Maple Lake Schools’ operating levy referendum failed by a very narrow margin in the November 4 elections.
Of the 633 residents who cast ballots at the school on Tuesday, 323 voted against and 310 voted for the levy, which would have provided an additional $223,000 in operating funding each year for the next ten years.
In the vote for four school board seats, incumbents Arnie Michalicek and Dave Gohman were re-elected, while incumbent Chris Blade did not garner enough votes for a second term. Winning board seats in a tie vote were former school board member Kitty Rasset and newcomer Chris Dombrovski.
Vote totals were: Arnie Michalicek, 342; Chris Dombrovski, 338; Kathryn (Kitty) Rasset, 338; David Gohman, 301; Janella (Nel) Fuchs, 261; Chris Blade, 230; and Carrie Jenkins, 148.
Joshua Guimond left a party on St. John’s campus late in the evening of November 9, 2002, and disappeared without a trace.A year later, there are still no clues and no news.
The only thing that his family and friends know for sure is that Joshua, a 21-year-old St. John’s junior from Maple Lake, is still missing.
Joshua, the only son of Brian Guimond and Lisa Cheney, was a 2000 graduate of Maple Lake High School and a star student. He served as president of his class, was the Student Council representative to the School Board, was voted Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates, and won the Security State Bank scholarship awarded annually to Maple Lake’s top senior student.
Charles Lindberg, Silver Star winner and last survivor of the Iwo Jima flag-raisings, will be the featured speaker at the annual Veteran’s Day program on November 11 at 1 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Lindberg is a decorated war hero from Richfield who risked his life to raise the flag at Iwo Jima.
When Jerry Pettit called Roger and Kathy Elletson earlier this summer, it was not with the intention of buying Elletson Bowl in Maple Lake. But that’s exactly what happened last week as Jerry and his wife, Lynette, closed on the purchase of the local recreational facility.
“We were looking to buy a business and liked the idea of the bowling center with a bar and grill,” Jerry said. “I called Roger to pick his brain about building in Winsted and five weeks later, he handed me the keys to this place.”
Jerry and Lynette are residents of Howard Lake, where Jerry is Commander of the American Legion and is a former member of the Howard Lake School Board. Jerry was employed for 22 years at Holt Motors in Cokato and Lynette is employed at Dura Supreme, a cabinet manufacturer in Delano. They have two children, Ryan who is 29, and Andrea, who is 26.
A Maple Lake High School freshman died suddenly early on Monday morning at her home.
Jennifer McDonald, a resident of the Meridian Services home in Maple Lake, was found unresponsive in her bed just before 6 a.m. on Monday. Maple Lake emergency personnel were called to the scene, as were Allina ALS personnel, but Jennifer could not be revived.
Principal Mary James said school staff announced Jennifer’s sudden death to students at about 9:10 a.m. “It was a sad day here,” James said. “Jenny was just a sweetie.”
High school Instructional Assistant Lisa Peterson said Jenny had attended Maple Lake Schools for about three years. “Even though Jenny was in a wheelchair, she had a lively personality that kept all of the instructional assistants laughing and smiling,” Peterson said.
Residents of Maple Lake got a chance to learn more about the candidates in this year’s school board election and the school’s operating levy referendum at the Meet the Candidates night on Monday in the high school auditorium.
The election will take place on Tuesday, November 4, with polls open in the high school Commons area from noon to 8 p.m.Six of the seven school board candidates attended, with Carrie Jenkins unavoidably absent, thanks to the birth on Saturday of her third child.
Sue Boros, president of Partners In Education, served as the moderator of the program and opened the session by inviting candidates to introduce themselves and provide answers to questions randomly selected before the program.
1. What are your priorities in planning the school budget?
Wright County's Safe and Sober enforcement campaign continues during the last two weekends in October. Extra officers will be patrolling the streets on October 24, 25 and again on Halloween, keeping roadways safe by arresting impaired drivers.
Deputies and officers working the first weekend will focus their efforts on detecting impaired motorists on Hwy. 55 from Rockford through South Haven. On Halloween, the effort will be focused in city limits where children will be out trick or treating.
October is traditionally a deadly month for alcohol-related traffic deaths. Last October in Minnesota, alcohol was a contributing factor in 18 deaths and 365 injuries. Overall in 2002, alcohol-related crashes killed 239 Minnesotans. Another 4,221 persons were injured; 627 of them severely.
This year’s Maple Lake Community Theatre production will feature the premiere of an original musical written by Steve and Becky King.
Steve, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and his wife, Becky, are long-time Community Theatre performers and have written original music for the church, but writing a full-blown musical is on a creative level all by itself.
“I’ve been wanting to write a production for a long time,” Steve said. “In the back of my head, the story I wanted to use was the story of Ruth from the Bible.”
However, in the King’s adaptation, entitled “Wherever You Go,” Ruth is an Irish widow in 1897 who settles in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with her also widowed mother-in-law, Naomi.
“Ruth’s background is a tip of the hat to Maple Lake,” Steve said. “There’s a little Irish in there too.”
Seven candidates, including three incumbents seeking re-election, are running for four seats on the Maple Lake School Board.
The four seats are currently held by Chris Blade, Dave Gohman, Arnie Michalicek and Chico Williams, with Williams deciding to step down after six years on the school board.
In addition, voters will have the opportunity to decide the outcome of an operating levy referendum. The referendum would provide an additional $223,000 in operating funding each year for the next ten years with operating levies currently in place to be rolled into the new operating levy.
An opportunity for voters in Maple Lake School District 881 to meet and pose questions to school board candidates has been organized by Partners In Education for 7 p.m. on October 27 in the high school auditorium.
Xcel Energy reminds its Minnesota residential customers who may have trouble paying energy bills that beginning Oct. 15, the Cold Weather Rule will be in place to help protect them from service disconnection during the winter - as long as they take a few simple steps to ensure that protection.
Under the rule, which was developed by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, residential energy customers are protected from service disconnection from Oct. 15 through April 15, provided the disconnection would affect the customer’s primary heating source. The customer also must: qualify for an inability-to-pay plan, or qualify for a 10-percent payment plan, or mutually agree to a payment schedule.To avoid disconnection, customers who receive a notice of proposed disconnection must promptly file a Cold Weather Rule Plan form or make arrangements to pay the balance.