The Wright County Athlete of the Year Award is back. This spring the Buffalo Youth Softball and Baseball Associations have joined forces to resurrect the award, a year after Montrose Softball and long-time coordinator, Eddie Carver, decided to retire from the job.
The awards will be presented to an outstanding female and male athlete during a spring softball and baseball event to be held on April 25, 2004, at the Buffalo Civic Center.
The organizations are currently seeking nominations for the award, which need to be received by March 7, 2004. Following are the criteria an athlete needs to meet for nomination:
In the growing number of Maple Lake men and women serving their country in the armed forces, count the Mavencamp boys among them.
Brian and Mark Mavencamp, sons of Joe and Karla; and Ted Mavencamp, son of Marie and Randy; are three cousins who are on active duty in three very different corners of the world.
Brian Mavencamp signed up with the Marines just six days after his graduation from Maple Lake High School in 2000. “I wanted to see the world instead of driving up and down the strip in Maple Lake,” he laughed.
And see it, he has.From boot camp in San Diego, air electronics school in Pensacola, Florida, to a year getting to know the ins and outs of CH-53 helicopters in New River, North Carolina, Brian saw a considerable portion of America. And overseas, he’s been in the Philippines, Korea, Guam and a lengthy stay in Japan.
An effort to replace Mark Casey as the Annandale/Maple Lake Community Education director has resulted in the selection of Eric Erlandson, who grew up in this area and is familiar with both Annandale and Maple Lake.
Erlandson is a 1992 graduate of Monticello High School, as is his wife, Alyssa, a 1995 MHS graduate. “I like the fact that I’ll be coming back to an area I’m familiar with,” he said.
Erlandson, who is currently the Community Education Director in Albany, has held that position for just over 2 and 1/2 years. He also served as Community Education coordinator in Waconia for three years and held a similar position in Monticello for three years. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, graduated from St. Cloud State with an emphasis in sports management and was awarded his Masters degree in Education Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
There was no stopping a big crowd from braving sub-zero temperatures on Saturday to try their luck at getting the big one during the 30th Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Maple Lake.
An estimated 450 to 500 anglers brought in some of the biggest contest entries in years, with the 6 lb., 13 oz. northern caught by Ryan Meintsma of Annandale taking the top spot in the game fish category. Meintsma was followed by Jim Achman of Annandale with a 6 lb. northern and Jesse McCalister of Annandale with a 4 lb.10 oz. bass. For their efforts, Meintsma won a portable fish house, Achman selected a power auger and McCalister took home a fish/depth finder. Harry Weyer of Annandale hauled in a 13.5 oz. crappie to take the pan fish prize of a $50 Wal-Mart gift certificate and a new fishing rod.
Winners of the cash-prize drawing were all from Maple Lake: Joe Linder, $300; Dennis Klug, $200; and Richard and Lori Thomas, $100.
The Wright County Planning Commission provided the cities of Annandale and Maple Lake with the Conditional Use Permit they sought for their proposed joint wastewater treatment plant last week. But the price for the permit is one that the cities do not want to pay.
At its January 29 meeting, the Planning Commission, on a 4-3 vote, approved the CUP with the stipulation that the cities construct a pipeline to carry treatment plant discharge to the Crow River. Costs for such a pipeline have been estimated to be about $2 million.Two previous Planning Commission meetings in October and November failed to approve the CUP when four commission members voting against granting the permit cited concerns about the effects of discharge from the plant on surrounding properties.
Special awards were presented to Maple Lake’s retired fireman John Anderson; and to Firefighter of the Year, Jeff Lorentz, at Saturday night’s annual banquet of the Maple Lake Fire Department.
Anderson was presented with a special fire chief’s helmet, acknowledging his 11 consecutive years as chief of the volunteer Maple Lake Fire Dept., and for his 42 years with the department. He graciously accepted the fire chief’s helmet and wished the department continued success.
Anderson joined the department in 1951 when the late Al Dircks was fire chief and the department’s fire fighting equipment consisted of a 1956 International Pumper and a tanker of the same vintage. Maple Lake also had a 1959 Chev. station wagon, which served as an ambulance. The 1937 International pumper served the community as a back-up unit at the time.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is hosting a public meeting to discuss the permitting process for the proposed Maple Lake/Annandale wastewater treatment facility. The meeting is scheduled on Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m., at Maple Lake High School.
The proposed facility would treat wastewater for both cities, which have treatment plants that are reaching current design capacity, a combined 747,000 gallons per day. The proposed facility would treat more than 1 million gallons of wastewater daily.