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The Maple Lake Messenger: August 28, 2013
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The Maple Lake

Established 1895 • maplelakemessenger.com
Volume 118, Number 48 Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Your hometown newspaper!

Maple Lake, MN 55358

News Briefs...
Commissioners discuss raising water rates
by Katie Friedman Correspondent

Members of the Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Commission are grappling with a dilemma that will likely result in rewarding consumers for reducing their water usage with increased rates. Presenting an estimated budget, Secretary Kelly Hinnencamp told the commissioners of difficulties in balancing a fluctuating usage fee against the significant fixed cost of a $3 million bond payment, requesting that a plan-ned rate hike of 50 cents per unit be raised by another 25 cents, which she projected would raise $60,000 to $70,000 more in revenues. “There’s trouble every year with estimating what our gallons are,” she explained at the Aug. 22 meeting, “because we never know if it’s going to rain a lot or if it’s going to be dry. If our projections are wrong and it ends up being a real dry year, we could be in a world of hurt next year or the following year.”

by Gabe Licht Editor

Maple Lake

Dollar General store coming to Maple Lake
by Katie Friedman Correspondent

Plans are in the works for the construction of a new Dollar General store in Maple Lake to coincide with spring’s arrival. Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Maple Lake City Council approved a purchase agreement with The Overland Group for the sale of a city-owned lot on the corner of Spruce Avenue and Minnesota Highway 55, at a price of $100,000. Overland, one of Dollar

General’s premier agents in this area, averages around 70 store openings annually, including one recently in Annandale. At this point, the company will begin a 60to 90-day process of due diligence, followed by studies of environmental issues and application for city approval, according to Maple Lake Economic Development Director Paul Bilotta.

City Council
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Water rates
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County board to embrace social networking
by John Holler

A little girl sat terrified in the corner of a preschool classroom in Udon Thani, Thailand. She had never met anyone from outside of Thailand and did not know how to respond to the Rustic Pathways volunteers who were there to help the youngsters build social skills. Maple Lake teen Marissa Meyers was among the group of strangers and decided to be a part of the solution, though she didn’t “normally like kids.” “On the first day, I started tickling her and she smiled,” Meyers said. “The next day, I was coloring with her and a ball rolled over. She picked it up and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is great.’ There was a huge smile on her face. It was adorable.”

More than 1,000 fans filled Irish Stadium for a beautiful night and Laker win on Saturday. (Photos by LMC Photography)
by Don Gadow Correspondent

Certain things have never been associated with the Wright County Board of Commissioners, including discussions trending on Twitter including #WrightCountyBoard. At a time of technology and communication advancements, especially for younger residents, the county’s system of operating has become a bit antiquated. That may change as the four new commissioners, who consider themselves tech-savvy, would like to take the county out of the 1990s and into the 2010s. As part of the Aug. 20 agenda, the commissioners referred discussion concerning significant advancements to the pre- sentation of county board meetings and how the county conducts its business to the technology committee’s Sept. 11 meeting.

Marissa Meyers
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With a convincing 9-2 win over the Watkins Clippers before a large crowd at Irish Stadium on Friday, the Maple Lake Lakers advanced to the final weekend of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The Lakers will take on the Luverne Redbirds this Saturday at Irish Stadium. Game time is 5 p.m. In a second game that evening, Sartell takes on Sobiesksi. The crowd was already building at Irish Stadium as the first game began—Jordan vs. Bertha—at 5 p.m., and the noise and excitement continued to build as the stands were filling up. Before the tournament, the chairs had estimated seating for 900, but paid attendance grew to 1,003. The grandstand was

packed, all the bleachers were filled, and many fans were standing down both baselines all the way to the bullpens. The crowd noise drowned out the PA system at times. Now the Laker tournament committee is bracing for another big night on Saturday with Sobieski expected to bring a large contingent. To repeat their 2012 success as state Class C champions, the Lakers will have to beat Luverne and then win games on Sunday and Labor Day. The Maple LakeLuverne winner will play at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, in Delano. Any loss in the single-elimination tournament would end the Lakers’ 2013 season.

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Social networking
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(Top) Maple Lake teen Marissa Meyers stayed at the Ricefields in Udon Thani, Thailand, while serving with Rustic Pathways. (Middle) Meyers bonded with a little girl who had initially cried when strangers visited her preschool. (Above) Meyers’ team posed with a 92-year-old woman who rode her bike to where they were distributing food. (Photos submitted)

Player/manager Chad Raiche gets a tag-out at first base in the Lakers’ 9-2 win over the Watkins Clippers.

Inside . . .

‘School of New faces join staff at Maple Lake Schools Excellence’
by Gabe Licht Editor

Movie on Birch: page 5

Coming up . . .
*Labor Day is Monday *Maple Lake classes begin Tuesday *Maple Lake Airport Fly-In is Sept. 8

Maple Lake Elementary School is now a 2013-14 Minnesota School of Excellence. The Minnesota School of Excellence Program promotes excellence through a rigorous evaluation process that showcases dynamic schools of the 21st Century. The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’Association-established program is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education, and National Association of Elementary School Principals and was nominated for the Brock International Prize in Education for “the best ideas on education in the world…to expose them to our educators, teachers, administrators and politicians."

Seven new faces will greet students at Maple Lake elementary and high schools, as classes begin Tuesday. They include nurse Sarah Barder, MLE band and music instructor Elise Beckel, MLHS special education instructor Susan Bjorstrom, MLE/MLHS special education instructor Danielle Blumhoefer, MLHS social studies teacher Andrew Boman, band instructor Nathan Mitchell, Strategies for Learning Instructor Jodi Raisanen and grade 1 instructor Tia Skay. Each new staff member was asked to introduce themselves,

share what they are looking forward to about their new positions and list their goals. Sarah Barder I grew up in Big Lake, attended Maple Lake Elementary in fourth and fifth grade when my mom first began teaching here, and then finished my education at Big Lake Middle and High School. Right after high school, I moved to Duluth and attended The College of Saint Scholastica for nursing, where I received my Bachelors of Science.

New faces
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MLE award
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New faces at Maple Lake Schools include (front, left to right) Sarah Barder, Elise Beckel, Tia Skay (back) Susan Bjorstrom, Andrew Boman, Nathan Mitchell, Danielle Blumhoefer and Jodi Raisanen. (Photo by Gabe Licht)

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