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03
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)
Wed
03
May

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)
Wed
26
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.
Wed
26
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
26
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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Wed
26
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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Wed
26
Apr

Board approves construction manager for courts facility

The process of constructing a new Wright County courts facility took a big step forward at the April 18 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, as the board approved the selection of a construction manager for the project.
Facilities Coordinator Alan Wilczek came before the board to make the recommendation, highlighting that the firms that applied all came with glowing references and that it came down to cost savings to determine which of the well-qualified firms would be selected.

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Wed
19
Apr

Library volunteers honored during Volunteer Appreciation Month


Above are some of the volunteers that keep the Maple Lake Library running. On Tuesday, April 11, these volunteers were honored for their work. They are, front, from left, Terry Mooney, Nancy Dearing, Cathy Jude, Jean Borrell, Marie Mavencamp, Kathy DeMars, Yvonne Hogie-Streich, Char Drenckhahn and Dave Hansen. Back, from left, Della Ness, Carol Northenscold, Denise Blizil, Debbie Wendt, Pat Meyer, Lisa Perovich, Lorie Hegle, Renee Bruns, Vicki Grimmer and Wendy Kelly. Not pictured are, Irene Abrams, Jan Bakeberg, Pam Baker, Vicki Decker, Judith Feenstra, Jolynn Fobbe, Nancy Heacock, Kath Heffron, Julie Hudek, Kathy Jacobson, Margaret Jenniges, Jennifer Jude, Lynn Kissock, Pam Lemieux, Paul Manuel, Nancy McDonnel, Dana Michalicek, Rhonda Pagel, Kathy Parkin, Chris Paumen, Katie Serrano, Jeff Slyvester, Sue Sylvester and Betty Thomes. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and it has always held a special significance at the Maple Lake Library because it is one of the few that is run solely by volunteers.
It was born of a volunteer effort and continues to be sustained by those people willing to give freely of their time and talents.
On Tuesday, April 11, those volunteers were given a well-deserved pat-on-the back at the Maple Lake American Legion, and some of them shared their philosophy on why volunteering is important.

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Wed
19
Apr

Acting experience helps Irish senior advance to state speech


Irish senior Joshua Medley will represent Maple Lake High School at the State Speech Meet on Saturday, April 22. Medley advanced by taking third in the Storytelling category. Above, he reads from one of the tales he told at sections. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Joshua Medley is a natural storyteller.
He’s been told he has a rich, pleasant tone, and his knack for voices keeps his audience engaged. It’s no wonder the Maple Lake High School senior earned a spot at the State Speech Meet his first year out.
Medley advanced by finishing third out of nine storytellers at the Section 4A competition on Saturday, April 8, at Watertown-Mayer. He will compete against the best speakers in the state on Saturday, April 22, in Apple Valley.
An actor with some experience, Medley decided to give speech a try for the first time this year. It wasn’t easy.

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Wed
19
Apr

Spring (Auction) is in the air


St. Timothy Catholic School in Maple Lake will hold its annual spring auction fundraiser on Saturday, April 29, at the American Legion. This year's theme is 1950s Sock Hop. (Photos submitted)

Above is one of the many themed baskets that will be available at the St. Timothy spring auction fundraiser. Every dime raised, Saturday, will go to the Catholic school.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and it has always held a special significance at the Maple Lake Library because it is one of the few that is run solely by volunteers.
It was born of a volunteer effort and continues to be sustained by those people willing to give freely of their time and talents.
On Tuesday, April 11, those volunteers were given a well-deserved pat-on-the back at the Maple Lake American Legion, and some of them shared their philosophy on why volunteering is important.

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