Millions of people watch the State of the Union address delivered by the president each year, yet few ever have the opportunity to sit in the House chambers as the president lays out his goals for America. However, there is one former Maple Lake resident who not only attended the State of the Union address, but played a role in preserving the president’s words for history.
Colleen Lynch, a member of the Class of 1988, is currently employed as a stenographer for the House of Representatives and recorded the State of the Union address. In the photo at left, Lynch is the blond sitting in the lower right corner.
“I’ve worked at the House for four years and really enjoy it,” she said. “The work is challenging, and I have learned a great deal about world events and public policy issues in my time here.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) welcomes longtime community member Carrie Elfstrand Lindquist as Wright County’s new match coordinator.
Lindquist will be charged with creating matches in the county between adults and children. She will also be recruiting volunteers and managing community partnerships in order to provide top-quality services to Wright County children. She will work aggressively to match the more than 40 children currently waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.
Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that a short pursuit early Tuesday in the city of Maple Lake led to the arrest of two adult males for motor vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. A third suspect was stopped and arrested by Plymouth Police. At 1:55 a.m. a Sheriff's Deputy observed two vehicles on 4th St. in Maple Lake traveling westbound at a high rate of speed and appeared to be racing. A short pursuit ensued at which time the suspects turned their headlights off and headed southbound on Grover Ave. The suspects then abandoned the two vehicles at a dead-end farmstead and fled on foot. One of the abandoned vehicles, a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup, was found to be stolen out of Montrose.
There aren’t many things that can stand the test of time, and counted among that favored few would have to be Ertel’s Famous Butt Cream.
For that reason, it is appropriate that the new Maple Lake summer festival, “Days of Old,” has attached the century-old legendary product to its celebration of the good old days.
It was in the early years of the last century that Charles Ertel developed the locally famous cream that has soothed many a case of diaper rash. Charles, who established the local pharmacy which served the Maple Lake community from a store on the corner of Birch and 1st Street for 105 years, was a man of many talents. He and his wife, Mary, were involved in farming, ran a lumber mill and started a business manufacturing pharmaceuticals. Charles was also active in local politics, serving as the mayor of Maple Lake from 1901 to 1904.
A Youth Conservation Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsman’s Club, located at the southeast corner of Silver Creek.
This is a hands-on introduction to all the shooting sports. Emphasis is placed on firearms safety, hunting ethics and good sportsmanship. The schedule consists of a 9:30 a.m. start with youth participating at seven stations throughout the shooting range. Prize drawings will also be offered.
A parent/guardian is required to sign permission forms before their child can participate in the events. At least one parent/guardian is asked to attend the event with their child.
Participants must be a 2004 member or join one of the following groups for a $5 registration fee: Jakes National Wild Turkey Federation, Ringnecks Wright County Pheasants Forever, Fork Horns Minnesota Deer Hunters Association or the Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsman's Club.
Todd Borell and Roger Manuel showed young contestants how a water keg fight is won at a previous competition hosted by the Maple Lake Fire Department. The water keg fight will be a highlight of Maple Lake’s Days of Old celebration set for Saturday, August 21.
The fire department is looking for teams of four to participate in their third annual Water Keg Fights. The event is open to the public, but contestants must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes in both a men’s and women’s division will be $60 for first place and $40 for second place. There is no fee for participation and registration will take place at 3:40 p.m. on August 21, with the games set to begin at 4 p.m. in the city park.
A week packed with activities occupied royalty from every corner of the state at the 2004 Minneapolis Aquatennial. Although the schedule kept Aquatennial candidates’ heads spinning, Miss Maple Lake 2003-04, Brandi Decker, enjoyed every second of the experience.
“It was an experience that I will probably never get to do again,” said Brandi. “The girls I spent the week with I feel could be friends for life. We had so much fun together.”
Perhaps the most exciting moment was watching friend and roommate Miss Sleepy Eye Amanda Spaeth, get crowned Aquatennial Princess.
“It was so exciting,” said Brandi. “We were very happy for her.”
Other members of the Royal Court included Miss New Brighton who was crowned queen and Miss Maple Grove who was crowned princess.
Cliff Hudek eagerly took his turn to entertain the audience as he graciously accepted the award as the 2004 Wright County Outstanding Senior Man.
On Friday, at the Wright County Fair, a program was held to honor these men and women for their contributions to their communities and present them with their awards.
Hudek was surrounded by several other dedicated citizens including Fran Fair, from Monticello, earning her title as Outstanding Senior Woman and Evelyn Holland from Buffalo and Russell Nelson from Monticello being honored as Outstanding Senior Citizen Runners-up.
This is the third consecutive year that Maple Lake has been represented by an outstanding senior citizen.
Former commissioner Ken Jude will oppose current commissioner Karla Heeter for the District 1 seat on the county board. Jude was defeated by Heeter in 2002, losing the seat he had held since 1993 by a narrow margin of 485 votes.
Jude had announced earlier this summer that he was not planning to run again, but after being cleared by his doctor, he made the decision due to encouragement of family and friends.
“I was hoping that there maybe would have been a good candidate running,” he said. “A large group of people encouraged me to do it.”
Although Jude has leukemia, he feels he can still perform the tasks required as a commissioner.
“I want to do like I’ve done in the past,” he said. “People need to have confidence in their leadership.”
Security State Bank is welcoming a new board member and making history at the same time.On July 23, Angie Pribyl of Maple Lake became the first female director on the board in the bank’s 97-year history.
Pribyl, the daughter of Alvin and Bonnie Elfmann, is a life-long area resident, a graduate of Annandale High School, and received an Accounting degree from St. Cloud Tech. She was hired by Wright-Hennepin Electrical Association 24 years ago and rose through the ranks to her selection in 1996 as the successor to the retiring Al Elsenpeter as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.
She is married to Ted Pribyl and has two daughters: Jennifer, who will be a junior at the University of Minnesota; and Mary, a sophomore at Minnesota State, Mankato.