Heather and Greg Pribyl have more claim than most to a marriage made in heaven.
Heather Manthie, MLHS Class of 2000, and Greg Pribyl, Class of 1999, were married at St. Timothy's Church on April 26 and spent a memorable moment during their honeymoon in the company of the Pope.
The Pribyl's meeting with Pope Benedict the 16th came about after the couple decided to spend their honeymoon in Italy.
"We knew when we were going to Italy that we wanted to go to one of the Pope's Masses," Heather said. "So I found information online about special arrangements for newlyweds. We are people who don't like to lie on the beach and we wanted to go someplace where we could go sightseeing and do things."
"And we decided that if were going to go to Italy, we wanted to see the Pope," Greg added.
Maple Lake is in need of a new area for an industrial park and one proposed site for such a development was a topic of discussion at the June 3 meeting of the Maple Lake City Council.
City Economic Developer John Meyer led the council through the numbers associated with acquiring and developing land owned by John and Rita McAlpine south of Hwy. 55 on the west end of Maple Lake. Meyer said cost of the 27.5 acre parcel would be $687,500; street infrastructure $575,000; a turning lane on Cty. Rd. 37 would be $150,000; site grading $320,000 and development fees of $121,275 for total expenditures of $1,853,775. To finance the project, Meyer said the city could apply for a state infrastructure grant of $500,000, tax increment financing of $1,059,936 and lot sales of $331,213 for a total income of $1,891,149.
A long-time Maple Lake school and civic leader died last week at the age of 77, less than a year after the death of her husband, Royal.
DonnaMay Beckman served the community not only as the director of Community Education from 1979 to 1992, but as a tireless volunteer for church and community activities. She was a member of the Maple Lake Lioness Club, Eastern Star, Maple Lake American Legion Auxiliary Post 131, volunteered at Camp Friendship and was a charter member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She died on Thursday, June 5, at the Annandale Care Center.
DonnaMay and Royal Beckman moved to Maple Lake in 1962 after they purchased Crescent Ridge Resort on Cedar Lake. They also established their business, Ceramic Tile by Royal, in Maple Lake and Royal joined DonnaMay as a civic leader in a number of community efforts and organizations. He died last year on July 28 at the age of 79.
A record-breaking season for the Maple Lake softball team reached a new height for Irish athletic teams. After winning the Section 5A championship for the first time ever, the squad continued their success in the Minnesota State High School League State Softball Tournament and became the first Maple Lake team to ever play in a state championship game.
Maple Lake went into the tournament with a 23-2 record, one of the best in Class A. By the end of the tournament, they improved their record to 25-3 and left with a MSHSL State Softball second-place trophy in their hands.
"It was a great accomplishment to take home the hardware we did, and it capped off the great softball careers of four seniors here at Maple Lake as they ended their softball careers with an 82-15 record," said Head Coach Tim Knudsen. "Playing in the state tournament atmosphere was quite the experience for both the team and the community."
After suffering their first loss of the double-elimination tournament in the sub-section championship, the Maple Lake softball team battled their way back through the loser's bracket and claimed the Section Championship for the first time ever. Their play-off run earned them a berth in the state tournament, the first ever in Maple Lake softball history.
On Tuesday, May 27, they began their road to the championship as they beat East Central Eagles in an elimination game. That same night, in yet another elimination game, they went on to beat the B-B-E Jaguars, whom they lost to earlier in the tournament.
In what is becoming a familiar and amazing story, Ashley (Spolarich) Roemer of Maple Lake is again setting records in the world of women's collegiate track and field.
Only two months after earning All-American honors at the 2008 NCAA Division ll Indoor Track and Field Championships, Roemer, a senior at Minnesota State University Moorhead, has had a strong season in outdoor track events.
Roemer is a 2004 graduate of Maple Lake High School.
Less than a month into the season, Roemer qualified for the nationals in the seven-event heptathlon, the 800 and the high jump. Her qualifier for the heptathlon shattered the MSUM outdoor and NSIC record of 4,755 points.
Helping her team to place second at the 2008 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Roemer was a triple winner for the Dragons in the heptathlon, high jump and 800 meters and was a member of the winning 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relay teams.
Marian 'Sam' Harmoning, long-time mayor of Annandale, has announced that she will be seeking the position of District 1 Wright County Commissioner.
Harmoning is the second candidate to declare an intention to run for the seat being vacated at the end of this year by Wright County Commissioner Karla Heeter. Gerry 'Gibby' Giebenhain, a Maple Lake Township supervisor, announced in mid-May that he will run for the office. Heeter has accepted a position as the executive director of the Buffalo Hospital Foundation and decided not to seek re-election in November.
Harmoning and her husband, Dennis, have lived in Annandale since 1968 and she has served as Annandale's mayor for the past 15 years.
More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.
Several years ago, thanks to increasing insurance costs due to lost time resulting from workplace accidents, Wright County made a concerted effort to design training programs to highlight workplace dangers and safety procedures. In the years since, Wright County has been honored for its achievement in safety. The county has consistently beaten the state average in time lost due to accidents and its safety programs have yielded very positive results.
But at the May 27 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners were presented with the state's highest honor in regard to workplace safety. Wright County Safety Director Mark Nolan told the board he accepted the Governor's Safety Award at the annual Minnesota Safety and Health Conference and presented it to the commissioners at the May 27 board meeting.
A Howard Lake senior died just days before her high school graduation in a crash west on Maple Lake on Highway 55.
Madeysen Kleve, 18, of Howard Lake, died when the vehicle she was riding in proceeded from a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 6 and Hwy. 55 just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, and into the path of an east-bound pickup driven by Joshua L. Hoffencamp, 27, of Maple Lake.
Kleve was riding with a group of fans returning from the Section 5A track meet at St. John's University in Collegeville. Howard Lake seniors, Kacie Carlsted and Mitchell Bayerl, were transported to area hospitals in critical condition. Hoffencamp was also hospitalized with minor injuries and his children, Seann, 2, and Kaia, 4, also suffered minor injuries.
More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.
For decades, high schools around the country have invited students from foreign countries to join their classrooms to experience another way of life. This year, Maple Lake High School was lucky enough to open their doors to five foreign exchange students.
Coming from all around the world, Matias Koskelo hails from Oulu, Finland, as does Mattias Koskelo; Paul Genz from Berlin, Germany; Elli Machata from Munic, Germany; and Pei Cheih from Taipei, Taiwan.
"Having a variety of foreign exchange students is wonderful," said MLHS Principal Mary James, "They bring diversity to the school, and since the opportunity to be acquainted with other cultures doesn't present itself in Maple Lake they help to bring a whole new perspective to the school."
Having such an abundant number of foreign exchange students was not only beneficial to students at MLHS, it was also beneficial to the foreign exchange students as well.