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City administrator offer extended in Winsted

WINSTED, MN – After interviewing three city administrator finalists Wednesday, the Winsted City Council has extended an offer to Adam Birkholz for the position. Birkholz has been the community development coordinator in Lester Prairie since 2015.

The other two finalists were Amanda Ziedler (current deputy city clerk in Winsted) and Luke Lewis (a private consultant for 5 Sails Consulting in Missouri). Patty Fitzgerald, who is serving as interim city administrator, noted that all three were strong candidates.


HLWW School Board to hear ‘World’s Best Workforce’ plan update

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – One item on the agenda for the Monday, Sept. 24 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting is a “World’s Best Workforce” plan update. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the high school media center.

Another item is an update regarding the Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) program.

Look for coverage of the meeting in the Friday, Sept. 28 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here for subscription information.

PHOTO GALLERY: Holy Trinity homecoming coronation

WINSTED, MN – The energy was high at Holy Trinity High School’s homecoming coronation in Winsted Wednesday night.

Check out our photos here, and in the Friday, Sept. 21 edition of the Herald Journal. 

One highlight was the crowning of the 2018 homecoming king, Michael Dietz, and homecoming queen, Katlyn Pokornowski. Other royalty candidates included Anna Ho, Vy Duong, Adam Cuhel, Matthew Fasching, Nicholas Grgas, and Joshua Millerbernd.

Another bright spot was the presentation of Holy Trinity’s awards. First was the Distinguished Alumni award, given to Tom Scherping from the class of 1984. Scherping and his siblings took over AWI Manufacturing in Winsted in 2004, and the business has grown into a 100,000-square-foot facility. It was noted that Scherping has made the community a better place with his generosity and kind heart. AWI Manufacturing has made several sizeable donations to Holy Trinity School and other local causes.

The second person recognized was Judy Langenfeld, for the Holy Trinity Leadership Award. Langenfeld moved to Winsted in 1977, and has been a humble and dedicated volunteer ever since. She was one of the founders of the Winstock Country Music Festival, and retired from the committee this year. She has also been involved with the lakefront improvements, Meals on Wheels, Holy Trinity’s Spring Fling, and more.


PHOTO GALLERY: Winsted Craft Beer Festival 2018

WINSTED, MN – Click here to see photos from the Sept. 8 Winsted Craft Beer Festival. Select photos will be printed in the Friday, Sept. 14 edition of the Herald Journal.

Hutchinson Health’s president/CEO announces retirement

SPONSORED POST –  After 10 years leading Hutchinson Health, President and CEO Steven Mulder, MD, announced Aug. 31 that he will retire in April 2019. Hutchinson Health’s board of directors and HealthPartners have begun the search for Mulder’s successor.

Mulder first joined Hutchinson Health as a family physician in 1995. Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2009, he served as emergency department medical director, chief medical officer, director of quality and safety, and director of clinical services.

In 2013, Hutchinson Area Health Care and Hutchinson Medical Center merged to form Hutchinson Health. As health care policy and payment reform have gained traction, Mulder supported a board process to identify and choose a system partner. In April 2018, Hutchinson Health joined the HealthPartners family through a formal affiliation.

“Hutchinson Health is a strong organization today thanks to Dr. Mulder’s leadership, collaborative spirit and passionate drive to improve health,” said Andrea Walsh, HealthPartners President and CEO. “We wish him continued success in the next chapter of his life, and look forward to continuing to build on his work to position Hutchinson Health as a healthcare leader for the future.”

Mulder has been an integral part of not only the Hutchinson Health organization, but also in advancing health through the state of Minnesota. Over the years, he has received several awards for his dedication to patients and healthcare, including 2012 Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Patient Safety Leadership Award, 2013-2015 MHA Dedicated Leadership to Hospital Community, 2016 American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion, and 2018 MHA Spirit of Advocacy Award.

“I’m so privileged to have worked alongside such an incredible group of compassionate, caring and dedicated colleagues who focus on what matters most – helping our patients and the community live healthy lives,” said Mulder. “I will miss that day-to-day connection, and I believe that our best days are yet to come.”


Body-worn cameras to be discussed in Winsted Sept. 4

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted City Council work session Tuesday, Sept. 5 will begin with discussion about body-worn cameras for the police department. Another item on the agenda is the recommended 2019 city budget.

The meeting will start at 5 p.m. in the Lewis Room of city hall. The regular meeting will follow, starting at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

Look for coverage of both meetings in the Friday, Sept. 7 edition of the Herald Journal.