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                                                  Sunday, May 20, 2018 



May 20

Maple Lake Bridging Zambia presents a pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 20th. Delicious pancakes and much more available from 8:30 until 12 noon at the Maple Lake American Legion. A free-will offering will be taken to help support the efforts of Maple Lake Bridging Zambia, which plans a trip to Zambia later this year to help with the work of longtime Maple Lake resident, Carol McBrady.

St. Peter Lutheran Church of rural Watertown will host its 10th Annual German Maifest on Sunday, May 20th. A German-inspired worship will be held at 9 AM. At 10 AM, musical entertainment begins, followed by a schnitzel dinner from 11 AM to 2 PM. German beer and wine as well as local beverages will be featured from 10 AM to 6 PM. Great food, a live and silent auction are all part of the fun. St. Peter's Lutheran is located at 3030 Navajo Avenue in rural Watertown.

May 26

Lake Maria State Park near Monticello will host a wildflower presentation and hike on Saturday, May 26th. Dr. Steve Saupe, a professor and botanist at St. John's University, and the College of St. Benedict will provide an overview of what makes a wildflower survive. He will then lead a hike through the park to look at the plants and seek out wildflowers. The program is free, a 7 dollar daily vehicle permit fee will apply for those without an annual permit.

May 28

The Plato American Legion will hold its annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 28th beginning at 9 AM at the Plato Hall.

June 2

Lake Maria State Park hosts a program on Wolves on Saturday, June 2nd at 11 AM at the Lake Maria Trail Center. A guest speaker form the International Wolf Center in Ely will help everyone better understand the complicated issues surrounding wolves. The 1 hour presentation is free, but a 7 dollar daily vehicle permit fee will apply for those without an annual permit. For more information, call the park at (763) 878-2325.

June 7

St. George Catholic Church of Long Lake invites everyone to its annual rummage sale, June 7th and 8th. Hours on Thursday will be 9 AM to 8 PM, and Friday, 9 AM to 1 PM. A "Better Goods" room will be featured, and Friday will be 4-dollar bag day. Visit 5 large rooms full of goods, plus outdoor areas! Snacks are available. Proceeds help to support many charities.

June 9

Bison Fishing Forever hosts its 2nd Annual Fundraising Banquet on Saturday, June 9th at the Buffalo American Legion. Doors open at 4:30 PM, with dinner at 6 PM. Some of the raffle items include a Smoke Hollow propane smoker and a hand-stitched quilt. Dozens of other prizes will be drawn for. A cash bar will be available. Sponsorships are available at $275. Dinner tickets are $60 for couples, $35 for adults, and $15 for seniors and children. Proceeds from the evening go to help Bison Fishing Forever continue its free fishing trips on Lake Pulaski for seniors, veterans and other residents. 

June 17

June is Homeownership Month, and Wright County Community Action will offer another session of the popular and award-winning Home Stretch workshop on Saturday, June 17th in Montrose. The 8-hour homebuyer workshop covers all of the essential steps that buyers should take or consider in order to realize their dream of homeownership. In recognition of Homeownership Month, this Home Stretch session will be FREE! To register or for more information, log onto;, or call (320) 963-6500 extension 238. 

Ongoing Events

Now is a great opportunity to show your children how much you love them, and want to keep them safe by making sure they are in the correct child safety seat. An estimated 9 out of 10 child safety seats are misused. In Minnesota, a child needs to be in a child safety seat until they reach age 8 or 4’9 inches in height. Wright County Public Health has several child passenger safety technicians who perform child safety seat appointments, most often conducted in the parking lot of the Wright County Health and Human Services. Each appointment is scheduled for 45 minutes, per child safety seat. In 2017, Wright County Public Health received $2,500 in grant dollars to help provide child safety seats . Some health insurance companies also provide child safety seats. To schedule a child passenger safety seat check, contact Terri Burkhart at 763-682-7516.The Wright County Wellness on Wheels Program offers tips for your family's safety and well-being: Each year more than 400 people are silently killed from carbon monoxide poisoning, known as CO. It's called the "silent killer" because it doesn't sting your eyes, make you cough, or produce a visible or malodorous vapor. If a CO alarm sounds, or you have ANY symptoms of CO poisoning----don't ignore it! . Leave the house or area immediately. Call 911 or the fire department as soon as you are outside the home. And here is another timely reminder.....Flu Shots are still available through the WOW Program. Call 763-682-7516.

Wright County Community Action is operating the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) in Wright County. The Energy Assistance Program is available to income eligible households to pay a portion of the cost for their heat bills. The program can also provide assistance to homeowners in need of Furnace Repairs. Assistance levels for families served through the Energy Assistance Program are determined based on household income, household size, and actual cost of heating for a period of twelve continuous months. Wright County Community Action works with households to resolve heating crisis situations such as a shut offs and disconnections. Wright County Community Action will continue to take applications through May 31, 2018. If you are interested in applying for Energy Assistance or would like more information please contact Wright County Community Action at: WCCA 130 W. Division Street, P.O. Box 787 Maple Lake, MN 55358. You may also call at; (320) 963-6500.

The blood supply is very critical during this time of the year with accident victims in addition to the every day surgery patients. To donate blood, simply call 1-800 RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit:, Give the Gift of Life! All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with signed parental permission form) 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. A new system called RAPID PASS is available to anyone to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online. Just visit This must be done the day of the donation.

Attention! Seniors with a song in your heart, and a bounce in your step...Let's Dance!!! There's an Afternoon Senior Dance almost every week, right here in Wright County. Some locations include The "V" in Maple Lake; Huikko's Bison Creek in Buffalo; the Monticello VFW, and the Buffalo Legion. These afternoon events are from 1PM until 4. A small cover charge includes lunch. Age doesn't matter. It's the bounce that counts!! Whether you dance or not, you are invited to come for the fun!! .For dates, location and information, call Mike Elsenpeter, at 320-963-3663.





The Annandale Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

Basic Computer & Internet Help – ongoing

Do you need help setting up an email account, doing a basic web search, using Word or Excel on your PC? An experienced volunteer is willing to help! Walk in or call ahead 320.274.8448.

Tuesday and Friday mornings

9:00 to 11:00 am

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – ongoing

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program designed to increase the awareness of early literacy and to encourage every parent to embrace their role as their child's first teacher. Plus, there are prizes! This program is ongoing, so you can sign up any time. No limit; please come to the library to register. Sponsored by the Annandale Area Friends of the Library and Great River Regional Library. 

For more information, contact the Annandale library at (320) 274-8448.

Annandale Area Public Library • Hours
Mon. 2-5, Tue. 9-1 & 2-5, Wed. 2-8, Fri. 9-12 & 2-5, Sat. 9-12


The Buffalo Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities

1,000 Books before Kindergarten - ongoing

Give your child the gift of reading and literacy. Track the progress with your child's special booklet and earn prizes along the way. For ages birth to Kindergarten. Sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Library.

Teen Book Club - ongoing

Join the Buffalo Library Teen Book Club, an ongoing event for grades 6-9. Stop by the desk to leave your contact information. Read the book and join us for pizza and a rousing discussion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Library. Check our online events calendar for dates and times or call the library.

Adult Book Club - ongoing

Our adult book club is flourishing! Stop at the circulation desk to join our group. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Library. Check our online events calendar for dates and times or call the library.

For more information on library services, contact the Buffalo Library at 763-682-2753.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. GRRL supplies Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.

Buffalo Public Library • Hours: M 10-8; T 10-8; W 10-8; Th 12-8; F 11-5; S 10-2


The Clearwater Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

Pre-School Storytime - April 24

Stories and activities to build kindergarten readiness. For ages 2 to 6. 11 to 11:30 AM.

Music With Angie - April 25

A journey through the evolution of American pop culture and entertainment. Tidbits of history, scientific invention, celebrity bios and songs from each era from the 1890s through the 1960s.


Computer Tech Help – ongoing

By appointment or just walk in.

Tuesdays, Noon to 1 PM.

For additional information on library services, contact the Clearwater Public Library at 320-558-6001.

Clearwater Public Library • Hours
Mon. closed; Tues. 10-1 & 3-6;  Wed. 3-8;  Thur. 10-1;  Fri. 3-6;  Sat. 10-1



The Howard Lake Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - ongoing

Fun for parents and children alike! Parents and children spend time reading together, and children win prizes for achieving various milestones. This program includes an annual graduation for those who've completed the program and this celebration is open to all participants. Visit the library for more details and to pick up your materials! For ages 1 month to Kindergarten. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library. This program is ongoing throughout the year.

For additional information on library services, contact the Howard Lake Public Library at (320) 543-2020.

Howard Lake Public Library • Hours
Mon. 2-8, Tue. 1-6, Wed. 2-8, Thur. 10-6, Fri. 3-6, Sat. 10-1.


The Rockford Public Library is pleased to offer the following programs and activities.

Monthly Lego Clubs - April 18th and 23rd

Join us for a fun hour of Lego building. Bring your imagination! The Lego blocks will be provided. For ages 5 to 13. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Rockford Friends of the Library. 

Family Storytime - April 18th and 25th

Activities and stories for families. No limit. Registration is not required. 11:15 AM to 12 noon.

Bingo With Melissa - April 19th

Come and play bingo at the library. Ages 7 to 12. Limit 20. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Rockford Friends of the Library. 4 to 5 PM.

Rockford Adult Book Club - April 23rd

Contact the library for current titles. Registration is not required. 2 to 3 PM.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - ongoing

Register your child to read 1,000 Books before kindergarten. Sign up anytime during open hours.

For additional information on library services, contact the Rockford Public Library at (763) 477-4216.

Rockford Public Library Hours

Mon. 2-8, Tues. 2-8, Wed. 10-6, Thurs. 3-8, Fri. 3-6, Sat. 10-1