The new Maple Lake MEADA (Meth Education And Drug Awareness) group held nothing back as it made its case against meth.At a community meeting in the Maple Lake High School auditorium on March 28, County Commissioner Karla Heeter opened the session with a presentation on the evils of meth.
“We believe that meth is not a law enforcement problem,” she told the crowd of about 135 area residents and students. “It’s a community disaster.”
The figures Heeter presented showed that from 70 to 90 percent of the prisoners incarcerated in Wright County are there because of meth, at least 70 percent of county child protection cases are related to meth and more than half of the children in need of protective services are in that situation because of meth.
Auction co-chair Susie Borell needed a little help from Trevor Borell, Cortney Stotko, Lauren Borell and Brandon Borell to display a few of the items that have been donated for St. Timothy’s “An Evening in Paris” Dinner/Auction on April 8 at the Maple Lake VFW. The proceeds from the event benefit St. Timothy’s School.
Borell, who is cochairing the live and silent auctions with Becky Couette, said more homemade quilts than in year’s past will be popular auction items, along with a variety of tools and outdoor equipment, things for the kids, handcrafted wood items, autographed photos of Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson and former coach Bud Grant, a four-course Italian dinner with Father Mark Huberty, and three loads of gravel.
The City of Maple Lake is breaking new ground as it researches the requirements for a referendum on the proposed plans for a new city hall.
At the March 21 meeting of the Maple Lake City Council, updates were distributed on a review of a petition for a referendum submitted by city residents and a timetable that could lead to a vote on a city hall bond referendum in June.
Two new supervisors were elected in Albion Township on March 14th at the township annual meeting and elections.
John Uecker, who ran unopposed, was elected after a short absence from the township board. He will fill the seat of Supervisor John Elfmann, who did not file for re-election. Uecker was a 30-year veteran of the Albion board before he lost a close election to former supervisor Brian Miller in 2004 and is looking forward to once again serving the township.
“I’m a lifetime resident of Albion Township, and this is a good way to be involved in the community,” said Uecker.
Also elected was Bob Neumann, a newcomer, who defeated Brenda Pilger in his election bid. Neumann will complete the remaining year in the term of former supervisor Brian Miller, who moved out of the area.
The charter for the Men’s Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #7664 of Maple Lake, was instituted at a meeting held on March 15 of this year. There are 18 charter members. Several members have been added since the application for the auxiliary was sent to the V.F.W. national headquarters for their approval.
Officers were appointed by the Post to act on an interim basis until the auxiliary elects its own permanent officers. Among those officers appointed were: Dan Albrecht, president; Andy Hudek, treasurer, and Pat Hickey, secretary.
The aftermath of Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival was not quite the wild time in the old town that was portrayed in figures released last week by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
According to the Department of Public Safety, 19 people were arrested for DWIs in Maple Lake on the evening of March 11. However, according to figures released by the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, there were 16 DWI arrests on that evening in the entire county. None of those DWI arrests took place in the City of Maple Lake, but three were on Highway 55 in Maple Lake Township.
Wright County Lt. Joe Hagerty of the Sheriff’s Department first saw the Department of Public Safesafety report in the St. Cloud Times and then heard it on KRWC Radio and began contacting media outlets with the correct information. “If we’re participating in a project, we want to make sure the information is correct,” he said.
Maple Lake has another friend in its corner for the war on meth.
A new local chapter of MEADA (Meth Education And Drug Awareness) held it first meeting in November and is planning its first community event at the end of March.
Maple Lake School Board member Connie Munstenteiger said she heard Wright County Commissioner Karla Heeter speak about the impact of meth on individuals and communities. She brought her desire to create a local MEADA chapter back to the school where she was joined in that effort by Maple Lake High School teacher David Hansen and Youth Connections Coordinator Shannon Haggerty.
“Our thought was ‘How do we bring this to our community?’” Munstenteiger said. “How do we bring it personally home so people don’t just think it’s in Annandale or it’s in Buffalo? It’s here.”