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Thu
14
Aug

School board airs concerns on construction deadline

Discussions on the school construction project dominated the August 11 meeting of the Maple Lake School Board.

Ann Grabau of GenCon Construction listed eight critical areas to finish before the classrooms can be used. They are mechanical and electrical, life safety (which means a safe way in and out of the building as well as fire alarms), the kitchen area, classrooms which need flooring, paint on the walls, ceilings, marker boards put up and the site area (bus area and driveway).

Grabau said they will start in the kitchen, tiles are being laid down now and the equipment will be coming in Thursday. Flooring will be started on Wednesday, Terrazzo will be started Wednesday and the work continued evenings and on the weekends.

The installation of mechanical units will start next Monday and the electrical crew will be finished by next week.

The ceilings are almost ready to go up now that the lighting is done.

Wed
02
Jul

Planning continues on Phase 2 construction project

The final decision for the placement of the shed at the school is not option one, two, three or four, but, as Superintendent Mark Redemske said, "option two-and-a-half."

At the June 30 meeting of the Maple Lake School Board, discussions continued regarding Phase 2 of the school construction project that will get underway next year. One of the questions remaining was the placement of the storage shed that is now at the north end of the high school.

Wed
25
Jun

Garden keeps growing at Maple Lake Elementary

As they have each year since 1999, Pat and Connie Lahr, supported by the Wright Home Gardeners, are sharing their gardening knowledge and belief in square-foot gardening with the newest group of would-be gardeners at Maple Lake Elementary.

"It's so easy to teach with the beds laid out in grids," said Pat Lahr. "We always try to get a different plant in each of the squares."

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Wed
25
Jun

Irish band concludes successful marching season

The Maple Lake High School Marching Band had a busy June and will bring the month of marching to an exciting conclusion.

The Marching Irish had a good start to the summer at the Glencoe Parade on June 8th, taking 2nd place.

The following weekend was very busy with four parades, starting in Princeton on Thursday, the 12th. With 10 bands competing and no class divisions, Maple Lake took 5th after several AAA bands, topping both Annandale and Hutchinson, which are AA Bands.

June 14th found the Irish in two parades. The MLMI took 2nd place at Sartell in the morning and finished 1st in Class A at the Buffalo Days evening parade. The band again took a 2nd-place finish at the Hutchinson Father's Day Parade which is always a favorite to compete in and to watch.

Finishing off the parade season on Saturday, June 21st, at Red Wing was a new experience for the Irish. Red Wing is strictly a band competition parade called a 'Band Classic.'

Wed
18
Jun

Pencil Pride

Rhonda Carlson's third grade students write about their field trip to Fort Snelling.

What did I learn at Fort Snelling? I learned that Fort Snelling never got attacked. I learned that if people broke their arm they would have to put a piece of wood on top of their arm and one at the bottom. Then in one week it will be healed. I learned that when the oven is started you have to wait two hours for the oven to warm up. Then when it's been two hours you put your hand in the oven to see if it is ready.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Wed
18
Jun

St. Timothy's sixth graders end school year in style

As part of a graduation celebration organized by their parents, St. Timothy's sixth grade graduates received the treat of riding in a Hummer Limousine the day after their May 28 graduation.

Despite the morning rain, the class took a tour around town in the limo provided by Cities Limousine.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
12
Jun

Fear Factor has staff trembling at elementary event

Students at Maple Lake Elementary brought the school year to a big finish with a Fear Factor challenge for the elementary teachers.

Students earned the special event by exceeding the Trash to Cash goal for the 2007-2008 school year of $6,500 with a total of $7,574. That money was raised through bringing in a variety of items such as cell phones and printer cartridges for recycling, along with food package labels and product points.

The Fear Factor event featured a hot dog eating contest, a pepper eating contest, bobbing for apples with worms floating in the water, a tri-cycle race, a 'stick your hand in goo' guessing contest, and an 'I'll eat it, will you?' contest.

More information and photos appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
12
Jun

Elementary honors students at Sixth grade graduation

Sixty-two sixth graders at Maple Lake Elementary were the guests of honor at a June 2 graduation program in the elementary cafeteria.

Parents and their students were treated to a lunch, followed by the graduation program. Maple Lake High School Principal Mary James provided the students with a look into next year in junior high.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
05
Jun

St. Tim's bids farewell to sixth grade graduates

St. Timothy's School honored the members of its graduating sixth grade class with an evening of activities on Wednesday, May 28.

The students and their families attended the Graduation Mass at St. Timothy's Catholic Church and then moved to the school gymnasium for a reception followed by an awards program.

The program, conducted by Principal Frank Mazzuca and sixth grade teacher Laurie Hajny, included the reading of awards received by each member of the graduating class.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
05
Jun

Lakers perfect at 8-0

After yet another perfect week of baseball, the Maple Lake Lakers amateur baseball team bettered their record to a perfect 8-0 on the season. In their three games this week, they managed to pick up victories over Big Lake, Clear Lake, and Birdtown, all on their home field.

Maple Lake vs. Big Lake

On Wednesday, the 28th of May, The Lakers hosted the Big Lake Whitecaps. In the first inning of play, the Lakers took an early four-run lead. Coming around to score were Nate Johnson, Darin Decker, Mik Johnson, and Cody Decker. Keith Jerpseth provided the first RBI with a fielder's choice. A two-out double by C. Decker knocked in two more runs, and an additional single by Marcus Zahn scored C. Decker. Big Lake answered back in the bottom of the first with two of their own runs to make the score 4-2.

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