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Thu
15
Nov

Veterans honored at school program

Girl Scout Tira Phillips, whose father returned from service in Iraq last year, led a procession that marked the beginning of the annual Veterans' Day program at Maple Lake Schools on Friday, Nov. 9.

This year's program in the Maple Lake High School auditorium featured presentations from World War II fighter pilots Marv Dahlgren and Don Anderson, selections by the MLHS Jazz Band accompanied by Dahlgren, and the reading of essays written by students entered in the Patriot Pen writing contest.

More photos appear in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
15
Nov

After five years, hope is still alive for Joshua

In the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 2002, Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake disappeared without a trace from the St. John's campus after leaving a gathering of friends to walk back to his dorm. Five years later, Joshua has not been found, but his family has not given up hope.

On Saturday, family and friends noted the fifth anniversary of Joshua's disappearance with a program and prayers at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. There was also a slide show of photos of Joshua as he was growing up.

"It is important that we get together to make the statement that Josh is not forgotten," Holy Cross Pastor Steve King said to those in attendance, "and to provide support for each other."

A candlelight procession took participants outside to a plaque dedicated to Joshua and a tree planted on the first anniversary of his disappearance in 2003.

Fri
09
Nov

Volleyball soars to new heights

A tremendous play-off run by the Maple Lake Irish volleyball team was aborted in the Section 6AA finals as the Irish fell to the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders. The run the 2007 Irish volleyball team made was one for the record books, as no other Maple Lake volleyball team went farther into the play-offs than this year's team.

Fri
09
Nov

Trail to Ney Park nears completion

The end is in sight for Maple Lake's portion of the Ney Park Bike/Pedestrian Trail. The paving, which began last week, is near completion. Only the section connecting the new trail with County Road 37 remains unpaved. "We were waiting for the utility company to move a pole," said Jerry Liebhard, project manager with Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix. "Now that it's done, we have to add gravel to fill in and then pave. It could be done this week."

Mid-Minnesota is also responsible for finishing the grading of the soil disturbed during construction. "As the paving is done crews will come in and regrade and then sod and seed. It will look quite a bit different when everything is done," said Liebhard. "Some of the finish work might have to wait until spring though, it's all dependent on the weather."

Fri
09
Nov

Third time's a charm, school referendum passes 730-458

The third time was a charm for the Maple Lake School District when local voters went to the polls on Tuesday and approved a $6,980,000 school expansion referendum. Also approved was a gym/multi-purpose facility at a cost of $1,750,000.

In November of last year and in February of 2007, voters narrowly rejected referendums aimed primarily at addressing space concerns at Maple Lake Elementary.

In November of 2006, voters approved a school operations referendum for $59 per students by a vote of 1,164 to 918. An $8,660,000 expansion plan was defeated by 16 votes, 1,046 against to 1,030 in favor of the project. A $5,380,000 proposal to build a new 500-seat auditorium failed by a vote of 1,381 to 692.

In February of 2007, it was a 15-vote margin that sent a $9,520,000 construction project to defeat, 429-414.

Thu
01
Nov

Kids are winners at the Halloween Carnival

Hundreds of kids and parents enjoyed the sights, sounds, food and prizes featured at the 32nd Halloween Carnival on Saturday at Maple Lake Elementary. Over 5,000 game tickets were sold for this year's event.

There was plenty to see and do at the annual carnival coordinated by Partners In Education. Among the contest winners were:

Brady Tongen, who guessed the exact weight of the pumpkin donated by Dave Stumpf at 117 lbs.

Tyler Weimer won the contest to guess the amount of candy corn in a jar, which was 988.

Blair Stewig won the contest to guess the amount of M&Ms in a jar. Her entry of 10,025 was closest to the actual amount of 9,665.

More information and photos appear in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
01
Nov

Ney Park trail takes shape north of town

The long-awaited Ney Park Bike-Pedestrian Trail is back on track after weeks of delays due to the record rainfalls this late summer and early fall.

"The whole ditch carries water," said Jerry Liebhard, project manager for Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix, winner of the construction bid for this part of the trail. "A lot of it is still wet. We were able to start up again last Tuesday (Oct. 23) and plan on paving next Thursday (Nov. 1)."

The end product will be a ten-foot wide bituminous trail that required stripping the top soil and excavating several inches of clay before adding granulated borrow, a sandy substance similar to pit run, and finally, class five and asphalt.

The trail head, currently under construction, begins just south of Cty. Rd. 37 near Kramer Sales and runs along the east side of Cty. Rd. 8. Eventually the trail will lead into and through Ney park.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
01
Nov

School prepares for 3rd building referendum

The Maple Lake School District will find out if 'third time's a charm' when the voters go to the polls on Nov. 6 to pass judgement on two referendum questions.

In November of last year and in February of 2007, voters narrowly rejected referendums aimed primarily at addressing space concerns at Maple Lake Elementary.

In a public meeting in the Maple Lake High School auditorium on Monday, Superintendent Mark Redemske provided information on the third try at a construction referendum.

Redemske said needs to be addressed with the proposed project are additional classroom space, special education space, storage, safety and maintenance items and the need for more space in the elementary cafeteria and for physical education.

Thu
25
Oct

Wright County bonds $53 million for new jail

With the new Wright County Jail project already in full swing, it was expected that the county would be bonding for the project at some point during the 2007 calendar year. At the Oct. 16 meeting of the Wright County Board, that day was upon the commissioners, who approved a $53 million bond issue.

Bruce Kimmel of the financial firm Springsted Financial Advisers presented the board with a proposed $53.57 million bond issue and said that the county will likely get competitive bidding from throughout the country due to the size and ability to repay the bond that the county has with its strong credit rating.

"Because of the size of the project, we're expecting bids not just from Twin Cities investment banks, but investment banks from throughout the country," Kimmel said. "These are the types of projects that get a lot of interest, so the bidding should be very competitive."

Thu
25
Oct

Cross country wins first conference championship

The Maple Lake Girls' Cross Country team has done what no cross country team, boys or girls, has ever done in Maple Lake High School history. They brought home a conference championship.

The girls' squad won the new banner for the MLHS gym last week when they edged Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball by one point for the championship.

And the top Irish runner, Jeana Renier, was in a tight race as well, edged by Justine Hilsgen of EV-W-K for the individual conference title.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

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