Lightning senior wrestler Stephen Pilgram closed out his high school career by capturing the 140 lb. championship at the state tournament last weekend.
And Coach Bruce Bartels closed out his 33 years as coach of the Cardinals and the Lightning by winning recognition as the Section 5AA Coach of the Year, following a second place section finish by his last team.
And the awards for the most successful season in the history of the Lightning just keep on coming.
The ANML Lightning varsity wrestling team was also honored with the All-State All Academic Silver Award for their 3.374 accumulative GPA.
The coronation of the next Miss Maple Lake will take place during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Queen’s Committee wish to take this opportunity to introduce this year’s 16 candidates to their community.
The rainbow ends at Maple Lake on Saturday, March 13, with the community's 27th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival.
The festivities begin with the annual craft sale coordinated by Betty and Dawn Gordon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the elementary gym. A full house of more than 40 crafters will include several vendors new to the Maple Lake festival. In addition, the Immanuel Lutheran Youth Group will be hosting a lunch/snack booth for shoppers in the craft sale area.
The third annual Irish Scamper will get underway at 9:30 a.m. with registration at Maple Lake High School on Highway 55. The 5K Run will begin at 11 a.m. on a course through the town, the Fun Run taking place following the 5K. More information on the Scamper can be found at the website at www.raceberryjam.com/ scamper or registration forms can be picked up at the Maple Lake High School office.
Never before has an entire organization been honored with the designation as Grand Marshals of Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
But this year, the members of Maple Lake Fire Department, past and present, will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2004 parade.
The local fire department was recognized for providing its community with a level of service and dedication that is second to none. But a century ago, a quality fire department seemed an unachievable dream for Maple Lake.
KARE-11 photojournalist Jim Douglas filmed Maple Lake Fire Department Captain Daryl Hennen and Chief Todd Borell last week as part of the KARE-11 “Neighbors” feature which will appear on Thursday, February 26, during the 5 p.m. newscast.
The feature will focus on the donation of a fire truck to the Lake Wilson Fire Department, which lost all its equipment and facilities in a gas explosion last month.
KARE-11 anchor Julie Nelson said the story of the donation was one she wanted to feature. “I do segments called “Neighbors” on people who are making a difference in their community by helping others,” Nelson said, “and this story seemed like a perfect fit.”
What’s it like to be crowned as queen of Maple Lake?
“It was the best moment of this whole year,” laughed 2003-2004 Miss Maple Lake Brandi Decker, remembering the 2003 St. Patrick’s Day coronation nearly one year ago.
And that’s saying a lot, because the soon-to-be-concluded reign of Queen Brandi includes a scrapbook full of wonderful and memorable moments.
Brandi and her court of Princess Mary Pribyl, Princess Erika Wold, and Miss Congeniality Sara Wurm, may have set a new record for public appearances and loved very minutes of it.
“We wanted to get involved as much as possible,” Brandi said. “We’d invite ourselves to events and tried to do different things to let people know we weren’t here just to wear crowns and wave from a float. We wanted to help out.”
Representatives of Corinna, Albion and Maple Lake Township, Maple Lake Schools, and the Planning and Zoning Commission joined the Maple Lake City Council at city hall on February 19 for a review of the draft Comprehensive Plan for the City of Maple Lake.
City planner Dean Johnson began the session with an overview of the 42-page draft plan which is nearing completion, noting how input from town meetings held in January and October of 2003 served to shape the plan’s goals and policies.