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Wed
17
May

Trevor's Fill the Suburban reaches new heights


A big group hug and a lot of smiles sum up Trevor’s big donation to the U of M Masonic Hospital. They are from left to right: Porter Pribyl, Trevor Pribyl (top), Jacqueline Pribyl (bottom) and Zachery Pribyl. (Photos by Rachel Pribyl)

Trevor Pribyl was at it again this year for his birthday, continuing his "Fill the Suburban" event where he buys and gives toys for kids with donated money and gifts to the U of M Masonic Children's Hospital.
To say it was successful is an understatement.
Trevor, who was diagnosed with benign brain tumors and spent a lot of time in the same hospital he delivers toys to, has spent his birthday wanting only one thing: to give back to kids who are going through the same ordeal as he did. He spent a lot of time in the hospital and was given a present to help him get through his visit. After he got out, he wanted to return the favor by taking all his gifts for his birthday and giving back to kids. He knew it was tough being in the hospital and that even a small gesture could make the stay more pleasant. This year, with the help of his mother, Rachel Pribyl, his siblings, friends and the community, he managed to make this birthday monumental.

Wed
17
May

Notification of release in Wright County

The Wright County Sheriff's Office is releasing this information pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 244.052. This statute authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sexual or predatory offender's release from prison or a secure treatment facility when the Wright County Sheriff's Office believes that the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of criminal sexual conduct or another offense that requires registration with law enforcement pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 243.166 or 243.167.
This offender is not wanted by the police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him/her by the court. This notification is not intended to increase fear in the community. Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public.

Wed
10
May

A Night to Remember


IFrom left, Cole Trager, Emma Carlson, Kayla Walsh and Michael O’Sullivan, with his back to the camera, kick up their heels at A Night to Remember. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Called “A Night to Remember,” this prom for special needs youth is all its name boasts and more. On Sunday, April 30, Maple Lake students joined more than 100 other 15 to 24-year-olds from the area with special needs at St. Michael-Albertville High School to enjoy a night of pampering, dancing, dinner and all-in-all, red-carpet treatment fit for royalty.
The entirely free event included a tuxedo or prom dress, accessories to match, hair styling and make-up by professional cosmetologists, a corsage or boutonniere, a ride in a limousine, and a walk down the red carpet, complete with paparazzi and cheering fans.
Dinner and dancing followed and each guest was awarded a gift bag and prom photo.
The second-annual event was put together by Westbridge Community Church in Albertville with the help of more than 20 sponsors and hundreds of volunteers, including student hosts who accompanied the honored guests for the evening.

Wed
10
May

Students shine in poppy poster contest


From left, Catherine Schultz, Anna McClelland and Sarah Neutz, local sixth grade students, were winners in the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Since the first poppies unfolded in Flanders field among the graves of fallen WWI soldiers, the blood red flower has been synonymous with self-sacrifice.
In the 1920s it became the official memorial flower of the American Legion Club and Auxiliary. Paper poppies, made by veterans for veterans, have been worn for decades to say thank you to those soldiers.
In Maple Lake, members of the Maple Lake American Legion Auxiliary give away the flowers on fishing opener weekend, just two weeks before Memorial Day. They can be found mostly at businesses along Highway 55 in Maple Lake. Any donations they make from the poppy distribution is used for the sole purpose of aiding veterans and their families.

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Wed
10
May

No injuries in car vs. train


No one was hurt, Wednesday, May 3, when a train collided with a Wright County squad car parked too close to the tracks at the intersection of Highway 55 and County Road 7, just after 5 p.m. According to Captain Sean Deringer, the deputy spotted a juvenile male who had been reported as a runaway, walking along the tracks. He parked his squad car with the bumper just over the tracks and went to retrieve the runaway. When he realized a train was approaching he tried to move the car, but did not have time. The squad car was totaled. The juvenile was later recov ered and returned safely. The Maple Lake Fire Department responded to the incident. (photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
10
May

Seniors nominated for Triple A award


Seniors Mackenzie Miller and Brady Tongen were chosen to represent Maple Lake High School as Triple A Award nominees. As nominees, Miller and Tongen were recognized for excelling in arts, academics and athletics. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Only two seniors with a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and a passion for extra-curricular and community involvement, can attain the status of Triple A nominee for their school for a shot at a state level award.
In Maple Lake, those two seniors were Mackenzie Miller and Brady Tongen.
Miller and Tongen, academic leaders of this year’s senior class, were chosen to represent Maple Lake High School in the 29th annual Minnesota State High School League sponsored Triple A competition last winter.

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Wed
10
May

St. Tim’s car raffle winner


Trevor Borell, left, was "pleasantly surprised" to hear he won the grand prize, a 2017 Chevy Cruze, or $10,000 at St. Timothy's annual spring auction fundraiser, Saturday, April 29. Borell, who is a junior at North Dakota State University, came home Friday, May 5, to collect his winnings from Father John Meyer, right. He decided to take the cash instead of the car and hopes to put it toward his education. He is majoring in industrial engineering. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
10
May

Camp Friendship Auxiliary sets record, donates $22,500 to True Friends


Members from the Camp Friendship Auxiliary present True Friends President and CEO, Ed Stracke, with a $22,500 check. (Photo submitted)

The Camp Friendship Auxiliary raised a record-setting $22,500 through its annual holiday fundraising party. They’ve been hosting an annual fundraising party each December for over 30 years and this is the most they have ever raised. The night consisted of 275 guests enjoying wine and beer tasting, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, mitten tree and 50/50 raffles. There were 138 silent auction baskets containing a variety of different goodies from toys to signed sports memorabilia to a variety of wine.

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Wed
10
May

Board selects firm to conduct post-courts space study

For decades, Wright County has struggled to deal with the growth of the county, the increase need for services and the small footprint of the current courthouse. Space studies have been done several times over the last two decades, departments have moved into different buildings (human Ssrvices and the sheriff’s department/jail facility) and space has been revamped with the moving of different departments from one location to another.
With the courts moving out of the courthouse when its new building is completed adjacent to the Law Enforcement Center on the outskirts of Buffalo, a plan needs to be in place how to best optimize the space that is going to open up. At the May 3 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the first step in that process began.

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Wed
10
May

Board asked to turn over River Rider money to WCAT

For the last couple of years, Wright County has wrestled with the issue of dealing with public transportation. The county had run an efficient, cost-effective, low-key transit system with Sherburne County (River Rider), but when Sherburne County bailed on the project to join up with Stearns and Benton, Wright County was left hanging without a state-approved transit system.
Over the last year-plus, the debate has been ramped up and at a pair of meetings May 3 – one in Wright County and one in McLeod County – the water got muddier.

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