My husband Ron and I live in Silver Creek Township. We have been married for 25 years, living in Wright County for 21 of those years. Ron is a Tool and Die Maker for General Mills working at the James Ford Bell Technical Research Center in Plymouth.
I grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa. My professional years have been spent working with people. I have worked with youth, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and many facets of the business and education community.
Currently, I operate my own public speaking business, offering humorous motivational presentations to all types of groups and organizations.
I am 54 years old. My wife, Myrna and I have been married 31 years. We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I am a member of the Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Maple Lake. My residence in Maple Lake for 50 years and the last four years in Corinna Township make me a lifetime resident of District 1. I have had a varied employment background as a Sewer/Water/Natural gas construction foreman and superintendent, a dairy and crop farmer, and business owner of Ken Jude Trucking, Inc. Since 1993, I have been the District 1 Wright County Commissioner. My involvement in the following helped to qualify me for the position of Wright County Commissioner: 20 years in the U.S.
Scores for Maple Lake Elementary’s fifth grade students in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests were once again among the highest in the state.
Administered last spring, the results released in September show Maple Lake ranked 11th out of 842 schools tested in mathematics, 12th in writing and 21st in reading. Last year, Maple Lake’s combined performance on the three tests placed the school first in the state among Minnesota’s elementaries and Principal Dan Olberg said this year’s results would rank Maple Lake in the top ten.
Olberg said the third grade scores showed significant improvement this year, rising from just over state average last year to place 56th out of 864 schools in math and 156th in reading.
It rained almost all day on Friday, but when it came time to line up for the 2002 Homecoming Parade, the skies brightened and the rain stopped. And although the cold temperatures brought out the coats and mittens, as least it wasn’t wet.
Friday’s events capped a week of Homecoming festivities that included both junior and senior victories in the Powder Puff football and He-Man volleyball class competition, the crowning of King and Queen Jon Couette and Jacki Vandergon, a big crowd for the Homecoming dance, a week of dress-up days, pep rallies and sports contests (which are covered on pages 8 and 9 in this week’s Messenger).
The annual Homecoming Parade featured 16 units, led by the Maple Lake Fire Department and deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Department.
It was the Maple Lake City Council’s turn to visit Annandale City Hall on September 26 as the two communities continue to explore the construction of a shared wastewater treatment facility.
Council members from both cities listened as Brad DeWolf from the consulting engineers and land surveyors company of Bolton and Menk, Inc., presented a project update for the Annandale/Maple Lake Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.
DeWolf said since both communities are nearing capacity for their current wastewater treatment facilities and both are in need of upgrades, an opportunity is presented to take advantage of the benefits included in a joint facility. The benefits listed by DeWolf included reduction in operation and maintenance costs, maximizing use of personnel for wastewater operations, and providing a reliable, flexible and cost effective treatment plant for both communities.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will accept ballots through Oct. 2 on the issue of whether telephone calls between customers in the Maple Lake (320/963) telephone exchange and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Calling Area (MCA) will become local calls.
If approved in the polling process, Extended Area Service (EAS) would allow local, instead of long distance, calling between the Maple Lake exchange and the MCA.
A majority of customers voting in Maple Lake will decide whether EAS is approved. If a majority of telephone customers approve EAS, all customers in the Maple Lake exchange, including those who fail to vote on the issue and those who vote against EAS, will be required to pay higher monthly telephone rates. Telephone customers in the MCA will also pay higher rates if EAS is approved by the customers voting in the Maple Lake exchange.
It was billed as a ‘grand opening’ and by all accounts it was, as Security State Bank hosted a pancake breakfast and an open house at its new facility on Saturday.The big event not only celebrated the new bank building on the corner of Highway 55 and County Road 8 which opened for business in late June, but also the 95th anniversary of the establishment of Security State Bank in 1907.
The free pancake breakfast in the nearby high school cafeteria served over 600 people, with 250 of that total coming from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. An unexpected highlight was the pancake flipping antics by cook Gregg White of Chris Cakes. White sent pancakes flying to plates held by adventerous breakfast-goers who were willing to take a chance on their ability to catch their food.