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Bush questions teaching of technology at HLWW

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – A request for $15,000 worth of Chromebooks for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School dissolved into a discussion about the use of technology in the classroom during the April 24 school board meeting.

Board Member Charles Bush commented that he had read an article recently about technology impeding creativity and innovation.

“Conversation seems to be going by the wayside with this,” he said.

Middle School Principal Jim Schimelpfenig asked, “What are you basing this on? Is it what you see in the classroom, or what you see kids doing in their own time?”

Board Member Paul Bravinder said he’s been with HLWW students at lunchtime, and there is so much conversation that the area is noisy and it’s hard to hear.

“I understand your concerns,” Bravinder told Bush, “but it’s not up to us to retard them from getting the technology they need.”

Bush brought up the recent power outage in San Francisco, and said he’s afraid of people being too reliant on technology.

“I truly do have a horrible concern that – not just here but everywhere you look – are we too much into it?” he asked.

Schimelpfenig said that in the case of the Chromebooks, there are advantages over paper textbooks. Students are able to access information more easily, and the online textbooks can be updated, instead of having to buy new.

Check out the full story, and other school board coverage, in the Monday, May 1 edition of the Herald Journal. For subscription information, click here.

HLWW Friday, April 28 bulletin

Good Luck Gracie Mallak @ Hamline Elite Meet tonight!!

American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster: ​If anyone is interested in being a part of
the Poppy Poster Contest this year please see Miss Main for more information.

FAMILY PASS/STUDENT PASS: Students who received the Trifecta award this year
(grades 11-8th) will get a free student pass or $50 off a family pass for the 2017-18
School year. Please check your email and complete form attached, and return by next Friday,
May 5.

HEALTH OFFICE: Abby Wacker from Wright County Human Services will not be in
next Tuesday.

SENIORS: Senior Plaque time. If you are wanting your senior plaque, please stop by
the HS office and pick up your form that needs to be filled out and returned by Monday
May 1. Awards night is May 15. You do have to be in attendance in order to get your plaque.

TRIFECTA AWARD​: Please check e-mails. You be in attendance to
receive your shirt. Orders will be placed Monday, May 1.

SOFTBALL: ​Vote for CJ Decker for player of the week in Softball?

You can vote multiple times!

Students:​ You are NOT ALLOWED to Park in Staff parking. Staff comes at different
times during the day, so if you are late/leave and come back, those are still reserved for
staff. YELLOW Lines are reserved for staff parking and the white lines are for student
parking. Thank you.

SELF DEFENSE CLASS: ​The student council will be holding a self-defense seminar
May 18, from 3 pm to 4 pm. This is a one-time course that is directed towards young
women in preparation for college and life after high school. Men can also come as well,
only as long as they are serious. Come and learn to protect yourself. If you have any
questions, please talk or e-mail Caresa Kosek. Look for flyers in the hallways.

Baccalaureate: May 31 at 7:30 pm in the High School Auditorium. Pastor Jake will be doing
the service.

PROM PICTURES: ​Prom picture sign-ups are in the HS Office. Last day to register is
Wednesday, May 3.

SPRING PLAY TICKETS: ​Click on the link below to order your spring play tickets.
Mystery @ Whimbomly Manor performance dates are April 28 & 29th at 7:30 pm.

SUMMER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING: ​Is for 7-12 grade students. Three
different sessions are available starting June 12. $70 per person, with a $100 family
max. Forms are in the HS Office to be picked up.

HLWW FFA earns national award and state championships

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – The hard work of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School FFA paid off big at this year’s state convention, with several number-one finishes.

“I lost my voice from all the screaming, because we won so many things,” commented Gabriell (Bella) Bayerl.

The chapter as a whole won first place for “land of service” and “agricultural literacy,” and was also honored with the National Chapter Award.

Three teams were state champions, including:

• best informed greenhand team 1 – Cody Dickhausen, Anthony Lueck, Rebecca Uecker, Macenzie Ramola, and Bethany Groos;

• nursery/landscape – Kylee Sherod, Bella Bayerl, Savanna Weber, and Jenna Benson; and

• agricultural issues – Maddie Weninger, Bella Bayerl, Keith Lent, Lauren Painschab, Naomi Hinojis, and Kylee Sherod.

Senior Maddie Weninger, daughter of Jim “Winnie” and Lisa Weninger, was elected as the 2017-18 Minnesota FFA sentinel.

In addition to Weninger, newly-elected state FFA team members include Spencer Flood of Dassel-Cokato, Kylee Kohls of Litchfield, Katie Benson of Staples-Motley, Emily Pliscott of Kenyon-Wanamingo, and Eleora DeMuth of Grand Rapids.

“It’s the first year in Minnesota FFA history that an all-girls team has been elected,” Weninger commented.

Look for the full story with other award winners in the Monday, May 1 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here for information about how to subscribe.

HLWW FFA won big this year at the state convention.

HLWW FFA won big this year at the state convention.

HL woman charged with lottery fraud

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Susan Lynn Spar, 52, of Howard Lake was arrested in Middleville Township April 22 on a Wright County warrant for a felony state lottery fraud charge after failing to appear at a summons, according to a formal complaint released from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

About 4:25 p.m. May 9, 2016, the sheriff’s office responded to a theft reported by Larry Miller, owner of Red’s Cafe in Montrose.

Miller stated that 19 Crossword Deluxe lottery tickets, numbered 004 through 023 and priced at $20 a piece, were missing. The cards were stored behind the counter in a locked drawer, and are estimated to have been taken between 11:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. three days earlier.

In realizing the tickets’ absence, Miller contacted the Minnesota State Lottery Office, and discovered that two winning tickets had already been redeemed.

A sheriff’s deputy viewed video surveillance of the theft May 11, which revealed employee Spar – identified by Miller and employee Jody Arnold – taking the lottery tickets out of the locked drawer.

Miller informed the deputy that employees are expected to complete an inventory check of the higher-priced lottery tickets at the end of their shifts.

Arnold stated that all tickets were accounted for at the end of her shift around 1:20 p.m. May 6.

The video then revealed that later that day, between 2:05 and 2:15 p.m., Spar was at and around the counter where the lottery tickets are stored and sold. The case was then assigned to a detective for further investigation.

Arnold informed the detective May 12 that Spar had not been to work the past two days, claiming to have a sick child at home.

After viewing the afore-mentioned surveillance video, the detective noted the following: around 2:11 p.m., Spar placed a trash liner inside a garbage container beneath the counter. At 2:12 p.m. Spar helped her daughter in purchasing a lottery ticket and removed an unknown number of tickets from the drawer. She then placed something into a bag hanging beneath the register.

At 2:13 p.m., Spar removed another unknown amount of lottery tickets from the drawer and placed them in the bus pan beneath the trash bag she had just placed earlier.

Spar then carried the bus pan away from the counter, where a document was clearly visible underneath the trash bag in the bus pan.

The detective later learned on May 16 that five of the 20 missing lottery tickets had been redeemed at several locations  between May 7 and May 10.

A surveillance video from Casey’s General Store in Montrose showed two females cashing in a lottery ticket around 10:19 p.m. May 7. Spar appeared to be one of the women.

Another video, taken from Holiday in Maple Plain, showed an unidentified white male cashing in a lottery ticket in question.

Requested video of the other cash outs were unsuccessful due to the length of time since their occurrence.

The detective visited Spar at her residence May 19 in an unsuccessful attempt to speak with her about the incident.

Further attempts were made by phone and visitation May 23. Spar later contacted the  detective May 26, stating she would call him back to schedule a time to meet him. After numerous failed additional attempts, however, Spar had not contacted the detective since July 19, 2016.

If found guilty, the maximum sentence for the lottery fraud charge is 10 years in prison, a fine of $50,000, or both.

Susan Lynn Spar

Susan Lynn Spar

Funeral notice: Alvin “Sonny” Broll, 86, of Backus, formerly of Waverly

WAVERLY, MN – Alvin “Sonny” Broll, 86, of Backus, MN, formerly of Waverly, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly; with visitation from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Food for Kidz packing May 3

SPONSORED POST. Community members are welcome to join Holy Trinity elementary and high school students Wednesday, May 3 from 12:45 to 5 p.m. packing meals for the Food for Kidz program in the Holy Trinity gym. This is the seventh year of participation, with more than 520,000 meals packed.
Donations are welcome to reach a goal of 67,000 meals this year. To register or donate, contact Jane Murschel at (612) 702-4351 or