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Fri
21
Aug

D.J. Carlson dies at age 36

Darren James Carlson, 36, of Buffalo, died unexpectedly on Saturday. He was the son of the owner of Carlson Dolls in Maple Lake and a driving force of the McBrady Clan's appearances in Maple Lake's St. Patrick's Day parades.

D.J. was the son of Lowell Carlson of Buffalo, and Ruth Ann (Becker) Wochnick of St. Joseph. He attended Monticello schools and worked for Carlson Dolls, owned by his father, Lowell. The Carlson Dolls business began manufacturing in 1947 and opened a manufacturing plant in Maple Lake, where D.J. worked until the plant closed.

He lived in Buffalo with his wife of 13 years, Laura.

D.J. was also an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

"His favorite thing to do was to go out on the lake and fish," said mother-in-law Peg Plaggerman of Maple Lake.

She said D.J. also spent a lot of time playing with his nieces and nephews. They played laser tag and other games they invented together.

Fri
21
Aug

July is tops for NightCAP 2009 DWI arrests

July Operation NightCAP (nighttime concentrated alcohol patrol) DWI enforcement campaigns resulted in 196 DWI arrests - the highest monthly total for DWI arrests in 2009. In July, participating NightCAP officers stopped 3,961 vehicles and issued 1,354 citations for traffic- and equipment-related violations including 144 citations for seat belt non-use.

"Arresting DWI offenders is a team effort," said Lt. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol. "We all go out with the common goal of protecting Minnesota motorists by arresting drunk drivers."

According to Langer, DWI enforcement efforts are vital during the summer driving season when impaired driving activity and alcohol-related fatalities spike. During July, August and September in 2006-2008, alcohol-related crashes accounted for 164 deaths - representing 32 percent of all alcohol-related deaths for the three-year period.

Fri
14
Aug

Maple Manor Apartments get a federal facelift

Maple Manor has been given a new lease on life.

The senior citizen housing development, completed in two stages in the late 1970s and early '80s, has ungone a year of renovations thanks to $580,000 in federal funding.

The two apartment complexes, which stand facing each other just off Second Street West in Maple Lake, were a construction zone from August 2008 to July of this year. Renovations included new siding for both buildings, a new roof for Manor East, window replacement, new entrance doors, a security system, floor coverings, appliances, painting of the hallways in both buildings and overlay of the parking lot in addition to many other smaller projects.

Fri
14
Aug

Tuesday car crash cuts power to Maple Lake

At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a single-vehicle accident west of Maple Lake caused power outages to the entire city and surrounding areas.

A woman, unidentified at press time, was driving a Cadillac De-Ville traveling westbound on Highway 55. About half a mile east of Illsley Avenue between Maple Lake and Annandale, the vehicle went into the north ditch and clipped a powerline pole. The vehicle then crossed back over the highway and came to rest in the south ditch by a railroad track embankment.

Maple Lake Fire Chief Todd Borell said the incident is believed to be caused by a diabetic medical emergency.

The Maple Lake Fire Department and Ambulance responded to the incident. Allina ambulance was also called to assist with the emergency.

Fri
14
Aug

Retriever earns national honors

Abby, a yellow labrador, and her owner, Dan Tongen, earned 1,000 points and qualifications in 50 Senior level tests in the North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) hunt test program. Abby was named a Grand Master Hunting Retriever Champion for her success in the field.

Tongen is the husband of Maple Lake Elementary teacher Carol Tongen.

Travis Lund, member and past president of the Four Points Retriever Club, said that fewer than 40 dogs in the nation have earned this achievement and only two from Minnesota have achieved this level of success in hunting tests.

Abby and Tongen earned their elite status at the Midwest Retriever Club hunt test on July 25 and 26 at Chichaqua Bottoms Wildlife Area in Elkhart, Iowa, near Ankeny.

Wed
12
Aug

Days of Old features blend of new & old

There will be a mix of old favorites with new events that promise to make Saturday's Days of Old celebration the best one yet.

Tom Ertel will once again be on hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Ertel's Famous Butt Cream, which was created by Tom's uncle, Charles Ertel, early in the 1900s.

Tom Ertel was the third generation to operate Ertel's Drug in Maple Lake before he retired and closed the store in 1995. To this day, Ertel mixes up the concoction for sale at Arenson's Pharmacy in Annandale. The cream is known to cure diaper rash among a wide variety of other ailments. The recipe remains a secret, but the benefits of the soothing cream have touched many people.

Two ways to get moving before the festivities are with the 'Walk for Life,' coordinated by the Maple Lake Fire Department, or the Days of Old 10K run, coordinated by the Maple Lake High School track teams.

Fri
07
Aug

Days of Old set for August 15

As a tribute to the days of old and the timeless favorites that still remain today, Maple Lake celebrates the Days of Old festival on the third Saturday in August.

This year's festival will be held on August 15 and will re-create the marketplace of business and bustle of activity in downtown Maple Lake.

A marketplace of vendors will be situated on Birch Avenue between Division Street and First Street. Goods for sale will include tin can bird feeders, jewelry, beauty products, wooden bird houses, rustic crafts and plants. The marketplace will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids of all ages can try their hand at carnival games, coordinated by St. Timothy's Youth Group. Games, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo will be set up in the downtown area.

Fri
07
Aug

Bank bids farewell to President Doyle Van Dyne

First National Bank Maple Lake President Doyle Van Dyne was treated to a memorable retirement party last week. Friends, family, business people and community leaders came to the bank on July 30 for the party hosted by bank staff. The event featured refreshments, photos of Van Dyne through the various stages of his life and a reunion of former and current bank officials.

Pictured at left during the event were new Maple Lake President Tom Pogatchnik, Van Dyne, former bank president Don Weismann, former bank president George Palmer, former bank board member Bud Vandergon and First Financial Services of Elk River President John Houlton.

Fri
07
Aug

Foreman completes the circle of giving

Vladimir (Ted) Foreman, 18, of Maple Lake, recently completed the circle of giving with Operation Christmas Child.

More than five years ago, Ted and his two sisters, Klava and Tanya, were living in an orphanage in Russia. They received gift boxes from Operation Christmas Child.

Ted remembered the hope he felt when he received the gift, and in 2004, Ted, Klava and Tanya were adopted by Doug and Becky Foreman of Maple Lake.

One morning Becky was cooking breakfast. The three Russian kids were whispering to each other. Ted spoke up, pointing to the symbol on her shirt and saying that they received gifts with the same symbol on it when they lived in Russia.

Becky had previously volunteered at a distribution center where shoe boxes get topped off with donations from corporations to make sure each box is full. She said that people from all over pack the gift boxes for children all around the world.

Fri
07
Aug

Minnesotans bring hope in mission to Guatemala

This summer Erin Northenscold shared hope and guidance with children in need during an 11-day mission trip to Guatemala. In the process, she enriched her own faith and desire to serve.

Northenscold, 19, of Maple Lake, traveled with 27 other students from around Minnesota to a small village in Guatemala where they volunteered in the community and shared their mission with the citizens.

One stop was at a beach house along the coast, where they stayed for about four days.

"It was like a vacation," Northenscold said.

Although the sights and sounds reminded Northenscold of a dream vacation, the group spent little time vacationing and more time working. They helped renovate the house, which is used by local and visiting missionaries. They laid cement for a walkway and painted a room in the house.

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