It’s the annual Christmas shopping rush. Crowds, noise, lists, the tree . . . the tree?! Did you forget the 25th annual Tree of Hope toy campaign for children in hospitals?
Each year since 1990, children in area hospitals have been surprised by Christmas toys delivered to their bedside.
The gift campaign is organized by the MN Chapter of The Ninety-Nines and local Zuhrah Flyers. The Ninety-Nines, Inc. is the first and only international organization of licensed women pilots, and The Zuhrah Flyers is a group of aviation professionals and enthusiasts dedicated to the support of the Shriners Organization of America, best knownfor the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Santa can’t deliver gifts to hospitals; the chimneys are too small to slide down. So, on the first Saturday of December each year, volunteers from Maple Lake EAA Chapter 878, area flying clubs, the MN chapter of Ninety-
Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
“Although many trails do not yet have adequate snow cover for grooming, this is a good time to register your snowmobile, inspect your equipment, download maps and do your trip planning,” said Tom Landwehr, DNR commissioner. “Minnesota offers a variety of scenery and terrain to explore in state parks, in state forests, on state trails and on private land that citizens kindly allow snowmobilers to use throughout the winter months.”
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Mollie Graham is shown here at Kind Hearts, one of the care-points she visited, where she taught the kids the story of creation and colored with them.
Graham at Trees of Glory where she met a little girl named Workye. Graham said that she was very sweet and they quickly became good pals.
Pictured is Graham with the children of Ethiopia at Trees of Glory. Graham said it was fun to interact with all the kids. She loved how they were full of energy and how they were excited to spend the week with her team.
Graham with her family’s sponsored child, Mekeds, and her family at their home.
Pictured are Mollie Graham with life-long friends, Maea Wistrom, Izzy Swartzmiller, Misikir Genene and Emme Wistrom. They stopped to take a picture together in Hawasa.
Since sixth grade, Mollie Graham has wanted to travel to Ethiopia when she was a senior at Maple Lake High School, and that’s exactly what she accomplished these past weeks in November. An excited Graham started preparing to travel out of the country for the first time ever. After meeting with an RN from a travel clinic to get her five shots, two medications, and general education from the RN, Graham received her first passport and set out for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Maple Lake elementary and high school students pose for a group photo before heading to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to celebrate We Day. 1st Row: Aiden Staloch, Ben Clapp, Logan Weninger, MiKayla Koss, Nikki Wilson, Karissa Timmers, Ana Stecker, Katelyn Hohman, Jazlynn Baker. 2nd Row: Mrs. Weninger, Sean Zangs, Alayna Jude, Augusta DeMarais, Madeline Gindele, Deja McCullough, Maggie Larson, Brayden Peterson. 3rd Row: Mrs. Harlan, Joe Fynboh, Sydney Reardon, Bryn Elsenpeter, Makayla DeMars, Claire Carlson, Sophie Pribyl, Ella Kiebel, Allison Zander, Sawyer Jurgens. 4th Row: Sam Price, Lily Workman, Sarah Walsh, Samantha Kramer, Mia Cochrane, Katelyn Fuller, Alexus Jackson, Daryn Strub, Kora Fuller, Emily Webb, Taylor Pilger, Josie Wagner, Grace Heying. 5th Row: Mrs. Rengel (high school social worker), Margaret Graham, Kenzi Miller, Zach Cargill, Trenton Miller, Jackson Gallagher, Mike Miller, Brooke Ankerfelt, Megan Webb, Ashlee Martie, Mackenna Brown, Caitlin Weege, Mollie Scheiber, Sam Schaunaman. 6th Row - Grace Theile, Mr. Boman, Lauren Borell, Natalie Johnson, Anna Becker, Josh Medley, Ashley Schmitz, Abby Larson, Mr. Pack, Brady Tongen.
Students Caitlin Weege, Kora Fuller, and Mackenna Brown pose with the We Day Hand Sign Mascot at the We Day event that was held on Nov. 12th at the Xcel Energy Center. The hand sign represents the W in We Day.
7th grade student MiKayla Koss is captivated by speakers making appearances at the We Day celebration on Nov. 12th at the Xcel Energy Center.
Family and friends gathered at Holy Cross Lutheran Church for Joshua Guimond’s 12th anniversary prayer and remembrance service last Tuesday. Joshua disappeared from St. John’s University in Collegeville in 2002. Holy Cross Pastor Culynn Curtis opened the evening with scripture readings and a few words of hope. Brian Guimond, Joshua’s father, along with other family and friends, shared their precious memories. Pastor Curtis then began the lighting ceremony by lighting a candle from the baptismal candle and passing it around the room so all in attendence could light their candles. The lighting of the candle is meant to keep hope alive.