The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is hosting a public meeting to discuss the permitting process for the proposed Maple Lake/Annandale wastewater treatment facility. The meeting is scheduled on Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m., at Maple Lake High School.
The proposed facility would treat wastewater for both cities, which have treatment plants that are reaching current design capacity, a combined 747,000 gallons per day. The proposed facility would treat more than 1 million gallons of wastewater daily.
The Maple Lake Fire Department put its new fire engine into service last week, replacing the 1970 vehicle that was donated to the Lake Wilson Fire Department.
The new Freightliner/Crimson Fire Class A pumper features a 1250-gallon per minute Waterous Pump, 750- gallon poly tank, and 20 gallons of Class A firefighting foam.
The truck, built by Crimson Fire of Brandon, SD, also has a top-mount deck gun, 5-inch diameter hose, and will seat five firefighters. Cost of the new truck was $230,500, which was paid through the city’s Fire Fund.
The new purchase brings the fleet up to two fire engines, three tankers, two rescue vehicles, two grass-fire rigs, and a Basic Life Support ambulance.
The Maple Lake Fire Department is made up of 32 volunteers, 18 of whom are EMTs, with six more in training.
There are few in the history of Maple Lake who could measure up to the record of civic and government service set by Paul McAlpine, who died on Monday at the age of 79.
McAlpine was born and raised in Maple Lake, graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1942, and married Shirley Dearing of Annandale in 1945. As they farmed and raised their family, Paul began his public life by becoming involved in farm-related activities, serving on the creamery boards of Maple Lake and Buffalo, as well as serving on the Land O’ Lakes and American Dairy Association Boards.
He was elected to the Maple Lake City Council in 1970, served as city clerk from 1970 to 1973, and was appointed to a vacancy on the Wright County Board of Commissioners in 1973. He eventually became the county board chairman and retired from the board in 1988 after 15 years of service, only to run and win a seat on the Maple Lake City Council.
"Piece by Piece" is the name of one of the full-cast songs in this year's Maple Lake Community Theatre musical, "Wherever You Go." According to Steve King, the author and director of the original production, "piece by piece" also summarizes his experience this last summer and fall, putting the script together on the page.
"The idea for writing a musical for our local community theater was something that I've had for some time. I'm glad to have had the opportunity," he said. "It was a lot of work, but in some ways, I'm surprised at how easily things came together."
Irish, Cardinal and Lightning wrestling, coaching and cheerleading alumni gathered at Annandale High School last Friday to share memories about some very good old days and watch this year’s version of the Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning roll over Glencoe-Silver Lake for an impressive 53-16 victory.
The wrestling alumni also enjoyed an exhibit of news clippings and photos about wrestling teams of the past, received a program that highlighted Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling history and were eligible for 65 door prizes.
The Annandale squad was formed in 1958, the Maple Lake squad in 1964, and the combined Lightning team in 1995.
A five-year-old boy from Maple Lake died on January 19 from injuries he suffered in a weekend sledding accident.
Hunter Albers, son of Cindy Mavencamp of Maple Lake and Thomas Albers of Avon, was sledding at his father’s home in Avon on Saturday shortly before 5 p.m. when his sled crashed into a parked ATV that adults were using to bring sledders up a hill. He was transported to St. Cloud Hospital where he died on Monday.
Hunter was a kindergarten student at Maple Lake Elementary and when students returned to school after the Monday holiday, Principal Dan Olberg said staff members were prepared to provide comfort and support for Hunter’s classmates.
“Staff were called at home on Monday,” Olberg said. “We also had a meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday for all the support and resource people we could find and there were several pastors from the area that were here to help support kids.”
When a home in Maple Lake Township was blown to bits in an explosion this fall, Maple Lake firefighters got a first-hand look at the devastation a powerful explosion can cause.
In the evening of January 12, a gas explosion blew apart the Lake Wilson Fire Hall and Maple Lake’s Fire Department wasted no time in coming to the aid of Lake Wilson in a very big way.
They offered to give the Lake Wilson Fire Department a 1970 International Pumper Truck that now serves as the only functioning piece of fire-fighting equipment in Lake Wilson, a small town with a population of about 360 in the southwest corner of Minnesota.
Four Lake Wilson firefighters made the 3 1/2-hour drive to Maple Lake on Saturday to gratefully accept a donation that will help get their fire department back on its feet.
Over 200 wrestlers from preschool through sixth grade converged on Maple Lake High School for the Lightning Kids wrestling tournament on Jan. 11. Those in attendance, including parents and fans, numbered about 400.
Numerous state champs, medal winners and qualifiers from previous years and across the state created excitement in many of the day’s matches. Wrestlers came from as far away as Crosby/Ironton, Frazee and Henderson. They joined a large contingent of excellent wrestlers from Annandale, Big Lake, Buffalo, Monticello, Watertown, St. Michael, Becker and other communities to help make this one of the most competitive youth tournaments in Central Minnesota.
If a pastor can write and direct a musical, it’s only fitting that a pastor can be featured in a starring role.
Such is the case with the Maple Lake Community Theatre production of “Wherever You Go,” written and directed by Rev. Steven King of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, with lyrics and music written and composed by King and his wife, Becky.
And Rev. Julie Malone, pastor of Mount Hermon Lutheran Church, will play the part of Naomi, a central figure in the original production based on the biblical characters of Ruth and Naomi, set to premiere in February at the Maple Lake High School auditorium.
Malone said she hadn’t stepped on stage in a theatrical production since her experiences 20 years ago in community theater in Howard Lake and it was just by chance that she is on the stage again.