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Wed
27
Sep

The class of 1977 is past and present


The class of 1977 had 33 classmates and, with significant others, had a total of 55 people together at The V by HH Saturday night.  They also pooled their money to make a donation of $200.00 to the Maple Lake Library. Pictured above are all 1977 students that attended. (Photo submitted)
Fri
22
Sep

Homecoming Candidates

Maple Lake High School will celebrate Homecoming week Sept. 24-29. Above are this year’s homecoming candidates. Front row, from left are, Calli Maki, Catie Fobbe, Kaleigh Beehler, Caitlin Weege, Linsey Rachel. Back row, from left, Tyler Weimer, Miles Brown, Alex Toedter, Henry Stecker, Quinn Youngs. Homecoming events start on Sunday, Sept. 24, with the Powder Puff football game at 2:30 p.m. and HeMan volleyball at 5:30 p.m. The Homecoming parade will take place on Monday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. followed by the coronation of this year’s king and queen at 7:15 p.m. in the high school auditorium followed by a bonfire. The big Homecoming football game featuring the Irish vs. Holdingford starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. A dance will follow.

Thu
21
Sep

Stagecoach reins man is just another Sunday driver


It was a merry group that joined Doug Dingmann in his old-fashioned tour around Maple Lake Sunday. They are, sitting, from left, Doug Dingmann, and Bob Smith Jr. Standing, from left, are Mike Raiche, Connie Raiche, Kay Fuller, Karen Dingmann, Mary Smith and Larry Smith. (Photo submitted)

The fall colors, combined with sunny skies and cool yet comfortable weather, made Sunday, Sept. 17, the perfect day for a leisurely drive. Some Sunday drivers, when nice fall weather hits, take the opportunity to gas up their convertibles, motorcycles or classic cars, but the Dingmanns pulled something entirely different out of their garage – A bright red, restored Concord Stagecoach to be exact.

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Thu
21
Sep

Autumn comes to Farmers Market


These pumpkins and other fall fare appeared at the Beck’s Greenhouse and Vegetable Farm booth at the Maple Lake Farmers Market last week, marking the change of season. The market has only two Fridays left before it closes until next spring. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Summer is winding down and so is the Maple Lake Farmers Market. Pumpkins and other fall fare have appeared at vendors’ booths, marking the change of season. In fact, the market has only two Friday’s (Sept. 22 and 29) left at its location on the corner of Birch Ave. and Division Street.
As the Farmers Market season dwindles down, organizers have reduced the hours from 3 until 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. They have also planned some special surprises in the final weeks.

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Thu
21
Sep

Local 4-H’ers do well at State Fair


Mary Grace O’Sullivan, of Maple Lake, and member of Chatham Climbers 4-H Club, earned Champion Prospect Steer Calf, Grand Champion Prospect Calf at the Minnesota State Fair. Pictured from left are, Larry Mulert, Frank Sullivan, Mary Sullivan, Juanita Reed, William O’Sullivan, Roger Sullivan, Patrick O’Sullivan, Joseph O’Sullivan and Mary Grace O’Sullivan. (Photo courtesy of Roger Sullivan)

Mary Grace O’Sullivan, of Maple Lake, and her prospect steer calf earned top honors at the Minnesota State Fair this summer.
Her calf was chosen as Grand Champion Prospect Steer Calf out of 628 beef cattle shown at the State Fair 4-H Beef Show the first and second day of the fair, Aug. 24-15.
O’Sullivan was among 54 Wright County 4-H’ers to travel to St. Paul to exhibit their livestock projects at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair. To qualify, Wright County 4-H’ers, grades six and up, had to earn top placings at the Wright County Fair.

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Thu
21
Sep

Carver Creek Band to take the stage at Fall Festival


Carver Creek Band will take the stage Sunday, Sept. 24, at St. Timothy’s annual Fall Festival in Maple Lake to play an eclectic mix of bluegrass, Irish, gospel and old country. They are pictured, from left, Sherry Zeisel, Mary, Tom, Jim and Julie Monsen. (Photo by Payton Hage)

There are different stories as to how the Monsen siblings from Carver County got their musical start. In one, the five siblings were so inspired by their father’s collection of antique instruments they taught themselves how to play them and eventually started the Carver Creek Band.
In another, the siblings were said to have started singing to alleviate the boredom of washing dishes.
Both are true, said Sherry Zeisel, the oldest of the five. Zeisel, who is married to Andrew, Faith Formation director at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake, will perform with her two sisters and two brothers at the St. Timothy Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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Thu
21
Sep

MnDOT asks motorists, farm equipment operators to safely share the road during harvest season

Motorists traveling on Minnesota highways this fall need to be aware of large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
“Harvest season is getting in full swing across the state and farmers and their equipment are out on the highways,” said Jay Hietpas, state traffic engineer. “Motorists need to be prepared to encounter slow-moving farm vehicles, especially on rural, two-lane roads.”

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Thu
21
Sep

County approves moving forward with gravel pit expansion

The current configuration of the Wright County Board includes four commissioners in their fifth year on the board. There aren’t too many things they haven’t seen in the process of conducting more than 200 board meetings. But, at the Sept. 12 meeting of the county board, the commissioners were facing a first – discussion of a gravel pit mining operation and what is required to move forward in terms of environmental projection.
Wright County Environmental Health Officer Bill Stephens came before the board with an exhaustive document – an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for a proposed expansion of a gravel pit in Silver Creek Township. Stephens explained to the commissioners the process by which conditional use permits for such facilities are granted or denied.

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Thu
21
Sep

Corinna Township cleans up and gives back to MN


On Monday, September 18, huge machinery owned by Environmental Wood Supply was at the Corinna Township Hall to chip trees and other organic debris that the locals have gathered for the year. Once the trees and debris are chipped, they are loaded into a truck and brought to St. Paul, where Xcel Energy takes the material and burns it, turning it into renewable energy for the state. Other neighboring cities who take advantage of this service are Albertville, Delano, Cokato and Annandale. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)
Thu
21
Sep

The Maple Lake Library's 9th Annual Fundraiser is October 7th


The independent, all-volunteer Maple Lake Library will host its annual fundraiser at the Maple Lake American Legion Post 131 on Saturday, October 7. Social hour, wine pull, silent auction, chance buckets, and split-the-pot open at 4:30. The library will welcome guests at 5:45 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:00 p.m. The cash raffle and chance bucket winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. with the live auction to follow. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Joe Thomas. You can purchase tickets in advance at the Maple Lake Library, Star Bank, The Maple Lake American Legion Club, and Pagel Law Office. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Above, SAM Quilters of St. Timothy's Church display the quilt they donated for the live auction. Pictured are Connie Lahr, Cathy Schaefers, Pat Lengyel, Rose Wurm, Lillian Sukut, Charlotte Drenckhahn, Nancy Dearing, and Margaret Jenniges. (Photo by Terry Mooney)

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