State Representative Bruce Anderson has announced a series of town hall meetings throughout District 19B highlighted by a health care meeting in Buffalo with Representative Fran Bradley, Chair of the House Health Policy and Finance Committee.
"I'm excited that Rep. Bradley has agreed to come to Wright County for what I believe will be a very good discussion on health care," Anderson said.
Anderson's full town meeting schedule, spanning two Saturdays in February, is listed below. All meetings are free and open to the public. New District 19 Senator Amy Koch will attend as well.
Saturday, February 11: Buffalo, 8 a.m. (joined by Rep. Fran Bradley at 8:30), Culver's Restaurant, 500 East Highway 55; Maple Lake, 10:00 a.m., Maple Lake Café, 118 Division Street West.
Denny Groth and Jean Borrell as the King and Queen will host a ball that will sweep their son off his feet as both a young prince and the audience fall in love with “Cinderella.”
This year’s family-oriented Maple Lake Community Theatre presentation of “Cinderella” will be a late winter treat for both adults and children of all ages. The production 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.
Gaylord and Marge Pavlik of Maple Lake have been named as the Grand Marshals of the 2006 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The Pavliks have a long history of service to the Maple Lake community, with Gaylord selected last year as Wright County’s Outstanding Senior Man and Marge was honored in 2004 with the Wright-Hennepin Touchstone Energy Community Service Award and received the 2005 Minneapolis Aquatennial Commodore’s Award for volunteer service.
The selection of the Pavlik’s as this year’s Grand Marshals was made by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, the sponsors of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
Valentines Day is dedicated to the ones we love and for two more Maple Lake families, their loved ones will soon be a world away.
Chris Zetah, son of Jeanette and Michael Zetah, is an officer with the Army National Guard, currently stationed in Mississippi at Camp Shelby and soon to be headed for Iraq. Maple Lake resident Sean Nies, a 1st class petty officer in the Navy Reserves, is undergoing training in California for duty in Iraq at the end of February.
Chris enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from Maple Lake High School in 1997 and spent nearly seven years on active duty. He joined the Army in 2004 and went to Officer Candidate School, receiving his commission in Sept. of 2004. He is currently a Second Lieutenant and works to ensure that computer systems and radios are networked for communication between aircraft and soldiers on the ground.
There will be two new, but familiar faces in the starring roles for the Maple Lake Community Theatre’s upcoming production of “Cinderella.”In the title role will be Jessica Totz, the daughter of Alison Totz, who has been a featured singer in area productions for many years. And Adam Henjum, the nephew of former MLHS choir director Dan Henjum, will be featured in the role of the prince.
Jessica and Adam might be new faces on the stage of the Maple Lake High School Auditorium, but they are no strangers to theatrical productions.
Adam, who is taking time off from his studies at a Catholic seminary in St. Louis, is a North Dakota native who has appeared on the stage in high school, college and in community theater in his hometown of Minot, North Dakota. Jessica, a 2001 graduate of Buffalo High School, was also involved in drama productions at BHS.
January in winter 2006 provided more slush than snow, but there was still plenty to celebrate during the annual Maple Lake High School Snowcoming celebration last week.
One of the highlights in the week of events was the selection of the Snowcoming royalty, with each class from 7th through 12th crowning a king and queen. The new queens (pictured at left) are Chelsey Wurm, 7th; Chelsea Rachel, 8th; Theresa Gilbertson,9th; Lynn Plaggerman, 10th; Amy Muenkel, 12th. Kings are Alex Couette, 7th; Brandon Winkelman, 8th; Riley Decker, 9th; Nick Hudek, 10th; Tonio Messina, 11th; and Steve Schwede, 12th. Not pictured was 11th grade queen, Elizabeth Yager.
A car carrying three members of the Annandale/Maple Lake Lightning wrestling team was involved in a two-car crash in Maple Lake just prior to a match at Maple Lake High School.
According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred at about 3:25 p.m. on Jan. 26 when a 1996 Chevy Corsica, driven by Jay Forness, a sophomore at Annandale High School, proceeded east from a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 8 and Congress Street. The Forness vehicle was then struck in the passenger side by a 2001 Dodge Durango, driven by Jason Neutz of Annandale that was heading north on County Road 8.
John Erger, a veteran on the Maple Lake Fire Dept., Ambulance and Rescue Squad, was named the 2005 Firefighter of the year at Saturday night’s dinner banquet at the American Legion Club.
Erger joined the volunteer fire department in 1988 and is a multi-talented firefighter, serving as a firefighter, an ambulance EMT, and on the rescue team. He has been involved with Fire Prevention Week for over 15 years for the department and completed a Fire Fighter I course when he first became a member.
A new event will be kicking off this year’s Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Festival.On March 4, the Saturday before the festival, the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the first Irish Gala at the Maple Lake American Legion.
The Gala will provide an opportunity to honor the Grand Marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, set for 2:30 p.m. on March 11. The Grand Marshal, Maple Lake’s highest honor for service to the community, will be selected by the Chamber of Commerce in February.
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 new year brings with it many changes and among the local changes is a new face on the Maple Lake School Board.
Dennis Klug was elected to the board in November and took office in January, along with re-elected school board members Greg Mooney and Connie Munstenteiger.
Klug grew up on a family farm near Albany, and went on to college at the University of Minnesota, Morris, where he received a degree in Economics with a minor in Business Management. Klug and his wife, Tonya,moved to Maple Lake in the fall of 2000 with their three children: Hannah (10), Amber (6), and Jacob (2). Klug is employed as a divisional manager at Progressive Contractors Inc., based in St. Michael. P.C.I. is a highway contractor with divisions in concrete highway paving, bridge repair and excavation.