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Thu
09
Nov

Mystery event gets good marks


representatives of the Maple Lake Library accepted a $1,000 grant from the national organization of Sisters in Crime. Pictured, front row, from left are, Jan Bakeberg, Laurel Martinez, Margaret Jenniges, Carol Northenscold, Terry Mooney, Timya Owens, Jean Borrell, Pam Lemieux, Erin Hart and Sue Sylvester. Back row, from left are, Vicki Decker, Char Drenckhahn, Jessie Chandler, Pat Dennis, Midge Bubany, Christine Husom, Della Ness, Judith Feenstra, Pat Meyer and Noel Paukert.

library volunteers and book club members get the chance to chat with local mystery authors.

Fans of a good mystery had the chance to meet local mystery authors and members of the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime, Saturday, Oct. 28, at an event celebrating Maple Lake Library’s selection for a “We Love Libraries” grant.
Maple Lake was chosen for the $1,000 grant by the national organization of Sisters in Crime. The money will be used to buy additional books. The books are not restricted to the mystery genre.
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., guests heard from authors Midge Bubany, Jessie Chandler, Pat Dennis, Erin Hart and Christine Husom on the various processes they use in their writing.
Clover Meadow Bakery, of Maple Lake, provided refreshments.
“We had a good turnout and heard nothing but positive comments from those who attended,” said Terry Mooney of the Maple Lake Library. “The authors shared that they had a great time and look forward to coming again next year.”

Thu
02
Nov

Veteran’s Day Programs in Maple Lake


Sergeant E5 Bruce Peters stands by the Victory Vision motorcycle he turned into a tribute to his fellow soldiers who didn’t come back from the Vietnam War or came back physically or mentally damaged. On the bike are hand-painted representations of the Three Soldiers Memorial and the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. as well as scripture quotes, patriotic documents and more. He hopes to ride the motorcycle to the Friday, Nov. 10, Maple Lake Veteran’s Day Program at the high school auditorium where he and his wife, Claris, will speak on what it was like to live through the Vietnam War. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

this painting is a depiction of Bruce Peters standing at the wall with his hand on the names of buddies he lost during the Vietnam War. A closer look shows the ghostly impression of those lost soldiers reaching out toward him. Peters’ reflection can also be seen on the glossy surface of the well-waxed motorcycle.
Thu
02
Nov

Halloween Carnival is frightfully fun


Maple Lake kicked off Halloween early with the annual PTA-sponsored Halloween Carnival at Maple Lake Elementary, Saturday, Oct. 28. A healthy crowd filled the gym and cafeteria from 3 to 5 p.m. for games, food and a chance to win quality prizes in the Halloween Costume Contest. Tuesday, Oct. 31, was the actual holiday when children costumed as goblins, ghosts and their favorite super heroes took to the streets for tricks or treats. School representatives remind parents that MLE is participating in Allina Health’s Halloween Candy Collection again this year, as a way to promote healthy living, including candy in moderation. Students are invited to donate some of their candy to a good cause, Wednesday, Nov. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 2. There will be collection containers at the entrance of the elementary building. The candy will be donated to programs that send gift boxes to service men and women. For each pound of candy collected, Allina Health will donate $1 to local food shelves. If MLE collects the most pounds of candy per student among the participating schools in the area, MLE will win $250 to be used towards equipment to help improve the health of the school community, along with other health and wellness prizes from Allina Health. Above left, participants in the costume contest wait anxiously for the Maple Lake Ambassadors to pick the day’s best-dressed in the toddler through preschool category.

Jackson Fobbe, 2 ½, makes a cute, blue dragon.

fourth grade through sixth grade winners of the costume contest were, from left, Matthew Diers as Jack Skeleton in first; Avery Kolehmainen as the Joker was second; and Bailey Fieldseth was third.

Mitchell Stewig takes a shot at a prize at the Boiling Cauldrons game.

Marshall Hall shows off his costume. More pictures on page 12. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Thu
02
Nov

No one fights alone


Team Huro presents a $20,000 check to Karla Heeter, executive director of the Buffalo Hospital Foundation, at this year’s Pink Street Party in Buffalo. (Photo submitted)

No one fights alone is the promise of Dan Huro, a nearly four-year survivor of Multiple Myeloma and creator of Team Huro, a group that is dedicated to upholding that promise.
Since the beginning, Huro and the Maple Lake Legion Riders have worked hard to become one of the biggest donors to the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute of Buffalo, a local organization that helps cancer patients pay their bills and navigate the financial burden that accompanies the disease.

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Thu
02
Nov

Making history


Above, the Maple Lake girls cross country team made history last week when they became the first ever Irish cross country team to advance to state. The girls finished second at the Section 5A Meet in Mora for the honor and will travel to Northfield for the prestigious event on Saturday, Nov. 4. Pictured, front row, from left are, Sophie Pribyl, Margaret Graham, Kate Graham, Gus Demarais. Second row, from left, Eva McClelland, Grace Praska, Grace Heying, Ava Mergen, Mary Miller. Back row, from left, coaches Jamie Heying, Ben Youngs, J McClelland, and Paul Foquette. (Photos submitted)

Michael Miller punched his ticket to state by finishing 11th at the Section 5A meet last week. He will compete as an individual at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Saturday.

The Irish girls cross country team made history last week when they upset Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the final 400 meters of the Section 5A race to become the first Maple Lake cross country team to ever win a state meet berth.

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Thu
02
Nov

BUCC performance benefits food shelf


Bethlehem United Church of Christ presented Morpheus in Concert Saturday, Oct. 28, and raised $3,000 for the Annandale-Maple Lake-South Haven Food Shelf. The 11-piece horn band played an assortment of classics from Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Santana, the Doors, the Eagles, Van Morrison and others. The group is made up entirely of volunteers and performs solely for charitable events. Cost to get into the event was a good-will offering to the local food shelf in time for its busy holiday season. A total of $2,000 was collected Saturday night. An anonymous BUCC congregation member then donated a matching $1,000. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)
Thu
02
Nov

County approves phased-in plan to take over WCAT

For the last several years, Wright County’s involvement in a regional transit organization has changed several times. The long-running River Rider program was phased out when Sherburne County unexpectedly bolted to join another regional transit group. Wright County reluctantly joined in with the Trailblazer Transit system, but opted out of the joint powers agreement due to disagreements on the county’s representation on the Trailblazer board and input in making critical decisions. For the last three years, Wright County cities have partnered with Trailblazer through the organization WCAT (Wright County Area Transportation).
At the Oct. 24 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the board approved a significant cash outlay and starting the process of the county taking back the control of transit in Wright County.

Thu
02
Nov

Halloween Blizzard? Not quite


Above top, it was still bicycling weather when the owner of this bike turned in for the night, Thursday, Oct. 26, but by morning, winter had set in. It wasn’t the 1991 Halloween Blizzard, but Maple Lake still saw some accumulation. It made a slushy morning commute for some Friday, Oct. 27, but by Monday most of the snow was gone. Above, the Halloween decorations at this house on Rose Ave. in Maple Lake were harassed by snow and wind Friday morning. The snow kept up for most of the day, covering the ground in wet whiteness. The cold spell that accompanied the snow was supposed to remain through Halloween. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Above top, it was still bicycling weather when the owner of this bike turned in for the night, Thursday, Oct. 26, but by morning, winter had set in. It wasn’t the 1991 Halloween Blizzard, but Maple Lake still saw some accumulation. It made a slushy morning commute for some Friday, Oct. 27, but by Monday most of the snow was gone. Above, the Halloween decorations at this house on Rose Ave. in Maple Lake were harassed by snow and wind Friday morning. The snow kept up for most of the day, covering the ground in wet whiteness. The cold spell that accompanied the snow was supposed to remain through Halloween. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Thu
26
Oct

Haunted house is not for the faint of heart


Maple Lake's Macabre Manor will test your courage with holographic illusions, effects lighting, digital sound systems, live actors and practical props. (Photo submitted)

these signs advertising a Maple Lake haunted house can be seen throughout town, but where is it and who is holding it? Hosted by Jonathan Carr and his family, Maple Lake's Macabre Manor will be open Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 4882 Grover Ave. NW, Maple Lake. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

You’ve seen them around town, the white signs that shout “Haunted House” in bold, black lettering, but the details are mysteriously vague. Where is this haunted house and who is behind it?
Jonathan Carr and his family recently moved to Maple Lake from Ramsey, a metro suburb that borders Anoka, the self-proclaimed “Halloween Capitol of the World.”
“We take Halloween very seriously,” said Carr, the creator of what he is dubbing The Macabre Manor in Maple Lake.

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Thu
26
Oct

Scaring up fun


Above, Halloween in Maple Lake gets started this week with the 42nd Annual Halloween Carnival at Maple Lake Elementary, Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. Above, youngsters wait for the costume contest to start at last year's event. (Photo from Maple Lake Messenger archives)

Halloween in Maple Lake gets started this week with the 42nd Annual Halloween Carnival at Maple Lake Elementary.
Put on by the Maple Lake PTA, with help from the Maple Lake Lions and other local businesses, the community event is open to all children, whether they are MLE students or not. There will be food, snacks, new prizes, an assortment of games, and a costume contest, all from 3 to 5 p.m. at the elementary school, Saturday, Oct. 28.
New to the event this year is the cake walk. Donations of store-bought baked items will be taken up until Saturday morning, Oct. 28, organizer Jennifer Fritz said. Fritz is co-chairing the carnival with the help of Beth Lee and Sara Peterson.
“About 40 to 60 baked goods are needed. This is a great way for families who can’t volunteer in other ways to help out,” Fritz said.

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