The Camp Courage 50th Anniversary celebration continued on July 22 with the first Anglers for Camp Courage Fishing Adventure, sponsored by the Kraus-Anderson Construction Company.
Twenty fishing boats took campers out for an afternoon introduction to fishing, with fishing clinics also conducted on the Camp Courage pontoon boats.
Bob Polland, director of Camp Courage, praised Gary Hook of Kraus-Anderson for his efforts in arranging the event. “Gary has incredible connections in his industry,” Polland said. “He is personally getting them on board, literally, to provide further sponsorships and to teach our campers how to fish and how to enjoy this great sport. We are deeply grateful to Gary and to Kraus-Anderson for their leadership and support.”
The event also included a lunch prior to the 1 p.m. fishing start and a barbeque dinner concluded the day’s events.
Royalty from across the state of Minnesota gathered at the 2005 Minneapolis Aquatennial to share an experience of a lifetime and vie for a position as Aquatennial Royalty. Among the 47 candidates was Miss Maple Lake 2004-2005, Kate Haegele, who was nearly speechless over the excitement of the entire week.
“The whole week was just so unbelievable,” said Kate. “It was just so much fun. That’s all I can say.”
In addition to the week of events, seeing neighbor Miss Annandale, Jill Starke, crowned as a 2005 Aquatennial Princess was a personal highlight for many.
“Seeing her get crowned was really exciting,” said Kate. “It was fun to see someone we knew, for all of the neighboring towns.”
Other members of the Aquatennial royal court included Miss Blaine, Jintana Nelson, who was crowned as a princess and Miss Paynesville, Katie Nelson, was crowned as Queen of the Lakes.
There are very few people who can remember a Wright County Fair without Don Clapp. Clapp, of Maple Lake, has been attending and participating in Wright County Fairs for about 60 years and can’t imagine life without the Fair or 4-H.
“My father died when I was six and my mother thought it would be good if we were involved in things,” he said. “I was in 4-H as a kid and all my kids have been in 4-H.”
Clapp and his wife, Dee, raised children Roxanne, Candy and David on acreage north of Maple Lake with enough room to house plenty of animals to show at the Fair. “David and Candy won every possible award for goats at the State Fair,” Clapp said.
Clapp has also served as a 4-H leader, superintendent of Dairy Goats, Poultry and Rabbits at the County Fair, and as a judge for over 30 years at the Minnesota State Fair.
An ariel photo featuring Maple Lake’s water tower was the winner of a contest to find a photo for the cover of this year’s Maple Lake Area Community Guide.
The photo, submitted by John Kossieck of Maple Lake, was taken from an electric-powered, radio-controlled airplane providing a unique view of the tower and the town around it.
Kossieck won $100 for his first-place photo with Karen Jude of Annandale taking the second-place prize of $50 and Eunice Holt of Maple Lake earning $25 for third place. The winning photos and other entries will be featured in future Messenger publications.
Kossieck, a machinist who works in Eden Prairie, belongs to the Wright Fliers club and the group flies their remote-controlled planes at Montissippi Park, just west of Monticello.
On one of the hottest days of the year, a Maple Lake man apparently drowned in a swimming pool at a relative’s house in Maple Lake Township.
According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, a call was received at 7:49 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, of an apparent drowning at 2746 80th St. NW in Maple Lake Township.
Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered Ronald Edwin Giese, 49, of Maple Lake, to be unresponsive after being pulled from a residential swimming pool. Paramedics were unable to revive Giese and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that Sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to an Albion Township residence Tuesday morning to investigate a residential burglary.
At around 10:00 on Tuesday morning, a 26-year-old female residing on Co. Rd. 6 NW in Albion Twp. arrived home after getting off early from work. As she pulled into her residence, she noticed an unfamiliar vehicle parked in the driveway. When she entered her home, she confronted a subject who was burglarizing her home.
After a short struggle, the male subject tied up the female resident and continued to burglarize the home. The resident, who was not physically injured in the incident, was able to free herself after the suspect had left the residence and called "911" for assistance.
It’s prom time for Dale Bothun, but he won’t be needing to rent his tux from the Costume Shoppe.
Bothun, who owns the local resource for costumes and prom apparel with his wife, Tricia, will be playing the role of the school principal in the Hennepin Stages production of “The Awesome 80s Prom.”
An interactive comedy in the mold of “Tony ’n Tina’s Wedding,” The Awesome 80s Prom premiered in New York last year and the production was brought to Minneapolis for performances in July and August by writer and director Ken Davenport. The audience at the two-hour show become the guests at a 1989 prom which features storylines involving high school characters from the captain of the football team to the nerd, who are all competing for the title of prom king and queen.
Maple Lake will soon have a more melodic means of noting the time of day.
St. Timothy’s Catholic Church has been ringing its bell at noon for the past week in conjunction with the siren from the Maple Lake Fire Department. This week, the church bell alone will begin ringing in the noon hour.
The change is a result of a new automated bell-ringing system installed in the church bell tower last week. In the past, the bell was rung by hand, with two ropes that extended down from the bell tower to the church sacristy. With the new system, a motor is connected by a chain to a large wheel which swings the bell. In addition, a metal hammer was mounted next to the bell for tolling. Swinging the bell creates a louder, reverberating tone that is used for joyous occasions like a wedding while tolling has a flat, solemn sound that is used for funerals.