The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has announced the state’s 13 deadliest impaired driving counties to be targeted by Operation NightCAP (nighttime concentrated alcohol patrol) throughout 2006.
Operation NightCAP enforcement efforts will take place in seven metro and six greater Minnesota counties: Anoka, Cass, Dakota, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, Olmsted, Ramsey, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright.
From 2002 to 2004, these counties accounted for more than half of the state’s alcohol-related traffic deaths and serious injuries. During this period, impaired driving in the 13 counties accounted for 306 deaths and 612 serious injuries, costing the state an estimated $362.5 million.
Songs by children and a book for kids played an important part in the annual Veteran’s Day program on Nov. 10.Duets with Dale Bothun by second grader Cody Stueven and fifth grader Julia Bothun opened and closed the program at Maple Lake Elementary.
The third anniversary of the disappearance of Joshua Guimond was commemorated with a prayer service and plaque dedication on Nov. 10 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake.
With television cameras from Fox 29 and KARE 11 filming the service, Holy Cross Pastor Steven King offered words of hope for Joshua. “He’s still in our memory,” King said. “And we still hold the hope that we’ll see him again.”
Joshua’s mother, Lisa Cheney, thanked all those in attendance for their prayers and support in helping to keep hope alive.“We couldn’t do it without you,” she said. “It’s good to know that we aren’t walking this road alone.”
Cheney said she appreciated the concern and caring displayed by Maple Lake residents, even after three years.
“It’s been three years and it seems like there’s no hope,” she said, “but there’s always hope.”
Sergio Guadalupe Garcia pled guilty to one count of second degree murder on October 27 in the 2004 shooting death of a man in Silver Creek.
On April 13, 2004, Juan Chacon Esquivel, 42, of Mexico, was shot and killed outside a home at 11344 Elliot Ave., NW, in Silver Creek, which is located next door to the Silver Creek Corner Bar. Garcia, 20 at the time of the shooting, was also originally of Mexico and he and his family had lived in Monticello before moving to Silver Creek the previous year. Esquivel had moved in with Garcia several months prior to the shooting.
Four Maple Lake teachers were among the 156 Central Minnesota educators honored at the Leaders In Educational Excellence Banquet and Awards Ceremony on October 26 at the St. Cloud Civic Center.
The event, conducted annually by the Minnesota educational service cooperative, Resource Training and Solutions, honors classroom teachers, counselors, administrators and educational specialists.
Criteria for the award includes a thorough knowledge of subject matter and leadership in curriculum development, service as positive role models for staff and students, and involvement in continuing education and self-development activities.
Honored from Maple Lake were fifth grade teacher Marty Kiebel, elementary Special Education teacher Sandra Pomije, Student-Parent-Teacher Liaison and high school business teacher Donna Wurm, and high school Special Education teacher Colleen Carlson.
It’s been three years since Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake disappeared from the campus at St. John’s University in the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 2002, after a late-night gathering of friends.
There are still no clues into the mystery of what happened to Joshua, but efforts to keep hope alive continue.
Joshua, the only son of Brian Guimond and Lisa Cheney, was a 2000 graduate of Maple Lake High School and a star student. He served as president of his class, represented the Student Council on the School Board, was voted Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates, and was the winner of numerous scholarships.
A program to remember the third anniversary of the dissappearance of college student Joshua Guimond has been set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake.
Joshua disappeared in the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 2002, after he left a gathering of friends on the St. John’s campus.
At St. John’s, a sign that was located at the four-way stop on campus was eroded by the weather and will be replaced with a full-color sign in the Student Union. A plaque remembering Joshua will also be installed and St. John’s students will receive an e-mail from the school administration asking that they remember Joshua.
A special primary on Tuesday to select candidates for the District 19 state senate seat formerly held by Mark Ourada of Buffalo resulted in wins by Republican Amy Koch of Buffalo and DFL candidate John Deitering of Buffalo.
Koch won the Republican primary over Wright County Commissioner Pat Sawatzke of Monticello by a vote of 1702 to 1132, for a 60% to 40% margin of victory.
Deitering won the DFL primary over Buffalo businessman Ross Bennett by a vote of 601 to 247 for a 71% to 29% margin of victory.
Also running in the Nov. 22 special election will be Del Haag of Buffalo, who is the unopposed Independence Party candidate.