as the board approved the selection of a construction manager for the project.
Facilities Coordinator Alan Wilczek came before the board to make the recommendation, highlighting that the firms that applied all came with glowing references and that it came down to cost savings to determine which of the well-qualified firms would be selected.

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Wed
19
Apr

Library volunteers honored during Volunteer Appreciation Month


Above are some of the volunteers that keep the Maple Lake Library running. On Tuesday, April 11, these volunteers were honored for their work. They are, front, from left, Terry Mooney, Nancy Dearing, Cathy Jude, Jean Borrell, Marie Mavencamp, Kathy DeMars, Yvonne Hogie-Streich, Char Drenckhahn and Dave Hansen. Back, from left, Della Ness, Carol Northenscold, Denise Blizil, Debbie Wendt, Pat Meyer, Lisa Perovich, Lorie Hegle, Renee Bruns, Vicki Grimmer and Wendy Kelly. Not pictured are, Irene Abrams, Jan Bakeberg, Pam Baker, Vicki Decker, Judith Feenstra, Jolynn Fobbe, Nancy Heacock, Kath Heffron, Julie Hudek, Kathy Jacobson, Margaret Jenniges, Jennifer Jude, Lynn Kissock, Pam Lemieux, Paul Manuel, Nancy McDonnel, Dana Michalicek, Rhonda Pagel, Kathy Parkin, Chris Paumen, Katie Serrano, Jeff Slyvester, Sue Sylvester and Betty Thomes. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and it has always held a special significance at the Maple Lake Library because it is one of the few that is run solely by volunteers.
It was born of a volunteer effort and continues to be sustained by those people willing to give freely of their time and talents.
On Tuesday, April 11, those volunteers were given a well-deserved pat-on-the back at the Maple Lake American Legion, and some of them shared their philosophy on why volunteering is important.

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Apr

Acting experience helps Irish senior advance to state speech


Irish senior Joshua Medley will represent Maple Lake High School at the State Speech Meet on Saturday, April 22. Medley advanced by taking third in the Storytelling category. Above, he reads from one of the tales he told at sections. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Joshua Medley is a natural storyteller.
He’s been told he has a rich, pleasant tone, and his knack for voices keeps his audience engaged. It’s no wonder the Maple Lake High School senior earned a spot at the State Speech Meet his first year out.
Medley advanced by finishing third out of nine storytellers at the Section 4A competition on Saturday, April 8, at Watertown-Mayer. He will compete against the best speakers in the state on Saturday, April 22, in Apple Valley.
An actor with some experience, Medley decided to give speech a try for the first time this year. It wasn’t easy.

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Apr

Spring (Auction) is in the air


St. Timothy Catholic School in Maple Lake will hold its annual spring auction fundraiser on Saturday, April 29, at the American Legion. This year's theme is 1950s Sock Hop. (Photos submitted)

Above is one of the many themed baskets that will be available at the St. Timothy spring auction fundraiser. Every dime raised, Saturday, will go to the Catholic school.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and it has always held a special significance at the Maple Lake Library because it is one of the few that is run solely by volunteers.
It was born of a volunteer effort and continues to be sustained by those people willing to give freely of their time and talents.
On Tuesday, April 11, those volunteers were given a well-deserved pat-on-the back at the Maple Lake American Legion, and some of them shared their philosophy on why volunteering is important.

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19
Apr

Board considers school-top solar array

At their most recent meeting, Monday, April 10, members of the Maple Lake School Board heard a proposal to place an array of solar panels on the rooftops of Maple Lake schools.
Braden Solum, representing commercial solar energy developer iDEAL Energies, said the Minneapolis-based company has designed, installed, financed and currently operates more than 150 commercial systems. Its mission is to help its clients obtain the full value of Minnesota’s solar incentives, which are some of the best in the United States, Solum said.

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19
Apr

Board approves two-year sentence service contract

For almost 20 years, Wright County has utilized an innovative program to make use an unlikely workforce – prisoners housed in the Wright County Jail.
The Sentence-to-Service (STS) program was initially started in Wright County as a way to get projects completed while using the enticement of having days knocked off of jail sentences for each day worked. At the time, Wright County was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year transporting prisoners to other counties because their own jail, housed at the county courthouse in downtown Buffalo, was filled to capacity and beyond. With the new county jail, that is no longer an issue but the county still takes advantage of the program.

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