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Thu
29
Nov

Collector's reel is a local inspiration

A local entrepreneur has found a way to combine his love of fishing, expertise gained from his job and his admiration and respect for the Maple Lake Fire Department and its volunteers into a unique collectable for fire and police department members here and around the world.

Joe Rassat, fishing enthusiast and MLFD member since 1988, came up with the idea to create a special reel to commemorate the efforts of firefighters.

"I was on the way home from visiting the Abu Garcia plant in Sweden and was thinking about all the great engineering and laser work they can do," said Rassat. "I like the fire department and I like my job, so I thought it would be neat to create my own reel."

Abu Garcia is the manufacturer of Ambassador reels. Rassat is the national sales manager for Iowa-based Pure Fishing, one of the largest manufacturers of fishing tackle in the world and a distributor of Ambassador products.

Thu
29
Nov

Maple Lake Township opens new town hall

The meeting of the Maple Lake Township Board of Supervisors on Nov. 20 marked the first use of the new township hall.

The town hall project began over 18 months ago when the township was informed its town hall did not meet federal and state requirements for a polling place. The 2002 Help America Vote Act, a program to help assure access for individuals with disabilities, required the township polling space to be handicap accessible. In addition, the existing facility was short on office space, requiring township Clerk Dick Hogan to do all township business and record-keeping at his home on a personal computer.

And finally, the 40-year-old facility at the corner of Bishop Avenue and Cty. Rd. 37 lacked shop space for storing and maintaining township equipment. The garage had equipment parked bumper-to-bumper with no room available for maintenance work.

Wed
21
Nov

St. Tim's celebrates Father Izen's installation

St. Timothy's Church celebrated the installation of Father Michael Izen on Sunday as the new parish pastor.

Father Izen, who succeeded Father Mark Huberty, was installed as pastor by Archbishop Harry J. Flynn at the 10 a.m. Mass.

In his address to the parish, Izen thanked the Archbishop for his support over the years as well as the support of his late parents, John and Joanne Izen, and his five brothers and sisters who participated in the ceremony.

"Finally, I would like to thank all of you here at the Church of St. Timothy for making me feel so welcome and so blessed for being assigned here," he said. "What a great parish we have! I am humbled to be your pastor. I am also grateful for all of your volunteer efforts, for your friendliness, and especially for your prayers. May God bless you and your families."

Wed
21
Nov

Mary Jindrich dies at age 65

The children of Maple Lake had no better friend than Mary Jindrich.

For more than 30 years, Jindrich treated the children who rode her school bus like her own. And her record with Mooney Bus Service and M&M Bus Service was so outstanding that she earned state recognition in 2001 when she received the Transportation Specialist of the Year award from the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association.

Jindrich's death on Nov. 16 at the age of 65 followed the death of her husband, Morry, by less than a year. The couple's daughter, Mary Helgeson, lives in Clearwater with her husband, Darren.

Phil Mooney, who owned Mooney Bus with his brother, Marty, said Jindrich was someone special.

"She worked with us at the bus garage for years, and after working together for that long you get to know someone pretty well," Mooney said. "At work, she was always one of those people that you want to have around and wish you had more like her.

Wed
21
Nov

School hits the ground running on building effort

The Maple Lake School District intends to hit the ground running as it begins the project to expand school facilities.

On Nov. 6, a $6,980,000 referendum question for a proposal to expand the elementary by 12 classrooms, add four classrooms to the high school and a list of other facility improvements was approved by voters, as was a second referendum question for $1.75 million to build a gym/multi-purpose facility.

At its meeting on Monday, the Maple Lake School Board received advice from Mike Hoheisel of Northland Securities and Vaughn Dierks of Wold Architects and Engineers on how to get the project off to a good start.

Thu
15
Nov

Manor hosts 100th birthday

Americans are living longer, but the occasion of a 100th birthday is one that few people obtain. On Nov. 7, Mary Rose Rosival was the guest of honor at a Maple Manor dinner celebrating her 100th birthday. In addition, an open house was conducted on Sunday at Reichel's Catering Center in Annandale.

A crowd of more than 65 gathered for Rosival's big day in Maple Lake, where she lived for 17 years at Maple Manor.

Although she knew of the event, the size of the crowd at the Manor's dining center made her day.

"I didn't expect this at all," Rosival said. "I was very surprised."

Another surprise was a birthday card from President George Bush, which she proudly displayed at her birthday party. However, she said that a little money with the card would have been nice so she could buy a new blouse.

Thu
15
Nov

Veterans honored at school program

Girl Scout Tira Phillips, whose father returned from service in Iraq last year, led a procession that marked the beginning of the annual Veterans' Day program at Maple Lake Schools on Friday, Nov. 9.

This year's program in the Maple Lake High School auditorium featured presentations from World War II fighter pilots Marv Dahlgren and Don Anderson, selections by the MLHS Jazz Band accompanied by Dahlgren, and the reading of essays written by students entered in the Patriot Pen writing contest.

More photos appear in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
15
Nov

Veterans honored at school program

Girl Scout Tira Phillips, whose father returned from service in Iraq last year, led a procession that marked the beginning of the annual Veterans' Day program at Maple Lake Schools on Friday, Nov. 9.

This year's program in the Maple Lake High School auditorium featured presentations from World War II fighter pilots Marv Dahlgren and Don Anderson, selections by the MLHS Jazz Band accompanied by Dahlgren, and the reading of essays written by students entered in the Patriot Pen writing contest.

More photos appear in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
15
Nov

After five years, hope is still alive for Joshua

In the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 2002, Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake disappeared without a trace from the St. John's campus after leaving a gathering of friends to walk back to his dorm. Five years later, Joshua has not been found, but his family has not given up hope.

On Saturday, family and friends noted the fifth anniversary of Joshua's disappearance with a program and prayers at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. There was also a slide show of photos of Joshua as he was growing up.

"It is important that we get together to make the statement that Josh is not forgotten," Holy Cross Pastor Steve King said to those in attendance, "and to provide support for each other."

A candlelight procession took participants outside to a plaque dedicated to Joshua and a tree planted on the first anniversary of his disappearance in 2003.

Fri
09
Nov

Volleyball soars to new heights

A tremendous play-off run by the Maple Lake Irish volleyball team was aborted in the Section 6AA finals as the Irish fell to the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders. The run the 2007 Irish volleyball team made was one for the record books, as no other Maple Lake volleyball team went farther into the play-offs than this year's team.

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