A brief rain gave way to sunshine as participants gathered for Maple Lake's annual Memorial Day observance.
The program to remember the sacrifices made by local service men and women began at 10 a.m. with a procession to the community park that included the Maple Lake Fire Department, the American Legion and VFW Post and Auxiliary colors and guards, the firing squad, Legion and VFW members, Sons of the American Legion and Junior Auxiliary members, the Maple Lake High School Marching Band, local Scout troops and program speakers.
When Ashton Schuster and Abby Thomas stepped off the bus in Pierz back in 2004 for the conference meet, they were on a team that was the favorite to win the Central Minnesota Conference. That team hadn't lost and had just qualified for the True Team state meet, and they did win the conference meet by nearly 50 points.
When the final team scores were announced this year-on the same track up in Pierz-they heard they were again on the conference championship team. This year, however, the team had gone through some tougher times, were not expected to win the meet, and weren't really sure how they were doing throughout the meet.
"I knew we had a shot at winning," said Head Track and Field Coach Ben Youngs, "but we were a long shot. Both Pierz and Holdingford had better teams on paper. However, this team has quite a few kids that can place first through fourth, and that can always keep a team in the...
Students in Maple Lake's Kidville child care program are making an effort to boost the spirits of American soldiers in Iraq.
The Kidville kids created a flag and works of art adorned with such messages of support as "Hope for World Peace," "Thank You," and "You Are Not Forgotten." When completed, they sent their creations to SPC James Varholdt, who is the nephew of Kidville Coordinator Ruth Glenn.
"I was amazed at the reaction I got from the kids, when I asked them if they wanted to do this," Glenn said, noting that the kids made a flag out of their handprints and also worked on other drawings for the soldiers. "It was very heart warming to see children care so much."
Varholdt, who grew up in Richfield, is a medic with the Minnesota National Guard 134th Infantry Battalion. Varholdt's unit was scheduled to come home in March, but had their tour of duty extended to August for a total of 23 months.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed a 2005 decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals which denied a discharge permit issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the Annandale/Maple Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.
More than a year after it heard oral arguments on the case, the Supreme Court handed down its decision on Thursday, May 17, and it was viewed as very good news by the cities of Maple Lake and Annandale.
"Quite honestly, I was pleasantly surprised," said Maple Lake Mayor Mike Messina. "The longer this thing dragged on, the more pessimistic I got that we would receive a favorable decision."
Kids ruled in the judging of the Friends of the Maple Lake Library Logo Contest.
Andrea Paumen, 13, was the winner of the Senior Division for young people and adults over age 12. Sue Hughes of Maple Lake submitted the second place entry and honorable mention recognition was awarded to 13-year-old Zach Stokman.
In the Junior Division for children up to age 12, Elly Lehn and Jessie Wohlrabe, two students in the Maple Lake Elementary fifth grade class of Marty Kiebel, were the creators of the winning entry. Holly Goelz, a sixth grade student in the St. Timothy's School class of Laurie Hajny, was awarded second place. A total of 19 entries was received in the Senior Division and 47 in the Junior Division.
The massive fire raging through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, dubbed the Ham Lake Fire because of its point of origin, is more than just a news story to one Maple Lake resident.
Ian Andrus, a 2002 graduate of MLHS, completed his degree in Environmental Studies and graduated from St. Cloud State University in December of 2006. He recently headed up north to spend his second summer working at a BWCA outfitter.
But this year's experience at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters is turning into something much different than he had anticipated.
Andrus, who arrived at the Gunflint Trail outfitter on May 1, a month ahead of most of the summer workers, had only a few days to settle in before word got to the outfitter that the fire, believed to have started from an unattended campfire, was out of control.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals which denied a discharge permit issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the Annandale/Maple Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The ruling handed down on Thursday is included below. A full report on the decision will be included in next week's Messenger.
OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT
FILED MAY 17, 2007.
NOTICE - MEDIA RELEASE TIME IS 1:00
A04-2033 Cities of Annandale and Maple lake NPDES/SDS Permit Issuance
for the Discharge of Treated Wastewater, and Request for
It's not every day when a cancer patient is made to feel like the luckiest person in the world.
But it happened on Friday, May 4, when five women battling cancer were treated like belles of the ball.
The women, including Jennifer Vogel of Maple Lake, were invited to a day of relaxation in a spa, an elegant lunch and a shopping spree courtesy of Lillians of Buffalo. Lillians, owned by sisters Cindy Deuser and Sue Olmscheid, is an occasional shop featuring a wide variety of stylish accessories for women. After a friend of Deuser lost her struggle with cancer, the sisters embarked on a quest to create a wellness center for women and the May 4 event was just a taste of what is to come. With an effort underway to seek a donation of 20 acres of land, the sisters aim to establish a facility that will include salon and spa services, a restaurant, and an equine center.
It was the end of a happy trail for Art Dingmann and Jerry Brown as they steered their horses onto Skyline Drive overlooking Lake Superior and into the city of Duluth last Thursday.
The 450-mile trip that took the riders and their hard-working crew from Winona to Duluth, in weather that only a Minnesota spring can dish out, ended with smiles and tears and a sense of accomplishment for all involved. The riders themselves, whose goal was to raise awareness for Camp Amanda Minnesota and the help it can give to young people facing the loss of a loved one, felt they had done just that.
"We surpassed our expectations," said Dingmann. "We had all the support anyone could ask for."
Although raising awareness for the Camp was the number one priority, the cowboys and their crew had many opportunities to participate in events held by the communities they passed through.
A wise man once said you can't have progress without change, and progress came to Maple Lake this week with the razing of a landmark home at 215 Division St. East.
St. Timothy's Parish purchased the nearly one acre property from John and Chloe Luebbers early this year for use as a Division Street entrance to school property. This new drive area will allow buses to enter from Division Street, drop students at the front of St. Timothy's School and leave by the existing driveway, making the on and off bus transition much safer for students.
With the hard work of several different companies, the house came down much faster than it went up.