A tradition of fun St. Patrick’s Day Celebration turns 40

They say the show must go on, and when you have a good one like the Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, that’s especially true.
Through snowstorms and wind chills, and once an 80-degree heat wave, in 40 years the show has gone on without a single cancellation. Why? Because everyone likes to be Irish for a day.
Harold Brutlag, retired publisher of the Maple Lake Messenger, was part of that first St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Maple Lake. Up until then, the city had celebrated Snow Daze. It was a smaller affair, Brutlag said, where snowmobile races were enjoyed instead of a parade.

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