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Sep

Security State Bank hosts new facility grand opening

Security State Bank of Maple Lake is celebrating the Grand Opening of its new bank facility, on the corner of State Highway 55 and County Road 8, and its 95th Birthday on Saturday, September 21.

In honor of this special occasion, the community is invited to a free pancake breakfast and to tour the new bank. The free Pancake Breakfast will be served at the Maple Lake High School Cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The main entrance of the bank will be open to the public for tours and to register for door prizes during the above hours.

“This joyous occasion, is our special way to thank the community for its continued support,” states Doyle A. Van Dyne, bank president. “We hope everyone in Maple Lake and the surrounding communities will join Security State Bank in celebrating the past 95 years of service. Hopefully, we will also see the next 95 years together in the same respect as the past 95 years!”

Wed
18
Sep

Jude receives national honor

It isn’t uncommon for the Wright County Board to present awards and plaques of recognition to county employees and departments for achievement. Hardly a month goes by that an employee isn’t recognized at the local, state or national level for individual or group achievement or a program that has become a model for other counties.

However, at the Sept. 10 meeting of the Wright County Board, the tables were turned. Instead of the commissioners giving an award, Commissioner Ken Jude received a pair of prestigious awards for his work with the Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Service (CMJTS) and Minnesota Workforce Council Association.

Wed
11
Sep

A year later, Sept. 11 is remembered

The world will never be the same for Americans after the events of September 11, 2001.

And it will never be the same for Tom, Jody and Thomas Clarke of Maple Lake.

Tom Clarke, a former New York City firefighter, made a personal journey to the World Trade Center’s Ground Zero after the terrorist assault brought the Twin Towers down last year. His mission was to stand side by side with friends and relatives on rescue crews as they searched for survivors or reclaimed the bodies of the nearly 3,000 lives lost.

Upon his return to Maple Lake, Tom told the story of his time at Ground Zero to civic and school groups, he was featured in a story by reporter Jeff Baillon of KMSP TV, and he was honored by Wright-Hennepin Electric and Modern Woodmen Life Insurance for his heroic efforts in New York.

Wed
11
Sep

Another rain, another flood

In the Maple Lake area, five to six inches of rain was reported for the storm that hit overnight on Sept. 6. And that’s just going to pad a rainfall record that may never be broken.

We hope.

The worst of this storm centered itself over the Buffalo area, with rainfall reports from six to 10 inches that served to once again raise record lake levels, inundating streets, closing for a time portions of Highway 55 and 25 and making the morning commute to work on September 6 one to remember.

Maple Lake Public Works Director Jerry Sawatzke said he went on duty at about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 6, hooking up a portable generator only 10 minutes after the power had gone out in the neighborhood of the 6th Street lift station. Sawatzke and his crew spent the night making the rounds of the lift stations to make sure all were functioning through the storm, staying on the job until about 3 p.m. the next day.

Wed
04
Sep

Doherty receives WWII Jubilee of Liberty medal

A second Maple Lake resident has received the Jubilee of Liberty medal for service in World War II.

Don Paumen received the award from the French government this spring as a reward for American efforts during the Battle of Normandy in 1944. On August 27, Helen Doherty was among 22 veterans presented with the Jubilee of Liberty medal during a ceremony at the VFW Post 8731 in Monticello.

On hand to honor the veterans were Congressman Mark Kennedy, Representative Bruce Anderson, and Colonel Dennis Lord of the Minnesota Army National Guard. In his keynote address, Kennedy called World War II veterans “an inspiration” for those currently seeking to preserve freedom in the face of terrorism.

Wed
04
Sep

First cross country meet in 14 years. . . And they’re off!

The Irish cross-country program hosted their first meet in fourteen years at Nye Park on August 29.    “It was fun to host a meet,” said Coach J McClelland. “Hosting a meet allows our athletes to see the program continuing to move forward. The meet went well and we are hoping to learn from this meet to allow meets in the upcoming seasons to run with ease.”

Hosting a meet meant a great deal to the athletes involved in the program also.   “It was nice to actually know the course before the meet,” said sophomore Heather Couette. “The home trail advantage makes a huge difference in cross-country.”

Wed
28
Aug

Record rainfalls have city seeking sewer improvements

A summer of record rainfalls is leaving major problems in its wake throughout Minnesota, and Maple Lake is no exception.

At its meeting on August 20, the Maple Lake City Council received a report from City Engineer Phil Gravel with recommendations for coping with a list of water issues, most notably those concerning the June 24 storm that resulted in several hundred thousand dollars in damages within the city.

Gravel cited four problem areas within the city during that storm and pointed to the Jude Addition lift station on Sixth Street and the area of the Curt Nordlie and Tim Borell homes on Fourth Street West as the chief areas of concern.

Wed
21
Aug

Metro phone balloting was a six-year effort

Ballots for Maple Lake’s vote on entering the metro phone exchange are in the mail and as far as John Slimmer is concerned, it’s about time.

It was Slimmer who started the drive to get Maple Lake into the metro exchange in 1996 and keeping in touch with family was the reason.

When Slimmer was a Maple Grove resident, many family members lived in the Shakopee/Cologne area, which was long distance and the phone bills mounted up. “Then they got metro and we moved out here to Maple Lake,” Slimmer laughed.

Slimmer moved to his home on Lake Sullivan in 1994 and discovered just how close the metro calling area was.

“We were one mile from the Buffalo line,” he said. “So I said, ‘Hey, let’s get Maple Lake into the metro exchange.’”

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