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15
Nov

Card Of Thanks November 15, 2017

The Maple Lake Elementary PTA would like to thank the following businesses for their generous contributions to the 2017 Halloween Carnival:
Maple Lake Legion Club, Maple Lake Lions Club, MP NexLevel, Maple Lake Messenger, Shear Attitudes, Irish Blessings, The V, Maple Lake Wine & Spirits, Petty Brothers, Dollar General, Maple Lake Subway, Buffalo Dairy Queen, and Annandale Dairy Queen.  We greatly appreciate your support!

Wed
15
Nov

The Weekly View November 15, 2017

Another summer and fall has passed, and the season of stress and cold weather has set in. Now I don't mean to say this is necessarily a bad thing, but it does seem to have some truth in it. Harold is beating the blues by vacationing on a hunting trip, which I hope he has some luck with. He will be bringing some good stories back, he always does. Besides being cold and shorter days where you go to work and leave work in the dark, this time has some of my favorite things. Not to mention I was recently engaged to my beautiful fiancee, hunting has passed with some pretty good luck. I ended up taking a three-year-old buck aptly named "The Unicorn". He had some ugly head gear and was missing an entire side completely, leaving one spike on top. I was not disappointed as Don, our advertiser, pointed out, "you don't eat the horns". He will make some great steaks!

Thu
09
Nov
Thu
09
Nov

Letter to the Editor November 8, 2017

To the Editor,
A private, for-profit company, Advanced Disposal, Inc. (ADS) headquartered in Florida, is proposing a landfill for Wright County. The Wright County Board of Commissioners will consider the request to rezone the land on which it would be located from Agricultural to Industrial on November 15th. A similar request was on the verge of denial just two years ago when ADS withdrew their application. This new request should be denied because it is not in the public interest and only for the benefit of this private company. The Northeast Quadrant (NEQ) Land Use Plan developed by the citizens of Wright County requires such spot zoning to “….only be made in the public interest, and not to benefit an individual or small group….”

Thu
09
Nov

Letter to the Editor November 8, 2017

To the Editor,
I just wanted to take a moment as we head into a long weekend to wish all of our veterans and active military a Happy Veterans Day!
We are blessed to live in a nation with unparalleled freedoms and liberties, and it is because of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect American values both at home and across the globe. Additionally, I know that it is not only the veterans who sacrifice much in service to our nation, but the loved ones of veterans, too. Thank you to all the supportive and wonderful families of our military.
This weekend I will be thanking all of the veterans in my life, including my son, James, who is an army reserve soldier. He is a dedicated son, husband, father and soldier.
So however you plan to enjoy this holiday weekend, I hope you will take a moment to share your appreciation and gratitude for our veterans.
Happy Veterans Day.
Rep. Marion O’ Neill

Thu
09
Nov

Brute's Bleat November 8, 2017


A buck this large would bring a smile to any hunter’s face. This 8-pointer was harvested by Messenger design editor Don Dittberner Sunday morning. Their party of four were hunting in Ottertail County near Rush Lake. Don said as a group they saw about 32 does (sometimes the same deer), but only 2 bucks. He cited the unpicked cornfields as a reason for not seeing more bucks. Don commented they had one more buck on Monday morning.

Mike Muller decided I needed a 85th birthday gift, so he took Vanna and me to Gold Meadows Thursday for a date with some rooster and hen pheasants. (My spouse, Janis, and daughter, Anna, had showered me with gifts on Halloween, my actual birthday date). After such a miserable exhibition of marksmanship down near the Iowa border where I missed four cocks a couple of weeks ago. I decided to take the bull by the horns and see if the problem was me or something with my Ruger O/U. I found out the correct measurement from the trigger to the end of the stock should be 13 1/2 inches. Mine was over 14 inches. That and a huge raspberry on my bicep told me I wasn’t getting the O/U up on my shoulder properly. I had the stock shortened and a new recoil pad was installed in time for the birthday hunt. Neither of us set the world on fire, from a shooting standpoint, but my first shot was right on when a rooster busted out of some weeds and flew across in front of me from left to right.

Thu
02
Nov

The Retiree November 1, 2017

It's been busy around here for quite a while. We missed summer; that storm on June 11 gave us enough to do for July and August. And September, too. And our St. Lucians were in and out for a month and a half, dropping Grandkids at three schools. And Wife had an operation, and we re-carpeted a room, and Grandson signed up for football. That last item really capped things.
Grandson knows how to eat. He has grown to be any high school line coach's dream. Football to him was played with a round ball on the island where he grew up. He was a goalie when he played soccer. Running was not his strength, according to his sisters.

Thu
02
Nov

Brute's Bleat November 1, 2017

I hoped to have photos of pheasant hunting in southern Minnesota for this issue, but that didn’t happen. It was one of those could have! should have! things for me while Mike Muller and I were hunting south of Windom near the Iowa border. Yours truly had an opportunity to shoot both of our two-bird limits last week Wednesday (party hunting is allowed in Minnesota), but I didn’t ruffle a feather on the roosters that busted out of grass in two instances and willows for the other two. All in all I saw a minimum of 12 hens and roosters toward evening hunting public ground. Muller saw a number of hens earlier in the afternoon and one cock which was too for away, even for his 3-inch shells. Seeing that many birds made it a good hunting trip even though it was embarrassing to get skunked. Now all I have to do is figure out what I’m doing wrong before I get out again, if that is possible!

Thu
26
Oct

Brute's Bleat October 25, 2017


Nick Pawlenty found time last week Tuesday to fish with his dad, Ed, and was rewarded with this large Northern which they estimated to be 8-10 lbs. They were fishing for walleyes at Sauk Centre and Nick said he lost a large one earlier that evening. He was surprised the Northern bit when it was dark and the stars were shining. Besides fishing he said a bonus was the constellations and numerous satellites that were visible. (Photo by Ed Pawlenty)

Nick Pawlenty found time last week Tuesday to fish with his dad, Ed, and was rewarded with this large Northern which they estimated to be 8-10 lbs. They were fishing for walleyes at Sauk Centre and Nick said he lost a large one earlier that evening. He was surprised the Northern bit when it was dark and the stars were shining. Besides fishing he said a bonus was the constellations and numerous satellites that were visible. (Photo by Ed Pawlenty)

Taking advantage of the nice weather I put off raking leaves for another day last week Wednesday in favor of fishing with George Palmer. We decided on an 11 a.m. start and chose Indian Lake because of the 10-plus MPH wind predicted. Jim Peterson and a grandson were on the lake and they were catching some sunnies. Peterson remarked later they were running small. We didn’t set any records, but Palmer did pull in a 10-incher which was the exception and not the rule. We kept eight after about three hours of moving around. We both decided it was a great day to be out even if the sunfish bite was sluggish. The shoreline was aglow with fall colors and the whisp of smoke and fragrance from people raking and burning leaves made for a perfect fishing day which probably will be our final effort until the water gets hard. . . I put pheasant hunting on hold during last week’s warm days and it was MEA beginning Thursday which puts additional hunters in the field.

Wed
18
Oct

Letter to the Editor October 18, 2017

Child Safety in Vehicles
As parents, grandparents, and childcare providers, we have the great responsibility of keeping our children as safe as possible. The most effective way to protect them when they are riding in vehicles, in the event of a crash, is to have them in the correct car seat system.
Minnesota law requires children to ride in a child safety seat, or booster seat, until they are big enough to sit on the car seat with a proper seat belt fit. There have been many serious crashes where children weren’t injured because they were in their car seats.
A basic thing to remember about car seats is they should be secured tightly in the back seat of your vehicle, following the manufacturer's installation directions. They should not move side-to-side, or front-to-back, more than one inch when pulled at the belt path.

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