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Thu
07
Sep

Cancer survivor has a walk to remember

It was a walk to remember for breast cancer survivor Jan Bakeberg and her daughter, Tammy Saphir, after the two participated in the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk.

From the rousing opening ceremonies at dawn on August 18 to its poignant conclusion at the state capitol on August 20, the Walk was 60 miles of good weather, friendly faces and stories of survival matched only by a shared commitment to find a cure for breast cancer.About 3,000 walkers started from the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley and took off on a route that wound its way through Apple Valley, Eagan, Bloomington, Minneapolis and St. Paul.

And it wasn't a walk in the park.

"I trained much better when I did the MS Walk a few years ago," Jan laughed, noting that her husband, Bruce, had his doubts about her ability to walk 60 miles in three days. "Before this, six miles is the most that I did and Bruce was afraid I wasn't going to make it."

Thu
07
Sep

Fly-In takes to the skies for 20th anniversary

The annual Fly-In at the Maple Lake Municipal Airport will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sept. 10 with a display of planes from across Minnesota and one based in Maple Lake that will spark considerable interest.

In July, Wright Aero of Maple Lake purchased a plane that could turn more people into pilots. A Sport Star SC, made by Evektor in the Czech Republic, is a step between ultralights and other traditional small aircraft. The good news for area residents is that obtaining a sport pilot's license takes half the training and consequently, half the cost, of a private pilot's license.

Greg Mavencamp, Maple Lake Airport maintenance director, said that the new sports pilots license is a new entry-level category that was a long time in coming. "It was probably the first time in history that the FAA deregulated instead of regulated," he said. "They actually gave up some control."

Thu
31
Aug

Ron Lauer dies at age 73

This winter, when Maple Lake freezes over, there will be no one to record that date. And in the spring when the ice melts, no one will be calling the Messenger to declare the date of ice-out.

Keeping track of Maple Lake was something Ron Lauer liked to do and he did it well. The same could be said for his 26 years of service to the city as its treasurer, his 26 years on the Maple Lake Fire Department, and his 41 years as an employee of Maple Lake Lumber.Lauer served as a Maple Lake firefighter from 1967 to 1988 and was named the Fireman of the Year in 1976.

Maple Lake Fire Chief Todd Borell said he could remember watching as a kid when the firefighters would ride on the outside of the trucks and Lauer was always one of the guys hanging on in back. "He was still very active when I joined the fire department," Borell said. "He was going to fires and would always pull his own weight."

Thu
31
Aug

Mavencamp takes the flight of a lifetime

Flight assistance from professional pilot, Bill Mavencamp Jr., helped make two memorable trips for World War II veteran, Ken Dahlberg, a reality.

Dahlberg, a WWII triple ace fighter pilot, planned a flight in his CJ2 through Europe and over Omaha Beach 60 years after D-Day. This summer, Dahlberg, his family and friends, and Mavencamp made that same trip, sharing memories and reliving moments in history. Mavencamp, President of Wright Aero, Inc. and professional pilot, assists Dahlberg on many domestic flights throughout the year and was invited to accompany him on the memorable trip as his co-pilot back in 2004.

The trip began in Minneapolis at Flying Cloud Municipal Airport. Dahlberg, Mavencamp and a few others took to the sky on their way to Goose Bay, the first stop on the trip.

For more information on Mavencamp's trip check out the August 30 issue of the Messenger.

Thu
31
Aug

New school staff set for start of new school year

A new school year means new staff and there will be nine new staff members at Maple Lake Elementary and High School for the 2006-2007 school year, which starts on Tuesday, September 5.

New school staff are Tanya Malwitz, Michelle Rassier, Josh Franklin, Ann Hagen, Beth Bruestle, Vicki Rasset, Adam Ronnenberg, Robin Grabham, and Sommer Oslund.

To find out more about new staff members pick up the August 30 issue of the Messenger.

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Fri
25
Aug

Firefighters tribute installed at fire hall

A tribute to Maple Lake firefighters was installed on August 18 on Oak Avenue next to the Maple Lake Fire Hall.

Fire Chief Todd Borell said the monument was initiated as a result of donations from the families of the late Russ Baker and Clarence Jude, along with a donation made in the name of the late father of Maple Lake firefighter John Erger.

The monument consists of a large granite stone featuring the Maple Lake Fire Department emblem and the words "In honor of past, present and future fighters." Borell said the stone was acquired with the assistance of Mike Messina and Dingmann Funeral Care. The statue of a firefighter that stands next to the stone was purchased separately from a business in Motley and painted with the colors of the Maple Lake Fire Department.

Borell said that eventually, landscaping will be done around the monument by fire department volunteers.

Fri
25
Aug

Keehler and friend make volunteering their priority

"All volunteers are different, some come and go and some stick around. Jeff is one of those volunteers that sticks around," said Roger Upcraft, the Program Manager at Camp Courage in Maple Lake.

Jeff Keehler sticks around as a local volunteer because after a severe work accident changed his life, he decided to change the lives of others.

Keehler worked as an inspector for Control Data until 1980 when he suffered a head injury on the job.

The extensive injury partially paralyzed Keehler from the waist down and permanently restricted him to a wheelchair.

"At the time I thought it was the worst thing that could have ever happened to me," said Keehler.

The accident took a physical and emotional toll on Keehler. However, little did he know that a dog named Jordan would give him a new life.

About two years ago Keehler received a therapy dog through the Noah's Ark Foundation in North Carolina.

Thu
24
Aug

Great weather is the star of Days of Old

Perfect weather was the final ingredient needed to draw big crowds to Maple Lake's 3rd Annual Days of Old. From the 9:15 a.m. start of the 10k and Fun Run, to the 9:15 p.m. fireworks, the town was buzzing with activities for all ages.

"I'd say it was a success," said Chamber of Commerce president, Gary Swearingen. "We need to tweak a few things, we definitely need more volunteers, but overall it was great."

Thu
17
Aug

Days of Old Schedule of Events

The Days of Old features a wide variety of events for the whole family.

Downtown. . .

*Car Show and other Magnificent Machines, 10 a.m. on the grounds of the Maple Lake VFW. Vintage cars, tractors and machines will be on display with prizes to be awarded at the end of the day. Owners of classic vehicles and machines can still register by calling Sandy Krohn at 320-963-3411. At 3:30 p.m., a car parade will proceed to the city park for an awards ceremony.

*10K, 8 a.m.; Fun Run, 9:15 a.m. Proceeds from the races will benefit the Maple Lake High School track squads. The 10K will begin at 8 a.m. on August 19 at the Maple Lake school grounds. The route will take runners to and through Ney Park and then back to the school. The Fun Run will begin at 9:15 a.m. for two laps around the school track at Irish Country Stadium. Race registration forms can be obtained at the running website, raceberryjam.com, or at the high school office.

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