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HL City Council to meet Tues. January 19

HOWARD LAKE – The Howard Lake City Council will meet virtually for its monthly meeting Tues. January 19 at 7 p.m.

Items on the agenda include:

• review Howard Lake Municipal financials

• 2021 committee appointments and designations

• 2021 meeting schedule

• various personnel appointments.



Glencoe crash involves Allina ambulance

GLENCOE – The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) responded to an accident involving an ambulance and a Chevy Silverado at approximately 5:40 p.m. Jan. 14.

According to MSP, the 2011 Silverado was northbound on Dairy Ave., and a 2015 Allina Ambulance was eastbound on Highway 212 conducting a non-emergency transport.  The vehicles collided in the intersection.  MSP reported conditions were wet at the time of the crash.

Daymien Christophe Sponsel, 20, of Winsted, was the driver of the Silverado.  Passengers in the vehicle were Gillian Aubre Berthiaume, 18; and Daniel Rhys Sponsel, infant, also of Winsted.  The airbags deployed in the vehicle. Neither Sponsel nor Berthiaume were wearing seatbelts.  All three people were transported to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia with non-life threatening injuries.
Casey James Smith, 24, of Plymouth, was the driver of the ambulance. Passengers in the ambulance were Richard Dean Howk, 74, of Dassel; and Kaitlyn Ashley Peacock, 21, of St. Cloud.  Smith was wearing a seatbelt, and was not injured in the crash.  Howk was transported to Ridgeview Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Peacock was transported to the Glencoe hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Also responding to the accident scene were the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, Glencoe Police Department, Allina Ambulance, and Ridgeview Ambulance.




Hutchinson Health offers free WiFi access

HUTCHINSON – Hutchinson Health has installed free outdoor WiFi internet access
points for public use around the facility.  To support distance learning and people working from many locations, Hutchinson Health wanted to provide a WiFi hotspot for those that may need assistance
accessing the internet, an opportunity to hop on an outdoor system.  There are two parking areas that allow for an internet connection. One location is in the Plaza 15 parking lot; and the
second is in the Hutchinson Health Clinic parking lot. Look for the blue WiFi signs to
obtain the best signal.  The parking spots are strategically placed away from entrances, for safety.  The internet access will appear as “GUEST” when you search for the address.WI FI WAP Map

Three-vehicle accident at Babcock Avenue injures one Sunday evening

MCLEOD COUNTY –  A three-vehicle accident on Babcock Avenue south of Winsted sent one person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries Sunday evening.

The McLeod County  Sheriff’s Office reported it responded to the accident at 6:22 p.m..  Also responding were Winsted Police, Winsted Fire, Lester Prairie Fire, and Ridgeview Ambulance.  The first vehicle was a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, owned by Kati Mitchell, and driven by Victoria Mitchell, age 16, both of Waconia.  Vehicle two was a 2006 Ford Taurus, owned by Raymond Kubista, and driven by Alexis Kubista, age 17, both of Lester Prairie.  Vehicle three was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta, owned and driven by Ryan Peters, age 28, of Maple Lake. The vehicles were towed.  All drivers and occupant were wearing seatbelts.  The deputies cleared with a Minnesota state accident report.

HLWW School Board meets tonight

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) School Board is scheduled to meet for its regular meeting virtually this evening at 6 p.m.

Items on the agenda include:

A. Winter Sports Update
B. Recommend Approval of Treasurer Report
C. Recommend Approval of Resolution for reduction in curriculum, program, and staff
D. Recommend Approval of Lawn Care & Landscape Maintenance Services
E. Discussion 2021-22 School Calendar
F. Recommend Approval of School Board Committee assignments

Upcoming meetings include:

Work Session Meeting-Monday Jan. 25, at  6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
Regular Board Meeting-Monday Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center

McLeod County Master Gardeners’ offer virtual garden education series

MCLEOD COUNTY –  The McLeod County Extension Master Gardeners encourage people to participate in this year’s virtual Garden Education Series. The Garden Education Series will take place via Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, from Thursday, Jan. 14 through Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

Dates and topics are as follows:

  • January 14, 2021 – House Plant Care
    • Join Master Gardener Janet Dolezal as she shares how to keep houseplants healthy during the winter. In addition, Janet will cover how plants help to clean the air in your home, plus information on orchid care.
  • January 28, 2021 – New Annual and Perennial Fun in 2021
    • There is nothing better to improve your mood than flowers, and with your office now 5 steps away, you can enjoy your flower beds more now than ever! Join Carrie Larson from McHutchison Horticulture Distributor as she shares some of the newest annuals and perennials hitting the market this spring! Carrie will talk about flowers that are hardy for you, that hold up in the wind and weather, and you can find for sale in your area garden centers this spring, if you get there early enough!!
  • February 11, 2021 – Demystifying Hydrangeas
    • Jessie Keith from Proven Winners will be demystifying hydrangeas by giving you tips, tricks, and valuable information on how to grow them. You will see what their top performers are for our area. Hydrangeas have become a mainstay in gardens. This presentation will want you planting many more this spring.
  • February 25, 2021 – Growing Vegetables in Gardens, Raised Beds, and Containers
    • The more you think you know, the more you are humbled. Join Master Gardener Nathan Winter as he shares some common mistakes and best management practices to achieve success in growing vegetables in gardens, raised beds and containers.
  • March 11, 2021 – Irises- Past/ Present/Future and Secrets of Growing a Rainbow in your Garden
    • Want to be let in on the secrets of growing a rainbow in your garden? Join Master Gardener Ron Cosner as he shares about different iris types, historical irises, and present-day hybrids. Ron will also share some information on cultivation of irises peculiar to this region.
  • March 25, 2021 – Tree Identification
    • Wondering about what types of trees you have on your property? If so, join John Ball from SDSU Extension as he discusses tree characteristics and issues to watch out for in common trees in our area.
  • April 8, 2021 – Choosing and Growing Great Daylilies
    • How do you know if a daylily will perform well in your garden and what should you do to help it grow to its full potential? Join Master Gardener Joyce Hochsprung to gather some tips on growing daylilies.

This garden series is free to attend. Registration is required by noon on the day before the event at All sessions will be recorded and emailed out to participants to watch at their own convenience. The flyer is available at Please contact Karen Johnson, UMN Extension Educator- McLeod and Meeker Counties at 320-484-4303 or for questions.