A general meeting for Maple Lake Community Theatre's 2009 production will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 13, at the Maple Lake VFW.
Dale Bothun will direct this year's musical comedy, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which will hit the stage in February.
The cast for this year's show includes eight men and five women, plus a chorus of executives and secretaries. Help will also be needed behind the scenes building and painting sets, working on props and costumes, distributing posters and manning concessions.
Auditions will be held in November, exact dates will be available at the meeting.
If you cannot attend the meeting, call Dale Bothun for more information at 320-963-8831 or 320-493-3230.
A house fire last month claimed the life of a 44-year-old Zimmerman man who worked in Maple Lake.
On Sept. 23, 2:40 p.m., the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office and Zimmerman Fire Department responded to the residence when the homeowner's daughter discovered the home filled with smoke. Her father, Scott Kieliszewski, was found dead in the basement.
The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and the State Fire Marshall's Office conducted a joint investigation and believe the fire may have started in the home's mechanical room, located in the basement. However, the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshall.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office ruled carbon monoxide poisoning the official cause of death for Kieliszewski. The manner of death was accidental.
Kieliszewski was employed at Pace Industries/Product Tech Division in Maple Lake.
Maple Lake hit another bump on the road to a more beautiful downtown Monday evening just as people were making their way home for the day. One of the crew working on the street hit and broke a gas line, near the intersection of Birch Ave. and First St.
"It happened about 5 p.m.," said Todd Borell, Maple Lake's fire chief. "The guys working on the street hit a 4" steel gas line and broke off the service connection."
An early order of business was to track the trains that regularly pass near the area of the leak and could create sparks.
With the dream inching toward reality, the Friends of the Maple Lake Library were more than happy to accept an $8,000.00 donation from the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce.
The money was part of a legacy from Maple Lake's Centennial celebration in 1990. Funds were set aside to be put towards an un-named something that would benefit the city as a whole.
Now, nearly 20 years later, the money has found a home.
"The Chamber voted in 2006 to give the money to the library project," said Irene Hudek, president of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce. "The money was set aside for a project that would last a long time. This is certainly one that we can all use and enjoy."
On the receiving end, Denise Blizil, an active member of the library steering committee and chairperson of the Capital Campaign Committee, was pleased to see funds coming in for the fledgling project.
For a rookie, Dale Decker managed quite a year for the Maple Lake Lakers, and it's not just Maple Lake that thinks so.
The 2008 North Star League, which is made up of three divisions, North Star East, North Star Central and North Star West, and includes teams from Maple Plain, Loretto, Mound, Albertville, Rogers, Elk River, Dassel-Cokato, St. Michael, Maple Lake, Hutchinson, Delano, Buffalo, Howard Lake, Monticello, Rockford, Big Lake and Kingston, voted Decker North Star League Manager of the Year at their Sept. 29 meeting.
Not surprising after Decker, a retired North Star Hall of Fame player, and, in his first year as manager, led the Lakers to a third-place finish in the State Amateur Baseball Tournament, their first appearance at the state tournament since 1995.
Corinna Township will be pursuing legal action against Wright County regarding a dispute over planning and zoning authority.
At the Sept. 23 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, it was reported that the county was served with a summons on Sept. 19.
Assistant County Attorney Tom Zins said the matter has been brewing for months and that the township finally opted to take it to court.
"We were served with a summons Friday (Sept. 19), so this is no longer potential litigation," Zins said. "The lawsuit seeks authority for the township to do its own zoning. The suit looks to have the county stop exercising its authority to handle planning and zoning issues in the township."
On August 11, Corinna Township began issuing building permits, sewage treatment system permits and land use permits. The township had worked for three years to create a local zoning process.
Sounding a lot like something from a prime-time cop show, (CSI:Maple Lake?), the Wright County Sheriff's Department made an arrest last month in two Maple Lake burglaries, one dating to 2006.
On December 11, 2006, the Old Town Creamery at 25 Birch Ave. N. reported an overnight burglary. Approximately $87 in cash was taken along with damage to a window and other items in the business. The Wright County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Investigative Unit processed the scene and collected suspected blood evidence from the damaged window.
Then, about a month later in January of 2007, the Wright County Sheriff's Office responded to St. Timothy's Catholic Church on another overnight burglary report. The basement of the church was vandalized with doors pried open, cabinets rummaged through, ceiling tiles removed, and an interior window broken. Again, the Wright County Major Crimes Investigative Unit processed the scene and collected suspected blood evidence.
A special meeting of the Maple Lake City Council called to discuss details for dressing up the downtown portion of Birch Avenue became an opportunity for business owners to vent their frustrations over the reconstruction project.
The long-awaited effort to reconstruct Birch from Division to Fourth Street has caused more disruption to businesses than anticipated and owners made their feelings known at the city council's special meeting on Sept. 23.
Christine Gilson of Christine & Friends said her business has been closed since the construction began. Now that the utility work is done, she asked the council why the contractor working on the road base couldn't move from the residential area to the business district and get that finished first.
As has been the case for the past several months, the Birch Avenue street reconstruction project was a major topic of discussion for the Maple Lake City Council.
At its meeting on Sept. 16, City Engineer Jeremy Mathiasen told the council that utility work would be finished on Birch this week, with work on the street base proceeding in the residential section.
Mathiasen presented the council with a plan for streetscaping in the downtown area, noting that a meeting of business owners resulted in the scaling back of trees in the downtown area from 18 to six. Two of the trees would be placed south of the intersection with First Street, and the other four trees would be placed toward each end of the Birch business block. Of nine streetlights in the plan, two would be placed across First, four on the west side of Birch and three on the east side.