Some things in life don’t go according to plan. Kris Harlan wasn’t planning on seeking a position as an elementary principal this year, but on Tuesday, the Maple Lake School Board hired her as the new principal of Maple Lake Elementary. Harlan succeeds Dan Olberg, who has accepted a position as an elementary principal in the Forest Lake Area School District.
Harlan, a sixth grade teacher in Delano who lives in Buffalo, was planning to wait until her youngest daughter graduated from high school before pursuing a principal’s position. But when the opening in Maple Lake was posted, Harlan decided to put her name in the running. “This was a year earlier than I had planned, but it was close to home and the school was the right size,” she said. “I didn’t dream that it would happen. I thought it would just be a good interview experience for me.”
Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on June 21 at 9:23 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of an assault and robbery that occurred in Southside Township.
Initial reports indicate that Jolene Shepherd, 19, of Annandale, was working at Jimmy’s Pizza in Annandale when the business received a pizza delivery call to a new home construction site in Southside Township in the area of Lake Sylvia and Twin Lake. Upon delivery, Shepherd was restrained and bound with duct tape by two unidentified white males. The suspects stole a money bag with a small amount of cash from Shepherd and then fled the scene in her vehicle. Shepherd’s vehicle was recovered soon after the incident just a short distance away from the scene.
Thousands upon thousands of World War II veterans and their families gathered in Washington D.C. over the Memorial Day weekend to finally witness the dedication of a memorial in their honor.
And there wouldn’t be an Independence Day celebration coming up on July 4 without those sacrifices made at home and on the battle field during WWII.
Art and Marlene Dingmann, owners of Dingmann Funeral Care of Annandale and Maple Lake, were among the estimated 130,000 who attended the WWII dedication. The Dingmanns escorted Marlene’s parents, Robert and Pandora Morford of Waite Park, on a trip that was a goal since Marlene heard about the plans for the WWII Memorial in 1997.
“At that time, it was my desire that it would be built in my dad’s lifetime and we would be able to go,” she said.
After a long period of illness, Brea Nagengast of Maple Lake died at the age of 19 on June 15 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Brea’s mother, Mary, said her daughter had suffered from poor health for years and was diagnosed last June with ulcerative colitis. But her conditioned worsened this spring when she was hospitalized for a week after surgery in March, was back in the hospital from May 19 through 24, and went back for the final time on May 28 where she stayed until her death.Mary Nagengast said Brea underwent an ileostomy in March, from which she was recovering until mid-May when complications arose from intestinal blockages that ultimately sent her into septic shock.
“It happened very, very fast,” Mary said. “They told us they didn’t know how much time she had left. She spent nearly a week in intensive care before she died.”
It’s been over a year and a half since Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake disappeared from the St. John’s campus on November 9, 2002.
June 18 marked Joshua’s 22 birthday and his parents, Lisa Cheney and Brian Guimond, planned activities to remember Joshua and to help others remember him as well.
On Friday afternoon, Lisa and Brian, along with friends Ricci Smelser and Deb Kendall, walked the streets in the downtown area of Maple Lake, stapling yellow ribbons with Joshua’s name to electric line poles.
“I wanted to replace the ribbons that were looking worn out,” Lisa said. “And I didn’t want to just tie them. I wanted to make them look like the crossed ribbon on the window clings. It’s become a symbol for Joshua.”
So Lisa bought wide yellow ribbon, sat down with a green magic marker and put her son’s name on ribbons that now decorate downtown Maple Lake.
Maple Lake’s summer festival, The Taste of Maple Lake, has been retired and a new festival, Maple Lake’s Days of Old, Sponsored by Ertel’s Butt Cream, is set for Saturday, August 21.
Sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, the theme of the new festival will seek to return to days gone by, when celebrations featured music in the streets, good food, and outdoor markets all in the company of good friends and neighbors.
The schedule of events to date in the downtown area includes a show of vintage cars and machines from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Farmer’s Market and Vintage Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a free concert by the Castaways from noon to 4 p.m., a hotdog and hamburger booth hosted by the Maple Lake Lions from 10 a.m. to midnight at Madigan’s and an evening street dance at Madigan’s.
A big crowd of well-wishers packed the Bluestone Restaurant at the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker on June 6 for a retirement party in honor of Product Technologies founder John Rivers.
Among the guests were family, friends, business associates who have worked with Rivers over the years, Maple Lake business people, and even Rivers’ high school shop teacher. They all gathered to honor a man whose hard work and vision turned a garage business into a major area manufacturer.
Rivers, who grew up near Glencoe, began developing the business that would become one of Maple Lake’s largest employers as a part-time enterprise during his tenure at the Tool Products Company from 1960 to 1985.
Elementary Principal Dan Olberg and his wife, Katie, came to Maple Lake as a young couple in 1999. And they will leave as a family when Olberg assumes his new position in Lino Lakes.
“It’s been a wonderful five years for our family,” Olberg said, noting that the births of his three children occurred during his tenure as the local elementary principal. The Olberg’s son, Jack, is four, daughter, Emma, is two and son, Matthew, is one.
Olberg came to Maple Lake from Southview Middle School in Edina where he served as dean of students and as a teacher mentoring coach. In July, he will become principal of Lino Lakes Elementary in the Forest Lake’s Area School District.
One of the most amazing seasons in Maple Lake High School sports history came to an end on Saturday during the 2004 State Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
The accomplishments by this year’s Irish girls’ track squad include an undefeated regular season record, the True Team Section title, True Team State Runner-up, CMC Conference Champions, Sub-Section Champions, and a fourth-place finish in Section 5A. In addition, Coach Ben Youngs was named Section 5A Coach of the Year.
All the Irish girls’ 4x800 relay team of Ashley Spolarich, Missy Halloran, Abby Thomas and Leah McBrady needed was three meets to achieve All-State status. The team banded together to run the challenging race in 9:57.67 on Saturday, which earned them eighth-place honors.
Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on Sunday, June 6, at 7:03 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a boating accident on Sugar Lake in Corinna Township, north of Maple Lake.
Initial reports indicate that Roberta Lynne Herman, 44, from Minneapolis, was riding in a boat with several others when she was thrown from the boat into the water and subsequently struck by the boat. Herman was assisted by the boaters and brought to a dock where she was treated by paramedics and later air-lifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. Herman sustained severe injuries in the accident and is currently in critical condition. The other boaters were unharmed.
Maple Lake Fire and Rescue, Allina Ambulance, North AirCare, and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.