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Wed
28
May

Witnesses sought in County Rd. 37 rollover

A one-vehicle rollover on County Road 37 has prompted a call from the Wright County Sheriff’s Department for witnesses to the accident.

The crash occurred on May 22 at about 8:30 a.m. just east of Maple Lake. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Phillip Carl Pope, 30, of Monticello was westbound on Co. Rd. 37 near the Maple Lake airport. Pope’s vehicle entered the north ditch and hit a culvert washout area in the ditch. Pope’s 1995 Suzuki rolled multiple times before coming to rest at the edge of the road in the westbound lane. He was wearing his seatbelt and had to be removed from the vehicle by the Maple Lake Fire Department. Pope was transported to Buffalo Hospital in serious condition.

Wed
28
May

All-City Garage Sale set for June 7

It’s almost time once again for the annual Maple Lake All-City Garage Sale, which is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 7.

Please note this is a change from the date of June 14 listed in the Community Calendar.

Registrations can be made by calling the Messenger office at 963-3813 or by stopping in during business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The deadline for registrations is noon on May 27 to allow time to prepare a map and a listing of sellers. The registration fee is $10 and a list of your sale items will also be included in the Messenger advertisement.  This event is sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and is advertised locally and area-wide.

Sale participants will also be given two garage sale signs, which will identify their sale as officially registered in the All-City event.

Wed
21
May
Wed
21
May

Schut brings hope to ataxia victims

Hope College of Holland, Michigan honored four alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards on May 3.  And one of those honored alumni is from Maple Lake.

Dr. Lawrence Schut of Maple Lake and three other Hope graduates were presented with the highest honor that alumni can receive from the college in recognition of contributions to society and service to Hope.

Wed
21
May

As Trident goes, TV crew comes to St. John’s

Although students were gone for the summer, St. John’s was a busy place last week as a Trident Foundation crew searched three campus lakes for clues to the disappearance of Joshua Guimond. And a TV crew from Los Angeles filmed a segment for the show, “P.I.” on the work Twin Cities private investigator Chuck Loesch is doing concerning the death of college student Chris Jenkins and Joshua’s disappearance.

Wed
14
May

Maple Lake All-City Garage Sale set for June 7

It’s almost time once again for the annual Maple Lake All-City Garage Sale, which is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 7. Please note this is a change from the date of June 14 listed in the Community Calendar.

Registrations can be made by calling the Messenger office at 963-3813 or by stopping in during business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The deadline for registrations is noon on May 27 to allow time to prepare a map and a listing of sellers. The registration fee is $10 and a list of your sale items will also be included in the Messenger advertisement.  This event is sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and is advertised locally and area-wide.

Sale participants will also be given two garage sale signs, which will identify their sale as officially registered in the All-City event.

Wed
14
May

Sheriff’s Office announces May Mobilization

Sheriff Gary L. Miller is announcing that motorists in Wright County will notice an increase in patrol cars during a national seat belt enforcement and education campaign occurring from May 22 through June 1. The campaign is named “May Mobilization” and its objective is to protect lives and prevent serious injuries to motorists by encouraging them to buckle up.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 4 and 33. In 2002, 657 people died on Minnesota roadways. Of those, 539 were vehicle occupants. Of those, 333 deaths were attributed to seat belt non-use, or 62 percent. In Wright County in 2002, there were 12 deaths due to motor vehicle crashes. Of those, seven were not wearing belts. In addition, 736 injuries due to crashes occurred in Wright County and of those 184 were attributed to seat belt non-use or 25 percent.

Wed
14
May

Sheriff seeking stolen antiques

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller is requesting the public’s assistance for any information related to a recent burglary of a rural Buffalo area outbuilding where numerous antique toy pedal cars and other antique items were stolen.    It is believed that the burglary took place sometime between April 19 and April 24, 2003. The monetary value of the stolen antique cars and items is substantial. It is probable that because of the size of the pedal cars and the number taken, that the suspect(s) is using a trailer to haul the toy cars.

Please be aware of any suspicious vehicles, or if you see or hear of any antique pedal cars being offered for sale around the area. If anybody has information regarding this burglary, please contact Wright County Detective Mark Tuttle at (763) 684-4530.

Wed
14
May

Divers come up empty in search for Joshua

A Stearns County Sheriff’s Department search effort focusing on Stumpf Lake at the St. John’s campus yielded no clues in the disappearance of Joshua Guimond.

This search effort began at the end of April when dogs from North Star Search and Rescue and Canine Search Services spent seven hours tracking around the Stumpf Lake area. Stumpf Lake was on the path Joshua would have taken to return to his campus apartment on November 9 and has been the focus of much of the Sheriff’s Department search activity.

In addition to the dogs, a sonar unit operated by Ken Anderson of Emergency Support Services was also used on Stumpf Lake. Dragging of the lake was undertaken on April 29, and on May 8, Stearns and Benton County Sheriff’s Department divers spent just over an hour exploring areas of interest designated earlier by the dogs and sonar crew.

Wed
07
May

MLHS teacher honored by Wal-Mart

MLHS teacher Mike Hojnacke received a certificate from Buffalo Wal-Mart Community involvement coordinator Deb Helmbrecht, designating him as the Teacher of the Year Runner-Up for Wright County.

Each Wal-Mart store selects a teacher of the year determined from nomination forms submitted by students. Helmbrecht said hundreds of nominations were received for this year’s honors, but she said winners are not selected on the basis of the number of votes received, but on the attributes listed in the nominations.

Hojnacke was described by his students as “more than dedicated.”

“He goes above and beyond for his students, coming in early and staying late to help students. He even sacrifices his lunch hour to stay in his room and help students with any questions.

“Mr. Hojnacke is the most dedicated teacher I have ever known. He goes way beyond the extra mile.”

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