John Northenscold Named Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By Brenda Erdahl

John Northenscold Sr. is a man with ideas, and what better way to realize those ideas than by being at the heart of where decisions are made.

It was with that thought in mind that Northenscold began his service with the Maple Lake City Council in 1987. What followed were 30 years of bright ideas that benefited the community in countless ways.

Now 81 years old, Northenscold is being honored for his civic pride as this year’s Grand Marshal of the Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day parade, and the ideas are still coming.

“It really came as a surprise. To me the Grand Marshal is the biggest and the best,” Northescold said. “I feel being the Grand Marshal of the Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day parade is the biggest civic honor I could receive.”

Grand Marshal is one of two honors bestowed upon civic minded community members during Maple Lake’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Last Year Northescold received the title of Commodore. This year that title goes to Paula Schmidt. Both honorees were chosen by chamber of commerce board members based on nominations and their outstanding service to the community. Look for more on Schmidt’s commodore honor in next week’s paper.

Since moving to Maple Lake in 1972 with his wife Carole, Northenscold has been credited with bringing new businesses to the city’s industrial park including Pace Industries Product Technology, acquiring the Birch Avenue tree lights and coining the city’s motto “Ceade Mile Failte” which means “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes to you.”

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