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Fri
07
Jul

O’Sullivan brings home national championship

Joseph O’Sullivan of Maple Lake is only 13 years old, but has already achieved the kind of success that few adults will ever see.

On June 24, O’Sullivan and his heifer, Sull Dede’s Sable, swept the honors at the 2006 National Junior Shorthorn Show in DesMoines on the way to a Grand Championship.

See the July 5 issue of the Messenger for more information on O'Sullivan's success.

Fri
30
Jun

Bus crash is focus of training event

A firefighter lifted a youngster out of the back of a bus in the adjacent photo as the Maple Lake Fire Department staged an emergency drill on Monday evening in the high school parking lot.

Scott Carriveau, Maple Lake Ambulance Director and medics training coordinator, said the scenario for Monday’s event involved a truck transporting an anhydrous ammonia tank that crashed with a school bus. To complicate the rescue efforts, the bus, provided by M&M Bus Service, was tipped on its side and the scenario called for a leak from the truck’s ammonia tank.

Volunteers were enlisted to play the roles of accident victims at various levels of trauma and were led or carried from the scene of the staged accident.

Carriveau said it took two months to plan for the training session, which involved elements of mass casualty training that local emergency personnel had been working on over the past year.

Fri
30
Jun

Yearbook staff hauls in awards

Maple Lake High School's 2006 - 2007 yearbook editors made their annual trip to St. John's University for the Taylor Publishing Camp they attended June 19 - 22. The trip was made possible through donations from the Maple Lake Lions and a scholarship from Taylor Publishing.

At camp, editors Sarah Latour, Andrea Rachel, Traci Erger, and Lindsey Becker got a jump start on the 2007 book. Latour and Rachel focused on the theme presentation of the book, creating cover and layout designs. Photo editor Traci Erger attended photography sessions, and computer editor Lindsey Becker attended sessions on how to use EliteVision, the yearbook's computer program.

Fri
30
Jun

Helen Doherty scores a first as VFW Commander

Helen Doherty, a life-long resident of Maple Lake, has become the first woman to serve as Commander of the Maple Lake VFW.

Doherty stepped forward to take over the position in hopes to keep the VFW and its commitment of serving the community going strong.

“Since I’m in a position to be able to help the community, I feel I should,” Doherty said. “I mean, why not? I always think I should, as long as I still can, of course.

“It’s better to be out doing things, and I enjoy people.”

Fri
23
Jun

Volunteer offers ‘hope on the open road’

A Maple Lake man is seeking to lead other residents on a ride to help victims of MS find hope on the open road.

Reggie Walton, who has owned a home on Maple Lake for the past five years, will be taking part in the two-day MS River Road Run Motorcycle Tour scheduled to run from August 19 to 20. The trip will begin at the State Capitol and end at Camp Courage in Maple Lake.

This year’s event to raise funds for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis is Walton’s 21st year on the ride and his 25th as a volunteer at Camp Courage for the MS Society. And the annual MS Camp at Camp Courage starts on August 20, bringing MS River Road Run riders in contact with the people they are seeking to help.

Read more about this fund-raising road-trip in the June 21 issue of the Messenger.

Fri
23
Jun

Lindsey Smith earns state softball honors

Lindsey Smith, a member of the 2006 Maple Lake High School softball conference and Sub-Section championship squad, became the first athlete to represent Maple Lake High School at the Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Softball Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato on June 11.

Smith was one of 88 athletes selected from over 6,000 high school softball players in Minnesota to compete with other top athletes and coaches from around the state in the All-Star Softball tournament.

Find out more about Lindsey's experience in the June 21 issue of the Messenger.

Fri
23
Jun

City Hall project fails at the polls

Maple Lake voters defeated a proposal to build a new city hall by a margin of 229 to 90 in voting conducted on Tuesday.

Of the 965 registered voters in the city, only about a third voted in the special election. A total of 321 votes were cast, which included two blank ballots and 12 absentee ballots.

The project would have constructed a $1.35 million building on the corner of Birch Avenue and Division Street in downtown Maple Lake. A $1.5 million building project had been proposed at the unveiling of the plans in January, but opposition to the project prompted the city to scale back the size of the structure planned to replace the current city hall located at the corner of Maple Avenue and Division Street.

To read more about the City Hall results check out the June 21 issue of the Messenger.

Fri
16
Jun

Photo selected for Community Guide cover

A photo of a boy looking out over a farm field was selected as the cover for the 2006-2007 Maple Lake Area Community Guide.

The photo was submitted by Karen Jude of Annandale, who took the photo of her son, Adam, at a site just northwest of the City of Maple Lake.

Read more results of the Community Guide Photo Contest in the June 14 issue of the Messenger.

Fri
16
Jun

An era ends at Security State Bank

Forty-five years ago, John F. Kennedy was president, Elvis was the king of Rock ‘n Roll, gas was .37 cents per gallon, and Carol Eichten Wurm started work at Security State Bank.

At the end of this month, Wurm will retire from a career with the local bank that saw her walk in as a high school student hired to file checks and leave as vice president of operations.

Fri
16
Jun

Ken Hennen named as Outstanding Senior Man

Ken Hennen of Maple Lake has been named as the 2006 Wright County Outstanding Senior Man.

The selection of Hennen marks the fifth consecutive Wright County Outstanding Senior Citizen to be chosen from Maple Lake. Last year, Gaylord Pavlik was awarded the honor and in the three previous years Cliff Hudek, Leona Hexum and Flossie Menth were named as the Outstanding Senior Citizens.

The selection of five Maple Lake residents for that honor breaks a record for the most back-to-back award winners from the same community since the program started in 1965.

Maple Lake tied the previous record last year which was originally held by Buffalo for the recognition of four senior citizens from 1977 through 1980.

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