pumps and development of a site for a future fast-food restaurant. At a February 2012 council meeting, H&H owners Jim and Jody Churchill received city approval for the project site plan and preliminary plat.
Dairy Queen had been mentioned as a possibility for the H&H location in the past, but turned down that proposal because of a concern over competition with the Annandale and Buffalo Dairy Queens. The Churchills are currently looking at other fast-food franchises that would be a good fit for their facility.
Warrior Boats departs Not all the business
news in the Maple Lake area last year was good news.
In July, a sale was conducted to clear the Warrior Boats’ building on Hwy. 55 of equipment used in the boat manufacturing business. The business, which was founded in Maple Lake in 1985, succumbed to foreclosure at the end of 2010.
There could be life after death for Warrior Boats, but it won’t be in Maple Lake. Three businessmen from Melrose joined forces with a professional walleye fisherman from Amery, WI, to purchase many of the Warrior Boats’ assets, including the Warrior Boat name and trademark. The new owners hope to employ 10 people to produce perhaps 50 boats this year.
But good news that did come after the fall of Warrior Boats was the sale of the Warrior Boats’ building to Airlift Doors. A story on the move of Airlift Doors to Maple Lake appears elsewhere in this issue.