The storms keep coming and the damage keeps mounting as rain and lightning once again caused havoc in the Maple Lake area.
The storm dropped up to seven inches in central Wright County, with the City of Maple Lake reporting 4 inches and resident Ed Raiche reported 4.25 inches of rainfall.A fire at the Immanuel Lutheran Church parsonage in Silver Creek was apparently caused by lightning from the storms that swept through the area on Saturday.
The Maple Lake Fire Department responded at 4:31 p.m. to the fire at the uninhabited parsonage.
The fire was reported by the Silver Creek Community Church pastor, Bob Vandevord, who lives across the street. He said he heard a lightning strike and turned in the alarm when he smelled smoke. There didn't appear to be a visible point of entry from the lightning strike.
Jan Bakeberg and Terry Mooney are about to take a walk for those who can’t, carrying the images of people they love in their heads and very close to their hearts.
Both Maple Lake women are seeking pledges that will allow them to participate in the 2002 MS Challenge Walk, a first-time event for the Minnesota Chapter of the MS Society designed to raise funds to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Each walker is required to raise at least $1,500 in pledges for the 50 mile walk that will begin in the northwestern Twin Cities suburbs on September 28 and conclude at the Metrodome on September 30.
There were plenty of memorable moments for Maple Lake’s 2001-2002 Queen NaDean Schroeder during her five days at this year’s Minneapolis Aquatennial. And those memories would have to include the first cancellation of the Torch Light Parade in the Aquatennial’s 62-year history.
NaDean said parade participants were all dressed up and ready to go at the Dunwoody Institute parade staging site when word came at 8:30 p.m. just before the parade was about to start that the latest in a long line of summer storms was forcing the first-ever cancellation of the Torch Light Parade.
“We were more disappointed for the Aquatennial’s royalty than ourselves,” NaDean said. “We already enjoyed our last parades in our hometowns, but they were the Minneapolis royalty and they didn’t get to have their last parade.”
It seemed a little ironic that Planning and Zoning Administrator Tom Salkowski would interrupt his presentation at the July 16 meeting of the Wright County Board to say there was "good news" from Civil Defense Coordinator Genell Reese and the news turned out to be the entire county has been declared a disaster area.
Yet, it was good news for cities, townships and individual citizens needing to access funds to start the repair and rebuilding process from the storms and flooding that ravaged the county less than a month ago.
"We just the got the news a few minutes ago that the entire county has been declared a disaster area," Reese said. "Prior to today only portions of the county had been declared as disaster areas, so now the entire county can coordinate on efforts to access emergency funds."
The time for balloting in Maple Lake on the question of entering the metro calling area is almost here.
Roger Moy, rates analyst for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, said that ballots will be sent out on August 21 with a return deadline of October 2.
In January, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) approved proposed telephone rates that would be implemented if Maple Lake gains Extended Area Access (EAS) and becomes a part of the metro calling area.
Entrance into the metro calling area would mean no toll (long distance) charges for calls within that area. However, the costs of providing that extended service to Maple Lake would result in higher monthly phone bills. The additive charge in Maple Lake would be $15.63 for residents and businesses, in addition to the Lakedale Telephone base rate of $10.50 per month.
Maple Lake and Annandale already share high school wrestling and hockey teams, along with joint Community Education Services.Now city government appears ready to follow the path blazed by the school districts as the two communities begin the exploration of a shared wastewater treatment facility.
On July 17, the Maple Lake and Annandale city councils met in a joint session at Maple Lake City Hall for a face-to-face informational session and discussion on the issues involved in the proposed joint venture.
Brad DeWolf, of the consulting engineers and land surveyors company of Bolton and Menk, Inc., led the two councils through a presentation of the proposed Annandale/Maple Lake Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.