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04
Dec

Friends and family work to raise funds in search for Joshua

There was no news to report this week in the ongoing search for Maple Lake college student Joshua Guimond, but that’s not stopping family and friends from continuing fund-raising efforts to keep the search going.

“Find Joshua” buttons have become a much-sought, but hard to find item in Maple Lake. Four hundred buttons donated by the Maple Lake Messenger to be produced and sold by Joshua’s friends were gone in one day. Kathy and Alfred Wurm donated materials for the next 500 buttons, which were produced by Rick and Sheila Benson. And with heavy demand for the buttons continuing, an additional 500 have been ordered by the Bensons.    Also helping in the button drive is ProWorks of Litchfield, an employer for mentally challenged adults, which donated more buttons at the request of Barbara Gasta, sister of Joshua’s mother, Lisa Cheney.

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Nov
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Wed
27
Nov

Fire Department receives $11,719 federal grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the Maple Lake Fire Department an $11,719 grant under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program for Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety.

“I am very pleased with the FEMA decision,” said Congressman Mark Kennedy. “This money will help the Maple Lake Fire Department improve their operations.”

Kennedy said that the grant money could be used for any of the following activities: Training, Wellness and Fitness, Firefighting Equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment.

“This investment by FEMA will help the city of Maple Lake be prepared for emergencies in our communities,” Kennedy said.

Wed
27
Nov

Weekend search yields no clues

The friends and family of missing St. John’s student Joshua Guimond are determined to leave no stone unturned in their effort to find the young man from Maple Lake.

On Saturday, two weeks to the day when 20-year-old Joshua disappeared on the St. John’s campus, a search party was organized to comb the woods around St. John’s. Behind the effort were Joshua’s father, Brian; and Brian’s brother, Paul Guimond; Joshua’s mother, Lisa Cheney; her brother, Paul Cheney; her boyfriend, Rick Smelser; and Joshua’s high school friends Jason Neu and Corey Paulson.

Wed
20
Nov

Community copes with week’s second tragedy

As Maple Lake residents were leaving a Wednesday night prayer service for Joshua Guimond, the news was spreading that the community had been dealt another blow.  Joe Zander, a junior at Maple Lake High School and the son of Tom and Cyndy Zander, died unexpectedly at his home Wednesday evening.

By early on Thursday morning, a crisis team that included clergy, counselors and administrators had assembled at the high school to help students cope with Zander’s death. In the first period classrooms, teachers read the following statement: “It is with deep regret that we inform you that Joe Zander, a student of ours, died yesterday. We are profoundly saddened by Joe’s death. Our support will go to the family.  “Some of you knew Joe and some of you did not get a chance to know him. Dealing with the death of a person in our midst is never easy.”

Wed
20
Nov

Missing without a trace

It looked like a military invasion was about to take place at St. John’s University on Nov. 13. A line of camouflaged Humvees took off in a slow procession, helicopters roared above nearly unseen through thick, gray clouds and uniformed police and military personnel were everywhere. But the ominous miliary presence had only one goal. . .    To bring a young man home.

St. John’s junior Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake has not been seen since he disappeared late in the evening on Saturday, Nov. 9, after leaving a party across the campus from his apartment in St. Maur House.

Lt. Dave Nohner of the Stearn’s County Sheriff’s Department said the search effort began late on Sunday, Nov. 10, after Joshua did not show up for a mock trial team practice.

Wed
20
Nov

Accident claims life of child in Chatham Township

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that around 9:00 a.m. on November 13, 2002 the Wright County Sheriff's Office received a report of a skid loader accident at 734 Bice Ave. NW, in Chatham Township, that later claimed the life of Jaeger Paul Lee, a 22-month-old Buffalo resident.

Initial investigation indicates that the child's father, Samuel Perry Lee, was operating a John Deere skid loader on his property, when he backed up, and noticed his son, Jaeger Lee, lying on the ground. Allina Ambulance and the Wright County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, personnel discovered the child had multiple injuries, he was taken to Buffalo Hospital, then transported by air ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, where the child later died of his injuries.

The accident was investigated by the Wright County Sheriff's Office.   

Wed
06
Nov

School board sets process for selection of next superintendent

On October 29 the school board made the decision to open the position of superintendent for applications.

Superintendent Ken Engel asked to address the board before they made their decision and was allowed to express his belief that Betty Thomes, who is now the Project Leader for SIRF (Supplemental Irish Resource Fund), would be his choice of successor.

Ken outlined the choices the district had in choosing a superintendent, opening the position or appointing a person from within the district to fill the position.

Engel went on to list the qualifications Thomes would bring to the position and her understanding of the school district, its people and its finances.

“In my mind,” said Engel, “this is the most important decision this board will have to make. I know that you want the best for the district and believe you will do just that.”

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