Dedication, commitment, and compassion are qualities all fire personnel must possess. They are also characteristics that could be used to describe the Hennen family, who have notched 73 years of collective service in the Maple Lake Fire Department, spanning three generations.
Ken Hennen first joined the fire department in 1960. His son, Daryl, followed in 1973, and his grandson, Brad, in 1999. Although each began their service at different times, all three state they joined for the same reason. “It’s a way to put volunteer hours into the community,” said Daryl.“It is something I grew up around,” added Brad. “I always wanted to do it.”
Wright County law enforcement agencies successfully participated in July's national Safe & Sober DWI enforcement wave.
Deputies from Wright County were joined by officers from Annandale, Buffalo and Howard Lake police departments in an effort to detect and arrest impaired drivers. 395 traffic stops resulted in over 40 drivers being safely taken off Wright County streets and arrested for DWI as well as 535 tickets and warnings being issued for various traffic violations.
When most teens consider how they can improve their community, they are reasonable: volunteer at a nursing home or mentor a younger student. But some teens don’t take the easy way out, they take on projects that would frighten most adults.Adam Hill knew what he was getting into when he decided that he would build a playground structure in the Jude Addition to earn his Eagle Scout Award. “I checked out a lot of different options for my project,” said Adam. “And this just seemed like the best thing to do.”
The playground project that was completed this month took nearly a year to plan. Adam had the plan approved by the city, broke ground for the structure, and shoveled the final stones in place, carefully admiring his work. “It was a great learning experience,” said Adam. “I liked getting the on-the-job experience.”
People of all ages benefited from a night of fun-filled entertainment. For many Maple Lake residents, the 9th Annual Mooseburger Clown Show on August 7 provided a well needed evening of laughs, while supporting a good cause. Proceeds went to the St. Timothy’s Youth Group.The show capped two weeks of intense preparation at the Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp. The show featured 120 clowns who participated in the camp. The intense training provided by Tricia Bothun and other instructors at the camp have prompted clowns to travel from various locations in the United States and throughout the world to attend.
“It was a great success,” said Bothun. “The clowns learned all the routines in five days.”
Editor’s note: The following story by former Laker Dave Erickson on the Gary Porter era in Maple Lake Laker’s baseball will be printed in installments in August editions of the Messenger.
And now the end is here.
The Gary Porter era in Maple Lake Lakers Baseball is done. Gone forever. Kaput. History. But what a history. Definitely one for the books.
It's a history laden with more than just impressive numbers. Numbers such as 740 victories, including 321 in very competitive Wright/North Star action. Thirteen division crowns and seven times top league record; in both cases, the most by any team during Porter's 29-year reign as manager. Eleven Minnesota State Amateur Baseball state tournament entries.Those numbers, however, tell just part of the story.
Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Dept. and Ambulance Service personnel answered the following emergencies during the past week:
Aug. 10, 6:36 p.m.: Ambulance transportation declined at Co. Rd. 7 and 41st Street incident.
Aug. 10, 1:27 p.m.: Ambulance transportation declined by persons in an incident by the swimming beach on Highway 55 East, Maple Lake.Aug. 7, 2:12 p.m.: Ambulance transportation provided for a diabetic patient by Monticello-Big Lake Hospital in a dual response with Maple Lake.
Aug. 7, 8:22 a.m.: Patient taken to the Buffalo Hospital ER after feeling nauseous.
Aug. 5, 10:25 a.m.: Medical alarm at Maple Manor. No patient found.
Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on August 5, 2003 at 1:51 a.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a one vehicle rollover accident in Buffalo Township that claimed the life of a 21-year-old man from rural Buffalo. Mathew D. Davis, of Rockford Township, was traveling southbound on Co. Rd. 117 approximately 1 1/2 miles south of Co. Rd. 37 when the 1992 Toyota that he was driving left the roadway on a curve.
Davis was the lone occupant of the vehicle, and was ejected as the vehicle rolled into the east ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident is being investigated by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
Repair to the I-94 bridges over Wright County Highway 19 in Albertville will impact traffic for approximately three weeks beginning the week of Aug. 11, reports the St. Cloud office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT).
According to Mn/DOT officials, the right shoulder of I-94 on the east-bound bridge over Wright County Highway 19 will be closed for the duration of the repair work. In addition, west-bound motorists will encounter a left-lane closure between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Weather permitting, the bridge railing repairs are expected to be complete in late August.
Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed, be alert for workers and drive safely through the work zone. For information on weather, road conditions, or traffic incidents, travelers can call 511 or log on to www.511mn.org.
An event to honor the outstanding service provided to local residents by Maple Lake’s firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians is planned for Saturday, September 13, at the American Legion Club.
The Firefighter and EMT Gala was created to recognize members of the Maple Lake Fire Department and their spouses for the dedication, sacrifices, and selfless commitment to helping area residents in times of need that has made the local fire department a source of pride for the Maple Lake community. Event coordinator Cindy Miessen said dinner tickets have been priced to help defray the costs of treating firefighters and their families to dinner.“We really want people to come and show their support for our firefighters,” Miessen said.
Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment and a dance will follow, including a program hosted by emcee Greg Thomes.
The annual Taste of Maple Lake is set this year for Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23.
Events will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with the opening of the Business Expo, which will feature treats, games and prizes until 7 p.m. on Birch Avenue.
The KRWC Road Show is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. and will be followed by an hour-long performance of Rebecca’s Well. In addition, a Farmer’s Market will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. around the corner from Birch on Division Street. And residents are invited to participate in a flea market that will also run from 5 to 7 p.m.
The crowd-pleasing Bed Races will start at 7 p.m. on Birch and the creative vehicles will no longer be faced with an obstacle course, but will succeed or fail based on the speed of the beds and crews. Defending bed race champion for the past several years is the Carefree Nudist Colony.