It wasn’t lions or tigers or elephants that Steve Loch of Maple Lake had in mind when he departed for Africa this spring.
It was diamonds.
Loch, co-owner of Loch Jewelers in Monticello, left on April 26 with his cousin, Dave Pribyl of Maple Lake, for a two-week trip to South Africa and Zambia to see first-hand the mining and production processes involved in bringing the world’s finest diamonds to the market.
Loch was invited to take this diamond safari by a site-holder of the De Beers diamond mining company. Site-holders are the major cutters of the diamonds that come out of the De Beers’ mines, which produce from 40 to 60 percent of the world’s rough diamond production.
“We work with two site-holders,” Loch said. “And those two are in the top 20 site-holders, who get diamonds of five carets and bigger.”
CenterPoint Energy will begin making gasline repairs in Maple Lake on Monday, June 13.Rolf Lund, spokesman for CenterPoint, said research and investigation of records have set the maximum number of service lines to be replaced in Maple Lake and Maple Lake Township at 96.
“And that number may come down a little bit as we continue to scope this project,” Lund said.
An investigation by CenterPoint Energy revealed that from 1959-1983, North Central Public Service Co., a company later purchased by CenterPoint, improperly used metal couplings (that were designed to join steel pipe) to join plastic pipe on some of its residential and commercial service lines. The Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety reached the same conclusion after it investigated the December 2004 building explosion in Ramsey.
For the fourth year in a row, one of Wright County’s Outstanding Senior Citizens is from Maple Lake.
Gaylord Pavlik was selected last week as the 2005 Wright County Outstanding Senior Man. Last year, Cliff Hudek was awarded that honor and in the previous two years, Leona Hexum and Flossie Menth were named as the Outstanding Senior Woman. All four were nominated by Senior Connections Coordinator Ginger O’Loughlin.
And Pavlik was just as amazed at receiving the honor as his Maple Lake predecessors.“I was surprised and it made me feel very well to be considered for something like that,” he said.
Pavlik said it is not difficult to become involved in community activities.“Whatever they ask, I just nod my head and do it,” he laughed.
Maple Lake’s annual All-City Garage Sale is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 4.Nearly 60 sales are registered for this year’s All-City event, with 12 sales located in downtown Maple Lake.
Included inside this issue of the Messenger is a listing of the registered sales with highlighted items. The list, along with a map of Maple Lake, will be distributed to local businesses on Friday for the convenience of sale customers.
The All-City Garage Sale is coordinated by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce. The next Chamber event will be the Maple Lake Days of Old, set for Saturday, August 20.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office will join Minnesota law enforcement agencies and motorized recreational organizations in the first annual statewide “Safe Wheelin’ Weekend” June 3rd through June 5th. The “Safe Wheelin’ Weekend” is an education and enforcement initiative targeting off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders.
The increase in off-highway vehicle usage over the past decade has brought an increase in complaints, violations, accidents, and fatalities, and has placed excessive demands on Minnesota law enforcement agencies.
The mortarboards went flying as the Maple Lake High School Class of 2005 closed out their school careers in Maple Lake.
Commencement ceremonies were moved into the high school gym due to sporadic showers on May 26, but the event proceeded without a hitch. The 76 members of the Class of 2005 listened to speeches by Class President Heather Couette and former teacher Bruce Bakeberg, and music by the MLHS Concert Band and Mixed Choir, under the direction of instrumental music instructor Tony Mazzone and vocal music instructor Sue Nelson.
Announcement of awards was made by High School Principal Mary James, the Roll Call of Graduates was read by Superintendent Mark Redemske, and diplomas were awarded by School Board Chair Greg Mooney and school board members Chris Dombrovski, Dave Gohman, Arnie Michalicek, Connie Munstenteiger, Ernie Puncochar, and Kitty Rasset.
On the most beautiful day that May 2005 had to offer, Maple Lake’s veterans were honored in ceremonies conducted on May 30.
A procession to the city park for the program at the Memorial Monument included Maple Lake Fire Department, Legion and VFW Color Guards, Firing Squad, Legion and VFW members, Sons of the American Legion members, Legion and VFW Auxiliary members, and local Boy and Girl Scouts.
American Legion Commander Gary Jude offered greetings to the crowd in the park.“We honor the memory of those who gave their lives in the service of our country and all of those who have dropped to their eternal rest. May the ceremonies of today deepen your reverence for our dead.”
This is the last week to register for Maple Lake’s All-City Garage Sale, which is set for June 4.
Registrations can be made at the Messenger office in downtown Maple Lake during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline for registrations is noon on May 31 to allow time to prepare a map and a listing of sellers.
The registration fee is $10 and a list of your sale items will also be included in the Messenger advertisement. The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the event and the $10 fee is used to purchase advertising throughout the area.
Sale participants will also be given two garage sale signs which will identify their sale as officially registered in the All-City event.
Maple Lake’s Memorial Day activities to commemorate the sacrifices of veterans is set for Monday, May 30.
The annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Club and travel to the city park. Units involved in the parade are asked to meet at the Legion at 9:30 a.m. The parade units will include the Maple Lake Fire Department, Legion and VFW Color Guards, Firing Squad, Legion and VFW members, Sons of the American Legion members, Legion and VFW Auxiliary members, and local Boy and Girl Scouts.
At the city park, the procession will gather around the Memorial Monument for a program to honor the memory of area veterans. Girls Stae representative Danielle Evenski will do the traditional reading of “Freedom is Not Free and Boys State representative Lee Prpibyl will read “The Dash Between the Dates.”
There were no conference team championships for the Irish this year, but there were a number of individual track champions as a very successful track season comes to a close.
Kent Pawelk led the Irish on May 17 at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa with three conference titles, winning in the 100m, the 200m and as a member of the 4x100 relay with Jason Klein, Brad Salveson and Mike Dechaine. In addition, Mike Fritz scored another championship for the boys’ squad with a first-place finish in the long jump.
For the Irish girls, Rachel Sawatzke won the 100m dash and Abby Thomas contributed first-place finishes in both the one- and two-mile races.
More information on the conference track meet appears in the sports section.