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Early storms open door to severe weather education


When the sky looks ominous, the best thing to do is head indoors and seek out more information through T.V., radio, smart phone apps or a NOAA Weather Radio, Steve Berg of Wright County Emergency Management says. (photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Severe weather is often a rite of spring, but this year it came a little early.
On March 6, the earliest tornados in the history of Minnesota touched down, including one in Zimmerman, and were part of the same system that passed through Maple Lake, setting off sirens and sending residents scurrying for cover.

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Student art improves library exterior


The artwork of these three Maple Lake High School artists were chosen to adorn the outside of the Maple Lake Library. They are, from left, Darby Vassar, Nikki Wilson and Emma Hagen. (photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake Library has changed its look a bit with the addition of three vibrant, new outdoor posters created by local high school students.
The library has always displayed local art work, two along the front and one on the southern wall of its main street location where movie posters were hung back when the building was a theatre.

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Mar

City library turns eight years old


Kathy Parkin chooses a book from the new arrivals section at the Maple Lake Library. Volunteers strive to keep the library’s inventory current and up-to-date with all the most popular reads, in addition to the old classics. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

One fateful day, 11 years ago, Helen Mooney walked into the Maple Lake Messenger and said to then publisher Theresa Andrus, “I think we should have a library. Everybody else has one.”
“Theresa grabbed hold and carried it forward. That is just the kind of person she is,” Terry Mooney, a member of the library board said.

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Action for Children Zambia opens new house, struggles with storm damage


Students stand in front of a three-bedroom home Action For Children Zambia has rented to provide housing as well as supervision and structure for its secondary students. (photo submitted)

Action for Children Zambia celebrated successes and coped with losses this month as the annual spring fundraiser in Maple Lake approaches.
The fundraiser, set for Sunday, April 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Maple Lake Legion Club, comes at an opportune time for the organization founded and directed by Maple Lake native Carol McBrady to help less affluent children in Zambia, Africa.

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Programs, positions to be reduced or discontinued

At their most recent meeting, Monday, March 13, members of the Maple Lake School Board adopted a resolution to discontinue and reduce educational programs and positions.
Superintendent Mark Redemske said that administration and the Finance and Programs Committee have been working on the district’s 2017-2018 budget, which he characterized as a puzzle with many pieces.

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County looks to go back to private audit

For the last two years, due to a lawsuit brought against the state by Minnesota Auditor Rebecca Otto that inexplicably included Wright County, the county has been forced to have its audit done by the state, at a significant increase.
At the March 14 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners approved a four-year contract with a private auditing services for not only less than they were paying the state for auditing service, but less than the last year of their existing deal.

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Landfill expansion gets underway with board tour

As part of its March 14 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners opted to take its show on the road, as the board scheduled a tour that will be the first step in a planned expansion for the Rolling Hills landfill in Monticello Township.
The board heard a proposal from Rolling Hills two years ago to expand its current facility, but, as Assistant County Attorney Greg Kryzer pointed out, the last attempt to get zoning approval died in committee.

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Arts and Academics night is fun, educational


Maple Lake Elementary School held its second annual Arts-N-Academics Family Night, Tuesday, March 14, at the elementary school. Visitors were treated to dinner, bingo for books, parent presentations on such topics as ‘the importance of sleep’, storybook readers, math games and a variety of other activities for students. Above, volunteer reader Kathy Jacobson reads "How to Catch a Leprechaun" by Adam Wallace.
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Open House April 1


Nutrition is Our Mission will hold an open house on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to celebrate its new location at Oak Avenue South in Maple Lake. Owner Debbie Wurm has been working out of her home for the last year selling high quality, science based products that deliver the nutrients a body needs to thrive on a daily basis. “Great nutrition has the power to help people do great things,” Wurm said. Wurm will also be hosting unique exercise classes weekly. “Stop in for a shake and some free samples,” she said. (photo submitted)
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Mar

Cold can’t freeze St. Patty’s Day fun


Paul Stokman serenades local Honor Guard members with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” to kick off the St. Patrick's Day parade, Saturday.

New to the parade this year, The Osman Shrine Thunderbirds, known as the Tin Lizzeys.

Hats, gloves, boots and snow pants were as common along the parade route as the traditional green Saturday, March 11, during Maple Lake’s 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Temperatures hung about in the low 20s, which was a far cry from last year’s 60-degree weather, and though crowds were down some, that didn’t stop organizers from calling the day a tremendous success.
“Whenever I talked to people along the route, they would say ‘we just love this parade,’” parade organizer Irene Hudek said.
For some the cold weather inspired them to be creative, like the man who watched the procession from a heated fish house in the Legion parking lot.
Janele Werle of Becker was so bundled in green blankets and snow gear, just the top portion of her face was visible as she watched the parade pass by. She attends the festivities every year and wasn’t about to let the cold keep her away, she said.

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