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15
Feb

Rasset named “Rising Star Counselor of the Year”

Katie Rasset, daughter of Les and Kitty Rasset, was recognized as the 2017 “Rising Star Counselor of the Year” by the Arizona School Counselors Association (AzSCA). Rasset is committed to working collaboratively with fellow educators, community members, and families at Dysart High School. The Rising Star award recognizes individuals who run top-notch comprehensive school counseling programs and who have been in the profession five years and under. After graduating from Maple Lake High School in 2001, Rasset continued her studies at the University of Minnesota in Duluth and graduated in 2006. She then moved on to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and graduated in 2015. Rasset taught for eight years and won the Dysart Hero award in 2012 and 2015. Since, she has shown tremendous growth in her two years as counselor and was appointed the department lead this school year.

Wed
15
Feb

True Friends’ Camp Courage earns International Award for universal ropes course


Participants and camp staff enjoy a beautiful day on the ropes course during a summer camp session in 2016. (Photo submitted)

On Saturday, February 4, True Friends received the Outstanding Program Impact Award from the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) for the universal ropes challenge course at Camp Courage in Maple Lake. The first of its kind in the United States and possibly the world, the universal ropes challenge course at Camp Courage is completely wheelchair accessible giving individuals the opportunity to fly when they are unable to walk.

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Wed
15
Feb

Wright County to host Law Day event May 1

Throughout the country, local government units have conducted Law Day activities, a chance to inform the public as to how law enforcement agencies collaborate in the legal process, how those looking to file lawsuits can do so and provides an opportunity for those with low-level arrest warrants to clear up their cases.
At the Feb. 7 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, Judge Michele Davis of the 10th Judicial District told the commissioners that the first full-county Law Day will be held Monday, May 1, and will involve many agencies both inside and outside of Wright County government.

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Wed
15
Feb

2017 Wright County highway construction projects map

The Wright County Highway Department is pleased to present its 2017 Construction Projects Map (click link below for map). The projects they'll be constructing this year provide a continued emphasis on preservation of the existing Wright County Highway System, combined with an aggressive program of safety projects and a major reconstruction project along Highway 3 in the northwest portion of the county. This project will provide a continuous north-south corridor that meets current design standards, from the south county line to the north county line. The Highway 3 corridor is a relatively higher traffic volume route in western Wright County that carries a lot of truck traffic through the county. Combined with the recent traffic signal system installation at the intersection of TH 55 and Highway 3 by MnDOT, the improvement of this corridor with this year's project will provide safe travels for vehicles for many years to come.

Wed
08
Feb

V-Day keeps florist busy


Brandy Sutton, owner of Maple Lake Floral, prepares a bunch of Gerbera daisies for the big day. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest of the year for florists. According to Sutton, the traditional reds, whites, pinks and lavenders are on their way out in favor of more bold, bright colors, and Gerbera daisies are becoming nearly as popular as the rose. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

these paper hearts in the Maple Lake Floral shop’s main-street window is a reminder to passersby that Tuesday, Feb. 14, is Valentine’s Day.

They say there is no rest for the weary. The same holds true for the florist on Valentine’s Day.
For Brandy Sutton, owner of Maple Lake Floral, February 14th means three weeks of intense preparation, including stripping leaves and trimming stems on 1,200 roses, and nearly as many other flower varieties.
It’s not the busiest day of the year, but it is easily the second, she said.
“Mother’s Day is the busiest because it’s a whole week instead of just one day, and boys, even if they are single, never forget about mom,” Sutton said.
A florist begins getting ready about three months in advance for any major holiday, and as the big day approaches, preparation becomes more intense.

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Wed
08
Feb

Enjoying Ney Park by dog power


the dogs are ready and so are Paul and Emily Cardinal of Buffalo who are about to be taken on a dog sled ride along the trails of Ney Park in Maple Lake. The Wright County Parks Department hosted its annual dog sledding program, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28. Jack Christopher, standing, makes sure the riders are secure in the sled before giving the word to go.

Jack Christopher drives his team of dogs over a snow-covered bridge. Christopher owns Silent-Run Adventures of Monticello and puts on the program at Ney Park.

Ava Christinsen of South Haven poses with Airy.

Lexi Ferrell, of South Haven, cuddles with Nike, who appears to be enjoying it. Nike is owned by Ed Heineman.
Wed
08
Feb

St. Timothy benefits from new foundation


Technology is one of the areas that has benefited most from a series of grants St. Timothy Catholic School in Maple Lake has received over the last two years. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The future is bright for St. Timothy’s Catholic School in Maple Lake, and all 79 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for that matter, thanks to a new foundation that is infusing them with money and resources.
“The archdiocese offers some training and resources to schools, but this is new. They have created something other archdioceses are interested in,” St. Timothy School Principal Dawn Kincs said.
The name of the organization is Catholic Schools Center of Excellence and in the last two years St. Timothy’s has received more than $130,000 in grants for necessities like technology, scholarships and staff development.
“There is an overwhelming feeling that there is a new-found hope for Catholic schools. That we aren’t going to close, we can survive, we can flourish and thrive when we have the right tools,” Kincs said.

Wed
08
Feb

St. Timothy celebrates Catholic Schools’ Week


Above, preschool and kindergarten students at St. Timothy’s make birthday bags for the local food shelves. Pictured, from left, Michael Madrid, Cecilia Gendreau and Ryder Dettwiler fill the bags with cake mix, frosting, birthday candles and a card.

Catholic Schools’ Week at St. Timothy’s in Maple Lake is a little about cutting loose, and a lot about saying thank you and serving others.
From Sunday, Jan. 29, to Saturday, Feb. 4, the staff and students at the parochial elementary school strived to uphold the nation-wide motto of the week, to be a community of faith, knowledge and service, and to have fun doing it.
“It’s the highlight of the year,” St. Timothy Principal Dawn Kincs said, and a welcome relief for students during the lull between Christmas and spring breaks.

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Wed
08
Feb

New commissioner adjusting to new role

For more than a quarter-century, when 9 a.m. on Tuesdays rolled around, you found Monticello’s Pat Sawatzke at the county courthouse taking point in a board of commissioners meeting. For 312 months, he represented District 2.
Darek Vetsch has held down that post for one month, dropping the number to 311 that he needs to catch up. As would be expected, his first month in office has been something of a whirlwind. If the job has been what he expected, the early returns are mixed.
“Yes and no,” Vetsch said. “As far as the time commitment that’s required and the issues that we face as commissioners, it’s pretty much what I expected it to be. But, finding information on the issues and navigating my way through has been something a little more challenging than I thought it would be. But, the other commissioners have been great aids to me in getting up to speed.”

Wed
01
Feb

Fishing Derby cancelled


Maple Lake’s Annual Fishing Derby, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, was officially cancelled last week after a prolonged January thaw. Organizers decided the prospects of making enough good ice were marginal at best in the next couple of weeks despite a predicted cold snap. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Maple Lake’s 42nd Annual Ice Fishing Derby has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to warm weather and bad ice.
The Maple Lake Property Owners Association met to discuss the issue, Wednesday, Jan. 25, ultimately deciding the prospects of making enough good ice were marginal at best in the next couple of weeks despite a predicted cold snap.
“Safety for participants was our primary concern. We need to be at 18 inches of ice going into this contest. We are currently at 14 to 16 inches, and the existing sheet of ice has deteriorated,” Derby Chairman Greg Thomes said.
The Maple Lake Property Owners Association organizes the Derby each year and uses proceeds to help fight evasive aquatics in the Maple Lake watershed and other community organizations.

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