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Honored for service in Lester Prairie

lpLESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council recognized City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk for 30 years of service, and Police Chief Bob Carlson for 10 years of service during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Howard Lake to help Kids Against Hunger

kids2HOWARD LAKE, MN – The Howard Lake Good Neighbor Days Committee, along with local churches and the Howard Lake Business Association, is working to help feed starving children through an organization called Kids Against Hunger.

More than 100 volunteers are needed to help package the meals Wednesday, June 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake.
Cash donations are needed by Monday, June 21, said Bonnie Engel, who is helping to organize the event.
“Because it’s all volunteer, every single penny goes to the purchase of the foods,” Engel said.

The fundraiser’s goal is to purchase 30,000 meals.
“To do that, we need to raise $6,000,” said St. James Lutheran School secretary Viann Montgomery.
The average cost to produce each Kids Against Hunger meal is 23 cents, according to the organization’s website.

“It’s wonderful,” Engel said.
The meal ingredients include fortified soy, vitamin and mineral powder, a dehydrated blend of six vegetables, and long-grain rice.
“The ingredients are all there, and we need volunteers to weigh them into individual bags,” Engel said.
A box that costs $32.40 provides 216 meals that are rich in nutrition, providing all the nutrients a child needs for good health. The food has a shelf life of at least three years.
“You cook it with water, and it becomes their meals,” Engel said. “For many of these children in crisis situations, that’s the only meal that they’re getting.”
The meals are brought to children in disaster situations in many countries, as well as the US.
“It’s worldwide, and it’s local,” Engel said.
Both children and adult volunteers are encouraged to help package the meals Wednesday, June 23.
“If people want to work only one hour or the whole shift, that’d be great,” Engel said. “Any time is appreciated.”
The five area churches that are involved in the fundraiser include Blessed Hope, First Presbyterian, St. John’s Lutheran, and St. James Lutheran Church all of Howard Lake, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.
To give a donation or sign up to volunteer, contact Bonnie Engel at (320) 543-2264, or Curt Forst at (320) 543-3736.
To learn more about Kids Against Hunger, go to

Whats new with the Gold and Blue

ffa1HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Since the Chapter banquet in May, the HLWW FFA Chapter has kept busy with such activities as planting the crop plot and doing some landscaping around the High School.

The FFA members planted the crop plot early May 19. They began at 7:55 and worked until about 2:00 in the afternoon planting over 38 different varieties of soy beans. Assisting the FFA members was Pat Bakeberg who was a great help in planting. He donated his time and equipment, along with driving the tractor and demonstrating how to change the seed. Another activity that has consumed most of these past three weeks is the Landscaping Project. The project started in the area surrounding the memorial to Maddison Kleve, “Who wants to sit on a beautiful memorial and stick there feet in dirty weedy grass.” Said FFA Advisor Mr. Weninger who started the project. With his leadership and huge amounts of effort from the Ag. Mechanics class, the HLWW FFA placed pavers in a basket weave pattern in the area around the memorial. Read more

Road Race goes through Lester Prairie (video)

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The first running of the Lester Prairie Road Race was a success, according to organizer Mike Delaney of Endurance Promotions (see video below).
“It went really, really well,” Delaney said.
Nearly 150 bicyclists participated in the event, which was part of the three-day MN Memorial Classic.
“The participants said the course and the surroundings were favorable, and they would like to come back again next year,” Delaney said.
He added that the race was highly competitive, and the road and weather conditions made for a good event.
“Lester Prairie Police Officer Mark Anderson was extremely helpful, and kept things safe,” Delaney commented.
He said he also enjoyed working with City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk, and others who helped him in his preparations for the event.
He said he and the rest of his team, as well as the participants, enjoyed the small-town hospitality of the Lester Prairie community.


Lutheran High School rummage sale will be Tues., June 15

The 41st annual Lutheran High School rummage sale will take place Tuesday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The clearance sale will be Thursday, June 17 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Join the crowd for thousands of bargains. You never know what you will find at the Lutheran High School rummage sale.
Gardeners’ market
The gardeners’ market is open for the season, beginning today.
The market is open from 3 to 6 p.m., not 4 to 8 p.m. as stated on the firemen’s calendar.
The market is located on the corner of Highway 25 and Third Street (across from the Mobil Mart).
Lawn watering
It’s that time of year to remind everyone about lawn watering times in Mayer. There is to be no watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Watering is allowed using the odd/even policy. If your house number ends in an even number, you may water on even-numbered days on the calendar after 5 p.m.
Special circumstances may allow watering at different times. Call city hall for more information.
Twins youth clinic
The Minnesota Twins youth clinic is set for Saturday, June 19 at the Old School House Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children are encouraged to bring their baseball gloves to the clinic. The clinic is open to children from 6 to 16 years old. It’s a good idea to have mom or dad bring the camera, too.
Mayer compost site is open
The Mayer compost site will remain open, each Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, until compost is all gone. The site is located on County Road 30 near the water treatment plant.
Bring buckets, pails, or tubs to put compost in. Take as much as you want, but only take as much as you need. You may also bring your compostables to the site during those times.
Dates to remember
Friday, June 18 – Garbage pickup. Have bins curbside by 7 a.m.
Sunday, June 20 – Fathers Day. Remember all fathers – living or deceased – this day.
Monday, June 21 – Mayer Volunteer Firemen will have a training meeting at the fire station at 7 p.m.
Monday, July 12 – Mayer Senior Citizens Potluck at Mayer Community Center at 11:30 a.m. (date change due to Fourth of July). Bring a dish to share, and play bunco after the meal. This month,  12 seniors enjoyed a large buffet of food.

Good Neighbor Days 1-Block Run

gndHOWARD LAKE, MN – The 20th annual One Block Run will take place Saturday, June 26 during Good Neighbor Days.  This is a race/walk that goes once around the middle school building. The race starts at 10 a.m. on the corner by the city hall building.  Entry fee is $6 and this buys you a Good Neighbor Days shirt which is required to run/walk in the race.  Prizes are given for many different age categories, so this becomes a fun family event.

At the conclusion of the race, there is a drawing for door prizes.  Anyone wearing their Good Neighbor Days shirt is eligible for the door prizes.
At 10:30 a.m. there will be a paper airplane contest under the tent by the fire barn.

All ages are welcome to make an airplane and fly it for prizes.  Prizes are also given for the best decorated planes – so kids can start making their airplanes at home.
The shirts will be available at Howard Lake Drug starting Monday,  June 14.  Shirts can also be purchased from Addie Mucha, call (320) 543-3543 or Carol Sideen.