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Thu
12
Jul

Clown camp is learning for life

Last summer, hundreds of people came out to watch and participate in the All Star Clown Show at Sturges Park in Buffalo, and Mooseburger Camp anticipates yet another year of laughter and clown-filled fun on Saturday, July 14.

The show is a celebration of the training that clowns took part in during a week at Mooseburger Camp as well as a learning experience for all the camp participants.

"At the camp, clowns learn all the different aspects of clowning," said Tricia Manuel, owner and founder of Pricilla Mooseburger Originals in Maple Lake.

There are a variety of fun activities that take place before the big show on Saturday. These include a Hobo dinner, at which all the clowns dress like hobos; a clown game show, which resembles the Price is Right; an auction, where they auction off clown items; and many more activities.

Thu
12
Jul

Hot times ahead in the old town

A group of downtown business owners have banded together to form a committee dedicated to bringing some fun to Birch Avenue this summer.

A sub-committee of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, the group hopes to focus attention on downtown Maple Lake.

"Some people forget Maple Lake has a downtown," said Marybeth Dreier, owner of MBD Merchants and Faith-filled Gifts and one of the group's organizers. "What we want to develop is a series of fun-filled, family-oriented events to bring people downtown to see what we have to offer."

For more information about the upcoming events in downtown Maple Lake pick up the July 11 edition of the Messenger.

Thu
12
Jul

Hot times ahead in the old town

A group of downtown business owners have banded together to form a committee dedicated to bringing some fun to Birch Avenue this summer.

A sub-committee of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, the group hopes to focus attention on downtown Maple Lake.

"Some people forget Maple Lake has a downtown," said Marybeth Dreier, owner of MBD Merchants and Faith-filled Gifts and one of the group's organizers. "What we want to develop is a series of fun-filled, family-oriented events to bring people downtown to see what we have to offer."

For more information about the upcoming events in downtown Maple Lake pick up the July 11 edition of the Messenger.

Thu
05
Jul

Fishing Tourney getting bigger & better than ever

Maple Lake's infant fishing tournament is growing up.

The 3rd Annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament on Maple Lake has reached its team registration limit for the first time and organizers Bob and Barb Schneider are looking forward to more scholarship money for students at Maple Lake High School.

The tournament is named for the Schneider's son, Christopher, who was killed in a car accident four years ago. Christopher was an avid bass angler, as are his parents and younger brother, Matthew. The family is a part of the Team Bass fishing club based in the Twin Cities and Barb said they are scheduled to compete in 12 tournaments this year.

But the Schneiders devote one Saturday and a lot of leg work to their three-year-old fishing tournament, which is getting bigger and better each year.

Thu
05
Jul

Arson suspected in late-night fire at ML Lumber

When Daryl Hennen, long-time Maple Lake volunteer firefighter and owner of Maple Lake Lumber, got the call at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning it was for a fire at one of his own buildings.

"The call said a lumber yard building on Oak Ave, was reported on fire, and I all I could think of was, 'which one?," said Hennen's wife, Kathy. "When they said this one, (the main building), I was kind of relieved because this one is sprinkled."

But there was still a lot of anxiety involved.

"After Daryl left I waited and waited for him to call and let me know what was going on," Kathy said. "After 25 minutes or so I was starting to wonder what was up. Mike's (Lauer) wife, Deanna, called and I asked her if it was a real call or not. The fire department goes out on a lot of calls that are cancelled because it turns out to be a faulty sensor or something. She said 'Oh yeah, it's real' and I headed over there."

Thu
05
Jul

St. Timothy's welcomes Father Izen

Just as St. Timothy's Catholic Church was saying goodbye to Father Mark Huberty, its pastor for the past six years, parishioners were saying hello to Father Michael Izen.

Izen celebrated his first Mass in Maple Lake on Friday and is now the pastor of his first parish. He was ordained a priest in 2005 and had been serving as an associate pastor at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Fairbault.

Born in Fairmont in 1967, Izen grew up in that area as the youngest of six children. He graduated from St. John's University with a degree in Mathematics/Computer Science and spent 16 years in the Twin Cities, first at 3M and then at the St. Paul Seminary/University of St. Thomas. Although coming to the priesthood later in life, Izen said it was the right path for him.

More information appears in this week's issue of the Messenger.

Thu
28
Jun

Maple Lake bids farewell to Father Mark Huberty

Father Mark Huberty, pastor of St. Timothy's Parish since 2001, will soon be leaving the Maple Lake area to embark on a new journey in his religious calling. But by all accounts, he made a positive impact on both his parish and the Maple Lake community.

Huberty arrived at St. Timothy's during the end of June 2001 in a period just before the death of Father Michael McGlauchlin and in the midst of plans for the 50th anniversary celebration of St. Timothy's School.

Earlier this spring, he accepted a new pastorate at the Church of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood, MN.

Huberty's pastorate in Maplewood will be a whole new experience for him with 1,700 families in the parish compared to Maple Lake's 700.

"With the increase in size of the parish, I hope not to be too overwhelmed," said Huberty. "And although Maplewood has significant debt issues, my main focus is the spiritual aspect of the parish."

Thu
28
Jun

Margaret Leahy dies at age 99

Margaret Leahy saw most of the big events in Maple Lake over the past century, but the one thing she missed was her own 100th birthday.

Leahy died at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Minneapolis on Friday, June 22, just a few weeks short of her July 14th birthday. But with the help of her family, she was able to attend the 30th St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17 and was escorted down the parade route in her wheelchair as a past Grand Marshal, receiving Maple Lake's highest honor in 1989.

More information on Margaret Leahy appears in this week's issue of the Messenger.

Thu
28
Jun

A grand party for Security State Bank

Perfect weather made for a perfect celebration as Security State Bank of Maple Lake hosted a week of festivities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1907.

The events included three days of open houses, a Senior Citizen's Day, a Youth Day, and the Community Celebration on Saturday which featured a pork chop dinner and music by the Maple Lake Community Band.

Winner of the $100 drawing was Krista Pouliot of South Haven. In the children's coloring contest, the 0-6-year-old class was won by Valerie Loch, with Brielle Paumen in second place. Brynn Paumen won the 7-years-and-older division, with Holly Goelz taking second place.

Thu
21
Jun

Softball players earn All-State, All-Star honors

Traci Erger, Sarah Latour, Andrea Rachel, and Laura Dombrovski, teammates on the 2007 Irish softball team that won back-to-back CMC titles, recently received top softball honors for their performances throughout the season.

Last year, Lindsey Smith was the first female athlete from Maple Lake to represent Maple Lake High School at the Annual Minnesota State High School All-Star Softball Series. But this year, Maple Lake sent two athletes, senior infielders Traci Erger and Sarah Latour, to the All-Star Series at Rice Creek Park in Shoreview on Sunday, June 10.

Erger and Latour were two of the 88 athletes selected from over 6,000 high school softball players in Minnesota to compete with other top athletes and coaches from around the state in the All-Star Softball Series.

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