It takes a village to raise a child and the village of Maple Lake will be coming together on May 4 for the benefit of nine-year-old Colin Wurm.
Colin, the son of Loren and Janet Wurm of Maple Lake, has Cerebral Palsy, caused by a lack of oxygen before his premature birth on June 13, 1999.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition that affects thousands of babies and children each year. Children with Cerebral Palsy have damage to the area of the brain that controls muscle tone and affects, movement and motor skills.
Janet said she noticed she wasn't feeling Colin move in her womb about two months before her anticipated due date and a trip to the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital confirmed her worst fears that her first baby was in trouble.
"There wasn't any movement for quite some time," Janet said. "We went to Monticello and if they hadn't done a C-section to get him out, Colin probably would have died."
It was a happy Amy Ogram who shook the hand of Lundeen's Ford owner Vince Lundeen on Monday as the winner of a 2008 Ford Focus awarded at St. Timothy's Dinner/Live & Silent Auction on Saturday night at the Maple Lake American Legion Club.
A group of civic-minded volunteers recently made an unusual sacrifice to help law enforcement in Wright County.
They spent a Tuesday afternoon sitting in a drafty firehall surrounded by rescue vehicles and firemen's uniforms, at a fold-up plastic table with strangers, downing cocktails nearly as fast as the bartender could pour them.
They were the 'drunk driver guinea pigs' for a class of driving patrolmen and women learning the ins and outs of recognizing and testing drivers over the legal limit.
The patrol class, hosted by the Howard Lake Police Department, and its chief, Dan Lang, was the result of two federal grant programs that are part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century: NightCAP and Safe & Sober.
More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.
Operation Minnesota Nice was started by, well, a nice Minnesotan.
And the program has spread to nice Minnesotans in Maple Lake.
Early in 2004, founder, Denise Jorgenson, from Ramsey, Minnesota learned from a friend with a son in the armed forces that many of the soldiers fighting in Iraq received very little, or nothing at all, from home.
Vowing to change that, Jorgenson started small, sending care packages to a few soldiers named by her friend's son. Word quickly spread to family and friends, all who wanted to help or 'adopt' a soldier of their own, and before long, these special care packages were going out every three or four weeks and Operation Minnesota Nice was born.
Spreading like wild fire, those few volunteers grew to a current total of over 1,100, matched with as many or more soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Shopping for unique items doesn't get any better than at the annual St. Timothy's Dinner and Silent/Live Auction.
With a theme of "Walk on the Wild Side," the event will feature a barbequed ribs and chicken dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., the silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m., a live auction that begins at 7:30 p.m. and the announcement after the auction of the winner of a 2008 Ford Focus from Lundeen's Ford of Annandale.
Auction highlights will include a trip for two to the Belize Parrot Cove Resort with $1,500 for airfare donated by Brad and Esther Paumen. Larry Pribyl of MP NexLevel will fly a group of four to either Mackinac Island or San Antonio. Other items include a 32-inch LCD television, an Ipod and docking station, a Cub Cadet push mower and many unique baskets. A few tickets remain for the car raffle and tickets can be purchased at First National Bank and Maple Lake Lumber.
More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.
A malfunctioning plane has made it possible for Airman First Class David Northenscold to come home from Afghanistan.
Northenscold, a 2006 graduate of Maple Lake High School, arrived in Afghanistan on Sept. 15 for what was supposed to be an 8-month tour of duty. But he and other members of his unit were sent back home on January 22 when the F-15 jets they resupply with munitions were grounded.
"They grounded the entire fleet world-wide," Northenscold said. "And there's no point in staying over there when our jets are grounded."
What was a bad event for the Air Force was a good one for families. David, the son of Brad Northenscold and Marlys Northenscold, has been home with his family and will return to his base in North Carolina on April 6. To celebrate his unexpected return, Northenscold will be the guest of honor at an open house set from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at the Maple Lake American Legion.
A fire north of Maple Lake last week sent a mother and two young children fleeing from their Silver Creek Township home.
On March 26 at about 11:30 a.m., the Wright County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call of a fire in the basement of a home at 9267 County Road 8 NW. Upon arrival, emergency personnel found Amy DesMarais and her two young children huddled together outside of the family home, with smoke rolling out of the windows.
Amy said she was home sick that day and had just finished lunch with sons, Gavin, 7, and Ethan, 4.
"I put the kids on the bed in our downstairs bedroom while I was doing laundry," she said. "I was on the phone with my mom when the kids went upstairs and all of a sudden, the smoke alarm went off. I assumed that something must have happened upstairs so I went toward the steps and met the kids on the stairway coming down."
William 'Bill' Bruns, a 1983 MLHS graduate, passed away Friday after a decade-long battle with illness.
Diagnosed with cancer in 1998, Bruns lost kidney function as a result of treatment and had been living with dialysis ever since.
"It's been a long struggle for him," said Mary Bruns, his wife of 19 years. "In the end it was his heart that gave out."
Unable to work, Bruns could often be found visiting Mary at Roger's Amoco, her place of employment.
"We saw him around quite a bit," said Irene Hudek, owner of Roger's Amoco. "He'd stop to visit Mary, and would occasionally help her stock if we got busy. He was great on computers, he fixed mine once and he and Mary made the best candy. They'd even personalize it for weddings or match themes for anniversaries and birthdays. I was shocked to hear of his passing, I thought he'd been doing all right lately. It will be strange not to see him around here anymore."
A St. Patrick's Day Operation NightCAP (nighttime concentrated alcohol patrol) DWI crackdown in the state's 15 deadliest counties for impaired driving resulted in 89 impaired driving arrests - 51 DWIs were in the Twin Cities. Officers from 46 agencies participated in the efforts conducted on the evenings of March 14 through 17. Officers stopped more than 1,720 vehicles and cited 557 drivers for traffic- and equipment-related violations.
The St. Patrick's Day weekend enforcement targeted the counties of Anoka, Beltrami, Blue Earth, Cass, Crow Wing, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Rice, St. Louis, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright.
Over the last three years on St. Patrick's Day in Minnesota, alcohol-related crashes accounted for four of 11 traffic deaths and nine of 25 serious injuries. There were 1,263 impaired drivers arrested for DWI statewide on St. Patrick's Day 2005-2007.
A former Maple Lake High School track star has captured national college honors.
Ashley Spolarich Roemer, a 2004 graduate of MLHS, was one of two Minnesota State Moorhead All-Americans crowned at the March 14-15 2008 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at Mankato.
The MSUM team placed 13th in women's competition. Roemer placed second in the high jump at 5-7, and sixth in the 800 meters at 2:13.78. Roemer's teammate, Jennifer Hensel, earned All-American honors and tied for third in the women's pole vault at 12-9.
Roemer, who a senior majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education, said this is her second opportunity to compete at a national level. When she was a freshman in outdoor track competition at Bemidji State, she qualified for nationals with the best high jump mark of her career at 5' 8.5." But the nationals that year were to be held in Texas on the day before her wedding in Maple Lake.