Maple Lake’s annual All-City Garage Sale is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 3.Registrations can be made by calling the Messenger office at 963-3813 or by stopping in during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline for registrations is noon on May 30 to allow time to prepare a map and a listing of sellers. The registration fee is $10 and a list of your sale items will also be included in the Messenger advertisement. The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the event and the $10 fee is used to purchase advertising locally and throughout the area. Sale participants will also be given two garage sale signs which will identify their sale as officially registered in the All-City event.
Over 620 people attended the recent 19th Annual Students of Excellence Banquet and Recognition Ceremony honoring the area’s top 165 high school seniors from 43 schools in Central Minnesota.Honored from Maple Lake were Travis Deslauriers, Sarah Dombrovski, Lindsey Smith and Lee Pribyl.
Welcoming the guests was Dr. Rob Cavanna, executive director for Resource Training & Solutions. “Our global society and technology will drive the careers you choose. I challenge you to go out into the world and be a beacon of integrity and sound values,” Cavanna said.
Criteria for selection of students is decided by each school, with Maple Lake honoring the four top students in the graduating class. Resource Training & Solutions and its member districts have been sponsoring the event since 1987.
The Retiree is about to expand his horizons. And we’re not talking about another road trip.
Jerry Hoem, who has been writing “The Retiree” column for the Messenger since 2002, has combined his columns into a book entitled “The Retiree: On to Geezerhood.”
The book will be published this month by PublishAmerica, a company that focuses on the works of undiscovered writers from its headquarters in Frederick, Maryland.PublishAmerica characterizes Hoem’s book as “a collection of humor columns from a small-town newspaper.
The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce has gone on the record in support of the city hall project.
At its monthly meeting on May 3, the Chamber passed a unanimous resolution supporting the construction of a new city hall on the corner of Birch Avenue and Division Street in downtown Maple Lake.
On June 20, Maple Lake residents will vote on whether to authorize the city to issue capital improvement bonds in an amount not to exceed $1.35 million that would provide funding for a new city hall.
Originally presented as a $1.5 million project, the plans for the building were reduced as a compromise to those who objected to its size and cost. The current plans call for a building footprint of 6,475 square feet, with a main floor for council chambers and city offices, a basement for storage and a community room, and an upper floor for future city use or as rental space for downtown businesses.
If there was something in Maple Lake that needed doing, it was likely a job for Bea Jude.Beatrice A. ‘Bea’ Jude died on May 4 at the age of 86, just over a year after the death of her husband, Clarence.
Bea spent most of her life in Maple Lake, tended bar in the Buffalo and Maple Lake area for 40 years, made friends and acquaintances throughout the area, and spent her free time helping with a number of community and church activities that made her one of Maple Lake’s most active volunteers.
She was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, the Council of Catholic Women, the National Catholic Society of Foresters, and the Maple Lake VFW Auxiliary Post #7664.
The Annandale/Maple Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant got its big day in court on May 3 and judging from the packed spectator section at the Minnesota Supreme Court hearing, interest in the case is not ebbing.
The hearing at the State Capitol in St. Paul was the latest chapter in a saga that began in 2002, when the cities of Annandale and Maple Lake began planning for construction of a joint sewer plant on a site in Albion Township. Over four years of hearings and litigation, issues that first concerned property owners surrounding the plant site, have expanded into a pollution issue that could directly affect communities in two-thirds of the state and has both state and national implications.
A 33-year teaching career is about to come to a close at Maple Lake High School.
Jan Schmitz was hired as a math and biology teacher shortly after her graduation from St. Cloud State and will be retiring at the end of this school year.
Although she currently teaches seventh grade science, seventh grade math and Algebra II classes, Schmitz has taught just about every math and science class that Maple Lake has offered.
“The only classes I haven’t taught were physics and some of the newer math classes,” she said. “But I’ve enjoyed teaching seventh grade. Seventh graders are motivated to learn about new things. And I enjoyed the challenge of teaching advanced math classes.”
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As if working to guide Maple Lake through its recent growing pains isn’t enough, Mayor Mike Messina is undertaking a big change of his own.
At the end of May, Messina will conclude 23 years with Dingmann Funeral Care and begin a new career with Colonial Insurance.
Messina, who has served as Maple Lake’s mayor for nearly 12 years, will start his training with Colonial on June 5 with plans to open an office out of his home to serve business needs for supplemental employee benefits.
“As a family, this comes as no surprise,” he said. “I’ve been pondering this for the past four or five years. I knew when I started this process that I couldn’t sit behind a desk for eight hours a day. I wanted to find something that offered flexibility and opportunity to be my own boss, so to speak.
“The trouble is, it’s hard to leave something that you love.”