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Wed
30
Oct

Maple Lake votes ‘Yes’ on metro calling area

After a six-year wait, Maple Lake telephone customers have overwhelmingly approved entrance into the metro calling area.

On October 24, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission announced the results of local mail-balloting that took place from August 21 to October 2. Maple Lake telephone customers approved Extended Area Service (EAS) by 1366 votes (68.5%) to 627 votes (31.5%). A total of 64.5% of the customers eligible to vote returned their ballots to the Public Utilities Commission.    Maple Lake resident John Slimmer was the driving force behind the EAS petition filed in 1996 and said he was gratified at the results of the voting.

Wed
30
Oct

Fire Report:

Fire destroyed a ‘95 Gleaner harvester near County Road 37 and Gunderson Ave. N.W. Oct. 23rd at approximately 6:07 p.m.

The Gleaner belonged to Brad Paumen and was being operated by his father, Don, who was combining soybeans. According to a Maple Lake Volunteer fireman, who responded to the 911 page, the combine was totally engulfed in flames when they arrived. An effort was made by Don Paumen to extinguish the fire with the on-board fire extinguisher. According to reports he nearly had the fire out, but didn’t have enough fluid to complete the task.

The combine was termed a total loss with an estimated value of nearly $100,000.00. Also lost were about 100 bushels of beans. Nineteen firemen responded to the page. Contrary to rumors, no children were riding with Paumen.

The Fire Department’s ambulance responded as follows:

Wed
23
Oct

District 5 County Commissioner: Charlie Nelson

I am retired as a detective from the Wright County Sheriff’s Department in 1998, and work part-time for the Sheriff now. I am the current mayor of Montrose, work part-time as needed as a detective for my attorney son, Wright County Fair Board director, Wright County Emergency Center staff member, member of League of Minnesota Cities “Improving Local Economies” Committee.

I’m married to Connie and have five children, four and 8/9 grandchildren. I’m 60 years old and was born and raised in Montrose, attended Montrose Elementary and Junior High, and graduated Buffalo High School in 1960.

I’ve attended numerous career enhancing courses for both business and the police world. I worked my way up from laborer to manager for Lundsten Lumber Co. I joined the Sheriff’s Department as a reservist in 1963, went part-time in 1969, and full-time in 1973. I was a patrol officer, as well as field training officer for new recruits.

Wed
23
Oct

District 5 County Commissioner: Dick Mattson

I am a lifelong resident of Marysville Township and the fourth generation of my family to reside here. My background of dairy, beef and crop farming gives me the knowledge and experience of the farming community.

Our family was in the school bus and charter business for 47 years and the last 16 years I managed the business, which gives me the knowledge and experience necessary to work with people in all types of business situations. I also was a township supervisor on the Marysville Township Board for three years.

Wed
23
Oct

District 1 County Commissioner:Karla Heeter

  My husband Ron and I live in Silver Creek Township. We have been married for 25 years, living in Wright County for 21 of those years. Ron is a Tool and Die Maker for General Mills working at the James Ford Bell Technical Research Center in Plymouth.

I grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa. My professional years have been spent working with people. I have worked with youth, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and many facets of the business and education community.

Currently, I operate my own public speaking business, offering humorous motivational presentations to all types of groups and organizations.

Wed
23
Oct

District 1 County Commissioner: Ken Jude

I am 54 years old. My wife, Myrna and I have been married 31 years. We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I am a member of the Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Maple Lake. My residence in Maple Lake for 50 years and the last four years in Corinna Township make me a lifetime resident of District 1.     I have had a varied employment background as a Sewer/Water/Natural gas construction foreman and superintendent, a dairy and crop farmer, and business owner of Ken Jude Trucking, Inc. Since 1993, I have been the District 1 Wright County Commissioner.   My involvement in the following helped to qualify me for the position of Wright County Commissioner: 20 years in the U.S.

Wed
23
Oct

Election 2002

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Wed
09
Oct

Elementary test scores among top in state

Scores for Maple Lake Elementary’s fifth grade students in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests were once again among the highest in the state.

Administered last spring, the results released in September show Maple Lake ranked 11th out of 842 schools tested in mathematics, 12th in writing and 21st in reading. Last year, Maple Lake’s combined performance on the three tests placed the school first in the state among Minnesota’s elementaries and Principal Dan Olberg said this year’s results would rank Maple Lake in the top ten.

Olberg said the third grade scores showed significant improvement this year, rising from just over state average last year to place 56th out of 864 schools in math and 156th in reading.

Wed
09
Oct

Rain doesn’t dampen MLHS Homecoming 2002

It rained almost all day on Friday, but when it came time to line up for the 2002 Homecoming Parade, the skies brightened and the rain stopped. And although the cold temperatures brought out the coats and mittens, as least it wasn’t wet.

Friday’s events capped a week of Homecoming festivities that included both junior and senior victories in the Powder Puff football and He-Man volleyball class competition, the crowning of King and Queen Jon Couette and Jacki Vandergon, a big crowd for the Homecoming dance, a week of dress-up days, pep rallies and sports contests (which are covered on pages 8 and 9 in this week’s Messenger).

The annual Homecoming Parade featured 16 units, led by the Maple Lake Fire Department and deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Department.

Wed
02
Oct

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