The September 9 primary elections have narrowed the field for District 1 Wright County Commissioner to two. Facing off in the Nov. 4 General Elections will be Rose Thelen of Clearwater Township and Marian 'Sam' Harmoning of Annandale. Thelen drew nearly 28% of the total vote with 520 votes. Harmoning captured just over 19% of the vote at 361.
Six-year District 1 County Commissioner Karla Heeter of Silver Creek announced in the spring that she will not run for re-election since she accepted a position as the executive director of the Buffalo Hospital Foundation.
Results for the other five candidates were as follow: Gerry 'Gibby' Gibenhain of Maple Lake Township, 307; Chris Klein of Silver Creek Township, 158; Teri A. Lachermeier of Buffalo, 292; Daniel Snabb of Annandale, 34; and Patricia 'Trish' Taylor of Corinna Township, 196.
A library might open its doors in Maple Lake next year.
At its meeting on August 19, the Maple Lake City Council received a request from the Friends of the Maple Lake Library for funding to help open a long awaited library.
Almost two years ago, the Great River Regional Library board turned down a request to open a branch library in Maple Lake, citing the estimated cost of $250,000 for library books, materials, furnishings and staff as too much for the library system's budget.
Since that time, the Friends of the Maple Lake Library organized, achieved status as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and collected more than 3,000 donated books for the library with an estimated value of $48,000. Books that are duplicates or not of library quality are sold at a self-service book sale inside The Den in downtown Maple Lake.
Playing as one of the underdogs in the tournament, the Maple Lake Lakers kept their season alive in the Minnesota State Amateur baseball tournament. After suffering a loss in the second round to a solid Marshall team on Saturday, the Lakers bounced back and defeated Eagan on Sunday in an extra-inning thriller that lasted late into the evening.
A benefit on Sunday for Al and Pat Elsenpeter succeeded beyond anyone's best hopes.
Al Elsenpeter was injured in a May car accident, in which he lost the use of his wheelchair accessible van. Since that time, he has been recovering from a severe break in his leg while friends and family helped to modify his home for his needs. Sunday's event was designed to help obtain a new van that will give Al the mobility he lost in May.
The benefit on Sunday brought a big crowd to the Maple Lake VFW for activities that included live and silent actions, a pork chop dinner, games, music, concessions, a dunk tank, a raffle, face painting and other activities.
Sarah Riviere, who served as an event co-chair, said that about 650 people were served at the dinner, with the silent auction featuring 192 items and 62 items sold through the live auction.
A Maple Lake man's relationship with rock star Eric Clapton has led to new friendships with other musicians and more unforgettable photos for the family scrapbook.
Tom Clarke, a former New York firefighter, and his son, 13-year-old Thomas, were treated to back-stage passes at a Steve Winwood/ Tom Petty concert at the Target Center on July 23.
The Clarkes also attended the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago on July 28, 2007, and met with Clapton's wife and children in the family's private box.
At the Target Center, the Clarkes spent time backstage with Jose Neto, Winwood's lead guitarist. Thomas brought his 660 Rickenbacker electric guitar, the same that Petty plays, and it now carries the signatures of Petty, Winwood and Neto.
Friends and family are hosting a benefit for Al and Pat Elsenpeter on August 24 at the VFW in Maple Lake. Money is being raised for a van, medical expenses and to make their home more accessible for Al after a car accident in May. There will be a pork chop dinner, kid's meal, and family fun that includes live and silent auctions, games, face painting, music, concessions, a dunk tank, a raffle and other activities.
A wide variety of items has been donated for the auctions. Live Auction items include a BMX four-wheeler 110cc, four Wild hockey tickets, 18-holes of golf for four with Father Michael Izen, a Manicotti dinner for eight and a bat or ball signed by the Maple Lake Lakers.
The dozens of Silent Auction items feature a picture of Bobby Orr, a Black Hills gold ring, a Dale Earnhart/Nascar Daytona 500 model car, jars of Ertel's Famous Butt Cream, quilts and a wide variety of baskets ranging from an Irish Basket to a Back to School Basket.
The Maple Lake Lakers' participation in the state Class B baseball tournament continued as they beat the Bemidji Mudcats, on Saturday, August 16, in their first round of the tournament.
With the Class B tournament reduced to a single-elimination affair through the first round last year, Bemidji will have no opportunity to come back through the losers' bracket to stay alive, while the Lakers will now move on to the second round when double-elimination play will begin.
Todd Fuller set down the Mudcats on four singles, working out of several jams to go the distance. He fanned eight, walked four, and gave up just four hits in his nine innings of work.
Lakers' Manager Dale Decker said Fuller had control of his pitches and was able to get ahead of the Bemidji hitters.