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Chamber craft sale: page 3 St. Tim’s Shopping Extravaganza: page 8 
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*MLHS fall play is 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday *Books with Boone is Friday *MLHS fall band concert is Nov. 21*Thanksgiving is Nov. 28 
New WrightCounty websitecoming soon
by John HollerCorrespondent
Anyone who has seen theWright County website has im-mediately noticed that it is es-sentially the same format that itwas when Wright County firstwent online more than 15 yearsago. Anyone attempting to finda service or information fromthe website has often been frus-trated. At the Nov. 5 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the process of changing that took a big stepforward. Information Technology Di-rector Bill Swing came beforethe board to present the bidsfrom three vendors that were fi-nalists for the website redesign.The board approved the pro-posal from CivicPlus, a com-pany with experience workingwith many counties and citiesthroughout the country, includ-ing St. Paul, St. Cloud andAnoka, Washington, Blue Earthand Crow Wing counties inMinnesota. “Our evaluation teamscreened six responses for ourproposal and narrowed it downto three,” Swing said. “Specifi-cations had been sent out to 29vendors and we got some verystrong responses.” What pushed CivicPlus overthe top was due to its experiencewith county and city websites,its strong track record of per-formance and its willingness tomake updates and changes tothe design of the website asneeded in the future. “After all was said and done,we approved going into negoti-ations with CivicPlus. Therewere several factors involved,but of their many positives, hav-ing an imprint in Minnesotawith similar counties and citiesof our size was an important fac-tor.” The expectation is to havethe new website design ready toroll out early next year.
(Above) Maple Lake High School students thank veterans following a Veterans’ Day event in the school auditorium.(Below) Mike Yanish (right) shares his experiences in Vietnam as fellow Wat-Kim Valley POW MIA Honorguard mem- bers John Bolvine, Allan Dockendorf, Al Brutger, Gary Cauwe and Paul Heibel listen. (Photos by Gabe Licht)
by Gabe LichtEditor
For the first time in school his-tory, the Maple Lake Irish footballteam will be playing in the statesemifinal game. With a 28-10 winover Pine Island, the Irish earnedthe right to play Minneota/LH at 2p.m. Thursday at the Metrodome.Early in the contest, it did notlook like that would be the case.Pine Island's first drive endedwith a 51-yard run for an early 7-0lead. Then they added a 45-yardfield goal that hit the cross bar andbounced over to go up 10-0.The Irish responded with amonster run of their own, whenDusty Strub took a backfield toss78 yards to pay dirt."As soon as he got around theedge, he outran everybody," coachTim Knudsen said.So, instead of going into half-time down two scores, the score-board read 10-7."Only being down three pointsat halftime, we felt really good,"Knudsen said. "We made a fewadjustments at halftime in whatwe wanted to do."
Commissioners
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Corinnaresidentstalk aboutshorelandzoning
by Gabe LichtEditor
Growing up in Maple Lake,Matt Wagner pretended to be arock star with his brothers andcousins. Now he's pursuing a ca-reer in pop folk music under thename of James Warren.His plan is to put out a five-song EP in the Nashville studio of Tesla drummer Troy Lucckettawith Pillar guitarist Noah Hensonas producer.In order to reach that goal, War-ren is turning towww.kickstarter.com/profile/jameswarrenmusic, where fans canpledge to support his project. Atotal of $15,050 must be pledgedby Jan. 5, 2014, in order for theproject to be funded. "People are pledging and we'llinvolve everyone in the experiencewith the rewards they get," Warrensaid. "It's not every day that some-one from small town Minnesotagoes to Nashville. We want to takethem on the journey. We'll be blog-ging and posting videos and showwhat it's like to make a record inNashville with some pretty coolrock stars."While Warren now plays guitar,his roots are in percussion. He par-ticipated in school band, jazz band,marching band and the Dassel-Cokato drum line in high school.
James Warren
The Maple ake
 
Volume 119, Number 7 Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Maple Lake, MN 55358 maplelakemessenger.com$1
by Gabe LichtEditor
Should Corinna Townshipsolely administer shoreland zon-ing authority? The WrightCounty Board of Commissionersmet as a committee of a whole ata public hearing with about 50constituents to gather opinionsabout the issue.Corinna Township ZoningAdministrator Ben Oleson sharedthat the township has been dis-cussing the issue since late 2005and has been administeringshoreland zoning controls forthree years under temporaryagreements with Wright County.“The criteria is that the town-ship must be at least as restrictiveas the county and the administra-tion has to be as effective,” Ole-son said. He believes the townshipmeets those requirements be-cause the township has the samezoning map as the county, hemakes regular site visits to everyproperty and works with a town-ship attorney on enforcementmatters, staff receives regulartraining and all zoning informa-tion is available online.“I believe we have a goodmodel,” Wright County Planningand Zoning Administrator SeanRiley said later of the sharingagreement. “We’re enforcingstate-level regulations and havingtownship input as a key part of the process is a good model. Wehave professional staff, are alsosincere and want to protect the re-sources and not play favorites.” Several residents spoke out onboth sides of the issue.“County government will al-ways be in a better position to ad-minister planning and zoning of available resources,” said DaveLevi, who lives on Cedar Lake.
Irish football
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 Veterans share their experiences
Corinna zoning
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James Warren
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Irish football team to make first state semifinal appearance
Landon Caughey surveys Pine Island’s defense in Maple Lake’s 28-10 state quar- terfinal win. The Irish will play Minneota/LH at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Metrodome.(Photo by Chad Pingel)
by Gabe LichtEditor
Vietnam War veteran MikeYanish lit a candle and saluted."One of our people whoshould have been here today thatcould not is a prisoner of war,was a prisoner of war or is stillunaccounted for," Yanish toldthose gathered at a Veterans Dayevent Monday in the MapleLake High School auditorium."We walk and talk for those whoare unaccounted for."Yanish, of the Wat-Kim-Val-ley POW MIA Honorguard, saidthe group formed when he andfellow veterans were wonderingwhat it would be like as a familyto send a son to war and neverknow their whereabouts.
Veterans’ Day
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Kickstarting his career
 
We wish to thank everyonewho donated items, volunteeredtheir time, talents, pledged con-tributions, the support from ourlocal businesses who sponsoredthe event, those who came andenjoyed the gala on Oct. 20thand all the prayers sent our wayfor the success of our 4th annualfundraiser, it truly was a blessedevening! The communities of Hanover, Maple Lake, SilverCreek and Buffalo say THANK-YOU!!!Love Inc. Committee
 Maple Lake Messenger
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 I had the opportunity to tune up my eyeballs one day last weekat Gold Meadows with Mike Muller and believe me they need alot of fine-tuning. My hunting associates would readily agreethat most of the time I’m just blowing holes in the sky. My alibiis that I have good days and bad days and so far this fall I seemto be racking up way too many bad days. Both of our dogs, Vanaand Mike’s Lucky, had a great morning with all the birds andscent that was present at the shooting preserve. Lucky is a youngaggressive English Setter and surprised Mike when he retrievedthe pheasants even though he didn’t receive an A+ from thetrainer. Vana ran down one of my cripples, but she was reluctantto bring it back. Both dogs were hot on a crippled rooster in aharvested corn field, chasing it in the weeds with Lucky bringingit back to Mike. I’m hoping Vana will pick up the retrievinghabit learning from Lucky and Daryl Hennen’s Coco. A daytrip to Morris in Friday’s wind with Anna along to keep me com-pany turned out to be kind of an exercise in futility. The windmade it miserable hunting, but Vana did her job and gave meenough points on roosters for a two-bird limit. My miserableshooting hasn’t improved and the one bird that I broke a wingon apparently wasn’t hit very hard and it got away from both meand Vana to add insult to injury. . . I’m toying with theidea of calling it a day when I get two chances and blow themboth! Saturday was backyard cleanup day even though theleaves were still wet from the snow and rain, but on SundayDaryl Hennen and I decided to explore the area west of Milan.We had planned on breakfast at the More Cafe in Milan but itwas closed and the cafe near the river serves breakfast, but theirstove was down and the owner recommended Peg’s Cafe in Ap-pleton where we ended up eating biscuits and gravy. There werelots of deer hunters and a few pheasant hunters out enjoyingthemselves on a day that was warm with little wind. Hennenharvested a rooster off of Coco’s point in a Walk In Area to getus off to a good start. I had an opportunity in the afternoon whenVana went on point along a fence line in a WMA (Wildlife Man-agement Area). When nothing happened I tapped my gun barrelon the barb wire and the rooster jumped. It looked easy, but nei-ther of my shots were effective. Regardless, I praised Vana forher efforts and rejoined Hennen, but not before flushing sevenhens. Later in the day we found a WIA that wasn’t in the atlas.Hennen was walking the edge of a bean field and had threeroosters flush. He connected on one that fell in the bean fieldand I got a look at the second one he shot at which had one legdangling. Coco went out to retrieve the first bird, which Hennensaid suddenly got up and flew only to die in mid-air and fall intothe grass on the edge of the WIA. Coco apparently didn’t seethe rooster’s resurgence and continued to hunt for the downedbird rather then help us out looking for the dead bird. Vana even-tually found the rooster and stood guard until I picked it up.Finding his second bird was more difficult and we had prettymuch given up and started hunting again when Vana went onpoint and suddenly lunged for the crippled bird which she helddown until I got to her. I’m not sure what the shooting rule booksays on doubles, but after some diligent thought I’ll give Hennencredit for a double, after all he hit both of them. I had one moregolden opportunity that afternoon when Vana gave me anothergreat point, but I let her down. We were pleased with both dogs’efforts and Vana is showing more aggressiveness in her secondyear of hunting with me. I liked the way she handled the crippledbird which didn’t have any teeth gouges in its breast when Idressed it out. . . In the deer hunting department RonRassat and Tom Neu each harvested eight-point bucks on suc-cessive days, Ron on Saturday and Tom on Sunday in FoldenHills Township near Henning in Ottertail County where theyhave a cabin. It’s an area I hunted while growing up, but I’msure they know the area better than me. It was kind of uniquebecause it had an old country school house commonly referredto as the lost schoolhouse. I don’t think the building is stillthere, but there is a road labelled Lost Schoolhouse Road, ap-parently in its memory. * * * Congratulations to the Irish gridders for your come-from-be-hind win Friday night. Practicing in the snow didn’t look veryappealing last week, but we’re sure it helped get you prepared.Great going guys, and we’re with you all the way!
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The other day at the gym, wehad just finished hearing the rela-tive merits of Silver Sneakers ver-sus Silver & Fit from Tom, theinstructor, when Bob said to me, “Itlooks like we've separated into twoteams here.”He was right. The people in ourexercise class had split down themiddle, with a dozen on the otherside of the room and a dozen onour side. And the split was bal-anced, with each team having justas many diligent exercisers as fatout-of-shape people with a fear of death by flab.“I think we should make a teamsport of this,” I said. “Let's split uplike we did in junior high schoolgym class. Those guys on the otherside of the room will be the Skins,and we can be the Shirts. That'show Mr. Rodenborn did it in eighthgrade basketball. Once in awhile aShirt would pull up his shirt and aSkin would mistakenly pass theball to him, but most of us can'tthrow any more, so that wouldn'tbe a problem. Tom always tells ushow bad we are at bouncing balls.”“Oh, I think it would be a bigproblem,” said Bob. “Not throwingthe ball, but getting the Skins totake off their shirts. Look around.How many of those people wouldyou like to see with their shirts off?Some of us just ate, you know. Notmany of them would want to takeoff their shirts, either, like thewoman in the black over there. Shestill looks pretty good in a t-shirtand she'd object for sure. Or Ted,who just replaced his pacemakerand has another scar. I can imaginehow that looks, but I'd rather not.”Some of my ideas won't evercome to pass. I suspect those Skinstake off their clothes in the lockerroom, and what's the harm in goingup to the exercise room that way?After all, they can keep their shortsand sweatpants on. But with peoplewho have seven or eight decades of experience—or six, or nine—youcan expect they'd be set in theirways. I don't bother to use the poolat the gym, and don't know if theytreat that the way we did in juniorhigh, where the girls had swimsuits but the boys didn't. Nobodycomplained then. Of course wedidn't swim at the same time, or usethe same locker rooms.People have bad ideas fromtime to time. Think of the Edsel. OrNew Coca-Cola. Now we can lookback at those ideas and say theywere no good. But at the time, whoknew?Bob's probably right. I guess I'lldrop the idea. When I go to class, Iusually just ate, too.
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It’s hard to believe that I’vebeen the editor of the Maple LakeMessenger for a year. Monday’s Veterans’ Day pro-gram marked that milestone forme, as it was the first thing I cov-ered a year ago.Once again, I was impressednot only with the quality of the pro-gram, but the way the students car-ried themselves.When the veterans were speak-ing, the students listened. When thestudents participated in the eventby reading, reciting the pledge orsinging, I could tell they wereproud to salute veterans. And, of course the best part iswhen the students went down thereceiving line of veterans, shakingtheir hands and thanking them fortheir service. Speaker Mike Yanishsaid the act meant a lot to him, ashe had not been warmly welcomedhome from Vietnam.Suffice it to say that the pro-gram was a success.As I start my second year here,I’ve been reflecting a lot on my firstyear. The learning curve has leveledout a bit, but it still seems like I amlearning something new everyweek, if not every day.Some things I have learnedfrom making mistakes.Among those mistakes was myinclusion of a photo of a vehiclethat was in an accident in lastweek’s paper.I was happy to report that the in-dividual had escaped without life-threatening injury. That was largelybecause she was wearing a seatbelt,something that should have beenincluded. In fact, the details of theaccident should have been verifiedwith more than one source beforeit was printed.Furthermore, the photo shouldnot have been printed without per-mission of the individual who hadtaken it. I sincerely apologize to every-one involved and thank everyonewho contacted me with concerns,as I cannot correct or learn from amistake if I do not know about it.Thank you for bearing with meas I try to make the paper better.
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The National Education As-sociation has set November 18through 22, 2013 as AmericanEducation Week. Our studentsare fortunate to be part of acommunity that surrounds themwith positive influences thathelp them succeed in their ele-mentary and secondary educa-tion and prepare them for thenext steps in their lives. We are proud of our stu-dents’ educational accomplish-ments and pleased to have somany dedicated educators inour schools. American Educa-tion Week provides an opportu-nity to recognize public educa-tion and thank all the individu-als who are making a differenceby helping every child in MapleLake receive a quality educa-tion. Please join us in thankingall of our staff members fortheir hard work and continuousefforts in providing the verybest education for our students. Kris Harlan, Maple Lake El-ementary PrincipalDavid J. Hansen, MapleLake High School PrincipalMark Redemske, MapleLake Public Schools Superin-tendentQuestion 1: If you are tak-ing a right turn at a light andthe light is red, are you sup-posed to stop? I ask becausemy daughter and I walk every-where and a few times wehave almost been hit by carsturning right while we had thewalk signal.Answer 1: Yes, driverscoming upon a red light andturning right MUST stop.Question 2: Are you sup-posed to stop before a stopsign or is it legal to stop pastthe stop sign. I have seen a lotof people stop after and intocross walks.Answer 2: Vehicular trafficfacing a circular redsignal/stop sign alone muststop at a clearly marked stopline but, if none, before enter-ing the crosswalk on the nearside of the intersection or, if none, then before entering theintersection and shall remainstanding until legal and safe toproceed through.Question 3: Are cars sup-posed to wait for you to be outof a cross walk or can theypass if there is space for themto go by you? These questionsare very important to me as Iwas already hit by a car whilein a park with my daughter. Inow have panic attacks whencars come close to me. So if these are legal actions I will beeven more cautious aboutwalking.Answer 3: Here is what theMinnesota State Statute saysabout pedestrians and vehiclespertaining to crosswalks:“Where traffic-control signalsare not in place or in opera-tion, the driver of a vehicleshall stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossingthe roadway within a markedcrosswalk or at an intersectionwith no marked crosswalk.The driver must remainstopped until the pedestrianhas passed the lane in whichthe vehicle is stopped. Nopedestrian shall suddenlyleave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into thepath of a vehicle which is soclose that it is impossible forthe driver to yield.”If you have any questionsconcerning traffic related lawsor issues in Minnesota, sendyour questions to Trp. JesseGrabow – Minnesota State Pa-trol at 1000 Highway 10 West,Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him onTwitter @MSPPIO_NW orreach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us).
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 by Sgt. Jesse Grabow
 
 Maple Lake Messenger
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On Nov. 4, Justin MichaelKriedman, 20, of South Haven,was arrested in Buffalo on thecharge of fifth-degree con-trolled substance violation andan apprehension and detentionorder from the Minnesota De-partment of Corrections.On Nov. 4, Gina MarieWoodford, 19, of South Haven,was arrested in Buffalo on thecharge of fifth-degree con-trolled substance violation andan apprehension and detentionorder from the Minnesota De-partment of Corrections.On Nov. 4, Robert JosephSmith, 35, of Buffalo, was ar-rested in Hennepin County on aWright County warrant for vio-lation of domestic abuse nocontact order.On Nov. 4, Justin David Ze-lenak, 22, of Monticello, wasarrested in Yellow MedicineCounty on an apprehension anddetention order from the Min-nesota Department of Correc-tions.On Nov. 4, Faith Mari De-Groat, 24, of Buffalo, was ar-rested in Buffalo on a WrightCounty warrant for theft.On Nov. 4, Cassidy AnnMarkling, 33, of Monticello,was arrested in Monticello on aWright County warrant forfifth-degree controlled sub-stance violation.On Nov. 4, Ashley MarieNiles, 22, of Monticello, wasarrested in Monticello on thecharge of fifth-degree con-trolled substance violation.On Nov. 4, William MichaelNutt, 35, of Annandale, was ar-rested in Buffalo on a WrightCounty warrant for criminaldamage to property.On Nov. 5, Joshua DanielKable, 30, of Cokato, was ar-rested in Monticello on an ap-prehension and detention orderfrom Wright County.On Nov. 6, Michael BruceNelson, 22, of Clearwater, wasarrested in Buffalo on a WrightCounty warrant for minor con-sumption.On Nov. 6, Jacob RyanBondhus, 20, of Monticello,was arrested in Monticello on aHennepin County warrant forindecent exposure.On Nov. 6, Stephen JeanThibodeaux, 19, of Buffalo, wasarrested in Buffalo on thecharges of contempt of courtand minor consumption.On Nov. 6, Megan RoseNewton, 32, of Maple Lake,was arrested in Maple Lake onthe charges of first-degree con-trolled substance violation andchild endangerment.On Nov. 6, Timothy DavidRousu, 24, of Annandale, wasarrested in Buffalo on a WrightCounty warrant for third-degreeDWI.On Nov. 7, Michael JamesMadison, 23, of Maple Lake,was arrested in Nicollet Countyon a Wright County warrant forfifth-degree criminal sexualconduct.On Nov. 7, David JamesFisher, 33, of Buffalo, was ar-rested in Rockford Township ona Wright County warrant forcarrying a pistol without a per-mit.On Nov. 7, Jerome JosephPerra, 53, of Waverly, was ar-rested in Marysville Townshipon the charge of domestic as-sault.On Nov. 7, Franchesca Ali-cia Grimaldi, 38, of St. Michael,was arrested in St. Michael on aWright County warrant forfourth-degree assault.On Nov. 8, Kimberly AnnHass, 35, of Monticello, was ar-rested in Monticello on aWright County warrant forfifth-degree controlled sub-stance violation.On Nov. 8, Kelly JamesColeman, 47, of Clearwater,was arrested in Clearwater onthe charge of third-degree DWI.On Nov. 8, Jose MiguelMendoza, 35, of Monticello,was arrested in Monticello onAnoka County warrants forfifth-degree controlled sub-stance violation and theft.On Nov. 8, Heidi Jean Stot-tler, 38, of Monticello, was ar-rested in Hennepin County on aWright County warrant forfifth-degree controlled sub-stance violation.On Nov. 9, Cristina Eliza-beth Eley, 34, of Maple Lake,was arrested in Buffalo on thecharge of second-degree DWI.On Nov. 9, Adam RobertHeaver, 24, of Howard Lake,was arrested in Montrose on anapprehension and detentionorder from Wright County.On Nov. 10, ChristopherJohn Braun, 23, of Annandale,was arrested in Annandale onthe charge of third-degree DWI.On Nov. 10, Jason WilliamMack, 39, of Buffalo, was ar-rested in Rockford Township onthe charges of third-degreeDWI, second-degree assaultand domestic assault.There were 48 property-damage accidents, eight per-sonal-injury accidents, twohit-and-run accidents and 31car-deer accidents.There were five arrests forDWI, no underage-consump-tion arrests, no school bus stoparm violations and 71 tickets formiscellaneous traffic violationsreported this week.
NOV. 12 REPORT OF THEWRIGHT COUNTY SHERIFF
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Maple Lake Fire Department Report
He believes the sharingagreement should continueunder the same state law that al-lows townships to control zon-ing independently of thecounty.“Joint exercise of powers fa-cilitate more logical, consistentand efficient administration of shoreland management goals,”Levi quoted from the statute.“Local governments are en-couraged to enter into jointpowers agreements with adja-cent or other similarly situatedbodies of government, includ-ing counties, to jointly admin-ister shoreland managementcontrol.”He contended that the cur-rent relationship was workingwell and changing it would re-sult in little or no savings.About 60 percent of those wholive on Cedar Lake do not havevoting privileges in CorinnaTownship due to their perma-nent address.Corinna Township PlanningCommission Chair CharlotteQuiggle shared the oppositeopinion and offered a thoroughcomparison between the town-ship and county as supportingevidence.“Property owners have toldthe township they’d rather workwith township people who livein their community,” Quigglesaid. “This was overly ap-proved at a crowded 2006 an-nual meeting.”She said permits could besubmitted 24-7 via a drop boxand said Corinna TownshipPlanning Commission membersare required to make site visitsfor each property prior to a pub-lic hearing while county boardmembers make limited site vis-its.While county notices areprinted in the Howard LakeHerald-Journal and are notavailable online, CorinnaTownship notices are printed inthe Maple Lake Messenger andAnnandale Advocate and areavailable at www.hometown-planning.com, where landown-ers can also sign up for emailnotices about zoning issues.“Any subscriber is automat-ically sent an email with thelink to an updated meetingagenda or staff reports on thewebsite,” Quiggle said. “Thisallows property owners to beinvolved with land-use deci-sions no matter where theyare.”She contrasted that onlineavailability to that of two othertownships that administer allland-use: Middleville Town-ship’s website does not publishmeeting agendas or minutesand Stockholm Township doesnot have a website.As for regulations, Quigglesaid, “Corinna Township notonly requires a plan for erosionand pollution control duringconstruction, but also a perma-nent stormwater plan prior toreceiving a variance.”Clearwater Lake PropertyOwners Association PresidentTom Bacon agreed with Quig-gle and said a lake property thatwas sold in 1997 has a septicsystem that is not up to code de-spite a county ordinance requir-ing it to be upon point of sale.Arv Klemz, who lives onSugar Lake, gave another ex-ample.“A year and a half ago, theperson who lives next to usstarted cutting trees. I calledBuffalo but, to my knowledge,I got no response,” Klemz said.“This property has a bluff in itand I understand it’s illegal tocut into it. He did cut a roadinto it and cut trees on top of it.I called Corinna and they hadpeople out there within twohours.”He called the township’s ap-proach “fair and balanced.”Corinna Township PlanningCommission member TrishTaylor said the committee care-fully considers each request.“We don’t just send itthrough; we look at every-thing,” she said. “We’ve evendenied people a lot of things,which is really hard.”Barry Schultz, another com-mission member, told thecounty commissioners theywould not be kept out of theloop if the township is givensole responsibility for shore-land zoning.“We’re an open book,” hesaid. “We just feel we’veearned the right to handle itourselves.”Kathy Jonsrud, of CedarLake, said she is concernedabout the sustainability of thetownship administering shore-land zoning.“In Hennepin County, thelast township said, ‘We’re notgoing to do it anymore becauseit’s too expensive,’” Jonsrudsaid. “Also, the quality of peo-ple. We’ve heard tonight aboutthe commitment Charlotte andher group have and the leader-ship Charlotte has brought, butwhat happens if we don’t haveCharlotte? “The other thing is, as wemove forward, the whole con-cept of making a dispassionatedecision,” Jonsrud continued.“I do believe the county is in abetter position to step back andmake that dispassionate deci-sion.”Riley added to that discus-sion.“Ultimately, who’s beencaught in the middle of this isthe taxpayers, citizens and vot-ers of the township,” Riley said.“Someone brought up beingtaxed twice,” CommissionerChristine Husom added later.“I’m interested about the im-pact on taxpayers.”Husom and her fellow com-missioners were unable to makea decision at the hearing, butsaid they would do so at a fu-ture public meeting.
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Maple Lake’s Volunteer FireDept. and Ambulance Serviceresponded to the followingemergencies during the pastweek: 
Nov. 8,
10:08 p.m.: Medical.Patient transported by MapleLake Ambulance to the BuffaloHospital ER.
Nov. 8,
2:57 p.m.: Medical.No ambulance transportation. 
Nov. 8,
2:05 p.m.: Medical.Patient transported by AllinaAmbulance.
Nov. 7,
7:54 p.m.: Medical.Patient transported by MapleLake Ambulance to the St.Cloud Hospital ER.
Nov. 5,
11:58 p.m.: Medical.Patient transported by MapleLake Ambulance to the BuffaloHospital ER.
Nov. 5,
4:43 p.m.: Medicalalarm, no ambulance trans-portation. There were no emergencyfire calls during the same timeperiod. “It can’t come soon enough,”Commissioner Mark Daleidensaid. “We’ve wanted to updateour technology and having a web-site that is actually user-friendlywas part of that process. It’s frus-trating to find anything on thecurrent website and I think peoplewill be surprised to see how muchimproved the new site will be.” In other business, the board: • Named Lee Kelly as thecounty coordinator. Kelly, whohad been special projects admin-istrator for the county, served asinterim county coordinator fol-lowing the retirement of DickNorman earlier this year. In a re-lated item, the board referred theposition of special projects ad-ministrator to the personnel com-mittee to initiate the recruitmentprocess for the position. • Referred discussion of em-ployees bringing their own elec-tronic devices to work to the tech-nology committee. Interest insuch a policy has been presentedto the county by several depart-ments. • Approved a memo of under-standing with the cities of Cokato,Albertville and Waverly, as wellas French Lake Township andCokato Township for the pur-chase and storage of salt and sandfor the 2013-14 snow/ice controlseason. • Set a public hearing for 9:30a.m. at the Dec. 3 board meetingto discuss proposed changes tothe county fees-for-service sched-ule. • Approved a repair request toCounty Ditch 34 from the City of Delano. The city is in the processof developing an industrial parkand, as part of that process in2011, provided $20,000 for up-grades to the ditch system. It isexpected those funds will be usedto make the requested repair. • Authorized signatures on anatural resources block grant inthe amount of $105,465. Theagreement is between the countyand the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. • Named Kelly as the county’svoting delegate and Commis-sioner Mike Potter as the alternateat the Minnesota Counties Inter-governmental Trust annual meet-ing in December. • Approved an EmergencyManagement Performance Grantfor $59,374 with the Departmentof Homeland Security. The grantamount is the highest the countyhas ever received. • Set the policy for ChristmasEve at the county courthouse. Thecourthouse will be open Tuesday,Dec. 24, but will close at noon. • Approved the list of 2014ditch assessments. As part of thelisting, for those assessments thatwill take more than one year torepay, the board approved an in-terest rate of 2.33 percent, perstate statute. • Authorized obtaining pricequotes for a boundary fence be-tween a county park near Hastyand the property of an adjacentlandowner. Under the 100-year-old laws that govern such matters,when a fence between propertiesis erected, both sides pay half thecost of building the fence. • Approved a 2014-15 contractbetween the City of Montrose andthe sheriff’s department. The con-tract calls for 2,020 contract hoursof patrol services in both years of the contract. That's when he met drummerTony Mazzone, who was theMaple Lake band director in War-ren's final year. Warren went on toteach percussion at Dassel-Cokato, where he met guitaristand bassist Tony Sylverss.Both Mazzone and Sylversswill be a part of Warren's EP.In fact, Mazzone's connectionsmade the album possible in thefirst place."Tony Mazzone is a friend of Troy's. He's been a tech for him,"Warren said. "Two years ago, Troywas in town and Tony said, 'Listento this demo.' He really liked it."Warren was surprised to hearthat Luccketta was listening to hisdemo tracks."I said, 'He's what? They're notfinished. Don't share that," Warrenrecalled.He went on to release an albumwith pop influences, but he wasn'thappy with it."I was trying to please otherpeople more than myself," Warrensaid. "It served its purpose, but italso opened my eyes to who I amas an artist and who I want to be."When Warren was starting tocreate his new project, Mazzoneencouraged him to contact Lucck-etta. The two have been in touchsince and Wagner met Lucckettain his Nashville studio."We met up, toured his studio,talked to him, met with a potentialproducer and engineer and hashedout details to get a vibe for whatwe wanted to do," Warren said."As things started to come to-gether, he said, 'I think you shouldwork with Noah Henson as a pro-ducer.'"Wagner was familiar withHenson as guitarist of the Chris-tian rock band Pillar."He's a talented guitarist andproducer," Warren said. "They'reboth in rock bands and we'regoing to do a folk album and Ithink people will be surprised withhow it turns out."As for the content of thealbum, Warren calls it pop funkthat is influenced by his life expe-riences."When I was putting out myalbum, I was hospitalized, whichwas scary for me," Warren said."They weren't sure if I was goingto make it. The day before I wasreleased, our house started on fire.That all happened in a three-weekperiod when I was trying to re-lease an album, so there are a lotof personal elements in the newalbum along with spiritual andlyrical content."Warren is looking forward tosharing that music, with the helpof online backers, including somewho he does not know.As of Tuesday morning, 21backers had pledged $1,447."It's super cool to see completestrangers say this is a cool projectand they want to be a part of it,"Warren said. "I think that speaksvolumes to what we're doing."
 About 40 vendors exhibited at the Maple Lake Chambeof Commerce Fall Craft Sale Saturday in the Maple LakeElementary School gym. (Above) Vendors Crystal Zeman,Jennie Stai, Missy Fossum and Linda Gravenish work ontheir wares during the event. (Photo by Harold Brutlag)
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