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Fri
03
Mar

Lightning send two wrestlers to State

The Annandale/Maple Lake Lightning wrestling program played host to the Section 5AA Wrestling Tournament this past weekend.  To the delight of a large ANML contingency, the Lightning wrestlers provided many thrills and a few spills, but in the end two grapplers will advance to the state tournament this week at the X-Cel Center in St. Paul.

Leading the way for the Lightning was senior captain Brad Salveson who placed first at 189 lbs. Salveson’s performance was truly dominant. Salveson, seeded 1st, mowed down the competition by pinning all of his opponents in a combined 3:33. Salveson, now 32-1 on the season, is ranked #9 in the state and will take on Mark Gransee, an 11th grader from Kasson- Mantorville, with a 28-9 record in the first round at the state tournament.  Salveson needs one more pin to tie Todd Fuller’s season record of 25, which he hopes to get that at state. 

Fri
03
Mar

Grand Marshals ready to lead St. Pat’s Parade

Selection as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal is the highest honor extended by the Maple Lake community and this year’s honorees have taken the volunteer service that distinguishes all past winners of that award to heart.

Gaylord and Marge Pavlik were nominated by the Maple Lake community and selected in February by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce as the Grand Marshals of the 29th St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The Pavlik’s are life-long residents of Maple Lake, with their farm in the family since 1898 and serving over the years as the home to five generations of Pavliks.

“Part of the reason for doing volunteer work from my perspective relates to being born on a farm in the Depression,” Gaylord said. “When a neighbor needed help, you did whatever you could do to help them and it didn’t matter if they paid you back. It was a way of life.”

Thu
23
Feb

Parade route changes for Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Parade

There will be a new route for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11.

In the past, the parade route started at the city park on Division Street, proceeded west on Division, south on Birch Avenue, west on 1st Street, and north on Maple Avenue to the VFW where it ended. Due to a bottleneck of parade units that has occurred in the past at the parade’s end, the new route will proceed west on Division, south on Maple Avenue, and then east on 1st Street and back to the city park area so parade participants can return to their vehicles.

Birch Avenue between Division and 1st Streets will be closed to traffic and used as a pedestrian mall for food vendors and music.

Lineup of the parade will begin at 1:30 p .m. with a starting time of 2:30 p.m. Organizations, businesses or residents seeking to register a unit for the parade can call the Maple Lake Messenger at 320-963-3813.

Thu
23
Feb

Irish Gala to feature bountiful ‘Business Baskets’

Irish Gala committee members Shannon Veches, Theresa Andrus, Cheryl Pullins and Celeste Dahlstrom show off a few of the “Business Baskets” that will be featured in a silent auction at the Maple Lake Irish Gala on March 4 at the Maple Lake American Legion.

Thu
23
Feb

Good investments take Paumens to Belize

How does a farmer from Maple Lake, Minnesota, end up as the owner of a resort in Belize?

Because a good investment is a good investment, whether it’s in Maple Lake or Central America.

Brad Paumen farms 2,500 acres in the Maple Lake area and owns Paumen Properties, with land developments in Hanover, Monticello, Otsego, Shoreview and Big Lake. The Paumen Addition residential areas in the northwest corner of the City of Maple Lake are constructed on property sold by Brad and his brother, Brian, to Heritage Development.  But it is Paumen’s investments in Belize that make him unique among those seeking to make money through the buying and selling of real estate.

Thu
16
Feb

A little Irish humor

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important  meeting and couldn't find a parking place.

Looking up to heaven he said, "Lord take pity on me. If you find me a  parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and  give up me Irish Whiskey."

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, "Never mind, I found one."

Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival is March 11!  

Thu
16
Feb

Community Theatre’s ‘Cinderella’ begins Feb. 17

The Prince prepared to try the glass slipper on the foot of the girl of his dreams, surrounded by the cast of this year’s Maple Lake Community Theatre production of “Cinderella.”

The family-oriented Maple Lake presentation of “Cinderella” will feature such musical favorites as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”

Advance tickets are available at Security State Bank for the following performances in the Maple Lake High School auditorium: Feb. 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 19 & 26 at 2 p.m. There will be reduced children’s tickets for youngsters age 15 and under on Sunday, Feb. 19.  

Thu
16
Feb

MLHS names AAA winners

Maple Lake High School seniors Lindsey Smith and Andrew Fuchs have been selected as this year’s winners of the Academics, Arts and Athletics (AAA) award.

The honor is extended annually to high school seniors who have outstanding accomplishments in the three areas of academics, arts and athletics, along with a record of volunteer activities and service to their communities.

Thu
16
Feb

Gaylord and Marge Pavlik to be honored at March 4 Irish Gala

Gaylord and Marge Pavlik, selected by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce as the Grand Marshals of the 29th St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11, will be honored at the Irish Gala on March 4 at the Maple Lake American Legion.

Also recognized at the Gala will be the officers of local civic organizations, former Grand Marshals, past royalty and past Commodore’s Award winners. Two other new awards to be presented by the Chamber will be the 2006 Business of the Year and the Chamber Member of the Year.

A silent auction will be featured from 6 to 8 p.m., which will include “Business Baskets” of items produced or sold by area businesses.   District 881 Superintendent Mark Redemske will serve as the emcee for the Gala, with a welcome provided by Mayor Mike Messina and awards presented by Chamber President Gary Swearingen.

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