The scores for the state basic skills tests for eighth graders were announced last week, and for Maple Lake, it was very good news.
Eighty-three percent of Maple Lake’s eighth graders passed the math test and 93% passed the reading test, for a respective 5.2% and 10% increase over last year’s success rate. And those increases were made even more impressive when noting that state average passing rates in math dived 3% to 72 while the reading test showed a slight 1% increase over last year with 81% of the state’s eighth graders posting a passing mark.Last year’s testing success rate in Maple Lake was 77.8% in math and 83.1% in reading.
Over the past five years of the testing, Maple Lake has progressed from a success rate well below the state average to a level now well above and MLHS Principal Mary James said the steady increases have been the result of a team effort.
What better way to learn Spanish than to spend some time in Spain?
That was the mission of MLHS Spanish teacher Kim Fynboh when she and a group of chaperones escorted 16 of her students to Spain for nine days over spring break.
The group of travelers included Heather Wurm, Emily Norell, Ashley Spolarich, Tammy Wenzel, Christine Schaefers, Ashley Hill, Erika Wold, Kyrra Meier, Aimee Paumen, Elyse Malherek, Ed Elfmann, Chelsie Ritter, Katie Haegele, Maggie Muller, Tricia Uecker, teacher Kim Fynboh and chaperones Brenda Malherek, Barbara Anderson, Karen Norell and Alfred and Catherine Wurm.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to take kids overseas,” Fynboh said. “And I feel that I should since I’m a Spanish teacher, which is all about learning about other cultures and their language.
On April 10, 2002, Judy Lamont stood in a neighbor’s yard on a rainy afternoon watching smoke billow from the family’s Maple Lake home. She cried when firefighters rescued the Lamont’s dog, Sidney, and placed the frightened pet in her arms.
And those were just the opening moments on a long road to get the Lamont family back home.
For the next month, the family of six lived in motels in Buffalo, wearing donated clothes and driving daughters, Alicia, Kristen, Deanna and Marisa, back and forth to school in Maple Lake.
Judy said during that time, she received a lot of support from her friends at the Heavenly Grounds Coffee Shop. “For that month, the coffee house was like a home base for me,” Judy said. “When I didn’t have to drive back to Buffalo, I could sit and visit, run my errands and do whatever I had to do. They even took calls for us there.”
Emergency responses by the Volunteer Maple Lake Fire Department and Ambulance Service were as follows during the past week:
April 13, 8:41 a.m.: Grass fire at 2161 66th St. NW, Maple Lake Twp., Karen Norell residence. Fire, apparently from the previous evening’s bonfire, spread to a brushy area, eventually threatening the house. Firefighters had the fire out in about 30 minutes, but it rekindled several logs in the blackened area in the afternoon’s high winds. Nineteen firefighters responsed at approximately 2:30 p.m. and extinguished the fire.
April 13, 5:25 p.m.: Mutual aid for the Buffalo Fire Department at a grass fire at 2045 Colbert Ave. NW, in Maple Lake Twp. Twenty-five firefighters responded for standby status.
Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on April 10, at 10:16 p.m., the Wright County Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle accident at Co. Rd. #8 NW, near Co. Rd. #106 in Maple Lake Township.
Lawrence Joseph Paumen , age 44, from Annandale, was traveling northbound on Co. Rd. #8 when he left the roadway just north of Co. Rd. #106 and rolled his 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Paumen was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital by helicopter, and as of Tuesday, remains in critical condition.
Paumen and his wife, Joyce, are the former owners of A-Meat Shoppe in Maple Lake.
Maple Lake Ambulance and Rescue and the Wright County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff's Office.
Maple Lake contractor Tom Clarke holds a flag and pin he received from the New York City Fire Department for his volunteer efforts at Ground Zero in the weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist assault.
Clark, a former New York firefighter, was awarded one of the flags that flew over Ground Zero during the rescue and clean-up efforts. The pin is the first medal of commendation created in the history of the New York Fire Department. Two star pins were presented to survivors of the assault, one star went to those who worked on the World Trade Center “pile” and a plain pin went to firefighters who were on the job at the time of the World Trade Center tragedy. Clarke’s pin has one star.
The family of the late Fred and Irene Jude gathered on Sunday to dedicate a cabin to the memory of their parents at Camp Friendship.
Since 1964, Friendship Ventures has offered year-round programs at Camp Friendship for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. And one of those summer visitors was the Jude’s son, Dennis.In addition, Irene was a long-time volunteer and a Camp Friendship Auxiliary member.
“This cabin has given our family the means to keep alive the spirit of our parents, their feelings about Camp Friendship and giving back to the community,” said daughter Colleen Moe, who spearheaded the project.
The 1,200 square-foot cabin was completed in December as a result of a fund-raising drive by the Jude family and the efforts of Camp Friendship volunteers.
In a development that spells considerable good news for the drive to revitalize downtown Maple Lake, one of the town’s historic buildings is once again open for business.
“The Den,” a multi-purpose facility featuring coffee, snacks, gifts, internet access and space for parties, meetings and other events, opened at the end of March and promises to bring new faces downtown.
In late December, Andy and John Peterson and Dan Cransten, all of Maple Lake, purchased the Carlson Doll building, which is located next to Heavenly Grounds Coffee Shop on Birch Avenue, for their business ventures.
The fire department responded to two pages on March 26 and 29 from 911 for grass fires. The fires, in both instances, were controlled burns; hence no action was taken. Twenty-four and 13 firefighters responded respectively.
They were also dispatched to the Maple Lake High School on March 21, 4:59 p.m., which was a false alarm. Eighteen firemen responded.
The ambulance squad provided the following services: Patients were taken by ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital ER on March 30, 11:02 p.m; March 28, 2:30 p.m.; March 28, :54 a.m.; March 27, 8:08 a.m.; and March 24, 10:08 p.m.
March 27, 2:29 a.m.: Emergency cancelled at 2:52 a.m.
March 24, 6:50 p.m.: Patient was transported to the Waconia Hospital by an Advanced Life Support ambulance as per request.