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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.’”

Wed
21
Aug

New community center to host open house at Taste of Maple Lake

In a few short weeks, the old Security State Bank building in downtown Maple Lake has been given a new lease on life.

On Saturday, the Maple Lake Recovery Center hosted a Fifth Anniversary celebration that featured an open house at its new facility on Birch Avenue (photos appear on page 4).

And from 4 to 7 p.m. on August 22 during the Taste of Maple Lake, a new community center will be unveiled in space provided in the old bank building by the Recovery Center. Additional information on the Taste of Maple Lake appears on page 12.

A group of senior citizens took the idea of a library/resource area initiated by the Town Square Committee and transformed it into a multipurpose center for meetings, demonstrations, resource and historical materials and social gatherings.

Wed
14
Aug

Participation by everyone encouraged by Town Square group

With businesses gearing up for the “Taste of Maple Lake”, it’s time for the community to step up and join in the fun.   Teams are needed for the bed races on Thursday, August 22, and the volleyball tournament and water ball games on Saturday, August 24.     The Town Square committee of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce has been busy making plans for this year’s expanded festival. Businesses interested in participating are encouraged to sign up early to insure a prime place on Birch Avenue for their booth on Thursday for the expo. Home gardeners are needed for the Farmers Market on Friday, and anyone with excess produce can have booth space in the Cozy Wash parking lot for a small fee.

Registration forms for all events except the volleyball tournament are available at the Messenger. Volleyball tournament registrations are available at Madigan’s.

Wed
14
Aug

Taste of Maple Lake to include three days of events

The Third Annual Taste of Maple Lake, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Town Square Committee, has expanded this year to include three days of events.

Thursday, August 22, will begin the growing festival with a downtown expo from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. that will feature demonstrations, games, give-a-ways and refreshments.

Children up to 12 years of age are invited to wear costumes, decorate bikes or otherwise express their creativity in the Kiddie Parade, which will travel from the city park through downtown Maple Lake at 7 p.m. Line-up for the parade will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the park and silver dollars for all participants will be provided by Security State Bank. The parade will be followed by the annual Bed Race down Birch Avenue at 7:30 p.m.

Thu
08
Aug

August 3 storm adds to local weather damage

The storms keep coming and the damage keeps mounting as rain and lightning once again caused havoc in the Maple Lake area.

The storm dropped up to seven inches in central Wright County, with the City of Maple Lake reporting 4 inches and resident Ed Raiche reported 4.25 inches of rainfall.  A fire at the Immanuel Lutheran Church parsonage in Silver Creek was apparently caused by lightning from the storms that swept through the area on Saturday.

The Maple Lake Fire Department responded at 4:31 p.m. to the fire at the uninhabited parsonage.

The fire was reported by the Silver Creek Community Church pastor, Bob Vandevord, who lives across the street. He said he heard a lightning strike and turned in the alarm when he smelled smoke. There didn't appear to be a visible point of entry from the lightning strike.

Tue
06
Aug

Friends take a stand in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis

Jan Bakeberg and Terry Mooney are about to take a walk for those who can’t, carrying the images of people they love in their heads and very close to their hearts.

Both Maple Lake women are seeking pledges that will allow them to participate in the 2002 MS Challenge Walk, a first-time event for the Minnesota Chapter of the MS Society designed to raise funds to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Each walker is required to raise at least $1,500 in pledges for the 50 mile walk that will begin in the northwestern Twin Cities suburbs on September 28 and conclude at the Metrodome on September 30.

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