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Thu
02
Nov

Ghouls were cool at business Trick-or-Treat

It was a cold afternoon for Trick-or-Treating as the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted its third annual Halloween event on Tuesday, but that didn't stop costumed kids and their families from visiting local businesses for treats. Several hundred kids made the rounds of Chamber of Commerce members providing prizes and treats. In the photo, seven-year-old Michael Ness just happened to be a hunter following a little chicken, Matthew Lindenfelser (18 months), down Division Street in downtown Maple Lake.

Another big Halloween event was the annual Halloween Carnival on Oct. 28 in the Maple Lake Elementary gym and cafeteria.

To see more Halloween photos check out the November 1 issue of the Messenger.

Thu
02
Nov

Porter honored by Coaches Association

Maybe it's small towns in general, or maybe it's just Maple Lake, but this community has been blessed with men and women who give freely and with great generosity of their lives and their time to make this a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

Not the least of these is Coach Gary Porter.

"When Gary Porter's name is mentioned in Maple Lake and throughout Central Minnesota, people think of one thing - baseball,"said Maple Lake High School Activities Director and long-time friend Dave Schroeder. "Gary is considered Mr. Baseball."

Thu
02
Nov

Election 2006 City of Maple Lake Mayor, City Council

Maple Lake Mayor Mike Messina and City Council candidates Shar Dircks (incumbent) and Deb Geyen are running unopposed. Geyen is running for the council seat of Steve Mooney, who did not run for re-election.

MIke Messina

I have lived in Maple Lake for the past 23 years with my wife, Mary. We have three sons: Michael is a 2006 graduate of Maple Lake High School; Tonio and Dominic are both high school seniors this year.

Shar Dircks

My background is in accounting and most all office procedures. My husband, Al, and I started the first flower shop in Maple Lake. My son, Bill Howe, graduated from Maple Lake in 1981 and now lives in Cleveland, Ohio. I am currently a member of the City Council and have served on Planning and Zoning. I am also the vice president of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Deb Geyen

Thu
26
Oct

3-peat for Irish volleyball

This past week marked a significant point in the history of Maple Lake volleyball. With their victory over Rockford, the Irish volleyball team captured their third consecutive conference championship title. The title was again this year a result of the team's hard work and dedication.

The Irish took the success of Tuesday night into the Chaska Tournament on Saturday where the team ended with an exceptional 2-2 record considering the big-school competition they faced.

Irish vs. Rockford

Tuesday, October 17, the Maple Lake volleyball team made history with their win over the Rockford Rockets. Their 3-0 victory put them in the record books as only one of the three teams in Maple Lake history ever to receive conference championship titles three years in a row. The only other teams to receive this extraordinary honor were past wrestling and gymnastics teams.

For more information, check out the October 25 issue of the Messenger.

Thu
26
Oct

Adoption creates an instant family of five

Just a few short months ago, local teacher Amy Voigt and her husband, Roger, opened their home and their hearts through the adoption process to a group of siblings; Mike, Greg, and Victoria.

Amy teaches mathematics and coaches volleyball at Maple Lake High School, and Roger is a dairy farmer with his father near Eden Valley.

"My husband and I found out six years ago that we couldn't have children," Amy said. "We both came from large families, and enjoy children, therefore we knew adoption was a good choice for us."

In the spring of 2005, Roger and Amy finally decided to take the first steps in the adoption process.

Fri
20
Oct

Goundbreaking welcomes Maple Lake Retail Center

Maple Lake's newest commercial development, the Maple Lake Retail Center, was given a proper welcome on Oct. 16 with ground-breaking ceremonies at the project site on the corner of Maple Avenue and Highway 55.

The $1.3 million project will feature a brick-stucco exterior, parking for 70 vehicles, and tenants that include Subway and Snap Fitness.

Construction will be handled by Nelson Building and Development from Buffalo, which expects to begin getting the construction project underway this week.

Fri
20
Oct

Schaufler family works for suicide prevention

Out of the darkness, each new day comes.

For the family of Joe Schaufler, each new day has strengthened a family devastated when Joe took his own life at the age of 43 on November 18, 2005, and given them the courage to reach out to help others.

On October 8, 30 family members and friends who called themselves the Joe Schaufler Survivors walked in his memory during the first-ever "Out of the Darkness" walk in Minnesota to raise money for suicide prevention and survivor assistance.

The Schaufler group had a very big impact, making up more than a third of the total of 82 walkers participating in the 5K event at Bunker Hill Regional Park in Coon Rapids. Of the total of $10,649 raised, over $3,500 came from Joe's friends and family.

Fri
13
Oct

Teenager's horse shot in pasture

When a child loses a pet they love to old age or accident, we can offer condolences and help them move on, but what do you say to a young girl when a special animal is lost due to malice? That's the question facing Dan and Michelle Pawelk who have been searching for a way to explain to their 15-year-old daughter, Kelsi, why someone shot her horse, Rainbow.

Not long after Maple Lake's Homecoming game, in the very early morning hours of Saturday, October 7, a neighbor alerted the Pawelks that there was a horse in the pasture that didn't look right.

"At first we didn't see the bullet wound," said Pawelk. "When we weren't able to get the horse up we just called the vet right away, we suspected colic."

An autopsy revealed that the bullet passed through the horse's neck, causing substantial internal damage that ultimately led to the death of the animal.

Fri
13
Oct

John Fobbe dies at age 100

Maple Lake is mourning the loss of one of its oldest and best- known citizens. John Fobbe, who celebrated his 100th birthday on July 29, died on Monday at his farm north of Maple Lake.

"He wasn't really ill," said his son, Paul, "he just ran out of steam."

On the occasion of Fobbe's 100th birthday this summer, his family hosted an open house at the Fobbe farm north of Maple Lake, drawing hundreds of family and friends from all over the country to congratulate him on reaching the century mark.

Fri
13
Oct

Retail mall to feature Subway, Snap Fitness

Highway 55 in Maple Lake is set to become the location of Maple Lake's largest retail development since Roger's Amoco was constructed more than 16 years ago.

In October ground will be broken for the Maple Lake Retail Center, which will house tenants that currently include a Subway restaurant and a Snap Fitness Center.

The $1.3 million Retail Center will be located on the corner of Highway 55 and Maple Avenue on just over an acre of land next to Blizil's Repair. The property was the former site of a restaurant that changed hands several times but was last known as the Laker Inn.

Developers Dean Hoglund and Frank Sullivan of Lake Country Properties and Progressive Auctions bought the land from Tom Latour of Warrior Boats more than three years ago.

"We liked that location and thought that someday, it would be a good spot for some kind of retail development," Hoglund said.

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