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Fri
05
May

Career change in store for Maple Lake’s mayor

As if working to guide Maple Lake through its recent growing pains isn’t enough, Mayor Mike Messina is undertaking a big change of his own.

At the end of May, Messina will conclude 23 years with Dingmann Funeral Care and begin a new career with Colonial Insurance.

Messina, who has served as Maple Lake’s mayor for nearly 12 years, will start his training with Colonial on June 5 with plans to open an office out of his home to serve business needs for supplemental employee benefits.

“As a family, this comes as no surprise,” he said. “I’ve been pondering this for the past four or five years. I knew when I started this process that I couldn’t sit behind a desk for eight hours a day. I wanted to find something that offered flexibility and opportunity to be my own boss, so to speak.

“The trouble is, it’s hard to leave something that you love.”

Thu
04
May
Thu
27
Apr

Smith is Maple Lake Coach of Excellence

Tony Smith was named last week as Maple Lake’s 2nd Coach of Excellence.

The Coach of Excellence awards are sponsored by Community Education, in partnership with the athletic departments of Annandale and Maple Lake High Schools.

That partnership produced the Coaches Appreciation Banquet, which has been held annually since 2000. The Coach of Excellence honors were initiated last year, with Marty Kiebel of Maple Lake and Marty Kovall of Annandale winning the first awards.

Joining Smith in winning this year’s honors was Skip Dolan of Annandale, whose coaching credits include serving as the boys’ basketball coach and the girls’ softball coach. Dolan could not be present at the banquet held on April 19 at Southbrook Golf Course in Annandale, but a videotape was shown of his award presentation at a school event.

More information appears in this week's issue of the Messenger

Thu
27
Apr

Four crowned as Wright County Dairy Princesses

Four young ladies from Wright County were crowned as this year’s Dairy Princesses at the Wright County American Dairy Association Banquet and Coronation on Saturday at Annandale High School.  Crowned from Maple Lake was Jessica Gapinski, daughter of Dale and Linda Gapinski. Joining Jessica on the new court were Brittani Boehlke of Waverly, Andrea Neumann of Annandale, and JoLee Swearingen of Buffalo.  The new court was crowned by the 2005 Wright County Dairy Princesses Michelle Beaudry of Albertville and Amy Kozitka of Howard Lake.

Fri
21
Apr

City Hall vote set for June

June 20 is the date set for a vote on the proposed city hall project for Maple Lake.  At its meeting on Tuesday, the Maple Lake City Council passed a resolution setting the date of the vote on a project that would construct a new city hall on the corner of Birch Avenue and Division Street in downtown Maple Lake.

The question on the June 20th ballot will read “Shall the City of Maple Lake, Minnesota be authorized to issue capital improvement bonds in an amount not to exceed One Million Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($1,350,000) to provide funds for the construction of a new City Hall?”

Fri
21
Apr

Dry conditions spark rash of area grass fires

  It’s been a busy week for the Maple Lake Fire Department, thanks to a rash of grass fires spurred on by dry and windy conditions.  The largest fire occurred on Monday afternoon at about 3:15 p.m. when the fire department was called to a fire north of Highway 55 at 45th street.

Units from Buffalo and Monticello were called in to assist local firefighters in containing a fire that burned from 15 to 20 acres in a gully next to the Gene Piram Jr. farm at 2462 45th Street NW. Firefighters worked to keep the flames from climbing a hill to the farm buildings and were aided by surrounding plowed fields that contained the fire.

More information appears in this week's issue of the Messenger  

Thu
13
Apr

Kids scramble for a floor full of Easter treats

There was no shortage of kids or treats as the Maple Lake Lions hosted the annual Palm Sunday Breakfast and Easter Candy Scramble at Maple Lake High School.

The Candy Scramble, conducted at 11:30 a.m., was over in minutes as kids age 12 and under scooped up every piece of candy that had been scattered in three age categories on the high school gym floor.

In addition, prize drawings were conducted by Maple Lake’s new royal court of Queen Sarah Dombrovski, Princess Tiffany Elliott and Princess/Miss Congeniality Stefanie Mills for 18 lucky children.

More photos on the Easter Scramble appear in this week's issue of the Messenger

Thu
13
Apr

Students selected for Boys and Girls County

This year’s Maple Lake High School representatives to Boys and Girls County, which was held at the Wright County Courthouse on April 11, were (front) Corian Carter, Elizabeth Brinza, Elizabeth Yager, (back) Markus Yager, Dan Lorentz and Jade Kotila.

And in what is likely a first for MLHS, brother and sister Markus and Elizabeth Yager were selected to continue on as Maple Lake’s representatives to Boys and Girls State. High School Principal Mary James said teachers independently select the top three male and female students in the junior class for Boys and Girls County. From that group the teachers’ ranking determines the state nominee for the boys while the American Legion Auxiliary uses essays to select the girls’ state representative.

“It’s just a real coincidence that a brother and sister were selected,” James said. “And it says a lot about their achievements and their family.”

Thu
13
Apr

St. Tim’s Dinner/Auction has biggest year ever

In what has become one of Maple Lake’s biggest events of the year, the St. Timothy’s Dinner/ Auction, which took place on Saturday evening at the Maple Lake VFW, recorded its best year yet in raising funds for St. Timothy’s School.

Just over $100,000 after expenses was raised at the annual Dinner/Auction, which topped last year’s total of $85,000.

Susie Borell, who co-chaired the auctions with Becky Couette, said the event has come a long way in a short time, noting that the 2001 dinner-auction raised $15,000.

“That’s how much it’s grown and it’s just amazing what people are willing to give,” Borell said.

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