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01
May

St. Timothy's students present spring programs

Students in grades fourth through sixth grade spelled out the song they were singing, "PRAYERS," during their performance of "American Ideal," a children's musical about humility.

Letter carriers for the song were Catie Medley, Kelly Beissel, Madison Neu, Sommer Carlson, Ivy Riviere, Shaelee Pribyl and Max Jude.

It was a full night of music on April 23 as students in kindergarten through third grade also performed a variety of musical selections, followed by students in fourth and fifth grade who performed on their recorders.

More photos from the event at St. Tim's are on page 6 of this week's Messenger.

Fri
01
May

Track gets double win at home meet

After a couple tough meets the week before, the Irish track team had a fun, relaxed but competitive, and home-field advantage with the next two meets. On Monday, April 20, the Irish headed to the track where they discovered the weather to be less than desirable with wind, clouds, and temperatures near 40 degrees. However, that did not stop the team from performing their best and it showed as Maple Lake girls' and boys' scores combined took first place. Individually the boys' team placed first, along with the girls' team taking first place. Overall, the Irish had a great meet, beating teams such as St. John's, EVW-K, and BB-E. "I was very pleased with the results and also surprised by how much we had won by," said Head Coach Ben Youngs. Some individual performances not to be overlooked are Courtney Pribyl as an eighth grader getting thrown into two different sprints and placing fourth in both.

Fri
01
May

School and students cope with life around construction

Construction of new facilities at Maple Lake Public Schools has kicked into high gear in April, but students, school staff and sports fans are making the best of a messy situation.

Last week, Maple Lake High School hosted several home spring athletic events, welcoming visiting teams and fans in the midst of the major school expansion project.

Hundreds of runners made their way to Irish Stadium for the varsity track invitational meet on April 20 and a relay meet on April 23. Ben Youngs, Maple Lake High School track coach, said that he informed the visiting teams in advance of the construction and alternate loading and unloading procedures.

Youngs said that high school athletic director Dave Schroeder was helpful in directing traffic and coordinating plans to deal with the spring construction.

"I thought it went well," Youngs said. "It was a great turn-out of fans. I don't think (the construction) discouraged anyone from coming out."

Fri
01
May

Dillon McBrady selected for MLHS AAA award

Maple Lake High School senior Dillon McBrady has been selected as Maple Lake's Academics, Arts and Athletics (AAA) award winner.

The honor is extended annually to high school seniors who have outstanding accomplishments in the three areas of academics, arts and athletics, along with a record of volunteer activities and service to their communities.

McBrady was recognized with other AAA award winners from Section 5A at a banquet held this spring at B's on the River in Watertown.

McBrady, the son of Jerry and Karla McBrady, has been involved in drama, cross country and track. Dillon has competed in cross country for six years and is a three-year varsity letter-winner. He earned the Hardest Worker award on the Irish team in 2006. McBrady competed in track for five years as a three-year letter-winner.

Read more about McBrady's involvement in school and community activities in this week's issue of the Messenger

Fri
24
Apr

Businessman dies in crash

A well-known area businessman died in a motorcycle crash on April 11.

Brian Ihnken, 45, was killed when his 2003 Harley Davidson left the road on a curve on County Road 106 near 80th St. NE in Monticello Township. A celebration of his life was held on Friday, April 17, at the Hamel VFW, where he and his wife, Dawn, celebrated their wedding at a reception 21 years ago.

Ihnken owned and operated B&H Heating and Cooling from his Maple Lake Township home for the past 22 years. He did work for Maple Lake Lumber over the years and he and his efforts were appreciated by owners Daryl and Kathy Hennen.

Read more about Ihnken's life in this week's issue of the Messenger

Fri
24
Apr

Color and variety all a part of 2009 MLHS Prom

A group of Maple Lake High School senior girls presented a small sample of the parade of gorgeous gowns on display at the 2009 Maple Lake High School Prom. Pictured just after their tour of the MLHS gym and auditorium during the Grand March are seniors Aubrey Ogden, Pei-Chieh Lee, Theresa Gilbertson, Gina LeFebvre, Laura Johnson, Heather Nelson, Ashley Kempenich, Brittany Gries, Kate Heberling, Amber Schwindel, Kathryn Metz and Amber Horst. Pick up a copy of this week's Messenger to view more photos from the MLHS 2009 Prom, or view the photos in the online photo gallery.

Fri
24
Apr

MLHS students to attend Boys & Girls County/State

This year's Maple Lake High School representatives to Boys and Girls County and Boys and Girls State, are (front) Dominic Lauer, Boys County; Evan Kadlec, Boys County; Gary Welch, Boys State; (back) Jennifer Upcraft, Girls County; Amber Davis, Girls State; and Rachael Paumen, Girls County.

The Boys and Girls County/State programs are sponsored by the American Legion Clubs and Auxiliaries for the purpose of providing high school juniors with citizenship training and to illustrate the principles of representative government and the responsibilities young people will assume as adults. Criteria for the honor includes community involvement, high personal expectations, good character, tolerance of differences in others, ability to get along with others and to treat staff and peers in a respectful manner.

Fri
24
Apr

Students from Asia are at home in Maple Lake

Pei-cheih Lee and Ngoc Anh Ha came from abroad to explore the American culture as foreign exchange students at Maple Lake High School.

Pei-cheih Lee (Pei, pronounced Pay) was a foreign exchange student in Maple Lake during 2007-2008. She returned in the fall of 2008 for a second year.

Now, she is preparing to graduate from Maple Lake High School with the Class of 2009.

Ngoc Anh Ha (Natalie) moved to Maple Lake in the fall of 2008 and has enjoyed her stay, learning about the culture.

The two girls, who have become best friends, have each found a new home in Minnesota that they hope to return to again next year.

Natalie is from Binh Diuong Province, located in the southern portion of Vietnam.

She first arrived in America in July 2008. Natalie attended summer school in California with other foreign exchange students before moving to Minnesota to live with Doug and Liz Knese and their daughter, Renita.

Mon
20
Apr

Work resumes on Hwy. 55 in Buffalo

Construction of the Highway 55 four-lane expansion project from east of Wright County Highway 34 to Wright County Highway 134 resumed Monday, April 13.

Safety improvements include a traffic signal system installation with added turn lanes at the intersection of Highway 55 and Wright County Highway 134, four lanes of newly paved roadway, city sidewalks, curb and gutters, storm sewers and utility relocations.

During construction, Highway 55 will remain open to two-way traffic with periodic lane shifts. Drivers are urged to slow down and drive with care through the work zone.

The $2.8 million expansion project was jointly funded by the Highway 55 Corridor Coalition, the city of Buffalo and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye is the prime contractor, with the city of Buffalo serving as project administrators.

Work will be completed by June 2009, weather permitting.

Fri
17
Apr

DNR imposes fire restrictions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is immediately restricting open burning permits in six counties surrounding the northern Twin Cities metro area as a result of an aggressive fire that burned about 1,500 acres in and near the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area in Forest Lake last week.

The affected counties are Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Sherburne, Washington and Wright. Also, normal spring burning restrictions will go into effect in 11 central Minnesota counties at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 16. The counties include Benton, Douglas, Grant, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Stearns, Stevens, and Todd.

The purpose of the fire restrictions is to reduce personal property damage resulting from wildfires fueled by dry vegetation. When restrictions are in place, residents are encouraged to choose alternatives to burning such as recycling, composting or chipping.

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