A meeting to organize a Neighborhood Watch program in Maple Lake has been set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at Maple Lake High School.
Neighborhood Watch is a community-based program proven to reduce crime through a community-wide effort of providing extra eyes and ears for reporting crime to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department and helping neighbors.
At the meeting on June 26, Wright County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Leander, Neighborhood watch coordinator, will provide a training session, answer any questions and address specific neighborhood concerns. Also at this meeting, a Neighborhood Watch coordinator and block captains will be selected to organize meetings and relay information to members. A phone tree will also be established to quickly disseminate information to members.
Anyone with questions can call the Maple Lake City Hall at 963-3611.
The war in Iraq has had an impact on the lives of many Americans, including 11-year-old Christian King, a recent sixth grade graduate of St. Timothy’s School.
“My mom didn’t know if she was going or not, but I was really expecting it,” Christian said. “As an April Fools joke, I told my teachers that my mom was called to war. And then when she got home that night, she told me she was really going.”
However, Micki was fortunate to have family in Maple Lake that were not only willing to take Christian, but ended up dividing his time between the homes of two of Micki’s siblings because both families wanted to be a part of his stay.
An underwater camera, used in the search for missing St. John’s college student Joshua Guimond, was donated last week to the Maple Lake Fire Department.
Joshua’s parents, Lisa Cheney and Brian Guimond, presented the Aqua-Vu camera purchased for the search with proceeds from the Find Joshua Fund to the local fire department in appreciation for the efforts firefighters made to assist in the search for their son.
Over the winter, firefighters provided assistance during several searches of lakes and other areas on the St. John’s campus.“We can’t thank them enough for being up there when we needed them,” said Brian Guimond.
Maple Lake Fire Chief Todd Borell, in accepting the donation, noted several accident situations this spring where an underwater camera would have been helpful and said the Fire Department will put the camera to good use.
The Wright Soil and Water Conservation District (WSWCD) and the Federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seek public input on resource and conservation issues in Wright County.
These comments will be used to design the local priority needs for the federal Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other state and local programs.
Comments will be accepted until June 17th. There will be a local work group that will meet on the 18th of June at 10 a.m. in the Wright SWCD office at 306C Brighton Avenue in Buffalo to discuss this issue. Comments may be forwarded by mail to the address above or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be given orally at the June 18th meeting.
For more information, contact Kerry Saxton, SWCD office manager, at 763-682-1970.
The Irish track squad sent lone representative, Ashley Spolarich, to compete in the state track meet on Saturday, June 7. Spolarich competed in the triple jump and finished ninth with a mark of 34-feet, 2-inches.
This was her second consecutive appearance in state. Last year she qualified in the high jump. Competing in a new event changed Spolarich’s state experience, “I was really relaxed when competing because there weren’t the expectations I felt with high jump last year. I have only been competing in triple jump for about the last month so I just wanted to go out there and have a good time.”
The state meet breaks field event athletes into flights with the weaker flight competing first. Spolarich was in the first flight. After her prelim jumps, Spolarich had a mark of 34-feet and found herself on the bubble. She needed two of the girls in the second flight to have worse marks than hers.
Ryan Holt, three-year-old son of Jeff and Cari (Williams) Holt, died on June 3 at his home in Buffalo.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Visitation will be on Friday, June 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo and also one hour before the services on Saturday. Burial will be at Groveland Cemetary in Minnetonka. A complete obituary will appear in next week's Messenger.
In November, Ryan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare form of cancer with only a 50 percent chance of survival. Since November, Ryan had undergone agressive chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
To support Ryan and his family in their fight against leukemia, friends and family hosted several fund-raisers that drew wide support from residents throughout the area.
Despite a nasty turn in the weather on Friday that sent commencement ceremonies indoors, the revised celebration went off without a hitch in the Maple Lake High School gym.
MLHS Principal Mary James told the crowd that graduation practice took place under sunny skies Friday morning at Irish Country Stadium. She said a decision wasn’t made to move the ceremonies indoors until about 6:30 that evening, when it became clear that the weather wasn’t going to cooperate. And James said in only an hour, an impromptu crew of students and staff set up a stage and chairs to get the gym ready for the 8 p.m. ceremonies.
Senior Class President Ryan Finke presented the Welcome Address, urging classmates not to allow themselves to be defeated by future obstacles or setbacks. “I ask you, my classmates, to swerve around those potholes and take the road less traveled. Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.”