Archive for Howard Lake

HLWW to approve co-op with Rockford for soccer

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – One item listed on the agenda for the Monday, Aug. 13 Howar d Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting is “approve co-op with Rockford for soccer.”

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the high school media center. Look for coverage in the Friday, Aug. 17 edition of the Herald Journal.

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No football co-op this season at HLWW

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – A proposal to combine the football teams of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School and Watertown-Mayer High School fizzled late Monday evening, almost as quickly as it sprang up.

The HLWW School Board had a special meeting Monday to consider this proposal. At the same time, 14 miles away, board members from Watertown-Mayer were discussing the same topic.

In order for the co-op to have moved forward, both school districts would have had to vote “yes.” It would also have needed approval from the Minnesota State High School League.

This ended up not being the case, because the original proposal was not approved by the Watertown-Mayer School Board.

The original proposal called for the co-op to be a 50/50 split, with half of the home games and practices taking place at HLWW, and half at Watertown-Mayer. Athletes would wear HLWW uniforms when playing games at HLWW, and vice versa.

The extra transportation cost for busing to practices was estimated at about $2,300 for the season.

The motion passed at HLWW on a 6-1 vote, with board members Paul Bravinder, Charles Bush, Dwayne Diers, Michelle Heuer, Joanie Lasiuk, and Jamie Wiech in favor, and Lacy Detlefsen opposed.

The motion failed at Watertown-Mayer on a 3-3 vote. After more discussion, the Watertown-Mayer board members voted on a different proposal, which called for all practices and games to take place at their school. Although this motion passed at Watertown-Mayer, the co-op won’t be established this year because this arrangement was not approved by the HLWW board.

Superintendent Brad Sellner said there are no “hard feelings” on either side, and both schools will now move forward with separate teams for the upcoming football season. It is possible that the co-op idea could be revisited in the future, he added.

For now, Sellner said HLWW will be focusing on what it can do to improve its program and increase the number of students participating in football.

The idea for a co-op was initially suggested as a way to alleviate low participation numbers. HLWW Activities Director Scott Berning noted that low numbers can be a safety concern, as there aren’t enough players to switch out during games. As a result, there may be more chance for injury.

Last school year, HLWW’s football program included six seniors, seven juniors, eight sophomores, 17 freshmen, five eighth graders, and 22 seventh graders.

Watertown-Mayer’s program had 14 seniors, eight juniors, five sophomores, five freshmen, 21 eighth graders, and 26 seventh graders.

Look for more information in the sports section of the Aug. 10 edition of the Herald Journal.

HLWW School Board meeting

HLWW School Board meeting

Semi/car collision crashes onto Shadowbrooke Golf Course


McLEOD COUNTY – A semi-truck and a passenger vehicle collided at the intersection of State Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 1/ Babcock Avenue at approximately 9:15 a.m. today.

The impact of the crash sent both vehicles onto the southeast corner of the Shadowbrooke Golf Course.

Street signs on the corner of the intersection were broken off and landed by the vehicles, and a nearby power pole was damaged.

The driver of the car – the lone occupant – was transported to an area hospital by Ridgeview Ambulance.

Lester Prairie Police and Fire Departments, Winsted Fire and Rescue, and the McLeod County Sheriff were among the departments responding to the scene.

Traffic was not stopped in any direction, however law enforcement was directing traffic through the area slowly.

More details regarding the accident will be published as they become available.  Watch for them here and in the Aug. 10 edition of Herald Journal.

HLWW to approve football co-op Monday, Aug. 6

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – A special Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6 to consider approving a football co-op.

The meeting will start at 8 p.m. in the high school media center.

Look for coverage in the Friday, Aug. 10 edition of the Herald Journal.

Wright Co. license bureau closed

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED – The Wright County License Bureau will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 6 and 7, for mandatory Real ID training. For motor vehicle, game & fish, and limited driver’s license needs, residents may visit the one of the offices located in Annandale, Cokato, Delano, or Monticello.

Free new publication connects senior citizens

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – The first issue of “Senior Connections” was printed last week, featuring an assortment of stories about local people.

The publication is distributed free at newsstands and targeted locations in the west metro area, from Chaska to Kimball, Rockford to Hutchinson.

The full version is also online at The website includes an email sign-up, for those who would like to be notified when the next issue is available.

The paper will be published monthly through Herald Journal Publishing. Stories may occasionally appear in both the newspapers and “Senior Connections” when appropriate.

To submit an idea for “Senior Connections,” email

For information about advertising opportunities, call 320-485-2535.

Who’s in the first issue

A few people featured in the August “Senior Connections” include:

• Marnie Glessing of Howard Lake, who went from teaching elementary students in her career to coordinating activities for senior citizens in Dassel.

• Twins George and Genevieve “Jean” Schaust of Delano, who recall growing up in the 1930s.

• Donald Becker of Kimball, who has raised and trained hundreds of horses in his 91 years of life.

• Audrey Litzau of Lester Prairie, who has spent many years volunteering in her community.

• Cathy Stifter of Mayer, who recently retired after 50 years of being a local newspaper columnist.

• Chuck Thiel of Lester Prairie, who organizes group day tours to places like the Minnesota State Fair.

• Evelyn and Jim Fowler of Winsted, who will be leading a series of cooking classes starting Thursday, Aug. 9 for people age 55 and older.

• Dale Kovar of Mayer, who has taken up running in his 50s.