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Fri
28
Aug

Elementary seeks playground volunteers

The asphalt has been reinstalled and the playground at Maple Lake Elementary is starting to take shape as the school construction around it is completed. Parents In Education (PIE) has invested money into a playground program called the "Peaceful Playgrounds," which provides a variety of games that are marked out on asphalt. The program prides itself on conflict resolution, consistent game rules, new markings for games, larger number of equipment, and playground expectations.

Fri
28
Aug

A century of growth for Maple Lake Schools

Just over a century ago, state certification of a high school to serve the Maple Lake area led to the graduation of the Class of 1910, the first group of graduates in Maple Lake. This year, the Class of 2009 marked the 100th class of graduates in the Maple Lake School District.

To celebrate this milestone, the Messenger has produced a special section inside this week's issue of the Messenger that follows the growth of the school district and the big events over 100 years at Maple Lake Schools. On Sept. 2, a grand opening for new school facilities constructed over the past two years will be featured at the annual school open house.

Fri
21
Aug

Rain didn't dampen fun at Days of Old festival

It may have rained on Saturday's Days of Old festival in Maple Lake, but that didn't stop event activities or area residents from attending.

Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce Chairperson Kathy Hennen said a short period of light rain early in the festival and the start of rain shortly after 4 p.m. allowed for most of the activities to proceed as scheduled before a good crowd. Thanks to a tent, evening music continued by Silverado, with the Water Wars game ending early and a reduced crowd for the Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsman's Club Pork Chop Dinner.

"I would say it was a success even though we competed against the rain and the Wright County Fair," Hennen said.

Fri
21
Aug

Senior awards have local focus at fair

The annual Wright County Fair was the scene of an awards ceremoney for two big honors bestowed on Maple Lake residents.

At a program on Friday, August 14, Harold Brutlag and Marge Pavlik were recognized as the Wright County Outstanding Senior Man and Woman.

Mary McBrady of Maple Lake, last year's Senior Woman award winner, presented a certificate to Pavlik and also noted that she was the kindergarten teacher for Marge and Gaylord's two youngest children. McBrady talked about Pavlik's many volunteer activities, which include sewing costumes for the Maple Lake Community Theatre and school programs, making quilts and other craft items for donation to charitable causes, playing the piano and other volunteer efforts for church, school and community activities and serving as the funeral lunch coordinator at St. Timothy's Church, as the church organist for more than 40 years and as an election judge for school and local elections.

Fri
21
Aug

D.J. Carlson dies at age 36

Darren James Carlson, 36, of Buffalo, died unexpectedly on Saturday. He was the son of the owner of Carlson Dolls in Maple Lake and a driving force of the McBrady Clan's appearances in Maple Lake's St. Patrick's Day parades.

D.J. was the son of Lowell Carlson of Buffalo, and Ruth Ann (Becker) Wochnick of St. Joseph. He attended Monticello schools and worked for Carlson Dolls, owned by his father, Lowell. The Carlson Dolls business began manufacturing in 1947 and opened a manufacturing plant in Maple Lake, where D.J. worked until the plant closed.

He lived in Buffalo with his wife of 13 years, Laura.

D.J. was also an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

"His favorite thing to do was to go out on the lake and fish," said mother-in-law Peg Plaggerman of Maple Lake.

She said D.J. also spent a lot of time playing with his nieces and nephews. They played laser tag and other games they invented together.

Fri
21
Aug

July is tops for NightCAP 2009 DWI arrests

July Operation NightCAP (nighttime concentrated alcohol patrol) DWI enforcement campaigns resulted in 196 DWI arrests - the highest monthly total for DWI arrests in 2009. In July, participating NightCAP officers stopped 3,961 vehicles and issued 1,354 citations for traffic- and equipment-related violations including 144 citations for seat belt non-use.

"Arresting DWI offenders is a team effort," said Lt. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol. "We all go out with the common goal of protecting Minnesota motorists by arresting drunk drivers."

According to Langer, DWI enforcement efforts are vital during the summer driving season when impaired driving activity and alcohol-related fatalities spike. During July, August and September in 2006-2008, alcohol-related crashes accounted for 164 deaths - representing 32 percent of all alcohol-related deaths for the three-year period.

Fri
14
Aug

Maple Manor Apartments get a federal facelift

Maple Manor has been given a new lease on life.

The senior citizen housing development, completed in two stages in the late 1970s and early '80s, has ungone a year of renovations thanks to $580,000 in federal funding.

The two apartment complexes, which stand facing each other just off Second Street West in Maple Lake, were a construction zone from August 2008 to July of this year. Renovations included new siding for both buildings, a new roof for Manor East, window replacement, new entrance doors, a security system, floor coverings, appliances, painting of the hallways in both buildings and overlay of the parking lot in addition to many other smaller projects.

Fri
14
Aug

Tuesday car crash cuts power to Maple Lake

At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a single-vehicle accident west of Maple Lake caused power outages to the entire city and surrounding areas.

A woman, unidentified at press time, was driving a Cadillac De-Ville traveling westbound on Highway 55. About half a mile east of Illsley Avenue between Maple Lake and Annandale, the vehicle went into the north ditch and clipped a powerline pole. The vehicle then crossed back over the highway and came to rest in the south ditch by a railroad track embankment.

Maple Lake Fire Chief Todd Borell said the incident is believed to be caused by a diabetic medical emergency.

The Maple Lake Fire Department and Ambulance responded to the incident. Allina ambulance was also called to assist with the emergency.

Fri
14
Aug

Retriever earns national honors

Abby, a yellow labrador, and her owner, Dan Tongen, earned 1,000 points and qualifications in 50 Senior level tests in the North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) hunt test program. Abby was named a Grand Master Hunting Retriever Champion for her success in the field.

Tongen is the husband of Maple Lake Elementary teacher Carol Tongen.

Travis Lund, member and past president of the Four Points Retriever Club, said that fewer than 40 dogs in the nation have earned this achievement and only two from Minnesota have achieved this level of success in hunting tests.

Abby and Tongen earned their elite status at the Midwest Retriever Club hunt test on July 25 and 26 at Chichaqua Bottoms Wildlife Area in Elkhart, Iowa, near Ankeny.

Wed
12
Aug

Days of Old features blend of new & old

There will be a mix of old favorites with new events that promise to make Saturday's Days of Old celebration the best one yet.

Tom Ertel will once again be on hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Ertel's Famous Butt Cream, which was created by Tom's uncle, Charles Ertel, early in the 1900s.

Tom Ertel was the third generation to operate Ertel's Drug in Maple Lake before he retired and closed the store in 1995. To this day, Ertel mixes up the concoction for sale at Arenson's Pharmacy in Annandale. The cream is known to cure diaper rash among a wide variety of other ailments. The recipe remains a secret, but the benefits of the soothing cream have touched many people.

Two ways to get moving before the festivities are with the 'Walk for Life,' coordinated by the Maple Lake Fire Department, or the Days of Old 10K run, coordinated by the Maple Lake High School track teams.

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