A portion of an exterior wall falls as Flygare Excavation demolishes the building.
A piece of Maple Lake’s culinary history fell to the ground Monday and Tuesday. The former Maple Lake Café had been sitting vacant since closing in 2012.
Annandale State Bank, which owns the property, decided to demolish the building in hopes of selling the lot.
“We decided to demolish the building that was the site of the former Maple Lake Café due to the condition of the building,” Annandale State Bank President Keith Jerpseth said. “The condition of the building was quite deceiving. From the outside, it appeared to be a solid, block building; however, there were major problems with the roof and other structural issues.”
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Connie and Pat Lahr hosted the Haiti Mini-Market on Sunday. The market – featuring fresh produce, sauerkraut, horeradish and a pork sandwich meal – raised nearly $2,000 for Gardening World Wide. GWW sponsors three Haitian garden leaders at $3,000 per year each. “The weather was a bit against us,; however, spirits were high with the visitors who came by,” Connie Lahr said. “We are thankful for all who shared their gifts of vegetables, fruits and baked goods; meat and buns for the lunch; and music to enjoy.”
Sunday marked the 27th Pork Chop Dinner Fly-In and Drive in at the Maple Lake Airport, sponsored by Chapter 878 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The chapter served more than 500 pork chops and some hot dogs, which is on par with previous years. “But, the weather conspired to keep the number of aircraft in attendance down, though there certainly were some interesting airplanes that visited,” Secretary Wayne Flury said. Among the interesting planes were a U.S. Navy N3N-3, which was nicknamed the “Yellow Peril,” and a U.S. Army L-4J. Flury was pleased with the community’s attendance. “We had excellent community support with the drive-in traffic.” Several crowd members continued to peruse the airplanes even during a light rain in the afternoon. (Photos by Gabe Licht)
A Sunday fundraiser is aiming to raise funds for the family of a five-month old girl who passed away from a rare disease in August.
The fundraiser, from noon to midnight, will feature the Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears game, drink specials, bowling, a bake sale, a dj, silent auction and outside games at Maple Lake Bowl.
All proceeds from the bowling, bake sale and auction will be donated to the family of Sophia Aurora Velasquez.
She was born Feb. 22 with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease. Treatment was not successful, leaving a transplant as the only option. On Aug. 7, she received a portion of her father’s liver. When that transplant failed, she was immediately prepped to receive a transplant from her mother. Unfortunately, her fragile body was not strong enough to withstand the second surgery.
The home of Casey Moline at 570 Albion Place was judged as this year’s winner of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce Holiday In Lights awards. Taking second place in the annual contest conducted in the evening of December 13 was the home of Sue Boros at 801 Robert Ave. N, and in third place was the home of Brad Hennen at 310 Maple Avenue S. Last year’s winners were the Todd Borell home at 69 Rose Ave. S., first place; the Brad Hennen home, second place; and third place was won by the Thomas Elsenpeter home at 416 North St. E.