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Feb

MLFD Pancake Breakfast is a blast


The line for the MLFD Pancake Breakfast was a hearty one as was the breakfast. Firefighters helped plate food and gave the line some conversation as they made their way through.

Enjoying their breakfast was front to back on left: Jim Peterson, Greta Piotter, Samara Peterson and Jack Peterson. On right, front to back: Marge Peterson, Sophia Piotter, Deb Geyen and Ryan Peterson. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Many people young and old enjoyed the Pancake Breakfast, which was held at the American Legion Club Feb. 19.
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Feb

Special ed co-op serves growing numbers

At their most recent meeting, Monday, February 13, members of the Maple Lake School Board heard information presented by Lindsey Pellaton, coordinator for the Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative (MAWSECO).
Pellaton began with the December 1 child count, which represents the number of special ed students living within the school district boundaries, and does not necessarily represent the number of students the district serves in that capacity.

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Wed
22
Feb

County to open jail pod, could bring in $1 million annually

A decade ago, Wright County was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to board prisoners at other jails throughout the state because its own jail was full and a jail housing crisis was taking place statewide. When the county opened its new Law Enforcement Center, it was designed to be larger than the county needed for its own prisoners.
A decade later, the county has become a clearing house for other counties and the state. In 2016, Wright County took in $1.2 million in revenue to board prisoners and, at the Feb. 14 county board meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to open one of two unused 60-bed pods that is expected to generate more than $1 million in additional annual revenue.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty said that he has been asked for more than a year to bring in outside prisoners and began discussing with the county board about opening one of the pods because of the demonstrated profit that the jail has and will continue to generate.

Wed
22
Feb

Spring road weight restrictions in effect

Spring road weight restrictions went into effect on Wright County Highways on Tuesday, February 21, at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions, which protect our roadways, will remain in effect until further notice.
All roads will be posted with signs indicating maximum allowable axle loads. The Wright County Sheriff’s Department will enforce these limitations.
Any questions regarding specific route postings should be directed to the Office of the County Highway Engineer in Buffalo at 763/682-7383 or 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7383. Maps showing specific restrictions are available for viewing in city and town halls. This map is also available on the home page of the Wright County website: www.co.wright.mn.us
Virgil G. Hawkins
County Engineer

Wed
15
Feb

Pirouetting with Princesses


Princesses dancing with the current Maple Lake Ambassadors, Sydney Louis and Abby Bentley. The Costume Shoppe provided the Renaissance gowns worn by the candidates. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
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15
Feb

Out of towners


From left, Maria Amparo Minervini of Argentina, Scott Alm of Sweden and Sai Na of China are foreign exchange students at Maple Lake High School. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Different, but welcoming, is the consensus of three foreign exchange students calling Maple Lake home for the time being.
Scott Alm of Sweden, Sai Na of China and Maria Amparo Minervini of Argentina are learning to live and learn in a community that is not only considerably smaller than what they are used to, but has a lot of strange customs locals don’t think twice about.

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Wed
15
Feb

Snocoming Week brings the fun


2017 Snocoming Royalty - Back: Nathan Rassat (7th), Jacob Klug (8th - not pictured), Jordan Gries (9th), Daniel Goelz (10th), Miles Brown (11th - not pictured) and Logan McCollough (12th). Front: Ella Kiebel (7th), Dani Geyen (8th), Anahi Blahut (9th), Samantha Kramer (10th), Rachel Loch (11th) and Maci Wurm (12th).
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Feb

Local Knights of Columbus receives honorable Star Council award


Pictured, from left, are District Deputy Fred Brown, Grand Knight Kenny Paumen, Deputy Grand Knight Rob Ogram and State Deputy Bob Penas. (Photo submitted)

Knights of Columbus Council #3613 has earned the distinction of Star Council, one of the organization's top awards, for the 2015-16 fraternal year. The organization's headquarters, located in New Haven, Connecticut, made the announcement. The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. The award was presented to the membership by State Deputy Bob Penas at the KC's Candlelight Dinner February 11, 2017, at The V by HH.

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Wed
15
Feb

Wetterlings had connections to news that mattered

There is nothing more compelling at a newspaper convention than Patty and Jerry Wetterling telling their story to 300 journalists.
The Friday luncheon at the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention offered an almost surreal look at the connection between news and family tragedy, and ultimately a closure that was healing for the Wetterling family.
There were connections that mattered. The Wetterlings recently connected with Mike Jacobson, president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association and owner of the Paynesville Press. This was the small town newspaper that covered Jacob Wetterling’s abduction in 1989 and whose archives helped solve the case.

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Wed
15
Feb

Maple Lake Library is seeking new volunteers


New volunteer Kathy Parkin (center) is seen here with volunteer trainer Char Drenckhahn (left) and volunteer recruiter Denise Blizil (right). (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

The Maple Lake Library is actively seeking new volunteers to help keep the library running better than ever. They are seeking young adults 15 to 17 years old and adults over 18 years of age. You can join a committee, volunteer for an event or help work a shift at the library. The library is run purely on volunteers and donations and you can help. Businesses will be contacted to hang posters and ads will be forthcoming to recruit volunteers. If you are interested in joining the library team, contact Denise Blizil at 320-963-5974. Any help goes a long way and benefits your community. Sign up today!

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