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Fri
13
Mar

Man killed in one car crash

On March 3, at 3:21 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff's Office received a report of a one-vehicle crash in front of 741 105th St. SE in Franklin Township.

Upon arrival, responders discovered that a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier had been eastbound on 105th St. SE when it left the roadway and struck a tree in the north ditch. The driver, Derek Johanson, 29, of Wayzata, was pronounced dead at the scene. It does not appear the driver was wearing his seat belt. There were no other occupants in the car.

The Watertown Fire Department and Ridgeview Ambulance also responded to the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Wright County Medical Examiner's Office and the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

Fri
13
Mar

One final parade for Queen Lindsey

For Queen Lindsey Becker, the excitement of being Maple Lake royalty started with being crowned last St. Patrick's Day and has lasted throughout her reign.

"As a candidate it was just more important to me to experience being a candidate," Lindsey said.

She said she never expected to be crowned.

"It was just such a shock," she said. "I became one of those stereotypical beauty queens, crying and everyone is hugging you. The whole thing is so overwhelming."

After being crowned, the whirlwind started. Lots of people took photos of the newly-crowned court, which included Princess Shanna Weber, Princess Brittany Wurm and Miss Congeniality Molly Schaufler.

Lindsey said that immediately after the photos she and Molly headed to the boys' basketball sub-section championship game against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

Fri
13
Mar

2009 Irish Gala presents honors for community service

The Fourth Annual Irish Gala at the American Legion Club on Saturday may have been the best yet, with a big crowd on hand to applaud recipients of Maple Lake's St. Patrick's Day Festival Awards.

The guest of honor was Jeannie Fobbe, who was selected as this year's parade grand marshal.

Fobbe is the daughter of 1997 Grand Marshal Marge Ward and is the first grand marshal to be following in the footsteps of a parent. She was hired on January 1, 1972, by the Wright County Welfare Department as a social worker. On Dec. 4, 2008, Fobbe retired from the Wright County Human Services Department as a social worker/resource coordinator.

Fri
06
Mar

Townships to host annual meetings

Elections and annual meetings for area townships will take place on Tuesday, March 10. The following residents filed for office:

Albion Township
Incumbent John Uecker filed for a three-year term as supervisor. Incumbent Doug Triplett filed for a two-year term as treasurer.
Voting is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Albion Town Hall at 9020 20th St. NW. The annual meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Chatham Township
Incumbent John Schuveiller filed for a three-year term as supervisor. Incumbent Frank Fouquette filed for a two-year term as treasurer.
Voting is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chatham Township Meeting Room at 1095 Eldridge Ave. NW. The annual meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Corinna Township
Incumbent John Dearing filed for a three-year term as supervisor.
Voting is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Corinna Township Hall, 9801 Ireland Ave. NW. The annual meeting is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

Fri
06
Mar

A new event for the St. Pat's festival

When the Mooncoin Ceili Dancers perform on March 14th, it will not be the first time they have danced in Maple Lake. Back in the mid-90s when Maple Lake celebrated its Irish heritage with an Irish Summer Fest, the Mooncoin Celili Dancers were on the stage then, too. And now they're back with a great Irish band, Legacy, to provide some toe-tapping Irish music. The free street performance on Birch Avenue will take place before the parade on Saturday, March 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In 1976, Twin Cities residents Mary Seren McNeive and Marie Ladwig spent two months in Dublin, Ireland, earning certification to teach Irish dance. When they came back home to Minnesota, they established the Mooncoin Ceili Dancers with Jenny Bach. Since then, they have traveled all over the state of Minnesota (not to mention quite a few other states, as well) and even performed in Ireland twice.

Fri
06
Mar

Library to open at St. Pat's Festival

The grand opening celebration for the Maple Lake Library is a special event planned for the 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 14.

Guests of honor will include Helen Mooney and State Senator Amy Koch. Mooney will cut the ribbon for the new Maple Lake Library and Koch will be the featured speaker.

"I was flattered of course," said Mooney, about being asked to cut the ribbon at the grand opening. "I thought it would be an honor to join in the celebration."

"It's the right time to do it," she said. "Everybody is in such a jolly mood that day and everyone will be happy to see the library open."

Read about the guests of honor at the library grand opening, set for Saturday, March 14, in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Mar

St. Pat's festival begins at Queen's Banquet

The reigning Maple Lake Royalty hosted the first event of the St. Patrick's celebration season.

The Queen's Banquet on Sunday at the Maple Lake American Legion Club was led by Queen Lindsey Becker, Princess Shanna Weber, Princess Brittany Wurm and Miss Congeniality Molly Schaufler.

The banquet included parting words from this year's royalty and presentation of the candidates for the 2009 Miss Maple Lake. The candidates put on a style show, featuring clothes from Maurices in Buffalo and acted out commercials they prepared for their sponsors.

See more photos from the Queen's banquet and read information about the Irish Gala in this week's Messenger.

Mon
02
Mar

County hears proposal for $75 million energy facility

At a time when two of the most important issues facing Minnesotans are the current economic recession and doing things to save the planet from global warming, the timing of a presentation from Kandiyohi Development seemed like a glove fit. The company made a pitch to the Wright County Board at its Feb. 17 meeting in hopes of constructing a $75 million biomass energy facility in Rockford Township.

Michael Krause, the principal owner of the company, told the commissioners that the facility would be one of the cleanest biomass facilities in the country, would provide about 100 jobs in the area, 20 permanent jobs paying more than $60,000 a year and create enough energy to supply 18,000 homes with their annual electricity needs. Just as impressive was the claim that the annual emissions from the facility would be the equivalent to that of 60-70 automobiles - a number that currently drive by the facility in just an hour.

Mon
02
Mar

Irish gymnast heads to state

Maple Lake Irish gymnastics finished the season in a big way. On Friday, Maple Lake hosted the Section 5A meet, and this week, freshman Courtney Couette will continue on to state competition, representing Maple Lake in floor exercise and on the balance beam.

For the first time in school history, Maple Lake hosted the section gymnastics meet.

"We've hosted many meets before, but that is usually two or three teams. This is much bigger," said Dave Schroeder, Maple Lake High School athletic director. "It's a big undertaking just because of the size of it."

Nine teams and more than 80 gymnasts competed in the meet. Approximately 300 fans filled the stands to support the teams and a total of nine judges scored the gymnasts' performances.

Read more about Maple Lake's first Section meet in this week's Messenger.

Mon
02
Mar

The feet were flying on opening night

It didn't look like much work was getting done on at least one office desk as the Maple Lake Community Theatre opened this year's production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

There is still an opportunity to find out whose feet were flying at this weekend's closing performances on Feb. 27 & 28 at 7 p.m. and on March 1 at 2 p.m. in the Maple Lake High School auditorium. More photos from the well-received comedy appear on page 10 of this week's Messenger.

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