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.
A hearing on a Harassment Restraining Order requested by St. John’s University against Brian Guimond of Maple Lake has been rescheduled to May 14.
St. John’s, through the Order of St. Benedict, requested and was granted a temporary restraining order on March 12. The hearing on March 24 was for the purpose of extending that order for two years. University officials cited complaints from students in requesting that supervision be required for future visits by Guimond to the campus.
Brian’s son, Joshua, has been missing since November of 2002 when he disappeared after leaving a campus gathering. Public and private search efforts were conducted on the St. John’s campus, but yielded no clues as to Joshua’s whereabouts.
Maple Lake High School student Maggie McEachran is the first MLHS student to receive the honor as the best performer on site at the Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest at Maple Lake on March 15.
Each judge from each site selects the top performance and Maggie was chosen for her performance of the vocal solo “When Love Is Kind.”
“I was excited to hear that Maggie was given Best of Site.” said vocal music instructor Sue Nelson. “Maggie has been singing solos,duets, and in ensembles in the past for three years and now receives this honor as a senior. What a wonderful accomplishment!”
The blizzard of paperwork is behind them, the itinerary is set, the rooms are nearly ready and the moment has just about arrived for Doug and Becky Foreman to travel to Russia this month and bring home their three new children.
The Foremans have been pursuing the adoption of three Russian teenagers since meeting and falling in love with 12-year-old Klava this summer when she traveled to Minnesota as part of the Russian adoption program, Journey of Hope. After hearing that Klava had a brother, 13-year-old Vladimir, and a 15-year-old sister, Tanya, the Foremans were determined not to break up the family and worked to bring the three siblings to their Maple Lake home.
“It’s going really well,” Becky said. “It’s so much easier than the last time, when we adopted Tyler.”
Wright County Sheriff Miller is please to report that no crashes involving serious injury or death occurred during the past St Patrick's Day Safe & Sober enforcement and education wave.
Sixty-nine tickets and warnings were issued for offenses ranging from driving without a valid driver's license to speeding. Three intoxicated drivers were safely removed from Wright County roadways during the wave as well.
"Due to our efforts in combating impaired driving coupled with publicity surrounding the current .08 blood alcohol legislation, drivers in Wright County appear to be taking the risks of impaired driving seriously", said Miller.
Becky Couette chair of the live and silent auction for the St. Timothy’s Parish School fund-raiser, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” displays some items donated for the event on April 3.
A few of the auction highlights include a fall colors airplane flight for four to Duluth; a luncheon for six with Archbishop Harry Flynn; a decorative, handcrafted hutch; a four-hour fishing trip for two on Mille Lacs; a scrolled, wooden wall clock, dinner and tickets for four to the Ordway Theatre; 50,000 WorldPerks miles; a five-day stay at Izaty’s on Mille Lacs; collectors items from the Minnesota Twins, handcrafted quilts, and a pork chop dinner for 50.
Ashley Spolarich, daughter of Dan Spolarich and Shelley Karja, and Ed Elfmann, son of John and Lisa Elfmann, have been selected as winners of the Academics, Arts and Athletics award at Maple Lake High School.
The honor is extended annually to high school seniors who have outstanding accomplishments in the three areas of academics, arts and athletics, along with a record of volunteer activities and service to their communities. Schools are limited to nominating one male and one female student per year.
Ed’s activities have included National Honor Society, Student Council, Peer Helpers, Target Leadership, band, One-Act Play and church activities. He is a letter-winner in basketball, a three-year letter-winner in football, three-year letter-winner in track, is a track team captain, and has played Legion baseball for the past three years.
It was hard to imagine that the story about the disappearance of Joshua Guimond could get any worse.
But last week, it did.
On March 12, St. John’s University through the Order of St. Benedict, Inc., requested and was granted a temporary Harassment Restraining Order against Joshua’s father, Brian, and the story was featured in media outlets throughout the Twin Cities.
Joshua, a St. John’s junior from Maple Lake, disappeared on his way home from a party on the St. John’s campus in November of 2002 and is still missing, despite extensive public and private search efforts.
Affidavits filed in support of the restraining order by St. John’s Life Safety Director Shawn Vierzba and Jason Laker, Dean of Campus Life, describe a relationship with Brian Guimond that rapidly deteriorated after Joshua’s disappearance 16 months ago.
There will be three new area township supervisors taking office as a result of voting on March 9.
Gerry ‘Gibby’ Giebenhain was the winner of a write-in vote campaign in Maple Lake Township, Brian Miller was a 14-vote winner over 30-year incumbent John Uecker in Albion Township, and John Jones was the victor for an open seat in Silver Creek Township.
Giebenhain, a 1992 graduate of Maple Lake High School, garnered more than twice as many votes as his closest competitor.
“I called neighbors and got a real good reception,” he said, noting that his wife, Karie Hudek Giebenhain, also had lots of family in the area. “Being married to a Hudek didn’t hurt,” he laughed.
Giebenhain and his wife have three boys: Greg, 7; and two-year-old twins, Conner and Collin. He has operated Gibby’s Cleanup and Hauling for over five years.
A guide for the growth of Maple Lake is now in place at city hall.
In a joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission on March 10, the Maple Lake City Council approved a new Comprehensive Plan designed to help the city manage future commercial and residential development.
During the plan’s public hearing, Dean Johnson of Resource Strategies Corporation reviewed the document that had progressed from a community meeting in January of 2003 to the final version presented to the council. The major content areas of the plan include background on the city, goals and policies, a growth management plan, and a plan for implementation.