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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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Festival of Nations May 3 at Maple Lake Elementary

The Festival of Nations 6th Annual Event is planned for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, at Maple Lake Elementary School. Students researched 33 different countries and will present their information in the elementary gym. Everyone is welcome.

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Sep

MLHS speech season ends quietly at sections

The Maple Lake High School speech team wrapped up their 2013 campaign with sub-section and section competitions. While no speakers advanced to the state meet at Blaine (April 19) this past weekend, many speakers did place: At subsection, April 4, at Tri-Cities United High School in Montgomery, placing for the Irish were: Maddie Nelson, discussion, first alternate; Dylan Schlueter, discussion, fifth place; Jenna Anderson and Amber Dale, duos, second place; Charlie Stejskal, extemporaneous speaking, second place; Brooke Ankerfelt, great speeches, fifth place; Maria Zaske, great speeches, first alternate; and Melissa Timmers, storytelling, second alternate. At section competition, April 9 at Belle Plaine, placing for the Irish were: Maddie Nelson, discussion, fifth place; Charlie Stejskal, extemporaneous speaking, fourth place; and Maria Zaske, great speeches, sixth place.

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Sep

Koepsell-Jurgens inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Chapter at SCTCC

Naomi Koepsell-Jurgens was inducted into the Beta Xi Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at St. Cloud Technical and Community College on April 18. Koepsell-Jurgens, the daughter of James and Jeanne Koepsell, of Park Rapids, is married to Bret Jurgens, of Maple Lake. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in America with 1,280 chapters on campuses in all 50 states, Canada, Germany, Peru and other countries. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with about 135,000 students inducted annually

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Sep

Jude nominated for St. Mary's award

Saint Mary's University biology pre-physical therapy major Jacinta Jude, daughter of Peter and Anna Maria Jude, of Maple Lake, was nominated for the university's Outstanding Senior Female Award. For the past 46 years, Saint Mary's has honored a male and a female senior who have demonstrated the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership, service to colleagues and the university community, as well as genuine concern for the needs of others. Jude has demonstrated these qualities through her involvement with Big and Little Pals, College Colleagues, S.O.U.L. (Serving Others United in Love) Trips, and Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Scholastic Honor Society). She was the president of Beta Beta Beta (Biology National Honors Society) and Volunteer Mentors and held an officer position in Biology Club. She has competed in various intramural sports and was an orientation leader for three years. She also worked as a tutor of calculus and chemistry.

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Sep

Lucille Smith, Maple Lake

Lucille B. Smith, age 82, of Maple Lake, died Tuesday, April 29, 2013, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake, and one hour prior to the service on Friday, also at the funeral home. A prayer service will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in St. Timothy’s Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Maple Lake (www.dingmannfuneral.com).

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Sep

Marvin Fischer, Maple Lake

Marvin Fischer, age 93, of Maple Lake, passed away April 27, 2013. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Dorothy Ann. Marvin will be missed by children, Sandra, Scott, Guy (Tracy) and Nancy (Bruce) Varner; 10 grandchildren: Leslie (Michael) Corcoran, Jennifer Emslander, Joshua Fischer, Anna (Tom) Vogel, Jessica Fischer, Bree (Joshua) Kuss, Angela (Dietmar) Pond, Sarah (Derek) Barto, Jon Fischer and James Fischer; eight great-grandchildren: Michael, Bodie, Joseph, Josiah, Mason, Miles, Kayla and Henry. Marvin was born Aug. 31, 1919, in Gaylord, to Albert and Bertha Fischer. He was a WWII veteran, serving in Europe. Marvin worked for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier in the city of St. Louis Park. Marvin and Dorothy spent a few years of their retirement living in Bonita Beach, Florida, where Marvin started a hobby of making knick-knacks out of collected sea shells.

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Sep

Helen Petersen, Maple Lake

Helen J. Petersen, age 68, of Maple Lake, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids with her daughter by her side. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, at Annandale Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Kevin Groven officiating. Burial followed at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Crystal. Helen Jean Petersen was born Feb. 12, 1945, to Martin and Lois (Vaneps) Vensland in Minneapolis. She graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine with the Class of 1963 and furthered her education at Oak Hills Bible College in Bemidji, graduating in 1968. Helen was united in marriage to Paul Edward Petersen and he preceded her in death in 2002. Over the years, Helen worked as a waitress, long distance operator, secretary, radio station traffic manager, receptionist and a switchboard operator. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, reading, traveling to the North Shore and attending the State Fair. She was a people person and loved sharing her faith in God.

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Sep

Arnold Vandenheuvel, St. Cloud

Arnold W. Vandenheuvel, age 83, of St. Cloud, and formerly of South Haven, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud. Memorial services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, with Fr. Victor officiating. Burial was noon Monday, April 22, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Assembly Area 5. Arnold William Vandenheuvel was born Jan. 11, 1930, to Anton and Florence (Schaff) Vandenheuvel in Dennison. He served his country in the U.S. Army in the Korean War; he was injured during combat and awarded the Purple Heart. On Nov. 23, 1959, he was united in marriage to Roselle Mertens at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Minneapolis. Arnold worked as a US Postal Carrier for more than 25 years. In 1965, Arnold and Rose purchased a farm in South Haven and he farmed the land. In 2011, they moved to St. Cloud. Arnold was a former member of the Kingston American Legion Post 483 and St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

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Sep

Margret Lucille George, Grand Meadow

On Friday, May 17, 2013, a former resident of Maple Lake, Margret Lucille George, was called home to rest. Margret and her husband, Floyd, were prior owners of the Maple Lake Cafe. Margret has been a resident of Grand Meadow for the past few years. She was a resident of the Grand Meadow Nursing Home at the time of her death. She is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; her mother and father; also by two brothers and one sister. Margret is survived by her sister, Marie Peterson, of Grand Meadow; her son, Leonard (Nancy) George of Excelsior; son, Harold (Lois) George, of South Dakota; daughter, Lucille (Lloyd) Flanum of Annandale; and daughter, Beverly (Leroy) Lloyd of Wisconsin. Margret also leaves behind grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and even a few great-great grandchildren. Her services will be held in a small church across from the care center in Grand Meadow on the morning of the 22nd of May at 11 a.m. She is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by many.

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Sep

Rassat graduates from MSU-Moorhead

Aaron Rassat, of Maple Lake, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, with a bachelor’s degree in community health, on Friday, May 17.

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