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Fri
20
Nov

Lake Region aims to make Country Store a destination

Despite the slowdown in construction caused by the economic recession, things are happening at Lake Region Co-op in Maple Lake.

Last year, the co-op undertook a $550,000 project that provided a new canopy over the gas pumps, new lighting, pump faces and remodeled vacated office space into 3,500 square feet for the convenience store and the addition of Mean Gene's Grill. In addition, the Cokato facility received $600,000 in renovations.

This year, a $585,000 project is adding 3,700 feet of space on the east side of the Lake Region building. The addition will be followed with remodeling that will connect the Country Store with the convenience store, provide space for the inclusion of a wide array of new products and is intended to make Lake Region in Maple Lake a destination for people from miles around.

Fri
13
Nov

Local woman injured in Hwy. 55 two-car crash

A two-vehicle crash on Sunday seriously injured a Maple Lake woman.

Carol Northenscold of Maple Lake was traveling north across Hwy. 55 from Division to Spruce Street in Maple Lake on Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Hwy. 55.

"The car coming from the west hit her right at the driver and driver-side passenger doors and pushed the car in 12-16 inches," said Fire Chief Todd Borell. "We were able to get her out of the car from the back door on the passenger side. She was complaining of pain on her right side, possibly an injury from hitting the arm rest."

No information was available from the Minnesota State Patrol, but Katie Northenscold Serrano, Carol's daughter, arrived at the scene shortly after the crash. She said the driver of the second vehicle and his passengers, two young boys, appeared uninjured and were walking around at the scene.

Fri
13
Nov

Wright County offers H1N1 children's vaccinations

Wright County Public Health (WCPH) is joining many other health departments across the state offering an H1N1 vaccination clinic for children age 9 and under. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently made the announcement about this state-wide campaign.

The first mass vaccination clinic in Wright County will be held on Tuesday, November 17, from 3 - 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Middle School. The address of the school is 1300 Hwy. 25 N in Buffalo and is located across Hwy. 25 from the Buffalo Wal-Mart. Appointments will not be taken. Vaccine will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. WCPH officials recommend that parents plan to have some waiting time as there may be lines. Getting the vaccine is voluntary and a parent must be to present to sign a consent form.

Fri
13
Nov

City receives proposal for new liquor store location

The City of Maple Lake now has another option as it plans for the future of the Municipal Liquor Store.

At a recent meeting, the council announced a proposal to attract a grocery store by offering its liquor store franchise as part of an incentive package. At its meeting on Nov. 3, the liquor store again became a topic of discussion as Lake Region Co-op offered to include space for a new liquor store in its current expansion project.

Fri
13
Nov

Rally for Joshua seeks renewed look into 2002 disappearance

The seventh anniversary of the disappearance of Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake was marked by peaceful rallies on Saturday at the campus of St. John's University in Collegeville and at the Stearn's County Law Enforcement Center in St. Cloud.

Guimond, a student at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, disappeared without a trace from the St. John's campus on November 9, 2002. On that evening, 20-year-old Joshua left a small card party at a friend's apartment on the St. John's University campus around midnight. His friends believed he was just making a trip to the bathroom, but when he did not come back after 15 minutes, they assumed he had just walked back to his dorm room. He has not been seen since. According to his family, Joshua did not have his glasses or contact lenses, his car, credit cards, or even a coat that was appropriate for the weather. Nothing was missing from his dorm room. His parents remain convinced that he was taken against his will.

Fri
06
Nov

'Justice for Josh' rally, prayer service set for Nov. 7

Family, friends and supporters of Joshua Guimond will be joining forces with victims of sexual abuse to host the "Justice for Josh" march on Nov. 7.

Guimond, a student at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, disappeared without a trace from the St. John's campus on November 9, 2002. On that evening, 20-year-old Joshua left a small card party at a friend's apartment on the St. John's University campus in Collegeville, MN around midnight. His friends believed he was just making a trip to the bathroom, but when he did not come back after 15 minutes, they assumed he had just walked back to his dorm room. He has not been seen since. According to his family, Joshua did not have his glasses or contact lenses, his car, credit cards, or even a coat that was appropriate for the weather. Nothing was missing from his dorm room. His parents remain convinced that he was taken against his will.

Fri
06
Nov

Irish to play for trip to state

In 4AA football semifinal action on Saturday at Mayer, the Maple Lake Irish rose to the occasion and knocked off the top-seeded Mayer Lutheran Crusaders 14-7 to advance to the 4AA Section championship game on Nov. 6, 5:45 p.m., at St. Cloud State University.

The Irish started the game on defense and showed how they would play all day, shutting down the Crusaders on their first offensive series and getting the ball back to the Irish offense. The Irish "O" went to work, and with some key runs by Jesse Puncochar, Cam Knudsen and Jared Goelz, the Irish were first to hit pay dirt on a nifty 14-yard run by Jordan Goelz. Jake Stejskal hit the XP and the Irish were up 7-0.

Fri
06
Nov

Porter inducted into state Hall of Fame

The awards are still accumulating for former Maple Lake High School coach Gary Porter.

Porter, who retired as a teacher and coach from MLHS in 2004, was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 24 during the Hall of Fame & Awards Banquet at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Porter were Don Boelter of Sleepy Eye Public High School, Al Cassidy of Butterfield-Odin High School, Jim Cosgrove of Washburn High School, Tim Kiemel Sr. of St. Paul Harding High School, Jim Muchlinski of Marshal High School, Jeff Reese of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School, and Stan Wilfahrt of New Ulm Cathedral High School.

Fri
06
Nov

Local taxidermy business brings look of the wild back to life

A corner of the Treadwell Custom Taxidermy workshop southeast of Maple Lake looks like something straight out of a Cabela's store, with an array of hunting trophys bagged by Dave Treadwell and a few of his many customers.

Advantage Arabians, a horse breeding operation owned by Dave and his wife, Debbie, is an award-winning operation that was featured last month in a Messenger story. And not far from the horse barn, Dave's taxidermy shop houses a collection of mounted animals, birds and fish amassed over years of hard work.

Treadwell, who graduated from Park Center High School in 1981, began his career in taxidermy in 7th grade when he ordered a taxidermy brochure from the back of a hunting magazine and taught himself how to do basic taxidermy.

Fri
30
Oct

Events planned for missing Maple Lake man

Family, friends and supporters of Joshua Guimond will be joining forces with victims of sexual abuse to host the "Justice for Josh" march on Nov. 7.

Guimond, a student at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, disappeared without a trace from the St. John's campus on November 9, 2002.

The day's events on Nov. 7 will begin with a march at the St. John's campus at noon, followed by a rally in front of the Stearn's County Sheriff's Office in St. Cloud. Guest speakers will include Pat Marker, sexual abuse advocate and webmaster of behindthepinecurtain.com; Kari Eichen, campus crime specialist; Carrie Henson, special victim advocate; and Rita Prince, sister of a St. John's student who committed suicide in 1971 after reporting abuse by a teacher.

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