Maple Lake voters defeated a proposal to build a new city hall by a margin of 229 to 90 in voting conducted on Tuesday.
Of the 965 registered voters in the city, only about a third voted in the special election. A total of 321 votes were cast, which included two blank ballots and 12 absentee ballots.
The project would have constructed a $1.35 million building on the corner of Birch Avenue and Division Street in downtown Maple Lake. A $1.5 million building project had been proposed at the unveiling of the plans in January, but opposition to the project prompted the city to scale back the size of the structure planned to replace the current city hall located at the corner of Maple Avenue and Division Street.
To read more about the City Hall results check out the June 21 issue of the Messenger.
Ken Hennen of Maple Lake has been named as the 2006 Wright County Outstanding Senior Man.
The selection of Hennen marks the fifth consecutive Wright County Outstanding Senior Citizen to be chosen from Maple Lake. Last year, Gaylord Pavlik was awarded the honor and in the three previous years Cliff Hudek, Leona Hexum and Flossie Menth were named as the Outstanding Senior Citizens.
The selection of five Maple Lake residents for that honor breaks a record for the most back-to-back award winners from the same community since the program started in 1965.
Maple Lake tied the previous record last year which was originally held by Buffalo for the recognition of four senior citizens from 1977 through 1980.
A beautiful sunset that accompanied the conclusion of the program at Irish Country Stadium was followed by dark clouds and rain that sent some families and graduates running for cars while others went to the high school to continue the celebration.
But the ceremonies began on a perfect spring night as eighty-three seniors filed into the stadium to the music of the MLHS Concert Band, directed by Tony Mazzone. After the procession of the graduates, Senior Class President Sarah Dombrovski stood in front of her fellow classmates to give the welcoming address. She reminisced about the sweet aroma of Celeste Dahlstrom’s famous cookies, the jungle-like hallways, the freezing cold football games and other memories of life at MLHS.
“Remember all these and more,” Dombrovski said, “but most of all, remember your high school friends and the lessons each of them taught you.”
Young Eagles is a national program sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Young people ages 8-17 who have ever wondered what it would be like to fly in a small airplane can get that experience just by coming to the airport and having a parent or guardian complete an application form for each participant. Rides cannot be given without the completed form. The forms will be available at the airport. Area pilots will be volunteering their time and airplanes to provide this experience. Nearly 1,250,000 youngsters have participated in the national Young Eagles program since it was started in 1992.
The conference softball title is only the second outright championship won by the Irish. The other sole holder of the title was the 1985 team, coached by Bruce Bakeberg, with a 9-1 conference record and 12-5 overall.
Bakeberg’s 1987 team tied with Big Lake for the conference crown with 9-1 conference records. The 1983 team, coached by Barb Shubert, posted an 8-2 conference record, were 11-4 overall and tied for the conference title with Eden Valley-Watkins.
The 2006 Maple Lake team is the first to win a conference title and Sub-Section championship in the same year. The 2002 team is the only other Irish softball team to win at the Sub-Section level, but did not win the conference championship.
A special informational meeting for Maple Lake Township on May 25 concerning construction of a new garage and town hall facility drew a crowd of nearly thirty, a large number compared to a typical township meeting.
After touring the existing facility, township board chair Gerry Giebenhein began the meeting by stating the three reasons for considering the proposed project.Geibenhein said the first, and main, reason was that the existing building does not meet the standards for a polling place as set forth by the 2002 HAVA act. The “Help America Vote Act” is intended to ensure access for individuals with disabilities, establish funds to states to replace punch card voting systems and establish minimum election guidelines for state and local governments.
The Maple Lake Softball team continued their success this past week in play-offs and clinched the 5AA Sub-section 20 championship, only the second sub-section title in MLHS softball history.
The Irish started play-offs on Monday, May 22 with a win against Eden Valley-Watkins. They sustained their winning streak into Tuesday, May 23, when they took on Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and picked up an additional win. That triumph brought them into the Subsection Finals against their rivals the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers, where they clinched another victory.
More information appears in this week's issue of the Messenger.
An Albion township farmhouse that met with a fiery end on Saturday may help firefighters battle future fires and save lives.
A firefighter’s training session conducted at the former home of the late Arnold and Beatrice Marohn near the Albion Ridges Golf Course drew a crowd of firefighters from Maple Lake, Annandale, Buffalo and Howard Lake.
During a day of training that started at 10 a.m. and didn’t end until well after 4 p.m., firefighters were instructed on techniques used to battle the smoke and flames of a house fire.Maple Lake firefighter Scott Carriveau, who also serves as an instructor with Instructors For Fire, Inc., said 11 separate burns were conducted in the house, involving 33 firefighters. In teams of three, along with three instructors, Carriveau said the firefighters received instruction on interior fire attacks, with multiple rooms in the house set on fire.