St. Patrick’s Day countdown begins with announcements


With just 38 days until the 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce has begun making announcements relating to the event.
Greg Thomes has been named Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Daryl Hennen is the winner of the Minneapolis Aquatennial Commodore Award.
Thomes is the third-generation owner of the Thomes Insurance Group.
He resides in Maple Lake with his wife, Betty, and works with numerous boards and organizations.
The couple received the Commodore award in 1999. 
Thomes was involved with the Maple Lake Jaycees and was the national Jaycee president in 1991 and 1992.
Since the Maple Lake Property Owners Association took over the 33rd annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Thomes has served on the committee responsible for enlisting sponsors, securing prizes and marketing the tournament. 
Thomes is a member of St. Timothy’s Parish, is an active reader and belongs to the Knights of Columbus.
Over the years, Thomes has volunteered with and emceed many different events in Maple Lake and promoted them on the radio, cable TV, etc.
A feature on Thomes’ designation as Grand Marshal will appear in a future issue of the Messenger.
Hennen has owned Maple Lake Lumber since 1992 and employs five Maple Lake firefighters who remain on the clock when responding to emergencies. He was the Firefighter of the Year in 1981 and 2007.
Most recently, he was instrumental in preparing Irish Stadium leading up to the Minnesota Amateur Baseball State Tournament. He received the Mike Downes Memorial Award largely due to those efforts and is also a member of the North Star League Hall of Fame.
He was also recently named the Outstanding Citizen of Wright County  by the Wright County Economic Development Partnership.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.