It’s been three years since Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake disappeared from the campus at St. John’s University in the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 2002, after a late-night gathering of friends.
There are still no clues into the mystery of what happened to Joshua, but efforts to keep hope alive continue.
Joshua, the only son of Brian Guimond and Lisa Cheney, was a 2000 graduate of Maple Lake High School and a star student. He served as president of his class, represented the Student Council on the School Board, was voted Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates, and was the winner of numerous scholarships.
A program to remember the third anniversary of the dissappearance of college student Joshua Guimond has been set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake.
Joshua disappeared in the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 2002, after he left a gathering of friends on the St. John’s campus.
At St. John’s, a sign that was located at the four-way stop on campus was eroded by the weather and will be replaced with a full-color sign in the Student Union. A plaque remembering Joshua will also be installed and St. John’s students will receive an e-mail from the school administration asking that they remember Joshua.
A special primary on Tuesday to select candidates for the District 19 state senate seat formerly held by Mark Ourada of Buffalo resulted in wins by Republican Amy Koch of Buffalo and DFL candidate John Deitering of Buffalo.
Koch won the Republican primary over Wright County Commissioner Pat Sawatzke of Monticello by a vote of 1702 to 1132, for a 60% to 40% margin of victory.
Deitering won the DFL primary over Buffalo businessman Ross Bennett by a vote of 601 to 247 for a 71% to 29% margin of victory.
Also running in the Nov. 22 special election will be Del Haag of Buffalo, who is the unopposed Independence Party candidate.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has decided to hear what may be the final chapter in the long, legal path of the proposed Annandale/Maple Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.
In an order filed by the Supreme Court on October 26, a review of the Minnesota Court of Appeal’s August decision was granted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the cities of Annandale and Maple Lake.
“This comes as no surprise,” said Maple Lake Mayor Mike Messina. “Even though the Supreme Court hears a very small percentage of the cases that come before them, this case has ramifications far beyond Maple Lake and Annandale. This decision could affect cities throughout Minnesota and the nation.”
The Maple Lake Volleyball squad brought home its second straight CMC championship on Oct. 18 when the Irish defeated Kimball in three straight games.
The Irish will play their first play-off game at home on Friday, October 28, against the Zimmerman Thunder.
Celebrating their second conference crown are (front) Ceta Huttner, Sarah Latour, Lindsey Smith, Grace Beaulieu, Michelle Fursa, Lynn Plaggerman, (back) Head Coach Marty Kiebel, Andrea Rachel, Rachel Sawatzke, Chansy Davis, Molly Schaufler, Laura Johnson, Traci Erger, Assistant Coach Amy Voigt and Assistant Coach Karla Mavencamp.
After raising 11 children and serving at the helm of Loch Jewelers for over 30 years, Monica Loch is now going to have a little more time for herself.
On November 5, Loch will officially retire at the age of 84 after 56 years in the jewelry business.
“I’m sort of retired and I have been for five years,” said Loch, the daughter of Bernard and Cecilia Jude and a life-long resident of Maple Lake. “I’ve been going to the shop a couple of days a week, but I’m cutting back–letting go slow.
“It’s not that I do much,” she laughed. “We have such a good staff and they take care of the customers now.”
There has been a changing cast of characters involved in Maple Lake’s Halloween Carnival over the past 30 years, but the goal has remained the same . . . to provide a safe and entertaining way for children to celebrate Halloween night.
It was in 1975 that the newly-formed Maple Lake Jaycees created the carnival with that goal in mind. It was the first event that the Jaycees sponsored and lives on even after that civic group for young adults disbanded several years ago.
George Palmer was one of the Jaycee’s founding members and said there was a need to provide safe options for kids at Halloween.
“We just wanted to do something for the kids at the time rather than having them just running around town,” he said. “And it was a lot of fun. Everybody jumped in to help provide a great activity for the community.”
The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its second annual Business Trick-or-Treat event on Friday, October 28, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Last year’s event drew big crowds of parents and costumed children to local businesses for a chance to do some trick-or-treating during the daylight hours. There were also opportunities to sign up for gift drawings or take advantage of business Halloween specials.