Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Dept. and Ambulance Service personnel answered the following emergencies during the past week:
Aug. 10, 6:36 p.m.: Ambulance transportation declined at Co. Rd. 7 and 41st Street incident.
Aug. 10, 1:27 p.m.: Ambulance transportation declined by persons in an incident by the swimming beach on Highway 55 East, Maple Lake.Aug. 7, 2:12 p.m.: Ambulance transportation provided for a diabetic patient by Monticello-Big Lake Hospital in a dual response with Maple Lake.
Aug. 7, 8:22 a.m.: Patient taken to the Buffalo Hospital ER after feeling nauseous.
Aug. 5, 10:25 a.m.: Medical alarm at Maple Manor. No patient found.
Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on August 5, 2003 at 1:51 a.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a one vehicle rollover accident in Buffalo Township that claimed the life of a 21-year-old man from rural Buffalo. Mathew D. Davis, of Rockford Township, was traveling southbound on Co. Rd. 117 approximately 1 1/2 miles south of Co. Rd. 37 when the 1992 Toyota that he was driving left the roadway on a curve.
Davis was the lone occupant of the vehicle, and was ejected as the vehicle rolled into the east ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident is being investigated by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
Repair to the I-94 bridges over Wright County Highway 19 in Albertville will impact traffic for approximately three weeks beginning the week of Aug. 11, reports the St. Cloud office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT).
According to Mn/DOT officials, the right shoulder of I-94 on the east-bound bridge over Wright County Highway 19 will be closed for the duration of the repair work. In addition, west-bound motorists will encounter a left-lane closure between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Weather permitting, the bridge railing repairs are expected to be complete in late August.
Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed, be alert for workers and drive safely through the work zone. For information on weather, road conditions, or traffic incidents, travelers can call 511 or log on to www.511mn.org.
An event to honor the outstanding service provided to local residents by Maple Lake’s firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians is planned for Saturday, September 13, at the American Legion Club.
The Firefighter and EMT Gala was created to recognize members of the Maple Lake Fire Department and their spouses for the dedication, sacrifices, and selfless commitment to helping area residents in times of need that has made the local fire department a source of pride for the Maple Lake community. Event coordinator Cindy Miessen said dinner tickets have been priced to help defray the costs of treating firefighters and their families to dinner.“We really want people to come and show their support for our firefighters,” Miessen said.
Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment and a dance will follow, including a program hosted by emcee Greg Thomes.
The annual Taste of Maple Lake is set this year for Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23.
Events will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with the opening of the Business Expo, which will feature treats, games and prizes until 7 p.m. on Birch Avenue.
The KRWC Road Show is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. and will be followed by an hour-long performance of Rebecca’s Well. In addition, a Farmer’s Market will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. around the corner from Birch on Division Street. And residents are invited to participate in a flea market that will also run from 5 to 7 p.m.
The crowd-pleasing Bed Races will start at 7 p.m. on Birch and the creative vehicles will no longer be faced with an obstacle course, but will succeed or fail based on the speed of the beds and crews. Defending bed race champion for the past several years is the Carefree Nudist Colony.
Foreign exchange students and their host families share cultural experiences throughout a student’s stay. Both parties grow to understand the other’s culture and customs. This growth is addictive for host parents, like Chuck and Teri Malachek.
The Malacheks considered sponsoring a foreign exchange student for a long time before Paul Blache arrived in August 2002.
“I had always wanted a foreign exchange student,” said Teri. “I had a lot of friends who were foreign exchange students in college and it surprised me how few Americans reached out to them.”
Her college experience, coupled with a two-year stay in Turkey, solidified her thoughts on hosting a foreign exchange student one day. Chuck was slightly less enthusiastic, but his concerns were quickly put to rest as they began the process of finding an exchange student.
There were plenty of local champions crowned at this year’s Wright County Fair, but none ranked higher than Flossie Menth, honored at a fair program as the Wright County Outstanding Senior Woman.Flossie was surrounded at the program by fellow honorees, Jerry Moberg of Monticello as the Outstanding Senior Man, and LaVerne Nelson of Delano and Kenneth Ernesti as the runners-up.
This was the second year in a row that a Maple Lake resident was awarded the honor of Outstanding Senior Woman. Last year, Leona Hexum was selected for the award.
Flossie’s many volunteer activities in Maple Lake include assisting with Senior Connections programs and activities, volunteering at Maple Lake Schools where she once worked as the school nurse and was named as one of the school’s Volunteers of the Year.
Motorists driving to the Wright County Fair from July 30 through August 3 should be aware that officers and deputies from the Wright County law enforcement agencies will be ensuring their safety by enforcing child restraint and seatbelt violations. Forty hours of additional patrol hours will be worked during the five day event.
"Children are most vulnerable to being seriously injured or dying in an automobile accident if they aren't properly secured in a child safety seat," said Wright County Sheriff Gary Miller. "It doesn't make sense for parents to love their children, yet put their lives at risk by not ensuring their safety. The number one cause of death for young people and children is automobile crashes."
The enforcement hours are funded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration through the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety and is part of Wright County's Safe & Sober program.
Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller is asking for the public’s assistance in solving an arson crime involving a structure fire at 216 Mississippi Drive in Monticello that was reported at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. Neighbors noticed the fire and called 911 during the Riverfest Parade. Monticello Fire Department extinguished the blaze, however, the house sustained heavy damage to the upper floor.
Wright County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Wright County Arson Investigation Team, which is made up of representatives from fire departments from across Wright County. It has been determined that the cause of the fire is arson.
Bette Cantin may not be able to get around like she used to, but she’s got plenty of folks in her life who are willing to walk in her name.
Last year, Maple Lake residents Jan Bakeberg and Terry Mooney took on the task of walking in the first annual 50-mile 2002 Multiple Sclerosis Challenge Walk for their friend, Bette, and Bette’s daughter, Nancy Wolff, who also has MS.
This year, Bette’s son, Mike, and granddaughter, Amanda, are getting ready for the first year of the new Colorado MS Challenge Walk from September 5 to 7. The walk will take Mike and his 16-year-old daughter from their home in Colorado Springs to Denver.
Despite the 15-mile training walks she and her father have been taking on weekends, Amanda said she is excited about the event.“I heard about it on the radio, told my dad about it and he looked it up on the Internet,” Amanda said.