The year in review- looking back at 2010

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January
The new year got off to a great start in Maple Lake when friends and family of the late Jill Sandberg and Mary Jindrich gathered at city hall to present a check for $50,000 to be used for the installation of lights at the Bolduan Park softball fields ... Brogan Manthie, son of D.J. and Tanya Manthie of Maple Lake, was the first baby born in 2010 at the St. Cloud Hospital ...  Barb Reitmeier retired after 32 years as the media center supervisor at Maple Lake High School ... Becky King of Maple Lake was selected for a major role in the St. Cloud Great Theatre production of “Fiddler on the Roof” ... Howard Lake became the second city to go online at the new Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant ... A new skating rink was created at the city park in a partnership between the city and the Maple Lake Fire Department ... Nate Johnson won the annual Geography Bee at MLHS, with Cody Welch in second place and Gabe Hance in third place ... Justin Bidwell and Emily Triplett were named as the Maple Lake High School nominees for the ExCEL award ... The devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12 postponed, but did not stop, a mission visit by Pat and Connie Lahr, who established the Haiti Gardens Project in 1985 ... James H Rachel died at the age of 90. Rachel served on the Maple Lake School Board and was responsible for the planting of more than a million trees in Wright County during his work for the Wright County Soil and Water Conservation District ... The Maple Lake Fire Department reached its goal of $18,000 for the Community Heartbeat Project that obtained a life-saving LUCAS chest-compression system for Maple Lake ... Tom Clarke of Maple Lake traveled to Haiti to work with rescue teams in the earthquake-ravaged area of Port-au-Prince ... Maple Lake’s military veterans were selected by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce to serve as grand marshals of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade ... Ben Marquette, who performed throughout the area with his group, Ben Marquette and Friends, died at the age of 77 ... Former Maple Lake police chief, Robert Kammer, died at the age of 69.
February
Nineteen-year-old Justin Murray of Big Lake won the grand prize fish house at the 35th Annual Ice Fishing Derby on Maple Lake ... The Maple Lake Messenger won first place honors in the catetory of news photography at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newpaper Contest ... Tom Lauer was named as the Firefighter of the Year for the Maple Lake Fire Department ... The Maple Lake High School Drama Department’s production of “The Rules of Comedy” was named as the sub-section champ on one-act play competition ...  The City of Maple Lake was awarded a $604,000 federal grant as part of a financing package for re-routing of sewer lines required to connect to the Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant ... Bob Kramer, owner of Kramer Sales in Maple Lake, died at the age of 69 ... The Lightning wrestling team won a share of the conference title in a three-way tie with Dassel-Cokato and Watertown-Mayer-Mayer Lutheran ... Sierra Bastien won the annual MLHS Spelling Bee, with Drew Seibert taking second ... The Maple Lake Citizens Club celebrated 40 years in Maple Lake ... A design created by Samantha Zuehl of Annandale was the winner in the St. Patrick’s Day festival button contest ... Snowcoming royalty crowned at MLHS were Summer Knudsen, Bernadette Loch, Holly Goelz, Courtney Couette, Annie Schwede, Brittany Hancock, Dusty Strub, Jake Schaunaman, Dylan Seth, Derek Rachel, Justin  Bidwell and Gary Welch ... An event at the Maple Lake Legion coordinated by Pat and Connie Lahr raised funds for the earthquake victims in Haiti ... Lt. Colonel Teresa Kintop returned home after a tour of duty in Iraq ... Candidates introduced for the title of Miss Maple Lake were Brittany Hancock, Morgan Wolff, Amber Davis, Meghan Couette,  Danae McGregor, Donna Loch, Chelsea Rachel and Megan Carriveau ... “116 Ashbury Lane,” an original play written and directed by Steve King of Maple Lake was performed by members of the Maple Lake Community Theater ... A plan to lower the level of Maple Lake was stopped when business owner Nick Olsen discovered workers on his property proceeding with the excavation project ... The  late Andy Hudek was named as the winner of the Minneapolis Aquatennial Commodore’s Award for volunteer service.
March
The Lightning wrestling team and Irish gymnastics team concluded successful seasons by sending a number of individuals to state tournaments. Representing the Lightning were Matt Fuller, Jordan Hanan, Jesse Puncochar, Pete Nordlie and Chris Salveson. Representing the Irish gymnastics squad were Courtney Couette and Morgan Wolff. ... The Maple Lake Library received a $5,500 grant from Wright-Hennepin Operation RoundUp to purchase computer equipment and software ... MLHS Principal Mary James announced her retirement after a long career at Maple Lake High School. She was a member of the MLHS Class of 1965, was hired as a teacher in 1973 and was selected to serve as high school principal in 1985 ... Honored at the Irish Gala were local veterans who were to serve as this year’s parade grand marshals. Winning Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce awards at the Gala were Roger’s BP Amoco as Business of the Year and Wendy Sylvester as Chamber Member of the Year ... Selected as Miss Maple Lake 2010 during the 33rd St. Patrick’s Day Festival was Danae McGregor. Crowned with her were princesses Morgan Wolf and Meghan Couette and Miss Congeniality Megan Carriveau ... The Maple Lake Library celebrated its first birthday during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival ... The Irish Scamper broke another record with 600 participants running through the streets of Maple Lake. In addition, Sarah O’Loughlin brightened the day of those serving with her in Iraq by organizing a companion race at her base which drew 288 registered runners and 236 able to participate. The first 200 runners registered received t-shirts provided through a fundraising drive in Maple Lake organized by Sarah’s parents, Mike and Ginger O’Loughlin ... The Irish boys’ basketball team ended a successful season as the sub-section runner-up, conference runner-up and a season record of 20-9 ... Wright County Sheriff Gary Miller announced his retirement after 10 years as sheriff and 35 years with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office ... Eric Alan Markham, 44, of Waverly, was killed in a crash in Maple Lake Township at Cty. Rd. 8 and Eldridge Ave. NW when he lost control of his vehicle ... As the new Twin’s stadium, Target Field, prepared to open, a group led by Tim and Patty Pribyl, owners of Laser Etch Technologies, were given a private tour of the stadium to see a number of stadium features produced by Laser Etch. Chief among those features were two giant murals of Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett ... Becky Foreman an active area volunteer and author, died after a six-month battle with cancer at the age of 54.
April
Chief Deputy Joe Hagerty announced his intention to run for the office of Wright County Sheriff after the retirement of Gary Miller ... Four adults and two children were left homeless after a fire destroyed their home in Sliver Creek Township ... Pat and Connie Lahr returned home from their postponed trip to Haiti with pictures and stories of a nation devastated by the January earthquake ... A controlled burn conducted by the Wright County Parks Department on park property in Maple Lake Township burned out of control on neighboring property owned by Doug and Theresa Andrus ... Karen and Dave Lien of Clearwater were the big winners at St. Timothy’s Spring Auction and Dinner when they won a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan LT ... Nine candidates from more than 60 applicants were selected to interview for the position as MLHS principal ... Annandale/Maple Lake Lightning Youth Wrestling team took third place at the state tournament ... MLHS Junior Lauren Nelson became the first Maple Lake student in more than 15 years to earn a trip to the Minnesota State High School Speech Tournament ... Wright County Public Health reported that whooping cough had been confirmed in about 40 people in the Maple Lake area, with most of that number elementary-age children ... “A Night on the Town” was the theme of the 2010 MLHS prom and “Prom Olympics” was the theme of the post prom party ... Steve Dooher was sentenced for the October 2008 car crash that killed three of his friends: Andrea Northern, 23, of South Haven, Michael DeMars, 22, of Maple Lake, and Derek Kammerer, 22, of Maple Lake. Dooher was sentenced to 48 months, stayed, and a period of one year in the Wright County jail with a 10-year probation. Family members of the three friends who died offered their support to Dooher and asked the court for leniency ... Former Maple Lake Mayor Mike Messina and former Annandale Mayor Sam Harmoning accepted a Local Government Innovation Award for the partnership that results in the Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater  Treatment Plant ... Spc. Sarah O’Loughin was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for her efforts in organizing the Iraq Irish Scamper for the benefit of military personnel ... Chris Paumen was named as Maple Lake’s 2010 Coach of Excellence for his volunteer coaching with youth sports ... The four finalists still in the running for the position as principal of Maple Lake High School were Andrew Almos, K-12 principal, Goodridge; David Hansen, social studies teacher, Maple Lake High School; Cory Larson, high school principal, Sauk Centre; and John Double, high school principal, BOLD ... Crystal Kass of Maple Lake was one of just 20 students at St. Cloud State presented with the Excellence in Leadership award ... Representing Maple Lake at Boys and Girls County and Boys and Girls state were Dezarae Decker, Girls State; Casey Dahl, Girls County; Ashley Hertwig, Girls County; Justin Bidwell, Boys State; and David Zaske, Boys County. 
May
Andrew Almos, the k-12 principal in Goodridge, was selected as the next principal at Maple Lake High School ... Morgan Scheiber’s essay about her late father, Mike, was the first-place winner for fifth grade students in an essay contest sponsored by the Minnesota Twins and the National Center for Fathering ... Long-time teacher Cathy Rachel retired from the Special Education department at Maple Lake High School ... Past and present Wright County sheriffs attended an open house to honor the contributions of Don Pribyl, who retired after 26 years with the Wright County Sheriff’s Reserves ... Mandy Wurm became the new owner of Snap Fitness in Maple Lake ... MLHS band students competing in state competition were Naomi Sorenson, Danae McGregor, Jen Upcraft, Renita Knese and Megan Dramdahl ... Foreign exchange students Vy Phan of Vietnam, Napas Kaewmuneechcok of Thailand and Ngoc Ha of Vietnam were finishing their year at MLHS ... After nearly 30 years of working with children through the Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative (MAWSECO) Barb Lhotka was planning her retirement ... MLHS seniors honored as 2010 Students of Excellence were Hilary Hogan, Brittany Hancock, Dominic Lauer and Jennifer Upcraft ... The Maple Lake High School softball team won the conference title, but fell to Zimmerman in the first round of the playoffs ... A dedication event was held in honor of Jill Sandberg and Mary Scheiber as the lights went on for the first time at the Bolduan Park softball fields ... Brenda Fobbe of Maple Lake won $100,000 with a scratch ticket purchased at Roger’s Amoco ... An open house was held at the high school to honor retiring MLHS Principal Mary James ...  Teacher Robert Ward provided the Commencement Address at the 2010 MLHS graduation ceremonies ... The case of missing college student Joshua Guimond was the subject of an investigative report presented by Fox News 9 ... Minnesota National Guard Lt. Colonel Teresa Kintop was the featured speaker at the Memorial Day tribute in the city park.
June
“Don’t Move the Liquor Store” signs appeared in the downtown area as the Maple Lake City Council considered proposals from H&H Sport Shop and Lake Region Co-op to building a new liquor store for the city on their respective properties along Highway 55 ... The MLHS boys track team won the conference championship, Colby Mavencamp earned a trip to the state tournament in the 110 m hurdles, and the baseball team was the sub-section runnerup ... An open house was conducted for the new Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant in Albion Township ... St. Timothy’s teacher Mary Lu Flick retired after a 43-year teaching career ... Lake Region Co-op property on Highway 55 was selected as the site of a new municipal liquor store after it was determined that the H&H Sport Shop property was not large enough to accommodate a 5,000 square foot store ... Kate Heberling of Maple Lake submitted the winning photograph in the annual Maple Lake Community Guide Photo Contest ... The Minnesota Baseball Association selected the communities of Maple Lake, Delano and Howard Lake to host the 2013 Class B & C State Amateur Baseball Tournament ... A groundbreaking was conducted to signal the start of a community project to build two softball fields and a baseball field on school property north of Highway 55 ... The Maple Lake Lions presented checks of $2,700 to camp Friendship and $2,700 to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Minnesota as a result of the successful Golf Scramble and Vehicle Fun Run ... Rosealice Hayes of Buffalo, a volunteer at Maple Lake Elementary who is know as “Grandma Rosie,” was named as the Wright County Outstanding Senior Woman ... The Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Plant received an award of excellence from the League of Minnesota Cities.
January
The new year got off to a great start in Maple Lake when friends and family of the late Jill Sandberg and Mary Jindrich gathered at city hall to present a check for $50,000 to be used for the installation of lights at the Bolduan Park softball fields ... Brogan Manthie, son of D.J. and Tanya Manthie of Maple Lake, was the first baby born in 2010 at the St. Cloud Hospital ...  Barb Reitmeier retired after 32 years as the media center supervisor at Maple Lake High School ... Becky King of Maple Lake was selected for a major role in the St. Cloud Great Theatre production of “Fiddler on the Roof” ... Howard Lake became the second city to go online at the new Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant ... A new skating rink was created at the city park in a partnership between the city and the Maple Lake Fire Department ... Nate Johnson won the annual Geography Bee at MLHS, with Cody Welch in second place and Gabe Hance in third place ... Justin Bidwell and Emily Triplett were named as the Maple Lake High School nominees for the ExCEL award ... The devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12 postponed, but did not stop, a mission visit by Pat and Connie Lahr, who established the Haiti Gardens Project in 1985 ... James H Rachel died at the age of 90. Rachel served on the Maple Lake School Board and was responsible for the planting of more than a million trees in Wright County during his work for the Wright County Soil and Water Conservation District ... The Maple Lake Fire Department reached its goal of $18,000 for the Community Heartbeat Project that obtained a life-saving LUCAS chest-compression system for Maple Lake ... 
More Year in Review appears in this week's Messenger. 
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