It was hard to imagine that the story about the disappearance of Joshua Guimond could get any worse.
But last week, it did.
On March 12, St. John’s University through the Order of St. Benedict, Inc., requested and was granted a temporary Harassment Restraining Order against Joshua’s father, Brian, and the story was featured in media outlets throughout the Twin Cities.
Joshua, a St. John’s junior from Maple Lake, disappeared on his way home from a party on the St. John’s campus in November of 2002 and is still missing, despite extensive public and private search efforts.
Affidavits filed in support of the restraining order by St. John’s Life Safety Director Shawn Vierzba and Jason Laker, Dean of Campus Life, describe a relationship with Brian Guimond that rapidly deteriorated after Joshua’s disappearance 16 months ago.
There will be three new area township supervisors taking office as a result of voting on March 9.
Gerry ‘Gibby’ Giebenhain was the winner of a write-in vote campaign in Maple Lake Township, Brian Miller was a 14-vote winner over 30-year incumbent John Uecker in Albion Township, and John Jones was the victor for an open seat in Silver Creek Township.
Giebenhain, a 1992 graduate of Maple Lake High School, garnered more than twice as many votes as his closest competitor.
“I called neighbors and got a real good reception,” he said, noting that his wife, Karie Hudek Giebenhain, also had lots of family in the area. “Being married to a Hudek didn’t hurt,” he laughed.
Giebenhain and his wife have three boys: Greg, 7; and two-year-old twins, Conner and Collin. He has operated Gibby’s Cleanup and Hauling for over five years.
A guide for the growth of Maple Lake is now in place at city hall.
In a joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission on March 10, the Maple Lake City Council approved a new Comprehensive Plan designed to help the city manage future commercial and residential development.
During the plan’s public hearing, Dean Johnson of Resource Strategies Corporation reviewed the document that had progressed from a community meeting in January of 2003 to the final version presented to the council. The major content areas of the plan include background on the city, goals and policies, a growth management plan, and a plan for implementation.
The grand finale of Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival featured awards, laughs, suspense and dancing in the aisles during coronation ceremonies in the high school gym.
Pictured in the new royal court are Princess Ashley Spolarich, Queen Katie Haegele, Princess Emily Norell and Miss Congeniality Jamie Kramer. Standing behind them is the 2003-2004 court of Princess Mary Pribyl, Queen Brandi Decker, Princess Erika Wold and Miss Congeniality Sara Wurm.
Lightning senior wrestler Stephen Pilgram closed out his high school career by capturing the 140 lb. championship at the state tournament last weekend.
And Coach Bruce Bartels closed out his 33 years as coach of the Cardinals and the Lightning by winning recognition as the Section 5AA Coach of the Year, following a second place section finish by his last team.
And the awards for the most successful season in the history of the Lightning just keep on coming.
The ANML Lightning varsity wrestling team was also honored with the All-State All Academic Silver Award for their 3.374 accumulative GPA.
The coronation of the next Miss Maple Lake will take place during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Queen’s Committee wish to take this opportunity to introduce this year’s 16 candidates to their community.