Few people have done as much for Maple Lake as Ken Jude.
As a volunteer and politician, Jude was tireless in his efforts to make good things happen for the people of Maple Lake, Annandale and all of Wright County.
After a long battle with cancer, he died on March 10 at the age of 57.
Jude graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1966 and worked over the years as a sewer/water/natural gas construction foreman, a dairy and crop farmer, school bus driver, owner of Ken Jude Trucking, Inc. and administrator for Annandale Heartland Transit. He also spent 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserves.
The luck of the Irish was in evidence on Saturday as the predicted rain stayed away for the 29th Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
Despite the cold temperatures that dropped throughout the day and strong winds, all 86 parade units made it down the new parade route, following the lead of this year’s Grand Marshals, Gaylord and Marge Pavlik.
Taking top honors for the parade was the float sponsored by Maple Lake Lumber, followed by the Irish Washerwomen in second place and the Girl Scouts in third.
The contest for the best Clan in the parade was a three-way race for the first time in many years, with the Kelly Clan joining the Fitzpatricks and the McBradys. But for the fourth straight year, the McBradys took home the trophy.
Ken Jude, a long-time civic leader in Maple Lake and a former Wright County Commissioner, died on March 10 at the age of 57. An obituary appears on this website and a story will appear in this week's issue of the Messenger.
Tyler Wadman and Brad Salveson represented the ANML Lightning at the state tournament this past weekend, but failed to place in the three-day event.
Wadman, a junior, opened the tournament with a 5-1 loss to Caleb Lines of New Prague. Wadman and Lines fought to a 0-0 draw after one period. In the second period Wadman was able to ride Lines for 2 minutes, working arm bar combination, but was unable to turn Lines. The third period started with the score 0-0 and Wadman choosing down. Wadman was able to escape quickly to take a 1-0 lead. The two traded takedown attempts, but with 16 seconds left Wadman shot in on a single leg and Lines was able to toss the ANML grappler to his back and hold him there until time expired.
“Tyler stayed aggressive for the entire match, unfortunately on his last shot he left one hand high rather than bringing it to the leg,” said Head Coach Dean Jennissen.
It will be time for the wearing of the green on Saturday, March 11, as Maple Lake hosts its 29th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival.
The festivities begin with the annual craft sale, coordinated by Betty and Dawn Gordon, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the elementary gym. A selection of quality items will be offered by about 40 area crafters.
If there is one thing that all of the young women who have worn a crown in Maple Lake have in common, it is this . . . their year goes by far too quickly.
On March 11, Queen Angela Stegeman, Princess Rachel Hudek, Princess Amanda Blade and Miss Congeniality April Lynch will give up their crowns to another group of girls who will have a year they will never forget.
“It does seem like a long year because we have so many memories,” said Queen Angela. “But I didn’t expect March to come so quickly.”
Those memories for Maple Lake’s royalty include watching their parents take a dive in the Days of Old dunk tank, wild carnival rides at area festivals and forming relationships with royalty from neighboring towns and with each other.
The success of the first Irish Gala has ensured that there will be a second.
The Gala, hosted by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce on Saturday evening at the Maple Lake American Legion, featured the Business Basket Silent Auction, a performance by the Maple Lake Community Jazz Band, and a community appreciation program.
Mayor Mike Messina welcomed the crowd to the first Gala by noting the importance of volunteers and taking part in community activities. “It’s the people like you who are here that make this a great town to live in,” he said.
Superintendent Mark Redemske served as the program emcee and recognized past royalty, Commodore’s Award winners and former St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshals. Past grand marshals in attendance were Don Weismann, Ed Raiche, Ken Hennen, Pete Mavencamp, Helen Doherty, Flossie Menth, Harold Brutlag, Cliff Hudek and the Maple Lake Fire Department.
There may be only eight candidates for the title of Miss Maple Lake 2006, but there was no shortage of people wishing them well as a big crowd filled the American Legion Club on Saturday for the annual Queen’s Banquet.
Current royalty and candidates pictured at left are: (front) Miss Congeniality April Lynch, Princess Rachel Hudek, Queen Angela Stegeman, Princess Amanda Blade, (back) Tiffany Elliot, Joy Hudek, Victoria Metz, Alicia Klein, Sarah Dombrovski, Stefanie Mills, Katie Helmbrecht and Cassie Blade.
The program opened with a style show, ended with a dance by the candidates, and in between, included a trip through memory lane by this year’s court of Queen Angela Stegeman, Princess Rachel Hudek, Princess Amanda Blade, Miss Congeniality April Lynch and the 2004 Miss Maple Lake, Katie Haegele.
The Annandale/Maple Lake Lightning wrestling program played host to the Section 5AA Wrestling Tournament this past weekend. To the delight of a large ANML contingency, the Lightning wrestlers provided many thrills and a few spills, but in the end two grapplers will advance to the state tournament this week at the X-Cel Center in St. Paul.
Leading the way for the Lightning was senior captain Brad Salveson who placed first at 189 lbs. Salveson’s performance was truly dominant. Salveson, seeded 1st, mowed down the competition by pinning all of his opponents in a combined 3:33. Salveson, now 32-1 on the season, is ranked #9 in the state and will take on Mark Gransee, an 11th grader from Kasson- Mantorville, with a 28-9 record in the first round at the state tournament. Salveson needs one more pin to tie Todd Fuller’s season record of 25, which he hopes to get that at state.
Selection as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal is the highest honor extended by the Maple Lake community and this year’s honorees have taken the volunteer service that distinguishes all past winners of that award to heart.
Gaylord and Marge Pavlik were nominated by the Maple Lake community and selected in February by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce as the Grand Marshals of the 29th St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The Pavlik’s are life-long residents of Maple Lake, with their farm in the family since 1898 and serving over the years as the home to five generations of Pavliks.
“Part of the reason for doing volunteer work from my perspective relates to being born on a farm in the Depression,” Gaylord said. “When a neighbor needed help, you did whatever you could do to help them and it didn’t matter if they paid you back. It was a way of life.”