In a classic matchup between the nation’s No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, the defense came out on top when the University of Saint Francis defeated Morningside 42-14 in a battle of undefeated teams in the semifinals of the NAIA National Playoffs on Saturday at Fort Wayne, Ind.
The game marked the end of Morningside quarterback Craig Fobbe’s college career. Fobbe, son of Lawrence and Brenda Fobbe of Maple Lake, is a 2001 graduate of Maple Lake High School. Fobbe was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Irish and helped lead the squad to two conference championships in 1999 and 2000, while coming just one game short of a berth in the state tourament.
Saint Francis, 13-0 and ranked second in the nation, will move on to the NAIA National Championship Game on Dec. 17 at Savannah, Tenn. The Cougars will meet No. 1 ranked Carroll College, which toppled No. 4 University of Sioux Falls 55-0 in the other semifinal.
In a nod to days gone by when Santa used to arrive with a roar in Maple Lake on a fire truck, the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce made arrangements to have Santa and Mrs. Claus chauffered to the door of The Den in downtown Maple Lake by the Maple Lake Fire Department.
The arrival of the jolly couple from the North Pole signaled the start of the third annual Christmas in Maple Lake, which featured visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, treats for children, crafts and coloring, the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree, and a drawing for more than $500 in prizes donated by the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.
Chamber of Commerce President Gary Swearingen displayed two of the prizes that will be awarded during the Christmas in Maple Lake celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Maple Lake’s royal court of Queen Angela Stegeman, Princess Rachel Hudek, Princess Amanda Blade, and Miss Congeniality April Lynch will be joined by the eight candidates for the title of Miss Maple Lake in hosting the event. The candidates are Tiffany Elliot, Stefanie Mills, Joy Hudek, Cassie Blade, Alicia Klein, Katie Helmbrecht, Sarah Dombrovski, and Victoria Metz.
The impact that Lola Carlson made on this world will be more than most because she chose to make children a big part of her life.
At her funeral on Monday, it was reported that Lola and her husband, Sonny, opened their doors to over 1,700 children during the 25 years they spent as Wright County Foster Care providers. But Marianne Charbonneau, foster care licensing supervisor for Wright County, said that number is actually over 2,000.
“Wright County has been very fortunate to have foster parents of the caliber of Lola and Sonny,” Charbonneau said. “Both the children and the county have benefited from the love, commitment and dedication they have provided over the years.
Morning College quarterback Craig Fobbe, a senior from Maple Lake, broke the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national record for passing yards in a season during the Mustangs’ 54-21 victory against Evangel University during Saturday’s quarterfinal round of the NAIA National Playoffs in Sioux City, Iowa.
Fobbe passed for a school-record 501 yards to raise his season’s total to 4,627 yards to break the former NAIA national record of 4,616 yards by Jon Kitna of Central Washington University in 1995. Since 1997, Kitna has served as the starting quarterback for both the Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals. He is currently the backup quarterback for the Bengals’ Carson Palmer.
The Minnesota House Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee traveled to the Annandale City Hall on Monday for a special meeting which drew a crowd that included local residents, government officials and staff from numerous government and environmental agencies.
House members attending the special meeting included Bruce Anderson, (R-Buffalo); Dennis Ozment, (R, Rosemount); Dean Urdahl, (R-Grove City); David Dill, (DFL-Crane Lake); Jean Wagenius, (DFL-Minneapolis); Jim Knoblach, (R-St. Cloud); and Tom Hackbarth, (R-Cedar).
Amy Koch, the endorsed Republican candidate, was the victor by a wide margin in the Nov. 22 special election to replace former District 19 State Senator Mark Ourada.
Koch drew 3,574 votes for 52% of the ballots cast. DFL candidate John Deitering had 2,169 votes for 31% and Independence Party candidate Del Haag had 1,145 votes for 17%. All three candidates are from Buffalo.
Voter turnout was extremely light, with only 6,895 registered voters out of 54,475 casting ballots.
It was a colorful Thanksgiving for Maple Lake youngsters as the Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual Thanksgiving Coloring Contest.
Displaying their prize winning work were (front) Katrina Gilson, 1st-place, Preschool/Kindergarten; Shauni Johnson, 2nd, Preschool/Kindergarten; Tanner Schmidt, 1st, First-Third Grade; (back) Kara Eaton, 1st, Fourth-Sixth Grade; Nate Maas, 2nd, First-Third Grade; and Taylor Trager, 2nd, Fourth-Sixth Grade. There were 27 entries in the Preschool/Kindergarten category, 83 in First-Third Grade, and 25 in Fourth-Sixth Grade.
The winning pictures are on display in the window of the Messenger and all contest entries are decorating the windows and walls of local businesses.
The next event on the Chamber of Commerce agenda is Christmas in Maple Lake, set for Saturday, Dec. 3.
A good man died far too young last week and a town full of friends and family are mourning his loss.
Joe Schaufler, 43, of Maple Lake died unexpectedly on Friday, November 18, 2005, at his home.
At Monday’s reviewal and prior to funeral services, conducted on Tuesday at St. Timothy’s Church, Joe’s tractor was parked nearby as a symbol of a man who loved farming and worked hard at it all of his life.
“He had a lot of friends,” said Father Mark Huberty, pastor of St. Timothy’s Church. “He was kind and gentle, very quiet and very hard working.”
Joe’s family echoed those same sentiments in describing a man who knew what kind of career he wanted from the very beginning.
“He followed Dad around on the farm as soon as he could walk,” said his sister, Barb Becker.
As fast as the population of the City of Maple Lake is growing, the lake by the same name is growing even faster.
An effort to expand the walleye population in Maple Lake has succeeded this fall in stocking the lake with 7,000 walleye newcomers that should go a long way toward correcting the lake’s fish imbalance.
The Maple Lake Property Owners Association (MLPOA) has also been working to improve the lake’s walleye population by urging anglers to keep their catch of northerns, which are large enough in numbers and size to prey upon and dramatically reduce other fish, including walleye.
One of the most recent fish surveys conducted by the DNR on Maple Lake showed that of 2,009 fish netted, 424 were northerns, at an average size of 20 inches. The number of walleyes and large mouth bass stood at 41 each, with 192 crappies, 938 blue gills, and an assortment of other fish.