McLEOD, WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Nintendo’s Pokémon Go dropped in the App Store Wednesday, July 6. Immediately, it picked up popularity around the country – including local communities.
This game makes players physically move around in order to capture animated creatures in “Pokéballs.”
“It’s a lot of fun, and I’ve gone outside a lot more,” said Donavon Decker of Howard Lake. “It’s also a way to meet new people.”
Some may believe this game to be a great motivator for people to get exercise, but others have seen some safety issues arise when players become unaware of their surroundings.
The Winsted Police Department, for example, has recently observed several people playing Pokémon Go and nearly walking into traffic, and trespassing on private property.
“The police department would like to remind people who are playing these games that they cannot go onto private property without permission, and if they do so, they may be charged with a crime,” Police Chief Justin Heldt noted. “Please pay attention while walking up to – and across – roadways, to avoid being struck by a vehicle.”
Donavon Decker and Dylan Borrell were spotted playing Pokémon Go in Howard Lake a week after the game was released. They said they are careful to stay safe while playing, always using sidewalks and staying on public property.
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Claire Larson, 74, of Mendota Heights, formerly of Lester Prairie, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016, at Heart to Home in Mendota Heights. Funeral service will be Friday, July 29 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment at the church cemetery. There will be visitation Thursday, July 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie; continuing Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie.
HENDERSON, MN – Have you tried zip lining? Kerfoot Canopy Tour in Henderson, MN is a neat place to go.
I (Starrla Cray) went yesterday with my husband and sister, and it was the best day ever. Make sure your sound is up when you watch the video – My sister is a little bit scared at the beginning, and it’s pretty funny!
Look for a feature story about our experience in the “Fall Destinations” section of the Monday, Aug. 29 edition of Herald Journal.
Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie is hosting a unique outdoor worship service Sunday, July 31 at 9 a.m. It will be an inter-generational cycle roll-in. People are invited to roll-in that morning via motorcycles, bicycles, and tricycles. The special praise service will be on the grounds outside the church, and the cycles can be parked in the church parking lot. At a special part of the service, children will be able to ride their tricycles and sit on them for a special children’s message. All are welcome, whether you arrive via motorcycle, bicycle, tricycle, car, or on foot.
St. Peter Lutheran Church of Lester Prairie’s annual ice cream social and country store will be Sunday, July 31 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the church. Menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQs, potato salad, homemade pie, ice cream, and more. Funds raised will be supplemented by Thrivent.
A community sandwich-making project is planned for 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie. This is an outreach to inner city homeless.
Volunteers and donations are needed. For more information, call (320) 395-2780. Donations may be dropped at First Community Bank, Lester Prairie or at the church.