Joint Events Council (JEC) chair Kristin Hlavka served patrons at the LaPlayette in St. Joseph as students at St. John’s and St. Ben’s colleges hosted a breakfast on Sunday to raise funds for the Find Joshua fund and the Wetterling Foundation.
Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake, a junior at St. John’s, disappeared without a trace from the campus on Nov. 9.
Hlavka said that last year the JEC organization, which coordinates programming at both St. John’s and St. Ben’s, sponsored a benefit breakfast to aid the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
“This year, we wanted to do something to benefit a local cause,” she said. “And after this happened to Josh, we wanted to help out.”
Student JEC volunteers not only organized the breakfast, but coordinated publicity for the event and distributed posters throughout the area.
Sheriff Miller reports that on March 24, agents from the Wright County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for controlled substances at the Jerald Geyen residence located at 7455 County Road 37 NW in Maple Lake Township.
The search warrant resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of suspected Methamphetamine along with items associated with the clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine. Arrested at the residence were Jerald Geyen (age 46), Lynn Wedell (age 48), and Christopher Woelfel (age 27) for 1st degree conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Dale LaFave (age 33) was arrested for 5th degree possession of methamphetamine. All four parties were transported to the Wright County Jail.
Maple Lake took another step forward in the effort to produce a Comprehensive Plan for the city when the city council conducted a special meeting last week to hear draft goals and policies produced from input gathered at a community meeting in January.
Dean Johnson of Resource Strategies, the consulting firm guiding the CP process, told the council that attendance at the town meeting in January was very good, with nearly 100 residents filling the high school cafeteria. And he said that such large attendance helped to send some clear messages.
The Joint Events Council Community Committee of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, the LaPlayette, St. Joe Meat Market and Jim & Carol Kuebelbeck Dairy are sponsoring a pancake breakfast benefit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the LaPlayette, 19 N College Avenue, St. Joseph, Minn.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Wetterling Foundation and Joshua Guimond fund. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children four and under. The public is invited to attend.
One of Maple Lake’s grand men and past parade Grand Marshals was laid to rest on St. Patrick’s Day.
Ray Muller, 87, a life-long resident of Maple Lake, died on March 12 at the Ebenezer Covenant Home in Buffalo.
Muller’s grandparents opened a mortuary and furniture store in Maple Lake in 1897 and Muller became the third generation to operate the mortuary. He and his sister, Katherine, managed the business from 1958 to 1975, when it was sold to Art and Doug Dingmann, ending the 82-year family ownership of the mortuary. Muller continued working as a successful mechanical contractor before his retirement in 1985.
Muller’s accomplishments in Maple Lake included playing on some of the finest sports teams the MLHS Irish have ever produced: the undefeated high school football teams in 1931 and 1932 and the 1932 district champion basketball team.
An amazingly warm spring day brought an amazingly large crowd to town on Saturday to celebrate the end of a long winter at Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
What has been pronounced as the best weather in the festival’s history by some of those who have witnessed the previous 25 parades, brought temperatures in the mid- 60’s and a record crowd estimated at over 6,000 to Maple Lake.
More than 80 parade units traveled down a sunny parade route, with Maple Lake Lumber taking the $75 first prize award, Holy Cross Lutheran Church winning $50 for second place, and The Irish Washerwomen of the Maple Lake Community Theatre winning $25 for third place. Awarded a rare Honorable Mention with words of thanks from the community was Hoover, the bloodhound used in the search for Joshua Guimond.Serving as this year’s Grand Marshal was Ken Engel, retiring superintendent of Maple Lake Schools.
Glen Wurm, son of Lawrence and Carol Wurm of Maple Lake, was named as Assistant Coach of the Year after his Woodbury girls basketball team captured the state 4A title on Saturday.
Wurm, a 1988 graduate of Maple Lake High School, was honored by the Coaches Association in the selection of All-State teams and coaches after the conclusion of the state tournament. Coach of the Year in Class 4A was Woodbury’s state final opponent, Eastview’s Paul Goetz.
Woodbury concluded a perfect season at 29-0 when it defeated a tough Eastview team which recorded only one previous loss before the state title game. Wurm’s squad used a strong defense to win the championship with a 61-42 win. The Royals dominated the game from the start, holding Eastview to only 26 points over three quarters.Head coach for the Woodbury Royals is Dave Preller.
The coronation of the next Miss Maple Lake will take place during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival on March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the high school gym. The Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Queen’s Committee wish to take this opportunity to introduce this year’s 14 Miss Maple Lake candidates to their community.