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Wed
13
Sep

Maple Lake Library’s archival corner


Above is a picture of the blacksmith shop in 1919. Charles is the second from the left. (Photo submitted)

Above: Dee Lynch presented the library archive with her grandfather’s ledger. (Photo submitted)

Dee Lynch had not visited Maple Lake since 1990. She came back to Maple Lake in October and September in 2017 searching for more information about her grandparents. She had lived with her grandparents in Maple Lake for two years when she was just a toddler.
Dee’s grandparents were Charles and Emma (Kloss) Mathan. They had a presence in Maple Lake for over 48 years. Charles was a blacksmith by trade. According to Don Kloss, he was the last operating blacksmith in Maple Lake. Their residence and blacksmith shop was located at 118 1st Street E which is currently owned by John Haack. While Haack had added on to both the house and shop, the original structures are still standing on this site.

Wed
06
Sep

Letter to the Editor September 6, 2017

Letter to the Editor:
On August 26th I attended a meeting of the Maple Lake Property Owners Association. The meeting was an informational meeting to discuss new assessment taxes for lake property owners. The majority of each property owner's $135.00 a year assessment would be used for weed control. One of the questions addressed concerned the ownership of two properties resulting in a possible assessment of $270.00. Attendees expressed concern about a $270.00 assessment but were okay with $135.00 a year tax. $135.00 a year for school supplies and clothes can be the world to a lot of families. Where does it stop? There was no mention of a cap. Do I vote NO on the Maple Lake school referendum this fall so I can afford the lake assessments? That seemed to be of no concern to the lake association. If you can't afford the $135.00 a year tax I guess you are not welcome to live on the lake. Have a majority of lake property owners decided to include only the wealthy?

Wed
06
Sep

Brute's Bleat September 6, 2017

Normally I get up to Itasca State Park at least once during the summer and when Lake Itasca was a good panfish lake it was more often, sometimes even in the winter! Last Wednesday’s trip was more of a sight-seeing adventure with Anna and Vanna. All three of us managed to get our feet wet in the headwaters of the Mississippi River along with other tourists. One group’s vehicle was registered in Canada and I visited briefly with an Iowan who now lives in Detroit Lakes. When he saw my Setter Vanna our conversation turned to upland game hunting. He said Iowa, like the Dakotas, is suffering from loss of CRP habitat and the glory years when hunters harvested upward to 2,000,000 birds is only a memory. He was familiar with Many Point Lake, a place where Janis spent a fair number of years while growing up when her parents maintained a small resort there. He said they camped at Whaley’s which ironically was just next door to the Wiecks’ home and cabins.

Wed
30
Aug

Letter to the Editor August 30, 2017

Dear Editor and Community of Maple Lake,
I have been blessed for the past 40 years to be a part of the Maple Lake community. Maple Lake has always been a great place to raise our kids, in addition to the school system being awesome. When first coming into Maple Lake as a brand new resident, I knew absolutely no one, however, everyone was so welcoming and warm and it just made feel right at home. This is not goodbye, I will be back to see my all my friends that become family. This move is bittersweet. Thank you for letting me be a part of your community…Maple Lake will always have a special place in my heart. My door is always open so don’t be afraid to stop in or call (my telephone number will stay the same).
Cheryl Pullins
Formerly Maple Lake

Wed
30
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 30, 2017


Ed Pawlenty and Casey Stanard (Nick Pawlenty’s girlfriend) are shown with Casey’s 25 inch walleye she caught Saturday night while fishing on Sauk Lake. Nick said he outfitted her with his favorite iridescent lure after convincing her to get a license and go fishing. Her’s was the only walleye caught that evening and after the usual fish talk she elected to give the walleye a name, Toby Keith! (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Threats of wind gust up to 20 mph on last Tuesday prompted me to suggest a smaller lake than Maple for fishing to George Palmer and Mike Miller. They didn’t argue with me when I suggested Indian Lake, a lake I hadn’t been on this year and one that Mike had never fished, but it had been okay for George and myself previously. A flooded public access is usually a problem early in the year, but it was in fine shape when we launched about 9:15 a.m. A trio of DNR fisheries workers pulled into the access behind us and were planning to stretch nets for a fish count. One of the fellows said they did a spring count and found the bluegills plentiful and good sized. We found some good-sized, but not exactly plentiful. We finished with 13 and sorted out another three before we hung it up around noon. The fisheries guys and one girl put out their nets in various portions of the lake with flags on each end to mark them.

Wed
23
Aug

The Retiree

Bob's wife, Cora, was Dad's sister. In the late '40s Uncle Bob bought a plot of land on Maple Lake. He liked the fact that the lot was close to the city, and inexpensive. Five hundred bucks for a lot on the lake, and three-fifty for one across the road. With a little encouragement, Dad bought one too.
After the war Bob started a metal stampings shop in his garage. Later, as the business grew, he encouraged Dad to join him as a production superintendent. Other relatives joined the corporation as workers off and on over the years. I did, too. Dad and a few others shared a piece of the business.
Bob's dreams became reality. The shop finally employed 150 or more people, and the plant was moved and expanded to meet its needs. Bob was a true entrepreneur.

Wed
23
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 23, 2017

Bob Latour, a regular at Tuesday night’s Silver Creek Sportsman’s Park trap shooting range, watched Daryl Hennen and your’s truly take their turns on the trap range last week. This was a season first for both of us as we tested our ability with a scattergun. Anyway, Latour had a big smile on his face when we were done, commenting something like this, Harold, I want to see how you smoked Hennen in your column next week! Apparently my 19/25 was a wee bit better than what Daryl shot. Regardless, it wasn’t anywhere near Latour’s 24/25 when it was his turn. Man, that guy can shoot! In fairness to Hennen, he was trying out an O/U shotgun he normally doesn’t shoot which may have been a factor in the outcome!
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Wed
16
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 16, 2017

Fishing Wednesday morning, Aug. 9, was good for George Palmer, high school student, Michael Miller, and myself even though there was a rain storm forecasted and signs of it were readily visible. Miller kept us current with his smart phone and we left the lake just as it started sprinkling. I got lucky and put the three of us on a hot spot where the sunfish were hungry and aggressive on Maple Lake. It took a little sorting and after an hour or two we had 30 keepers in the livewell along with one bass. The sunnies liked the pieces of leeches we used for bait and we all caught fish. Palmer had one side of the boat to himself because he was sitting in the middle while Miller and I shared the port side (that’s the left side for all you land-lubbers). I think Palmer might have grabbed the middle seat so he wouldn’t have anchor duties! Normally we fillet the fish in the shade of a black walnut tree, but it was cool and the rain forced us inside of the garage which worked just fine.

Wed
02
Aug

Board looking to team up with FBI for shooting range

There are some who would say having the FBI hanging out in your backyard is a very posi- tive chip to have in your pocket in the event of an emergency. At its June 25 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved moving forward with the FBI to construct a relatively elaborate shooting range – with the FBI picking up the majority of the tab.
Commissioner Mike Potter explained the proposal, which came out of the July 12 building committee meeting. Initially, the sheriff’s department had placed the construction of the shooting range as a future capital improve- ment project. The complex would be located at the former Rasset gravel pit site by the Law Enforcement Center – a piece of property the county purchased more than a decade ago to use as a gravel resource. The site is cur- rently bare and an ideal site for the shooting range and associated buildings.
The FBI reached out to the sheriff’s department with ideal timing to help pay for the project.

Wed
02
Aug

The Retiree-August 2, 2017

A whole week without fishing is neither good for the body or the soul. The dermatologist said to stay out of the sun for several days. That took care of fishing and makes me realize I should have been wearing a hat when I was on the golf course playing with the likes of the late Les Nel- son, Russ Baker, David Manuel, Bob James and Ken Falk; and a host of Howard Lake golfers, most of whom are also shooting pars and bogeys in the here-after. Off-hand the only Maple Lake golfer still alive besides me who played regularly in the weekend four-somes is Gene Loch whom I’ve lost track of, but I think he lives in Becker. He was a diligent golfer and put a ton of effort into his game which showed up when it was time to divie up the dimes in our scotch four-some games. . . The respite from the sun gave me a chance to take care of some printing at the Mes- senger, namely St. Tim’s raffle tickets for their fall festival which will be Sunday, Sept. 24th.

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