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Wright County could go deeper into the jail business

For several years prior to the construction of the Wright County Law Enforcement Center, the county spent tens of thousands of dollars a year to board prisoners elsewhere because of a space crisis. Now, Wright County is potentially on the verge of bringing in more than $1 million a year in profit to house other agencies’ prisoners.
Last month, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved opening one of two dormant pods to take in outside prisoners. Less than three weeks later, Sheriff Joe Hagerty said the outside response to reasonably price bed space has been overwhelming.
“We’ve only had the new pod that we opened up for a month and we’re already turning prisoners away from other counties,” Hagerty said Aug. 22. “We were up to 245 prisoners this morning and that hasn’t been unusual.”

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30
Aug

Open Your Heart provides Wright County Community Action with a $6,990 grant

Each year Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless supports more than 200 homeless shelters and food shelves like Wright County Community Action (WCCA) throughout urban, suburban, and rural Minnesota.
Open Your Heart looks for gaps in funding of services based on geographic or demographic considerations and reaches out to agencies serving those communities. They support programs in communities where many traditional funders do not reach – volunteer run domestic violence shelters, homeless programs in sparsely served remote corners of the state, inner city programs dedicated to serving the poorest among us, and hunger programs serving clientele with special needs. They prioritize visiting programs, understanding organizational challenges and getting to know the communities in which they serve.

Wed
23
Aug

Gear-Head draws record crowd


Looking east down Division Street from above, rows of classics, rods and a truck or two, stretch under clear skies to almost to the fire station. The entirety of Birch Avenue was filled with even more for gear-heads to enjoy, all the way down to Fourth Street, in fact. It is easy to see that the seventh annual Gear-Head Get Together was a hit. (Photo courtesy of Ricci Smelser and the Maple Lake Lions)

The weather was so perfect Saturday, the owner of this convertible didn’t worry about leaving the top down, giving spectators the chance to peek inside. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Officials are estimating Saturday’s, Aug. 19, 7th annual Gear-Head Get Together was the biggest yet, drawing thousands of people to Maple Lake where an assortment of collectables, oddities and mechanical masterpieces stretched all the way to Fourth Street.
Shiny cars and rusty re-models still in the works, motorcycles of all eras and intriguing odds and ends lined Birch Avenue from the Old Creamery southward, spilling into side streets wherever they were able.
Although numbers were not totaled as of press time, Scott Chantland, one of the event’s organizers, estimated about 700 vehicles and 100 motorcycles were entered.

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Wed
23
Aug

Lakers land first win in State Tournament


Lakers' third baseman, No. 5 Graham Brown, recovers a hit. The Lakers beat St. Joseph 2-0 in the first game of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament, Friday, August 18, at Hamburg. (Photo by Hailee Malachek)

The Maple Lake Lakers kept their season going last Friday night with a win over the St. Joseph Joes in the first game of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
The win sets up a tilt against the Jordan Brewers, a team ranked 7th in Class C in the most recent poll. That game will be played on Saturday, August 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Green Isle.
The win was also part of a sweep by the North Star League, as Howard Lake shut out perennial power St. Martin 4-0 and Buffalo rallied late to 10-run Crookston 15-1. They will play the Sartell Muskies and Fairmont Martins, respectively, while Hutchinson will face the St. Peter Saints.

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Wed
23
Aug

Clouds dampen eclipse for local viewers


Sophia and Vincent Dan, of Big Lake, try to penetrate the cloud cover to see some of the highly anticipated solar eclipse, Monday, August 21. Minnesota was not in the path of totality, but still fell under the sun’s shadow, which meant viewers lucky enough to be under clear skies saw about 80 percent of the eclipse. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Across the country people turned their heads heavenward Monday, August 21, for a glimpse of a rare spectacle, a solar eclipse, but in Maple Lake and the surrounding communities, spectators saw more clouds than celestial phenomena.
A partly sunny sky earlier turned to overcast and stormy as 1:05 p.m. approached, the time when it was thought the sun would be most obscured by the moon. While the rain was gracious enough to slow to a drizzle when the big moment finally arrived, only a slightly darker hue of gray sky gave any indication to the show happening above the cloud cover.
According to the Minnesota Astronomical Society, Monday’s eclipse was the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States since 1991 (which was seen only from part of Hawaii), and the first visible from the contiguous United States since 1979, but it passed through only five states.

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Wed
23
Aug

School board approves levy questions

At its most recent meeting, Monday, August 14, the Maple Lake School Board voted to hold referenda on November 7 for operating and general obligation levies.

Wed
23
Aug

Board continues to pay for state auditor lawsuit

For the last two years, Wright County has been forced to expend approximately $135,000 of taxpayer money as collateral damage in a lawsuit between State Auditor Rebecca Otto and the Minnesota State Legislature over the powers of her office. At the Aug. 15 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, it was pointed out that the county continues to pay more than it should due to Otto’s legal action – on two different fronts.
The county has expended roughly $100,000 in legal costs after being named along with Becker and Washington counties in the lawsuit brought by Otto – which she has lost in both district court and appeals court. As part of approving the claims for the week, Commissioner Mike Potter pointed out a line item that shows the county continues to be paying money out as a direct result of the Otto lawsuit.

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Wed
23
Aug

City receives $500 economic development grant


Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock, left, and City Clerk Lee Ann Yager, right, accept the grant check from Joe Kammermeier, V.P. Business Development of MBFC, Wednesday, August. 16. (Photo submitted)

The City of Maple Lake received a $500.00 economic development grant from the Minnesota Business Finance Corporation (MBFC) recently.
The city is conducting an economic development strategic plan to determine the direction of growth of the community. The planning commission will also evaluate businesses and developments that would be optimal for Maple Lake. This process will include reviewing how the city can better assist the current businesses.

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Wed
23
Aug

Deer lottery application deadline is September 7

Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license by Thursday, Sept. 7. Hunters who purchase their license before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer permit area or special hunt area they declare.
This season, antlerless deer permits are issued by lottery in 48 of Minnesota’s 130 deer permit areas. No application is needed to take antlerless deer in permit areas with hunters choice, managed or intensive designations.
Hunters who want to participate in special firearm deer hunts also need to apply for permits that are issued through a lottery, and the application deadline is Sept. 7.

Wed
16
Aug

EXTRA! EXTRA! We want you to “Read all about it!”

Do you know who was involved in that accident you passed on the highway 55 the other day?
Did you learn about a friend’s death by reading the obituaries?
Did you see who’s jam won first place at the Wright County Fair?
Did you see the minutes from the last township meeting?
Did you hear the Irish won another championship?
The Maple Lake Messenger provides that information and so much more about the happenings in our community, but this week we decided to join more than 200 of the newspapers in the state to ask one more question: Where would you get your news about our community without us?

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