What’s it like to be crowned as queen of Maple Lake?
“It was the best moment of this whole year,” laughed 2003-2004 Miss Maple Lake Brandi Decker, remembering the 2003 St. Patrick’s Day coronation nearly one year ago.
And that’s saying a lot, because the soon-to-be-concluded reign of Queen Brandi includes a scrapbook full of wonderful and memorable moments.
Brandi and her court of Princess Mary Pribyl, Princess Erika Wold, and Miss Congeniality Sara Wurm, may have set a new record for public appearances and loved very minutes of it.
“We wanted to get involved as much as possible,” Brandi said. “We’d invite ourselves to events and tried to do different things to let people know we weren’t here just to wear crowns and wave from a float. We wanted to help out.”
Representatives of Corinna, Albion and Maple Lake Township, Maple Lake Schools, and the Planning and Zoning Commission joined the Maple Lake City Council at city hall on February 19 for a review of the draft Comprehensive Plan for the City of Maple Lake.
City planner Dean Johnson began the session with an overview of the 42-page draft plan which is nearing completion, noting how input from town meetings held in January and October of 2003 served to shape the plan’s goals and policies.
Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service responded to the following emergencies during the past week:
Feb. 14, 7:53 p.m.: Patient taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER with a possible stroke.
Feb. 14, 6:27 p.m.: Patient taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER with back pains.
Feb. 11, 11:05 p.m.: Patient taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER with diabetic problems.
Feb. 11, 4:07 p.m.: Patient taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER after feeling weak.
Maple Lake’s Volunteer firefighters responded to a vehicle fire on Feb. 13, 5:45 a.m., at the Karen Lynch residence, 33 Elm Ave. So., Maple Lake, The vehicle, a 1992 Pontiac, had been started and left to warm up and apparently caught on fire under the hood. Twenty firemen responded to the early morning page.
This year’s St. Timothy’s 7th Annual Dinner and Live/Silent Auction fund-raiser will have a new attraction with the addition of a raffle for a 2004 Ford Ranger XLT extended cab 4x4.
The truck raffle is sponsored by Lake Country Properties/Progressive Auctions, Inc. and the truck was acquired with assistance provided by Lundeen’s Ford of Annandale.
Only 1,500 tickets will be sold and are available at St. Timothy’s school and church, at Security State Bank, and after weekend Mass at the church. In addition, the families of St. Timothy students have tickets for sale.
The drawing will be conducted after the live auction at 10 p.m. during the Dinner and Live/Silent Auction “Pirates of the Caribbean” event on Saturday, April 3, at the Maple Lake VFW.
January and February have marked a busy period for James and Gruber Certified Public Accountants, which has spent the past six weeks moving, remodeling and readjusting to its new headquarters on the Division Street side of the Security State Agency Insurance building in downtown Maple Lake.
The firm spent 20 years in its previous location next door to the Cookie Jar Bakery and moved, to not only to acquire additional space, but to also make room for a bakery expansion that is now underway.
James and Gruber offers a wide variety of accounting services which includes tax preparation, individual and corporate accounting, auditing services and bookkeeping. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours during the tax season.
Yes, it’s been a snowy and cold 2004 thus far, even by Minnesota standards. But imagine having your wedding outdoors in this winter wonderland.
For Deb Brannan, a 1981 graduate of Maple Lake High School, it was a dream come true.
Deb and her new husband, Chad Wilhelm, got married on February 1 in front of a crush of reporters and television news cameras recording the rare occurrence of an ice palace wedding at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
The Wright County Athlete of the Year Award is back. This spring the Buffalo Youth Softball and Baseball Associations have joined forces to resurrect the award, a year after Montrose Softball and long-time coordinator, Eddie Carver, decided to retire from the job.
The awards will be presented to an outstanding female and male athlete during a spring softball and baseball event to be held on April 25, 2004, at the Buffalo Civic Center.
The organizations are currently seeking nominations for the award, which need to be received by March 7, 2004. Following are the criteria an athlete needs to meet for nomination:
In the growing number of Maple Lake men and women serving their country in the armed forces, count the Mavencamp boys among them.
Brian and Mark Mavencamp, sons of Joe and Karla; and Ted Mavencamp, son of Marie and Randy; are three cousins who are on active duty in three very different corners of the world.
Brian Mavencamp signed up with the Marines just six days after his graduation from Maple Lake High School in 2000. “I wanted to see the world instead of driving up and down the strip in Maple Lake,” he laughed.
And see it, he has.From boot camp in San Diego, air electronics school in Pensacola, Florida, to a year getting to know the ins and outs of CH-53 helicopters in New River, North Carolina, Brian saw a considerable portion of America. And overseas, he’s been in the Philippines, Korea, Guam and a lengthy stay in Japan.
An effort to replace Mark Casey as the Annandale/Maple Lake Community Education director has resulted in the selection of Eric Erlandson, who grew up in this area and is familiar with both Annandale and Maple Lake.
Erlandson is a 1992 graduate of Monticello High School, as is his wife, Alyssa, a 1995 MHS graduate. “I like the fact that I’ll be coming back to an area I’m familiar with,” he said.
Erlandson, who is currently the Community Education Director in Albany, has held that position for just over 2 and 1/2 years. He also served as Community Education coordinator in Waconia for three years and held a similar position in Monticello for three years. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, graduated from St. Cloud State with an emphasis in sports management and was awarded his Masters degree in Education Administration from the University of St. Thomas.