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Fri
26
Jun

McBrady returns from Zambia for rest & fundraising

After nearly five years away from Maple Lake, with the exception of a couple quick Christmas visits, Carol McBrady, founder of the Zambian Children's Fund and its sister agency, Action for Children, is home for a much-deserved rest.

"Well," corrected McBrady, "for a rest, yes, and a visit with my family, but fundraising as well. I really want everybody to hear what good is being done and how much I depend on their help. I couldn't function without the help of everyone around here, I simply could not exist."

McBrady, who graduated from MLHS in 1978, worked first as a social worker for the Anoka-Hennepin school district before returning to school for her teaching degree and working in juvenile corrections. During a vacation from her teaching job, she made her first visit to Africa with friends and was appalled at the living condition of the Zambian children.

"Sometimes it's not enough to think about it," said McBrady, "sometimes you have to do something."

Fri
26
Jun

One year later, family and friends remember Julie

One year after her death, family and friends of Julie Steiskal take time to remember and rebuild.

Steiskal, 29, of Maple Lake, lost her life on June 25, 2008, when she tried to save a teenager who was attending the Angel Tree youth camp where Steiskal served as a counselor. A group, including five campers and three adults, was on a day hiking trip to Carlton Peak at Temperance State Park in Lake Superior. The group waded in a pool on the Temperance River to cool off when a camper, Andrea Evans, 17, of Rosemount, was pulled under by the current. Steiskal grabbed Evans and was trying to hang on to her while at the same time hang on to the rock behind her. The current was just too strong and swept them both down the river.

Fri
19
Jun

Photo of pelicans wins Community Guide cover contest

A photo of pelicans taking off from Ramsey Lake is this year's winner of the Maple Lake Area Community Guide Photo Contest. The photo by Nicole Sadler of Maple Lake was selected from a field of more than 50 entries, the most in the five-year history of the contest. Taking second place was a romantic sunset on Lake Mary by Beverly Berard of Andover and a flower in the Ladybug garden park by Mary Christen of Annandale. Sadler will receive a prize of $100 in Business Bucks, with $50 for second place and $25 for third. All the contest entries will be featured in a display at the Schoolseum in Maple Lake High School.

Fri
19
Jun

Golf tourney to benefit Camp Friendship

The Maple Lake Lions will be hosting their 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament with a goal of providing a helping hand to Camp Friendship.

The tournament, set for Saturday, June 20, at Whispering Pines Golf Course, will raise funds for charitable purposes that include supporting a capital campaign launched this spring by volunteer leaders Denise Blizil of Maple Lake and Christina Herbert of Maple Grove. The campaign has a goal of raising $1.35 million, with a major portion of that amount dedicated to expanding and remodeling the 51-year-old dining hall at Camp Friendship. Other projects also included in the campaign are remodeling 19 cabins and improving medical facilities at Camp Friendship and two other Minnesota sites operated by Friendship Ventures.

Fri
19
Jun

President to retire at First National Bank-ML

The man who has guided Security State Bank/First National Bank-Maple Lake through nearly a decade of change is now preparing to step down.

Doyle Van Dyne, who assumed leadership of the local bank after the retirement of George Palmer on January 1 of 2001, will retire as branch bank president on July 31. Stepping in as market president will be Tom Pogatchnik, who has managed community banks for the past 25 years.

Van Dyne, who grew up on a farm in Iowa, said he felt that background helped make him feel at home in Maple Lake when he was hired as the executive vice president of the bank in December of 1998.

Fri
19
Jun

Roemer ends college career as All-American

One of the best collegiate athletic careers for a Maple Lake High School graduate has ended on a very good note.

Ashley Spolarich Roemer graduated this spring with a teaching degree and once again earned All-American honors in track.

Roemer started her college career at Bemidji State and after one year, transferred to Minnesota State Moorhead so her husband, Nathan, could get back into wrestling. After sitting out a year due to her transfer, she began earning a long list of track honors.

Fri
12
Jun

Donation funds library programs for children

The new Maple Lake Library received a big boost when the PATCH Foundation (Painters & Allied Trades for Children's Hope), coordinated by the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 82, presented the library with a check for $2,500 to fund children's reading programs.

Pictured at the check presentation were PATCH Chairman Paul Richards, District Council 82 (DC-82) Political Director Don Mullin, library representative Cindy Miessen, DC-82 member Kevin Smith, library representative Steve Francis, DC-82 organizer Francisco Altamirano and DC-82 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Terry Nelson.

Fri
12
Jun

Mother, soldier heads to duty in Iraq

After 31 years in the military, a National Guard officer will be seeing her first duty in a war arena.

Teresa Kintop of Maple Lake is a Lt. Colonel in the National Guard and is scheduled to leave on June 11 for training that will lead to a tour of duty in Iraq. Kintop, who grew up in Edina, did not plan on a career in the military.

"I didn't know what I wanted to do out of high school, she said. "So I joined the Navy and became a jet mechanic. After four years, I got tired of being dirty."

Fri
12
Jun

Irish repeat as state softball runner-up

It was an exciting week for the Irish as the Maple Lake High School girls' softball team worked their way through their second consecutive state tournament.

And there was a sense of dejavu as the team returned home on Friday with another second- place trophy from the Class 1A State Softball Tournament, establishing this era of Irish softball as one of the best in any sport over the 100-year history of the school.

Maple Lake hoped to spring off an eight-game winning streak and bring more hardward back to the trophy cabinet. At the start of the state tournament, the Irish snagged wins from Wabasso and Sacred Heart of East Grand Forks. On the second day of tournament play, the Irish faced New Life Academy of Woodbury in a repeat of last year's state championship.

Fri
05
Jun

Hall of Fame welcomes Gary Porter

Prior to Sunday's Lakers game, Gary Porter was inducted into the North Star Hall of Fame. Brian Larson, executive secretary for the league, and league president and Loretto Manager, Herb Kock, presented Porter with the honor. Porter is the league's 99th member and the eighth Laker to be inducted. Porter joins the ranks of Andy Hamm, Bill Stuhr, Leo Dircks, Al Dircks, Ray Winter, Daryl Hennen and Dale Decker. He was inducted with three other baseball greats from the league, including Jerry Ruppelius of Loretto, Dave Burns of Dassel-Cokato, and Mike Mitchell of Howard Lake. Gary played and coached baseball for 37 years, spending his last 30 in Maple Lake. Read more about Porter's induction into the North Star League Hall of Fame in the June 3 issue of the Messenger.

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