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Thu
18
Dec

Winner named for Holiday in Lights

The home of Ron and Donna Edmonson at 4000 Fillmore Ave. NW was selected as the winner of the annual Holiday In Lights contest, sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Holiday in Lights honors the best residential light displays each year. Business Buck prizes are $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third.

Judges conducted a tour of homes in the City of Maple Lake on the evening of Monday, Dec. 15. Taking second place was the home of John and Sue Boros at 801 Robert Ave. N. where their 15-year-old son, Aaron, put together the family's lights display. And in third place was the home of Doren Anderson at 215 Birch Ave. S.

A photo of the winning home will appear in next week's issue of the Messenger.

Thu
18
Dec

Local teachers honored at LEEA awards banquet

Jonee was in Mrs. Frerich's 2nd grade class several years ago. Jonee loved to draw airplanes; he didn't care much about writing or penmanship. He just loved to draw airplanes. Mom and dad were a bit concerned but Mrs. Frerich assured than that Jonee was doing just fine in school.

Flash forward 25 years and Jonee recently sent a letter to Mrs. Frerich thanking her for allowing his mind to wander and explore airplanes. "Soon you will be hearing about the Boeing Dreamliner-it is the state-of-the-art commercial airplane. And, I am on the design team. I can't thank you enough for seeing my talent and passion for planes," he writes.

Thu
18
Dec

Mooney receives Helen Keller Award

Steve Mooney of Maple Lake recently received one of the highest honors bestowed on members by the Lions Club organization.

Mooney received the prestigious Helen Keller Award, which honors persons who care and respond to the needs of others.

Thu
18
Dec

Library receives $5,000 grant from W-H Operation Round Up

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association's Operation Round Up has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Maple Lake Library Project in the latest round of charitable donations announced this week by the Operation Round Up Board.

Operation Round Up serves local communities by donating to worthy causes. Since its inception in 1994, more than $1.8 million have been donated.

The Friends of the Maple Lake Library have been working over the past two years on organizing a library for the Maple Lake community. More than 10,000 books have been donated over the past two years and more than $20,000 has been raised in the past two months as the project moves toward a March 14 grand opening.

Friends of the Maple Lake Library board member Dave Hansen said the organization is proud to have been selected for major funding from Operation Round Up.

Thu
11
Dec

Chamber to host Holiday in Lights

he Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce will once again be sponsoring the annual Holiday in Lights contest.

Holiday in Lights honors the best residential light displays each year. Prizes are Chamber of Commerce Business Bucks of $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. Judges will conduct a tour of homes in the City of Maple Lake on the evening of Monday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. However, homeowners wishing to ensure that their homes are viewed or residents within two miles of the City of Maple Lake can request that their Christmas lighting displays be judged by calling the Messenger at 963-3813 by 4 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Thu
11
Dec

Fish house goes down

If a visual was needed to warn people of the dangers of ice at this time of year, it came in the form of a fish house sinking into Maple Lake on Tuesday.

The DNR has issued an ice danger warning after a man died on a Minnesota lake over the weekend.

Colder temperatures invite winter activities on Minnesota's frozen lakes, but Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials are concerned that many lakes aren't ready for recreation.

On Dec. 7, an ice skater died after breaking through thin ice on Medicine Lake in Hennepin County.

"Lakes in many parts of the state had open water until a couple of days ago," said Tim Smalley, DNR water safety specialist. "Then we got a few inches of snow, which slows down the freezing process and creates a hidden trap for people who venture out."

The DNR offers a few ice safety tips that winter sports enthusiasts should keep in mind before venturing out on any frozen lake or pond.

Thu
11
Dec

Big crowd drawn to annual Christmas in Maple Lake

It was warm and toasty inside The Den on Saturday as families with children waiting to see Santa and Mrs. Claus packed the building during the fifth annual Christmas in Maple Lake on Saturday.

Santa arrived in a truck provided by the Maple Lake Fire Department and stayed through the afternoon to pass out treats while children were entertained with craft projects provided by the event sponsor, the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce.

The day's events also included an open house for the new Maple Lake Library at the corner of Birch and First Street in downtown Maple Lake. Visitors enjoyed free refreshments and an opportunity to get an advance look at the library's new home prior to the grand opening scheduled for the March 14 St. Patrick's Festival.

Thu
11
Dec

Resident Ray Winter dies at age 90

Ray Winter, 90, an active and well-known member of the Maple Lake community since 1958, died on Tuesday, December 2, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud. Services were held at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Maple Lake on December 5.

"He loved living in Maple Lake," said Winter's daughter, Sheila Benson. "He loved the small-town atmosphere and knowing everyone he saw on the street."

Best known for his love of baseball, Winter played catcher for his hometown team in Watkins, Minnesota before serving in the army from 1941 to 1945.

Upon his return, he played ball in St. Cloud while being courted by the New York Giants. The pay scale for big-league athletes not being what it is today, Winter ultimately decided that playing ball professionally would not support his family, and he opted for a career with Kraft Foods that lasted until his return to Maple Lake in 1958 where he finished his career at Tem Tee Dairy.

Thu
04
Dec

Chamber to host Holiday in Lights

The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce will once again be sponsoring the annual Holiday in Lights contest.

Holiday in Lights honors the best residential light displays each year. Prizes are Chamber of Commerce Business Bucks of $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. Judges will conduct a tour of homes in the City of Maple Lake on the evening of Monday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. However, homeowners wishing to ensure that their homes are viewed or residents within two miles of the City of Maple Lake can request that their Christmas lighting displays be judged by calling the Messenger at 963-3813 by 4 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Thu
04
Dec

Christmas in Maple Lake set for Saturday

The Fifth Annual Christmas in Maple Lake, sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, has been set for Saturday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Serving as hosts for the event will be Maple Lake's royal court of Queen Lindsey Becker, Princess Brittany Wurm, Princess Shanna Weber and Miss Congeniality Molly Schaufler.

Christmas in Maple Lake will include visits with Santa at The Den in downtown Maple Lake, prizes, and the lighting of the community Christmas tree on the corner of Birch and Division at 5 p.m.

A highlight of the event will be the 3 p.m. arrival at The Den of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire truck provided by the Maple Lake Fire Department.

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