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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.

Fri
13
Mar

2009 Irish Gala presents honors for community service

The Fourth Annual Irish Gala at the American Legion Club on Saturday may have been the best yet, with a big crowd on hand to applaud recipients of Maple Lake's St. Patrick's Day Festival Awards.

The guest of honor was Jeannie Fobbe, who was selected as this year's parade grand marshal.

Fobbe is the daughter of 1997 Grand Marshal Marge Ward and is the first grand marshal to be following in the footsteps of a parent. She was hired on January 1, 1972, by the Wright County Welfare Department as a social worker. On Dec. 4, 2008, Fobbe retired from the Wright County Human Services Department as a social worker/resource coordinator.

Fri
06
Mar

Townships to host annual meetings

Elections and annual meetings for area townships will take place on Tuesday, March 10. The following residents filed for office:

Albion Township
Incumbent John Uecker filed for a three-year term as supervisor. Incumbent Doug Triplett filed for a two-year term as treasurer.
Voting is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Albion Town Hall at 9020 20th St. NW. The annual meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Chatham Township
Incumbent John Schuveiller filed for a three-year term as supervisor. Incumbent Frank Fouquette filed for a two-year term as treasurer.
Voting is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chatham Township Meeting Room at 1095 Eldridge Ave. NW. The annual meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Corinna Township
Incumbent John Dearing filed for a three-year term as supervisor.
Voting is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Corinna Township Hall, 9801 Ireland Ave. NW. The annual meeting is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

Fri
06
Mar

A new event for the St. Pat's festival

When the Mooncoin Ceili Dancers perform on March 14th, it will not be the first time they have danced in Maple Lake. Back in the mid-90s when Maple Lake celebrated its Irish heritage with an Irish Summer Fest, the Mooncoin Celili Dancers were on the stage then, too. And now they're back with a great Irish band, Legacy, to provide some toe-tapping Irish music. The free street performance on Birch Avenue will take place before the parade on Saturday, March 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In 1976, Twin Cities residents Mary Seren McNeive and Marie Ladwig spent two months in Dublin, Ireland, earning certification to teach Irish dance. When they came back home to Minnesota, they established the Mooncoin Ceili Dancers with Jenny Bach. Since then, they have traveled all over the state of Minnesota (not to mention quite a few other states, as well) and even performed in Ireland twice.

Fri
06
Mar

Library to open at St. Pat's Festival

The grand opening celebration for the Maple Lake Library is a special event planned for the 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 14.

Guests of honor will include Helen Mooney and State Senator Amy Koch. Mooney will cut the ribbon for the new Maple Lake Library and Koch will be the featured speaker.

"I was flattered of course," said Mooney, about being asked to cut the ribbon at the grand opening. "I thought it would be an honor to join in the celebration."

"It's the right time to do it," she said. "Everybody is in such a jolly mood that day and everyone will be happy to see the library open."

Read about the guests of honor at the library grand opening, set for Saturday, March 14, in this week's Messenger.

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