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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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Wed
10
May

Highway 55 gets some much needed cleaning


Members of the Maple Lake High School track team take a break to show off a rather large piece of trash they found dumped in the ditch. They are, from left,  Sai Na, Eva McClelland, Erin Paron, J McClelland. About a dozen members of the track team helped out.

Maple Lake Lion Tim Bautch coordinated a spring clean-up along Highway 55 last week, that included Maple Lake Ambassadors and members of the MLHS track team. The group picked up the Lion's adopted section of Hwy. 55 between County Road 6 and 7. Above, from left, are Ambassadors Chloe Riviere, Jennifer Malwitz and Alexus Jackson with Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
03
May

Generosity abounds at St. Tim’s auction


It was a full house at St. Timothy Catholic School's 20th annual Spring Auction fundraiser, Saturday, April 29, at the American Legion in Maple Lake. This year's theme was 1950s sock hop. Above, Rachel Pribyl, front, shows off her poodle skirt to the amusement of onlookers. Behind her, from left, are Liz Lind, Christine Stueber and Lois Carlson. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Father John Meyer, left, and Deacon Bobby Gonnella oversee the drawing of the grand prize, a 2017 Chevy Cruze, or $10,000 cash. This year's lucky winner was Trevor Borell.

Generosity abounded at St. Timothy’s 20th Annual Spring Auction fundraiser where a full house of people gathered, Saturday, April 29, at the American Legion Club in Maple Lake to show their support and give money to the local Catholic school.
Although organizers don’t yet know how much money was raised in total, a jar of canned beans went for a whopping $550, which is an indication of just how supportive party-goers were feeling.

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Wed
03
May

Helmbrecht, Plaggerman say goodbye to Maple Lake schools


former Maple Lake Elementary Principal Kris Harlan talks with Greg Helmbrecht, back, while third grade teacher Rhonda Carlson congratulates Will Plaggerman, front, at the men’s retirement party last week.

Staff at Maple Lake schools said goodbye to two familiar faces last week.
On Wednesday, April 26, retiring custodians Greg Helmbrecht and Will Plaggerman were given a grand send-off, complete with cake, speech and commemorative clock, in honor of their many years of service to the district.
Helmbrecht retires after more than 37 years, and Plaggerman after 16.
“In my 14 years both Will and Greg have always been here making sure the buildings are well cared for and safe for all who enter them,” Superintendent Mark Redemske said.

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Wed
03
May

Local photographer writes new book


Bob Zimmerman wrote this children’s book with the purpose of entertaining as many local children as he can. The book, “A Frog in My Throat,” is illustrated with Zimmerman’s own photographs.

Bob Zimmerman interacts with students last week before reading his children’s book “A Frog in My Throat.” Zimmerman read his work to kindergarten through third grade classes at Maple Lake Elementary. (Photo submitted)

Late last winter Bob Zimmerman had a cold, the kind of cold that deprives you of sleep and makes you sound as if you have a frog in your throat.
There is often nothing to be done for this kind of illness, except maybe to write a children’s book about it, and that is exactly what the retired Maple Lake man did.
A one-of-a-kind original - since it’s the only copy, anywhere - “A Frog in My Throat” has received approval from Maple Lake Elementary students as Zimmerman’s first audience. He read the book to classes last week with the help of mascots Freddy and Freda Frog. His goal is to share his froggy story with as many children as he can through whatever venues will have him.

Wed
03
May

Action for Children Zambia Fundraiser draws crowd


Sharon and Tim Lohse, of Robbinsdale, peruse some of the silent auction items up for bidding at Sunday’s Zambia fundraiser. Some of the items on the auction included Twins tickets, jewelry, canned and baked goods. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Carol McBrady’s family put together another Action for Children Zambia fundraiser, Sunday, April 30, at the American Legion Club in Maple Lake to raise money for the Maple Lake woman’s efforts to help less affluent children in Zambia, Africa. Although Carol herself couldn’t be home for the event, siblings and other relatives stepped forward.

Wed
03
May

Board gets $7.2 million good news on jail bond refunding

When the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved the construction of a new courts facility earlier this year, the thought was thrown out that the county could potentially save a considerable amount of money on the 2007 bonds that were used to build the Wright County Law Enforcement Center.
At the April 25 meeting of the county board, the commissioners found out just how wise a move that was – giving them 7.2 million reasons to be happy they explored the option of refinancing the old bonds while going through the process of preparing to bond for the new courts facility.
The bonds were opened by the county’s bond counsel Ehlers Inc. Monday, April 24, and Bruce Kimmel of Ehlers had a hard time containing his enthusiasm for the good news he was bringing the county board.

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Wed
03
May

Senior Connections celebrates its volunteers


The Maple Manor and Senior Connections celebrated their volunteers for Volunteer Month with a meal and guest speaker Mayor Lynn Kissock. Kissock began by thanking the Meals on Wheels drivers who deliver up to 28 meals a day. She also recognized the Senior Dining volunteers, citizens club members, Maple Lake Senior Connections and their work with the Veteran’s Day program and all of the guests and participants. “On behalf of myself and Ginger O’Loughlin, coordinator of this Senior Dining site and Maple Lake Senior Connections, Thanks!” Kissock said to finish off the event. Above left, the Meals on Wheels drivers are from left to right: John Haack, Diane Pruett, John Neisen, Mary Helmbrecht, Gary Carlson, Sharon Pederson, Darrell Hirman and presentation giver, Mayor Lynn Kissock.

Below left shows the people gathered at the event to celebrate the volunteers.
Wed
03
May

Closing of Maple Lake Bakery draws a crowd


City Councilwoman Deb Geyen took this photo outside the Maple Lake Bakery, Saturday morning, April 29, on closing day. Owner Rudy Wasserman opened the doors for the last time before retiring after 39 years operating the bakery. According to Geyen, the line formed before the bakery opened at 6 a.m., as people clamored for their last chance at Wasserman’s baked goodies. Geyen waited 45 minutes for her treats. Others who arrived later in the morning were not so lucky. The closing of the Maple Lake Bakery marks the first time the community will be without a bakery since before the 1950s. (Photo by Deb Geyen)
Wed
03
May

Baby animal fair in Buffalo is a hit with kids


Brycen Johnson, right, from Waite Park, enjoys the baby goats at the Ninth Biennial Wright County Baby Animal Fair in Buffalo, Sunday, April 30. The event was a fundraiser for Heifer International and local food shelves, organizations working together to end world hunger and care for the earth.

Marie Mavencamp, of Maple Lake, entertained youngsters at the baby animal fair as a little lamb. More than 2,600 people from Wright County came to enjoy baby animals, learn about the world and share in making a difference for hungry families. The fair, whose admission was a gift of food for the food shelf, raised 2,207 pounds of food and $1,457 for the Buffalo Food Shelf. The fundraiser for Heifer International brought in $14,000 for the purchase of farm animals and training in their care for families in need around the world. Heifer is a 73 year old organization that works to end world hunger and care for the Earth through sound agricultural principles. Each gift animal becomes a means of enterprise that enables families to earn income for housing, medical care and to send their children to school. In exchange for the gift, each family agrees to pass on the first offspring of their animal to another family in need, so the animal gifts multiply. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

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