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Wed
22
Jan

Young fishermen sweep prizes at Ice Fishing Tourney

The old-timers were left out in the cold on Sunday as a trio of youthful fishermen swept the top prizes at the annual Ice Fishing Tourney sponsored by Maple Lake Public Schools on Maple Lake.

Jason Heberling of Maple Lake hauled in the biggest fish of the day with a 3 lb. 14 oz. northern, followed by Andrew Dupont of Montrose with a 3 lb. 11 oz. northern and Jordan Lauer of Maple Lake with a 2 lb. 15 oz. northern.

But fish weren’t the only attraction at the contest, which drew a big crowd despite cold winds. A long list of door prizes was given away throughout the two-hour tournament, and a cash drawing awarded $300 to Kurt Segner of Annandale, $200 to Dominic Lauer of Maple Lake and $100 to Ken Dalbec of Maple Lake.

Wed
22
Jan

Bloodhound returns to St. John’s

Despite cold winds and treacherous footing at a lake on the St. John’s campus, Hoover was back on the job at St. John’s on Saturday.

Accompanied by Todd Borell and Bart Lauer of the Maple Lake Fire Department, Hoover’s owner, Penny Bell, continued the tracking effort to locate Joshua Guimond that brought her to the St. John’s campus for the third time in a month.

Two weeks ago, Hoover led searchers to an area of Sagatagan Lake located behind the St. John’s abbey. Starting out on Saturday morning from the spot close to shore where that effort left off, the search party, which also included Bell’s two assistants and Joshua’s father, Brian, followed Hoover on a path that led further out into the lake.

Wed
15
Jan

Fuller selected as Wright County Athlete of the Year

Todd Fuller has claimed almost every honor available to him during the past year as he earned his third straight NCAA Division II wrestling championship for North Dakota State.

And now he has one more.

Last week, Fuller, a graduate of Maple Lake High School, was selected as Wright County’s Male Athlete of the Year. The last Maple Lake athlete to win the award was wrestler Steve Anderson in 1988.

Fuller earned 14 high school letters in wrestling, baseball and football. In wrestling, he was a three-time conference champ, team MVP, and a four-time state competitor, placing third as a sophomore and junior and taking the state championship as a senior. He served as team captain, was an All-Conference selection five times, and was a six-year letter winner for a Lightning wrestling squad that won the conference championship three times.

Wed
15
Jan

Divers search lake at St. John’s

Divers searching for missing college student Joshua Guimond cut through the ice and explored the murky bottom of a lake at St. John’s last week, but it wasn’t the lake Guimond’s family expected to be the focus of attention.

On Wednesday, January 8, crews from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department sent divers down into East Gemini, a lake across the road from Stumpf Lake, where previous searches had been concentrated.

Nothing was found in the three-hour search, but plenty of video footage recorded the production. Every Twin Cities television station was represented and film crews lined the edge of an embankment high over the two diving sites.

Wed
15
Jan
Wed
15
Jan

Benefit for Josh at Maple Lake VFW

The second of two benefits to aid in the search for missing St. John’s College student Joshua Guimond will take place on Sunday, January 19.

The “Find Josh Benefit” at the Maple Lake VFW will include a pork chop dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dinner tickets are available for $8 at Security State Bank through Saturday morning, with additional pork chops for $1.25.

Entertainment at the event will feature live music provided by “Second Hand Halo,” which has performed at the “Fine-Line” in Minneapolis, and “Echo Union.” Karaoke entertainment will be provided by D.J. John Gjertsen and “Two of a Kind,” featuring Mary Jo Miceli and Joyce Sprague.

Fri
10
Jan

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Wed
08
Jan

Controversy brews over dog as search continues at St. John’s

Penny Bell and her bloodhound, Hoover, were back at St. John’s this weekend, continuing the search for two missing college students.

But in another development regarding the search, an article appeared in the Star Tribune on Sunday, calling into question Bell’s methods, credentials and track record.

The story contained information from bloodhound experts who maintained the best chance for a dog to pick up a scent is in the first 48 hours and no longer than a week. Bell’s dog is tracking the scents of Chris Jenkins, a University of Minnesota student who disappeared on Oct. 31, and Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake, a St. John’s College student who disappeared on that campus Nov. 9.

There were also comments in the story from a Milwaukee battalion chief who disputed Bell’s claims of past success, in addition to reports on Hoover’s lack of accreditation.

Wed
08
Jan

Man dies in New Year’s rollover

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on January 1, 2003, at 5:36 a.m., the Wright County Communications Center received a report of a one vehicle rollover accident on County Road 8, at the corner of 50th St. NW, in Marysville Township. The accident claimed the life of Michael Vonne Sadler, a 33 year old Waverly resident.    Initial investigation indicates that the deceased was traveling southbound on County Road 8 approaching 50th St., when the vehicle left the curve and continued south into the west ditch, rolling over several times. Sadler, who was the lone occupant in his vehicle, was ejected from his 1990 Geo Storm and pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

Wed
08
Jan

Benefits for Joshua to help raise search funds

Two benefits to aid in the search for missing St. John’s College student Joshua Guimond will take place on back-to-back Sundays this month.

On January 12, Madigan’s Pub and Grill will host a spaghetti dinner with all proceeds going to the Find Joshua Fund. Spaghetti, garlic toast and coffee or pop will be served for $7 from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition, the Maple Lake Lions will be hosting a meat raffle for the Find Joshua Fund.

On January 19, the Find Josh Benefit at the Maple Lake VFW will include a pork chop dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Dinner tickets are available for $8 at Security State Bank and Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Sunday, with additional pork chops for $1.25.  Entertainment at the event will feature live music and Karaoke.

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