An event to honor the outstanding service provided to local residents by Maple Lake’s firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians is planned for Saturday, September 13, at the American Legion Club.
The Firefighter and EMT Gala was created to recognize members of the Maple Lake Fire Department and their spouses for the dedication, sacrifices, and selfless commitment to helping area residents in times of need that has made the local fire department a source of pride for the Maple Lake community. Event coordinator Cindy Miessen said dinner tickets have been priced to help defray the costs of treating firefighters and their families to dinner.“We really want people to come and show their support for our firefighters,” Miessen said.
Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment and a dance will follow, including a program hosted by emcee Greg Thomes.
The annual Taste of Maple Lake is set this year for Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23.
Events will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with the opening of the Business Expo, which will feature treats, games and prizes until 7 p.m. on Birch Avenue.
The KRWC Road Show is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. and will be followed by an hour-long performance of Rebecca’s Well. In addition, a Farmer’s Market will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. around the corner from Birch on Division Street. And residents are invited to participate in a flea market that will also run from 5 to 7 p.m.
The crowd-pleasing Bed Races will start at 7 p.m. on Birch and the creative vehicles will no longer be faced with an obstacle course, but will succeed or fail based on the speed of the beds and crews. Defending bed race champion for the past several years is the Carefree Nudist Colony.
Foreign exchange students and their host families share cultural experiences throughout a student’s stay. Both parties grow to understand the other’s culture and customs. This growth is addictive for host parents, like Chuck and Teri Malachek.
The Malacheks considered sponsoring a foreign exchange student for a long time before Paul Blache arrived in August 2002.
“I had always wanted a foreign exchange student,” said Teri. “I had a lot of friends who were foreign exchange students in college and it surprised me how few Americans reached out to them.”
Her college experience, coupled with a two-year stay in Turkey, solidified her thoughts on hosting a foreign exchange student one day. Chuck was slightly less enthusiastic, but his concerns were quickly put to rest as they began the process of finding an exchange student.
There were plenty of local champions crowned at this year’s Wright County Fair, but none ranked higher than Flossie Menth, honored at a fair program as the Wright County Outstanding Senior Woman.Flossie was surrounded at the program by fellow honorees, Jerry Moberg of Monticello as the Outstanding Senior Man, and LaVerne Nelson of Delano and Kenneth Ernesti as the runners-up.
This was the second year in a row that a Maple Lake resident was awarded the honor of Outstanding Senior Woman. Last year, Leona Hexum was selected for the award.
Flossie’s many volunteer activities in Maple Lake include assisting with Senior Connections programs and activities, volunteering at Maple Lake Schools where she once worked as the school nurse and was named as one of the school’s Volunteers of the Year.
Motorists driving to the Wright County Fair from July 30 through August 3 should be aware that officers and deputies from the Wright County law enforcement agencies will be ensuring their safety by enforcing child restraint and seatbelt violations. Forty hours of additional patrol hours will be worked during the five day event.
"Children are most vulnerable to being seriously injured or dying in an automobile accident if they aren't properly secured in a child safety seat," said Wright County Sheriff Gary Miller. "It doesn't make sense for parents to love their children, yet put their lives at risk by not ensuring their safety. The number one cause of death for young people and children is automobile crashes."
The enforcement hours are funded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration through the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety and is part of Wright County's Safe & Sober program.
Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller is asking for the public’s assistance in solving an arson crime involving a structure fire at 216 Mississippi Drive in Monticello that was reported at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. Neighbors noticed the fire and called 911 during the Riverfest Parade. Monticello Fire Department extinguished the blaze, however, the house sustained heavy damage to the upper floor.
Wright County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Wright County Arson Investigation 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.
Bette Cantin may not be able to get around like she used to, but she’s got plenty of folks in her life who are willing to walk in her name.
Last year, Maple Lake residents Jan Bakeberg and Terry Mooney took on the task of walking in the first annual 50-mile 2002 Multiple Sclerosis Challenge Walk for their friend, Bette, and Bette’s daughter, Nancy Wolff, who also has MS.
This year, Bette’s son, Mike, and granddaughter, Amanda, are getting ready for the first year of the new Colorado MS Challenge Walk from September 5 to 7. The walk will take Mike and his 16-year-old daughter from their home in Colorado Springs to Denver.
Despite the 15-mile training walks she and her father have been taking on weekends, Amanda said she is excited about the event.“I heard about it on the radio, told my dad about it and he looked it up on the Internet,” Amanda said.
One of the Maples won a crown at the Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes coronation ceremonies on July 25, and Jen Pribyl couldn’t have been more pleased.
Jen, Maple Lake’s 2002-2003 queen, was this year’s representative to the Aquatennial. She and Miss Maple Grove, Sarah Strom, had come to be known as the Maples during the week of candidate activities leading up to the coronation. When Sarah was selected as an Aquatennial princess, Jen and the Maple’s alphabetical pals were some of her biggest supporters.
“When Sarah got crowned, we were so excited,” Jen said. “She was someone from our group and she is really a nice girl.”Also crowned were Miss Lakeville Sandy Vucinovich as Queen of the Lakes; and as the second princess, Miss Clara City Courtney TerWisscha.
New language, food, and friends are only a few of the adjustments Mireia Farres and Laura Rojo had to make when they came to live with two area families for five weeks this summer. Their arrival has kept the Tim and Judy Lamont and Jeff and Chris Blade households increasingly busy this summer.
Taking on an additional family member can be a daunting task. Yet both families believe that the experience was well worth any adjustments they have had to make. “We would have a foreign exchange student again. It is a good experience. It causes a family to become aware of how to adjust their lifestyle to help someone adapt to a new culture and home,” said Judy Lamont.
A traffic stop in Maple Lake Township turned into a serious incident on Sunday when the car sped away and crashed into a tree during pursuit by a sheriff’s deputy.
According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, a Dodge truck driven by Brian Edward Heins, 26, of Buffalo, turned onto County Road 138 from Highway 55 at about 4:18 p.m. and nearly stuck a Wright County squad car head-on. Deputy Jolene Hartmann stopped Heins, who identified himself as Gene Christin Tallant. In a check of that information, the Hartmann discovered discrepancies and confronted Heins, who then provided his correct name. When Hartmann opened the door and ordered Heins to get out of his car, he sped off.
Hartmann pursued the vehicle for a short distance while Heins drove through ditches, fields and driveways before crashing into a tree at 1825 Donnelly Drive.