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HLWW announces plans for end of school year

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Public Schools released information Tuesday that details plans for the end of the school year.

The last day of structured distance learning will take place Thursday, May 21. Friday, May 22, will be a teacher connection day with students.  No new content or curriculum will be delivered after this time.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, any student who has not completed his/her work, or any student wanting to achieve a higher grade for 4th quarter, will have the opportunity to do so.  Teachers will be offering re-takes, re-testing, and work completion opportunities.  Teachers will be connecting with these students, but the district also asks that students and parents reach out to their teachers about the opportunity to improve grades.

There will be some changes in grading.  The changes, approved by the school board, will eliminate the traditional A, B, C-style of grading, and replace it with narrative progress reports, which have been used on a weekly basis for 4th quarter. Areas of both student strengths and areas of growth will be detailed in the content areas.

The high school will add the No Credit (NC) to the grading process.  This will allow a student who would normally receive a failing grade to have time to finish the class at an alternative learning facility or night school. This procedure is recommended by the Minnesota Department of Education, and was approved by the HLWW School Board.

The Middle School will use its current letter grade system.

Administration encourages people who have questions to reach out to classroom teachers and district administrators.

Watch here for additional information regarding year-end planning and activities.


Montrose Days canceled

MOTROSE – The Montrose Days Celebration Committee has made the decision to cancel Montrose Days, scheduled for Aug. 21-23. In a brief statement, the committee said it is looking forward to the 2021 celebration, as it will be the 40th anniversary and the location will be moving to Regional Park off Aspen Lane.

Howard Lake Library offers curbside pickup

HOWARD LAKE – The Howard Lake Public Library is now offering curbside pickup.

Current pick up hours are:

• Monday, 2 to 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m.

• Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m.

• Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.

• Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What to do?

• Call the library at 320-543-2020 when you arrive at the library.
• Staff will ask for library card information.
• Staff will retrieve holds, check them out, and bag them.
• Staff will place checked-out items on the table outside the door.


MNRAAA establishes Response Fund for olders adults during time of COVID-19

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) recognizes the challenges organizations face in serving older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic. To support coronavirus-related services, MNRAAA has established a Response Fund and invites applications. The purpose of this fund is to support older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities with services such as access to nutrition, social isolation, culturally responsive services and caregiver supports.


• 501(c)3 Non-profit Organizations

• Small Businesses

Grant funding must be used to serve older adults, caregivers and/or persons with disabilities in the MNRAAA service area which includes: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine Counties.

Funding Amount Range: Generally, between $1,000-$10,000 with the option of awarding higher amounts as determined by MNRAAA.

Funding Criteria: Coronavirus Response Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis and the request for applications will remain open until available funds are exhausted. Applications will be considered weekly. The Coronavirus Response Fund Committee may retain applications for consideration in the future, depending on other applications received. MNRAAA’s intent is to keep the application process simple and concise.

Focus Areas: MNRAAA is seeking applications to address the service needs of older adults, caregivers and/or persons with disabilities as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic such as:

• Nutrition. Support older adults and/or persons with disabilities with no or limited access to adequate nutrition with services such as shopping for and delivery of groceries, medication and other essential items.

• Volunteers. Support sustain and/or recruit volunteers for services for older adults, caregivers and/or persons with disabilities.

• Diversity. Support diverse older adults, caregivers and/or persons with disabilities by assisting in interpreting coronavirus related materials and/or utilizing technologies for connecting to services virtually.

• Virtual Service Delivery. Development of plan to adapt current older adult, caregiver and/or persons with disabilities services to a virtual format and investment in technologies and training to deliver programing.

Winsted Farmers Market accepting vendor applications

WINSTED – A farmers market will take place in Winsted this summer. The Winsted Farmers Market is now accepting vendors for the 2020 season, tentatively set to begin Thursday, June 4. Growers and makers are encouraged to apply. Those interested should inquire via email to

Carver County Sheriff’s Office announces award winners

CARVER COUNTY – Due to COVID-19, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office was not able to host its annual Awards Ceremony, at which it recognizes the outstanding efforts of staff and citizens from the previous year.

As a way to recognize some of the great work performed by Carver County Sheriff’s Office staff, and some outstanding acts of generosity and bravery from local citizens,  the administration of the Carver County Sheriff’s Office wanted to take a moment to mention those who who would have received an award:


Deputy Burt and Deputy Belmares: Their actions of CPR and use of an AED helped save a life during a medical incident.

Civilian George Raymond Thiss: Assisted on a near-drowning incident.

Detention Deputy Hoffman: Performed Heimlich maneuver on an inmate.

Deputy Voigt: Prevented a suicidal person from jumping off a balcony.

Deputy Lundell and Chaska Police Sergeant Gibbons: Their actions of CPR and AED use helped save a life during a medical incident.

UNIT CITATION: Detention Sergeant Beyer and Detention Deputies Hoffman, Lagergren, Wolfe, Dickison, Erickson, Dobbs and K. Johnson: Their response to a violent altercation involving two juvenile males.

OFFICE RECOGNITION: Detention Sergeant Beyer: Obtaining Dive Team grants and donations.


Detective Gerber: Burglary/stolen property investigation.

Deputy Burt: Mental health/suicidal person call for service.

Deputy Lessard: Mental health/suicidal person call for service.

Reserve Captain Steers: Assisted stranded motorist.

Deputy Grundeman and Detective Kuhnau: Investigation of a drug overdose and drug dealer.

Deputy Lundell: Mental health/suicidal person call for service.

Deputy A. Peterson: 29 DWI arrests in 2019.

Civil Process Assistant Muller: Assistance with a suicidal person via a phone call.


Eden Prairie Police Lieutenant Sackett: Located and detained a student who reportedly had a weapon.


Katherin E. Mbonde: Assisted an elderly motorist.


Kara Tyler: Assisted on a car crash.

The Carver County Sherrif’s Office staff expresses its appreciation to everyone who helped contribute to the safety and well-being of area citizens. Congratulations to all those who received an award for 2019. Your dedication to your community and to public service are appreciated.