Maple Lake contractor Tom Clarke holds a flag and pin he received from the New York City Fire Department for his volunteer efforts at Ground Zero in the weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist assault.
Clark, a former New York firefighter, was awarded one of the flags that flew over Ground Zero during the rescue and clean-up efforts. The pin is the first medal of commendation created in the history of the New York Fire Department. Two star pins were presented to survivors of the assault, one star went to those who worked on the World Trade Center “pile” and a plain pin went to firefighters who were on the job at the time of the World Trade Center tragedy. Clarke’s pin has one star.
The family of the late Fred and Irene Jude gathered on Sunday to dedicate a cabin to the memory of their parents at Camp Friendship.
Since 1964, Friendship Ventures has offered year-round programs at Camp Friendship for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. And one of those summer visitors was the Jude’s son, Dennis.In addition, Irene was a long-time volunteer and a Camp Friendship Auxiliary member.
“This cabin has given our family the means to keep alive the spirit of our parents, their feelings about Camp Friendship and giving back to the community,” said daughter Colleen Moe, who spearheaded the project.
The 1,200 square-foot cabin was completed in December as a result of a fund-raising drive by the Jude family and the efforts of Camp Friendship volunteers.
In a development that spells considerable good news for the drive to revitalize downtown Maple Lake, one of the town’s historic buildings is once again open for business.
“The Den,” a multi-purpose facility featuring coffee, snacks, gifts, internet access and space for parties, meetings and other events, opened at the end of March and promises to bring new faces downtown.
In late December, Andy and John Peterson and Dan Cransten, all of Maple Lake, purchased the Carlson Doll building, which is located next to Heavenly Grounds Coffee Shop on Birch Avenue, for their business ventures.
The fire department responded to two pages on March 26 and 29 from 911 for grass fires. The fires, in both instances, were controlled burns; hence no action was taken. Twenty-four and 13 firefighters responded respectively.
They were also dispatched to the Maple Lake High School on March 21, 4:59 p.m., which was a false alarm. Eighteen firemen responded.
The ambulance squad provided the following services: Patients were taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER on March 30, 11:02 p.m; March 28, 2:30 p.m.; March 28, :54 a.m.; March 27, 8:08 a.m.; and March 24, 10:08 p.m.
March 27, 2:29 a.m.: Emergency cancelled at 2:52 a.m.
March 24, 6:50 p.m.: Patient was transported to the Waconia Hospital by an Advanced Life Support ambulance as per request.
Joint Events Council (JEC) chair Kristin Hlavka served patrons at the LaPlayette in St. Joseph as students at St. John’s and St. Ben’s colleges hosted a breakfast on Sunday to raise funds for the Find Joshua fund and the Wetterling Foundation.
Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake, a junior at St. John’s, disappeared without a trace from the campus on Nov. 9.
Hlavka said that last year the JEC organization, which coordinates programming at both St. John’s and St. Ben’s, sponsored a benefit breakfast to aid the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
“This year, we wanted to do something to benefit a local cause,” she said. “And after this happened to Josh, we wanted to help out.”
Student JEC volunteers not only organized the breakfast, but coordinated publicity for the event and distributed posters throughout the area.
Sheriff Miller reports that on March 24, agents from the Wright County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for controlled substances at the Jerald Geyen residence located at 7455 County Road 37 NW in Maple Lake Township.
The search warrant resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of suspected Methamphetamine along with items associated with the clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine. Arrested at the residence were Jerald Geyen (age 46), Lynn Wedell (age 48), and Christopher Woelfel (age 27) for 1st degree conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Dale LaFave (age 33) was arrested for 5th degree possession of methamphetamine. All four parties were transported to the Wright County Jail.
Maple Lake took another step forward in the effort to produce a Comprehensive Plan for the city when the city council conducted a special meeting last week to hear draft goals and policies produced from input gathered at a community meeting in January.
Dean Johnson of Resource Strategies, the consulting firm guiding the CP process, told the council that attendance at the town meeting in January was very good, with nearly 100 residents filling the high school cafeteria. And he said that such large attendance helped to send some clear messages.
The Joint Events Council Community Committee of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, the LaPlayette, St. Joe Meat Market and Jim & Carol Kuebelbeck Dairy are sponsoring a pancake breakfast benefit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the LaPlayette, 19 N College Avenue, St. Joseph, Minn.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Wetterling Foundation and Joshua Guimond fund. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children four and under. The public is invited to attend.
One of Maple Lake’s grand men and past parade Grand Marshals was laid to rest on St. Patrick’s Day.
Ray Muller, 87, a life-long resident of Maple Lake, died on March 12 at the Ebenezer Covenant Home in Buffalo.
Muller’s grandparents opened a mortuary and furniture store in Maple Lake in 1897 and Muller became the third generation to operate the mortuary. He and his sister, Katherine, managed the business from 1958 to 1975, when it was sold to Art and Doug Dingmann, ending the 82-year family ownership of the mortuary. Muller continued working as a successful mechanical contractor before his retirement in 1985.
Muller’s accomplishments in Maple Lake included playing on some of the finest sports teams the MLHS Irish have ever produced: the undefeated high school football teams in 1931 and 1932 and the 1932 district champion basketball team.