News

Wed
27
Nov

Weekend search yields no clues

The friends and family of missing St. John’s student Joshua Guimond are determined to leave no stone unturned in their effort to find the young man from Maple Lake.

On Saturday, two weeks to the day when 20-year-old Joshua disappeared on the St. John’s campus, a search party was organized to comb the woods around St. John’s. Behind the effort were Joshua’s father, Brian; and Brian’s brother, Paul Guimond; Joshua’s mother, Lisa Cheney; her brother, Paul Cheney; her boyfriend, Rick Smelser; and Joshua’s high school friends Jason Neu and Corey Paulson.

Wed
20
Nov

Community copes with week’s second tragedy

As Maple Lake residents were leaving a Wednesday night prayer service for Joshua Guimond, the news was spreading that the community had been dealt another blow.  Joe Zander, a junior at Maple Lake High School and the son of Tom and Cyndy Zander, died unexpectedly at his home Wednesday evening.

By early on Thursday morning, a crisis team that included clergy, counselors and administrators had assembled at the high school to help students cope with Zander’s death. In the first period classrooms, teachers read the following statement: “It is with deep regret that we inform you that Joe Zander, a student of ours, died yesterday. We are profoundly saddened by Joe’s death. Our support will go to the family.  “Some of you knew Joe and some of you did not get a chance to know him. Dealing with the death of a person in our midst is never easy.”

Wed
20
Nov

Missing without a trace

It looked like a military invasion was about to take place at St. John’s University on Nov. 13. A line of camouflaged Humvees took off in a slow procession, helicopters roared above nearly unseen through thick, gray clouds and uniformed police and military personnel were everywhere. But the ominous miliary presence had only one goal. . .    To bring a young man home.

St. John’s junior Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake has not been seen since he disappeared late in the evening on Saturday, Nov. 9, after leaving a party across the campus from his apartment in St. Maur House.

Lt. Dave Nohner of the Stearn’s County Sheriff’s Department said the search effort began late on Sunday, Nov. 10, after Joshua did not show up for a mock trial team practice.

Wed
20
Nov

Accident claims life of child in Chatham Township

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that around 9:00 a.m. on November 13, 2002 the Wright County Sheriff's Office received a report of a skid loader accident at 734 Bice Ave. NW, in Chatham Township, that later claimed the life of Jaeger Paul Lee, a 22-month-old Buffalo resident.

Initial investigation indicates that the child's father, Samuel Perry Lee, was operating a John Deere skid loader on his property, when he backed up, and noticed his son, Jaeger Lee, lying on the ground. Allina Ambulance and the Wright County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, personnel discovered the child had multiple injuries, he was taken to Buffalo Hospital, then transported by air ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, where the child later died of his injuries.

The accident was investigated by the Wright County Sheriff's Office.   

Wed
06
Nov

School board sets process for selection of next superintendent

On October 29 the school board made the decision to open the position of superintendent for applications.

Superintendent Ken Engel asked to address the board before they made their decision and was allowed to express his belief that Betty Thomes, who is now the Project Leader for SIRF (Supplemental Irish Resource Fund), would be his choice of successor.

Ken outlined the choices the district had in choosing a superintendent, opening the position or appointing a person from within the district to fill the position.

Engel went on to list the qualifications Thomes would bring to the position and her understanding of the school district, its people and its finances.

“In my mind,” said Engel, “this is the most important decision this board will have to make. I know that you want the best for the district and believe you will do just that.”

Wed
06
Nov

Council takes first steps toward updating city’s Comprehensive Plan

If you have opinions about what direction the city should take in the coming years, the time for speaking up is fast approaching.

At a special meeting on October 29, the council heard that community input will be an important part of the process to update the Comprehensive Plan (CP) for the City of Maple Lake.

Dean Johnson of Resource Strategies Corporation presented the council with guidelines that will be used to update the plan, which was created in the late 1970’s. Comprehensive plans are considered ‘blueprints’ for a city and considerable changes in Maple Lake over the past several decades have turned its CP into an outdated document.

Wed
06
Nov

Election 2002

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Wed
30
Oct

Meth lab busted in ML Township

Sheriff Gary Miller reports that on October 25, at approximately 10 a.m., agents of the Wright County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the Steven Schaufler residence located at 4370 Fiedler Ave NW, in Maple Lake Township.

Search of the Schaufler residence revealed items consistent with a clandestine methamphetamine lab. Some of the items located include: Anhydrous Ammonia, Muriatic Acid, Toluene, Lithium Metal, filters, tubing, and glassware. Agents also recovered approximately 11 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Environmental Enterprise Inc., a hazardous waste disposal company, responded to the scene and disposed of the contaminated items located at the residence.

Steven Schaufler, age 32, was booked into the Wright County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Manufacture of Methamphetamine.

Wed
30
Oct

Maple Lake votes ‘Yes’ on metro calling area

After a six-year wait, Maple Lake telephone customers have overwhelmingly approved entrance into the metro calling area.

On October 24, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission announced the results of local mail-balloting that took place from August 21 to October 2. Maple Lake telephone customers approved Extended Area Service (EAS) by 1366 votes (68.5%) to 627 votes (31.5%). A total of 64.5% of the customers eligible to vote returned their ballots to the Public Utilities Commission.    Maple Lake resident John Slimmer was the driving force behind the EAS petition filed in 1996 and said he was gratified at the results of the voting.

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