Serving the community one pulltab at a time


What do the Maple Lake Lions and their charitable gambling do for Maple Lake? About $100,000 in projects and donations to organizations and causes within the community.
About 45 Lions make up the local club, which is in its 70th year of service. They meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Maple Lake American Legion Club and anyone is welcome to join. Contact President Jon Fries at 763-516-3656 or Ricci Smelser at 612-518-6451 for more information.
Some of the club’s activities include: serving Irish stew during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, selling food during the Gear-Head Get Together, a pancake breakfast and Easter Candy Scramble on Palm Sunday and a fall pancake breakfast on the first Sunday in October, ditch cleanup for three miles of Minnesota Highway 55 just west of Maple Lake and Take a Senior Fishing Day, which is taking place on Saturday, Aug. 2.
In addition to these events, the club sponsors and supports many activities in Maple Lake. Charitable gambling makes the vast majority of this support possible, but what is it and how does it work?
The Lions conduct charitable gambling at three sites in Maple Lake – Madigan’s Pub and Grill, The V by HH and Maple Lake Bowl – as well as at Troubles Restaurant and Bar in Howard Lake.
At Madigan’s, they sell pulltabs and host meat raffles at 5:30 p.m. every Friday of the year. They also host meat raffles there at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Labor Day to Memorial Day and 1 p.m. on Saturdays between Nov. 1 and May 1, coinciding with bingo at those same times. 
At The V by HH, they have pulltabs, as well as meat raffles at 5 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.