School House Rock Live! cast members include: Luke Baehr, Alicia Wagner, Lorie Hegle, Deb Geyen (seated), Tom Johnson and Jessica Pavlenko. Cast not pictured: Nancy Dingwall, Julie Pawelk, Alison Totz, Jean Borrell, Dianna Lidberg, Sue Klassen, Lou Peterson and Tricia Manuel.
Maple Lake High School Academics, Arts and Athletics award winners Zach Johnson and Blair Stewig pose with math teacher Mike Hojnacke at the awards banquet.
Every year, two Maple Lake High School seniors are asked to take time out of their busy schedules to be recognized for everything they do.
This year, MLHS students Zach Johnson and Blair Stewig received the Academic, Arts and Athletics Award.
Purposes of the program include recognizing and honoring seniors who have excelled in the classroom, in athletics and in the fine arts and to elevate academic standards and create greater awareness of Minnesota State High School League-sponsored activities and their values.
Johnson is active in baseball, basketball, football, Irish Mentors and National Honor Society and has participated in drama and choir in the past.
Stewig is involved in band, cross country, track and field, Irish Mentors, Friends of Rachel Club, National Honor Society, the dress code committee and is a peer and academic tutor. She was also a 2013 participant in Minnesota Girls State.
A waitress faces the wrath of angry customers, only to question the reality of the moment in a scene from “Fine Dining,” which the Maple Lake High School Speech Team will present for the public at 6 p.m. Thursday in the MLHS auditorium.
The play includes two scenes in a busy restaurant. Eight actors switch roles as they portray various colorful characters. By the end, the waitress wonders whether it is a bad dream or horrible reality. Cast and crew pictured from left: Nik Dahlgren, Brady Tongen, Danni Klimek, Benjamin Brinza, Chelsie Weege, Dylan Schlueter, Maddie Nelson, and Michael Barker. Center: Courtney Klingelhoets (student director). Not pictured: Victoria Rollings, Rebecca Loch, and Ashlee Martie.
Maya Ortiz fields a ball during the Blizzard Ball Tournament on Saturday.
Diamonds and Dreams raised about $1,800 for the Irish Diamonds Sports Complex during the event, which also included a bean-bag tournament. In the Blizzard Ball Tournament, Come and Get it took first place and $250, Team Ooooop took second and $100 and Brokebat Mountain took third place and $50. Ryan Haney and Chad Raiche won the beanbag tournament and the $200 top prize. Diamonds and Dreams would like to thank the volunteers who made it possible, along with Maple Lake American Legion, Maple Lake Lions and Maple Lake city workers.
A Buffalo man has died following a snowmobile accident shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday. The accident took place in the 9800 block of Endicott Avenue Northwest in Silver Creek Township.
According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, initial investigation indicates that Craig Peitz, 51, of Buffalo, was driving a 2013 SkiDoo Renegade 800 southbound on a trail parallel to Endicott Avenue Northwest in the west ditch. When he came over a hill, he hit a snow crest and was thrown from the machine.
Peitz was taken to North Memorial Hospital via Air Care, where he was later pronounced dead. Maple Lake Ambulance and Rescue and Allina Ambulance also responded to the scene.
The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.
According to KRWC radio, Peitz was the owner and operator of Gary’s Diesel Service in Loretto.