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Wed
21
Nov

St. Tim's celebrates Father Izen's installation

St. Timothy's Church celebrated the installation of Father Michael Izen on Sunday as the new parish pastor.

Father Izen, who succeeded Father Mark Huberty, was installed as pastor by Archbishop Harry J. Flynn at the 10 a.m. Mass.

In his address to the parish, Izen thanked the Archbishop for his support over the years as well as the support of his late parents, John and Joanne Izen, and his five brothers and sisters who participated in the ceremony.

"Finally, I would like to thank all of you here at the Church of St. Timothy for making me feel so welcome and so blessed for being assigned here," he said. "What a great parish we have! I am humbled to be your pastor. I am also grateful for all of your volunteer efforts, for your friendliness, and especially for your prayers. May God bless you and your families."

Wed
21
Nov

Mary Jindrich dies at age 65

The children of Maple Lake had no better friend than Mary Jindrich.

For more than 30 years, Jindrich treated the children who rode her school bus like her own. And her record with Mooney Bus Service and M&M Bus Service was so outstanding that she earned state recognition in 2001 when she received the Transportation Specialist of the Year award from the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association.

Jindrich's death on Nov. 16 at the age of 65 followed the death of her husband, Morry, by less than a year. The couple's daughter, Mary Helgeson, lives in Clearwater with her husband, Darren.

Phil Mooney, who owned Mooney Bus with his brother, Marty, said Jindrich was someone special.

"She worked with us at the bus garage for years, and after working together for that long you get to know someone pretty well," Mooney said. "At work, she was always one of those people that you want to have around and wish you had more like her.

Wed
21
Nov

School hits the ground running on building effort

The Maple Lake School District intends to hit the ground running as it begins the project to expand school facilities.

On Nov. 6, a $6,980,000 referendum question for a proposal to expand the elementary by 12 classrooms, add four classrooms to the high school and a list of other facility improvements was approved by voters, as was a second referendum question for $1.75 million to build a gym/multi-purpose facility.

At its meeting on Monday, the Maple Lake School Board received advice from Mike Hoheisel of Northland Securities and Vaughn Dierks of Wold Architects and Engineers on how to get the project off to a good start.

Thu
15
Nov

Manor hosts 100th birthday

Americans are living longer, but the occasion of a 100th birthday is one that few people obtain. On Nov. 7, Mary Rose Rosival was the guest of honor at a Maple Manor dinner celebrating her 100th birthday. In addition, an open house was conducted on Sunday at Reichel's Catering Center in Annandale.

A crowd of more than 65 gathered for Rosival's big day in Maple Lake, where she lived for 17 years at Maple Manor.

Although she knew of the event, the size of the crowd at the Manor's dining center made her day.

"I didn't expect this at all," Rosival said. "I was very surprised."

Another surprise was a birthday card from President George Bush, which she proudly displayed at her birthday party. However, she said that a little money with the card would have been nice so she could buy a new blouse.

Thu
15
Nov

Veterans honored at school program

Girl Scout Tira Phillips, whose father returned from service in Iraq last year, led a procession that marked the beginning of the annual Veterans' Day program at Maple Lake Schools on Friday, Nov. 9.

This year's program in the Maple Lake High School auditorium featured presentations from World War II fighter pilots Marv Dahlgren and Don Anderson, selections by the MLHS Jazz Band accompanied by Dahlgren, and the reading of essays written by students entered in the Patriot Pen writing contest.

More photos appear in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
15
Nov

Veterans honored at school program

Girl Scout Tira Phillips, whose father returned from service in Iraq last year, led a procession that marked the beginning of the annual Veterans' Day program at Maple Lake Schools on Friday, Nov. 9.

This year's program in the Maple Lake High School auditorium featured presentations from World War II fighter pilots Marv Dahlgren and Don Anderson, selections by the MLHS Jazz Band accompanied by Dahlgren, and the reading of essays written by students entered in the Patriot Pen writing contest.

More photos appear in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
15
Nov

After five years, hope is still alive for Joshua

In the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 2002, Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake disappeared without a trace from the St. John's campus after leaving a gathering of friends to walk back to his dorm. Five years later, Joshua has not been found, but his family has not given up hope.

On Saturday, family and friends noted the fifth anniversary of Joshua's disappearance with a program and prayers at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. There was also a slide show of photos of Joshua as he was growing up.

"It is important that we get together to make the statement that Josh is not forgotten," Holy Cross Pastor Steve King said to those in attendance, "and to provide support for each other."

A candlelight procession took participants outside to a plaque dedicated to Joshua and a tree planted on the first anniversary of his disappearance in 2003.

Fri
09
Nov

Volleyball soars to new heights

A tremendous play-off run by the Maple Lake Irish volleyball team was aborted in the Section 6AA finals as the Irish fell to the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders. The run the 2007 Irish volleyball team made was one for the record books, as no other Maple Lake volleyball team went farther into the play-offs than this year's team.

Fri
09
Nov

Trail to Ney Park nears completion

The end is in sight for Maple Lake's portion of the Ney Park Bike/Pedestrian Trail. The paving, which began last week, is near completion. Only the section connecting the new trail with County Road 37 remains unpaved. "We were waiting for the utility company to move a pole," said Jerry Liebhard, project manager with Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix. "Now that it's done, we have to add gravel to fill in and then pave. It could be done this week."

Mid-Minnesota is also responsible for finishing the grading of the soil disturbed during construction. "As the paving is done crews will come in and regrade and then sod and seed. It will look quite a bit different when everything is done," said Liebhard. "Some of the finish work might have to wait until spring though, it's all dependent on the weather."

Fri
09
Nov

Third time's a charm, school referendum passes 730-458

The third time was a charm for the Maple Lake School District when local voters went to the polls on Tuesday and approved a $6,980,000 school expansion referendum. Also approved was a gym/multi-purpose facility at a cost of $1,750,000.

In November of last year and in February of 2007, voters narrowly rejected referendums aimed primarily at addressing space concerns at Maple Lake Elementary.

In November of 2006, voters approved a school operations referendum for $59 per students by a vote of 1,164 to 918. An $8,660,000 expansion plan was defeated by 16 votes, 1,046 against to 1,030 in favor of the project. A $5,380,000 proposal to build a new 500-seat auditorium failed by a vote of 1,381 to 692.

In February of 2007, it was a 15-vote margin that sent a $9,520,000 construction project to defeat, 429-414.

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