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Thu
18
Sep

Lions golf tourney earns funds for Camp Friendship

The Maple Lake Lions stepped up this summer to take over coordination of a golf tournament and provided Camp Friendship with a check for $5,000 as a result of those efforts.

Established in 1964, Friendship Ventures, which operates Camp Courage near Annandale, is a privately-funded, nonprofit organization that creates educational, recreational, and social opportunities for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.

Friendship Ventures serves more than 3,200 people each year through its resident camp, respite and travel programs. Ninety cents of every dollar donated to Friendship Ventures support services that directly benefit clients.

Thu
11
Sep

City approves proposed budget with library funding

A funding request for a library in Maple Lake received tentative approval from the Maple Lake City Council.

At its meeting on Sept. 2, the council included in its 2009 budget a request by the Friends of the Maple Lake Library for $15,000 in funding to help establish a library in the downtown area.

Thu
11
Sep

Challengers file for city offices

Filings for Maple Lake city offices closed on September 9, with all three incumbents and two challengers filing for office.

Mayor Mike Messina will be challenged by former council member Mike O'Loughlin.

Candidates for the two council seats will be incumbent John Northenscold, incumbent Judith Kelly and challenger Lynn Kissock.

City elections will be held at Maple Lake City Hall during the Nov. 4 general elections.

Thu
11
Sep

Two to vie for county board

The September 9 primary elections have narrowed the field for District 1 Wright County Commissioner to two. Facing off in the Nov. 4 General Elections will be Rose Thelen of Clearwater Township and Marian 'Sam' Harmoning of Annandale. Thelen drew nearly 28% of the total vote with 520 votes. Harmoning captured just over 19% of the vote at 361.

Six-year District 1 County Commissioner Karla Heeter of Silver Creek announced in the spring that she will not run for re-election since she accepted a position as the executive director of the Buffalo Hospital Foundation.

Results for the other five candidates were as follow: Gerry 'Gibby' Gibenhain of Maple Lake Township, 307; Chris Klein of Silver Creek Township, 158; Teri A. Lachermeier of Buffalo, 292; Daniel Snabb of Annandale, 34; and Patricia 'Trish' Taylor of Corinna Township, 196.

Thu
11
Sep

Birch Avenue provides challenges for businesses

September is not going to be an easy month for downtown businesses owners, but they are determined to make the best of it.

Despite the reconstruction of Birch Avenue that has Maple Lake's main street looking like a war zone with big machines and bigger craters, most businesses are open and serving customers.

Sommer Elsenpeter of Irish Blessings Coffeehouse said she was prepared for the worst and found that customers are still willing to brave an obstacle course to get to her door.

"Business has been a little down, but not dead," she said. "We have such great regulars and they're still managing to come in."

Elsenpeter said she is concerned about what will happen once the sidewalk is completely ripped out, but the new and improved Birch Avenue will be worth the disruption.

"I think it will look great," she said. "It has to be done, so I think it's best to get it done and move on."

Thu
28
Aug

City gets request to open Maple Lake Library

A library might open its doors in Maple Lake next year.

At its meeting on August 19, the Maple Lake City Council received a request from the Friends of the Maple Lake Library for funding to help open a long awaited library.

Almost two years ago, the Great River Regional Library board turned down a request to open a branch library in Maple Lake, citing the estimated cost of $250,000 for library books, materials, furnishings and staff as too much for the library system's budget.

Since that time, the Friends of the Maple Lake Library organized, achieved status as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and collected more than 3,000 donated books for the library with an estimated value of $48,000. Books that are duplicates or not of library quality are sold at a self-service book sale inside The Den in downtown Maple Lake.

Thu
28
Aug

Lakers go 1-1 in state tourney action

Playing as one of the underdogs in the tournament, the Maple Lake Lakers kept their season alive in the Minnesota State Amateur baseball tournament. After suffering a loss in the second round to a solid Marshall team on Saturday, the Lakers bounced back and defeated Eagan on Sunday in an extra-inning thriller that lasted late into the evening.

Maple Lake vs. Marshall

Thu
28
Aug

Elsenpeter benefit packs Maple Lake VFW

A benefit on Sunday for Al and Pat Elsenpeter succeeded beyond anyone's best hopes.

Al Elsenpeter was injured in a May car accident, in which he lost the use of his wheelchair accessible van. Since that time, he has been recovering from a severe break in his leg while friends and family helped to modify his home for his needs. Sunday's event was designed to help obtain a new van that will give Al the mobility he lost in May.

The benefit on Sunday brought a big crowd to the Maple Lake VFW for activities that included live and silent actions, a pork chop dinner, games, music, concessions, a dunk tank, a raffle, face painting and other activities.

Sarah Riviere, who served as an event co-chair, said that about 650 people were served at the dinner, with the silent auction featuring 192 items and 62 items sold through the live auction.

Thu
21
Aug

Clarke family makes friends with rock greats

A Maple Lake man's relationship with rock star Eric Clapton has led to new friendships with other musicians and more unforgettable photos for the family scrapbook.

Tom Clarke, a former New York firefighter, and his son, 13-year-old Thomas, were treated to back-stage passes at a Steve Winwood/ Tom Petty concert at the Target Center on July 23.

The Clarkes also attended the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago on July 28, 2007, and met with Clapton's wife and children in the family's private box.

At the Target Center, the Clarkes spent time backstage with Jose Neto, Winwood's lead guitarist. Thomas brought his 660 Rickenbacker electric guitar, the same that Petty plays, and it now carries the signatures of Petty, Winwood and Neto.

Thu
21
Aug

Elsenpeter benefit set for Sunday at Maple Lake VFW

Friends and family are hosting a benefit for Al and Pat Elsenpeter on August 24 at the VFW in Maple Lake. Money is being raised for a van, medical expenses and to make their home more accessible for Al after a car accident in May. There will be a pork chop dinner, kid's meal, and family fun that includes live and silent auctions, games, face painting, music, concessions, a dunk tank, a raffle and other activities.

A wide variety of items has been donated for the auctions. Live Auction items include a BMX four-wheeler 110cc, four Wild hockey tickets, 18-holes of golf for four with Father Michael Izen, a Manicotti dinner for eight and a bat or ball signed by the Maple Lake Lakers.

The dozens of Silent Auction items feature a picture of Bobby Orr, a Black Hills gold ring, a Dale Earnhart/Nascar Daytona 500 model car, jars of Ertel's Famous Butt Cream, quilts and a wide variety of baskets ranging from an Irish Basket to a Back to School Basket.

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