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Fri
27
Mar

Baskets are bursting for St. Tim's event

There will be plenty of silent and live auction items to pursue at St. Timothy's Spring Auction & Benefit Dinner on Saturday, April 4, at the Maple Lake VFW. The Silent Auction will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature more than 70 baskets donated by area residents and businesses. The Live Auction starts at 7:30 p.m. with Auctioneer Frank Sullivan.

To see a list of auction items, pick up a copy of this week's Messenger.

Fri
27
Mar

Clarke is again right man in right place

A Maple Lake man once again has a connection to a major news story.

Tom Clarke has been featured in area newspapers for his experiences as a 9/11/01 rescue worker in New York, a friend of rock star Eric Clapton's who made the pages of Clapton's 2007 book, and now for the assistance he provided to the search for Natalee Holloway.

Holloway was on a high school graduation trip to Aruba in 2005 when her disappearance caused a media sensation in the U.S. Although the three men she was with on the night of her disappearance were questioned and arrested on several occasions, they were released due to lack of evidence.

Holloway's disappearance is again making news because a women's cable channel is preparing to air a television movie based on the book Holloway's mother, Beth, who wrote about her efforts to find out what happened to her daughter.

Fri
27
Mar

Football buddies take teamwork to new level

Long-time Maple Lake friends and football buddies recently joined forces to open a chiropractic clinic.

Nicholas Froehling and Reggie Fuller said it never occurred to them that one day they would be business partners.

"We don't really internalize it," Fuller said. "But when you shine light on it, it is kind of cool."

Their shared history and similar goals for the future are the foundation for Froehling and Fuller's business.

"We played football and sports together, we hung out quite a bit just as friends, and our families are pretty close," Froehling said of their years growing up in Maple Lake.

Froehling and Fuller attended St. Timothy's School and graduated from Maple Lake High School in 2000 and 1999, respectively.

Since ninth grade, Froehling knew he wanted to be a chiropractor. He said his uncle was in the chiropractic field and it was a career he planned to pursue.

Fri
20
Mar

Fire damages home in Maple Lake

The Maple Lake Fire Department extinguished a stove fire at about 9 a.m. Monday at 84 Rose Avenue in Maple Lake.

The fire originated in the oven but the cause of the fire remains undetermined. Maple Lake Fire Chief Todd Borell said the fire was contained to the stove. He said the floor beneath the oven was damaged from the fire, and the entire home sustained extensive smoke damage.

Borell said the homeowner, Katie Payne, her two children, and two daycare children were outside the house when the fire department arrived. Everyone exited the home safely and no injuries were reported.

Seventeen firefighters responded to the emergency.

Fri
20
Mar

Woman struck by car on Hwy. 55 in Maple Lake

Victoria Hurd, 49, of Monticello, was struck just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening as she walked across Hwy. 55 near the Maple Lake VFW.

Hurd and her sister, Cindy Holm, of Maple Lake, were nearly across the busy highway when Hurd was hit by an eastbound vehicle driven by Melissa Gunnarson, 43, of Kimball.

"I didn't see the crash, I heard it," said Holm. "The worst part was that the traffic didn't stop and I was afraid she'd get hit again. I didn't think about it, I just ran back to see if she was all right. My boyfriend, Rick Robbins, was with us but hadn't started across when Vicki was hit. He said the second car nearly took both of us out."

According to the Wright County Sheriff's Department, damage to the right side of Gunnarson's vehicle is a further indication that she had nearly completed the trip across Hwy. 55 before she was struck.

Read more details about the incident in this week's Messenger.

Fri
20
Mar

Library opens during St. Pat's Festival

Hundreds of visitors, young and old, made a special stop at the new Maple Lake Library on Saturday.

The Friends of the Maple Lake Library started working on the project more than two years ago, and with the help of volunteers and dedicated community members, the library opened its doors in a grand opening celebration at the 32nd annual St. Patrick's Day festival.

Keynote speaker at the event was State Senator Amy Koch, who has served as a member of the Library Steering Committee.

Koch explained the important role books played in her life and congratulated the community on its success.

She said she received a certificate for her achievements during a summer reading program when she was a young girl. Koch displayed the tattered certificate at the ceremony. She said the certificate has a worn-out corner because she was so pleased to receive the recognition that she slept with it under her pillow that first night.

Fri
20
Mar

A grand day for the Irish at big & beautiful St. Pat's Day Festival

Without tickets or turnstiles, it's hard to come up with an accurate number, but it looks as if Maple Lake's March 14 St. Patrick's Day celebration was the biggest yet, and by most accounts, it was also the best.

Sunshine and temperatures near 50 degrees provided near perfect conditions which drew a crowd estimated between 7,000 to 8,000 to town for a parade that will hopefully signal the end to a long, cold winter. The previous record crowd of about 6,000 attended the 30th Anniversary celebration that fell on the actual date of St. Patrick's Day in 2007.

Fri
13
Mar

'Legacy' to bring sounds of Ireland to St. Patrick's Day Festival

Providing the music for Irish dancers scheduled to perform on Saturday during the Maple Lake St. Patrick's Day Festival is the four-member band, Legacy. Though there are only four members, they play more than 13 instruments, including guitar, mandolin, bodhran, flute, whistle, button accordion, harmonica, and recorder. The performance will take place on Birch Avenue in downtown Maple Lake from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. In case of rain or snow, the performance will take place in The Den.

Click the links below to read more about the St. Patrick's Day festival events, happening Saturday, March 14.

Fri
13
Mar

Man killed in one car crash

On March 3, at 3:21 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff's Office received a report of a one-vehicle crash in front of 741 105th St. SE in Franklin Township.

Upon arrival, responders discovered that a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier had been eastbound on 105th St. SE when it left the roadway and struck a tree in the north ditch. The driver, Derek Johanson, 29, of Wayzata, was pronounced dead at the scene. It does not appear the driver was wearing his seat belt. There were no other occupants in the car.

The Watertown Fire Department and Ridgeview Ambulance also responded to the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Wright County Medical Examiner's Office and the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

Fri
13
Mar

One final parade for Queen Lindsey

For Queen Lindsey Becker, the excitement of being Maple Lake royalty started with being crowned last St. Patrick's Day and has lasted throughout her reign.

"As a candidate it was just more important to me to experience being a candidate," Lindsey said.

She said she never expected to be crowned.

"It was just such a shock," she said. "I became one of those stereotypical beauty queens, crying and everyone is hugging you. The whole thing is so overwhelming."

After being crowned, the whirlwind started. Lots of people took photos of the newly-crowned court, which included Princess Shanna Weber, Princess Brittany Wurm and Miss Congeniality Molly Schaufler.

Lindsey said that immediately after the photos she and Molly headed to the boys' basketball sub-section championship game against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

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