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Fri
17
Jul

Two Maple Lake residents are 2009 Outstanding Seniors

Maple Lake has had plenty of senior volunteers honored as Wright County's Outstanding Senior Man or Woman, but has never captured both honors in the same year.

Until now.

It was announced last Friday that Harold Brutlag and Marge Pavlik of Maple Lake are this year's selections for the county's top senior honor.

Maple Lake had a string of five consecutive years when a local resident was selected for the Outstanding Senior awards. From 2002 through 2006, the Maple Lake honorees were Leona Hexum, Flossie Menth, Cliff Hudek, Gaylord Pavlik and Ken Hennen. Mary Cy Jude of Maple Lake was the Outstanding Senior runner-up in 1978, Les Nelson was the Outstanding Senior Man in 1979 and Chester Hamilton Johnson won that award in 1986. Last year, Mary McBrady of Maple Lake was named as the county's 2008 Outstanding Senior Woman.

All of the award winners in this decade were nominated by Senior Connections Coordinator Ginger O'Loughlin.

Fri
10
Jul

VanLith in first class at UofM Rochester

After graduating as part of the 100th class at Maple Lake High School, Tanner VanLith will become part of another celebrated group of students. This fall, VanLith will be a member of the inaugural class at the University of Minnesota Rochester.

The University of Minnesota Rochester is the newest addition to the U of M system, and it will welcome the first students for its health sciences program in the fall 2009.

VanLith said he visited the campus and learned more about the program during a visit to the school in April. He said each week will include an all-class lecture that addresses a particular topic. The other coursework throughout the week, whether in calculus, speech, chemistry or other courses, will relate to the lecture topic. He said this method will help students apply all their coursework to relevant areas within the health care field.

Fri
10
Jul

Graduation gift includes a Twin

Two local buddies and baseball fans shared special days at the ballpark this summer, meeting Twins greats and watching the home team take on the Milwaukee Brewers.

On May 23, Ryan Richardson and Ryan Kotila met Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer.

"It was neat to be a small town kid and meet someone that everybody knows," Kotila said.

The Kotilas and Richardsons are family friends. As a graduation gift to Ryan Kotila, Lori Richardson arranged the meet and greet using help from Twins contacts she made through previous jobs and career opportunities.

Trish and Ryan Kotila and Lori and Ryan Richardson rode in a limousine to the Metrodome to meet Mauer. They also met Dick Bremer, Twins broadcaster, and Tony Oliva, Twins player 1964-1976.

"It was really nice, and I enjoyed it a lot," said Ryan Richardson. "Joe (Mauer) is a very nice guy."

Fri
10
Jul

Son rescues father in weekend boating incident

A Monticello man can thank his son for quick action that saved his life in a weekend boating accident.

Duane J. Bertilson, 61, of Monticello, and his son, Pedar Bertilson, 32, of Becker, were fishing on Indian Lake in Corinna Township on Saturday when Duane fell overboard at about 1 p.m.

Bart Lauer, assistant chief of the Maple Lake Fire Department, said Duane was sitting on a lawn chair in a small aluminum fishing boat when a larger fiberglass speedboat passed the fishermen at a high speed. He said the waves are what likely caused the man to fall off his chair and overboard. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Pedar tried to pull Duane into the boat. Having difficulty, he jumped in the water with his father to help him back into the boat.

The passing boat returned to assist and the Maple Lake Fire Department and Wright County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene.

Fri
10
Jul

Local fishing tourney to be featured on outdoor shows

The Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament on Maple Lake has grown and added new activities in each year since it was established in 2004. This year, the five-year-old tournament will make its television debut.

The bass tournament on Saturday, July 18, will be visited by a television crew that will film portions of the tourney and conduct interviews for a story that will be broadcast on two outdoor programs, "Minnesota Bound" on KARE-11 TV and "Due North Outdoors" on the Fox Sports Network.

Bill Sherck, the host of "Due North Outdoors," said the story behind the Maple Lake tourney is what makes it unique.

Thu
02
Jul

'Raise the Lights' draws donations

The 'Raise the Lights' effort to install lights for the softball fields at Bolduan Park has drawn additional donations this spring.

Pictured at left is the presentation of a check for $500 donated to the park effort by the Women's Slow Pitch Softball League. Team representatives making the presentation to 'Raise the Lights' chairman Lawrence Manuel were (front) Marci Kasper, Dirty Girlz; Barb Potter, TJ Potter Trucking, Mary Jones, South Haven; Heidi Goelz, Elfmann Plumbing; (back) Marlene Provo, Russel's; Deb Geyen, TJ Potter Trucking, Manuel, Women's League President Connie Nelson, Amy Martinson, Kim's Crew; and Barb Schubert, Warrior Boats.

Also donated was $1,925 from a memorial fund for the late Jill Sandberg, a past coach of the Warrior Boats softball team.

Thu
02
Jul

Health problems require starting over

At the age of 40, Deb Munstenteiger is learning to tie her shoes, put on socks and makeup, and button buttons.

"I basically have had to go back to learn everything we do when we're very young," she said.

Munstenteiger, of Maple Lake, battled a series of health complications that have changed her life completely.

She previously worked with individuals living with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities to help them learn self-care skills. She also spent her days chasing around two sons, taking them to school and extra-curricular activies.

Then, starting in 2006, her life took a dramatic turn. In September, Deb felt ill. She was forgetful, agitated and lost control of the right side of her body.

Thu
02
Jul

Maple Lake man found dead in Oak Ave. home

At mid-day on Monday, June 29, Wright County Sheriff's deputies responded in force to a "male found not breathing" call at 515 Oak Ave. North in Maple Lake.

The crew of the Maple Lake Ambulance, also called to the scene, was turned back before making it the two blocks to the home. "We were at the stop light when we got the call that said 'per deputies on the scene you can cancel,'" said Fire Chief Todd Borell. According to Lt. Dan Anselment of the Wright County Sheriff's Department, responding officers found Joseph Stephen Schmid, 44, of Maple Lake, dead of unknown causes.

"A death investigation is underway," said Anselment. "Anytime the deceased is under 50 years of age and has no underlying medical conditions a death investigation is routine."

After initial investigation, Lt. Todd Hoffman of the Wright County Sheriff's Department reported that, "the cause of death does not appear to be any type of foul play."

Thu
02
Jul

School construction project kicks into high gear

Unlike last summer when construction and remodeling of new school facilities was limited to several areas of Maple Lake Elementary, this year's project is underway in almost every corner of the two school buildings.

At the regular meeting on Monday, June 29, the Maple Lake School Board made final revisions to the south parking lot construction plan and heard an update about summer construction projects.

Job Gutierrez of Wold Architects presented the board with revised plans for the south parking lot. The plan included signage and striping to direct traffic through student loading zones.

"We decided we were going to leave an area painted blue for time restricted parking for a drop-off zone at the high school," Gutierrez said.

Wed
01
Jul

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