Lois and Dave McHugh of Anoka know how much the hunt of a lifetime can mean.
Lois, the daughter of Florence Menth of Maple Lake, and her husband lost a son, Wayne, to cancer but were able to see Wayne take the hunting trip of his dreams before he died in 2002.
Wayne was 14 when he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a smooth muscle cancer. He underwent his first surgery and chemotherapy in 2001 and celebrated the success of those efforts with a fishing trip to the Gulf of Mexico. But a three-month checkup found that the cancerous tumors had recurred in his abdomen.
Candidates file for township officesFilings for area township offices closed on January 17, in preparation for annual meetings and elections which will take place on Tuesday, March 14.Candidates filing were:
Chatham TownshipIncumbent Tom Schuveiller filed for a three-year term as supervisor.Incumbent Francis Munsterteiger filed for a two-year term as clerk.
Corinna TownshipIncumbent John Dearing filed for a three-year term as supervisor.
Maple Lake TownshipIncumbent Leland Schut filed for a three-year term as supervisor.
Silver Creek TownshipIncumbent Jim Kloster filed for a three-year term as supervisor. Filing for Supervisor Don Dorf’s seat were residents Heath Gillham and Richard Rajendren. Dorf did not file for re-election.
Lakedale Telephone Company, working in conjunction with the Maple Lake School District, will be sponsoring an Internet Safety Awareness Class that will be held January 30, for the students and parents of the Maple Lake School District.
There will be classes held for each of the Maple Lake Elementary and High School students, along with an evening class at the high school at 7:00 p.m. for parents, students, and the general public.
This is the second year that Lakedale has helped coordinate Internet safety classes for local students and Derek Groth, Lakedale marketing coordinator, said the company will continue these efforts in the future.
This fall, a team of Northwestern College students boarded a plane to learn about teamwork and cultural differences through an internship program to England, Romania, South Africa and Mozambique.
Taking part in the program was Jacki Vandergon, a senior at Northwestern College in St. Paul and a 2003 graduate of Maple Lake High School.
The team spent several weeks in the classroom preparing for the trip, but Vandergon said that the experience in the field was unlike anything she could have learned in a classroom.
“It was all very new,” she said.
The team started in England where they spent time with the Hindu population.Vandergon said she felt very welcomed into their homes and said the local people were very willing to share their life, culture and religion with her.
The biggest national news story of 2005 was the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. And despite the hardships caused by the August storm, one former Maple Lake resident who lived through it is facing the new year with a renewed sense of hope and optimism.
Joni Rachel Dube, daughter of the late Eleanor and Bill Rachel of Maple Lake and a 1973 graduate of Maple Lake High School, rode out the storm with her family and has been working since then to get her home and her life back on track.
Joni and her husband, Brian, are residents of Slidell, Louisiana, which is about 30 miles from New Orleans and on a path that sent the eye of Katrina over the town. They were only able to evacuate to a friend’s cabin about 60 miles away, but that was far enough.
Denise Kirchoff has been blessed with overwhelming support from the Maple Lake community as she continues her battle with kidney disease and awaits an organ donor.
Five years ago, Kirchoff was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), and in early April of this year, she was placed on a national donor list.
After community members heard about Kirchoff’s need, many stepped forward to help. Four interested donors were a blood-type match and underwent further testing though none were suitable donors. Now, even as Kirchoff awaits a kidney, she remains optimistic.
“I am incredibly impressed with the outpouring of concern that people in the community have shown,” said Kirchoff. “I feel touched to have had so much support from the community.”
State Senator Amy Koch (R-Buffalo) took the oath of office last week at a Capitol ceremony in St. Paul, officially beginning her first term in the Minnesota Senate. Koch represents Senate District 19, which includes the cities of Albertville, Buffalo, Clearwater, Delano, Maple Lake, Monticello, Montrose, Rockford, St. Michael, and Waverly.
“It’s exciting to be here and to be part of the legislative process,” said Senator Koch. “It is a great honor and privilege to be entrusted by the people of Senate District 19 to represent them in the Minnesota Senate, and I intend to get to work immediately on the issues important to our district.”
Committee assignments will not be determined until the beginning of the next legislative session in March. In her campaign, however, Koch expressed interest in the areas of taxes, education, transportation, pro-life issues, and gun and property rights.