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Thu
21
Aug
Thu
21
Aug

Sisters form a volunteer connection

There is a sister act in Maple Lake that is producing good news for folks throughout the community.

Two sets of sisters: Jeannie Ward Fobbe and Becky Ward Mead, along with Rose Zeller Malachek and Cathy Zeller Borell, have collaborated this summer in an effort to bring comfort to hospice patients.

Jeannie and Becky, certified massage therapists who do massage for hospice patients, sought out Rose and Cathy, who are members of the St. Timothy’s Social Action Ministry (S.A.M) quilting group, to obtain quilts for their patients. And the results of this sisterly collaboration are day-brighteners for terminally ill area residents.

Jeannie and Becky became acquainted with Allina’s hospice program through a grief support group that Jeannie coordinates in her duties as Wright County’s Resource Coordinator.

Thu
21
Aug

Taste of Maple Lake to offer family fun

The annual Taste of Maple Lake, promising fun for the whole family, is set for Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23.  Events will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with the opening of the Business Expo, which will feature treats, games and prizes on Birch Avenue.    The KRWC Road Show is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. and will be followed by an hour-long performance of Rebecca’s Well. In addition, a Farmer’s Market will be a new feature this year and will be located around the corner from Birch on Division Street. Residents are also invited to participate in a Flea Market that will run from 5 to 8 p.m.

Thu
21
Aug

Hennen family posts 73 years of firefighting service

Dedication, commitment, and compassion are qualities all fire personnel must possess. They are also characteristics that could be used to describe the Hennen family, who have notched 73 years of collective service in the Maple Lake Fire Department, spanning three generations.

Ken Hennen first joined the fire department in 1960. His son, Daryl, followed in 1973, and his grandson, Brad, in 1999. Although each began their service at different times, all three state they joined for the same reason. “It’s a way to put volunteer hours into the community,” said Daryl.    “It is something I grew up around,” added Brad. “I always wanted to do it.”

Wed
13
Aug

DWI enforcement effort a success in Wright County

Wright County law enforcement agencies successfully participated in July's national Safe & Sober DWI enforcement wave.

Deputies from Wright County were joined by officers from Annandale, Buffalo and Howard Lake police departments in an effort to detect and arrest impaired drivers. 395 traffic stops resulted in over 40 drivers being safely taken off Wright County streets and arrested for DWI as well as 535 tickets and warnings being issued for various traffic violations.

Wed
13
Aug

New playground is result of Eagle Scout project

When most teens consider how they can improve their community, they are reasonable: volunteer at a nursing home or mentor a younger student. But some teens don’t take the easy way out, they take on projects that would frighten most adults.    Adam Hill knew what he was getting into when he decided that he would build a playground structure in the Jude Addition to earn his Eagle Scout Award. “I checked out a lot of different options for my project,” said Adam. “And this just seemed like the best thing to do.”

The playground project that was completed this month took nearly a year to plan. Adam had the plan approved by the city, broke ground for the structure, and shoveled the final stones in place, carefully admiring his work. “It was a great learning experience,” said Adam. “I liked getting the on-the-job experience.”

Wed
13
Aug

Marriage proposal is clown show surprise

People of all ages benefited from a night of fun-filled entertainment. For many Maple Lake residents, the 9th Annual Mooseburger Clown Show on August 7 provided a well needed evening of laughs, while supporting a good cause. Proceeds went to the St. Timothy’s Youth Group.    The show capped two weeks of intense preparation at the Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp. The show featured 120 clowns who participated in the camp. The intense training provided by Tricia Bothun and other instructors at the camp have prompted clowns to travel from various locations in the United States and throughout the world to attend.

“It was a great success,” said Bothun. “The clowns learned all the routines in five days.”

Wed
13
Aug

Mr. Laker retires after 29 years at baseball helm

Editor’s note: The following story by former Laker Dave Erickson on the Gary Porter era in Maple Lake Laker’s baseball will be printed in installments in August editions of the Messenger.

And now the end is here.

The Gary Porter era in Maple Lake Lakers Baseball is done. Gone forever. Kaput. History. But what a history. Definitely one for the books.

It's a history laden with more than just impressive numbers. Numbers such as 740 victories, including 321 in very competitive Wright/North Star action. Thirteen division crowns and seven times top league record; in both cases, the most by any team during Porter's 29-year reign as manager. Eleven Minnesota State Amateur Baseball state tournament entries.Those numbers, however, tell just part of the story.

Wed
13
Aug

Fire Report

Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Dept. and Ambulance Service personnel answered the following emergencies during the past week:

Aug. 10, 6:36 p.m.: Ambulance transportation declined at Co. Rd. 7 and 41st Street incident.

Aug. 10, 1:27 p.m.: Ambulance transportation declined by persons in an incident by the swimming beach on Highway 55 East, Maple Lake.    Aug. 7, 2:12 p.m.: Ambulance transportation provided for a diabetic patient by Monticello-Big Lake Hospital in a dual response with Maple Lake.

Aug. 7, 8:22 a.m.: Patient taken to the Buffalo Hospital ER after feeling nauseous.

Aug. 5, 10:25 a.m.: Medical alarm at Maple Manor. No patient found.

Wed
06
Aug

Rollover claims life of Buffalo man

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on August 5, 2003 at 1:51 a.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a one vehicle rollover accident in Buffalo Township that claimed the life of a 21-year-old man from rural Buffalo.     Mathew D. Davis, of Rockford Township, was traveling southbound on Co. Rd. 117 approximately 1 1/2 miles south of Co. Rd. 37 when the 1992 Toyota that he was driving left the roadway on a curve.

Davis was the lone occupant of the vehicle, and was ejected as the vehicle rolled into the east ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is being investigated by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

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