A day of holiday fun, refreshments, shopping and a chance to check out new local businesses will be featured during “Christmas in Maple Lake,” sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday, Dec. 6. This date is a change from the original holiday festival date of Nov. 29.
Santa will be available for photos and Christmas wishes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Den in downtown Maple Lake. Treats for the kids and children’s activities will also be offered.
A drawing for two children’s bikes donated by Security State Agency and a prize for adults will be held at 2:30 p.m. Punch cards will be distributed that can be validated at five of seven businesses listed for entry into the drawing.
The next great invention could come from anywhere.Even in Maple Lake.
Janet and Mike Sahli have been working on a product with enough potential that it has been selected for the cable TV show, “Million Dollar Idea.”
Two years ago a friend told the Sahlis about her frustration with apple peelers, which splattered juice and peels all over her kitchen. “You try to get that juice cleaned up, but two days later, you find a sticky spot,” laughed Janet. “It gets all over the floor, all over the counter. It’s a mess.”
From that conversation, the Sahlis, who own TMS Machining in Maple Lake, used their shop to experiment with concepts for solving apple peeling problems.
“Having a machine shop helped,” Janet said. “We could make things and try them out and a lot of people don’t have that.”
An overwhelming number of friends and family of war veterans, as well as Maple Lake students and school faculty, filled the Maple Lake High School auditorium last Tuesday to celebrate the freedoms of America and to thank the veterans for their service.
The program opened with a brief word from Mike Yanish and the lighting of a candle among empty chairs on stage to symbolize Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, and that wherever they may be, they are not forgotten and the spirit of their service lives on today.
Superintendent Mark Redemske gave a warm introduction speech welcoming the veterans, their spouses, and the entire audience for the outstanding attendance and thanking the veterans for their sacrifices.
Law enforcement officers in Wright County, as well as motorists, enjoyed a safe weekend October 24th and 25th on Hwy. 55. Officers from the Annandale, Buffalo, Howard Lake police departments and state troopers joined efforts with Wright County deputies in ensuring traffic safety on the state highway from South Haven to Rockford.
Five intoxicated drivers were safely removed from the highway during the evening and early morning shifts and no traffic crashes were reported. Over 100 vehicles were stopped and citations were issued for speed, no proof of insurance, driving with revoked licenses and other assorted violations.
Five teachers in Maple Lake were honored at the 12th Annual Leadership in Educational Excellence (LEEA) Banquet and Awards Ceremony on October 29.
Honored from Maple Lake Schools were Dave Hansen, high school Social Studies teacher; Debra Craft, district media specialist; Cyndi Jakel, sixth grade teacher; and Eric Meyer, high school English teacher. Also honored was Sue Sylvester from the Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative, which provides educational services for the Westside Academy at the Maple Lake Recovery Center.
The LEEA event is an opportunity to recognize educators for serving as a model of excellence to their fellow educators and students. This year’s event recognized 150 honorees from 37 school districts and two Special Education cooperatives from Central Minnesota.
Only 20 Minnesota high school students were selected as finalists in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award program and Heather Wurm of Maple Lake is a member of that select group.
Over 14,150 students were nominated for the honor by school staff across the nation, with only the top 1,020 achieving recognition as finalists. The High School Heisman Award program annually recognizes students for outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, the fine arts, school involvement and community service and is sponsored by Wendy’s restaurants, the Heisman Memorial Trust and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
“I was very excited,” Heather said of attaining finalist status. “It’s an honor just to be recognized for the hard work you put in as a student over the years.”
It was an anniversary date that was inconceivable a year ago. But on November 9, friends and family marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Joshua Guimond from the campus at St. John’s University.
At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, an oak tree donated by Dundee Nursery was wrapped in a yellow ribbon and dedicated to Joshua on Sunday morning as the cameras of Twin Cities television stations recorded the event.
Rev. Steven King led those in attendance in prayers for Joshua’s return and Joshua’s father, Brian Guimond, said the tree for Joshua is a symbol of hope.
“This is a reminder that Josh is out there somewhere,” he said. “There’s been no body found, so we’ve got no reason to believe he’s dead.” Brian also thanked the Maple Lake community for the support provided over the past year.
Maple Lake’s Post Prom Party Committee has been honored for nearly a decade of efforts to provide safe entertainment for local students after the Maple Lake High School Prom.
The Post Prom group received the “You Rock” award last week from the Wright County Family Services Collaborative. Each of the 16 partner organizations that make up the collaborative was invited to nominate an individual or organization for the award and the Post Prom group was the selection of Maple Lake’s Youth Connections program.
Youth Connections Coordinator Kim Brown said there were many reasons the Post Prom group had been selected for the honor.“They have been selected for this award not only for their hard work and dedication,” Brown said. “But also for their initiative and commitment in addressing such an important teen issue and in helping keep teens drug and alcohol free.”
The issue of the quantity of water discharged from the proposed Annandale/Maple Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant was the top concern offered by area residents speaking against the plant at the Wright County Planning Commission meeting a month ago.
And it was the chief reason given by Planning Commission members on October 30 in failing to approve a request for a Conditional Use Permit needed for construction of the wastewater plant at a site in Albion Township.
Unlike the previous meeting, when residents were provided with time to speak at the public hearing, this session was devoted to the discussion of commission members.
The planning meeting began with Planning and Zoning Administrator Tom Salkowski presenting a list of residents who had written letters protesting the location of the plant, along with a petition to the Albion Township Board signed by over 130 residents.
Maple Lake Schools’ operating levy referendum failed by a very narrow margin in the November 4 elections.
Of the 633 residents who cast ballots at the school on Tuesday, 323 voted against and 310 voted for the levy, which would have provided an additional $223,000 in operating funding each year for the next ten years.
In the vote for four school board seats, incumbents Arnie Michalicek and Dave Gohman were re-elected, while incumbent Chris Blade did not garner enough votes for a second term. Winning board seats in a tie vote were former school board member Kitty Rasset and newcomer Chris Dombrovski.
Vote totals were: Arnie Michalicek, 342; Chris Dombrovski, 338; Kathryn (Kitty) Rasset, 338; David Gohman, 301; Janella (Nel) Fuchs, 261; Chris Blade, 230; and Carrie Jenkins, 148.