An amazingly warm spring day brought an amazingly large crowd to town on Saturday to celebrate the end of a long winter at Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
What has been pronounced as the best weather in the festival’s history by some of those who have witnessed the previous 25 parades, brought temperatures in the mid- 60’s and a record crowd estimated at over 6,000 to Maple Lake.
More than 80 parade units traveled down a sunny parade route, with Maple Lake Lumber taking the $75 first prize award, Holy Cross Lutheran Church winning $50 for second place, and The Irish Washerwomen of the Maple Lake Community Theatre winning $25 for third place. Awarded a rare Honorable Mention with words of thanks from the community was Hoover, the bloodhound used in the search for Joshua Guimond.Serving as this year’s Grand Marshal was Ken Engel, retiring superintendent of Maple Lake Schools.
Glen Wurm, son of Lawrence and Carol Wurm of Maple Lake, was named as Assistant Coach of the Year after his Woodbury girls basketball team captured the state 4A title on Saturday.
Wurm, a 1988 graduate of Maple Lake High School, was honored by the Coaches Association in the selection of All-State teams and coaches after the conclusion of the state tournament. Coach of the Year in Class 4A was Woodbury’s state final opponent, Eastview’s Paul Goetz.
Woodbury concluded a perfect season at 29-0 when it defeated a tough Eastview team which recorded only one previous loss before the state title game. Wurm’s squad used a strong defense to win the championship with a 61-42 win. The Royals dominated the game from the start, holding Eastview to only 26 points over three quarters.Head coach for the Woodbury Royals is Dave Preller.
The coronation of the next Miss Maple Lake will take place during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival on March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the high school gym. The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Queen’s Committee wish to take this opportunity to introduce this year’s 14 Miss Maple Lake candidates to their community.
Elections will take place on Tuesday, March 11, 2003, for area townships. Offices up for election are:
Supervisor: John Elfmann (incumbent) is running unopposed for a 3-year term. Treasurer: Douglas Triplett (incumbent) is running unopposed for a 2- year term. Voting is from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Albion Town Hall on County Road 6. The annual meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m.
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Supervisor: Leland Schut (incumbent) is running unopposed for a 3-year term. Supervisor: James Holt, John Munsterteiger, and Bud Harbinson are running for a 1-year term to fill the remainder of former supervisor Curtis Vokaty’s term. Voting is from noon to 8 p.m. at the Maple Lake Township Hall on County Road 37 and Bishop Avenue. The annual meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Despite a summer of record rainfalls, it never rained on the parade of the 25th Miss Maple Lake.
Somehow Queen Jen Pribyl and her princesses, Nichole Haegele and Amanda Rigenhagen, got through 18 parades and appearances without a drop of water falling on their sparkling tiaras. But the devestating downpour of June 24 left an impression on the royal court because they picked that day to select matching outfits in St. Cloud and drove home in the rainstorm of the century.
“We went back to Amanda’s house and her basement was flooded so we helped her out with that,” Jen said. “But she lives near the golf course and the roads there were all flooded when we were trying to get home.”
It’s almost time for the 26th edition of Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, set for March 15.
The day will begin with the annual Craft Sale set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maple Lake Elementary.
The 2nd Annual Irish Scamper will start at 9 a.m. with registration at Madigan’s Pub and Grill. The 5K race will begin at 11 a.m. in front of St. Timothy’s Church and the half-mile Fun Run will begin immediately after the start of the 5K. The course will take the runners east on Division, south on County Road 8, then back to the Church via First Street.
Divers were brought in to search the waters of Sagatagan Lake at St. John’s on Saturday as the disappearance of three missing college students once again made headlines across the state.
Last fall, University of Minnesota student Chris Jenkins, St. John’s student Joshua Guimond and University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire student Michael Noll all disappeared without a trace after leaving late night parties.
On Feb. 27, the body of Jenkins, who vanished on Halloween night, was retrieved from the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis after it was spotted by pedestrians on a bridge near St. Anthony Falls.
The Jenkins and Guimond families had been working together to find their sons and a bloodhound used in the two cases appeared to find a scent associated with Chris Jenkins on the St. John’s campus during a late December search effort.
Searchers were out again over the weekend as the Wisconsin bloodhound, Hoover, was brought back to St. John’s to continue tracking the scent of Joshua Guimond, who has been missing since November 9.
On January 18, a crew accompanying Hoover and her owner, Penny Bell, spent a day following the bloodhound from a dock at the northern edge of Sagatagan Lake to an area in the middle of the lake. But that effort was suspended when members of St. John’s Life and Safety staff asked the group to leave, citing regulations about pets on campus and concerns that the search organized by Joshua’s father, Brian, was interfering with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department investigation.