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Wed
13
Sep

Fine day for a Fly-in


Chapter 878 of the Experimental Aircraft Association celebrated general aviation at the Maple Lake Airport last weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 9, pilots from around the state flew in for the second annual camp-out at the airport, chili feed, bonfire and live music. On Sunday, Sept. 10, pilots and the general public had the chance to view some of the aircraft and enjoy a pork chop dinner. The 31-year-old dinner is a fundraising event for the chapter with money raised going toward education and the safety missions of the organization, as well as youth aviation promotion.

a pilot prepares to taxi onto the runway for takeoff. At top right, four-year-old Lucian Latour watches a plane that has just landed taxi into the airport.

from left, Dick Borrell, of Waverly, and Tim Kelly, of Dassel, take a peek inside the cockpit of this fully acrobatic Pitts Special. Both are pilots themselves. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
13
Sep

New filter means cleaner water for Mink and Somers


Water will be sampled at this location after it has passed through the filter to determine how much phosphorus has been removed. Pictured is Dan Hinrichs, left, of MSLID, and Luke Johnson of the SWCD. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Mink and Somers lakes, about three miles north of Maple Lake, are on their way to cleaner waters thanks to the completion of a limestone filtration system.
Crews put the finishing touches on the project last week, and now everyone involved is just waiting for enough rain to see how it works.
“I’m extremely excited to see the results once we get some rain and it fills up the lowlands and starts flowing through our filter so we can analyze it,” said Dan Hinrichs, president of the Lake Association of Mink Somers (TAMS), and chairman of the Mink Somers Lake Improvement District (MSLID) Board.

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Wed
13
Sep

Where is Floyd?


Mollie Anderson is still searching for Floyd who was lost near Maple Lake over the Fourth of July holiday. Above, the six-year-old Lab and Border Collie mix enjoys a ride on the lake. Anyone with any information on Floyd's whereabouts should call 612-270-6763. (Photo submitted)

Everyone has seen the signs for the missing black dog with white markings, but has anyone seen Floyd?
That’s what Mollie Anderson, of Crystal would like to know. The friendly, well-trained Labrador Retriever and Border Collie mix went missing from a private residence on Ramsey Lake on July 2. Since then she has hung and distributed an estimated 500 flyers with Floyd’s face on them.
Now she is just trying to keep the message alive.
“I believe he’s on his way somewhere, he just needs to get some help from somebody,” she said. Anderson adopted Floyd the winter of 2012, but really it was more like Floyd adopted her.

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Wed
13
Sep

Wright County provides Hope for Texas


Above, the 24 pallets of supplies arrived in Texas on Monday, Sept. 4. (Photo submitted)

It’s not like the people of Wright County to sit by while others go without.
Within days of Hurricane Harvey wreaking havoc upon Texas communities, a semi-truck full of supplies set off from Buffalo to Port Aransas, TX, to help victims of flooding.
The effort was called Wright County Hope for Texas and was headed up by Maple Lake couple, Kim and Steve Northenscold.
Kim was visiting an online garage sale site when she happened upon a comment from someone who asked “Why are we selling these items? We should be giving them to the flood victims in Texas.”
Inspired, Kim contacted Dennis Schaefer of D&E Transport in Clearwater who found a driver from Houston, Phillip Parker, who is also a former U.S. Marine and police officer. Parker suggested they send the supplies to Port Aransas, a small community near Corpus Christi that hadn’t drawn the national support Houston had.

Wed
13
Sep

Applied fertilizer grant

On November 04, 2008, the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment was passed. Several environmental goals enticed Minnesota voters to pass this additional 3/8 of one percent sales tax. These objectives included the protection of drinking water sources, the protection, enhancement and restoration of wetlands, prairies, forests and fish and game and wildlife habitat, and the protection, enhancement and restoration of lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater.

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Wed
13
Sep

County frustrated with broken DMV licensing system

There are few things people dislike more than feeling like they’re having their time wasted. Whether it be traffic jams, waiting for a table at a restaurant or long lines at checkout aisles in stores, waiting is often the hardest part.
But when the long lines and longer-than-expected wait times could be and were accurately predicted, it has become even more infuriating.
At the Sept. 5 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, Auditor/Treasurer Bob Hiivala and Becky Aanerud of the county’s license bureau came before the commissioners to explain the headaches that have been associated with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s computer program rollover in the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Wed
13
Sep

MP heads to Florida for hurricane recovery efforts


Crews from MP Technologies got an early start to Florida, Thursday morning, Sept. 7, to help with the damage Hurricane Irma was expected to inflict when it hit land over the weekend. MP sent seven crews in advance of the storm with approximately 30 individuals from its Minnesota headquarters to assist Florida Power & Light (FPL) with infrastructure repair and recovery efforts. Approximately 16 more crews - about 100 individuals - from MP's Texas office were to meet up with the Minnesota crews in Lake City, Florida, to assess the damage and determine the direction of recovery. (Photo submitted)
Wed
13
Sep

Boat accident on Maple Lake results in injury, arrest

Alan Kersten, age 31, of Brooklyn Park, was arrested for drinking and driving after crashing his boat into another boat and lift on Maple Lake over the Labor Day weekend.
The incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 1, at 5:21 p.m. when Kersten crashed his 1993 Searay into a boat that was up on a boat lift near the shore at 4141 Donnelly Drive. There were no occupants of the boat on the lift.
Kersten sustained a minor head injury.

Wed
06
Sep

First day of school


Above, traffic waits along Division Street in Maple Lake as students board their bus to school. The first day of the 2017/2018 school year dawned sunny but chilly.

Above, school started bright and early, Tuesday, Sept. 5, for these Maple Lake Elementary students. The students climbed onto bus No. 10 before 8 a.m. to start their first day of classes.
Wed
06
Sep

Maple Lake “Fly-In” is September 9 and 10


The annual Fly-In at Maple Lake Airport will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10. This SNJ-5, a WWII trainer, owned by Doug Portmann, made an appearance at last year’s event. (Photo submitted)

On Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10, members of Chapter 878 of the Experimental Aircraft Association are celebrating general aviation at the Maple Lake Airport.
Saturday is the second annual camp-out on the airport grounds, in tents under aircraft wings, or in campers. It includes an invitation for participants to “fly-out” in the afternoon as a group to local airports and then return for an evening chili feed plus socializing around a bonfire while listening to live music by the Craig Clark band from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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