Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Betty and Maury Coughlin named grand marshals


Betty and Maury Coughlin have been named grand marshals of the 2016 Moose Lake Fourth of July parade. The parade is set for Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m.

The Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has chosen Betty and Maury Coughlin of Moose Lake as the 2016 grand marshals of the Fourth of July parade.

The Coughlins came to Moose Lake on a cold day in January 1967, Betty explained in an interview at their home.

"It was 40 below when we came to move into the house we had rented," she said. "We expected the house to be warm, but the landlord had turned the heat down. The truck with our belongings was arriving the next day and we needed to be there."

The Coughlins survived that discouraging beginning and remained in the community. They learned to love Moose Lake and have taken a quiet role in the community, serving in many capacities.

According to information supplied by their daughter, Candy Sandberg, Maury was hired at the Moose Lake State Hospital/Regional Treatment Center as an electrician. When the treatment center transitioned to the prison, Maury transitioned as well. Maury retired as the physical plant director in 1999, after providing 32 years of dedicated service.

Maury also played a key role in the Moose Lake Water and Light Commission. He served on the board for over 30 years, serving as board president many of those years.

Maury also represented Moose Lake as a member of the Minnesota National Guard 47th "Viking" Infantry Division in Duluth, serving as first lieutenant and captain. He served in the guard for over 25 years.

Betty found her niche caring for the children of the community. She was the assistant at Hope Nursery School for several years in the early 1970s and had a licensed daycare in her home until 1998.

"This yard used to always be full of children," she said during the interview.

Betty also wrote the "happenings" column for the Moose Lake Star-Gazette for many years.

The couple raised three children - Candy, Cory and Casey - who all graduated from Moose Lake High School. The children are grown and have families of their own. The Coughlins have seven grandchildren.

Maury and Betty have impacted the lives of young people as they led Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops over the years. Betty was also a leader for Girl Scouts. The couple attended many school activities, including sporting events. The students always found a welcome waiting at the Coughlin home.

The Catholic church has also benefitted from the support of the Coughlins. Betty has worked with other members as meals were prepared and served, with clean-up and she also served as a release time teacher and Parish Council president. Maury served as a Pastoral Lay Person.

The couple has supported the community by always voting "yes" for school referendums, supported the Mercy Hospital expansions and the new hospital, The Mercy Foundation, the Mercy Auxiliary Lights of Love, the Moose Lake Area Historical Society, the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Moose Lodge and Boys and Girls Club, the Moose Lake Relay for Life – American Cancer Society, the Moose Lake Food Shelf and the bowling leagues.

The couple celebrated their 58th anniversary in January. They were married on January 17, 1958, in Detroit Lakes, where they made their home until moving to Moose Lake.

"We love Moose Lake and appreciate being chosen for the honor of grand marshals for the parade," Maury concluded.


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