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Volume 119, Number 8 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Maple Lake, MN 55358 $1

County could be site for massive solar power farms

by John Holler Correspondent

In recent years, wind farms have become much more prevalent, as farmland is used to house dozens of windmills to generate power. At the Nov. 12 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners heard of a plan to create Minnesotas largest solar collection sites. Nathan Franzen and Tena Rytel, representing Geronimo Energy, came before the board seeking a letter of support to submit to the state as part of the Xcel Energy Competitive Resource Acquisition Proposal program, which will be under consideration for approval by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The Edina-based company is looking to get a proposal for the statewide placement of solar collection panels throughout the state, with an emphasis on sites in Wright County. The project will bring both temporary and permanent jobs at the sites, Franzen said. Our proposal would have three sites in Wright County that will represent 14 percent of our overall project. Currently, the largest solar collection farms are two acres in size. All three of the proposed Wright County sites would be larger 2 acres near Montrose, a three-acre site near Annandale and a massive 8-acre site outside of Buffalo.

Neutz takes custodian job, exits school board

by Gabe Licht Editor

Members of the Maple Lake Irish football team receive their plaque designating them as semifinalists at the Minnesota State High School League Class AA Football Tournament. (Photo by Tracy Strub)

Finishing in the final four

by Gabe Licht Editor

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Messenger starts ugly Christmas sweater contest

The Maple Lake Messenger is asking readers to submit photos of themselves wearing Christmas sweaters for an ugly sweater contest. Email photos to news@maplelakemessenger or drop them off at 218 Division St. W. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 16, and winners will be featured in the Dec. 18 issue. Prizes are $75 Business Bucks for first place and $50 Business Bucks for second place.

Mixed emotions filled the Maple Lake Irish locker room following their 50-24 loss to the Minneota/Lincoln HI Vikings in the Minnesota State High School League Football Class AA Semifinals. Its always tough in the locker room when you lose the last game, especially for seniors because they know theyre done unless they play college football, coach Tim Knudsen said. On the other hand, we know they feel pretty good having been the first Maple Lake team to reach the final four. Thats a great feeling. Knudsen suggested that feeling could be passed down to future generations. When they have kids and they go through Maple Lake and see their dads picture on the wall and it says semifinal football, thats the reward about it, Knudsen said.

District 881 has a new district custodian and a new vacancy on the school board. At the Nov. 12 meeting, the board approved the hiring of board chair Brad Neutz as district custodian, with Neutz abstaining before resigning his post. I look forward to this new challenge, Neutz told the board. Im going to extremely miss this position and helping to guide the district. I didnt think Id get as attached to the position as I am. I just want to thank everybody for the opportunity to work together. Neutz, who was elected to the board in 2010 and became chair in January, acknowledged that serving on the board has not always been easy. I know we had some difficult decisions along the way, I know we didnt always agree, but we worked well together, Neutz said. I thank everyone for the opportunity. He has been serving as a custodian with Delano Public Schools for more than 10 years and will begin his new position in Maple Lake on Dec. 1. There were a lot of reasons for hiring Brad, Superintendent Mark Redemske said after the meeting. In addition to his experience working in schools as a custodian, he has board experience. Redemske also pointed to Neutzs degree from St. Cloud State University, his background in electrical and plumbing work and his special boiler license.

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Zach Johnson pitches the ball to Dusty Strub for a 15-yard gain in the first half of the Irishs 50-24 loss to Minneota/Lincoln HI. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)

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Leaders in Educational

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Inheritance coming soon to Maple Lake

Mama Carol to host fundraiser: page 3

Executive producer Bridget Cronin talks to a community member about available roles in her upcoming movie Inheritance, which will be filmed in Maple Lake in January, during a Monday evening meeting. (Photo by Gabe Licht)
by Gabe Licht Editor

National Honor Society inductions: page 8

Coming up
*MLHS fall band concert is Thursday *Thanksgiving is Nov. 28 *Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30

Pictured at the Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards ceremony were Maple Lake Elementary Principal Kris Harlan, LEEA winner Carol Tongen, Maple Lake High School Principal Dave Hansen, LEEA winner Nichole Rengel, Resource Training & Solutions Executive Director Rob Cavanna, LEEA winner Annie Jost, Superintendent Mark Redemske and LEEA winner Amy Voigt. (Photo submitted)
by Gabe Licht Editor

More than 150 educators from 41 school districts and agencies received the Leadership in Educational Excellence Award on Oct. 30 in St. Cloud and four educators from Maple Lake were among them. Kindergarten teachers Annie Jost and Carol Tongen repre-

sented Maple Lake Elementary, while social worker Nichole Rengel and math teacher Amy Voigt represented Maple Lake High School. Educators within the district had nominated each award winner. MLE Principal Kris Harlan and MLHS Principal Dave Hansen shared comments from the nominators, as well as them-

selves. Annie demonstrates extraordinary skills in instruction and classroom management, Harlan said of Jost. She genuinely cares for every student in her class and works hard to meet them where they are so they all make gains.

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Looking to escape an abusive marriage, Kiera moves herself and her daughter, Tyler, to an abandoned farm she has inherited, but Kiera begins to worry about their safety as disturbing events begin to take place. This is the story that executive producer Bridget Cronin will be bringing to life in the feature film Inheritance, which will be filmed in Maple Lake in January. Cronin met with about 15 community members Monday night to share her vision and answer questions. That vision includes actors James Denton as one of the new

people in Kieras life and John Barrymore III as Kieras abusive husband. Denton is most wellknown for his role on Desperate Housewives, but also has credits in more than 30 other movies and shows. Barrymore is the grandson of legendary actor John Barrymore and has 27 films, five television shows and numerous plays to his credit. CBS Sports reporter Meisha Johnson, who starred in the horror film 13 Hours in a Warehouse, is being considered for the role of Kiera. Why bring a movie to Maple Lake?

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ridge on my left at about 70 yards in the fading light just after sunset. I quickly put the scope on him and picked my shot. Everything looked good and I squeezed off a shot. A quick review in the scope showed the buck standing there untouched. I quickly centered the crosshairs again and squeezed the trigger this is where it got interesting nothing happened when I pulled the trigger. I shoot an automatic, and yep, it malfunctioned due to the colder temps. I moved very slowly to push the hung-up bolt forward to chamber a bullet as the buck was looking directly at me. I figure he was going to blast off any second from the movement or any metallic noise I was making, but he just stayed frozen in place. I pulled the trigger again nothing. Now, I was stumped on what was wrong and did not have a lot of time to figure it out. I slowly turned my rifle on its side and pulled the bolt back to see what was wrong. Everything looked good but it would not push another shell into the barrel. Guessing there was no shell in chamber, I pulled the clip out, plucked out a shell and tried to load it into the barrel. The shell would not go into the barrel. Realizing that there was a shell already in the barrel, I now had to put the clip and the extra shell in my pocket, level the rifle again, and let the auto bolt slam forward, hoping the buck was still there. This all felt like an eternity, but when I finally looked through the scope, he was still there. This time, when I squeezed the trigger, everything worked. The shot rang out and the buck fell in its tracks and I was feeling very lucky since nothing went right and the buck should have run off in all the commotion. Theres more. Tuesday, after work, I hustled to get back out for the last hour of hunting. I was going to hunt a field stand when my brother-in-law convinced me to try his stand. After some consideration, I hustled out to his stand and settled in for a quick hour. About 35 minutes later, all heck broke loose with a nice eight-point buck chasing a doe. They came in fast and within seconds, passed the stand at 30 yards on a full run. Things happened quickly and I rang out two shots that I thought were right on target how could I miss at that range? Well, the buck stopped about 70 yards out behind some trees and I could not see him. I continued to keep the scope trained on that position and sure enough, after about a minute, he casually walked off to the left like nothing was wrong I had completely missed him at 30 yards. I quickly tried to pick a window in the trees, found one, and squeezed off the shot the buck fell in its tracks. Now, Id like to think that Im a good shot, but that obviously is not the case since I couldnt hit him at 30 yards and when I finally did make contact, it was not where I was aiming. Wow two nice eight-point bucks and neither one should be hanging on the deer pole. Sounds like I should have gone to the range this year might want to get the eyesight checked, too. I know, I know go buy a lottery ticket I guess it really is better to be lucky, than good.

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by Ed Pawlenty Better to be lucky, than good. I have always heard that phrase but didnt really understand it until this deer hunting season. Of course, most deer hunters already agree that it takes a lot of luck just to see a deer much less a decent buck and even more luck to have everything go your way to make a good shot and bring home the bacon (venison in this case). Sure, we think we know how to scout new areas, read the signs, and set up the perfect stand to steer luck, but reality has us sitting in a deer stand for long periods of time watching tweety birds and squirrels or nothing at all. It was no different this year. First scouting trips to set up stands yielded very little sign of deer in the woods we hunt and with the recent reports of wolves in the area, our hopes were not very high. To make things more interesting, my hunting party of 16 family members and friends put $2 each in a pool for the first deer of the season and another $2 for the biggest buck (antler size) which means I had a hefty $64 to win if I could shoot a nice buck early in the game. Well, luck struck my nephew, Ben, when he was the first one to shoot and secured a very nice eight-point buck 20 minutes into the season. As I write this, the season closed with Ben collecting both prizes well-deserved and showing up all the older hunters in the party was just an added bonus. There is some plotting to make him do drives or something real hard next year to make up for the offense. For the rest of us, opening morning had us watching the woods intensely for several hours without even seeing a squirrel and trying to stay awake. After a late breakfast and a quick nap, we were back out for a three-hour evening stand. Again we had similar results no deer sighted. Sunday morning stand was just more of the same. We were starting to think there were no deer in this area and it was surely going to be a very tough year. That all changed a little when my brother and my son got lucky and each scored with a buck (fork and a smaller eight-pointer). I still had yet to see a deer. Next was Monday morning stand, again, no deer. With our attitudes pretty beat up by now, we went out to evening stand with not much hope. Well, here is where better to be lucky really struck home for me. After sitting for 2 hours, I finally saw my first deer and it looked like a nice eight-point buck. He was walking quickly up the

Its in your court:

Why porportionality is important

by Judge Steve Halsey
Much has been written and discussed in the media about frivolous lawsuits. Everyone seems to think of the hot McDonalds coffee lawsuit as being frivolous, when, in fact, the injured customer sustained serious burns to her body as a result. It seems a frivolity is the lawsuit of someone other than yourself. The Minnesota Rules of Court were recently amended to include the following requirement as to proportionality: It is the responsibility of the court and the parties to examine each civil action to assure that the process and the costs are proportionate to the amount in controversy and the complexity and importance of the issues. The factors to be considered by the court in making a proportionality assessment include, without limitation: needs of the case, amount in controversy, parties' resources, and complexity and importance of the issues at stake in the litigation. This can best be explained by an example. Two companies are involved in a lawsuit over Company A allegedly stealing trade secrets from Company B. During the course of discovery, that is, one party asking the other for certain documents they feel are relevant to the lawsuit, Company As attorney asks Company B to produce the name, address, and Social Security number of every employee and the contents of their personnel files going back 30 years. The attorneys for Company B refuse to produce these records because of confidentiality and the request being overly broad and burdensome to comply with. A hearing is held and Company B argues that it would cost them thousands of hours of employee time to accumulate and duplicate the information sought, expending millions of dollars in wages, and producing records which are, for the most part, irrelevant to the lawsuit. Company A argues that these records are necessary for it to prove its claims at trial. A judge would likely find that the requests are vastly disproportionate to the relevant issues in the case and may order monetary sanctions (fines) against the attorneys for Company A. The proportionality rule doesnt apply in family court, even though it probably should, but an example will further explain the concept of proportionality. Before becoming a judge I observed a Hennepin County court hearing where the attorneys for the parents of a 12-yearold boy were arguing over where he played Little League baseball the following summer. Was his coach to be his father in Suburb A or his stepfather in adjacent Suburb B? Clearly this dispute was not about who would be the better coach but which parent was in control. The costs of the dispute in attorneys fees, judicial resources and emotional toll to the boy were greatly disproportionate to the nature of the dispute. In summary, parties and their attorneys in lawsuits must always keep in mind the proportionality of the issues to the resources to be devoted. Failure to do so violates the rules and can result in monetary sanctions. The vast majority of minor disputes should be resolved through mediation or negotiation and not brought to court. Submitted by Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court, chambered in Buffalo. Judge Halsey is the host of The District Court Show on local cable TV public access channels throughout the Tenth Judicial District. Videos may be viewed at

Readers are invited to take part in discussions of interest to the Maple Lake community. All letters to the editor must be signed and must include the writers address and telephone number. Letters of private thanks, solicitation, petition, and those containing libelous material will not be published. The Messenger reserves the right to edit all letters.

Dear Editor, With all of the financial burdens our federal government already places on individuals and small businesses, its almost inconceivable that any politician would be interested in sending oil and gas prices higher. Yet this is exactly what President Obama and many of his fellow Democrats have in mind. Year after year they have introduced budget proposals that would significantly raise taxes on American energy companies. These taxes, of course, are passed along to consumers in the form of higher gasoline, oil and diesel prices. In Minnesotas rural communities, people care a great deal about the price of energy. This is because the price of oil and

gas directly impacts their pocketbooks. Higher energy prices and transportation costs divert money away from other household budget items such as food and rent. The truth is nobody in Minnesota wants to pay $4 or $5 for a gallon of gas, particularly those that depend on their car to get to work or school. Here in my district people are concerned about their farms, jobs and families. While I dont have a vote in Congress, as a public official it is my duty to do what I can to support farmers, job creators and families that populate our great state. During this time of major economic uncertainty in America, one thing is abundantly clear to me: we must do everything in our power to ensure Washington does NOT

Ask a Trooper: Fish house on wheels needs registration

by Sgt. Jesse Grabow
raise energy prices. It would be devastating to our local economy and all Americans that depend on affordable energy. As a business owner I know that I process of enrolling for individual coverage. What's worse, it is reported that up to 280,000 Minnesotans will be forced to give up health insurance policies they like, with doctors of their choosing, for policies that will be more expensive and involve services they do not want. That means for every Minnesotan in the process of enrolling in private MNsure plans, about 140 other citizens are being forced off their current plans. The consequences for such a shortfall in MNsure enrollment could be dramatic, further raising costs for consumers and taxpayers in general. Some projections already show individual market premiums will increase between 26 and 40 percent for Minnesotans. The MNsure Board of Directors voted recently to charge the maximum tax on health insurance allowed by law for 2014. This means Minnesotans who finally do fully enroll in the individual market through MNsure will see simply can't afford the increase in energy that is being proposed. And I know I am not alone. Rep. Joe McDonald (R-29A) Delano their policies taxed at a rate of 1.5 percent. I have heard from many constituents whose premiums are increasing by hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year. Hardworking taxpayers cant afford to pay even more for the staterun Obamacare system created by Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats. When Democrats put this flawed government program into law, they made a lot of promises. They said our state exchange would be the Travelocity of health insurance providing options for affordable coverage to Minnesotans. The president assured Americans they could keep their healthcare policies if they wanted. Now, Minnesotans are being forced to give up policies they like for ones that will cost more and may not suit their needs. Bureaucrats in St. Paul and Washington, D.C., are now deciding what is Question: One of my friends saw me getting my ice fishing house ready for the upcoming season. I put permanent wheels on it for easier transport. My buddy told me I now have to register it as a trailer. I think he is wrong, because I see these going down the road all the time, and I guess I dont notice registration. What is required anyway, and is my friend right or what? Thanks for any help. Answer: Your friend is correct. Fish houses on wheels are now considered trailers and must be registered as such. This is a recent decision within the past few years and we have been trying to get the word out there as much as possible. Just a few short years ago, officials from Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met and determined that a fish house on wheels does, in fact, meet the requirements of a trailer and must be registered as such as well as comply with all of the normal laws concerning trailers such as lights, wheel fenders, brakes if over 3,000 pounds, and safety chains, including size (height and weight) limits. Also, DVS has notified dealers that fish houses on wheels are considered trailers. Anyone in the business of selling them has to have the appropriate dealers license. Registration is required for enclosed trailers with cargo doors that haul allterrain vehicles or other cargo, and are used as a fish house; other trailers manufactured for use as a fish house; recreational trailers used seasonally as a fish house. These vehicles must be registered in one of the trailer classes. Recreational trailers must be registered in the recreational class. Keep in mind that the trailer registration requirement is separate from any fish house license that the DNR may require. It is very possible that someone who has a fish house on wheels will not only need to have the trailer registration from DVS, but also a fish house license from the DNR. For questions about the DNR registration aspects for fish houses, please contact the DNR at (651) 296-6157 or (888) 6466367. You also can email DNR at If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at,

Congratulations to local athletes, government healthcare update by Rep. Joe McDonald

Greetings, Congratulations to high school athletes in District 29A for another successful fall season, highlighted by the state championship earned by the Annandale girls cross country team. The Cardinals had two runners finish in the top three in team competition and a total of five in the top 50 on their way to the title! Also, hats off to the Maple Lake football and Delano football and volleyball (second place) teams for advancing to their respective state tournaments. As for legislative news, we are six weeks and $150 million in taxpayer money into Minnesotas version of Obamacare, yet enrollment remains extremely slow. Fewer than 2,000 people are in the final
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Three injured in Maple Lake Township accident

Mama Carol to host fundraiser

At 8:25 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Maple Lake Ambulance, Maple Lake Fire and Rescue and the Wright County Sheriffs Office responded to a one-vehicle accident with three injuries at Baker Avenue Northwest and 87th Street Northwest in Maple Lake Township. According to the sheriffs office, initial investigation indicates that a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix being driven by Cody Gravalle, 16, of Big Lake, was northbound on Baker Avenue when it went off the oad in a curve and struck a tree in the ditch. Gravalle, a 15-year-old female from Big Lake and a 15-year-old female from Monticello were transported by CentraCare Ambulance to CentraCare Hospital in Monticello. The accident remains under investigation by the sheriffs office. (Photo by Gabe Licht)

Mama Carol is shown with some of the kids she has rescued from the streets of Lusaka, Zambia. (Photo submitted) Interested in enjoying a fun evening that has meaning and purpose this holiday season? How about paying for a good meal and a dance that benefits orphaned street children? The Minnesota-based nonprofit, Action for Children-Zambia, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Dinner and Dance Gala starting with a 6 p.m. social hour on Friday, Dec. 6, at Reichels Event Center in Annandale. Proceeds from the event pay for housing and educating children rescued from the streets of Lusaka, Zambia, by Carol McBrady, who grew up in Maple Lake. McBrady (Mama Carol to the kids), who lives fulltime in Zambia, is in Minnesota for a visit and is the honored guest. She will tell stories about some of the 200 children who now lead productive, happy lives and how her homes in the city of Lusaka and on a farm are filled to capacity with 112 kids. Her theme is Making Room For One More as she hopes to grow AFCZ to help more children leave the dangers and horrors of street life. All are invited to attend, enjoy a fun evening and learn how they can help make a difference with a grassroots organization where all money is used for the children instead of staff and overhead. The event will include dinner at 7 p.m., followed by a live auction, program and music and dancing by The Jupes. For more information or to make reservations, contact Betty Thomes at (320) 963-3940 or Sarah Thomes at (763) 670-3940 or check out

Maple Lake Fire Department Report

Maple Lakes Volunteer Fire Dept. and Ambulance Service responded to the following emergencies during the past week: Maple Lakes Volunteer Ambulance Service responded to the following emergencies during the past week: Nov. 18: Ambulance call for medical; no transport. Nov. 18: Ambulance called for a lift assist; no transport. Nov. 15: Ambulance call for medical; transported to Buffalo Hospital. Nov. 14: Ambulance call for medical; transported to Buffalo Hospital. Nov. 14: One-vehicle accident at 87th Street and Baker Ave. Three patients transported. The Maple Lake Fire Department responded to the following calls: Nov. 18: Twelve firefighters responded to a fire alarm; cancelled enroute. Nov. 14: Rescue unit called to a one-vehicle accident at 87th St. and Baker Ave. Seven personnel responded.

continued from page 1 For starters, Cronin is familiar with the area, having grown up near Deer Lake Orchard south of Buffalo. When I started talking to Amy (Koch) about doing a film here because of the (Shamrock Rebate) initiative, we were talking about what kind of theater and small business culture you have here, Cronin said. This is a suspense thriller which has been in development for a little more than a year. Its a little bit of an Irish ghost story, so what better place to film it than Maple Lake? And Cronin wants the people of Maple Lake to be involved. Yes, we need extras, she said. Weve only begun to start casting. So far, one audition has taken place in the Twin Cities and another audition in Maple Lake is tentatively scheduled for the second week of December. There are a lot of roles to be played, Cronin said. If youre interested in being in the film as an actor, theres an option for that. Cronin is also looking for filming locations, such as a dilapidated farmhouse, a lumber or hardware store, a gift shop or flower shop and at least one bar. In addition to actors and locations, the project will also require food, lodging, transportation and other forms of investment. I know when My Town Pictures came in, they talked a lot about investment, Cronin said. Thats fine, and I want that, too, but there are a lot of things we need for a production that people from all backgrounds can provide. With a total budget of $150,000, an investment of $1,500 in cash or trade equals 1 percent of the movie. If you want to do it at a lower level, Im OK with that, Cronin said. Were going to list on the Maple Lake website what people get at each level of investment, such as producer credit. Investments made before the end of the year may be tax deductible. If you have passive income such as annuities, dividends, rental property income anything not from a paycheck whatever you invest in this film, you can deduct against your past tax bill, Cronin said, adding that individuals should consult an accountant to determine if they qualify. Other individuals are prepared to match local investments. I already have people who have said, If you get $30,000 to $50,000 raised locally, Ill write a check, Cronin said. They have to see local investment first. Cronin said quality independent films with recognizable talent can expect to gross between $300,000 and $1 million over the course of three to five years, with some doing better and, in rare scenarios, revenue could be less. Once investment funds are recouped, members split profits from the film 50/50 with the producers of the film. Cronin, of Pounding Heart MultiMedia, is working with Killing Joke Films and RED 23 Films to produce the film. They have a tested track record of these types of movies, Cronin said. Theyve been doing it since 2006 and theyve gotten distribution lined up already. People want to know will this be made and see the light of day? Cronin continued. Thats where we have a leg up, because we already have distribution in place. Filming in Maple Lake is expected to begin on Jan. 12, 2014, and take 15 to 20 days. Cronin believes the film will bring attention and, in turn economic impact, to the community. Her next step is to meet with investors on Friday and anyone interested in being involved is encouraged to contact her at 651231-3364. Shes looking forward to working in Maple Lake to make the film a reality. One of the things I love about doing this movie is that the budget is big enough to get good actors and distribution, but its small enough that we can do it in a town this size, Cronin said. Its a lot of work, but its also a lot of fun. Visit for updates on Inheritance, which is expected to be released in October 2014.


On Nov. 11, Nicholas Alden Anderson, 28, of Clearwater, was arrested in Clearwater on the charge of possession of stolen property. On Nov. 11, Brian Dean Phoenix, 47, of Monticello, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of interference with privacy. On Nov. 11, Shawn Curtis Olson, 23, of South Haven, was arrested in Buffalo on a warrant from the Minnesota Department of Corrections for domestic assault. On Nov. 13, Tia Janee Stroud, 44, of Annandale, was arrested in Corinna Township on a Wright County warrant for violation of a restraining order. On Nov. 13, Bryce Alexander Davis, 24, of Buffalo, was arrested in Buffalo on Wright County warrants for third-degree criminal sexual conduct and interfere with a 911 call. On Nov. 14, Kenneth Dale Schommer, 46, of Clearwater, was arrested in Stearns County on a Wright County warrant for fifth-degree controlled substance violation. On Nov. 14, Bernard Glenn Sansoucie, 35, of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on the charge of fugitive from justice. On Nov. 14, Stephanie Ruiz, 45, of Otsego, was arrested in Otsego on the charge of fifth-degree controlled substance violation and Anoka and Ramsey County warrants for theft. On Nov. 14, Bruce Edward Mitchell, 64, of Otsego, was arrested in Otsego on the charge of fifth-degree controlled substance violation. On Nov. 14, Scott Allen Pfeifle, 48, of Otsego, was arrested in Otsego on the charge of fifth-degree controlled substance violation. On Nov. 14, Victoria Ruth Kolstad, 34, of Buffalo, was charged with gross misdemeanor obstructing legal process. On Nov. 15, Patsy Jo Doering, 25, of Waverly, was arrested in Waverly on the charge of third-degree DWI. On Nov. 15, Maria Frances Hayes, 18, of St. Cloud, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of fifth-degree controlled substance violation. On Nov. 15, Christina Jean Glover, 30, of Clearwater, was arrested in Clearwater Township on the charges of fourth-degree assault and obstructing the legal process with force. On Nov. 15, Joseph Mark Ahlm, 22, of Annandale, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of fifth-degree controlled substance violation. On Nov. 15, Eric Andrew Wollo, 48, of Corcoran, was arrested in Buffalo on an apprehension and detention order from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. On Nov. 15, Brett Michael Wehr, 24, of Delano, was arrested in Buffalo on an apprehension and detention order from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. On Nov. 15, Aaron Arthur John Bethke, 32, of Albertville, was arrested in Albertville on an apprehension and detention order from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. On Nov. 15, Mary Dorthea Fischer, 52, of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on an apprehension and detention order from Wright County. On Nov. 16, Catherine Angelique Robbins, 39, of Monticello, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of second-degree DWI. On Nov. 17, Kyle Evan Lindquist, 27, of Buffalo, was arrested in Hennepin County on a Wright County warrant for fifthdegree controlled substance violation. On Nov. 17, April Lynn Pivec, 28, of Rockford, was arrested in Rockford on the charge of fifth-degree controlled substance violation. There were 27 property-damage accidents, three personal-injury accidents, three hit-and-run accidents and 24 car-deer accidents. There were three arrests for DWI, no underage-consumption arrests, one school bus stop arm violation and 36 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.

continued from page 1 By utilizing multiple sites, we will spread the economic benefits across many rural areas, Franzen said. The projects will create approximately 800 construction jobs and 30 long-term permanent jobs in the process. The project would include the implantation of the solar panels into the ground with support beams that, if and when the project comes to an end, would leave the land in which theyre placed in its original condition. The board had questions about the proposal that werent included in the information packet provided by Geronimo. While the commissioners seemed willing to approve a letter of recommendation for the project, the item was laid over one week for the county to get more information before officially endorsing the project. In other business, the board: Tabled approval of signatures on a letter of commitment of funds for a hazard-mitigation plan update project. In 2009, a hazardmitigation plan was mandated by FEMA and the plans need to be updated every five years. The projected cost of the update is $52,500, which drew the ire of some of the commissioners, since the initial mitigation plan cost just $24,000. The board requested more information before committing to the 25 percent local match for the project. Authorized signatures on a lease agreement between the county and the Greater Twin Cities YMCA concerning the purchase of land and the responsibilities of both parties in the Bertram Chain of Lakes Park area. The documents are updated at the time of each land purchase by the county. To date, Wright County and the City of Monticello have purchased 640 acres of land, approximately half of the land in the proposed parks project. Approved a contract with Xerox Inc. for the countys Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) program. The county worked with Xerox in 2011 to overhaul its tax programs and this will do a similar turnover of the countys land appraisal records. Referred discussion of the transition taking place in the county assessors office to the personnel committee. Reappointed Commissioner Mark Daleiden to the Wright County Community Action Board of Directors. Approved the findings of fact concerning the location of County Ditch 38. The ditch is in the process of major repair work and, since the ditch records are nearly 100 years old, the county has hired professional ditch viewers to determine the number of benefitted landowners along the ditch and assign their share of assessments when the ditch work is completed. The project is expected to cost in excess of $100,000.

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Programs & Events
2051 50th St. NE, County Rds. 25 & 113. Nov. 26: Wright County Parks Commission, 7 p.m., Wright County Public Works building, 1901 Hwy. 25 N., Buffalo; 763-682-7693. Nov. 26: Annandale Lakers AA & Al-Anon, 8 p.m., United Methodist Church of Annandale, 250 Oak Ave. N.; 320-274-3380. Nov. 26: Gamblers Anonymous & AA, 7:30 p.m., Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, 2051 50th St. NE, County Rds. 25 & 113. Nov. 26: Celebrate Recovery (non-denominational Christianbased recovery program), 7 p.m., Monticello Covenant Church; 763-295-2112.

Nov. 21: Wright Saddle Club, 7:30 p.m., clubhouse, Maple Lake; new members always welcome. Krista, 320-963-3990. Nov. 21: Maple Lake Legion Post 131 Auxiliary, 7:30 p.m., Maple Lake Legion Club. Nov. 21: AA & Al-Anon, 7:30 p.m., Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, 2051 50th St. NE, County Rds. 25 & 113. Nov. 23: AA, 7:30 p.m., Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, 2051 50th St. NE, County Rds. 25 & 113. Nov. 25: S.A.M. quilting group, 7 a.m., St. Timothys Church basement. Nov. 25: Al-Anon and Mens 12 Step Group, 7:30 p.m., Buffalo Evangelical Free Church,

Evening in Venice on Friday

November 20th Puzzle

Lakeside Oasis is under construction with completion in the spring of 2014. The public is invited for a wonderful Evening in Venice. This event on Friday, November 22, in Annandale, will offer the opportunity to support operations of the new Lakeside Oasis end-of-life hospice care wing at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo. You can register online as a table host/hostess, sponsor at various levels or register individually. The cost for this evening is $50 per person. Visit for sponsorship levels and all details of this evening.

Art Expo, Craft Fair Nov. 23

The 35th annual Fine Arts Exposition and the 33rd annual Creative Crafts Fair will be Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the middle school in Howard Lake. There will be 100+ artists and crafts persons exhibiting their works for sale. This is an opportunity for the public to meet artists and crafters. Many of the exhibitors will be demonstrating their techniques and sharing their ideas. No admissions fee, register to win prizes. Food is available; all ages are welcome. Howard Lake-WaverlyWinsted Community Education sponsors the event.

And thats the way it was . . .

A $500,000.00 joint venture between Lake Region Co-op and Cenex Corporate began on Highway 55 at The Country Store. ... The Maple Lake Lions presented Celeste Dahlstrom and Heidi Kelm with two checks for $750.00 for projects that directed Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to families in need. ... Evan Wright, Brandon Lee, Jon Loftis, Mitch Reller and Mark Steuck, all members of the Irish junior varsity bowling team, earned a trip to the 2008 JV State Tournament for bowling. ... And thats the way it was five years ago this week. Naomi and Jim Durst traveled to New York with their son and their quadruplet daughters to appear on the Maury Povich Show for an episode focusing on multiple births. ... After winning a contest at the Minnesota State Fair, Maple Lake High School sophomore Carri Johnson traveled to California where she had the opportunity to meet the cast of City Guys. ... After 44 years of work at L.C. Block, Robert T. Wurm announced his retirement. ... And thats the way it was fifteen years ago this week. Health Central of Buffalo expanded its imaging and diagnostic capabilities by becoming the first hospital in Wright County to have an in-house, CT scanner. ... Brice Gustafson, Vickie Pribyl and Laurie Demarais were among the students who attended the 61st National FFA convention in Kansas City, Missouri. ... A downtown streetscape plan was suggested to be the project for Celebrate Minnesota-1990. ... And thats the way it was twenty-five years ago this week. 16-year-old Michael Pribyl was accidentally shot in the leg by a 32 calibre rifle while hunting. ... A group of adventure-loving teenage campers at Camp Courage went on a three-day canoe trip down the Mississippi River. ... Rock A Bye Baby and Dont Give Up The Ship, both starring Jerry Lewis, were showing at the Monticello Theatre. At Andys Red Owl, customers could purchase Thanksgiving turkeys for just $0.39 per pound. ... And thats the way it was fifty years ago this week.

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Donate blood in Wright County Tuesday

The holiday season is a time for people to reflect on what makes them grateful. Family, friends and good health come to mind for many. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. Appointments to donate with the American Red Cross and bring hope to patients in need can be made at or 1-800-RED CROSS. You can donate blood on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Our Fathers Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave. SE in Rockford.

ML Airport to host Tree of Hope

The Holiday Tree of Hope will once again be based at the Maple Lake Airport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Since 1990, the Tree of Hope has collected toys to be distributed by the aviation community and the Shriner Flyers to Minnesota hospitals. It started when they found other toy collections did not give to hospitals and many times the families could not afford presents with the financial costs of seriously ill children who were having surgery, chemotherapy, dialysis, transplants, and treatment in the burn units. Desired gifts include items for children, birth to 18 years of age, that could include stuffed animals, books, puzzles, dolls, trucks, books, videos, CDs, cameras, electronic handheld games, jewelry, cosmetics, cards, clothes and small radios. Checks made payable to Tree of Hope will also be accepted. You can also use a credit card via the DONATE button on the website. Every cent will go for sick children because Tree of Hope is staffed entirely by volunteers. Bring donations to the Maple Lake Airport no later than Dec. 7, where volunteers will be packaging items for distribution to hospitals. Lunch will be provided. Donations are accepted all year long. For more information or to arrange for toys to be picked up, contact Elaine Morrow of Minnesota Chapter 99s at 952-955-2802, or e-mail You can also contact Howie and Deb Klier of Zuhrah Shriner Flyers at 952-898-5735, or e-mail

Library Barnes & Noble Bookfair fundraiser Dec. 1

The Maple Lake Library will be participating in the Barnes & Noble Bookfair on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit the library. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and music, activities and gift wrapping will be offered. The event takes place at 8040 Wedgewood Lane North in Maple Grove. You can also visit to support the library online from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5 by entering Bookfair ID 11188281 at checkout.

Silent Santa/Toys For Tots open until Dec. 4

Christmas is just around the corner and applications are being taken for anyone in the Maple Lake Area who will be in need of assistance for making sure Santa makes it for Christmas. Applications can be picked up at Wright County Human Services in Buffalo or St. Timothy Catholic Church Parish office. Applications must be in no later than December 4th. If you have questions, please call Debbie at 612-910-1914 after 6 p.m. All information is kept confidential.

CCW Advent Day of Prayer Dec. 5

The Council of Catholic Women (CCW) invites all area women to the annual Deanery Advent Day of Prayer on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo. The day begins with registration at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The topic for the day will be We Walk By Faith. For reservations, call Nancy at 763-682-1394.

Need for blood continues during holiday season

Every day patients across the country rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isnt always especially during the holiday season, when many regular donors are busy with holiday activities. Donors of all blood types are currently needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients. As part of the Give Something that Means Something winter campaign, blood donors can invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps or let someone know they gave in his or her honor with a customized postcard. Donors simply take a photo of a Red Cross moment, whether its relaxing on a donor bed, enjoying a post-donation snack or meeting a blood recipient, then upload the photo and add a message at" postcard. The postagram will be mailed anywhere the donor chooses, courtesy of the Red Cross and Postagram. Eligible donors can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply around the holidays. Appointments can be made by visitingg http://www.redc r o s s b l o o d . o r g or calling 1800-RED CROSS. An upcoming blood donation opportunity in Wright County is Dec. 9 from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church, 302 NE Second St. in Buffalo. To donate blood Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-7332767) or visit http://www.redc r o s s b l o o d . o r g to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or drivers license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Camp Courage & Friendship Holiday Party Dec. 6

The Camps of Courage & Friendship Auxiliary invites you to attend their Annual Holiday Fundraising Party on Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. at the Camp Friendship Dining Hall, 10509 - 108th St. NW, Annandale. The evening features hors doevures and a dessert buffet, wine and beer sampling by Coburns, 50-50 drawing event (last year $1000 was given back in prizes), over 100 silent auction baskets and door prizes. All proceeds benefit programs for children and adults with disabilities. Advance tickets $20 is recommended, as tickets may be limited at the door. Call 320-274-2085 for tickets and information.

Wellness on Wheels

Wright County Public Health offers cholesterol testing in the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) van. For WOW van sites, appointments or questions, call Rosemary at 682-7717 or toll free, 1-800-3623667, Ext. 7717. Wellness on Wheels Services include: Adult and Child Immunizations; Health Screening: Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol (by appointment), Pregnancy, Health and Wellness; Child Car Seat Check (by appointment); Information about: Healthy Lifestyle - Exercise, Nutrition, Recommendations for Routine Medical Care, Safety - Individual, Home, Car Seat, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Parenting, Child Health, Growth & Development, Reproductive Health & Family Planning, Infectious Diseases, Chronic Illness, Unhealthy Lifestyle Behaviors, such as Smoking, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Unsafe Sex; Informa-

tion and Assistance in Accessing Resources. For appointments or questions, call 763-682-7717, or toll-free at 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7717. For immunizations, bring past immunization records to the van, if available. * Van hours are Monday through Thursday are from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upcoming dates: Thursday, Nov. 21: The Marketplace, Cokato Saturday, Nov. 23: Cub Foods, Buffalo Monday, Nov. 25: Rockwoods Grill, Otsego Tueday, Nov. 26: Rogers BP Amoco, Maple Lake Monday, Dec. 2: Coborns, Clearwater Tuesday, Dec. 3: DJs, Albertville Wednesday, Dec. 4: Walmart, Buffalo Thursday, Dec. 5: Cub Foods, Monticello The complete WOW van schedule is available online at:

Holiday Mail for Heroes mailbox through Dec. 6

The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, veterans, and their families by sending holiday cards this holiday season. Through December 6, Americans can create and send cards to service members, veterans and their families who will receive cards across the country and around the world. The Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Please also refrain from using glitter. More information and card requirements can be found at

Girl Scouts Kids Only Sale to be held Dec. 7th

Bring your children to the Kids Only Sale on Saturday, December 7th, at the Buffalo Community Middle School Mall, from 2 to 4 p.m. To prepare your child/ren for the sale please do the following; bring small bills, put money in an envelope with a list of people to buy for and how much per person, put your childs name or your name and phone number on the envelope. Paper bags are available for shopping but having your child bring a cloth bag with them will really help them to carry the items they will be purchasing. The sale is a combined effort between all the troops from Buffalo/Maple Lake/Montrose. If you have any questions concerning the Kids Only Sale please contact Sheri Nichols at 763-286-7756 or

60+ and Healthy Clinics

The 60+ and Healthy Clinics, provided by Wright County Public Health, provides foot care for the senior citizens of Wright County. Toenail trimming is offered to meet the needs of those seniors who have a health condition such as diabetes or are unable to trim toenails themselves. The 60+ and Healthy Clinics will be charging a $15 fee for foot care services. This fee is necessary because the clinics are no longer being funded by grant money. However, if you are unable to pay the fee, you will not be turned away. The clinics are hosted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. If you have any questions, please ask clinic staff or call WC Public Health at 1-800-362-3667 or 763-682-7456. Upcoming dates: Tuesday, Nov. 26: St. Michael Ridge Apartments Community Room, 698 Ridge Drive, St. Michael Tuesday, Dec. 3: Walnut Place Apartments, 8830 Walnut Place, Rockford Tuesday, Dec. 10: Cokato Edgewood Gables Apartments, 600 3rd Street SE, Cokato Tuesday, Dec. 17: Maple Lake Manor East, 333 2nd Street West, Maple Lake Thursday, Dec. 19: Monticello Senior Center, 505 Walnut Street, Suite 3, Monticello To see the full schedule, you can visit the website at: %20Healthy%20Schedule.pdf

St. Johns Lutheran Church Holiday Fair on Dec. 7

St. Johns Lutheran Church, 331 West Harrison St., Annandale, will be holding their holiday fair on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be bakery items, fresh lefse made and sold on site, crafts, collectibles and much more. Sloppy joes, sweet rolls, pie, coffee, and milk will be served for lunch. All proceeds go to charity.

Senior Dining menu Nov. 25 - 29

Offering a nutritious meal in a warm, caring atmosphere with friendship and fun. Everyone welcome. The Senior Dining Center is located at Maple Manor West, 555 2nd St. W. For more information, call 320-963-5771. MONDAY, Nov. 25 Sloppy Joe on Bun, Roasted Potatoes, Corn, Peach Cobbler TUESDAY, Nov. 26 Swiss Steak, Romaine Lettuce Salad, Waxed Beans, Wheat Bread, Brownie WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27 Chicken in Cream Sauce, Parslied Potatoes, Carrots, Wheat Bread, Apple Upside-Down Cake THURSDAY, Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day - Closed FRIDAY, Nov. 29 Mushroom & Onion Pork Chop, Baked Potato w/Sour Cream, Cucumber & Onion Salad, Dinner Roll, Pineapple Tidbits

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BETHLEHEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Ph.: 320-963-3118 Pastor: Dr. Jeffrey Palmer HYPERLINK "" THURS.: 6:30 p.m., Girl Scouts. SUN.: 9:30 a.m., Worship; 10:30 a.m., Fellowship; 10:45 a.m., G.I.F.T.; 11 a.m., Confirmation. TUES.: 10 a.m., Bible Study at Irish Blessings; 7 p.m., Bible Study. WED.: 7 p.m., Thanksgiving Ecumenical Worship at Bethlehem UCC. HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH 5460 63rd St. NW, Box 462, Maple Lake Ph.: 320-963-3536 Pastors: Steven King and Culynn Curtis Visitors Are Always Welcome! THURS.: Cottage Conversation; 7 p.m., Revelations Bible Study. SUN.: 8 a.m., Traditional Service; 9:15 a.m., Education Hour; 10:30 a.m., Contemporary Service; 11:30 a.m., Annual Meeting. MON.: 11 a.m., Staff Meeting; 1 p.m., First of All Prayer Group, Quilters. WED.: 7 p.m., Thanksgiving Ecumenical Worship at Bethlehem UCC. CHURCH OF ST. TIMOTHY 8 Oak Ave. N., Maple Lake Ph.: 320-963-3726 Pastor: John Meyer School Principal: Deacon Mike Medley SAT.: 3:30-4:15 p.m., Confessions; 4:30 p.m., Mass. SUN.: 8 & 10 a.m., Mass. WED.: 7 p.m., Thanksgiving Ecumenical Worship at Bethlehem UCC. THURS.: 9 a.m., Thanksgiving Day Mass. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN SILVER CREEK (LCMS) 11390 Elliott Ave. N.W., M.L. Ph.: 763-878-2820 Pastor: Rev. George W. Sagissor III SUN.: 10 a.m., Worship Service; 11:15 a.m., Sunday School, Bible Study. WED.: 7 p.m., Thanksgiving Eve Worship, Pie Social Following. SILVER CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH 4282 114th St. NW, Maple Lake, MN 55358 3 miles so. of I-94 on Co. Rd. 143, just off Hwy. 8; Ph.: 320-963-3957; 605553-5240 Pastor: Luke Baehr SUN.: 9 a.m., Worship; 10:30 a.m., Sunday School, Bible Study. WED.: 7 p.m., Thanksgiving Eve Worship at Faith Lutheran Church. ANNANDALE EVAN. FREE CHURCH 10252 St. Hwy. 55 N.W., Annandale Ph.: 320-274-8951 Pastor: Dennis L. Johnson THURS.: 1:30 p.m., College & Career MIT; 7 p.m., Cry Out Practice. FRI.: 7 p.m., Safety Presentation. SUN.: 8:15 a.m., Prayer; 8:30 & 11 a.m., Worship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday School. MON.: 9 a.m., Grandmas in Touch; 7 p.m., Mens Bible Study. TUES.: 9:15 a.m., Womens Bible Study; 7 p.m., Celebrate Recovery. WED.: 7 p.m., Thanksgiving Service & Pie Social. ANNANDALE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 250 Oak Ave. N., Box 329, Annan. Ph.: 320-274-5127 Pastor: Marilee Benson FRI.: 7:30 p.m., Narcotics Anonymous. SUN.: 9 a.m., Worship Service; 10:15 a.m., Coffee Fellowship, Sunday School. TUES.: 8 p.m., AA/Al-Anon. BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH 7809 Co. Rd. 35 W., Annandale Ph.: 320-963-3592 Pastor: Lynn Machula SUN.: 9:30 a.m., Worship Service; 10:30 a.m., Sunday School & Bible Study. WED.: 4:30 p.m., Bible Study. EAGLES GROVE CHURCH PO Box 1020, Annandale Location: Hwy. 55, next to The Marketplace Ph.: 320-248-6024 Lead Pastor: Jason Pence & Facebook SUN.: 10:30 a.m., Worship Service; Energized Music and Quality Childrens Programs Provided. MT. HERMON LUTHERAN CHURCH 1284 Keats Ave. N.W., Annandale Ph.: 320-963-3284 Pastor: Marianne Zitzewitz SUN.: 9:30 a.m., Worship Service. ST. JOHNS LUTHERAN CHURCH 331 W. Harrison St., Annandale Ph.: 320-274-8827 Pastor: Dave E. Nelson SUN.: 8:30 Traditional Worship; 10 a.m., Contemporary Worship. BUFFALO SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 200 2nd Ave. NE, Buffalo Ph.: 763-682-3582 Pastor: Devin Locati SAT.: 9:45 a.m., Bible Study; 11 a.m., Church Service. HOSANNA LUTHERAN CHURCH 1705 Hwy. 25 N., Buffalo, Mo. Syn. Pastor: Rob Jarvis Ph.: 763-682-3278; SUN.: 9 a.m., Worship Service; 10:30 a.m., Bible Study and Sunday School. TUES.: 8 p.m., Young Adults Group. WED.: 10 a.m., Bible Study; 7 p.m., Confirmation Class. BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP WED.: Discussion Group Meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday, Sept. thru May, 7:30 p.m., at Buffalo Community Center, Across the Street from the Post Office at 206 Central Ave. (Hwy. 25). For More Information, Call Luke at 763-682-4616 or Visit Everyone is welcome. BUFFALO EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 2051 50th Street NE, Buffalo, MN (corner of Hwy. 25 N. & County Rd. 113) Ph. 763-682-6846; Senior Pastor: Brian Thorstad THURS.: 7 p.m., Small Groups; 7:30 a.m., AA & Al-Anon. FRI.: 6 a.m., Mens Small Group; 7 p.m., Small Groups. SUN.: 9:30 a.m., Worship Service, Coffee Fellowship, Childrens Church; 11 a.m., Sunday School for All Ages; 6 p.m., Youth Groups; 7 p.m., Small Group. MON.: 7 p.m., Womens Bible Study; 7:30 p.m., Al-Anon. TUES.: 7 p.m., Knitting Ministry; 7:30 p.m., Mens Small Group, AA, GA. WED.: 6:30 p.m., Awana, Choir Practice. BUFFALO COVENANT CHURCH 1601 Hwy. 25 N., Buffalo Ph.: 763-682-1470 Lead Pastor: Max Frazier SAT.: 8 a.m., MOPS Freezer Meals Packing; 9:30 a.m., Womens Daniel Study. SUN.: 8 a.m., Traditional Worship; 9:30 & 11 a.m., Contemporary Services; 9:30 & 11 a.m., Swimming Upstream; 11 a.m., Confirmation; Noon, Christmas Program Practice; 3:30 p.m., Mens Flag Football; 6:30 p.m., Chill Out. MON.: Noon, Prayer Group; 1 p.m., Womens Bible Study, Victory Band Practice; 7 p.m., BBI: Matthew, Current Events & Prophecy Discussion. TUES.: 6 a.m., Deep Waters 3; 9 a.m., MOPS Steering; 6 p.m., Grief Share; 6:30 p.m., Divorce Care; 8 p.m., Womens Volleyball. WED.: 6 a.m., Purity Platoon; 9 a.m., Shuffleboard; 6:30 p.m., Worship Team Practice; 9 p.m., Annual Turkey Bowl. FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH LCMC 12449 Clementa Ave. NW, Monticello Pastor: Jim Tetlie, 763-878-2092 Secretarys office hours are: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursday SUN.: 10 a.m., Worship Service. WED.: 7 p.m., Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service with Silver Creek Community Church. CELEBRATION COMMUNITY CHURCH Affiliated with Evangelical Free Ch. Box 171, Montrose; 763-675-3003 Interim Pastor: Dawson Grover; 612978-2766 SUN.: 10 a.m., Worship at Montrose Elementary School Gymnasium. TRI-COUNTY ALLIANCE CHURCH 8464 160th St. N.W. Clearwater, MN; 320-558-2750 Interim Pastor: Bob Morton SUN.: 10:30 a.m., Worship Service.

William C. Bill Papke, Monticello
William Charles B i l l Papke, age 81, of Monticello, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in an auto accident. Visitation was on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello. There was a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday Nov. 18, at Faith Lutheran Church, 12449 Clementa Ave. NW, Monticello, with Rev. Jim Tetlie officiating. Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Funeral arrangements were with the PetersonGrimsmo Chapel of Monticello. Bill was born on April 3, 1932, in Annandale to Floyd and Viola (Erickson) Papke. He served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Bill worked as a mechanic for Cadillac for more than 30 years and, after his retirement, he opened his own small garage in Clearwater. He loved to fish, hunt with his grandsons, snowmobile, spend time in Las Vegas and demolition derbys. He will be missed by his family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Viola Papke, and daughter, JayeAnn. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; six children: Robin (Leroy Gramsey), Kim (Paul Hoglund), Terri (Rusty Grimley), Jodi Cummings, Randy (Michelle) and Nancy (Ricky Kimmer); 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Anne (Paul Potretzke), Susan (Jamie Jacobs); and many friends in Monticello, Las Vegas and the Lost Acres Resort. and at the church one hour prior to services. There was a prayer service 6 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials are preferred. Dale Clinton Jacobsma was born Aug. 12, 1933, in Sheldon, Iowa, to Russel and Aletha (Pekelder) Jacobsma. He attended Holman #8 Country School and in 1951 graduated from Sibley, Iowa High School. He married Orma Lou DeVries on Oct. 28, 1954, in Sibley, Iowa, where they farmed for 13 years. From 1969 to 1994, Dale worked for Economy LP Gas Company of Litchfield where he enjoyed his work, contacts, friendships and customers. He served Silver Creek Community Church as a Deacon and Elder. He lived on Pleasant Lake near Annandale from 1971 to 2005 where he enjoyed fishing and water skiing and was always thrilled to teach beginners the art of water skiing. Dale and Orma Lou made many friends while wintering in Arizona from 1995 to 2008. In recent years he was happiest while watching and singing along with Gaither Homecoming DVDs. He is survived by his wife, Orma Lou, of Annandale; children, Lauretta, of Annandale, and Arlen (Karla Dickey), of Monticello; granddaughter, Taschia and fianc, Rolland Diamond; greatgrandson, Ryder Dean Diamond; brothers, Vernon (Donna), of Ripon, Calif.; Rodney (Evelyn), of Sanborn, Iowa; brothers-inlaw, Allen DeVries, of Westminster, Calif, and Gaylon DeVries of Fredericksburg, Va. The pallbearers were Harry VanDorp, Melvin Rozenberg, Gene Smith, Jack Veches, Richard Giebenheim and Dale Daemmrich. The music for the service was provided by Don DeBoer, Cheryl DeBoer, Loretta Schut and Linda Veches. The arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale. Obituary, Guestbook, Video Tribute & Funeral Webcast are available online at

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Dale C. Jacobsma, Annandale

Dale C. Jacobsma, age 80, of Annandale, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at C o k a t o Manor. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Silver Creek Community Church with Rev. Luke Baehr officiating. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Creek Township. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale,
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Irish Volleyball Section 5AA Champs and 2013 State Participant

Members of the Irish volleyball Section 5AA championship team are: (front) Taylor Pilger, Olivia Marquette, (row 2) Emily Webb, Brooklyn Toedter, Anna Treptau, Jillian Goelz, Maya Ortiz, (row 3) Maddy Neu, Chloe Callahan, Linsey Rachel, Jenni Pomije, Morgan Scheiber, Kelsie Kelm, (row 4) Coach Leah Davis, Coach Marty Kiebel and Coach Amy Voigt. (Photo courtesy of Zahler Photography)

Irish Football Section 4AA State Semi-Finalists

Members of the Minnesota State High School Tournament Class AA Semi-finalist football team are: (front) Chase Swenson, Riley Scadden, Ryan Elsenpeter, Trevor Paumen, Nic Paumen, Trevor Borell, Tim Vogel, Zach Johnson, Greg Giebenhain, (row 2) Tanner Vassar, Ryan Cargill, Blake Wellsted, John Treadwell, Drew Seibert, Cody Bakka, Hunter Hicks, Devin Lowers, Morgan Moeller, Kyle Pilger, (row 3) Gabe Hance, Austin Becker, Lucas Fobbe, Damian Kaley, Jordan Fonteyn, Landon Caughey, Sam Schaust, Josh Gindele, Michael Scherber, Wyatt Richards, (row 4) Dusty Strub, Chase Olson, Charlie Stejskal, Nick Preisinger, Nick Gapinski, Derek Reller, Wyatt Moeller, Zach Johnson, Brandon Lyons, Joseph Brockob, Ryan Kalinowski, Jordan Lorentz, Tanner Schmidt, Nate Maas, Coach Brad Baumann, Coach Andrew Brown, Coach Tim Knudsen, Coach Dennis Klug, Coach Derek Picha, Cal Redemske, Dominic Kaley and Tony Goelz. (Photo courtesy of Zahler Photography)

Irish Cross Country Conference Runners-Up

Members of the Maple Lake cross country team, including the varsity Central Minnesota Conference Runners-Up are: (front) Max Miller, Matt Genderau, Josh Pettit, Sean Cranston, Caleb Benke, Gabe Riviere, Luke Tollefson, (row 2) Josh Ruhland, Ashlee Martie, Kennedy Gorres, Olivia Wolff-Herda, Maddie Gagnon, Jessie Wohlrabe, Halle Geyen, Holden Youngs, Jill Boros, Jackson Gallagher, (row 3) Ivy Riviere, Margaret Graham, Joe Elsenpeter, Megan Webb, Kayla Hoistad, Rayne Coughlin, Skylar Manka, Emily Rassat, Mackenzie Miller, Rachel Loch, Katelyn Kramer, (row 4) Emma Carlson, Collin Gallagher, Alec Hausladen, Cody Welch, Ross Hickey, Adam Jude, Bryce Carlson, Benjamin Brinza, Lori Elsenpeter, Jordan Sifferle, (row 5) Blair Stewig, Mollie Graham, Tyler Cranston, Tyler Willard, Coach Ben Youngs, Coach Nicole Christensen, Coach J McClelland, Simon Willard, Tanner Severson, Ben Smail, Sommer Carlson, (row 6) Brady Tongen, Anna Thiele, Devin Deringer, Sullivan Graham, Blake Paumen, Adam Ruhland, Andrew Schonnesen, Jackson Willard, Grace Thiele and Evan Hertwig. (Photo courtesy of Zahler Photography)

Cross Country State Participants

Sommer Carlson (front, left) and Halle Geyen (front, center) earned all-state honors at the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet, while Andrew Schonnesen (back, center) also competed, earning 111th place out of 176 runners. They are pictured with Coach Nikkie Christiansen, Head Coach Ben Youngs and Coach J McClelland. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Carlson)

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Students from St. Tims, MLE win Patriots Pen contest

Five students from Laurie Hajnys class at St. Timothys School and two students from Jennifer DesMarais-Hollands class Maple Lake Elementary placed in this years local Patriots Pen contest. Pictured above are first-place winners Grace Heying and Thomas Jude, who will go on to district competition, along with runners-up Ellie Jude, Olivia Paumen and Megan Carlson. (Photo by Sharon Latour) Pictured at right are Bellah Scheutte and Logan Weninger, who were honorably mentioned for their essays. (Photo by Kath Heffron) Patriots Pen is a nationwide youth essay contest sponsored by the VFW. It gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds. More than 112,000 students participated in 2012. The top 46 national winners all received at least a $1,000 savings bond. The first-place award is currently a $10,000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian. This year Maple Lake had almost 95 students enter. The local contest is sponsored by Maple Lake Senior Connections/Chair Person Ginger OLoughlin and the Ladies Auxiliary.

School News
Thanksgiving Coloring Contest winners
The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the Thanksgiving Coloring Contest. Preschool through kindergarten: first place-Madilynn Norgren, second place-Emily Larson; first through third grades: first placeMarcus Weimer, second place-Liliah Girard; fourth through sixth grade: first place-Kayla Hanson, second place-Hailey Woobridge.

District 881 menus

Breakfast MONDAY, Nov. 25 WG pancake, sausage patty or choice of 2 cereals, whole wheat toast, jelly/margarine, fruit selection, milk, fruit juice TUESDAY, Nov. 26 Breakfast pizza or choice of 2 cereals, whole wheat toast, jelly/margarine, fruit selection, milk, fruit juice WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27 WG pancake on stick, cheese stick or choice of 2 cereals, whole wheat toast, jelly/margarine; fruit selection, milk, fruit juice THURSDAY, Nov. 28 No school FRIDAY, Nov. 29 No school Lunch MONDAY, Nov. 25 Chicken salad sliders, chef salad or egg & cheese omelet w/cinnamon roll, chicken nuggets w/cinnamon roll; breakfast potatoes, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas; fresh fruit, canned fruit, milk TUESDAY, Nov. 26 Turkey sub, chicken Caesar salad or Italian pasta bake w/garlic toast, cheeseburger on bun; spinach salad, baby carrots, green pepper strips; fresh fruit, canned fruit, milk WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27 Honey-mustard ham wrap or beef taco w/lettuce and cheese, chicken patty on bun; broccoli florets, black beans, cherry tomatoes; fresh fruit, canned fruit, milk THURSDAY, Nov. 28 No school FRIDAY, Nov. 29 No school

Congratulations & Happy Thanksgiving to the following Thanksgiving Customer Appreciation Gift Drawing Winners! A Special Thanks to all of the participating businesses this year!

Thanksgiving Dance is Wednesday, Nov. 27

St. Timothys Parish School is once again sponsoring its Thanksgiving Dance for kindergarten through eighth-grade students, including those from the public school. St. Timothys first- through eighth-grade students will meet in the gym to load a bus to the American Legion Club. Permission slips for each child are required, along with the admission fee, by Monday. The admission fee includes one slice of pizza. Additional slices of pizza, pop, candy, face painting, color hairspray, glow necklaces and a football toss will be available for additional fees. Kindergarteners are invited, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and pay at the door.

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me hunting. Going fishing makes me thankful because it helps us to get meat and food so I can survive. Ali Schaefer I am thankful for Mommy and Daddy because they love me. My cousins make me thankful because they love me too. And they play with me. I am thankful for food because I love food. I am thankful for fresh water. Devon Larkin I am thankful for my brother because he gets up in the morning and he goes to bed at a good time. Ethan OBrien I am thankful for friends because if they get hurt I have them. And I am thankful for my family because they love me. Colton Kolb I am thankful for the clean dishes that my Mom gives us. It is nice to do things for people so they dont have to do it themselves. I clean my Grandma and Grandpas dishes for them, and that makes them thankful. I am also thankful for my sister. Nick Jost I am thankful for my mom and dad because my Mom always cooks dinner for me. And my Dad always plays football with me and takes me fishing, and because they love me and I love them. My sister is fun and I am thankful for my house because it is warm. I get to have my own room and I get to play with toys. I am thankful for my friends because on my birthday they get me gifts. My sister likes to wrestle with me. I am also thankful for my favorite person to play with who is my Dad. Ian Helget I am thankful for my mom because she is getting me a dog. Clover Peterson I am thankful for my friend because he lets me ride his bike. I am thankful for my Mom because she buys me stuff. I am thankful for my Dad because he bought me a bike. Haley Nelson I am thankful for my Mom and Dad because they love me. I am thankful for Mrs. Christiansen because she teaches me. I am thankful for Grandma for playing with me. Im also thankful for my Grandma for playing with me. I am thankful for me because I take good care of myself. Samuel Hughes I am thankful for my family because they show me that they are really really respectful. And they show me they are responsible, and treat me with kindness. They show me that they care about me and that they love me.

Nikki Christiansen had her second-grade students write about things they are thankful for. Sarah Jensen I am thankful for my friends because they make me happy. I am thankful for my family because they love me. I am thankful for my books because they teach me. Kenlyn Marsicek I am thankful for my family because they love me and they are nice. I am thankful for my good health because I like to feel good. I am thankful for good food and clean water because I like good food and to drink fresh drinks. I am thankful for my friends because they are nice and friendly. I am thankful for my house because it keeps me warm and dry. I am thankful that I have enough money and for my pets because they are cute and cuddly. Dakota Zielsdorf I am thankful for my family because they love me very much. I am thankful for my friends too

friend because they are nice. My pets make me thankful because they are in good health. Olivia Hendrickson I am thankful for Santa Clause because he stays up all night going around the world. I am thankful for my dog Savanna because she would do anything you told her to in one command. Im thankful for the sun for keeping us warm. Im thankful for my Elf on the shelf because they watch us. Im thankful for my family because they care for me. Grace Carlson I am thankful for my family because they help me in rough times, and for clean water because it helps me stay healthy. I am thankful for my teacher Mrs. Christiansen, because she helps me learn. Im glad we have trees because they get cut down and make paper. My gymnastics coach makes me thankful because he teaches me new skills. Logan Salmela I am thankful for my family because they take

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Maple Lake Messenger Page 8 November 20, 2013

National Honor Society gains new members

Maple Lake Senior High National Honor Society members take the NHS pledge during a Monday evening program in the MLHS auditorium. (Photos by Gabe Licht) Thirty-four students joined the ranks of the Maple Lake Senior High National Honor Society, along with 27 new members of the Maple Lake Junior High National Honor Society, on Monday evening. Tonights inductees are students who not only perform in the classroom, but model all aspects of what we expect of a Maple Lake student, MLHS Principal Dave Hansen said. They are role models, leaders and give service to their community. They, time after time, simply do the right thing. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, The reward of a thing well done is to have done it, student speaker Ashley Becker told her fellow NHS members. Any recognition is just the icing on the cake, not to be expected but definitely to be enjoyed. Members of the MLHS NHS lit four candles to represent scholarship, leadership, service and character and junior high members lit candles representing those pillars as well as citizenship. Each candle-lighter shared a definition of each of the pillars. As each ceremony concluded, the members recited the NHS pledge. Members now include: 8th grade, new members: Anna Becker, Kaleigh Beehler, Lauren Borell, Miles Brown, Joseph Elsenpeter, Jacob Fynboh, Margaret Graham, Adam Holmgren, Shauntel Johnson, Amber Klug, Andrew Mavencamp, Grant Mergen, Samuel Neutz, Linsey Rachel, Emily Rasset, Samuel Schaunaman, Henry Stecker. 9th grade, present members: Ashley Brings, Emma Carlson, Nathan Carlson, Ben Gindele, Linsey Hanson, Lauren Heeralall, Michael Latour, Hunter Malachek, Olivia Marquette, Mackenzie Miller, Michael Ness, Ryan Rasset, Johnathan Reilley, Morgan Scheiber, Brady Tongen, Sydney VonArb, Tyler Willard 9th grade, new members: Garret Anderson, Josh Bidwell, Emma Hagen, Ellie Haney, Shelby Lardon, Ashlee Martie, Tyler Russell, Ashley Schmitz, Macy Wurm 10th grade, present members: Brooke Ankerfelt, Peyton Beehler, Michael Berndt, Brandon Borell, Devin Deringer, Kennedy Gorres, Tara Holmgren, Kaija Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Aidan Jude, Damian Kaley, Hope Kramer, Sydney Louis, Nathan Maas, Catherine Medley, Madison Neu, Kyle Pilger, Nicholas Preisinger, Bailey Prowatzke, Dylan Schlueter, Jack Seibert, Dalaney Sifferle, Jordan Sifferle, Brooklyn Toedter, John Treadwell, Miranda VanLith, Megan Webb, Cody Welch, Olivia WolffHerda, Holden Youngs. 10th grade, new member: Austin Becker 11th grade, present members: Karch Anderson, Heather Blahut, Jenny Brings, Chloe Callahan, Amanda Colbert, Clarie Feikema, Greg Giebenhain, Hayley Goelz, Jillian

Maple Lake Junior High National Honor Society members take the NHS pledge. Goelz, Tony Goelz, Mollie Graham, Logan Gries, Kennedy Haney-Goelz, McRae Haney, Hunter Hicks, Lacia Jensen, Rachel Lee, Rebecca Loch, Nathan Logeais, Madison Nelson, Andrew Nowak, Maya Ortiz, Taylor Pilger, Jennifer Pomije, Cal Redemske, Emily Rose, Emily Sisell, Dustin Strub, Melissa Timmers, Jordyn Trager, Daniel Upcraft, Jackson Willard, Hayley Zappa 12th grade, present members: Ashley Becker, Paige Blizil, Trevor Borell, Rachel Borgert, Maggie Carey, Grant Davis, Jay Elsenpeter, Loralie Elsenpeter, Madison Gagnon, Nicholas Gapinski, Alexa Gorres, Sullivan Graham, Evan Hertwig, Zachary Johnson, Katherine Klimek, Tabitha Latzig, Elly Lehn, Holly Jo Parchem, Kristina Paumen, Jason Pomije, Kari Reid, Drew Seibert, Blair Stewig, Justin Wilson, Jessica Wohlrabe, Maria Zaske 12th grade, new member: Anna Thiele

Jay Elsenpeter laughs while lighting a candle representing one of the four pillars of the National Honor Society, following some technical difficulties.

continued from page 1 Jost introduced MLE to the SMART Room concept with SMART standing for Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training and keeps that space updated. Both Jost and Tongen serve as peer coaches in the Q Comp program and as members of the Parent Involvement Committee. Carol puts the p in positive, Harlan said. Shes an amazingly warm personality and is very genuine and inviting. Harlan commended Tongen for capturing teachable moments like no other and for always looking for ways to do things better. As kindergarteners join the district, Jost and Tongen really set the tone for the kids educational journey at the school and do a marvelous job, Harlan said. In the high school, Nichole has made a positive impact on both students and staff members, Hansen said of Rengel, who was credited with making the anti-bullying Rachels Challenge project relevant to students. She is constantly working to bring attention to issues that affect students, such as her encouragement of staff members to wear blue for autism awareness and making staff aware of student depression and other mental health issues, according to her nomination. Rengel is also known as an excellent leader and friendly face who does a wonderful job of making students feel comfortable and safe and does a good job communicating with staff about students she works with. Voigts nomination said, She is not only knowledgeable about math, but also about teaching and learning. She is known for recording and posting her lessons online for students to access. Voigt also prepares seniors for the GRAD retake and administers the test. Voigt is also a member of the Q Comp team. Amy is a go-getter who is always willing to help out, Hansen said. Each educator was encouraged by Ken Anderson, board chair at Resource Training & Solutions, which sponsored the event along with participating school districts, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Horace Mann Agency. Honorees, you may never know all the great things you do just keep doing good work, he said. Through 22 years of the event, nearly 3,200 educators in the Central Minnesota region have received LEAA based upon suggested criteria from the LEAA organizing committee.

School board
continued from page 1 As for replacing Neutz on the board, Redemske explained two options. We can go out and try to find people who have school board experience who may be interested in the position like we did last time, when Chris Dombrovski moved out of the district, Redemske said. Or we can put it out there that were looking for someone. I would look first for someone who has experience. I know the last time when we were in this position, it was a smooth transition to have someone with experience, so I would recommend we do that, board member Rick Thomas said. The board agreed to have Redemske contact recent board members with experience. That will come to us at the December board meeting, said Arnie Michalicek, who was later voted board chair. If we dont find somebody by the December board meeting, then we could open it up to the general public. Because Michalicek had been serving as vice chair, that position needed to be filled and Joe Paumen was voted unanimously to do so. As for the committee vacancies created by Neutzs resignation, Ben Elsenpeter will serve on the Building and Grounds Committee, Shelly Liljequist will serve on the Activities Committee, Rick Thomas will serve on the Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative Board and Shelley McAlpine will serve on the Food Service Committee. In other business, the board: Accepted the annual financial audit as prepared by Schlenner, Wenner & Co. CPA Molly Thompson reported the districts assets and expenditures were consistent from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2013. Revenue was down more than $458,000 and the unassigned fund balance decreased by nearly $343,000, due to enrollment numbers being lower than the budgeted enrollment. The board learned the Oct. 31 enrollment figures were down six students from budgeted enrollment, but principals Kris Harlan and Dave Hansen reported that three new students were enrolled since then. Approved the creation of a Facebook page for Maple Lake Schools ISD 881 Home of Irish Pride, which will be updated by volunteer Kelly Pribyl. The district sent a notice about the Facebook page to parents on Nov. 13 and parents who would not like their students photos on the page may opt out. Amended the 125 Flexible Benefits Plan to include an updated definition of spouse in order to be consistent with applicable regulatory guidance. Learned that Maple Lake is 249th out of 335 school districts in the 2013-14 revenue rankings per pupil unit. Learned that the Backpack Buddies program has received more than $1,350 in donations, including an anonymous donation to provide Thanksgiving dinners for all Backpack Buddies families. Harlan reported that the program which serves 28 families is always accepting donations.

Mollie Graham Sports Writer

Maple Lake Messenger Page 9 November 20, 2013

Cross country runners celebrate season with awards

Ending a season isnt always fun, but for the Maple Lake cross country team, they walked away with many accomplishments to look back at and remember. Although not every race went the way the team hoped, each runner is an important part of the team and whether looking at varsity, junior varsity or junior high, each had many astonishing moments throughout the season. A cross country banquet recognized the teams accomplishments on Nov. 11. Coached by three knowledgeable and encouraging coaches, Ben Youngs, Nikki Christiansen, and J McClelland, each shared their experiences of running to give their team tips and motivating words. Twenty-six girls participated on the Irish cross country team. Team highlights included finishing second at the Central Minnesota Conference Meet and fourth in the section meet. Individually, Halle Geyen and Sommer Carlson qualified for the state meet. Bettering both their times from the previous year, Geyen placed 17th out of 176 and Carlson finished 24th out of 176 both receiving All State honors. With strong runners, the junior varsity and junior high teams racked up six Team Championships including, Maple Lake, Holdingford, Delano, Eden ValleyWatkins-Kimball, and the Central Minnesota Conference meet held in Pierz. Along with team championships, individual race champions were Blair Stewig at the Litchfield JV meet, Jordan Sifferle at the Central Minnesota Conference JV meet, Margaret Graham winning the Delano and EVW/K JH meets and Katelynn Kramer taking the Holdingford JH meet. Sustaining an average GPA of 3.63, the girls earned the Silver Award in academics for their section. Being recognized for summer miles, 100 Mile Club participants included Jordan Sifferle, Mollie Graham, Lori Elsenpeter, Halle Geyen, Sommer Carlson, Emma Carlson, Ashlee Martie, Kennedy Gorres, and Kayla Hoistad. Receiving an award for 150 Mile Club was Blair Stewig. The Evident Improvement Award went out to Skyler Manka, Margaret Graham, Jordan Sifferle and Blair Stewig. Voted Most Improved by the team was Jessie Wohlrabe. Blair Stewig was voted Hardest Worker second year in a row by her teammates and Halle Geyen was voted Most Valuable Runner. Central Minnesota Conference coaches picked Halle Geyen, Sommer Carlson and Blair Stewig for Athlete of the Week honors throughout the year. Placing in the top ten at the Conference Meet and receiving the All-Conference Award was Halle Geyen, Sommer Carlson and Blair Stewig. Placing top 15 at the Conference Meet and receiving All-Conference Honorable Mention was Kayla Hoistad. Halle Geyen, Sommer Carlson, Blair Stewig, Katelynn Kramer and Jessie Wohlrabe all made the 2013 All Time Fastest List. continued on page 12

Cross country

Maple Lake cross country award winners include (front) Blair Stewig, All-Conference and Hardest Worker; Halle Geyen, All-State and Runner of the Year; Jessie Wohlrabe, Most Improved Runner; Sommer Carlson, All-State and All-Conference; (back) Andrew Schonnesen, Runner of the Year; Ross Hickey, Most Improved and Hardest Worker; and Jackson Willard, All-Conference. (Photo submitted by Lisa Geyen)

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Turkey Trot fundraiser is on Thanksgiving
Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestling will host the Turkey Trot 5K at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. outside the main doors on the south side of Annandale Middle School. The first 100 entrats will receive a T-shirt. Turkeys will be given to the winners of each age bracket. In addition to the registration fee, donations for the wrestling program will be accepted at Annandale High School 855 Hemlock St. E. Refreshments and awards will be available after the race. Contact Jason (320-293-2462) or Steve (763250-4093) for more information.
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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013 INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #881 MAPLE LAKE, MN MINUTES Board Members Present: Brad Neutz, Shelley McAlpine, Arnie Michalicek, Ben Elsenpeter, Shelly Liljequist, Richard Thomas and Joe Paumen Others Present: Mark Redemske, David Hansen, Kris Harlan, Kristi Anderson and Gave Licht 1. Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3.DISTRICT #881 IS PROUD OF A. Athletic Teams 1. Andrew Schonnesen, Sommer Carlson and Halle Geyen for qualifying and participating in the State Cross Country Meet 2. The football team and coaches for winning the section championship and earning a State Tournament berth 3. The volleyball team and coaches for winning the section championship and earning a State Tournament berth 4. Recognition of visitors: Molly Thompson, Ryan Schmidt and Lisa Weninger 5. M/S Paumen/Thomas - Motion to table the approval of the agenda and move to approve through the consent agenda. Motion carries 7-0. M/S McAlpine/Elsenpeter. Motion to approve the Agenda for the regular school board meeting held on Monday, November 12, 2013 with the addition of 7 A.1 and decisions about replacing Neutz on the board and his responsibilities beginning at item 8B. Motion carries 7-0. 6. M/S McAlpine/Michalicek Motion to approve the Consent Agenda for the regular school board meeting held on Monday, November 12, 2013. Motion carries, vote was 60 with Neutz abstenting. 7. Unfinished Business A1. M/S Paumen/Elsenpeter Motion to approve Brad Neutzs resignation from the school board. Mr. Neutz has accepted a full-time position with the school district as the District Custodian. Motion carries, vote was 6-0 with Neutz abstenting. A. M/S McAlpine/Paumen - Motion to accept the annual financial audit as prepared by Schlenner, Wenner & Co. Molly Thompson presented the audit findings to the board. Fiscal Year 2013 revenues were down due to pupil unit decreases. Expenses came in close to budget. The unassigned fund balance decreased by $342,964, which was anticipated. Motion carries 6-0. B. M/S Elsenpeter/Thomas - Motion to approve a School District Facebook page to be created and updated by Kelly Pribyl. The technology committee met and developed a Parent Facebook Notification Form for parents who do not want photos of their children posted on Facebook. This form will be sent home in the Wednesday envelopes. Motion Caries 6-0 C. M/S McAlpine/Paumen - Motion to approve an amendment to our 125 Flexible Benefits Plan to be consistent with applicable regulatory guidance, including IRS Revenue Ruling 2013-17. Roll call vote: McAlpine - yes, Michalicek - yes, Elsenpeter - yes, Liljequist - yes, Thomas - yes, Paumen yes. Motion Carries 6-0 D. Our October 31 enrollment figures show we are down six students from the budgeted enrollment in grades EC-12. The principals reported that three new students were enrolled this week. 8. New Business A. M/S Elsenpeter/McAlpine Motion to approve a tentative seniority list. Staff is to review the seniority list, and final approval will be at the January 2014 board meeting. Motion carries 6-0. B. M/S McAlpine/Paumen - Motion to approve Arnie Michalicek as the Board Chair. Motion carries 6-0. C. M/S Thomas/Elsenpeter - Motion to approve Joe Paumen as the Vice Chair. Motion carries 6-0. D. M/S Paumen/Thomas - Motion to fill the following committee positions: Building and Grounds-Ben Elsenpeter, Activities CommitteeShelly Liljequist, MASWECORichard Thomas, Food Service Committee-Shelley McAlpine. Motion carries 6-0. E. The board directed Redemske and the board chair contact potential candidates with past board experience to fill Neutzs board vacancy and present a name at the December board meeting. 9. Representative Reports A. Neutz reported MAWSECO has been holding meetings at program sites. The last meeting was held at the Wright Technical Center so board members could tour the Cornerstones and Eastern Wright programs. He also reported discussions to follow at future meetings will include whether or not to expanded these programs. B. Redemske reported that the High School League will be implementing changes on how game workers are paid when a school district hosts a subsection or section playoff game. C. Liljequist reported on how well the Safe Schools meetings are attended and how important they are as networking tools between the city, school and county personnel. D. Redemske reported on a Schools for Equity in Education document that shows Maple Lake is 249th out of 335 school districts in the 2013-2014 revenue rankings per pupil unit. E. Paumen reported that the technology committee reviewed the Facebook page recommendation and prepared a form to be sent home to parents. F. Michalicek reported that Wright Tech Center will be hiring a Work Based Learning Coordinator, they employed TIES for their computer networking and are working on a 10% reduction in their energy costs. G. Harlan reported on the Backpack Buddies program and the positive results this is having with the kids, staff and community. An anonymous donation has been accepted for Thanksgiving dinners to be delivered to all of our Backpack Buddies families. The Girls Scouts and the Holy Cross Church donated food items to the program. Several donations were accepted: a $1,000 grant from Operation Round Up and a $250 and a $100 cash donation. Twenty-five other families will receive Thanksgiving Baskets put together by the MLE special education staff with donations coming from the Lions and staff. A School of Excellence celebration is set for December 10, 2013. Parents will be invited, kids will receive a t-shirt and Zahler Photography has donated a banner. Look for the Slice of PIE newsletter in your Wednesday envelope highlighting the tidbits from this organizations monthly meeting. Late start consisted of an autism speaker and PLCs. H. Hansen reported on the success of the cross country, volleyball and football teams and how well the athletes, coaching staff, fans and community have represented the school. Irish Pride celebrations took place for the 7th, 8th and high school students for positive behaviors and good academic performance. The Veterans Day celebration was well attended with positive comments from the veterans in attendance on how welcomed they felt from the students and staff. The drama students will be performing Dracula in the auditorium on November 15 and 16 at 7:01 and Sunday, November 17, at 3:01. 10. Committee Reports A. Activities Committee: The activities committee met with all the fall coaches. It was well-attended by the coaching staff. Items discussed included the MSHSL upcoming payroll changes for the section game workers and the budget cuts to the athletic budgets over the years. 11. Set Meeting Dates- No additional meetings were set. 12. Other Business A. Thank-You Notes B. Upcoming Meetings: 1. DLT meeting at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in the Board Room 2. Schools for Equity in Education at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013 in Minneapolis 3. MAWSECO Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Howard Lake 4. Wright Tech Center Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in Buffalo 5. Regular School Board Meeting in December at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2013 in the Board Room 6. Annual Truth in Taxation Hearing at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2013 in the Board Room 7. Recertification Meeting at 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013 C. Miscellaneous Information: 1. Chamber of Commerce Meeting at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2. Late Start on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 13. M/S McAlpine/Paumen - Motion to close the meeting at 8:52 for evaluation of the superintendent and to discuss contract negotiations. Motion carries 6-0. 14. Meeting re-opened at 9:22 p.m. M/S McAlpine/Liljequist - Motion to adjourn at 9:23 p.m. Motion carries 6-0. Respectfully submitted, Kristi Anderson Shelley McAlpine

CONSENT AGENDA (November 12, 2013) A. (ACTION) Approve payment of bills presented November 12, 2013 in the amount of $248,372.33 and hand written checks for October 2013 in the amount of $17,311.08 Maple Lake School District 881 B. (ACTION) Financial ReportCash Balance Balance, October 1, 2013 $ 245,484.83 Receipts for October $ 638,974.30 NSF Returned checks $ Transfer from PMA $ 725,000.00 Transfer to PMA $ (566,793.81) Total Receipts $ 1,042,665.32 October Exp. Vouchers $ 279,051.88 Bills Approved Dist. 10/15/2013 $ 261,604.50 Hand Written Checks Dist. $ 13,697.47 Debit Card Purchase $ 3,613.61 Voided Check $ Bank, ACH, Efunds Charges $ 136.30 Payroll Contributions $ 315,430.55 October Payroll $ 313,372.55 Disbursements for October $ 907,854.98 Star Bank Balance, 10/31/2013 $ 134,810.34 Plus investments $ 4,567,440.53 BALANCE DIST: October 31, 2013 $ 4,702,250.87 BALANCE OPEB FD: October 31, 2013 $ 1,113,942.45 C. (ACTION) Motion to approve beginning Tasha Eckerman's FMLA childcare leave on October 31, 2013 and returning on or about December 16, 2013 D. (ACTION) Motion to approve a contract with Brad Neutz as the District Custodian beginning December 1, 2013 (See Exhibit 1.1, Exhibit 1.2 and Exhibit 1.3)

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Glen Gatenby, Rapid City, S.D.

Glen Dean Gatenby, age 89, former resident of Maple Lake, passed away Nov. 6, 2013, in Rapid City, SD. A private memorial and internment will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallatin, Mo., at a later date. The family will donate memorials to benefit military veteran causes. Mr. Gatenby was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Orchard, Neb., the fourth of five sons to Floyd E. and Mary Louise Gatenby. He graduated from Gallatin High School in 1942 and attended Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Sgt. Gatenby served in the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 372nd Bomb Squadron, from 1943 to 1945. He was an aerial gunner on B24 aircrafts flying over New Guinea and Borneo in the South Pacific. Glen was also a member of the Caterpillar Club whose life was spared on June 22, 1945, because of an emergency parachute jump from an aircraft. He married Majiel Elaine Briner on Sept. 10, 1945, in Olathe, Kansas, in which three daughters were born. In Missouri he worked for several businesses in Gallatin and Sears Department Store in St. Joseph. In Minnesota and Iowa they owned and operated successful small businesses. They retired to Ozark, Mo., in 1999 and relocated to Rapid City, SD, in 2004. Glen enjoyed fishing, Air Force annual reunions, spending time with family and traveling with Majiel in their motor home. They traveled to all 48 lower United States and Canada in their motor home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Majiel, in 2007 and four brothers. Glen will be dearly missed by his three daughters, Sue (Howard) Sakima, Elk Grove, Calif.; Pat (Steve) Winter, Custer, SD; Gloria (Jim) Gibbens, Des Moines, Iowa; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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continued from page 1 goal, that would have helped us out. Not only were the Irish unable to score, but they gave the Vikings a short field, just 37 yards from the end zone. Seven plays later, they had increased the lead to 28-16. With 3:08 remaining, the Irish began the final drive of the first half. In 13 plays, they made their way to the Vikings 34-yard line, where Stejskal lined up for a 51-yard field goal as time expired. Hes kicked 50-yarders in practice, Knudsen said. He had the distance for it, but it was just wide left. Going into halftime down 12 points, the Irish felt pretty good. We knew we had made mistakes but were hanging with a team that had blown everyone out of the water, Knudsen said. We needed to score in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the green and black, they were unable to do so. Their first drive stalled on their own 44-yard line and a 55-yard return gave the Vikings another short field on the 32-yard line and they scored five plays later, converting a two-point conversion for a 36-16 lead. The Irish got another chance to cut into the lead with a 60-yard drive. Facing fourth and goal from a four-yard line, they were unable to convert their play into a touchdown. Adding insult to injury, the Vikings put together their longest drive of the game, going 94 yards for a 43-16 advantage. On their next possession, the Vikings pushed their scoring total to an even 50 points. Though the outcome of the game was determined, with just 1:30 remaining, the Irish put together one final drive. Landon Caughey completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Zach Johnson, who then threw to Nick Gapinski for a twopoint conversion, to put the final score at 50-24. Our guys are fighters, Knudsen said. Theyre going to battle to the end and thats what we did. Again, we played a team thats 13-0. Theres a reason why theyre 13-0. We just made too many mistakes early to stay with them the rest of the way. It was nice to see us score at the end of the game. Statistically, the two teams were very close, with the Irish giving up 391 offensive yards, including 288 rushing yards, while racking up 364 yards themselves, with 287 rushing yards. Redemske led the way on the ground with 154 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, followed by Trevor Borell (37 yards on four carries), Nic Paumen (30 yards on 10 carries), Strub (23 yards on four carries), Caughey (22 yards on 10 carries), Cody Bakka (17 yards on two carries) and Johnson (five yards on one carry). Caughey completed six of nine passes for 76 yards, with five of those going to Johnson for 60 yards and a touchdown, with Redemske adding a oneyard catch. Strub accounted for the additional 15 yards on a pitch from Johnson after a catch. Strub led Irish returners with 154 yards and a touchdown on six total returns, followed by Austin Becker (19 yards on two returns) and Borell (10 yards on one return). On defense, Dominic Kaley led the way with seven tackles and one sack, followed by Trevor and Nic Paumen (five tackles each); Strub, Lucas Fobbe and Josh Gindele (four tackles each); Becker and Redemske (three tackles each); Derek Reller, Nick Gapinski and Borell (two tackles each); Devin Lowers, Stejskal and Caughey (one tackle each); and Damian Kaley and Ryan Kalinowski (one pass breakup each). Damian Kaley was also injured when he was stepped on in the final minutes of the game and Knudsen reported he received 30 stitches in his leg. Looking forward, Knudsen is optimistic about his teams chances in 2014, though he knows other teams will be gunning for them along the way. Well have a target on our back because weve gone to state in three of the last five years, Knudsen said. Were right there. The young guys need to believe that and need to get into the weight room and decide if they want to get back to state because its not going to be an easy road.

Nic Paumen takes down Minneota/Lincoln HIs Nathan Pavek for one of his five tackles. (Photo by Charlene Wurm) Maple Lake got off to a promising start, despite some hiccups. After holding the Vikings to three yards on the opening possession, the Irish put together nine plays for 42 yards, ending with a 34-yard field goal from Charlie Stejskal for a 3-0 lead. The only problem was we had two mental mistakes where we lined up off sides and had a motion penalty, Knudsen said. Stejskal went back to work with a 40-yard kickoff and made the touchdown-saving tackle on the 20-yard line. With a short field, the Vikings took barely a minute to score on three plays for a 7-3 lead. Two plays later, it was the Irish celebrating in the end zone, as Cal Redemske rushed for a 60-yard touchdown. A botched hold kept the Irish from a successful point-aftertouchdown kick, meaning they had to settle for a 9-7 lead. To finish the first quarter, the Vikings strung together 10 plays for a 14-9 lead. Early in the second quarter, the Vikings ate up another 50 yards and increased their lead to 21-9. Dusty Strub received the kickoff and took it 85 yards until he found pay dirt, to cut the Vikings lead to 21-16 with the help of a successful Stejskal PAT. That gave us a little spark, Knudsen said. His team attempted to fan that spark into a flame of momentum with an on-side kick, which they successfully recovered. However, that momentum was short-lived, as a fumble returned the ball to Minneota/Lincoln HI. That was a back-breaker, Knudsen said. If we wouldve scored a touchdown or field


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continued from page 9 Senior Award recipients included Leslie Reinhard, Rayne Coughlin, Maddie Gagnon, Anna Thelie, Jessie Wohlrabe, Lorie Elsenpeter and Blair Stewig. Racing with the largest boys team yet for Maple Lake, the Irish boys cross country team had 33 boys out for the 2013 season. Team highlights included finishing as CMC Runners-Up. Individually, Andrew Schonnesen qualified for state for the first time and finished 111th out of 176 runners. Taking home two Team Championships, the junior varsity team won the St. Johns and Central Minnesota Conference Meet in Pierz. Not only collecting team championships, Individual Race Champions were Jackson Willard winning the Delano JV race, Simon Willard winning the St. Johns JV race, and Sullivan Graham winning the Central Minnesota Conference race. Maintaining an average GPA of 3.45, the boys just missed the Silver Award. Working hard in the offseason and being recognized for it included the 100 Mile Club participants, Devin Deringer, Brady Tongen, and Jackson Willard. Receiving the 200 Mile Club award was Tanner Severson and running 400 miles, Ross Hickey set a new Maple Lake record for summer miles receiving the 400 Mile Club award. Evident Improvement Award recipients included Adam Jude, Ben Brinza, Blake Paumen, Ben Smail, Devin Deringer, Evan Hertwig, Holden Youngs, Joe Elsenpeter, and Sam Neutz. Voted Most Improved Runner-Up was Jackson Willard and receiving the Most Improved Award voted on by his teammates was Ross Hickey. Receiving the Hardest Worker Award, second year in a row, also was Ross Hickey. The Most Valuable Runner Award went to Andrew Schonnesen. Placing top 10 at the CMC Meet and receiving the AllConference Award was Jackson Willard. Placing top 15 at the CMC Meet and receiving All-Conference Honorable Mention was Andrew Schonnesen, Devin Deringer, Scott Jordan, and Ross Hickey. Nominated and voted on by all the coaches in the Conference and receiving CMC Athlete of the Week was Andrew Schonnesen. Making the 2013 All Time Fastest List was Andrew Schonnesen, Jackson Willard, Devin Deringer, Ross Hickey, Scott Jordan, and Adam Ruhland. Awarded the Senior Award were Sullivan Graham, Keenan Sowa, Evan Hertwig, and Adam Jude. I would like to thank all of the runners for working so hard and making this a memorable season, coach Ben Youngs said. Maple Lake BELOW THE WATERTOWER


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