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Get all your Community information here! There's information on school including a link to Maple Lake Public Schools, area obituaries, and links to various places in the Maple Lake Community. You will also find a link to the Friends of the Maple Lake Library and Maple Chamber of Commerce.  If you have anything happening in the community and would like these programs and/or events to show up in our "Community" Section of our Messenger, e-mail your information to news@maplelakemessenger.com.  Please make sure to check out our Community section of the Messenger which usually shows up in pages 4-6 of the newspaper.

Wed
02
Aug

Bethlehem UCC celebrates 135 years

The Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Maple Lake will celebrate its 135th anniversary with a pie and ice cream social on Wednesday, August 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be live music by the Annandale Community Band. The community is invited to visit the church at 400 County Road 37 east and celebrate with them.

Wed
26
Jul

Fire truck or ice cream truck? MLFD delivers treats on National Night Out


Members of Maple Lake’s Fire Department are all smiles after delivering treats to some local children last summer to celebrate National Night Out. Firefighters will be handing out ice cream sandwiches from their trucks again on Tuesday, August. 1. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Don’t be alarmed at the sight of a shiny red fire truck turning down your street, Tuesday, August 1. Odds are they are not there to fight a fire, but to hand out ice cream treats in recognition of National Night Out.
Every first Tuesday of August, the Maple Lake Fire Department sends trucks through Maple Lake neighborhoods to disperse ice cream sandwiches to anyone out-of-doors, young and old, as part of the national campaign to promote police-community partnerships and encourage safe living and neighborly activity.
Across the country, millions of people spend this night at cookouts, block parties, parades, and law enforcement agencies host demonstrations and spend time in the community.

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Wed
26
Jul

Louis represents Maple Lake at Aquatennial

Sydney Louis may not have won the title of Queen of the Lakes last weekend at the Minneapolis Aquatennial, but she represented Maple Lake with grace and poise.
The 2016 Maple Lake Ambassador competed with royalty from 53 communities around Minnesota, Saturday, July 22, at the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. The girls were judged on poise, professionalism, public speaking, goals and education.

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Wed
19
Jul

New principal at St. Tim’s

Students at St. Timothy Catholic School in Maple Lake will start the new session in September with a new principal.
Dawn McCabe will take the place of Dawn Kincs who turned over the principalship reins last spring. Although the start of school is more than a month off yet, McCabe has met her staff and is at the school most days preparing for the busy year ahead. Her official start day was July 1.
“Everybody has been just wonderful here. I’m really excited about the year ahead. It’s already starting to feel like home,” she said.

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Wed
19
Jul

Storytime with Marie has guest author

Storytime with Marie was treated to a special treat this week. We had a guest reader. Bob Zimmerman brought a book that he wrote and illustrated with his own photographs. The book was A Frog in my Throat. Bob told the children how he got the idea for the book, and how he had his grandchildren help with the pictures and the rhyming words. The storytime chlldren really enjoyed the book and also sharing the “pretend frogs” they brought from home. After Bob read to us, he agreed to be part of the group picture with all the frogs and then went to share his book with the Books with Boone children. The children enjoyed acting out the story song book “Five Little Speckled Frogs” with Marie’s frog puppets. Then they made a picture of one of their ways of traveling from this summer’s main theme. This time they used a car or truck. Posing with Bob while holding their or Bob’s frogs are front row: Liam Ecklund, Caleb Pack, Tyler Davidson, Reed Hackenmueller.

Wed
12
Jul

The end of an era: Last Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament set for Saturday, July 15


Barb Schneider, right, and daughter, Missye Baker, exhibit the sign displayed each year in memory of their son and brother, Christopher, who was an avid fisherman. Saturday, July 15, will be the last tournament for the Schneiders who have used it to raise about $20,000 in scholarships for Maple Lake youth. (Photos from Messenger archives)

Saturday, July 15, marks the end of a long-standing tradition in Maple Lake, the annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament.
For the last 13 years, friends and family of Christopher Schneider have gathered on the waters of Maple Lake to honor the 17-year-old Maple Lake High School student who was killed in a car accident in 2003.
An avid fisherman who wanted to be a doctor after graduation, Christopher was the type of person who loved lending a hand to anybody in need. Following his example, his parents, Barb and Bob Schneider, initiated a scholarship program in his honor. That first year they gave out four $500 scholarships to Maple Lake High School students with their own money.

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Wed
12
Jul

Habitat 500 bikers stop in Maple Lake


St. Timothy Youth Group members welcome bike riders from across the country participating in the Habit 500 Bike Ride Tuesday, July 11. Riders stopped at St. Timothy School for a quick break before resuming their seven-day journey. A biker wearing a tutu in honor of Tutu Tuesday receives high fives from Susie Rieber, left, and Monica Stokman. Waiting for high fives and cheering are, from left, Joe Rieber, Gianna Riviere, Sam Marquette, youth group director Baylyn Wagner and Jake Galles. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The St. Timothy Youth Group helped welcome bike riders from across the country participating in the Habitat 500 Bike Ride Tuesday, July 11, as the athletes rode through Maple Lake.
The ride, which starts and ends in Victoria, took bikers through Maple Lake on the third day of their journey where they stopped at St. Timothy Catholic School for snacks and a break from the road. This was the first year the ride has stopped in Maple Lake. Organizers approached the parish with the request to use the school parking lot. Habitat provided all of the food and beverages, but St. Timothy’s youth group volunteers help set the rest station up. They also cheered on bikers as they came into the school parking lot.
For a quarter of a century, the Habitat 500 Bike Ride has sent cyclists across Minnesota, biking 500 miles to raise funds and awareness to help Habitat for Humanity build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Wed
12
Jul

Fish Tales


Just before the Fourth of July weekend, Elliot Erdahl, 15, of Prior Lake, caught this hefty bass on Middle Maple Lake. He estimated the fish to be around 5 pounds. He caught several more bass of varying sizes throughout the week. His biggest catch was 5.42 pounds. (Photos by Bredna Erdahl)

the bass are biting on Middle Maple Lake. On Sunday, July 9, Ethan Erdahl, nine, of Maple Lake, reeled in this dandy using a Wacky Worm. The Messenger is always happy to print a picture of your big catch so send pictures to news@maplelakemessenger.com.
Thu
06
Jul

1,000 miles for Epilepsy


Greg and Janel Rosine of Maple Lake and their 2009 Dodge Challenger participated in the 1,000 Mile Crown Rally Adventure in June to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation and Kars4Kids. The rally started at Landmark Center in St. Paul and took them through Wisconsin and Iowa countryside to Chicago, Ill in two days. (Photo Submitted)

Looking sharp with its racing stickers, Janel and Greg Rosine’s bright red, 2009 Dodge Challenger growled at the starting line of the 1,000 Mile Crown Rally Adventure, Friday, June 9. Around it, revving their engines as well, were some of the greats: Lamborghinis, Corvettes, and modern-day muscle cars.
It was a car enthusiast’s dream, and the Maple Lake couple was right in the middle of it.
Minutes later they were off on their cross-country adventure from Landmark Center in St. Paul to Chicago, Ill., racing for fun and a bigger cause, raising money for the Epilepsy Foundation and Kars4Kids.

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