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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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Sep

Catholic Schools' Week activites continue

St. Timothy’s School’s celebration of Catholic Schools’ Week will continue until Feb. 2. The penny challenge will conclude Friday. Each day at lunch, students are allowed to put pennies in their class bucket or sabotage another class with silver or dollars in their class buckets. On Friday, all pennies will be counted and winners will be determined. Proceeds will benefit the St. Timothy’s Scholarship Fund. A collection of baby items and cash for Birthright of Monticello will conclude at the end of the week. Birthright is a nonprofit organization offering counseling, legal help, medical and financial assistance to pregnant women. The medallion hunt will take place throughout the week, with students receiving daily clues to help them find the medallion and win a prize. Thursday will be Dress Up Day. Mass will be at 9 a.m., family hot lunch day will be at 11:15 a.m. and the Batttle of the Books will be from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. for third and fourth graders and 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.

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06
Sep

Nathalie A. Twardy, Maple Lake

Nathalie A. Twardy, 72, of Maple Lake, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo after a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Graveside services will be 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Assembly Area 5. Fr. John Meyer will officiate at the graveside. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care, Maple Lake. Nathalie Anne Twardy was born on Aug. 2, 1940, in Duluth to Earl and Myrtle (Keenan) Baer. She graduated from North St. Paul High School and went on to receive a B.A. degree from Metropolitan State University. On Nov. 24, 1972, Nathalie was united in marriage to Robert Twardy in St. Paul. Together, they lived in Maple Grove for 19 years and Clemmons, N.C., for five years before retiring in Maple Lake. Nat worked as an accountant for Target Corp. and Sara Lee Corp.

Fri
06
Sep

Decker named to SMSU dean's list

Riley Decker, of Maple Lake, was named to the Southwest Minnesota State University dean’s list with high honors, for a grade point average of 3.8 or higher. 

Fri
06
Sep

St. Timothy's School celebrating Catholic Schools' Week

St. Timothy’s School will be celebrating Catholic Schools’ Week from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. The celebration begins with a pancake breakfast and bake sale on Sunday, Jan. 27. There will be 10 a.m. Mass, the fourth- through eighth-grade choir will sing, students will do readings and bring gifts. The penny challenge will start, with kindergarteners paired with seventh and eighth graders, first and sixth graders, second and fifth graders and third and fourth graders. Each day at lunch, students will be allowed to put pennies in their class bucket or sabotage another class with silver or dollars in their class buckets. On Friday, all pennies will be counted and winners will be determined. Proceeds will benefit the St. Timothy’s Scholarship Fund. A collection of baby items and cash for Birthright of Monticello will begin Sunday as well. Birthright is a nonprofit organization offering counseling, legal help, medical and financial assistance to pregnant women.

Fri
06
Sep

Rasset graduates from U of M Crookston

Christopher Rasset, a manufacturing management major from Maple Lake, is a fall semester 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Fri
06
Sep

Melvin Rouillard, Rogers

Melvin Joseph Rouillard, age 94 of Rogers, formerly of Maple Lake, born May 20, 1918 died Feb. 4, 2013, at home peacefully with his granddaughter at his side. Preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon “Sherri;” his wife, Mary Catherine “Kay” Bosley, wife, Pearl (McAlpine) Dynan, and daughter-in-law, Betty Ann Rouillard; parents, Henry and Ethel Rouillard; brothers, Merle and Rawland. Survived by his children: Michael (Sharon Wessel), James (Joan), Mary Beth (John) Schlegal; nine grandchildren, 20+ great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Also survived by his step family, nieces, nephews, relatives and good friends. Melvin served during WWII as a flight engineer, training flight crews on B29s, while stationed at various Army bases throughout the United States. Melvin also is a 60+ years member of The American Legion Post 131 of Maple Lake. A carpenter by trade, he built and remodeled many homes and special projects for family and friends.

Fri
06
Sep

Speech team finishes third at Swanville

The Maple Lake speech team tied for third at Swanville on Saturday. Placing for the Irish were Amber Dale, Jenna Anderson, Maggie Carey, and Bernadette Loch, honorable mention in duos; Lexy Medley, honorable mention in serious prose; Brooke Ankerfelt, 3rd in Great Speeches; Charlie Stejskal, 1st in Extemp. Speaking; Melissa Timmers, 1st in Storytelling; and in discussion, the Irish swept with Kyle Pilger taking 3rd, Dylan Schlueter 2nd, and Maddie Nelson, 1st.  Next week, the Irish travel to Norwood-Young America.

Fri
06
Sep

Corey Smith, Anchorage, Alaska

Corey J. Smith, 28, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Maple Lake, passed away at home Dec. 29, 2012. A memorial will be from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Monticello VFW, with a benefit to follow. Corey was born on Nov. 18, 1984, in Yankton, SD, and his family later moved to Maple Lake. Corey played football and enjoyed wrestling. He loved spending time with family and friends. Corey graduated from Annandale High in 2003. In 2004, he enlisted into the Army and was stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, with the 4/25. There he met and married his wife, Jaylyn (Reaume), on Sept. 30, 2005. While in the Army, he served a 14-month deployment to Iraq in 2006-2007. He enrolled at UAA seeking his Masters in social work. Corey retired from the army in 2009. That year Corey and Jaylyn welcomed their daughter, Hannah, into their family. He worked for Inter-Con for the past 3 years. Corey was a very devoted, loving husband and best friend.

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06
Sep

Maple Lake grads named to deans' lists

Several Maple Lake High School graduates have been named to college deans’ lists. Luke Aleckson, Brady Gagnon and Brittany Negley were named to Minnesota State University Mankato’s Honor List, with a grade point average of at least 3.5. Clarice Hickman, a freshman with a graphic communications major, and senior community health major Aaron Rassat were named to Minnesota State University Moorhead’s dean’s list, with a GPA of at least 3.25. 

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06
Sep

MLE Kindergarten Round-up is March 7

The Maple Lake Elementary Kindergarten Round-up and registration is set for Thursday, March 7th. Kindergarten Round-up is for all children who are five years old on or before September 1, 2013, and planning to enter kindergarten next fall. The tentative schedule will look like this: Last Names A-H: 5:30-6:15 Last Names I-Q: 6:00-6:45 Last Names R-Z: 6:30-7:15 If you are new to the area and have a child who will be eligible for kindergarten next fall, please contact the elementary office as soon as possible (320-963-3024).

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