Perfect weather was the final ingredient needed to draw big crowds to Maple Lake's 3rd Annual Days of Old. From the 9:15 a.m. start of the 10k and Fun Run, to the 9:15 p.m. fireworks, the town was buzzing with activities for all ages.
"I'd say it was a success," said Chamber of Commerce president, Gary Swearingen. "We need to tweak a few things, we definitely need more volunteers, but overall it was great."
The Days of Old features a wide variety of events for the whole family.
Downtown. . .
*Car Show and other Magnificent Machines, 10 a.m. on the grounds of the Maple Lake VFW. Vintage cars, tractors and machines will be on display with prizes to be awarded at the end of the day. Owners of classic vehicles and machines can still register by calling Sandy Krohn at 320-963-3411. At 3:30 p.m., a car parade will proceed to the city park for an awards ceremony.
*10K, 8 a.m.; Fun Run, 9:15 a.m. Proceeds from the races will benefit the Maple Lake High School track squads. The 10K will begin at 8 a.m. on August 19 at the Maple Lake school grounds. The route will take runners to and through Ney Park and then back to the school. The Fun Run will begin at 9:15 a.m. for two laps around the school track at Irish Country Stadium. Race registration forms can be obtained at the running website, raceberryjam.com, or at the high school office.
Live bands will put bodies in motion, antique cars will rumble through the streets and real cowboys will spur up some dust at Days of Old in Maple Lake on Saturday, August 19.
Not only will Days of Old in Maple Lake include the same great festivities as last year, but this year Midwest Mounted Reenactors will also stroll into town to add their roping and six-shooters to the celebration.
Midwest Mounted Reenactors are a hand-picked cadre of some of the top-performing and nationally-ranked horsemen and horsewomen in the region.
"We work in the film and entertainment industry doing state and county fairs, parades, corporate events, and film reenactment," said Tom Jones, the world champion mounted shooter and the founder of Midwest Mounted Reenactors. "Some of our horsemen and horsewomen have even been in big budget movies such as "The Patriot" and "Riding with the Devil."
'Lucky' isn't a word usually used in conjunction with a house fire, but Judy Potter had luck on her side early Sunday morning, August 13, when she awoke to the alarm of a smoke detector and did exactly the right thing.
Feeling her bedroom door and finding it hot, she left through a sliding door leading to a back deck, making her way across the road to the home of her sister-in-law, Allone Potter.
"She pounded on my door and honked the horn on my truck," said Allone. "She was coughing and saying 'my house is full of smoke.'"
Allone made the call to the Maple Lake Fire Department, but despite a quick response, flames were coming through the roof by the time firefighters arrived at 4:40 a.m. for the fire at the Potter residence at 4849 73rd St. NW in Maple Lake Township.
Established in 1931, Lake Region Co-op in Maple Lake has continued to offer extensive customer service and quality goods for the past 75 years.
On Saturday, August 12, from 9:09 a.m. until 3:03 p.m., the co-op will be celebrating 75 years of successful service to the community through a variety of scheduled events.
Dick Behm, manager of the Country Store at Lake Region, has arranged for a line-up of antique cars and tractors to be on display. Also featured will be face-painting for children and a petting zoo with an assortment of animals, including St. Bernard puppies, horses, rabbits, goats, miniature ponies, a donkey, a llama, and an alpaca.
Local groups and organizations have chosen to take part in the celebration as well.
See the August 9 issue of the Messenger for more details about the celebration of Lake Region Co-op's 75 years as well as its history.
Taking part in a fund-raising walk to cure cancer is a stroll in the park when compared to fighting the disease yourself. And no one knows that better than Jan Bakeberg.
Bakeberg, a retired Maple Lake High School teacher, will be joined by her daughter, Tammy Saphir, at the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation from August 18-20. And they are walking to give others the hope that they, too, can be a cancer survivor.
On December 17, 2004, Jan underwent a lumpectomy for a lump she discovered herself in an area that had been watched by her doctors because of the appearance of an unexplained grey mass. But because she was leaving in four days for the trip of a lifetime- a journey to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro-her doctors told Tammy and Jan's husband, Bruce, the bad news that the lump was malignant.
Four groups of Wright County-based artists will bring music to Maple Lake's Days of Old on Saturday, August 19, with the sounds of classic rock, country and folk music.
The performances will begin at 11:30 a.m. when the headliner band, "Major Tom," opens the afternoon with a free concert in downtown Maple Lake. The band features Maple Lake resident Andy Peterson as vocalist; Joe Seliski, guitarist; Brad Bruhn, keyboard player; Mike Rumpza, base player; and Dave Paquette, drummer.
The band is prepared to entertain the Days of Old crowd with some classic rock cover tunes from the Beatles, Who, REM, and much more. "We'll be playing some very upbeat and uptempo music," said Peterson.
Retelling 100 years of memories and living to see such a birthday is no simple task, but John Fobbe III makes it look easy.
To celebrate this milestone birthday, John's family held an open house on Sunday, July 30. Hundreds of family and friends from all over showed up to wish John a happy birthday.
Along with years of memories, John has a heart for baseball and farming and wouldn't miss a beat on either.
For years, John's favorite pastime has been watching baseball. He attended high school baseball games and Lakers games, and still watches every Twins game on television.
His mind is sharp, recounting the details of the Twins game against the Chicago White Sox in which they "snitched by with just one run." And on Sunday, even between birthday greetings from family and friends at his open house, John sat in front of the television, intently watching the final game in the series with Detroit.