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Get all your Community information here! There's information on school including a link to Maple Lake Public Schools, area obituaries, and links to various places in the Maple Lake Community. You will also find a link to the Friends of the Maple Lake Library and Maple Chamber of Commerce.  If you have anything happening in the community and would like these programs and/or events to show up in our "Community" Section of our Messenger, e-mail your information to news@maplelakemessenger.com.  Please make sure to check out our Community section of the Messenger which usually shows up in pages 4-6 of the newspaper.

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Kurt W. McClanahan, Annandale

Kurt W. McClanahan, age 19, of Annandale, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Annandale. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Annandale, with Rev. Ali Boomershine officiating. Burial followed at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Friends called from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, and at the church one hour prior to services. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m., Monday. Kurt William McClanahan was born January 3, 1993, in Buffalo and attended Maple Lake Schools. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed playing sports, frisbee golf, skateboarding, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Krista and Justin Jackson of Annandale; sister, Alexus Jackson of Annandale; grandparents, Leo and Teresa McClanahan of Annandale, James Jackson Sr. of Annandale; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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Arnold Clarence Neutz, Maple Lake

Arnold Clarence Neutz, 95, of Maple Lake, died peacefully at his home on July 4, 2012. He was born on the family farm, Silver Creek Township, Wright County, Minnesota on June 23, 1917, to Frank and Sophia (Swanson) Neutz. Growing up on the farm, Arnold learned the value of hard work, an ideal that served him well throughout his life. He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Buffalo, for the past 60 years. As a young man, Arnold was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1941. He served as a water supply technician and First Sergeant. In April 1942 he was one of the first soldiers to arrive at the newly established Desert Training Center in California under the command of General George Patton. While in Europe he served at the Battle of the Bulge. Later he was transferred to Okinawa preparing for the invasion of Japan. Arnold was discharged in December 1945, he then returned home. On April 14, 1946, he was united in marriage to Adeline Marohn at St.

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Edward L. Kunkel, Ham Lake

Edward L. Kunkel, age 53, of Ham Lake died Sunday, August 12, 2012, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Timothy’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, and 9-10 a.m., Thursday, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. There will be a prayer service at 6 p.m., Wednesday. Edward Leo Kunkel was born March 4, 1959, in Buffalo to Richard and Ruth (Meemken) Kunkel. He was a 1977 graduate of Maple Lake High School and received an Associate’s Degree in electronics from Northwestern Electronics Institute. He enjoyed bicycling and participated in the MS 150 ride from Duluth to Minneapolis for several years to raise money for multiple sclerosis. He also enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family. Ed was a caring, gentle, and well-loved uncle to 20 nieces and nephews.

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Phyllis Ann Glunz, Buffalo

Phyllis Ann Glunz, age 83, of Buffalo, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids after complications from a heart attack. Phyllis was born on August 18, 1928, in Maple Lake, the daughter of Louis and Ethel (Provo) Opat. She graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1946. On November 4, 1950, she was joined in holy marriage at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake to Raymond John (Jack) Glunz with Father Morgan performing the ceremony. God blessed their marriage with five children. As a young woman, she held various positions at Wonderalls, the King’s House, Moulded Products and her proud and loving passion at the United States Postal Service in Buffalo for 22 years, from 1970 to 1992. She also owned and operated Glunz Construction with her husband. She enjoyed country music, bingo, garage sales, crossword puzzles, collecting snow globes and was a frequent winner of KRWC’s time capsule.

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Esther J. Johnson, Annandale

Esther J. Johnson, age 87, of Annandale, died Saturday, August 11, 2012, at Centennial Villa, Annandale. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Annandale, with Rev. Ali Boomershine officiating. Burial followed at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. Friends called from 5-8 p.m., Monday, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, and at the church one hour prior to services. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m., Monday. Esther Julia Johnson was born April 14, 1925, at Maple Plain to Ernest Vernon and Georgia Martha (Gustafson) Peterson. She married Harold Wilton Johnson on October 21, 1950, at Maple Plain and he preceded her in death on April 6, 2008. She worked at Miller's Grocery Store, Maple Plain, and was a Sunday School teacher at Christ Lutheran Church, Maple Plain. She was a homemaker and member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Annandale, where she was a member of the WELCA.

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Irish Wear consignment sale planned

The first-ever Irish Wear Athletic Gear & College Wear Consignment Sale is being planned for Maple Lake Elementary and High School. Families can bring in gently-used Maple Lake Irish Spirit Wear, athletic gear, or college wear to sell to other local families. There will be three opportunities to drop off items: August 28 during the Seventh Grade Open House scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at Maple Lake High School; the Maple Lake Elementary Open House, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on August 29; or the Maple Lake High School Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. on August 29. Clothes must be clean and stain-free, with no holes, rips or tears. Athletic items could include cleats, helmets, knee pads, baseball gloves, head gear and more. All athletic gear will be disinfected prior to re-sale. After volunteers have had time to log, tag and sort the items, there will be three dates when the sale is open for purchases: 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11; Monday, Sept. 24; and Monday, Oct. 15.

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Maple Lake High School honored for yearbook excellence

The Maple Lake High School yearbook staff has been recognized by Balfour Yearbooks with an honorable mention certificate of recognition for its outstanding contribution to scholastic journalism. The Maple Lake High School yearbook is included in the 2012 YearbookYearbook. The yearbook adviser is Jean Elsenpeter. “Good yearbooks capture the history of the year in words and pictures. To be recognized by Balfour in YearbookYearbook, your book isn’t just good, it’s great. It relates stories that the students obviously wanted to share. Those stories, told through words and photographs, evoke an experience in the readers, taking them back to a game, a dance or a rehearsal. It’s a magical experience. It was magical when the book came out, and it will retain its magic 50 years from now. Your staff’s commitment to creating a yearbook that is both meaningful and memorable has made it one of the best in the nation,” Judi Coolidge, education specialist said.

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School receives good news on state assessments

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) scores for the 2011-2012 school year are in. These test results were recently released by the Minnesota Department of Education. At the regular meeting of the Maple Lake School Board on August 13, the board reviewed the 2012 test score information presented by principals Kris Harlan and Andy Almos. Superintendent Mark Redemske showed a comparison spreadsheet with testing data of District 881 students’ test scores in math, reading and writing. Every cell in both buildings made the grade with math scoring exceptionally well compared to state average. Almost all average Maple Lake scores exceed average state scores, with the exception of 11th grade math falling just below. Redemske voiced that he is not satisfied with the state’s measurement for math. Almos said, “Statistics of academic rigor are set high.” Almos reported good news to the board, along with some changes.

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Patrick 'Pat' C. Smith, Sauk Rapids

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids, for Patrick “Pat” C. Smith, age 64, who passed away Tuesday, July 24, at his home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Rev. Al Stangl officiated and burial was at St. Timothy’s Cemetery, Maple Lake. Friends and family called from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids, and one hour prior to the services on Monday at the church. Parish prayers were at 7 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids. Pat was born Oct. 15, 1947, in Minneapolis to Robert and Pearl (Smith) Smith. He married Mary Ann Spielmann on Oct. 18, 1975, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. They lived in the Twin Cities prior to moving to Sauk Rapids in 1977. Pat was an industrial arts teacher at Bloomington Lincoln High School, Plainview High School and Maple Lake High School.

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Bernice M. Marohn, Annandale

Bernice M. Marohn, age 75, of Annandale, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Sunrise Cottages, Buffalo. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4, at Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale, with Rev. Thomas Queck officiating. Burial followed at Pleasantview Cemetery, Annandale. Visitation was at the church from 5-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, one hour prior to services. There was a prayer service 7 p.m. Friday. Bernice Mary Marohn was born October 19, 1936, to Leo and Helen (Flatoff) Zurawski in Stevens Point, WI. She was baptized on October 25, 1936, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School, Stevens Point, in 1954; then later in life earned a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Cloud State University. She married Marvin Marohn on December 31, 1955, and they resided in Annandale where she worked with Marv in his produce business and later in the grocery business.

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