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Pace officially opens new addition


The new expansion at Pace Industries has been in the works since 2004 and finally in 2016 the project was kicked into gear. The all-cement expansion brings the already 35,000 square foot building to a whopping 95,000 square foot business, adding 60,000 square feet to its existing structure. This will make more room for its employees, adding an estimated 20 new jobs to the company and create a larger area for its magnesium die-casting team. Above, staff members gather to take a picture to commemorate the new building. (Story and more pictures on page 12) (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)
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08
Mar

County honors employees at recognition ceremony

Wright County employs hundreds of individuals who devote their work lives to serving the public. Often times, their contribution to county government goes largely unrecognized. But, once a year, the county board of commissioners takes time to honor those employees. At the Feb. 28 meeting of the county board, the commissioners hosted the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony.
The county honored employees for five-year increments of service to the county – from five years to a pair who have worked for the county 40 years – as well as singling out individual and group achievement. This year, a pair of individuals was singled out for their achievements.

Wed
08
Mar

Sunday sales could cost local liquor store


Kate Heberling, assistant manager at Maple Lake Wine and Spirits, takes time to stock bottles between customers, Friday, March 3. The local municipal liquor store may be open on Sunday starting this summer with the passing of a bill Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Angela Berthiaume, manager of Maple Lake’s municipal liquor store is not excited about a bill Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign that will repeal the 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.
“We’re not going to make any more money and it takes away from personal time and family time,” Berthiaume said.
On Monday, Feb. 27, the Senate voted 38-28 to scrap the highly-debated law that has been around since Minnesota first became a state. The bill already earned approval from the Minnesota House of Representatives and is now in the hands of the governor who has said he won’t veto it, but is expected to either sign it or let it become law.
If that happens, liquor stores will be allowed to be open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays starting on July 2, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

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Wed
01
Mar

Another perfect Pinewood Derby


Joseph Brandstrom, right, reacts as Daimeyn Floding’s car passes his down the stretch at the Maple Lake Boy Scouts Pack 219 Pinewood Derby, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Maple Lake American Legion Club. Floding eventually won the tournament for the second year in a row. More pictures can be found on page 9. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
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01
Mar

Gary and Cathy Jude named Grand Marshals


Gary and Cathy Jude were selected as the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshals and will finally have a chance to see the parade from the inside-out. (Photo by Sam Zuehl)

Gary and Cathy Jude have missed only one St. Patrick’s Day celebration in all their years in Maple Lake, yet they have never seen the entire parade.
For the past 40 years, the couple has been too busy either marching or helping with the festivities to view the parade, beginning to end.
This was the year they were going to pull out the lawn chairs, and for once just enjoy the show. But with the announcement of this year’s Grand Marshals, those plans have been changed, and pleasantly so.
Cathy was on vacation in Arizona when she received the news that she and her husband Gary were named the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals.
“It was a shock, but it’s an honor,” Cathy said.
The Judes were nominated and ultimately chosen because of their dedication and service to the community.

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Wed
01
Mar

Northenscold chosen as 2017 commodore


John Northenscold was selected as the 2017 commodore for the St. Patrick’s Day festival. He recently retired from the Maple Lake City Council. (Photo by Katie Friedman)

John Northenscold Sr. may be half french and half swedish, but on St. Patrick’s Day, he is all Irish.
Northenscold has been part of the Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration since its beginning. For years he has marched with the Kelly Clan (he is a member by marriage), and competed with the McBrady’s for the traveling clan trophy.
He’ll be in the parade again this year, but he won’t be marching. He’ll be riding on a seat of honor as the 2017 Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Parade Commodore.
“It is quite an honor,” Northenscold said. “I was totally surprised. I never thought I would get an award like that.”
Northenscold was selected by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for his outstanding service to the community.
Born in Minneapolis, Northenscold moved to Maple Lake in 1972. He joined the Maple Lake City Council in 1987 and served for three decades, attending more than 700 public meetings before retiring in January.

Wed
01
Mar

Lightning send three to state


Left: Senior Nate Carlson qualified for his second straight State Wrestling Tournament by placing first at 160 pounds last weekend at the Section 6AA meet in Foley. Middle: Senior Trae Bedford won the 170-pound bracket to return to state. Right: Quinn Youngs finished second at 126 pounds to make a return trip to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Friday and Saturday, March 3-4. (Photos submitted)

The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestling team will be represented by three wrestlers at the state tournament next weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 3-4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Quinn Youngs at 126 pounds, Nate Carlson at 160 pounds and Trae Bedford at 170 pounds will continue their seasons at the prestigious event after earning top two finishes at the Section 6AA tournament, Saturday, Feb. 18 at Foley High School.
Fourteen Lightning wresters went into sections hoping for a first or second place finish to advance. Nine of them ended up placing in the top six.

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Wed
01
Mar

It’s Irish Party time Countdown to St. Pat’s Day Festival has begun

It’s time for the Irish Party, which means the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is just around the corner.
The Irish Party, put on by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, is the official kick-off to the City’s annual March festivities that include the 40th annual parade on Saturday, March 11.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at the Maple Lake American Legion Club, with a social hour and silent auction, followed by dinner, entertainment by comic magician Jerry Frasier, and finally, an award ceremony.
The event not only serves as a prologue to the St. Patrick’s Day fun, but a fundraiser for the celebration. Last year 61 baskets were donated for the silent auction and coordinators are hoping for just as many this year. So far, MP NexLevel has donated four Twins tickets; Rhino has donated a sled, and H&H Archery has provided a trail cam.

Wed
01
Mar

Forty years of royalty

The Maple Lake Ambassadors Organization (MLAO) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of royal involvement in the Maple Lake St. Patrick's Day celebration. All past Queen Colleens, Miss Maple Lakes, Princesses and Ambassadors are invited to participate in this year's parade by riding in the Royal Trolley on March 11th. There will be a social meet and greet gathering Friday evening and a celebration of royalty at the Coronation ceremony after the parade. A Facebook group, Maple Lake Ambassadors & Queens Alumnae Page, has been created to help locate and contact former royalty. Please share with royalty you may know and ask them to connect through the Facebook page or email info@maplelakeambassadors.org.

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Wed
01
Mar

City seeks airport base operator

Members of the Maple Lake City Council, at their most recent meeting, Tuesday, February 21, were apprised by Mayor Lynn Kissock on recent developments at the Maple Lake Airport.
With the departure of Jason Erickson and Ascend Aviation, Kissock said, maintenance director Jerry Sawatzke is serving as an interim fixed base operator (FBO) until that vacancy can be filled. Dan Northenscold has expressed interest in the position, and the airport commission will also cast a wider net in search of other interested candidates.

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