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Guardian Angel Fund helps HLWW families

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – It could be a family that’s facing a tragedy. Or parents who are struggling to pay for their children’s sports fees.

In an assortment of challenging situations, people at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District are carrying one another’s burdens through something called the Guardian Angel Fund.

“It’s really, really worked well,” commented Pam Henry-Neaton, who serves as the committee chair.

Look for the full story in the Friday, June 29 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here for newsstand locations.

Candidates announced for Watertown’s new royalty program

WATERTOWN, MN – New to the Rails to Trails festival this year will be a Watertown royalty coronation, which will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21 in the Watertown Community Center.

Candidates are listed below. Photos of each candidate are on page 2A of the Friday, June 29 edition of the Herald Journal.


Watertown Ambassador candidates 

• Taylor Laumann, daughter of Matthew and Susanne Derner

• Mariah Guetzcow, daughter of Ryan Rodriguez and Megan Guetzcow


Junior Watertown Ambassador candidates

• Malori Derner, daughter of Matthew and Susanne Derner

• Anna Gilles, daughter of Howie and Beth Gilles

• Kendyl Olson, daughter of Jesse and Heidi Olson


Little Miss Watertown Ambassador candidates 

• Victoria Sprenger, daughter of Nathan and Julie Sprenger

• Abigail Lohmann, daughter of Ben and Amanda Lohmann

• Ruby Reinert, daughter of Chris and Kate Reinert

• Alayna Slack, daughter of Chris and Erika Slack

• Clara Wetterlund, daughter of Joe and Shannon Wetterlund

‘Man of LaMancha’ performances at HLWW start Friday, July 6

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – “Man of LaMancha” cast members from Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Theatre Arts Boosters are putting on the final touches for their upcoming performances in the Laker Theater at HLWW High School.

Performance dates are:

• Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday, July 8 at 4 p.m.

• Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.

• Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at

"Man of LaMancha"

“Man of LaMancha”

Mid-County Coop purchases Mark’s Service in Waverly

SPONSORED POST – After 43 years and seven months, Mark Karels is retiring as the owner of Mark’s Service in Waverly.

He sold the business – including a car wash, gas station, and convenience store – to Mid-County Coop effective June 21. Mid-County has been serving the Waverly area for many years, and General Manager Bill Reimers said he is looking forward to the coop’s continued community involvement.

Although much of the business is staying the same, customers may notice a few small changes. The new name, for instance, will be Mid-County of Waverly. Also, since the Tesoro brand is being phased out nationwide, the gas station will be rebranded sometime this fall.

“Compliments to Mark for running a good business,” Reimers said. “We plan to continue to operate as Mark did, as a successful convenience store. We’re keeping all the employees, and just building upon Mark’s successes.”

Karels has deep roots in the Waverly area. He grew up three miles south of the city limits, and currently lives in town, right next to his former business.

“Mark Karels has been and is a leader in the community, whether on city council, as fire chief, or as owner of Mark’s,” Waverly Mayor Connie Holmes noted. “You can always count on him to participate in every city event in a big way.”

Karels and his wife, Virginia (who goes by “Giny”), recently purchased 10.3 acres south of Waverly. They’re looking into either remodeling the home  that’s on the property or building a new one. Either way, Karels expects the project will keep him plenty busy for the first couple years of his retirement.

Although he’s excited about retirement, Karels said he will miss many of his customers, and he is grateful for their loyalty over the years.

“It takes customers to keep a business going,” he commented.

For Mid-County Coop, the opportunity to purchase the gas station, car wash, and convenience store in Waverly was an ideal fit. Mid-County already has a bulk fuel business in Waverly, having purchased Padden Oil Company in 2000 and Howard Lake/Waverly Oil in 2003.

“We are happy that [Karels] has sold the station  to such a reputable company,” Holmes noted. “Looking forward, we know that Mid-County will be an equally valued member of the Waverly business community.”

Mid-County Coop is locally owned and operated in Cologne, a community that’s similar to Waverly in many ways. They are both rural with strong agricultural districts, and they are similar in size. The 2016 population estimate was 1,598 for Cologne, and 1,412 for Waverly.

“Waverly is growing quickly, with nearly 80 new homes built in the last two years,” Holmes commented.

In 2019, Waverly will celebrate its 150th anniversary. The community has attracted many residents due to housing, schools, and recreational opportunities.

Mid-County of Waverly can be reached at (763) 658-4662. The business is located at 801 Pacific Ave. (just off Highway 12), and is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mark Karels recently sold Mark’s Service in Waverly to Mid-County Coop. Pictured are: store manager Missie Beckmann, Mid-County Coop General Manager Bill Reimers, Giny Karels, Mark Karels, and Waverly Mayor Connie Holmes.

Mark Karels recently sold Mark’s Service in Waverly to Mid-County Coop. Pictured are: store manager Missie Beckmann, Mid-County Coop General Manager Bill Reimers, Giny Karels, Mark Karels, and Waverly Mayor Connie Holmes.

HLWW Board to discuss Guardian Angel Fund

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – One item on the agenda for the Monday, June 25 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board work session is discussion about the school’s Guardian Angel Fund, which discreetly helps students in emergencies.

A few other items include a negotiations update, a review of the backpack food program, and information about teacher provided supply costs.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the high school media center. Look for coverage in the Friday, June 29 edition of the Herald Journal.

PHOTO GALLERY: Breakfast on the Farm 2018

WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Click here to see photos from the 10th annual Breakfast on the Farm, which took place June 16 at Poppler Dairy in Waverly.

In previous years, Breakfast on the Farm always took place in Wright County. Now, organizers plan to switch locations between Carver and Wright counties. The new name for the event is Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm.

This was the first time the event was hosted by Harlan and Jennifer Poppler, along with their children – Brett, Halli, Dani, and Shayne. The Popplers operate the farm with Jennifer’s parents, Roy and Danita Marschall. They milk 300 Holsteins, employing milkers and other help throughout the year.

Select photos will be published in the Friday, June 22 edition of the Herald Journal.