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15
Mar

Coronation


In front is newly-crowned 2017-18 Maple Lake Ambassadors, Chloe Riviere and Jennifer Malwitz, and Miss Congeniality, Alexus Jackson, with 2016-17 Ambassadors, Sydney Louis and Abby Bentley. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Jennifer Malwitz and Chloe Riviere were crowned this year’s Maple Lake Ambassadors, Saturday, March 11, following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Alexus Jackson earned the honor of Miss Congeniality.
Irish Washerwomen helped kick off the coronation festivities that took place in the Maple Lake High School gym where the three lucky girls were chosen from among six candidates before a crowd of onlookers, including Minneapolis Aquatennial Royalty and retiring Maple Lake Ambassadors Abby Bentley and Sydney Louis.
Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock introduced moderator Ms. Patty O’Furniture, A.K.A Trisha Manuel, who, along with the Washerwomen, brought a bit of humor to the festivities.
Aquatennial representatives also took the opportunity to invite Louis to represent Maple Lake at the 2017 Minneapolis Aquatennial in July as a retiring Ambassador.

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Wed
15
Mar

MAML is runner-up at state hockey tournament


The red and black colors of the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake hockey team are clearly visible in the stands as the Moose take to the ice during the state hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center last week. (Photos submitted)

Labeled the underdogs, the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team surprised everyone by upsetting No. 2 seed Delano in the first round of the State Hockey Tournament.
A 3-2 win over Northfield two days later put them in the finals where they played No. 1 seed and returning Class A champ, Hermantown, to a double-overtime dual that left the Moose just one goal shy of claiming that elusive title.
The Moose went home with second place, a still impressive finish to a first-ever state tournament appearance.
“The fact that we made it that far was pretty amazing given the fact that we were projected to lose the first game by seven goals,” Devon Lyons, a Maple Lake High School junior who plays forward for the Moose, said.

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Wed
15
Mar

C&W Spinning to expand


A C&W Spinning employee works next to a stock load of steel piled nearly to the ceiling. Owner Dale Corey hopes much of this steel will be moved to a new 7,500-square-foot addition that is in the works for this spring and summer. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Once all of this steel is moved to the new addition, C&W Spinning will be able to use this space for production which means they can do more work, faster.

Business is growing for C&W Spinning Inc. in Maple Lake, and it’s time for its building at 238 West Division Street to grow with it.
Owner Dale Corey is planning a 7,500-square-foot expansion that could create three or four more jobs by next fall.
“We’re crossing our fingers we can add about 7,500 square feet. It’s all at the architect yet. He’ll determine how big we can go,” Corey said.
The addition, which will be a separate building behind the current structure in the lot where the Maple Lake Café used to be, will act as storage for the booming metal working company, freeing up more space in the current building for production.

Wed
15
Mar

County preparing for hearing on local sales tax

The March 7 meeting of the Wright County Board ended very shortly after it began, as there were only a pair of housecleaning items. But, it may be the quiet before the storm in the coming weeks.
On the March 14 agenda, there will be discussion to set a public hearing to impose a half-cent sales tax to cover road and bridge projects. The county has looked to avoid adding on a tax, but, with the State of Minnesota holding the line on state aid funding for road and bridge projects, it has allowed counties to impose their own sales taxes, most of which have added a half-cent tax. The state sales tax is 6.875 percent. The proposed county tax would raise Wright County sales tax collected to 7.375 percent.

Wed
15
Mar

Governor Dayton signs bill to legalize Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota

Governor Mark Dayton has signed Chapter 6, House File 30, a bipartisan bill to give liquor stores in Minnesota the option to open on Sundays beginning on July 2, 2017. The bill passed with bipartisan support in the Minnesota House (88-39) and Minnesota Senate (38-28).
“This new law reflects the desires of most people in Minnesota, who have made it clear to their legislators that they want to have this additional option,” said Governor Mark Dayton.
Recent polls have shown that two-thirds of Minnesotans support giving liquor stores the option to open on Sundays. Individual liquor stores will still be able to decide when they would like to operate, and local governments retain the ability to set liquor laws that make sense for their unique local economies and needs.

Wed
15
Mar

Local man wins Fishing Derby fish house


Even though weather forced cancellation of the 2017 Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby, a major fishing prize was raffled off this past weekend. Ralph Tomes Jr., from Maple Lake, is the winner of the Ice Castle Fish House which was raffled off by the Maple Lake-Lake Property Owners Association. Tomes purchased his ticket from Roger’s BP Amoco in Maple Lake. He enjoys fishing and camping. His new Ice Castle will replace a smaller $400 fish house which he purchased earlier this year. The date of next year’s Ice Fishing Derby is February 3rd, 2018. (Photo submitted)
Wed
15
Mar

Plane crash near Paynesville

On March 4, at approximately 2:44 p.m., the Paynesville Police Department was notified of a plane crash near the Paynesville Airport. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the Paynesville police responded and found a male party standing outside his crashed experimental airplane. The pilot, identified as Michael Jude, age 71, of St. Cloud, received significant injuries. Paynesville Fire and Rescue and Paynesville Ambulance responded to the scene, treated Jude and transported him to the Paynesville Hospital. Jude was eventually transported to the St Cloud Hospital for further treatment. 

Wed
15
Mar

St. Patrick’s Festival Craft Sale


Jean Borrell of Maple Lake, left, speaks with Karen Kirscht of Plymouth at her booth. A record number of vendors took part in Saturday's event including 10 new vendors that haven't been to the Maple Lake craft fair before, organizer Betty Gordon said. Gordon has been organizing the event for the last 20 years and has never had it fill up so fast. "One girl has never ever done a show before. I feel honored she picked Maple Lake," Gordon said. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Mon
13
Mar

Maple Lake elementary school staff are inviting all Maple Lake elementary students and their families to our 2nd annual Arts-n-Academics family night on Tuesday, March 14th at the elementary building from 5:15-8 p.m.

The night begins with a pizza meal in the elementary cafeteria for $2.00 per person. The meal includes a slice of pizza, carrots, water and cookie. The SILENT AUCTION will run from 5:15-7:15 p.m. The profits from the SILENT AUCTION will go toward purchasing new books for our BOOK ROOM in the elementary.

Next...parents/guardians will be invited to select one of two speakers that will be located in the media center (library) and large group room from 6-6:25 p.m.. One speaker will present information to us on-THE IMPORTANCE of SLEEP (media center) and the other speaker will share some easy tips for parenting our kids-titled the NURTURED HEART APPROACH (large group room).
School-aged students will be left in the cafeteria to play BINGO or BOOKS while parents are at one of the two speakers.

Wed
08
Mar

Irish Party: Good food, good fun, good cause


Jerry Frasier was the entertainment for the Irish Party held on March 4. His comedy routine went hand-in-hand with his magic tricks and a couple of guests got pulled up to the stage to help in his show. Mayor Lynn Kissock helped by picking an invisible card out of a deck and was rewarded with a balloon poodle, which Frasier tied behind his back. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

It wasn’t quite standing room only, but there certainly weren’t very many chairs left unoccupied at the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce’s annual Irish Party, Saturday, March 4, at the American Legion Club.
The kick-off to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and the chamber’s largest fundraiser, the Irish Party is always a popular event, and this year was no different.
“If any more people would have come, I don’t know where we would have put them,” Kathy Hennen, one of the five chamber members to chair the event said.

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