Retelling 100 years of memories and living to see such a birthday is no simple task, but John Fobbe III makes it look easy.
To celebrate this milestone birthday, John's family held an open house on Sunday, July 30. Hundreds of family and friends from all over showed up to wish John a happy birthday.
Along with years of memories, John has a heart for baseball and farming and wouldn't miss a beat on either.
For years, John's favorite pastime has been watching baseball. He attended high school baseball games and Lakers games, and still watches every Twins game on television.
His mind is sharp, recounting the details of the Twins game against the Chicago White Sox in which they "snitched by with just one run." And on Sunday, even between birthday greetings from family and friends at his open house, John sat in front of the television, intently watching the final game in the series with Detroit.
From its beginnings in 1881, the Bethlehem United Church of Christ still continues to stay a strong, connected, mission-minded church.
On Saturday and Sunday, August 5th and 6th, the congregation is set to celebrate their 125th anniversary with a wide variety of events and services. One of Saturday's main events during the evening will be a blue grass band that will be playing from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Church and community members are invited to fill the numerous tents, listen to the music, and enjoy the ice cream and pie social. There will be fun and treats for youngsters as well with a moon walk and root beer floats.
Pastor Jeff Palmer, who has been with the congregation for one year, also plans to join in the fun as he will be featured in the dunk tank.
Read more about Bethlehem United Church of Christ's 125th anniversary in this week's issue of the Messenger.
The hot and dry weather that Maple Lake is experiencing this year is making the summer of 2006 one for the record books. And despite rain that finally came on Tuesday, it barely made a dent in rainfall totals that are well below normal levels.
Steve Baun, hydrologist for the National Weather Service, compared this year's lack of rain to the 1930's dust bowl conditions and the drought of 1988, defining just how hot and dry this summer has been.
Baun said the Central Minnesota area is well under the seasonal average for rainfall.
"Right now the growing season is running about 5-6 inches below on precipitation," Baun said. "From mid-May until the end of July, approximately 10 inches is the average. This year, we're only at about 4-5 inches, which puts us on par with the 1988 season."
Read more about the drought in the August 2, Messenger.
In the spring of next year Art Dingmann of Dingmann Funeral Care in Annandale, along with Jerry Brown, retired, former owner of Brown/Wilbert Vault in Minneapolis, will embark on a fund-raising journey sure to provide a lifetime of memories.
In April of 2007, the two will begin an 800-mile journey on horseback dubbed "Horseback for Hope," a fund-raiser for Camp Amanda which is a grief camp for children who have lost a parent, grandparent, sibling or significant friend.
Read more about the Dingmanns' trek in the July 26 issue of the Messenger.
With happiness and a few tears, Angela Stegeman, Miss Maple Lake 2005, completed the final duties of her reign with the week-long events of the Minneapolis Aquatennial.
The happiness came with the coronation of Miss Maple Lake 2006, Sarah Dombrovski, in March of this year. The tears with the understanding that Wednesday night's Torchlight Parade was the last parade of her reign.
"I'm a little sad to know that everything is all done," said Stegeman. "But what a way to go out. I wouldn't have it any other way."
Read more about the Aquatennial events and Stegeman's experience in this week's Messenger.
Months of research and meetings on solutions for the crowded conditions at Maple Lake Elementary have resulted in a decision by the Maple Lake School Board to go to the voters with a proposal for a $14 million construction project.
In May, a facilities task force of staff, parents and residents provided a recommendation to the board for school additions and remodeling, maintenance items and a proposal for a new auditorium with a total cost of just under $15 million.
At the board meeting on July 24, Superintendent Mark Redemske said the board's Building and Grounds Committee "went through the proposal with a fine-tooth comb," reducing the total project cost through more precise estimates, but sticking with the plan produced by the task force.
More information about the proposed addition to the elementary school and details about the Maple Lake School Board meeting can be found in the July 26 issue of the Messenger.
Ken Hennen of Maple Lake, the 2006 Wright County Outstanding Senior Man, will be honored on Friday, July 28, at the Wright County Fair in Howard Lake.
Hennen and the other 2006 senior winners: Outstanding Senior Woman, Margie Onstott of Montrose; Outstanding Senior Man Runner-up, Elmer Kuseske of Buffalo; and Outstanding Senior Woman Runner-up, Gladys Bitzer of Monticello; will be honored at the Senior Citizen's Day program that begins at 12:30 p.m.
Nine candidates are vying for the title of Fairest of the Fair this year with coronation set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26. The candidates are Erin E. Gilmer of Cokato, Hope Braatz of Cokato, Courtney Ruthe Heuer of Howard Lake, Jamie Pester of Montrose, Elissa Burgstaler of Monticello, Danielle Enberg of Monticello, Jamie Johnson of Annandale/Buffalo; Laura Holker of Monticello and Kirie Marshall of Buffalo.
A major theft at a Maple Lake business may be linked to other similar crimes committed by addicts to purchase drugs.
On July 8, Purcell Electric in Maple Lake reported that sometime overnight, 50,000 feet of Colonial Wire & Cable copper wire, valued at approximately $20,000, had been stolen. Also taken was a 2000 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van, with the Purcell logo and phone number printed on the side, MN license plate #YAG7448. It is believed that the copper wiring was loaded into the cargo van and driven away from the scene.
"They broke in the back window and got in that way," said Patty Purcell, who owns Purcell Electric with her husband, Don. "They loaded up the van, opened the door and left, closing the door behind them."
Temperatures that hovered in the three-digit range did not stop the fish from biting at Saturday's Second Annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament on Maple Lake.
Fourteen boats with two-person fishing teams from Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities area searched for bass on a day when high temperatures and strong winds held down the weight totals, but didn't prevent 12 teams from catching their limits.
The event was organized by Barb and Bob Schneider of Maple Lake to raise scholarship funds for Maple Lake High School students in the name of their son, Christopher, who died in a car accident three years ago.
The weather wasn’t the only thing that was beautiful about the Fourth of July Holiday.
Maple Lake’s royal court of Queen Sarah Dombrovski, Princess Tiffany Elliott and Princess/Miss Congeniality Stefanie Mills were a patriotic trio in red, white and blue for the annual Fourth of July Parade in Annandale.
Maple Lake was well-represented in the parade and more photos from the Fourth appear in this week's issue of the Messenger.