A Maple Lake man is seeking to lead other residents on a ride to help victims of MS find hope on the open road.
Reggie Walton, who has owned a home on Maple Lake for the past five years, will be taking part in the two-day MS River Road Run Motorcycle Tour scheduled to run from August 19 to 20. The trip will begin at the State Capitol and end at Camp Courage in Maple Lake.
This year’s event to raise funds for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis is Walton’s 21st year on the ride and his 25th as a volunteer at Camp Courage for the MS Society. And the annual MS Camp at Camp Courage starts on August 20, bringing MS River Road Run riders in contact with the people they are seeking to help.
Read more about this fund-raising road-trip in the June 21 issue of the Messenger.
Lindsey Smith, a member of the 2006 Maple Lake High School softball conference and Sub-Section championship squad, became the first athlete to represent Maple Lake High School at the Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Softball Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato on June 11.
Smith was one of 88 athletes selected from over 6,000 high school softball players in Minnesota to compete with other top athletes and coaches from around the state in the All-Star Softball tournament.
Find out more about Lindsey's experience in the June 21 issue of the Messenger.
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.