When a home in Maple Lake Township was blown to bits in an explosion this fall, Maple Lake firefighters got a first-hand look at the devastation a powerful explosion can cause.
In the evening of January 12, a gas explosion blew apart the Lake Wilson Fire Hall and Maple Lake’s Fire Department wasted no time in coming to the aid of Lake Wilson in a very big way.
They offered to give the Lake Wilson Fire Department a 1970 International Pumper Truck that now serves as the only functioning piece of fire-fighting equipment in Lake Wilson, a small town with a population of about 360 in the southwest corner of Minnesota.
Four Lake Wilson firefighters made the 3 1/2-hour drive to Maple Lake on Saturday to gratefully accept a donation that will help get their fire department back on its feet.
Over 200 wrestlers from preschool through sixth grade converged on Maple Lake High School for the Lightning Kids wrestling tournament on Jan. 11. Those in attendance, including parents and fans, numbered about 400.
Numerous state champs, medal winners and qualifiers from previous years and across the state created excitement in many of the day’s matches. Wrestlers came from as far away as Crosby/Ironton, Frazee and Henderson. They joined a large contingent of excellent wrestlers from Annandale, Big Lake, Buffalo, Monticello, Watertown, St. Michael, Becker and other communities to help make this one of the most competitive youth tournaments in Central Minnesota.
If a pastor can write and direct a musical, it’s only fitting that a pastor can be featured in a starring role.
Such is the case with the Maple Lake Community Theatre production of “Wherever You Go,” written and directed by Rev. Steven King of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, with lyrics and music written and composed by King and his wife, Becky.
And Rev. Julie Malone, pastor of Mount Hermon Lutheran Church, will play the part of Naomi, a central figure in the original production based on the biblical characters of Ruth and Naomi, set to premiere in February at the Maple Lake High School auditorium.
Malone said she hadn’t stepped on stage in a theatrical production since her experiences 20 years ago in community theater in Howard Lake and it was just by chance that she is on the stage again.
Joyce Paumen was announced as the winner on last weekend’s segment of “Million Dollar Idea” as she presented the Countertop Tumbler, a meat marinator and tenderizer created by her late husband, Larry.
The Countertop Tumbler was judged as the best of eight inventions on the show by voters accessing ballots at the television station’s website.
Joyce taped the final segment on Tuesday, January 13, at KSTC studios. The final“Million Dollar Idea” show will air on Saturday, January 17, at 5 p.m. on Channel 45 and be rebroadcast on Sunday, January 18, at 11 p.m.
This weekend’s show will have all 11 weekly winners competing for the Grand Prize of $50,000 in advertising and marketing services provided by the sponsors.
There are always plenty of changes in store for the school board after an election and at the beginning of a new year.
But this year, there were more than most.
At the January 12 meeting of the Maple Lake School Board, chair Arnie Michalicek stepped down after spending the last 14 years of his 17-year tenure on the board as its chairman.
Michalicek began his last meeting at the head of the table by nominating board member Greg Mooney as chair. There were no other nominations and Mooney conducted the rest of the meeting.
“It was time for a change,” Michalicek said later. “I did it for 14 years and when I decided to run again this year, I made the decision to let somebody else do it for a while. It’s a good time to have somebody new.”
Though Camp Amanda-Minnesota, a free weekend camp for grieving children, has made its winter home in Annandale, it was on the other side of the state that area residents showed their true commitment to the program.
Last Oct. 4 and 5, the third Camp Amanda-Minnesota weekend in 2003 was held. To make the program more accessible to all Minnesotans, the fall camp took place in Willow River, about 45 miles southwest of Duluth. Still the Annandale/Maple Lake area was well represented.
“Art and Marlene Dingmann have done a wonderful job sharing the story of the camp and recruiting volunteers for us,” said Holly Guncheon, executive director of the Minnesota Foundation for Children, which operates the camp. “Not only have they committed a great deal of their own time and money to make Camp Amanda-MN happen, they have brought in many new volunteers.”
Minnesota State Representative Richard Borrell (Republican, District 19B), has pled guilty to one count of distributing false campaign material in violation of Minn. Statutes 211B.06 Subd. 1, a gross misdemeanor level offense. Borrell pled guilty as part of a plea negotiation that called for the court to accept the plea, but stay adjudication for one year.
Borrell entered an “Alford” plea in which he did not admit wrongdoing, but acknowledged that, based on evidence against him, a jury could find him guilty. His trial was scheduled to start Jan. 5.
Area resident Joyce Paumen will be presenting her late husband, Larry’s, invention on the television show “Million Dollar Idea” this weekend.
Joyce was featured in a December Messenger article about her efforts to promote the Countertop Tumbler, a meat marinator and tenderizer developed by Larry as a result of his years experience as the former owner of A-Meat Shoppe in Maple Lake.
E-mail voting determines which of eight products will win the weekend competion and move on toward a grand prize of $50,000 in product development assistance.
The show airs on Saturday, January 10 at 5 p.m. on Channel 45 and on Sunday, January 11 at 11 p.m. Online balloting starts at 5 p.m. on January 10 and continues until noon on Monday, January 12. Voting is conducted at the KSTC45.com website through the icon for Million Dollar Idea.
Three teenage girls, Tereza Caklová, Megumi Kanbo, and Mai Akutsu, are foreign exchange students at Maple Lake High School and have come to spend their senior year in Maple Lake to experience the American culture and the English language.
Tereza Caklová arrived in New York at the end of August before settling in at the home of Charlie and Terry Malachek, of Maple Lake, in early September. Caklová spent her first two days exploring the big city life of New York, visiting the Statue of Liberty, and seeing many more tall buildings than she had ever seen before.
With the help of a grant from the Local Grants Unit of the Minnesota Department of Resources, 240 acres of land was purchased by Wright County in 2001 that nearly doubled the size of Ney Park north of Maple Lake. Now, thanks to a $30,000 grant from the DNR and over $35,500 in funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the process of land reclamation and creating trails in the new area east of the existing park has begun.
Wright County Parks Director Marc Mattice said that a connecting trail from the main park to the new area is completed, but the most visible efforts are the removing of undesirable trees, such as Box Elders, within the new area on Endicott Avenue in Maple Lake Township.