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Wed
14
Jul

Hennen inducted into North Star Hall of Fame

Years of hard work, dedication, and support to the Maple Lake Lakers’ baseball organization were recognized when Daryl Hennen was inducted as the 79th member of the North Star League Baseball Hall of Fame on July 7. He joins Laker legends Leo and Al Dircks, Billy Stuhr, and Ray Winter in receiving the league’s highest honor.

“I don’t think I deserve it,” Hennen said. “But, they convinced me that I had worked hard enough to get it.”

Hennen’s hard work in the outfield grass and later in his career at the plate as a designated hitter made him a fixture in Lakers baseball for nearly 20 years. Although Hennen said he may not have been the best athlete on the field, he always put forth excellent effort.

“I wasn’t that great of an athlete,” he said, “so, I had to work hard at it.”

Wed
07
Jul

Cabin fire on Lake Francis is arson

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports his office is asking for the public’s assistance in the investigation of an arson crime involving a structure fire at 4695 Rhoades Ave. NW, South Haven, in French Lake township that was reported at 4:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 1.

A person driving by the cabin on the east shore of Lake Francis noticed the fire and called 911. The first firefighter on the scene from the South Haven Fire Dept. arrived at 4:51 a.m. and found the cabin fully involved.  Wright County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Wright County Fire Investigations Team, which is made up of representatives from fire departments from across Wright County. It has been determined that the cause of the fire is arson.

Wed
07
Jul

Local holiday parade features Christmas in July

Mary Malachek dressed as Santa Claus with a tractor instead of a sleigh in the 5th Annual 58th Street Old Time Parade on Sunday, July 4th. The focus of the parade was old family farm equipment, including tractors and machinery.

Dick Malachek said he decided several years ago that a parade was a fun way to teach his grandchildren how to drive tractors.

“That’s what it’s for; it’s for the kids,” Dick said, “especially when they get to drive.”

Over the years, the parade has expanded to include many other families and become an anticipated event in their Maple Lake neighborhood.

Wed
07
Jul

Irish Marching Band takes first on Fourth

It’s been a good summer for the Maple Lake High School Marching Band.  At the Annandale parade on July 4, the band placed first in class and first overall, while also receiving the award for best colorguard and best drumline.

“We peaked at the perfect time,” said Director Tony Mazzone. “That is where that self-discipline and level of commitment really pay off.”

The Annandale parade and the June trip to Florida were two very harmonious notes on which to end the season.

Mazzone said the trip the band took to Disney World to perform in front of thousands of people from around the world was a success and that their performance in Disneyworld was ”fantastic.”

Wed
07
Jul

Early treatment is best remedy for West Nile virus

Many people may associate the onset of West Nile virus in animals as a death sentence, but Cathy and Stuart Marquette no longer share this sentiment. Their 19-year-old quarterhorse, Packy, survived the virus.

“It was awful,” said Cathy. “It’s something you don’t want to wish on any horse owner.”  Stuart added, “We were at the point where we wondered, should we put him down?”

The Marquettes were fortunate that they noticed Packy’s symptoms early and got him treatment immediately.

“I noticed when I got on him that he just wasn’t right,” said Cathy. “So, I called the Buffalo vet.”

Wed
30
Jun

Maple Lake's Days of Old are on the way

Make your plans now to attend the first Maple Lake Days of Old, Sponsored by Ertel’s Famous Butt Cream on August 21.

Sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, the theme of the new festival will seek to return to days gone by, when celebrations featured music in the streets, good food and outdoor markets, all in the company of good friends and neighbors. And of course, “Ertel’s Famous Butt Cream,” a Maple Lake original, will be prominently featured by Arenson’s Pharmacist Tom Ertel.

Wed
30
Jun
Wed
30
Jun

MLHS hauls in awards at Yearbook Camp

The editors of the 2004-2005 Maple Lake High School Yearbook may have set a new record in awards received at the annual Taylor Publishing Yearbook Camp held from June 21-24 at St. John’s University.

Editors Rachel Hudek, Sarah Dombrovski, Lindsey Smith and Laura Norell received second place honors for yearbook theme presentation in Division A competition. Hudek was named Outstanding Yearbook Journalist and also received second place awards for advanced layout and body copy-writing. Norell took first place in photo composition and second place in best overall photos, with Smith taking home a third place award in advanced layout design.

The MLHS yearbook editors, instructed by Journalism teacher Jean Elsenpeter, won their awards in competition with 150 students from across the state at the yearbook camp.   

Wed
30
Jun

Delano teacher is new elementary principal

Some things in life don’t go according to plan.   Kris Harlan wasn’t planning on seeking a position as an elementary principal this year, but on Tuesday, the Maple Lake School Board hired her as the new principal of Maple Lake Elementary. Harlan succeeds Dan Olberg, who has accepted a position as an elementary principal in the Forest Lake Area School District.

Harlan, a sixth grade teacher in Delano who lives in Buffalo, was planning to wait until her youngest daughter graduated from high school before pursuing a principal’s position. But when the opening in Maple Lake was posted, Harlan decided to put her name in the running.     “This was a year earlier than I had planned, but it was close to home and the school was the right size,” she said. “I didn’t dream that it would happen. I thought it would just be a good interview experience for me.”

Wed
23
Jun

Sheriff seeking tips in Southside Township robbery

Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on June 21 at 9:23 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of an assault and robbery that occurred in Southside Township.

Initial reports indicate that Jolene Shepherd, 19, of Annandale, was working at Jimmy’s Pizza in Annandale when the business received a pizza delivery call to a new home construction site in Southside Township in the area of Lake Sylvia and Twin Lake. Upon delivery, Shepherd was restrained and bound with duct tape by two unidentified white males. The suspects stole a money bag with a small amount of cash from Shepherd and then fled the scene in her vehicle. Shepherd’s vehicle was recovered soon after the incident just a short distance away from the scene.

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