Eight involved in boat crash on Sugar LakeTwo boats carrying eight people collided on Sugar Lake at about 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.
According to a report from the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, Thomas Janson, 40, and Eric Bendewold, 27, of Sartell were fishing in a 14-foot Lund on the west side of Sugar Lake when a 20-foot 2005 Warrior runabout driven by Steven Borgeson of Annandale approached at a high rate of speed. When it became clear that the boats would collide, Janson and Bendewold jumped into the water.Borgeson told deputies that the bow of his boat was at a high plane above the water and the sun had been a factor in his failure to see the fishing boat. Passengers in Borgeson’s boat were Stephan Chapman, 17, of Laguna Beach, CA; Dylan Haifley, 16, of Laguna Beach, CA; Kaeton Borgeson, 17, of Annandale; Janelle Spahr, 17, of South Haven, and Njish Fortson, 17, of Sartell.
Great weather contributed to a big turnout for this year’s Wright County Fair last week in Howard Lake.
About 44,000 people traveled to the fair from July 27 through July 31, an increase of 2,000 over last year’s numbers.
And there was plenty to see, with fairgoers taking in the Lumberjack Championships, climbing a rock wall or entering a variety of contests that tested everything from musical ability to driving skills.
There was a big crowd of Maple Lake residents on hand to witness the awards presented to Gaylord Pavlik as the 2005 Wright County Outstanding Senior Man and to the Dan and Michele Pawelk family as the 2005 Wright County Farm Family of the Year.
The Camp Courage 50th Anniversary celebration continued on July 22 with the first Anglers for Camp Courage Fishing Adventure, sponsored by the Kraus-Anderson Construction Company.
Twenty fishing boats took campers out for an afternoon introduction to fishing, with fishing clinics also conducted on the Camp Courage pontoon boats.
Bob Polland, director of Camp Courage, praised Gary Hook of Kraus-Anderson for his efforts in arranging the event. “Gary has incredible connections in his industry,” Polland said. “He is personally getting them on board, literally, to provide further sponsorships and to teach our campers how to fish and how to enjoy this great sport. We are deeply grateful to Gary and to Kraus-Anderson for their leadership and support.”
The event also included a lunch prior to the 1 p.m. fishing start and a barbeque dinner concluded the day’s events.
Royalty from across the state of Minnesota gathered at the 2005 Minneapolis Aquatennial to share an experience of a lifetime and vie for a position as Aquatennial Royalty. Among the 47 candidates was Miss Maple Lake 2004-2005, Kate Haegele, who was nearly speechless over the excitement of the entire week.
“The whole week was just so unbelievable,” said Kate. “It was just so much fun. That’s all I can say.”
In addition to the week of events, seeing neighbor Miss Annandale, Jill Starke, crowned as a 2005 Aquatennial Princess was a personal highlight for many.
“Seeing her get crowned was really exciting,” said Kate. “It was fun to see someone we knew, for all of the neighboring towns.”
Other members of the Aquatennial royal court included Miss Blaine, Jintana Nelson, who was crowned as a princess and Miss Paynesville, Katie Nelson, was crowned as Queen of the Lakes.
There are very few people who can remember a Wright County Fair without Don Clapp. Clapp, of Maple Lake, has been attending and participating in Wright County Fairs for about 60 years and can’t imagine life without the Fair or 4-H.
“My father died when I was six and my mother thought it would be good if we were involved in things,” he said. “I was in 4-H as a kid and all my kids have been in 4-H.”
Clapp and his wife, Dee, raised children Roxanne, Candy and David on acreage north of Maple Lake with enough room to house plenty of animals to show at the Fair. “David and Candy won every possible award for goats at the State Fair,” Clapp said.
Clapp has also served as a 4-H leader, superintendent of Dairy Goats, Poultry and Rabbits at the County Fair, and as a judge for over 30 years at the Minnesota State Fair.
An ariel photo featuring Maple Lake’s water tower was the winner of a contest to find a photo for the cover of this year’s Maple Lake Area Community Guide.
The photo, submitted by John Kossieck of Maple Lake, was taken from an electric-powered, radio-controlled airplane providing a unique view of the tower and the town around it.
Kossieck won $100 for his first-place photo with Karen Jude of Annandale taking the second-place prize of $50 and Eunice Holt of Maple Lake earning $25 for third place. The winning photos and other entries will be featured in future Messenger publications.
Kossieck, a machinist who works in Eden Prairie, belongs to the Wright Fliers club and the group flies their remote-controlled planes at Montissippi Park, just west of Monticello.
On one of the hottest days of the year, a Maple Lake man apparently drowned in a swimming pool at a relative’s house in Maple Lake Township.
According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, a call was received at 7:49 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, of an apparent drowning at 2746 80th St. NW in Maple Lake Township.
Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered Ronald Edwin Giese, 49, of Maple Lake, to be unresponsive after being pulled from a residential swimming pool. Paramedics were unable to revive Giese and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that Sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to an Albion Township residence Tuesday morning to investigate a residential burglary.
At around 10:00 on Tuesday morning, a 26-year-old female residing on Co. Rd. 6 NW in Albion Twp. arrived home after getting off early from work. As she pulled into her residence, she noticed an unfamiliar vehicle parked in the driveway. When she entered her home, she confronted a subject who was burglarizing her home.
After a short struggle, the male subject tied up the female resident and continued to burglarize the home. The resident, who was not physically injured in the incident, was able to free herself after the suspect had left the residence and called "911" for assistance.