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Fri
12
Oct

Maple Lake celebrates fall with harvest festivals

The weather for Saturday's Pumpkin Fest and Art Fair, though not ideal, was far from the total wash-out predicted earlier in the week.

"It rained off and on," said Marybeth Dreier of MBD Merchant and Faith-filled Gifts. "But it didn't put much of a damper on things, if it started raining a little harder it just drew people into the shops and The Den. I'd peek out the door every once in a while and people were laughing and visiting, even if it was between a few raindrops."

The event drew a good crowd despite a rainy beginning, and visitors were able to participate in events geared toward the whole family. The pie tasting contest was a crowd pleaser as was the pumpkin roll and the pumpkin carving contest for the younger crowd.

"It was a very good day, lots of people and a lot of fun," said Marci Hollis, co-owner of Irish Blessings Coffeehouse.

"In my mind it was a success," said Daryl Jensen of Maple Lake Floral.

Fri
12
Oct

Business as usual at Security State Agency

It's business as usual-almost-at Security State Agency in Maple Lake.

Gary and Denise Swearingen have owned the agency since first partnering with, and finally buying, the agency in 1993 from Bancorp., the entity that formerly owned Security State Bank. The Swearingens sold the business to the Annandale State Agency in August of this year.

Paul Manuel, a lifetime Maple Laker himself, has taken over the management of the business and will be assisted by long-time employee Krista Wurm and Denise Swearingen.

"Paul will do a wonderful job," said Gary Swearingen. "The Annandale agency has the same business philosophy we have, so I knew they'd take good care of our customers. I'm not going to be out of the picture completely. I'll be there for help and support if it's needed, but Paul, Denise and Krista are the 'go-to' people from this point on."

Fri
05
Oct

Downtown businesses to host Pumpkin Fest & Art Fair

Downtown businesses will be sponsoring Maple Lake's very first Pumpkin Fest and Art Fair on October 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We felt this summer's Salsa Taste-off and Leapin'Lizards was a great success and we wanted to do something fun and family-oriented for the fall," said Marybeth Drier of MBD Merchant and Faith-filled Gifts. "There's a lot to offer in the downtown area. Wonderful little shops and very friendly people."

Saturday's event promises something fun for everyone in the family, including an apple pie and pumpkin pie tasting contest, a pumpkin roll race, face painting, hayrides, a treasure hunt for the kids and a pumpkin carving contest (pre-carved pumpkins only, please).

Fri
05
Oct

Homecoming 2007 is a hoot

They were hootin' and hollorin' all week at the Maple Lake High School Homecoming, which was bigger and better than ever this year, thanks to great weather and some new events.

The week included senior triumphs in the Powder Puff football and He-Man volleyball games, the crowning of King and Queen Pat Gertjejansen and Abby Thomas, athletic contests and two new events: a pizza party for students after the football game on Friday and a bonfire on the school ball fields after the volleyball game on Thursday.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Fri
05
Oct

Plane flips into swamp at Maple Lake Airport

A small plane attempting a takeoff from the Maple Lake Municipal Airport on Sunday ended up in a swamp just off the runway.

On Sept. 30 at 3:37 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff's Office received a report of a small plane crash near the Maple Lake Airport.

An Evektor Sport Star SC, owned by Wright Aero of Maple Lake, was flipped when a student training in the plane lost control and ended up in a swampy area on the south side of the runway.

According to the report from the Wright County Sheriff's Department, the Sport Star was taking off when it left the runway, flipped upside down and ended up in the swamp. Student pilot, Daryl Schauer, 53, of South Haven, and his instructor, John Bruns, 23, of St. Cloud, both walked away from the crash with only minor cuts and bruises.

Fri
05
Oct

Mock Crash is a lesson to remember

Students are exposed to many programs and special events over the course of a school year, but likely nothing will compare to the Sept. 26 Mock Crash.

The training exercise for area emergency personnel provided valuable lessons in emergency situation response, along with lessons for Maple Lake High School students during Homecoming Week on what could occur when you drink and drive.

Vehicles from Harding's Towing were placed in the north parking lot of the high school and staged to look like a serious crash. MLHS students and Maple Lake residents were given parts to play that ranged from a drunk driver to a young accident fatality. Make-up was applied to enhance the realism of the mock crash

The scenario on the morning of Sept. 26 involved a car of partying teenagers that struck a van carrying a family of three. The story unfolded before MLHS students in grades nine through 12 packed into bleachers along the north wall of the school.

Fri
05
Oct

Mock Crash is a lesson to remember

Students are exposed to many programs and special events over the course of a school year, but likely nothing will compare to the Sept. 26 Mock Crash.

The training exercise for area emergency personnel provided valuable lessons in emergency situation response, along with lessons for Maple Lake High School students during Homecoming Week on what could occur when you drink and drive.

Vehicles from Harding's Towing were placed in the north parking lot of the high school and staged to look like a serious crash. MLHS students and Maple Lake residents were given parts to play that ranged from a drunk driver to a young accident fatality. Make-up was applied to enhance the realism of the mock crash

The scenario on the morning of Sept. 26 involved a car of partying teenagers that struck a van carrying a family of three. The story unfolded before MLHS students in grades nine through 12 packed into bleachers along the north wall of the school.

Fri
05
Oct

Mock Crash is a lesson to remember

Students are exposed to many programs and special events over the course of a school year, but likely nothing will compare to the Sept. 26 Mock Crash.

The training exercise for area emergency personnel provided valuable lessons in emergency situation response, along with lessons for Maple Lake High School students during Homecoming Week on what could occur when you drink and drive.

Vehicles from Harding's Towing were placed in the north parking lot of the high school and staged to look like a serious crash. MLHS students and Maple Lake residents were given parts to play that ranged from a drunk driver to a young accident fatality. Make-up was applied to enhance the realism of the mock crash

The scenario on the morning of Sept. 26 involved a car of partying teenagers that struck a van carrying a family of three. The story unfolded before MLHS students in grades nine through 12 packed into bleachers along the north wall of the school.

Thu
27
Sep

Seniors roll in Homecoming contests

The Senior class was concentrating on winning as the Senior Citizens of the MLHS Class of 2008 battled the Jukebox Juniors of the Class of 2009 in the annual Powder Puff football and He-Man Volleyball contests.

The seniors earned wins in both games, beginning with a 12-0 victory in the Powder Puff contest at Irish Country Stadium. Scoring for the seniors were Erin Northenscold and Andrea Rachel.

In the He-Man Volleyball match, the seniors earned an easy victory in the first game, 25-17. But the juniors battled back to trounce the seniors in game 2, 25-12. However, the seniors edged the juniors 25-21 and 25-23 in two close games to capture the best-of-five win. More photos from the contests appear on page 14.

Thu
27
Sep

MLHS crowns 2007 Homecoming royalty

Abby Thomas and Pat Gertjejansen were crowned as Homecoming Queen and King at coronation ceremonies on Monday night in the Maple Lake High School auditorium.

Homecoming week will also feature dress-up days, Irish athletic contests from the volleyball, cross country and football teams, and the 2007 Homecoming Parade, which is set for 6 p.m. on Friday. The parade route will start from the city park on a course through the downtown area and back to the school. Homecoming coverage continues on page 11.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

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