In what is becoming a familiar and amazing story, Ashley (Spolarich) Roemer of Maple Lake is again setting records in the world of women's collegiate track and field.
Only two months after earning All-American honors at the 2008 NCAA Division ll Indoor Track and Field Championships, Roemer, a senior at Minnesota State University Moorhead, has had a strong season in outdoor track events.
Roemer is a 2004 graduate of Maple Lake High School.
Less than a month into the season, Roemer qualified for the nationals in the seven-event heptathlon, the 800 and the high jump. Her qualifier for the heptathlon shattered the MSUM outdoor and NSIC record of 4,755 points.
Helping her team to place second at the 2008 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Roemer was a triple winner for the Dragons in the heptathlon, high jump and 800 meters and was a member of the winning 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relay teams.
Marian 'Sam' Harmoning, long-time mayor of Annandale, has announced that she will be seeking the position of District 1 Wright County Commissioner.
Harmoning is the second candidate to declare an intention to run for the seat being vacated at the end of this year by Wright County Commissioner Karla Heeter. Gerry 'Gibby' Giebenhain, a Maple Lake Township supervisor, announced in mid-May that he will run for the office. Heeter has accepted a position as the executive director of the Buffalo Hospital Foundation and decided not to seek re-election in November.
Harmoning and her husband, Dennis, have lived in Annandale since 1968 and she has served as Annandale's mayor for the past 15 years.
More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.
Several years ago, thanks to increasing insurance costs due to lost time resulting from workplace accidents, Wright County made a concerted effort to design training programs to highlight workplace dangers and safety procedures. In the years since, Wright County has been honored for its achievement in safety. The county has consistently beaten the state average in time lost due to accidents and its safety programs have yielded very positive results.
But at the May 27 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners were presented with the state's highest honor in regard to workplace safety. Wright County Safety Director Mark Nolan told the board he accepted the Governor's Safety Award at the annual Minnesota Safety and Health Conference and presented it to the commissioners at the May 27 board meeting.
A Howard Lake senior died just days before her high school graduation in a crash west on Maple Lake on Highway 55.
Madeysen Kleve, 18, of Howard Lake, died when the vehicle she was riding in proceeded from a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 6 and Hwy. 55 just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, and into the path of an east-bound pickup driven by Joshua L. Hoffencamp, 27, of Maple Lake.
Kleve was riding with a group of fans returning from the Section 5A track meet at St. John's University in Collegeville. Howard Lake seniors, Kacie Carlsted and Mitchell Bayerl, were transported to area hospitals in critical condition. Hoffencamp was also hospitalized with minor injuries and his children, Seann, 2, and Kaia, 4, also suffered minor injuries.
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For decades, high schools around the country have invited students from foreign countries to join their classrooms to experience another way of life. This year, Maple Lake High School was lucky enough to open their doors to five foreign exchange students.
Coming from all around the world, Matias Koskelo hails from Oulu, Finland, as does Mattias Koskelo; Paul Genz from Berlin, Germany; Elli Machata from Munic, Germany; and Pei Cheih from Taipei, Taiwan.
"Having a variety of foreign exchange students is wonderful," said MLHS Principal Mary James, "They bring diversity to the school, and since the opportunity to be acquainted with other cultures doesn't present itself in Maple Lake they help to bring a whole new perspective to the school."
Having such an abundant number of foreign exchange students was not only beneficial to students at MLHS, it was also beneficial to the foreign exchange students as well.
It was a Memorial Day weekend for the record books as Maple Lake and several surrounding communities fell victim to a band of supercell thunderstorms that produced high winds and large hail before spawning tornadoes east of Maple Lake, most notably in Coon Rapids and Hugo.
Storms rolled through the area Sunday afternoon around 4 p.m., pelting the area with hail that ranged in size from marbles to golf ball to baseballs, leaving some lawns looking like they survived yet another late season snowstorm.
Those who served their country in the Armed Forces were honored in Maple Lake on Monday during the annual Memorial Day parade and program at the city park.
Marching units included the Maple Lake Fire Department, Legion and VFW Post and Auxiliary color guards and firing squad, Legion and VFW members, Legion and VFW Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, program speakers, Boy and Girl Scout troops and the Maple Lake High School Marching Band under the direction of Tony Mazzone.
American Legion Commander Gary Jude presided over the program, which included a moment of silence for those who gave their lives in the service of their country. MLHS students Dillion McBrady and Jeana Renier respectively read "The Dash Between the Dates," and "Memorial Day."
Rev. Steven King of Holy Cross Lutheran Church delivered the Memorial Day address to the crowd assembled at the Veteran's Memorial at the park.
Effort, perseverance, achievement, fame and success were all words wrapped around the message at the 21st Annual Students of Excellence Banquet and Awards ceremony in St. Cloud.
An evening filled with accolades, best wishes and congratulations marked the event, with over 650 people attending to honor the area's top 167 high school students soon to graduate from 43 high schools in Central Minnesota.
Maple Lake Superintendent Mark Redemske served as the presiding superintendent for the evening. He encouraged the young adults to say a special thank you to those who encouraged and helped them achieve, in particular, their parents and guardians.
Criteria for selection to the recognition event is at the discretion of each school, but based upon recommended guidelines. In Maple Lake, the top four students in each graduating class are awarded the honor.
Maple Lake School District 881 just managed to squeeze in its Monday morning ground-breaking ceremony before rain drops started to fall.
The 10 a.m. event at the east end of the elementary featured student representatives of each grade from kindergarten to 12th with golden shovels to break the earth. The theme for the event was "Breaking Ground, Building Dreams, Believing in Our Future." All students in Maple Lake High School and Elementary celebrated the big day at lunch when they were served slices of 'Dirt Cake,' a creative concoction of cocolate pudding, Oreo cookie crumbs and gummie wurms.