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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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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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Board considers school-top solar array

At their most recent meeting, Monday, April 10, members of the Maple Lake School Board heard a proposal to place an array of solar panels on the rooftops of Maple Lake schools.
Braden Solum, representing commercial solar energy developer iDEAL Energies, said the Minneapolis-based company has designed, installed, financed and currently operates more than 150 commercial systems. Its mission is to help its clients obtain the full value of Minnesota’s solar incentives, which are some of the best in the United States, Solum said.

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Board approves two-year sentence service contract

For almost 20 years, Wright County has utilized an innovative program to make use an unlikely workforce – prisoners housed in the Wright County Jail.
The Sentence-to-Service (STS) program was initially started in Wright County as a way to get projects completed while using the enticement of having days knocked off of jail sentences for each day worked. At the time, Wright County was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year transporting prisoners to other counties because their own jail, housed at the county courthouse in downtown Buffalo, was filled to capacity and beyond. With the new county jail, that is no longer an issue but the county still takes advantage of the program.

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Wildfire Prevention Week April 16-22

To increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that April 16-22 is Wildfire Prevention Week. Minnesotans are asked to be thoughtful about how and when they use fire.
Most wildfires in Minnesota occur in the spring. Last year’s dry vegetation can quickly catch fire between the time snow has melted and plants or grasses green up. Fires escaping a debris burn is the number-one cause of wildfires. Campfires escaping the fire ring on dry, windy days is another important cause of wildfires.
“The DNR is already fighting wildfires thanks to the mild winter and early spring,” said Linda Gormanson, DNR burning permits coordinator. “Dead or dormant vegetation can easily catch fire since we’ve had little precipitation so far this spring.”

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Level 3 sex offender sought by Minnesota Department of Corrections


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The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) is seeking a Level 3 predatory offender who is no longer complying with the conditions of his release from prison.
Michael James Costa was released from prison on July 25, 2016, to Intensive Supervised Release by Olmsted County. He has been on fugitive status since April 14, 2017, when he absconded from his supervision while residing in Rochester, Minn.
He was last seen leaving his residence on a black mountain bike wearing a black leather jacket and black jeans. He is known to use the aliases Maliik Gouli and Malik Mujaheed Hassan Costa.
Costa is 38 years old. He is Caucasian, has brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has three documented tattoos: left wrist, right forearm and right calf.

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A big heart and a big load of hay goes a long way


Rueben Streich poses for a picture while volunteer FFA students load the 53-foot long trailer. It took them an hour and a half to fill it up.

Rueben Streich of Maple Lake knows what it is like to be down on his luck and in need of a little help, so when he saw on T.V. the devastating effects wild fires were having on Kansas ranchers, he decided it was his turn to lend a hand.
On Tuesday, April 4, with the help of friends and family, the retired dairy farmer sent 465 bales of hay on its way to Ashton, KS, one of the communities struggling with the worst of the fires.
With all the grazing land in ashes, Rueben figures the hay will feed 200 to 300 head of surviving cattle for about a week.

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Lion’s Candy Scramble is an Easter treat


Hailey Erger loads up her basket. The basket-loads of candy strewn across the gym floor were quickly gathered by the dozens of eager children. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

the Easter Bunny waves hello before the start of the Maple Lake Lions' annual Easter Candy Scramble at Maple Lake High School, Sunday, April 9. The scramble followed the Lions’ annual pancake breakfast. The only cost to the event for families was a free will donation.

Above are the lucky winners of a new bike, courtesy of the Maple Lake Lions Club. They are, from left, Tommy Lindenfelser (8), Ella Peterson (10), Evan Ronnenberg (5), Brooklyn Fobbe (6), Laura Kempenich (3) and Raegan Lynch (11 months).
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Maple Lake grad writes self-help book for restaurant owners


Andrew Carlson, a 2009 graduate of Maple Lake High School is a restaurant consultant in Los Angeles, and recently published a non-fiction book for restaurant owners called “Customer Service is the Bottom Line.”

When Andrew Carlson left small-town Minnesota for Los Angeles he wanted to be an actor, instead, he found himself going back to his roots and his first love, the restaurant business.
Today the 2009 Maple Lake High School graduate is not only a successful restaurant consultant in L.A., but the author of the recently published book, “Customer Service is the Bottom Line,” and it all started right here in his home town.

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Rivers is button contest winner


John Rivers of Maple Lake was this year’s St. Patrick’s Day button contest winner. He was the proud owner of winning #361. Rivers won $100 as a prize for the winning button. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

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