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Wed
08
Jan

Controversy brews over dog as search continues at St. John’s

Penny Bell and her bloodhound, Hoover, were back at St. John’s this weekend, continuing the search for two missing college students.

But in another development regarding the search, an article appeared in the Star Tribune on Sunday, calling into question Bell’s methods, credentials and track record.

The story contained information from bloodhound experts who maintained the best chance for a dog to pick up a scent is in the first 48 hours and no longer than a week. Bell’s dog is tracking the scents of Chris Jenkins, a University of Minnesota student who disappeared on Oct. 31, and Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake, a St. John’s College student who disappeared on that campus Nov. 9.

There were also comments in the story from a Milwaukee battalion chief who disputed Bell’s claims of past success, in addition to reports on Hoover’s lack of accreditation.

Wed
08
Jan

Man dies in New Year’s rollover

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on January 1, 2003, at 5:36 a.m., the Wright County Communications Center received a report of a one vehicle rollover accident on County Road 8, at the corner of 50th St. NW, in Marysville Township. The accident claimed the life of Michael Vonne Sadler, a 33 year old Waverly resident.    Initial investigation indicates that the deceased was traveling southbound on County Road 8 approaching 50th St., when the vehicle left the curve and continued south into the west ditch, rolling over several times. Sadler, who was the lone occupant in his vehicle, was ejected from his 1990 Geo Storm and pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

Wed
08
Jan

Benefits for Joshua to help raise search funds

Two benefits to aid in the search for missing St. John’s College student Joshua Guimond will take place on back-to-back Sundays this month.

On January 12, Madigan’s Pub and Grill will host a spaghetti dinner with all proceeds going to the Find Joshua Fund. Spaghetti, garlic toast and coffee or pop will be served for $7 from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition, the Maple Lake Lions will be hosting a meat raffle for the Find Joshua Fund.

On January 19, the Find Josh Benefit at the Maple Lake VFW will include a pork chop dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Dinner tickets are available for $8 at Security State Bank and Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Sunday, with additional pork chops for $1.25.  Entertainment at the event will feature live music and Karaoke.

Tue
07
Jan

Fire Report

Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service responded to the following emergencies during the past week:

Jan. 5, 7:14 a.m.: Maple Lake’s volunteer firefighters were paged to Bernatello’s Pizza plant, 220 Congress Street West, Maple Lake, for a strong gas smell. Sixteen firefighters responded, investigated and ventilated the building.

Jan. 4, 6:14 p.m.: Automobile accident one mile north of Maple Lake on County Road 8 when a vehicle hit a pole. Three people, Alicia D. Foster, 17, driver; and passengers, Amy Poquette, 16, and Jon Shinnick, 16, all of Annandale, were involved. Shinnick, riding in the back seat, and Poquette, wearing a seat belt, declined medical assistance.   All three were transported to the Buffalo Hospital ER by ambulance. The fire department’s rescue squad responded to the accident with 22 firefighters.

Sun
05
Jan

Fire Report:

Maple Lake’s Fire Department, Ambulance and Rescue squads responded as follows during the past week:

Feb. 3: Ambulance and Rescue squads were dispatched at 2:25 p.m. to a one-vehicle accident on County Road 7 & 39. Occupants of a pickup, which struck a tree, declined medical assistance.    Feb. 1: Ambulance and Rescue squads responded to a one-car roll-over accident on Donnelly Dr. NW (east side of Maple Lake) at 12:31 p.m. Occupants of the vehicle, Elizabeth Payne, Buffalo; and Jeff Klarstrom, Montrose; apparently were not injured and transportation was refused. A photo appears on page 4.

Jan. 31: Medical page at 9:33 p.m. cancelled by a deputy on the scene at 9:42 p.m.

Jan. 29: Medical page for patient in respiratory distress at 9:40 a.m. Individual taken to the Buffalo Hospital ER.

Tue
31
Dec

Fire report:

Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service responded to the following calls this past week:

Dec. 24, 9:18 a.m.: Patient transported to Buffalo Hospital ER with breathing difficulties.

Dec. 28, 4:51 p.m.: Eleven-year-old Dakota Bruns, 120 Oak Ave., Maple Lake, was taken to the Buffalo Hospital ER following a fall off of an ATV in the 8411 Clementa Ave. N.W. area. He was wearing a helmet.

Dec. 28, 6:34 p.m.: Jesse Schwartz, 127 23rd Ave. N., St. Cloud, declined medical assistance following one-car rollover on County Road 8 N., Maple Lake. He was wearing his seatbelt.    Dec. 29, 11:40 a.m.: Patient taken to Buffalo Hospital ER following a fall in her residence.

Tue
31
Dec

City to host Town Meeting Jan. 9 at high school

The City Council of the City of Maple Lake is inviting all residents, business owners, educators, civic and religious leaders, and township, county, and state officials to a Town Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2003 in the cafeteria of the Maple Lake High School.    The purpose of the meeting is to explain the process of preparing the Maple Lake Comprehensive Plan and to receive public input on the growth issues and development priorities for the City over the next 20 years. The purpose of the comprehensive plan is to assist the City in making future decisions affecting land use, zoning, and development density.

Tue
31
Dec

Bloodhound aids search for Joshua at St. John’s

A bloodhound used earlier this month in the search for missing University of Minnesota student Chris Jenkins has joined the effort to find missing St. John’s student Joshua Guimond.

On Sunday, Hoover, a seven-year-old bloodhound with a long record of success in previous search efforts, was brought to the St. John’s campus in hopes of finding clues to the Nov. 9 disappearance of Joshua.

But in a new twist to the ongoing investigation, the dog apparently also picked up a scent associated with Chris Jenkins on the St. John’s campus. And the path that Hoover followed for both Jenkins and Joshua appeared to lead to the St. John’s Abbey complex. Jenkins was last seen leaving a downtown Minneapolis party on Halloween night.

Tue
31
Dec

Christmas Eve crash kills Buffalo resident

Wright County Sheriff Gary L. Miller reports that on December 24, 2002, at approximately 6:05 p.m., the Wright County Communications Center received a report of a one vehicle rollover accident in the 11400 block of Aetna Ave. NE in Monticello Township. The accident claimed the life of Lucinda Ann Dorf, a 36-year-old Buffalo resident.    The preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling north on Aetna Ave. when the driver lost control in a curve causing the vehicle to enter the steep west ditch and roll over. Lucinda Dorf, the 36-year-old female driver from Buffalo, was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her three minor children were treated at the Monticello Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.     Sheriff's Deputies were assisted at the scene by Monticello Fire and Rescue and Monticello-Big Lake Ambulance Service.

Tue
24
Dec

City plans Jan. 9 Town Meeting

The City Council of the City of Maple Lake is inviting all residents, business owners, educators, civic and religious leaders, and township, county, and state officials to a Town Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2003 in the cafeteria of the Maple Lake High School.    The purpose of the meeting is to explain the process of preparing the Maple Lake Comprehensive Plan and to receive public input on the growth issues and development priorities for the City over the next 20 years. The purpose of the comprehensive plan is to assist the City in making future decisions affecting land use, zoning, and development density.

The meeting should be informative and will be the major opportunity for public input in this process. Refreshments will be served.  

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