Northenscold chosen as 2017 commodore


John Northenscold was selected as the 2017 commodore for the St. Patrick’s Day festival. He recently retired from the Maple Lake City Council. (Photo by Katie Friedman)

John Northenscold Sr. may be half french and half swedish, but on St. Patrick’s Day, he is all Irish.
Northenscold has been part of the Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration since its beginning. For years he has marched with the Kelly Clan (he is a member by marriage), and competed with the McBrady’s for the traveling clan trophy.
He’ll be in the parade again this year, but he won’t be marching. He’ll be riding on a seat of honor as the 2017 Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Parade Commodore.
“It is quite an honor,” Northenscold said. “I was totally surprised. I never thought I would get an award like that.”
Northenscold was selected by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for his outstanding service to the community.
Born in Minneapolis, Northenscold moved to Maple Lake in 1972. He joined the Maple Lake City Council in 1987 and served for three decades, attending more than 700 public meetings before retiring in January.

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