Workers from the City of Maple Lake spent a frigid Monday taking down Christmas decorations. According to the Maple Lake Municipal Airport weather log, it was -3º with a windchill of -18º when the workers started taking down decorations. It got down to a crisp -29º with the windchill at 1:35 a.m. Monday morning.
The Messenger is seeking the names of Maple Lake residents currently in military service who will be away from home for Valentine’s Day. The following local service men and women are currently on our list:
Casey Moline, representing Community Lawn Care of Centra Sota in Buffalo, presents check donations to Maple Lake Library volunteers, Margaret Jenniges, Pam Baker and Bonnie Elfmann.
Casey Moline, representing Community Lawn Care of Centra Sota Cooperative in Buffalo, presented checks of $1,570 and $1,320 to Maple Lake Library volunteers. The first check was the result of Community Lawn Care’s program which donates 5% of the revenue from a client’s program cost to a local client-designated non-profit. The Land O’ Lakes Foundation is a regional cooperative comprised of members such as Centra Sota and donates to non-profits supported by its members to help enhance the quality of life in their local communities.
The death of Donald Lind in November of 2013 has led to the dismantling of his dream, a railroad exhibit/museum, along Hwy. 55 between Maple Lake and Annandale. Lind purchased the model railroad exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair in 1969 and began operating the exhibit along Hwy. 55 in 1970. He ran the exhibit with the help of his parents, aunt, siblings, nieces and nephews until 1985. Lind purchased the land for the "Minnesota and Western Railroad Museum" in 1969 and he worked on that project until his death. Up until the recent moving of two large engines, Mares Excavating of Annandale has been responsible for the lifting and loading of many of the railroad cars, which, according to Dianne Mares, were purchased by two or three different railroad museums for use in their exhibits.