Every day, Lisa Serfas reaches customers across the U.S. and Canada, selling anything from automotive parts to antiques. Her new business, an eBay store called Serfas Sells It, is a chance for clients to sell items on the internet with her help.
Serfas started the business about a year ago, from her home. Recently, she expanded with the opening of a store in downtown Maple Lake.
"I thought the space would have a good volume of traffic, and it has a good store front," said Serfas. "I just didn't think business would come this far. It took off."
Read about the new business in Maple Lake in the January 10, Messenger.
Less than a month after Maple Lake business owners reported a rash of burglaries, a Birch Avenue business was hit again. This time, however, a vigilant neighbor noticed and gave pursuit.
Don Gilson, who lives next door to The Costume Shoppe above the Christine and Friends shop, was returning home about 9 p.m. on the evening of Jan. 1, and noticed a person on the roof of his garage. The garage roof is directly under a vent leading into a crawl space above the Costume Shoppe's rear storage area.
"I was coming down the sidewalk and heard a noise," said Gilson. "I looked up and saw this guy and shouted 'what the heck are you doing?'"
Read about the chase and recent burglaries in this week's Messenger.
What started as a social studies project has turned into a multi-continent adventure for the Corey family in Maple Lake.
Earlier this year, Jessica Corey, and all the other first-graders in Ms. Malwitz's class at Maple Lake Elementary, were given a small doll and encouraged to send their 'ambassador' with any friends or family that might be traveling.
Read more about the traveling ambassador in this week's Messenger.
Joseph O'Sullivan of Maple Lake won national championship honors with his heifer, Sull Dede's Sable, at the 2006 National Junior Shorthorn Show in DesMoines, IA . . . Samantha McCune, a student at MLHS, was selected to represent Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association at the 2006 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. . . . The Maple Lake High School Marching Band returned from a trip to the East Coast . . . 2005 Miss Maple Lake Angela Stegeman represented Maple Lake at the Minneapolis Aquatennial . . . Don Rachel of Maple Lake opened the offices of his earthwork and demolition company, Rachel Contracting, in Maple Grove . . . Take another look back in the second half of the year in review in the January 3, Messenger.
Steve Mooney holds the same passion and fervor to improve the community as he did during his eight years on the Maple Lake City Council. This year, Mooney decided not to file for re-election due to health issues and attended his last meeting on Dec. 18. He will be replaced on the council by Deb Geyen.
"I liked being on the council," said Mooney. "I felt like I had a lot to say and that was one way to get heard."
Throughout his term, Mooney worked to develop a strong community.
"Seeing how our community has grown in the past has made me a strong believer in having some sort of controlled growth," said Mooney.
Read more about Mooney's retirement in this week's Messenger.
Senior Connections Coordinator Ginger O'Loughlin was selected by Wright-Hennepin Electric Cooperative with the Touchstone Community Service Award . . . Monica Thomsen, former owner of the Maple Lake Cafe, died at the age of 74... Josie Schmidt, daughter of Justin and Sandra Schmidt of Maple Lake, was honored as the first baby of 2006 at Buffalo Hospital . . . District 19 State Senator Amy Koch took the oath of office for her first term . . . Karla Heeter of Maple Lake was elected chair of the Wright County Board of Commissioners . . . The Maple Lake School Board was honored by the Minnesota School Board Association with the Distinguished Leadership Award . . . Plans for a new Maple Lake City Hall were unveiled to a very positive response at a community meeting . . .
Take a look back through the past year in this week's issue of the Messenger.
Lauren Nelson tested her knowledge of geography on Monday, December 18, at Maple Lake High School and became the winner of local competition in the National Geographic Bee. Earning second place honors was Raelyn Manthey.
Parents and students attended the geography bee, watching as students answered questions like: "Volcanic in origin, the Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean and administered by what country?"
Read more about the competition in the December 27, Messenger.
The Borell family started their holiday lights tradition with a couple of strings of lights on their new Maple Lake home in 1990. Sixteen years later, they've become a regular winner of Maple Lake's Holiday in Lights contest. The Borell home at 69 Rose Avenue South was selected as this year's winner of the contest, sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Each year, two weeks before Thanksgiving, the lights go up.
"It took me two weekends this year," said homeowner and Maple Lake Fire Chief Todd Borell. "The kids help some, and Elizabeth (his wife) gives us moral support."
Read more about the Borell family light display in this week's Messenger.
The reason for the season was the focus of the Dec. 11 Christmas program, "Stranger in the Straw," presented at St. Timothy's School. Parents, friends and family enjoyed songs by students celebrating the birth of the Christ child. More photos from the program appear on page 9 of the December 20, Messenger.