Year in Review

A list of events that made up 2012

Taking a look back at 2012, some very important things took place in Maple Grove and Osseo.

Two of the biggest things to happen in 2012 were the city of Maple Grove being honored as the 22nd best place to live out of the 100 Top Cities by CNN Money Magazine and the Osseo Senior High School boys basketball team winning the state basketball tournament.

The following are some of the stand out news and sports events that happened in 2012.



Former Maple Grove Police Chief Mona Dohman was appointed as Commissioner of Public Safety by Governor Mark Dayton last January.

A pedestrian, Ann Blake, 54, of Andover was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking on the sidewalk near the Fountains at Arbor Lakes on Jan. 31. The driver, Linda Lee Hamm, 61, of Maple Grove was arrested and charged in the death. She had a .18 blood alcohol content and an open bottle in the vehicle.

Former Osseo City Administrator Jeffrey Dahl resigned in March, and recently Douglas Reeder was named the city’s Administrator.

On May 22, Maple Grove Transit celebrated providing its 10 millionth ride.

The Maple Grove City Council approved plans for WhirlyBall, which has been described as a combination of basketball, lacrosse and hockey, all played in bumper cars. The object is to get the whiffle ball into a hole that is in a backboard.

In April, the Osseo City Council split a vote to terminate Mark Lynde as the city’s Fire Chief. Pat McGrane has since been named Fire Chief.

The former Osseo Elementary School site was approved in April as the new home for the ACHIEVE Special Education program for the Osseo Area School District. The school will open to students September 2013.

Maple Grove teen Claire Baker collected over 25,000 pairs of shoes to donate to Soles4Souls, which redistributed shoes to those in need in Haiti and Tanzania.

Plans were approved in May to rehabilitate a portion of Weaver Lake Road, from Interstate 94 west to the W. Fish Lake Road.

A Maple Grove teen was charged with setting a fire near County Road 81 in Brooklyn Park that caused more than $11,000 in damage.

Osseo Senior High Action for Reaction students, with the help of the Osseo Police Department, passed out free music download cards to fellow students driving to school wearing seat belts.

Barb Bogen retired from her position as Maple Grove’s Zoning Enforcement Officer. She worked for the city for 25 years.

The newly expanded Maple Grove Public Works building was dedicated last spring.

In June Maple Grove Senior High School was vandalized with paint.

Maple Grove resident Steve Laux received the “Best Dad on Wheels” award from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Grandmaster Lee from the World Taekwondo Academy in Maple Grove was an assistant coach for the 2012 Olympic games in London this past summer. A Maple Grove chiropractor Jerold Ochsendorf was selected by the Wellness Advisory Council with the Maximize Living Group to support members of USA Judo, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Sitting Volleyball teams go for gold in London during the Olympics.

Osseo became North Memorial’s first Heart Safe Community in August.

Kevin Curwick, an Osseo Senior High football player, drew international attention when he created a tweeter account @OsseoNiceThings, which tried to fight negative cyber bullying.

A pedestrian, Trina Kincaid, 42, of Maple Grove was struck by a vehicle and died near the intersection of Weaver Lake Road and Main Street on Aug. 23.

The city of Maple Grove was named the No. 22 city of the 100 Top Best Places to Live in America by CNN Money Magazine back in August.

An Osseo resident grew a 520-pound pumpkin by the side of his house.

The Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV) featured on the television show “Storm Chasers” made a stop at Weaver Lake Elementary in September.

Eric Phinney, a 1995 OSH graduate, received a Purple Heart in September.

Maple Grove resident Jacob Beneke was one of six people that died in a shooting at Accent Signage in Minneapolis.

Two men were arrested in Maple Grove on Sept. 25 after 46 guns and narcotics were found in the home.

The Maple Grove Yardwaste site saw its 2 millionth visitor.

Maple Grove teens Simone Simpson and Kari Hawkinson were recognized by Sheriff Rich Stanek for their acts of heroism in saving a child’s life at the Maple Grove Community Center.

With support from the city of Osseo, the Osseo Area School District received a $250,000 Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant. This money will be used to put lights on the OSH baseball and softball fields.

Osseo also moved forward in December with the 71-unit apartment building on the Block 6 site, now known as Five Central.



The Osseo boys basketball team won the state championship last March. With a couple seconds left in the game and the score tied 47-47, Lakeville left Ian Theisen open on the baseline and the 6-foot-9 sophomore swished a 15-foot jumper as the buzzer sounded to give Osseo a 49-47 victory and the state championship.

The Crimson boys hockey team won their conference, placing No. 1 in the section seeds. The team went on to be the No. 2 seed in the state tournament. The team went on to fall to Hill-Murray in the quarterfinal game last March.

Oriole girls basketball also played in the state tournament, placing second in state.

In January, the Maple Grove Senior High School Cheer Team placed second at the Spirit of America Championship.

Maple Grove boy’s swimming and dive were named the conference champs for the 16th year in a row. They also won the section 8AA meet.

Crimson wrestler Jonny Dill had his 150th win. Zach Gawboy placed fourth in the state wrestling meet.

The Maple Grove softball team won the conference title and moved on to the state tournament. The girls lost to Stillwater in the state championship game.

The Crimson baseball team captured its eighth conference championship. The team lost in the section final game.

There was a first state tournament berth for the Crimson boy’s tennis team.

Osseo spikers were seeded second in the section tournament. They fell to Blaine in the section final.

Both Osseo and Maple Grove football teams just missed state tournament play.

Maple Grove girls’ swimming and dive team won the section championship. Lexi Tenenbaum became the schools’ first state diving champion.

OSH’s Bridge Tusler was named the 2012 Gatorade Minnesota Football Player of the Year, conference Offensive and Special Team MVP, Metro Player of the Year and AP Minnesota Player of the Year.