Ryan Holt, three-year-old son of Jeff and Cari (Williams) Holt, died on June 3 at his home in Buffalo.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Visitation will be on Friday, June 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo and also one hour before the services on Saturday. Burial will be at Groveland Cemetary in Minnetonka. A complete obituary will appear in next week's Messenger.
In November, Ryan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare form of cancer with only a 50 percent chance of survival. Since November, Ryan had undergone agressive chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
To support Ryan and his family in their fight against leukemia, friends and family hosted several fund-raisers that drew wide support from residents throughout the area.
Despite a nasty turn in the weather on Friday that sent commencement ceremonies indoors, the revised celebration went off without a hitch in the Maple Lake High School gym.
MLHS Principal Mary James told the crowd that graduation practice took place under sunny skies Friday morning at Irish Country Stadium. She said a decision wasn’t made to move the ceremonies indoors until about 6:30 that evening, when it became clear that the weather wasn’t going to cooperate. And James said in only an hour, an impromptu crew of students and staff set up a stage and chairs to get the gym ready for the 8 p.m. ceremonies.
Senior Class President Ryan Finke presented the Welcome Address, urging classmates not to allow themselves to be defeated by future obstacles or setbacks. “I ask you, my classmates, to swerve around those potholes and take the road less traveled. Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.”
An early morning fire on Friday completely destroyed a house under construction in the Paumen Addition and damaged three other nearby homes.
The home, owned by Ryan Hughes of Cokato, burned to the ground shortly after firefighters were called to the scene at 12:45 a.m.
Maple Lake Fire Chief Todd Borell said the first fire truck arrived on the scene at 12:48 a.m. and by that time, the fast-moving fire had totally engulfed the house.
“By the time the pumper got there one minute later, the neighbor’s garage was already on fire,” Borell said. “The house was coming down already by the time we had water, only six or seven minutes after the time of the page.
A big crowd turned out on a beautiful Memorial Day to pay tribute to Maple Lake’s veterans. “We are here to honor the memory of those who have given their lives for our country,” said American Legion Commander Gary Jude, who coordinated the program at the Veteran’s Memorial at the city park on Monday.
A parade, which included the first appearance of the Maple Lake Marching Band in their new uniforms, traveled from the Legion Club to the park for the ceremony that included prayers offered by Rev. Steven King, and readings of “Freedom is Not Free,” and “The Dash Between the Dates,” by Girls and Boys State representatives Katie Haegele and Ed Elfmann. Musical selections by the band, under the direction of instructor Tony Mazzone, featured “The Star Spangled Banner,” and “God Bless America.”
Security State Bank has announced the addition of a new member to its Board of Directors.
Greg Thomes of Maple Lake took the oath of office last week at a meeting of the bank’s board. He joins current members of the board: George Palmer, Doyle Van Dyne, Russ Baker, Don Weismann, Bud Vandergon, Paul McHugh, James McHugh and Peter McHugh. Jack McHugh serves as a counsel to the board. The Board of Directors oversees the conduct of the bank’s business.
A one-vehicle rollover on County Road 37 has prompted a call from the Wright County Sheriff’s Department for witnesses to the accident.
The crash occurred on May 22 at about 8:30 a.m. just east of Maple Lake. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Phillip Carl Pope, 30, of Monticello was westbound on Co. Rd. 37 near the Maple Lake airport. Pope’s vehicle entered the north ditch and hit a culvert washout area in the ditch. Pope’s 1995 Suzuki rolled multiple times before coming to rest at the edge of the road in the westbound lane. He was wearing his seatbelt and had to be removed from the vehicle by the Maple Lake Fire Department. Pope was transported to Buffalo Hospital in serious condition.
It’s almost time once again for the annual Maple Lake All-City Garage Sale, which is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 7.
Please note this is a change from the date of June 14 listed in the Community Calendar.
Registrations can be made by calling the Messenger office at 963-3813 or by stopping in during business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The deadline for registrations is noon on May 27 to allow time to prepare a map and a listing of sellers. The registration fee is $10 and a list of your sale items will also be included in the Messenger advertisement.This event is sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and is advertised locally and area-wide.
Sale participants will also be given two garage sale signs, which will identify their sale as officially registered in the All-City event.
Hope College of Holland, Michigan honored four alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards on May 3.And one of those honored alumni is from Maple Lake.
Dr. Lawrence Schut of Maple Lake and three other Hope graduates were presented with the highest honor that alumni can receive from the college in recognition of contributions to society and service to Hope.