Construction to have impact on school events

The Maple Lake High School spring athletic teams are facing a new opponent this season: construction.

As the weather warms up and the construction crews get to work, so too do the sports teams.

"It makes it harder to get out there for practice," said High School Track Coach Ben Youngs. "It's inconvenient, but in the long run it's for the better."

The north parking lot on the school grounds is filled with construction materials and equipment. The pathway to Irish Stadium, where the high school track team competes, is torn up, and the north side of the high school is undergoing demolition and construction as part of the school expansion project.

The high school track team is just one of several teams changing up their game plan to adapt to the ongoing construction projects.

With three meets in less than two week's time, Youngs said communication is the key to keeping the teams organized.


Music students compete in solo and ensemble contests

Solos, duets and ensembles from the Maple Lake High School choir class serenaded judges at the Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest on March 16 at Rockford High School.

Maple Lake High School students participated at the Section level and earned several top honors.

Nine students from the Maple Lake High School band also impressed judges at the District Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Contest on March 2 at Rockford High School.

Read this week's Messenger for details about the three students named "Best in Site" and other top awards at the solo and ensemble contests.


Eddie Raiche dies at age 89

In the space of a week, Maple Lake has lost a second past St. Patrick's Day grand marshal.

Eddie Raiche, age 89, died on April 1 at the Park View Care Center in Buffalo, just a week after the March 24 death of Dave Manuel. In last week's Messenger article about Manuel, Raiche remembered his long-time friend and called him the best bass fisherman he ever knew. And that was high praise considering Raiche's life-long love of the sport.

Raiche was born and raised in Maple Lake, graduating from Maple Lake High School in 1938 and from Mohler Barber College in 1939. He served during World War II as a member of the US Navy, protecting the cost of Alaska.

He married Mary Ann Lenzmeier in 1952 and they raised four sons: Michael, William, Kevin and Keith.

Ed was a barber for 61 years and conducted business at Ed's Barber Shop in downtown Maple Lake for 55 years, retiring in 2000.


Northenscold injured in March 31 car crash

Maple Lake resident Alicia Northenscold, 27, was seriously injured in a car accident on the morning of March 31.

At about 6:30 a.m. on March 31, at Highway 25 and Wright County Road 131, Northenscold was involved in a crash that occurred during heavy and wet snowfall. The Minnesota State Highway department has not completed its report on the crash.

According to Carol Northenscold, Alicia's grandmother, Alicia was traveling to work when an SUV, headed southbound on Highway 25, lost control and collided head-on with Alicia's vehicle.

Alicia was transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale where she is recovering from multiple serious injuries. She sustained two broken femurs, a broken hip and a fractured vertebrae.

Read more about Northenscold's recovery in this week's issue of the Maple Lake Messenger.


Maple Lake couple wins St. Tim's raffle car

Tim and Michelle Pippo of Maple Lake were the big winners at the St. Timothy's Spring Auction & Benefit Dinner on Saturday evening at the Maple Lake VFW.

The Pippos, members of St. Timothy's Parish, had their ticket drawn as the winner of a 2009 Ford Focus SE. But the couple didn't find out about their good fortune until Mass on Sunday when they heard other parishioners talking about it.

"We figured it was official when father announced it at the end of Mass," Tim laughed.

The Pippos will be keeping the car. "We'll drive it to church every Sunday," said Michelle.

Read more about the Pippos and other families that won big at the St. Timothy's Benefit in this week's Messenger.


School board cuts teaching positions for next year

In an effort to trim approximately $394,000 from the 2009-2010 budget, the Maple Lake School Board voted to cut full and part-time teaching positions for next school year.

Financial difficulties facing the district led the board to consider various ways to cut spending and increase revenue.

At the school board meeting on Monday, March 30, Superintendent Mark Redemske presented the board with recommendations for budget cuts.

The board voted to cut 4.5 full-time equivalent positions in the elementary school, including one special education teacher and 3.5 classroom teaching positions. Kelly Krueger, third grade teacher; Sally Kerbaugh, sixth grade teacher; Larissa Wadman, kindergarten teacher; Nancy Plante, elementary special education instructor; and Katie Sieberer, fourth grade teacher; are all probationary teachers whose contracts will be terminated at the end of the 2008-2009 school year as a result of budget cuts.


MLHS student wins state piano honors

A student from Maple Lake achieved top honors at the recent state piano competition.

Naomi Sorenson (11th grade-Level Sr. A) and Greg Darrow (8th grade homeschooler-Intermediate B) from Maple Lake performed at the district Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) piano competition in January. Both were awarded scores that qualified them for the State Contest held on March 14 and 15 at the University of Minnesota campus.

In state competition, Sorenson scored a 97, which is a winning score and something her instructor, Dan Edgren, said does not happen often. "The judges don't just freely hand out that high of a score," he said.

Read about Sorenson's outstanding performance in the April 1, Messenger.


Dave Manuel dies at age 75

A long-time business and civic leader passed away last week after a two-year battle with cancer.

Dave Manuel, who with his wife, Cathy, served as the grand marshals of the 2001 St. Patrick's Day Parade, died on Tuesday, March 24, at the age of 75.

Dave and Cathy moved to Maple Lake in 1955 for two good reasons: because the town didn't have a shoe repair shop and because the town did have a baseball team with a spot for Dave.

Manuel learned the shoe repair trade from an uncle, working with him since he entered high school in Watkins in 1948.

After high school, Manuel served his country in the US. Navy during the Korean War. He married Cathy Schleppenbach in 1954 in Cold Spring.

The Manuel's established Manuel's Department store in 1955, which they operated in downtown Maple Lake for 53 years. He and Cathy raised five children: Linda, Jeannie, Tricia, Mary and Bill.


New cancer treatment benefits Maple Lake man

A cancer diagnosis can turn a life upside down, but not for Don Bruns. He remains on his feet and active.

Bruns, of Maple Lake, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer. After tests and preparations, he became the first patient on the new GPS for the Body cancer treatment system at the Monticello Cancer Center.

This system arrived in Monticello last fall and is one of only a few in the region. The next closest locations are in Chicago, Illinois and Omaha, Nebraska.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, more than 2 million American men are living with prostate cancer. If detected early, nearly 100 percent of men will be disease-free after five years. Still, it is estimated that more than 28,000 men will die from the disease. Like any cancer, considering treatment options can be a tough choice. For Bruns, with the new technology, the decision was easy.


Roemer repeats as NCAA track All-American

A former Maple Lake High School track star repeats national honors as NCAA All-American athlete.

Ashley Roemer recently returned home from the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 13-14, at the University of Houston where she was named All-American for the high jump.

All-American athletes are the top eight competitors in each event at the national track and field meet.

"I was hoping to be All-American in three events," Roemer said, "but I was pleased with how I did."

This is the second year Roemer has received an All-American honor at the national indoor track and field competition.

At the meet, Roemer placed 7th in the high jump, leaping 5 feet, 7.25 inches. She placed 9th in the 800 meter run, with a time of 2:15.40, and in the 4x400 team relay, her team placed 10th with a time of 3:55.46.

Read more about Roemer's trip to nationals in this week's Messenger.


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