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Wed
02
Jul

Two killed in French Lake crash

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that an accident in French Lake Township claimed the lives of two people on Monday morning.

The Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle accident involving injuries at 6:45 a.m. on Monday at the intersection of County Roads #37 and #2.    The investigation revealed that a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Minnie Miley, age 84, from Ocala, Florida, was traveling east-bound on Co. Rd. #37 and failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 1994 Dodge van that was traveling south-bound on Co. Rd. #2 driven by Darnel Johnson, age 40, from Annandale.

Wed
02
Jul

Fire after rainstorms guts Maple Lake area house

Although Maple Lake was spared the worst punch of a storm that caused havoc through Central Minnesota on June 24, a house fire at the western edge of Maple Lake was attributed to a malfunctioning sump pump in the early morning hours of June 25.

The home of Bill and MaryJo Wurm suffered severe interior damage after flames ignited by the sump pump burned the basement area and caused extensive smoke damage to the upper floor.

Bill said he had checked on the sump pump at 10:30 p.m. as the storm was in the process of dumping about five inches of rain on Maple Lake. He and his son, Eric, a junior at Maple Lake High School, were at their home at 5424 Gunderson Avenue NW keeping track of the effects of the storm there while MaryJo and daughter Chelsie, a 2003 MLHS graduate, were watching for storm damage at their rental home in Maple Lake. And 13-year-old Jeremiah was on a trip to Wisconsin.

Wed
25
Jun

Fire Report

Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service responded as follows during the past week:

June 20: Grass fire at County Road 39 and Douglas Ave. NW. Eight firefighters responded and extinguished the grass with water.

June 22, 7:05 p.m.: False alarm at 103 Star Street East, Maple Lake. Twenty firefighters responded to the page.    June 20, 2:07 p.m.: Patient with allergic reaction taken to the Buffalo Hospital ER.

June 20, 11:08 p.m: Patient with chest pains taken to the Buffalo Hospital ER.    June 22: 2:30 a.m: Emergency cancelled enroute.

Wed
25
Jun

Dentist office takes a trip across the street

After 29 years of operation in the same location at the corner of Birch Avenue and First Street in downtown Maple Lake, the dental practice of Dr. D.L. Quinlan is making itself at home across the street.

Quinlan’s new office opened for business on June 1 and all involved are enjoying the additional room the new quarters provide. “We needed the space,” Quinlan said. “In the other building, we had to walk sideways to get by each other. This is much, much nicer.”

Quinlan opened his dental office in 1974 in the corner building owned by the late Ray Muller.  “When I met him, he was the age that I am now,” Quinlan said of Muller. “He said he would remodel the place and set it up for me and two and a half months later, in March of 1974, we opened.”

Wed
25
Jun
Wed
25
Jun

Protesters urge action in search for Joshua Guimond

The 21st birthday of missing St. John’s college student Joshua Guimond on June 18 was marked by a demonstration at the Stearn’s County Courthouse in St. Cloud.

A group of about ten people organized by Joshua’s father, Brian, marched at the courthouse in a short, morning demonstration with signs asking for more activity into the investigation into Joshua’s disappearance from the St. John’s campus last November.

Leona Hexum said it wasn’t hard to make the decision to participate in the demonstration. “You know how you’d feel if it was one of yours,” she said.

Media representatives covering the demonstration included KSTP-5, Channel 13 TV-News in St. Cloud and the St. Cloud Times.

Wed
25
Jun

MPCA seeks public input on joint sewer plant

Environmental review of a proposed wastewater treatment plant to serve the Maple Lake and Annandale communities in Wright County opened for public review and comment on June 23 and will continue through July 23, 2003.

The cities of Annandale and Maple Lake are proposing to regionalize wastewater treatment services for their cities by constructing a jointly operated wastewater treatment facility designed to handle an average flow of 1.184 million gallons per day.

The proposed facility will accommodate the current population and anticipated growth in the cities, and is to be located south of Maple Lake in Albion Township.

An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW), prepared by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), describes potential impacts on land, water and air quality. Citizens can review and offer comments on the EAW during the 30-day comment period.

Thu
19
Jun
Thu
19
Jun

Neighborhood Watch meeting set for June 26

A meeting to organize a Neighborhood Watch program in Maple Lake has been set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at Maple Lake High School.

Neighborhood Watch is a community-based program proven to reduce crime through a community-wide effort of providing extra eyes and ears for reporting crime to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department and helping neighbors.

At the meeting on June 26, Wright County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Leander, Neighborhood watch coordinator, will provide a training session, answer any questions and address specific neighborhood concerns. Also at this meeting, a Neighborhood Watch coordinator and block captains will be selected to organize meetings and relay information to members. A phone tree will also be established to quickly disseminate information to members.

Anyone with questions can call the Maple Lake City Hall at 963-3611.

Thu
19
Jun

War in Iraq sends sixth grader to Maple Lake

The war in Iraq has had an impact on the lives of many Americans, including 11-year-old Christian King, a recent sixth grade graduate of St. Timothy’s School.

“My mom didn’t know if she was going or not, but I was really expecting it,” Christian said. “As an April Fools joke, I told my teachers that my mom was called to war. And then when she got home that night, she told me she was really going.”

However, Micki was fortunate to have family in Maple Lake that were not only willing to take Christian, but ended up dividing his time between the homes of two of Micki’s siblings because both families wanted to be a part of his stay.

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