Kate Fobbe's photo of a rainbow viewed through rain-splattered glass was the winner of the Third Annual Maple Lake Area Community Guide Photo Contest. Taking second was Patrick Gleason and in third was a photo by Becky James. Business Bucks prizes are $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third.
Twenty-nine photos of a wide variety of places and subjects in and around Maple Lake were entered in this year's contest. The entries will be placed on display by Senior Connections at Maple Lake High School and the winner will grace the cover of the fourth Maple Lake Area Community Guide planned for distribution in early August.
When Scott Millner, manager of the Maple Lake branch of M & M Bus Service, told Sue Ditter that not only had he nominated her for the Transportation Specialist Award from the Minnesota School Bus Operator's Association, but that she had won, she was speechless.
"My husband would tell you that I'm never short on words," said Ditter, "but when Scott told me I really didn't know what to say."
Millner said Ditter was very deserving of the award.
"She's always been such a big help, I've wanted to submit her name for some time now," said Millner. "She knows a lot of people, has a great rapport with the district office and the administration and the kids love her. We're still a small business and her greatest asset is her flexibility and willingness to do different things. Not everyone can do that."
Maple Lake Public Schools hosted a staff appreciation breakfast on June 6 that featured entertainment, years of service recognition and presentation of the Staff of the Year award.
Receiving the Staff of the Year award this year were Human Resources Manager Ellie Tuffs and Speech Clinician Heidi Kelm.
In the closing days of the school year, Home and School Association officers and the students of St Timothy's School presented Father Mark Huberty with a framed photograph of Pope Benedict XVI and a large "we will miss you" card as part of a cake and ice cream celebration of Father Huberty's years in Maple Lake at St. Timothy's School.
After two phenomenal races at the State Track Meet at Hamline University, MLHS junior Erin Northenscold proudly ended her 2007 season with a state medal for her 7th-place finish in the 400-meter dash. Not only did Northenscold make it past preliminaries and into the finals, she set a personal best time, a school record, and placed higher at the state track meet than any other track athlete from Maple Lake High School in recent years and possibly in MLHS history.
Erin, the 2007 girls' track MVP, earned her place to compete at the state level after her second-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the section meet at St. John's University.
More information appears in this week's issue of the Messenger.
Although the date of their 100th anniversary came in January, Security State picked the more comfortable month of June to throw a big birthday party befitting the grand occasion.
A special section honoring the bank and its long history in Maple Lake appears in this issue of the Messenger, along with congratulations offered by local organizations and businesses.
The bank will be celebrating its 100th anniversary of the establishment of the bank with a week of festivities from June 18-23.
Activities will start with a coloring contest for children. Entry forms will be available at the bank beginning on June 18 and the completed entries should be brought to the June 22 Youth Day for judging.
The list of events for the celebration is as follows:
Monday, June 18 - Open House at the bank from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
A great cause is getting a good boost from Maple Lake.
Last year, Jan Bakeberg and her daughter, Tammy Saphir, participated as a team in the August Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, a 60-mile trek through the Twin Cities for people who want to make a personal difference in the fight against breast cancer.
This year, Terry Mooney is joining the effort with a second team to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation, which is leading the world-wide movement to end breast cancer by funding research and community outreach programs.
Bakeberg and Mooney are both retired Maple Lake teachers, breast cancer survivors and friends who had their cancer diagnosed within months of each other two and a half years ago. And both got the news just prior to taking the trip of a lifetime.
The 2007 track season ended for all but one Maple Lake athlete last week at the Section Meet held at St. John's University. That athlete was junior Erin Northenscold who earned her ticket to the State Meet after a second-place finish in the 400 meter dash.
Any team or individual advancing to the State Meet is by far one of the top accomplishments in athletics. However, since track and field sends the lowest ratio of student athletes to the state level, Northenscold's feat is truly an amazing one.
"Sending Erin to the State Meet is very exciting, and she certainly deserves a lot of recognition," said head coach Ben Youngs.
Although Erin's time last year was slightly faster, her 60.98 second time and second-place finish earned her the opportunity to compete in the State Meet at Hamline University Friday, June 8.
Coach Youngs has a few goals in mind for Erin at the meet.
A beautiful spring night greeted the Maple Lake High School Class of 2007 as they walked out the doors of the school as the newest graduates of MLHS.
The ceremony in the high school gym began with the music of the MLHS Concert Band under the direction of Tony Mazzone, followed by the welcoming address delivered by 2007 Senior Class President Elizabeth Yager.
Yager began with the Senior Class Motto: "High school is only one chapter in life's great story, so learn from it, don't live by it."
She recalled the little things that seemed so important, like what to wear for picture day or where to sit for lunch.
"The harder you work - the more fun you have." Those words by Rick Rassier, keynote speaker at the Students of Excellence banquet, do not seem to match the "quick fix" and "easy out" attitudes that can affect young adults. However, according to Rassier, achievement comes from focusing on the goal and then working at the process to realize the objective.
An evening filled with accolades, best wishes and congratulations marked the 20th Annual Students of Excellence Banquet and Recognition Ceremony. Over 600 people attended the event honoring the area's top 167 high school seniors. These seniors are in the final weeks of their high school careers and come from 43 schools in the Central MN region. Honored from Maple Lake were Sarah Latour, Sam McClanahan, Shelly Neidenfeur and Ashton Schuster.
To find out more about the Student of Excellence, get a copy of the May 30 issue of the Messenger.
Eighteen-year-old Ashton Schuster is a young woman with a foot in two different worlds.
As one of an increasing number of high school students choosing to take advantage of a state program offering post-secondary courses to seniors, she spent the 2006-2007 school year as both a senior at Maple Lake High School and a freshman at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
She will spend the next few weeks wearing a mortar board and walking with her Maple Lake classmates into Irish Country Stadium to receive her high school diploma and moving out of her dorm room at Gustavus for another at Minnesota State University-Mankato where she will continue her college career this fall.
Schuster laid the plans for this busy year while still a junior at MLHS.
For more about Schuster, pick up the May 30 issue of the Messenger.