Archive for Howard Lake

Funeral notice: Bernice M. Maas, 87, of St. Paul, formerly of Howard Lake

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Bernice May Maas, age 87, of St. Paul, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, of complications from COPD. Bernice’s late husband, the Rev. Edwin Maas, was a former pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, serving from 1976 to 1984. A memorial service will take place Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 104 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul. There will be visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Memorials are preferred to Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Minneapolis; or to the local hospice service of your choice.

Citizen expresses concern to HLWW regarding employment action

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Ruth Dalbec, the mother of a paraprofessional who used to work with special education children at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School, attended the school board work session Feb. 23 hoping to address a decision the board made at its Feb. 9 meeting.

Dalbec distributed a letter to the school board, but a copy was not made available to the public.

According to draft meeting minutes, the school board denied Dalbec’s request to speak on the subject, but offered her the opportunity to express her concerns to Superintendent Brad Sellner the following day.

Dalbec’s concerns stem from the Feb. 9 school board meeting, when members met in closed session to discuss allegations made against an employee.

After the closed session, the board opened the meeting to pass a resolution “relating to the employment of the employee identified in the attachment hereto.”

The board did not provide the attachment or the name of the employee, but Herald Journal later received a letter to the editor from Rev. Mark Reiff, interim pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, defending the employee, whom he named as Shannon Dalbec.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office jail census, Shannon was charged with driving while intoxicated, and booked at the jail Jan. 19. Through a work-release commitment, she had been able to continue her employment at HLWW. The end of her sentence was listed as Monday, March 16.

In a phone interview Feb. 27, Ruth said the action taken against Shannon doesn’t make sense to her, and she thinks the vote would have been different if she could have spoken to the board on Shannon’s behalf.

“She’s had such high praise from parents and thank-you calls for the work she’s done with the kids,” Ruth said.

Ruth said Shannon requested to file a grievance with the teachers union, and the union has accepted her request.

Look for more coverage of the Feb. 23 HLWW work session in the Monday, March 2 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Don’t forget to vote – Township elections and annual meetings Tuesday, March 10

WRIGHT, McLEOD, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Victor, Middleville, Woodland, and Marysville townships will be electing new officials Tuesday, March 10.

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. An annual meeting will take place at each township hall following the election.

Victor Township

Where to vote: Victor Township Hall, 8718 90th St. SW, Howard Lake.

Who’s up for election:

David Hoover’s term as supervisor is up, along with Sean Groos’ term as treasurer.

Groos re-filed for the treasurer position, and David Glessing and Ryan Bakeburg filed for the supervisor position.

Middleville Township

Where to vote: Middleville Township Hall, 3014 Co. Rd. 6 SW, Howard Lake.

Who’s up for election:

Judy Forst re-filed for the two-year treasurer position, and Jim Jacobson re-filed for the three-year supervisor position. Both candidates are running unopposed.

Woodland Township

Where to vote: Woodland Township Hall, 9065 Clementa Ave. SW, Montrose.

Who’s up for election:

Woodland Township features two open seats, including the supervisor position of Dan Domjahn and the treasurer position of Paula Wood Lavigne.

Both incumbents re-filed and are running unopposed.

Marysville Township

Where to vote: Marysville Township Hall, 3733 Dempsey Ave. SW, Waverly.

Who’s up for election:

Jane Hurley is running for supervisor, to fill the remaining year in the position previously held by Dick Sawatzke. (Sawatzke passed away in June 2014, and Hurley had been appointed to his seat.)

The three-year supervisor position of Augie Riebel is also up, and Riebel has re-filed. There were no other filings.

Annual meetings without elections

Some area townships conducted their elections in the fall. These townships still have an annual meeting Tuesday, March 10.

• Bergen Twp. – 8 p.m. at the Bergen Town Hall, 16595 Babcock Ave., Lester Prairie.

• Hollywood Twp. – 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Town Hall, one block east of the Hollywood Sports Complex on County Road 122.

• Watertown Twp. – 7 p.m. at the Watertown Township Office, 3580 Co. Rd. 10 N., Watertown.

• Camden Twp. – 7 p.m. at the Camden Township Hall, 315 State Ave. S., New Germany.

• Winsted Twp. – 8 p.m. in the Vollmer Room at the Winsted City Hall, at 201 1st St. N.

HLWW FFA advances to national competition


Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA’s food science team has earned at spot at the FFA 2015 national competition this fall after placing first in the State Food Science Career Development Event (CDE) competition that took place at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) Feb. 20.

The team, made up of Abbey Weninger, Keith Lent, Maddie Weninger, and Lauren Painschab, was first assigned to create a new flavor for an existing product, an energy bar called Larabar.


Transplant ends in friendship for HLWW board member


Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) School Board Member Joanie Kocher of Waverly has become best friends with her kidney donor, Kim Johnson of Monticello.

The ladies met while out with a mutual friend April 2014.

“My friend brought two friends to a night out we had planned, and the next morning they both wanted to be tested to see if they would match to be my donor,” Kocher commented.

She had been on the transplant list for three years at that point, and had participated in a donor drive hosted by the HLWW School District.

Johnson called the testing center to set up an appointment almost immediately after the night out, and found out she was a match.

For full story, see March 2 issue.

HLWW High School daily bulletin Thursday, Feb. 26


LAKER BULLETIN – Thursday, February 26, 2015


ON THE MENU: Mini Corn Dog or Chicken Patty with Fries


BOYS BASKETBALL: The varsity boys basketball team has its first playoff game TONIGHT at Providence Academy at 7:00 pm.


WRESTLING: Garrett Schanus wrestles at State tomorrow morning at 11:00! If you are planning on going to watch you need to pick up a permission form from the high school office (or online) and return it signed by Friday morning. Transportation is on your own. Good luck, Garrett!


GYMNASTICS: The gymnastics banquet will be on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:00 pm at the Middle School.


CLAY TARGET: Students that have signed up for clay target, please check your school email for information to complete the registration process. Your fee needs to be paid to Mrs. Moravec in the high school office and you must have a current sports physical on file. Students still interested in getting on the list, please see Mr. Schmidt.


GOLF: There will be a golf informational/sign-up meeting in Mrs. Thrall’s classroom at the Middle School TODAY at 2:50! Send her or Mr. Goudy an email if you have any questions before that: or


FFA WEEK: This week is FFA appreciation week. The lunch activity today is the pig skin toss and the hay bale toss. Also reminder that the FFA Appreciation Lunch is tomorrow in the ag department!


SENIOR GRADUATION PACKETS: There are extra graduation packets available in the high school office if you still haven’t ordered your cap and gown.


ACTIVITY ACADEMIC ELIGIBILTY: Next Monday, March 2, during Laker break there will be a meeting in the auditorium for all athletic/activity participants in grades 9-11. There will be a new activity academic eligibility policy in effect next school year that will be explained. If you would like a copy of it, it can be found on the Activity page of the HLWW website under “Forms and Links”. There are also hard copies in the high school office that students can pick up.


DRIVER’S EDUCATION: Driver Education spring session B deadline is Monday, March 2. Forms are available in the High School office, Community Education office or on the school website under Community Education click on Youth Activities.


SUMMER SOFTBALL/BASEBALL: Registration for HLWW summer softball and baseball will take place on Monday, March 2nd from 6:00-7:30 at the HLWW High School Commons. The summer traveling softball program is open to all girls ages 9-16. The registration deadline is March 30th. If you have any softball questions, call Justin Niesen at 612-207-1251 or email


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY: Attention students in grades 9-11: Interested in travel? Interested in service? Then consider signing up to travel to Ecuador in Summer 2016!! An informational meeting will be held next Monday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm. For more information, see Mrs. Glessing or Mrs. Goerdt


SENIORS: A reminder, if you are applying for scholarships, this is the last week to request letters of application from your teachers. You must contact them by March 1st if you want a letter written. You should also contact your community reference by the end of the week. You need ONE recommendation from a teacher — and one recommendation from a community or church member WHO IS NOT A TEACHER AND NOT A COACH. Application forms for all the local Community Scholarships are available from Mrs. Thompson in the Counseling Office. (This includes Form B for the Memorial Scholarships, and special forms for the Lions Club Scholarships, Legion Scholarships, and the Auxiliary Scholarships). All forms and Letters of Recommendation must be completed and turned in by 3:00 on THURSDAY, MARCH 19! Late forms will not be accepted.

**Application forms for the Wright-Hennepin Electric Scholarship are also available in the counseling office. These forms are due by 3:00 Thursday March 12th.

**Application forms for the Waconia, Buffalo, and Glencoe Hospital Scholarships are due by 3:00 Thurs March 12th.


SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarship information (available scholarships and deadlines) are available on Family Connection! Please keep checking there as new ones are added!


PROM COUPONS: There are coupons available in the high school office for tuxes, flowers and garters for prom.


PARENTS/ACTIVITY PARTICIPANTS: Reminder that if a student will not be riding the bus to or from an event they need to have a “Contest Travel Release” form filled out, signed by the parent and on file in the activities office prior to dismissal of school on the day of the contest! This form is available in the high school office and online on the school’s Activity webpage.


ACTIVITY SCHEDULES: To find our activity schedules online go to the HLWW district website and click on “Activities”. Then in the middle of the page click on “Activities Schedule”. That will bring up the weekly schedule for all the activities. If you would like to view a season schedule for a specific activity, then find that activity on the right-hand side, check it and click “View”. There is also an “Activity Schedule Parent Guide” under the “Forms and Links” section of the Activities page for you to reference.


DAILY ACTIVITY LINE: For a voice message of the daily activity contests (high school and junior high), please call 320-543-3900 ext 7. This is will updated with any cancellations, postponements, etc as soon as they are known.


STUDENTS: Reminder that if you are going on vacation, you need to pick up a pre-arrangement form in the office for your parents to sign. This needs to be approved by the principal before you go!


FITNESS CENTER HOURS: The Fitness Center is open for use Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:35 – 4:30pm, and Wednesday and Friday from 2:35 – 4:00 pm.


AFTER PROM: The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm in the high school commons. This is a non-profit organization made up of volunteer parents that fundraise during the school year in order to provide a safe place for students to go after prom. Prom is May 2, 2015 this coming year. If you are interested in helping or being involved with this committee, please contact Nancy Decker-Miller (612-590-9287 or or Stacey Smida (612-203-9089 or


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Monday 2/23

HS Conferences

Tuesday 2/24

GBB @ Foley

Wed. 2/25

KB @ Litchfield

Thursday 2/26

BBB @ Providence Academy

Friday 2/27

GBB @ Maple Lake

Saturday 2/28

SPEECH @ Maple Lake



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