The rainbow ends at Maple Lake on Saturday, March 13, with the community's 27th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival.
The festivities begin with the annual craft sale coordinated by Betty and Dawn Gordon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the elementary gym. A full house of more than 40 crafters will include several vendors new to the Maple Lake festival. In addition, the Immanuel Lutheran Youth Group will be hosting a lunch/snack booth for shoppers in the craft sale area.
The third annual Irish Scamper will get underway at 9:30 a.m. with registration at Maple Lake High School on Highway 55. The 5K Run will begin at 11 a.m. on a course through the town, the Fun Run taking place following the 5K. More information on the Scamper can be found at the website at www.raceberryjam.com/ scamper or registration forms can be picked up at the Maple Lake High School office.
Never before has an entire organization been honored with the designation as Grand Marshals of Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
But this year, the members of Maple Lake Fire Department, past and present, will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2004 parade.
The local fire department was recognized for providing its community with a level of service and dedication that is second to none. But a century ago, a quality fire department seemed an unachievable dream for Maple Lake.
KARE-11 photojournalist Jim Douglas filmed Maple Lake Fire Department Captain Daryl Hennen and Chief Todd Borell last week as part of the KARE-11 “Neighbors” feature which will appear on Thursday, February 26, during the 5 p.m. newscast.
The feature will focus on the donation of a fire truck to the Lake Wilson Fire Department, which lost all its equipment and facilities in a gas explosion last month.
KARE-11 anchor Julie Nelson said the story of the donation was one she wanted to feature. “I do segments called “Neighbors” on people who are making a difference in their community by helping others,” Nelson said, “and this story seemed like a perfect fit.”
What’s it like to be crowned as queen of Maple Lake?
“It was the best moment of this whole year,” laughed 2003-2004 Miss Maple Lake Brandi Decker, remembering the 2003 St. Patrick’s Day coronation nearly one year ago.
And that’s saying a lot, because the soon-to-be-concluded reign of Queen Brandi includes a scrapbook full of wonderful and memorable moments.
Brandi and her court of Princess Mary Pribyl, Princess Erika Wold, and Miss Congeniality Sara Wurm, may have set a new record for public appearances and loved very minutes of it.
“We wanted to get involved as much as possible,” Brandi said. “We’d invite ourselves to events and tried to do different things to let people know we weren’t here just to wear crowns and wave from a float. We wanted to help out.”
Representatives of Corinna, Albion and Maple Lake Township, Maple Lake Schools, and the Planning and Zoning Commission joined the Maple Lake City Council at city hall on February 19 for a review of the draft Comprehensive Plan for the City of Maple Lake.
City planner Dean Johnson began the session with an overview of the 42-page draft plan which is nearing completion, noting how input from town meetings held in January and October of 2003 served to shape the plan’s goals and policies.
Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service responded to the following emergencies during the past week:
Feb. 14, 7:53 p.m.: Patient taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER with a possible stroke.
Feb. 14, 6:27 p.m.: Patient taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER with back pains.
Feb. 11, 11:05 p.m.: Patient taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER with diabetic problems.
Feb. 11, 4:07 p.m.: Patient taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER after feeling weak.
Maple Lake’s Volunteer firefighters responded to a vehicle fire on Feb. 13, 5:45 a.m., at the Karen Lynch residence, 33 Elm Ave. So., Maple Lake, The vehicle, a 1992 Pontiac, had been started and left to warm up and apparently caught on fire under the hood. Twenty firemen responded to the early morning page.
This year’s St. Timothy’s 7th Annual Dinner and Live/Silent Auction fund-raiser will have a new attraction with the addition of a raffle for a 2004 Ford Ranger XLT extended cab 4x4.
The truck raffle is sponsored by Lake Country Properties/Progressive Auctions, Inc. and the truck was acquired with assistance provided by Lundeen’s Ford of Annandale.
Only 1,500 tickets will be sold and are available at St. Timothy’s school and church, at Security State Bank, and after weekend Mass at the church. In addition, the families of St. Timothy students have tickets for sale.
The drawing will be conducted after the live auction at 10 p.m. during the Dinner and Live/Silent Auction “Pirates of the Caribbean” event on Saturday, April 3, at the Maple Lake VFW.
January and February have marked a busy period for James and Gruber Certified Public Accountants, which has spent the past six weeks moving, remodeling and readjusting to its new headquarters on the Division Street side of the Security State Agency Insurance building in downtown Maple Lake.
The firm spent 20 years in its previous location next door to the Cookie Jar Bakery and moved, to not only to acquire additional space, but to also make room for a bakery expansion that is now underway.
James and Gruber offers a wide variety of accounting services which includes tax preparation, individual and corporate accounting, auditing services and bookkeeping. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours during the tax season.
Yes, it’s been a snowy and cold 2004 thus far, even by Minnesota standards. But imagine having your wedding outdoors in this winter wonderland.
For Deb Brannan, a 1981 graduate of Maple Lake High School, it was a dream come true.
Deb and her new husband, Chad Wilhelm, got married on February 1 in front of a crush of reporters and television news cameras recording the rare occurrence of an ice palace wedding at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.