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Wed
18
Oct

Minnesotans can seek winter protection under the Cold Weather Rule and apply for heating assistance

As temperatures drop and heating bills rise, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Public Utilities Commission want Minnesotans to know about help that is available from the state’s Cold Weather Rule and Energy Assistance Program.
The Cold Weather Rule protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off during the winter months. The Energy Assistance Program helps eligible Minnesota homeowners and renters pay for home heating costs.
“The Cold Weather Rule and our Energy Assistance Program are here to help Minnesota families who struggle with home heating costs to get through our cold winters,” said Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency includes the state energy office. “We want to make sure Minnesotans are safe and warm in their homes this winter.”

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Wed
18
Oct

County considers getting back in the transit business

The subject of public transit has been an ongoing issue in Wright County for almost four years, when Sherburne County surprised Wright County officials by announcing it was pulling out of the River Rider transit program shared by the two counties to join another group. That led to River Rider being dismantled. Wright County then couldn’t reach an agreement with Trailblazer over fair representation on the Trailblazer Board.
It resulted in Wright County and Trailblazer parting ways only to be replaced by WCAT (Wright County Area Transit), an organization operated by Wright County cities. But, it appears as though Wright County is getting back in the transit business.
At the Oct. 10 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners voted not only seek to find an agreement to partner with WCAT, but to hand over the remaining funds in the extinct River Rider account.

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Wed
11
Oct

Autumn colors call


A spell of warm fall weather made Wednesday, Oct. 4, perfect for a bicycle ride as this man is doing along 1st Street beneath the canopy of two colorful Maple trees on the southern edge of Maple Lake Community Park. The fall colors are vibrant now, but won’t be for long as the cooler temperatures close in. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
11
Oct

Maple Lake schools turn to taxpayers

Lack of state funding and a dwindling rainy-day savings has prompted Maple Lake Public Schools to turn to its taxpayers for the third time in three years.
On Tuesday, Nov. 7, people living within the Maple Lake School District will be asked to vote on two questions that, if passed, will allow the district to maintain its level of programming, services and technology.
If the referendum fails again the result will likely be larger class sizes at the elementary and high school, cuts to staff, support services and extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, Supt. Mark Redemske said.

Wed
11
Oct

Maple Lake Library fundraiser draws crowd

The Maple Lake Library’s 9th Annual Fundraiser was a resounding success, Saturday, Oct. 7, according to organizers.
There were 145 dinners served (almost 30 more than last year), 20 live-auction items sold and 81 baskets on the silent auction.

The Maple Lake Library is a completely volunteer-run organization that depends on community support to keep its doors open.
On Sunday, library volunteers received the affirmation they were looking for that the library is appreciated and matters to the community, Mooney said.
The library’s next fundraising event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Barnes and Noble book store in Maple Grove.

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Wed
11
Oct

St. Tim's marathoners pedal for pledges


St. Timothy Catholic School students, along with their friends and family, get ready to take off on the school's annual bike marathon fundraiser, Saturday morning, Oct. 7. Money raised at this event helps keep tuition costs down for parents.
Wed
04
Oct

Homecoming happiness


After getting rained out on Monday, Sept. 25, the Maple Lake High School Homecoming parade was rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 29, which turned out to be a beautiful evening. Above, sophomore Jordan Gries tosses a handful of candy to spectators that lined up along the parade route near the park to see each class’s float. The Maple Lake Ambassadors made an appearance as well. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

this game pitted football players against cross country runners and volleyball players in an upper-body challenge that required athletes to pull themselves across the gym floor using plungers.

the Maple Lake High School Pep Band leads the Homecoming parade with only a Maple Lake Fire truck preceding them.

No. 7 Ben Goelz gets his hands on the ball in the second quarter of Friday night’s, Sept. 29, Homecoming game against Holdingford. The Irish lost 20-15.

generous amounts of candy were thrown at this year’s Homecoming parade.
Wed
04
Oct

Doing it the “Hojnacke way”


Students at MLHS are showing their support for beloved math teacher, Michael Hojnacke, who is battling cancer.

Mr. H or just H. It’s all the same to Mr. Michael Hojnacke, the beloved math teacher at Maple Lake High School.
He’s the kind of devoted instructor who comes in early, stays late and attends every afterschool sporting event to show his support for the students he has come think of as his own.
“He’s the kind of guy that you can go talk to about anything and you don’t have to be nervous,” said Mikayla Koss, a sophomore at MLHS.
It’s no wonder when the well-liked teacher was diagnosed with cancer, those students wanted to give something back.
All year signs of their support and encouragement have decorated the halls and playing fields of Maple Lake High School.
The letter’s MH adorn Irish football helmets, the volleyball team bolded the H on their team t-shirts in a subtle tribute, and a lighted letter H is the lone occupant of a display case near the gym for students to contemplate as they go from class to class.

Wed
04
Oct

St. Tim’s School gears up for marathon


St. Tim's students work hard at a recent marathon fundraiser pep rally to free the jellyfish (Kleenex) from the box the fastest. (Photo submitted)

St. Timothy Catholic School in Maple Lake will hold its annual bike marathon fundraiser on Saturday morning, Oct. 7.
This year’s goal is to reach $15,900 which will go a long way toward keeping tuition costs down for parents, organizer Rachel Pribyl said. As of last week, the school had collected $7,249.
Only once in the 40-some years school organizers have put on this marathon have they not reached their goal, and Pribyl is optimistic.
“We will take donations until a week after the marathon. Friday, Oct. 13, is our last day for donations,” she said.

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Wed
04
Oct

Preparing your phone for a disaster

In the event of a disaster or emergency, most of us will reach for our cell phones to call for help or to get in contact with loved ones. Over 40% of Americans no longer have a landline in their homes. They rely exclusively on cell phones.
Let’s take a look at what you need to know about your phone when it comes to a disaster or emergency.
After the 35W Bridge collapse, cellular phone service in the city was jammed. Frantic calls to 911 and people looking for loved ones overwhelmed the system.
In Oklahoma City in 2013, thousands were left without power, cell phone service, and internet access after a tornado destroyed several cell phone towers. Cell phone provider networks stated they are resilient but are not equipped to handle long power outages or massive spikes in call volume that occur during emergencies.
If you are considering ditching your landline or already have, here are some things you need to know.

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