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Fri
06
Mar

St. Pat's festival begins at Queen's Banquet

The reigning Maple Lake Royalty hosted the first event of the St. Patrick's celebration season.

The Queen's Banquet on Sunday at the Maple Lake American Legion Club was led by Queen Lindsey Becker, Princess Shanna Weber, Princess Brittany Wurm and Miss Congeniality Molly Schaufler.

The banquet included parting words from this year's royalty and presentation of the candidates for the 2009 Miss Maple Lake. The candidates put on a style show, featuring clothes from Maurices in Buffalo and acted out commercials they prepared for their sponsors.

See more photos from the Queen's banquet and read information about the Irish Gala in this week's Messenger.

Mon
02
Mar

County hears proposal for $75 million energy facility

At a time when two of the most important issues facing Minnesotans are the current economic recession and doing things to save the planet from global warming, the timing of a presentation from Kandiyohi Development seemed like a glove fit. The company made a pitch to the Wright County Board at its Feb. 17 meeting in hopes of constructing a $75 million biomass energy facility in Rockford Township.

Michael Krause, the principal owner of the company, told the commissioners that the facility would be one of the cleanest biomass facilities in the country, would provide about 100 jobs in the area, 20 permanent jobs paying more than $60,000 a year and create enough energy to supply 18,000 homes with their annual electricity needs. Just as impressive was the claim that the annual emissions from the facility would be the equivalent to that of 60-70 automobiles - a number that currently drive by the facility in just an hour.

Mon
02
Mar

Irish gymnast heads to state

Maple Lake Irish gymnastics finished the season in a big way. On Friday, Maple Lake hosted the Section 5A meet, and this week, freshman Courtney Couette will continue on to state competition, representing Maple Lake in floor exercise and on the balance beam.

For the first time in school history, Maple Lake hosted the section gymnastics meet.

"We've hosted many meets before, but that is usually two or three teams. This is much bigger," said Dave Schroeder, Maple Lake High School athletic director. "It's a big undertaking just because of the size of it."

Nine teams and more than 80 gymnasts competed in the meet. Approximately 300 fans filled the stands to support the teams and a total of nine judges scored the gymnasts' performances.

Read more about Maple Lake's first Section meet in this week's Messenger.

Mon
02
Mar

The feet were flying on opening night

It didn't look like much work was getting done on at least one office desk as the Maple Lake Community Theatre opened this year's production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

There is still an opportunity to find out whose feet were flying at this weekend's closing performances on Feb. 27 & 28 at 7 p.m. and on March 1 at 2 p.m. in the Maple Lake High School auditorium. More photos from the well-received comedy appear on page 10 of this week's Messenger.

Mon
02
Mar

Grand Marshal & mom make history

This year, with the selection of the grand marshal for the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14, Maple Lake also gets its first great-grand marshal.

In 1997, Marge Ward was named the parade grand marshal and her daughter, Jeannie Fobbe, was selected to lead this year's parade. It's the first time a child of a past grand marshal has received that same honor.

Marge said she was excited when she was asked to serve as grand marshal, Maple Lake's highest honor which recognizes a lifetime of service to this community. But she said she was even more excited this year for Jeannie.

"I was thrilled for her," Marge said. "I thought it was wonderful."

St. Patrick's Day has always been something special for the Ward family, with Marge noting her Irish heritage. One of the highlights of her life was the opportunity to serve as a chaperone when the Maple Lake High School Marching Band traveled to Ireland in 1974.

Fri
20
Feb
Fri
20
Feb

Man arrested in Monticello theft

A silent alarm at a Monticello business early on Saturday morning led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man from Minneapolis on burglary charges.

 At 5:10 a.m. on February 7, Sheriff Gary Miller reports that sheriff's deputies assigned to patrol Monticello received a report of a silent alarm at the "Smoke Shop" in the 1200 block of Hwy. 25 South. When the deputies arrived, they discovered that the rear door to the business was unsecure. Once inside the rear door, they noticed a large hole cut in the sheetrock on an interior wall.

As the deputies were calling for a K9 unit to assist in the building search, they heard a disturbance inside of the building and observed a male individual run out an adjacent exterior door. A foot chase ensued and the suspect was captured in an open field a few blocks from the location of the burglary.

Read more in this week's Messenger.

Fri
20
Feb

Maple Lake Community Theatre production to open Feb. 20

The curtain is about to open on this year's Maple Lake Community Theatre production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

At left, getting that all-important cup of coffee is a must for the corporate cast that includes Tyler Foreman, Jim Johnson, Jean Borrell, Erica Zander, Julie Johnson, Frank Opay, Mike O'Loughlin, Dianna Lidberg, Gary Miller, Kim Harvey, Katheleen Miller, Gerald Fitzpatrick, J McClelland and Lori Peterson.

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is set for Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. in the Maple Lake High School auditorium. On Feb. 22 and March 1, performances are set for 2 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are now available at First National Bank in Maple Lake.

Fri
20
Feb

Former hair salon gets winter facelift

Work on a building at 40 Birch Avenue South was an attention-getter in downtown Maple Lake last week.

"Basically we're just giving the building a facelift," said owner Patrick Little. "We're redoing the brick around the top and mortaring the stone around the bottom. Making it look presentable."

The upper floor of the downtown building is a 900-1,000 square foot apartment and the lower 600 square foot commercial area is the former home of three different hair salons, most recently All About You.

Read more in this week's issue of the Maple Lake Messenger.

Fri
20
Feb

Food Shelf open for those in need

These are trying times for this country and Maple Lake is no exception.

With the recession deepening, 11 million unemployed in the U.S. alone, and a brand-new president reporting that the light at the end of this particular financial tunnel is still likely a ways off, everyone has been affected by financial hardships, some more, some less.

These days many families worry about jobs, facing cutbacks or layoffs and stretching every penny. They give up vacations, cut back on everything non-essential, wonder how to keep the bills paid, the prescriptions filled and the kids fed.

For a growing number in the Maple Lake area, help is often found at the Annandale Area Food Shelf, which serves Annandale, Maple Lake, South Haven and Southside Township. A dedicated, totally-volunteer crew at the Annandale Area Food Shelf arranges deliveries and keeps things running smoothly to provide this service to the community.

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