Jude Hall gets a make-over


John Northenscold Jr., scoutmaster of Troop 219, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Kenny Nyquist hand the key to Jude Hall over to Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock, Thursday, Oct. 23, at the building’s re-dedication ceremony. Behind them, Scouts (from left) Gabe Riviere, Samuel Riviere, Gabriel Smail and Jack Peterson look on.

Members of Boy Scouts Troop 219 listen as Betty Thomes, former member of the Maple Lake Jaycees, remembers the trouble they had moving Jude Hall to Bolduan Park back in 1982. The Municipal Airport donated the building to the Jaycees, but it fell apart on the way over.

From left, Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock, city council member Deb Geyen and Scout leader Alan Loch look at a diagram the Jaycees put together back in 1982 when they started the Bolduan Park project. Loch found the diagram in the dumpster when the Boy Scouts started cleaning out Jude Hall one year ago. Much of what the Jaycees conceptualized came true, including ball fields, hockey rink and game pond.

 

 Three times the historic Jude Hall behind Maple Lake’s Irish Stadium has looked upon its own demolition, and three times it has escaped it.
When vandals broke the windows and water leaked in causing extensive damage, officials at City Hall wanted to tear it down, but the local Boy Scouts stepped in, cleaned it up and used it for many years, John Northenscold Jr., the scoutmaster of Troop 219 said.
Then a tree fell on the roof and caused enough damage that again it was threatened with demolition. Again the Boy Scouts saved it. Later, when mold was found in the walls, it seemed there was no avoiding its fate, but Troop 219 came through a final time.
Throughout all of its uncertain history, Jude Hall has been a place where young leaders have come together to make great things happen.
That’s what the community celebrated, Thursday, Oct. 23, when Jude Hall was rededicated and given back to the city.
“What you have done here is a great accomplishment,” Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock said as she accepted an ornate key from Scout leaders. “You are definitely yet another reason why I’m very proud to be a part of this community.”
Northenscold spoke of hopes that the building could become more than just a place for Scouts to meet. His vision is that it serve as a community center for after school activities, Girl Scouts, 4H clubs, maybe a movie night for the kids and for private parties like weddings. This winter it will be open as a warming house for the hockey rink that was built a few years ago.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
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