The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) received the first portion of a supply of potassium iodide (KI) from the federal government. Residents living within 10 miles of the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear generating plants will be offered two doses of KI at no cost.
KI is a form of iodine that can offer partial protection from some types of radioactive emissions. HSEM worked closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to request the stockpile from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Minnesota is one of 21 states to accept the NRC offer of KI.
Maple Lake is within the 10-mile radius of the Monticello Nuclear Plant and the safety step planned by the HSEM has been a topic at District 881 School Board meetings for several months.
The Maple Lake High School Marching Band returned home on Friday, July 7, from a week of traveling the East Coast.
“The trip went really well,” said Maple Lake Band Director Tony Mazzone. “We got there, had a great time and got home safely.”
During their trip, the band visited many historical sites, including the U.S.S. Constitution, Bunker Hill, Old North Church, Freedom Trail and several others.
“Visiting the historical monuments and sights was really interesting,” said band member Marcus Yager. “We had a chance to see what we learn about in history books.”
Other stops for the band included Ground Zero, which marks the spot of the dual airplane crashes into the Twin Towers on 9-11, the Empire State Building and the U.S.S. Intrepid Air and Space Museum. Mazzone said many students enjoyed the Blue Man Group performance and the visit to Niagara Falls.
The weather could not have been better for this year’s Fourth of July area celebrations.
The fun started on July 1 in Maple Lake with the fourth annual Boat Parade coordinated by the Maple Lake Property Owners Association. About two dozen decorated boats cruised around the lake on Saturday afternoon.
Find out the winners of the Maple Lake boat parade in the July 5 issue of the Messenger and look for photos from the Annandale Fourth of July Parade in the upcoming July 12, issue.
Samantha McCune, a student at Maple Lake High School, represented Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association at the 2006 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. She toured historical monuments and museums, attended educational seminars, and met with Sixth District Congressman Mark Kennedy.
McCune was chosen from four other finalists through an application and interview process.
Sheila Knop LaPlant, Wright-Hennepin Special Events Coordinator, said each year, the applicants are all well-rounded students worthy of the award.
“Everyone who applies is fit for the position,” said LaPlant. “We haven’t found one kid that hasn’t been a quality person yet. Each year, the applicants are kids that are working hard to get their education and make a difference. I’m amazed at how they’re reaching for the stars; the sky’s the limit, and they’re doing what they love.”
A firefighter lifted a youngster out of the back of a bus in the adjacent photo as the Maple Lake Fire Department staged an emergency drill on Monday evening in the high school parking lot.
Scott Carriveau, Maple Lake Ambulance Director and medics training coordinator, said the scenario for Monday’s event involved a truck transporting an anhydrous ammonia tank that crashed with a school bus. To complicate the rescue efforts, the bus, provided by M&M Bus Service, was tipped on its side and the scenario called for a leak from the truck’s ammonia tank.
Volunteers were enlisted to play the roles of accident victims at various levels of trauma and were led or carried from the scene of the staged accident.
Carriveau said it took two months to plan for the training session, which involved elements of mass casualty training that local emergency personnel had been working on over the past year.
Maple Lake High School's 2006 - 2007 yearbook editors made their annual trip to St. John's University for the Taylor Publishing Camp they attended June 19 - 22. The trip was made possible through donations from the Maple Lake Lions and a scholarship from Taylor Publishing.
At camp, editors Sarah Latour, Andrea Rachel, Traci Erger, and Lindsey Becker got a jump start on the 2007 book. Latour and Rachel focused on the theme presentation of the book, creating cover and layout designs. Photo editor Traci Erger attended photography sessions, and computer editor Lindsey Becker attended sessions on how to use EliteVision, the yearbook's computer program.
A Maple Lake man is seeking to lead other residents on a ride to help victims of MS find hope on the open road.
Reggie Walton, who has owned a home on Maple Lake for the past five years, will be taking part in the two-day MS River Road Run Motorcycle Tour scheduled to run from August 19 to 20. The trip will begin at the State Capitol and end at Camp Courage in Maple Lake.
This year’s event to raise funds for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis is Walton’s 21st year on the ride and his 25th as a volunteer at Camp Courage for the MS Society. And the annual MS Camp at Camp Courage starts on August 20, bringing MS River Road Run riders in contact with the people they are seeking to help.
Read more about this fund-raising road-trip in the June 21 issue of the Messenger.
Lindsey Smith, a member of the 2006 Maple Lake High School softball conference and Sub-Section championship squad, became the first athlete to represent Maple Lake High School at the Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Softball Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato on June 11.
Smith was one of 88 athletes selected from over 6,000 high school softball players in Minnesota to compete with other top athletes and coaches from around the state in the All-Star Softball tournament.
Find out more about Lindsey's experience in the June 21 issue of the Messenger.