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05
Mar

Luck of the Irish follows Queen Jen

Despite a summer of record rainfalls, it never rained on the parade of the 25th Miss Maple Lake.

Somehow Queen Jen Pribyl and her princesses, Nichole Haegele and Amanda Rigenhagen, got through 18 parades and appearances without a drop of water falling on their sparkling tiaras. But the devestating downpour of June 24 left an impression on the royal court because they picked that day to select matching outfits in St. Cloud and drove home in the rainstorm of the century.

“We went back to Amanda’s house and her basement was flooded so we helped her out with that,” Jen said. “But she lives near the golf course and the roads there were all flooded when we were trying to get home.”

Wed
05
Mar

26th St. Patrick’s Day Festival is March 15

It’s almost time for the 26th edition of Maple Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, set for March 15.

The day will begin with the annual Craft Sale set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maple Lake Elementary.

The 2nd Annual Irish Scamper will start at 9 a.m. with registration at Madigan’s Pub and Grill. The 5K race will begin at 11 a.m. in front of St. Timothy’s Church and the half-mile Fun Run will begin immediately after the start of the 5K. The course will take the runners east on Division, south on County Road 8, then back to the Church via First Street.

Wed
05
Mar

Divers explore St. John’s lake in search for Joshua Guimond

Divers were brought in to search the waters of Sagatagan Lake at St. John’s on Saturday as the disappearance of three missing college students once again made headlines across the state.

Last fall, University of Minnesota student Chris Jenkins, St. John’s student Joshua Guimond and University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire student Michael Noll all disappeared without a trace after leaving late night parties.

On Feb. 27, the body of Jenkins, who vanished on Halloween night, was retrieved from the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis after it was spotted by pedestrians on a bridge near St. Anthony Falls.

The Jenkins and Guimond families had been working together to find their sons and a bloodhound used in the two cases appeared to find a scent associated with Chris Jenkins on the St. John’s campus during a late December search effort.

Wed
26
Feb

Search for Joshua continues on lake at St. John’s

Searchers were out again over the weekend as the Wisconsin bloodhound, Hoover, was brought back to St. John’s to continue tracking the scent of Joshua Guimond, who has been missing since November 9.

On January 18, a crew accompanying Hoover and her owner, Penny Bell, spent a day following the bloodhound from a dock at the northern edge of Sagatagan Lake to an area in the middle of the lake. But that effort was suspended when members of St. John’s Life and Safety staff asked the group to leave, citing regulations about pets on campus and concerns that the search organized by Joshua’s father, Brian, was interfering with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department investigation.

Wed
26
Feb

Retiring superintendent named as parade Grand Marshal

The leadership of Maple Lake Schools by the Carver boys is about to end.  But not before the second of the two educators from Carver is honored in Maple Lake as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.

Maple Lake Schools Superintendent Ken Engel and former Superintendent Roger Riesgraf were neighbors in Carver when Engel was growing up and Riesgraf even served as Engel’s Little League coach. So when a teaching position opened up in Maple Lake in 1963, Engel was the man Riesgraf called.

Riesgraf was honored as parade Grand Marshal in 1985 when he retired as superintendent and Engel assumed the leadership of the schools. And now, after 40 years with the school district and 18 years as its superintendent, Engel, who is retiring at the end of this school year, will ride at the head of the parade as the 2003 Grand Marshal.

Wed
19
Feb

Greg Elsenpeter dies at age 59

Greg Elsenpeter, a long time area farmer and more recently, a Deacon at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, died on February 13 after a four-year battle with cancer.

Last spring, the Maple Lake and Buffalo communities joined together to support Elsenpeter in his fight against cancer with a huge benefit at the Buffalo Civic Center, attended by hundreds of people from throughout the area.

Elsenpeter was also the subject of a Messenger story detailing the holistic treatments he was receiving at the Hospital Santa Monica in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. And he was open in discussing his cancer and his outlook on life and death. In a homily delivered at St. Francis one year ago, he offered the following words:

Wed
19
Feb

Preserving medical care for kids prompts family crusade

Misty Yanish of Maple Lake knows all about the need for good medical care and how the right doctors, nurses and hospitals can make all the difference in the world.  And she is determined that others continue to have the same quality of care that she has received at Shriners Hospital for Children.

Misty, who graduated in 2002 from Maple Lake High School, has traveled to Shriners in Minneapolis since she was two years old for medical care made necessary by Cerebral Palsy.

Wed
12
Feb

Area firefighters team up for county fire investigations

Services offered by fire departments in Wright County will go up a notch as preparations continue to create a county-wide fire investigations unit.

Scott Carriveau, a Maple Lake firefighter recently elected president of the new organization, said the fire investigations unit has been in the works for over a year.  “Our goal is to try and enhance the system that’s already in place,” he said. “We are trying to bring a higher level of professionalism to what we do.”

The current system forwards the investigation of fires of suspicious origin to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department. But that leaves a considerable number of other fires with no clearly identified cause.

“Over 50% of structure fires in the state are some type of arson,” Carriveau said. “Basically, Wright County is no different, but other fire causes are slipping through the cracks.”

Wed
12
Feb

New author shares an emotional journey

Nothing worth doing is ever easy.  Just ask Maple Lake’s newest author, Becky Foreman.

After 10 years of enduring the trials and tribulations of writing and publishing a book about the adoption of Becky and Doug’s son, Tyler, the finished product was delivered at the end of January into the hands of its author.

“We Have a Baby For You” is the story of the nearly two-year adoption process that finally resulted in bringing Tyler from Romania to the family’s home in Maple Lake.  It was a process filled with so many twists and turns and joys and frustrations that Becky began taking notes and writing the story in her sleep.

“Everything that happened was just so unbelievable,” she said, remembering how she would get up at 5 a.m. to write down the thoughts and memories that filled her head. “When I’d wake up, it was just like God had given me another chapter.”

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