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Wed
03
Sep

Warrior Boats softball squad heads to national tourney

Exactly 20 years since the Warrior Boats women’s softball team last made it into national competition, they’re going again.

On September 18, a contingent of 15 players and five fans will leave for Salem, Oregon, as one of six Minnesota teams competing in the Women’s Class D Softball Nationals in the American Softball Association.

“We’re really fortunate,” said coach Jill Sandberg. “Some of the girls have been at nationals and some haven’t, so they are really excited about having this opportunity.”

Wed
27
Aug
Wed
27
Aug

17th Annual Fly-In planned for Sept. 7

The 17th Annual Pork Chop Dinner and Fly-In will once again be filling the skies around Maple Lake with colorful aircraft of every size and era. Set for Sept. 7, the planes are expected to begin arriving about 10:30 a.m. with the last to leave taking off at about 3:30 p.m.

The pork chop dinner, prepared by the EAA Chapter, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the members, families and friends of EAA Chapter 878 and by Wright Aero.

All dinner participants are eligible for door prizes, and the traditional grand door prize to be given away at the end of the day is a propeller clock, hand-carved by chapter member Marv Sikkila of Buffalo.

Wed
27
Aug

Additional patrols set for Labor Day

Motorists in Wright County will be seeing additional patrol cars during the Safe & Sober enhanced speeding enforcement and education campaign occurring August 27th-September 4th.    Law enforcement officers from Annandale, Buffalo and Howard Lake police departments will join Wright County deputies in an effort to prevent crashes on our streets and roadways by issuing tickets to violators.

Wed
27
Aug

Music fills streets at Taste of Maple Lake

Downtown Maple Lake was filled with the sounds of music on August 22 as both the Maple Lake and Annandale community bands, Rebecca’s Well and the KRWC Road Show kept the music coming all evening long.

A variety of local businesses set up booths along Birch Avenue offering free treats, games and information. Other attractions included a vintage car show, a farmers’ market, a bed race against local youth, and a giant air-filled castle provided by Denise and Gary Swearingen of Security State Agency and Emerald Mortgage for the delight of high flying youngsters.

In addition a Kiddie’s Parade on Saturday featured silver dollars for every child, courtesy of Security State Bank.

Wed
27
Aug

Maple Lake Elementary earns a five-star state rating

Only 53 elementary schools in Minnesota earned a five-star rating in the first school report cards issued last week by the Minnesota Department of Education.

And Maple Lake Elementary is a member of that elite group.

The star rating shows how well third and fifth grade students are doing on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests with information compiled over the last three years. Schools could earn from one star, which indicated unsatisfactory performance, to five stars, which denotes the top performers in the state.

Of the 921 elementary schools in Minnesota, 604 received three stars in reading and 609 earned three stars in math. One hundred fourteen schools received a five-star ranking for reading and 92 earned the top mark for math. Only 53 schools, including Maple Lake Elementary, received five stars in both academic areas.

Thu
21
Aug
Thu
21
Aug

Sisters form a volunteer connection

There is a sister act in Maple Lake that is producing good news for folks throughout the community.

Two sets of sisters: Jeannie Ward Fobbe and Becky Ward Mead, along with Rose Zeller Malachek and Cathy Zeller Borell, have collaborated this summer in an effort to bring comfort to hospice patients.

Jeannie and Becky, certified massage therapists who do massage for hospice patients, sought out Rose and Cathy, who are members of the St. Timothy’s Social Action Ministry (S.A.M) quilting group, to obtain quilts for their patients. And the results of this sisterly collaboration are day-brighteners for terminally ill area residents.

Jeannie and Becky became acquainted with Allina’s hospice program through a grief support group that Jeannie coordinates in her duties as Wright County’s Resource Coordinator.

Thu
21
Aug

Taste of Maple Lake to offer family fun

The annual Taste of Maple Lake, promising fun for the whole family, is set for Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23.  Events will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with the opening of the Business Expo, which will feature treats, games and prizes on Birch Avenue.    The KRWC Road Show is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. and will be followed by an hour-long performance of Rebecca’s Well. In addition, a Farmer’s Market will be a new feature this year and will be located around the corner from Birch on Division Street. Residents are also invited to participate in a Flea Market that will run from 5 to 8 p.m.

Thu
21
Aug

Hennen family posts 73 years of firefighting service

Dedication, commitment, and compassion are qualities all fire personnel must possess. They are also characteristics that could be used to describe the Hennen family, who have notched 73 years of collective service in the Maple Lake Fire Department, spanning three generations.

Ken Hennen first joined the fire department in 1960. His son, Daryl, followed in 1973, and his grandson, Brad, in 1999. Although each began their service at different times, all three state they joined for the same reason. “It’s a way to put volunteer hours into the community,” said Daryl.    “It is something I grew up around,” added Brad. “I always wanted to do it.”

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