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Wed
28
Jul

Recovery Center building dedicated to bank owner

The Maple Lake Recovery Center honored the McHugh family for their donation of the former Security State Bank building by renaming the facility in their honor.

Although the McHugh Building sign has been in place for over two weeks, it was formally dedicated Friday, July 23, in a small ceremony. The dedication included a tour of the facility including the changes that have been made to accommodate the use of the building and the services that are provided at the location.

Services include “outpatient programs, school for our extended care patients, family programming and education, chemical assessments, and support groups,” said Maple Lake Recovery Executive Director Mike Happ.

Wed
28
Jul

Maple Lake woman dies in roll-over on Cty. Rd. 37

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on July 27 at 8:08 a.m., the Wright County Sheriff's Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle accident on County Road 37, east of Bishop Ave. in Maple Lake Township. The accident claimed the life of Tamera Jean Legerski, a 37-year-old Maple Lake resident.

Witness statements indicate that a 1993 Chevy 1500 suburban driven by Legerski was traveling eastbound on County Road 37. Legerski lost control of the vehicle in a curve just east of the intersection of Bishop Ave. NW and County Road 37 . The vehicle entered the south ditch, striking a road approach and became airborne. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest.

Legerski, the driver and sole occupant of the suburban, was taken by air ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries. Legerski was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Wed
21
Jul

Queen Brandi at Aquatennial events

2003-2004 Maple Lake Queen Brandi Decker is participating this week in the Minneapolis Aquatennial in a variety of events that began on July 19 and will continue through July 24.

A few of the activities on the busy schedule for royal representatives from throughout Minnesota include a Meet the Candidates event, a Power Boat Squadron ride, the Torchlight Parade on July 21, and the Queen of the Lakes Coronation on Friday, July 23, at 8:00 p.m. in the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota.

Those wishing to send messages of support to Queen Brandi can send them to the Marriott Residence Inn, 45 South 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55402.

Wed
21
Jul

Castaways to appear at Days of Old

A free concert by the Castaways will be a highlight of the first Maple Lake Days of Old set for August 21.

The Castaways are a nationally-known Minnesota rock’n’roll band that consists of Jim Donna, keyboards and vocals; Bob Donna, guitar and vocals; Rick Snider, drums and vocals; and Ralph Hintz, bass and vocals. In 1965, the group recorded Jim’s composition of “Liar, Liar,” a million-seller that vaulted the group into the nation’s top ten.

Other Days of Old activities include a vintage car and machine gathering, Farmer’s Market, Vintage Flea Market, Fire Department Water Games, the Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsman’s Club Pork Chop Dinner, and an evening street dance by the Funk Junkies.

Wed
21
Jul

Castaways to appear at Days of Old

A free concert by the Castaways will be a highlight of the first Maple Lake Days of Old set for August 21.

The Castaways are a nationally-known Minnesota rock’n’roll band that consists of Jim Donna, keyboards and vocals; Bob Donna, guitar and vocals; Rick Snider, drums and vocals; and Ralph Hintz, bass and vocals. In 1965, the group recorded Jim’s composition of “Liar, Liar,” a million-seller that vaulted the group into the nation’s top ten.

Other Days of Old activities include a vintage car and machine gathering, Farmer’s Market, Vintage Flea Market, Fire Department Water Games, the Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsman’s Club Pork Chop Dinner, and an evening street dance by the Funk Junkies.

Wed
21
Jul

Lakers honor Gary Porter at Old Timers’ game

He may be gone, but there’s no way he’s going to be forgotten.

At the Maple Lake Lakers Old Timers game on Friday evening, the Lakers presented Gary Porter, former Lakers player and manager, with a framed jersey and retired number “44” in appreciation for Porter’s years of service to the team.

Porter, who retired as a Maple Lake High School teacher at the end of the school year, spent 29 years managing the Lakers, 33 years leading the Irish baseball team, and many years coaching Babe Ruth teams, Legion teams, and various other high school sports.

When Porter stepped into the batter’s box on Friday night, the team surprised him with the ceremony in his honor at home plate. Past and present team members surrounded Porter as Dale Decker, on behalf of the entire Lakers’ program, expressed his gratitude for all of Porter’s hard work and dedication.

Wed
14
Jul

Power outage causes business headaches

Xcel Energy customers in Maple Lake, Annandale, Kimball, South Haven, and Watkins experienced a power outage from 4:45 to 5:18 p.m. on July 9.

According to Xcel spokesperson Mary Sandok, the outage was caused by a wire down on a transmission line. Although the electrical outage was only a minor inconvenience, some local businesses had to make major adjustments.

Since the outage occurred on a Friday evening, convenience stores were forced to shut their doors or attempt to accommodate their consumers.

“It was terrible,” said Jody Churchill of H&H Sport Shop. “It pretty much shut us down. You can’t pump gas, we lose our minnows, and we can’t ring people out. It’s devastating.”

Restaurants faced a similar challenge. The Maple Lake Cafe continued to serve individuals already seated but was forced to turn away others.

Wed
14
Jul

A blast from the past

It was a rare sight to behold on July 7 when the Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotive 2816, CPR Empress, rolled through Maple Lake at mid-day, hauling two restored coach cars, classic Milwaukee Road coaches and a concession car.

The train was an opportunity offered by CPR for its employees and the public to ride a steam train over its main freight line from Minneapolis through northwestern North Dakota.

Locomotive 2816, a fully restored vintage 1930 steam engine, is one of the last operating CPR steam locomotives in North America. It serves as a roving ambassador for the railroad and its charity partners, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting food shelves and programs for the homeless.

Wed
14
Jul

Students honor former Peace Corps teacher

For teachers, the ultimate compliment is to have a former student return years later with heart-felt words of thanks.

For John Haack of Maple Lake, those former students didn’t just thank him. They flew him to San Francisco for a reunion of a school in the Phillipines where Haack taught nearly 40 years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Haack had just graduated from Mankato State in 1967 when he signed up with the Peace Corps for a two-year tour of duty in the Phillipines, teaching English as a second language to seventh and tenth grade students.

“There was no electricity and just dirt roads,” Haack said of his first teaching experience at Ilagan in the Isabela Province. “It was very remote and the bus that we took to get there was a flat-bed truck with church pews on it.”

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