Metro phone balloting was a six-year effort

Ballots for Maple Lake’s vote on entering the metro phone exchange are in the mail and as far as John Slimmer is concerned, it’s about time.

It was Slimmer who started the drive to get Maple Lake into the metro exchange in 1996 and keeping in touch with family was the reason.

When Slimmer was a Maple Grove resident, many family members lived in the Shakopee/Cologne area, which was long distance and the phone bills mounted up. “Then they got metro and we moved out here to Maple Lake,” Slimmer laughed.

Slimmer moved to his home on Lake Sullivan in 1994 and discovered just how close the metro calling area was.

“We were one mile from the Buffalo line,” he said. “So I said, ‘Hey, let’s get Maple Lake into the metro exchange.’”


New community center to host open house at Taste of Maple Lake

In a few short weeks, the old Security State Bank building in downtown Maple Lake has been given a new lease on life.

On Saturday, the Maple Lake Recovery Center hosted a Fifth Anniversary celebration that featured an open house at its new facility on Birch Avenue (photos appear on page 4).

And from 4 to 7 p.m. on August 22 during the Taste of Maple Lake, a new community center will be unveiled in space provided in the old bank building by the Recovery Center. Additional information on the Taste of Maple Lake appears on page 12.

A group of senior citizens took the idea of a library/resource area initiated by the Town Square Committee and transformed it into a multipurpose center for meetings, demonstrations, resource and historical materials and social gatherings.


Participation by everyone encouraged by Town Square group

With businesses gearing up for the “Taste of Maple Lake”, it’s time for the community to step up and join in the fun.   Teams are needed for the bed races on Thursday, August 22, and the volleyball tournament and water ball games on Saturday, August 24.     The Town Square committee of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce has been busy making plans for this year’s expanded festival. Businesses interested in participating are encouraged to sign up early to insure a prime place on Birch Avenue for their booth on Thursday for the expo. Home gardeners are needed for the Farmers Market on Friday, and anyone with excess produce can have booth space in the Cozy Wash parking lot for a small fee.

Registration forms for all events except the volleyball tournament are available at the Messenger. Volleyball tournament registrations are available at Madigan’s.


Taste of Maple Lake to include three days of events

The Third Annual Taste of Maple Lake, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Town Square Committee, has expanded this year to include three days of events.

Thursday, August 22, will begin the growing festival with a downtown expo from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. that will feature demonstrations, games, give-a-ways and refreshments.

Children up to 12 years of age are invited to wear costumes, decorate bikes or otherwise express their creativity in the Kiddie Parade, which will travel from the city park through downtown Maple Lake at 7 p.m. Line-up for the parade will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the park and silver dollars for all participants will be provided by Security State Bank. The parade will be followed by the annual Bed Race down Birch Avenue at 7:30 p.m.


August 3 storm adds to local weather damage

The storms keep coming and the damage keeps mounting as rain and lightning once again caused havoc in the Maple Lake area.

The storm dropped up to seven inches in central Wright County, with the City of Maple Lake reporting 4 inches and resident Ed Raiche reported 4.25 inches of rainfall.  A fire at the Immanuel Lutheran Church parsonage in Silver Creek was apparently caused by lightning from the storms that swept through the area on Saturday.

The Maple Lake Fire Department responded at 4:31 p.m. to the fire at the uninhabited parsonage.

The fire was reported by the Silver Creek Community Church pastor, Bob Vandevord, who lives across the street. He said he heard a lightning strike and turned in the alarm when he smelled smoke. There didn't appear to be a visible point of entry from the lightning strike.


Friends take a stand in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis

Jan Bakeberg and Terry Mooney are about to take a walk for those who can’t, carrying the images of people they love in their heads and very close to their hearts.

Both Maple Lake women are seeking pledges that will allow them to participate in the 2002 MS Challenge Walk, a first-time event for the Minnesota Chapter of the MS Society designed to raise funds to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Each walker is required to raise at least $1,500 in pledges for the 50 mile walk that will begin in the northwestern Twin Cities suburbs on September 28 and conclude at the Metrodome on September 30.


Cancelled parade doesn’t diminish Aquatennial experience

There were plenty of memorable moments for Maple Lake’s 2001-2002 Queen NaDean Schroeder during her five days at this year’s Minneapolis Aquatennial. And those memories would have to include the first cancellation of the Torch Light Parade in the Aquatennial’s 62-year history.

NaDean said parade participants were all dressed up and ready to go at the Dunwoody Institute parade staging site when word came at 8:30 p.m. just before the parade was about to start that the latest in a long line of summer storms was forcing the first-ever cancellation of the Torch Light Parade.

“We were more disappointed for the Aquatennial’s royalty than ourselves,” NaDean said. “We already enjoyed our last parades in our hometowns, but they were the Minneapolis royalty and they didn’t get to have their last parade.”


All of Wright County declared Disaster Area

It seemed a little ironic that Planning and Zoning Administrator Tom Salkowski would interrupt his presentation at the July 16 meeting of the Wright County Board to say there was "good news" from Civil Defense Coordinator Genell Reese and the news turned out to be the entire county has been declared a disaster area.

Yet, it was good news for cities, townships and individual citizens needing to access funds to start the repair and rebuilding process from the storms and flooding that ravaged the county less than a month ago.

"We just the got the news a few minutes ago that the entire county has been declared a disaster area," Reese said. "Prior to today only portions of the county had been declared as disaster areas, so now the entire county can coordinate on efforts to access emergency funds."


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