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Funeral notice: Megan J. Boss, 27, of Montrose

MONTROSE, MN – Megan Joan Boss, 27,of Montrose, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 24, 2017. A celebration of Megan’s life will take place Saturday, July 1 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. There will be a gathering of family and friends Friday, June 30 from 4 to 7 p.m., with 6:30 p.m. prayer, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake. The gathering will continue Saturday, one hour prior to the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake;

Funeral notice: Matthew D. Hoese, 58, formerly of Mayer

Mayer, MN – Matthew Donald Hoese, 58, of Deland, FL, formerly of Mayer, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Florida. Arrangements are pending with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

Music in the Park Tuesday in Lester Prairie

LESTER PRAIRIE – George’s Concertina Band will be performing for Music in the Park Tuesday, June 20, in Lester Prairie from 7-8:30 p.m. Hot dogs and burgers will be available from 6-7 p.m. from the Lester Prairie Business Association. The sponsor for the event is Lester Prairie Arts Council. Music in the Park will take place at the park on 2nd Ave. S. in Lester Prairie, unless weather becomes inclement and the event moves to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

New group is kickin’ chronic conditions

WINSTED – Instead of letting chronic conditions get the best of them, a new group is kickin’ sickness to the curb.

“It’s an open meeting,” said the group’s founder, Tish Kroeger. “All we’re trying to do is be a resource for people [who are suffering], and for those who love them.”

The official name of the group is “Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names.”  Currently, meetings are at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Crazi Coffee in downtown Winsted. Check the group’s Facebook page for updates.

People with any chronic condition – physical or mental – are welcome.

“We maintain confidentiality,” Kroeger said. “When I start the meeting, I remind everyone that anything said here doesn’t leave here. It’s a safe space.”

During the meeting (which usually lasts one hour), participants can share as much, or as little, as they’d like. Some meetings center on a specific discussion topic, while others feature an outside speaker. Speakers could be anyone from massage therapists, to acupuncturists, to physical therapists.

“The support has been phenomenal,” said Kroeger, who has also been contacting authors of books about chronic conditions.

Kroeger got the idea to start a support group after she was diagnosed with a chronic illness one year ago.

“I thought, instead of driving to the cities [to join a group], why don’t I start one?” she recalled.

Kroeger wrote to Amy Kurtz, an author and health coach who has learned to manage multiple health conditions. Kurtz donated copies of her book, “Kicking Sick,” which are now on display at Crazi Coffee.

Since then, a library of self-help books has been added to the shelf.

“People can take them as long as they want and read them,” Kroeger said. Also, anyone who has a helpful book they’d like to donate can contact the group for details.

To learn more about Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names, email, or find the group on Facebook.

Tish Kroeger has started a support group for people with chronic illnesses and their loved ones. The group can be reached at or through Facebook, under “Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names (Support Group).”

Tish Kroeger has started a support group for people with chronic illnesses and their loved ones. The group can be reached at or through Facebook, under “Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names (Support Group).”

Good Neighbor Days photo gallery is now online

Howard Lake’s Good Neighbor Days may be over for 2017, but you can re-live the memories at the photo gallery.  Click this link to check it out.

Congratulations to Howard Lake’s new royalty!

HOWARD LAKE – The City of Howard Lake officially crowned a new royal court this evening.  Shelbi Johnson (right) is the city’s New Miss Howard Lake, and Natelee Gillmore Is Howard Lake Princess.  For complete coverage of Good Neighbor Days 2017, see the June 30 edition of the Herald Journal.