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Local photographer writes new book


Bob Zimmerman wrote this children’s book with the purpose of entertaining as many local children as he can. The book, “A Frog in My Throat,” is illustrated with Zimmerman’s own photographs.

Bob Zimmerman interacts with students last week before reading his children’s book “A Frog in My Throat.” Zimmerman read his work to kindergarten through third grade classes at Maple Lake Elementary. (Photo submitted)

Late last winter Bob Zimmerman had a cold, the kind of cold that deprives you of sleep and makes you sound as if you have a frog in your throat.
There is often nothing to be done for this kind of illness, except maybe to write a children’s book about it, and that is exactly what the retired Maple Lake man did.
A one-of-a-kind original - since it’s the only copy, anywhere - “A Frog in My Throat” has received approval from Maple Lake Elementary students as Zimmerman’s first audience. He read the book to classes last week with the help of mascots Freddy and Freda Frog. His goal is to share his froggy story with as many children as he can through whatever venues will have him.

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May

Action for Children Zambia Fundraiser draws crowd


Sharon and Tim Lohse, of Robbinsdale, peruse some of the silent auction items up for bidding at Sunday’s Zambia fundraiser. Some of the items on the auction included Twins tickets, jewelry, canned and baked goods. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Carol McBrady’s family put together another Action for Children Zambia fundraiser, Sunday, April 30, at the American Legion Club in Maple Lake to raise money for the Maple Lake woman’s efforts to help less affluent children in Zambia, Africa. Although Carol herself couldn’t be home for the event, siblings and other relatives stepped forward.

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May

Board gets $7.2 million good news on jail bond refunding

When the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved the construction of a new courts facility earlier this year, the thought was thrown out that the county could potentially save a considerable amount of money on the 2007 bonds that were used to build the Wright County Law Enforcement Center.
At the April 25 meeting of the county board, the commissioners found out just how wise a move that was – giving them 7.2 million reasons to be happy they explored the option of refinancing the old bonds while going through the process of preparing to bond for the new courts facility.
The bonds were opened by the county’s bond counsel Ehlers Inc. Monday, April 24, and Bruce Kimmel of Ehlers had a hard time containing his enthusiasm for the good news he was bringing the county board.

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03
May

Senior Connections celebrates its volunteers


The Maple Manor and Senior Connections celebrated their volunteers for Volunteer Month with a meal and guest speaker Mayor Lynn Kissock. Kissock began by thanking the Meals on Wheels drivers who deliver up to 28 meals a day. She also recognized the Senior Dining volunteers, citizens club members, Maple Lake Senior Connections and their work with the Veteran’s Day program and all of the guests and participants. “On behalf of myself and Ginger O’Loughlin, coordinator of this Senior Dining site and Maple Lake Senior Connections, Thanks!” Kissock said to finish off the event. Above left, the Meals on Wheels drivers are from left to right: John Haack, Diane Pruett, John Neisen, Mary Helmbrecht, Gary Carlson, Sharon Pederson, Darrell Hirman and presentation giver, Mayor Lynn Kissock.

Below left shows the people gathered at the event to celebrate the volunteers.
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May

Closing of Maple Lake Bakery draws a crowd


City Councilwoman Deb Geyen took this photo outside the Maple Lake Bakery, Saturday morning, April 29, on closing day. Owner Rudy Wasserman opened the doors for the last time before retiring after 39 years operating the bakery. According to Geyen, the line formed before the bakery opened at 6 a.m., as people clamored for their last chance at Wasserman’s baked goodies. Geyen waited 45 minutes for her treats. Others who arrived later in the morning were not so lucky. The closing of the Maple Lake Bakery marks the first time the community will be without a bakery since before the 1950s. (Photo by Deb Geyen)
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Baby animal fair in Buffalo is a hit with kids


Brycen Johnson, right, from Waite Park, enjoys the baby goats at the Ninth Biennial Wright County Baby Animal Fair in Buffalo, Sunday, April 30. The event was a fundraiser for Heifer International and local food shelves, organizations working together to end world hunger and care for the earth.

Marie Mavencamp, of Maple Lake, entertained youngsters at the baby animal fair as a little lamb. More than 2,600 people from Wright County came to enjoy baby animals, learn about the world and share in making a difference for hungry families. The fair, whose admission was a gift of food for the food shelf, raised 2,207 pounds of food and $1,457 for the Buffalo Food Shelf. The fundraiser for Heifer International brought in $14,000 for the purchase of farm animals and training in their care for families in need around the world. Heifer is a 73 year old organization that works to end world hunger and care for the Earth through sound agricultural principles. Each gift animal becomes a means of enterprise that enables families to earn income for housing, medical care and to send their children to school. In exchange for the gift, each family agrees to pass on the first offspring of their animal to another family in need, so the animal gifts multiply. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
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Apr

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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Wed
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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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