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02
Mar

Grand Marshal & mom make history

This year, with the selection of the grand marshal for the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14, Maple Lake also gets its first great-grand marshal.

In 1997, Marge Ward was named the parade grand marshal and her daughter, Jeannie Fobbe, was selected to lead this year's parade. It's the first time a child of a past grand marshal has received that same honor.

Marge said she was excited when she was asked to serve as grand marshal, Maple Lake's highest honor which recognizes a lifetime of service to this community. But she said she was even more excited this year for Jeannie.

"I was thrilled for her," Marge said. "I thought it was wonderful."

St. Patrick's Day has always been something special for the Ward family, with Marge noting her Irish heritage. One of the highlights of her life was the opportunity to serve as a chaperone when the Maple Lake High School Marching Band traveled to Ireland in 1974.

Fri
20
Feb
Fri
20
Feb

Man arrested in Monticello theft

A silent alarm at a Monticello business early on Saturday morning led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man from Minneapolis on burglary charges.

 At 5:10 a.m. on February 7, Sheriff Gary Miller reports that sheriff's deputies assigned to patrol Monticello received a report of a silent alarm at the "Smoke Shop" in the 1200 block of Hwy. 25 South. When the deputies arrived, they discovered that the rear door to the business was unsecure. Once inside the rear door, they noticed a large hole cut in the sheetrock on an interior wall.

As the deputies were calling for a K9 unit to assist in the building search, they heard a disturbance inside of the building and observed a male individual run out an adjacent exterior door. A foot chase ensued and the suspect was captured in an open field a few blocks from the location of the burglary.

Read more in this week's Messenger.

Fri
20
Feb

Maple Lake Community Theatre production to open Feb. 20

The curtain is about to open on this year's Maple Lake Community Theatre production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

At left, getting that all-important cup of coffee is a must for the corporate cast that includes Tyler Foreman, Jim Johnson, Jean Borrell, Erica Zander, Julie Johnson, Frank Opay, Mike O'Loughlin, Dianna Lidberg, Gary Miller, Kim Harvey, Katheleen Miller, Gerald Fitzpatrick, J McClelland and Lori Peterson.

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is set for Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. in the Maple Lake High School auditorium. On Feb. 22 and March 1, performances are set for 2 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are now available at First National Bank in Maple Lake.

Fri
20
Feb

Former hair salon gets winter facelift

Work on a building at 40 Birch Avenue South was an attention-getter in downtown Maple Lake last week.

"Basically we're just giving the building a facelift," said owner Patrick Little. "We're redoing the brick around the top and mortaring the stone around the bottom. Making it look presentable."

The upper floor of the downtown building is a 900-1,000 square foot apartment and the lower 600 square foot commercial area is the former home of three different hair salons, most recently All About You.

Read more in this week's issue of the Maple Lake Messenger.

Fri
20
Feb

Food Shelf open for those in need

These are trying times for this country and Maple Lake is no exception.

With the recession deepening, 11 million unemployed in the U.S. alone, and a brand-new president reporting that the light at the end of this particular financial tunnel is still likely a ways off, everyone has been affected by financial hardships, some more, some less.

These days many families worry about jobs, facing cutbacks or layoffs and stretching every penny. They give up vacations, cut back on everything non-essential, wonder how to keep the bills paid, the prescriptions filled and the kids fed.

For a growing number in the Maple Lake area, help is often found at the Annandale Area Food Shelf, which serves Annandale, Maple Lake, South Haven and Southside Township. A dedicated, totally-volunteer crew at the Annandale Area Food Shelf arranges deliveries and keeps things running smoothly to provide this service to the community.

Fri
13
Feb

Jeannie Fobbe named as St. Pat's Grand Marshal

Life-long resident Jeannie Fobbe has been named as the Grand Marshal of the 32nd St. Patrick's Day Festival Parade in Maple Lake.

Fobbe retired in December after 37 years as a social worker/ resource coordinator for the Wright County Human Services Department. In making its Grand Marshal selection, the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce cited Fobbe's positive impact on area residents over her years with the county and through her numerous volunteer activities.

In addition, Fobbe becomes the first daughter of a past Grand Marshal to be awarded the same honor. Her mother, Marge Ward, was selected as Grand Marshal in 1997.

Fri
13
Feb

'Community Heartbeat' aims to save lives

The Maple Lake Fire Department is adding new equipment and programs to promote heart health throughout the city.

The MLFD recently kicked off a new project called "Community Heartbeat." The project consists of several initiatives, all with the goal of saving lives and promoting heart-healthy living. Community Heartbeat includes new advanced rescue equipment as well as setting habits for healthier living.

The new project will officially kick off on Sunday, Feb. 15, with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at Legion Post 131 in Maple Lake. The free-will donation breakfast will feature a demonstration by the MLFD of the new automatic chest compression system called the LUCAS device. The LUCAS device provides consistent chest compressions during CPR. The apparatus is placed over a victim's chest and the person's arms are strapped up on the machine. The LUCAS device delivers 100 compressions per minute, at a consistant force and pace.

Fri
13
Feb

Acting is all in the family for father & son

A father and son acting duo will be taking the stage together during the February Maple Lake Community Theatre production of "How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying."

Doug Foreman and his 18-year-old son, Tyler, will both be playing buttoned-down businessmen and enjoying their time together in the process.

"Mom (Becky) and I talked Tyler into it," Doug laughed. "We only had to work on him a little bit because he's got a lot of natural ham in him."

Doug has appeared in a long list of Maple Lake theater productions, but this is a first for Tyler. However, the younger Foreman does have experience on stage, having taken on roles in the "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," for a St. Cloud production and in a Monticello presentation of "King Midas."

Read more in this week's Messenger.

Fri
13
Feb

Elementary teacher is semi-finalist for state award

A Maple Lake teacher is recognized among the best in the state.

On February 4, Maple Lake Elementary Principal Kris Harlan and Maple Lake Schools Superintendent Mark Redemske visited Becky Neis' classroom to share the news that she was named among 27 semi-finalists for the state Teacher of the Year award.

"I was in the middle of class and they asked me to step into the hallway," Neis said. "I actually got a little nervous because I saw Redemske was there.

"But I was truly humbled by the news," she said. "It's an honor to be among the list of top teachers in the state."

Neis said she is very excited about the news and feels the honor is more about the school than her own work.

"I hope it can be more of a spotlight of the school," she said. "[This honor] is really a reflection of Maple Lake Elementary because they are doing so many things here.

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