On April 6, the ‘Red Hots’ of Maple Lake were at Maple Lake Elementary to finish a display honoring grandparents.
The showcase was created by Girl Scouts from troops 1056 & 1283 and Senior Connections with the theme "Hats off to Grandparents." Pictured in front are Girl Scouts Ashton Schuster, Angela Vetsch, Lynn Plaggerman, Elizabeth Brinza and Red Hots Pat Simmons, Marjean Ruddle, and Carol Northenscold. Not pictured was Girl Scout Gina Vetsch.
The Red Hots are a local branch of the Red Hat Society, an organization of the "Fun and Ridiculous."
This year’s annual Grandparent’s Day celebration at the elementary is Friday, April 23. Anyone interested in becoming involved with Senior Connections, or who would like to promote organizations or programs in the Schoolseum, please contact Ginger O'Loughlin/ Coordinator, 963-5302.
Wright County residents are invited to submit their nominations for the Outstanding Senior Citizens of Wright County according to the selection committee, co-chaired by Jean Fobbe, Resource Coordinator for Wright County Human Services Agency, and Betty Dircks, Wright County Historical Society Archivist.
Do you know someone over the age of 70 who will go out of their way to help anyone in need? Are they constantly on the go, organizing or helping out with numerous volunteer services? Both a man and woman over age 70 will be selected who has outstanding community involvement in our county. They will be honored at the Wright County Fair on Friday, July 30.
Wright County Sheriff, Gary L. Miller, reports that on 4-13-04 at 4:58 p.m. the Wright County Communications Center received a report of a shooting at 11344 Elliot Ave. NW in Silver Creek Township.
Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Deputies discovered a deceased male outside of the residence who was the victim of a gunshot wound. Sergio Guadalupe Garcia, 20 years old, from Monticello, MN was immediately taken into custody at the residence.
Garcia was taken to the Wright County Jail and criminal charges are currently pending. The victim has been identified as Juan Chacon Esquivel D.O.B 02-23-61, from Mexico. He was residing at 11344 Elliot Ave. NW in Silver Creek Township at the time of the shooting.
The incident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
The Maple Lake Fire Department has had a very busy month, with low rainfall and dry grass creating conditions ripe for a rash of grass fires.
The worst of them burned a considerable acreage on April 7 when high winds swept a grass fire toward homes around Sugar Lake.
Maple Lake Fire Chief Todd Borell said the call was received about 3:30 p.m. to provide assistance to the Annandale and Clearwater fire departments in fighting a grass fire that originated along Ireland Avenue in Corinna Township within the DNR’s Wildlife Management Area.
“The fire started in Clearwater’s area and ended up in our area,” Borell said, noting strong winds out of the west that blew the fire to the east with gusts from 30 to 40 miles per hour.
It looks as though the Wright County Planning Commission’s decision in January to require the construction of a pipeline to the Crow River from the proposed Annandale/Maple Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant has pleased no one.
In February, the cities filed an appeal over the county requirement and now opponents of the plant have done the same.
After a February joint council meeting, the two cities retained the services of the St. Cloud law firm of Gray Plant Mooty to appeal the county Planning Commission requirement in granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for construction of the plant to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The CUP requirement calls for a water discharge pipeline from the plant to the river, a condition that was imposed in response to resident concerns that the plant discharge into surrounding wetlands would cause flooding and erosion on its three-mile path to the river.
The Maple Lake community has had a long and illustrious history of supporting fund-raisers for a wide variety of causes. But Saturday’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” auction/dinner for St. Timothy’s School may go down in history as the grand-daddy of them all.
The event at the Maple Lake VFW featured a dinner, live and silent auctions and a raffle for a 2004 Ford Ranger XLT. The dinner served a crowd of 468 and early returns for the entire fund-raiser show proceeds of over $65,000, which exceeded the school fund-raising goal. All of the proceeds above the goal will go to make improvements to school facilities.
And the biggest surprise of the evening occurred when money was donated to help purchase over 20 new computers to update the school’s computer lab.
Among the various prize drawings, the big event was the raffle for the Ford truck, which was won by Cathy Jude of Maple Lake.
This year’s Maple Lake High School representatives to Boys and Girls County in Buffalo on April 27 will be (front) Allison Ameluxen, Rachel Hudek, Angela Stegeman, (back) Mike Gertjejansen, Jordan Lauer and Adam Hill.
In addition, Hudek will attend Girls State at Bethel College in Arden Hills and Gertjejansen will participate in Boys State at St. John’s University from June 13 to 19.
The Boys and Girls County/State programs are sponsored by the American Legion Clubs and Auxiliaries for the purpose of providing high school juniors with citizenship training and to illustrate the principles of representative government and the responsibilities young people will assume as adults.
For the Steve Paumen family, business is a family affair.
Steve, owner of Cedar Lake Engineering in Maple Lake, and five of his children are the driving force behind Paumco, a corporation dedicated to bringing new ideas to life.Thus far, five Paumco recreational-related products have been developed and brought to market: The “Bob-A-Que,” an adjustable outdoor grill named for its creator, Paumen son-in-law Bob Borell; the “Handi-Table, a folding table with a durable marine finish; the “Handi-Hand,” an extension tool that can grab anything from a log for the fire to items high on a shelf; the “Pork Fork,” a reversible and collapsible roasting fork; and the new “Beach Buddy,” a lakeshore weed rake on wheels.
It was a need for a companion company for Cedar Lake Engineering, a metal stamping manufacturer, that served as the spark for the creation of Paumco four years ago.
A resident of Mexico was seriously injured in an assault at the home where he was staying in Maple Lake Township.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 3:41 a.m. on March 28 to respond to 4141 Donnelly Drive NW in Maple Lake Township on a report of an assault.
Deputies arrived to find Jesus Martinez Morua, age 31, with a stab wound to the chest and a severe laceration to his arm.
The suspect, Daniel Rodrigoez Dominguez, age 18, initially fled the scene, but returned a short time later and was arrested by deputies. Both Morua and Dominguez are from Mexico and have lived at the Donnelly Drive address for several months while they worked in construction.
Morua is in a metro-area hospital in serious condition recovering from his injuries. Dominguez is in the Wright County jail facing 1st degree assault charges.