Archive for Lester Prairie

Rec-Tech Outdoor Solutions Updated COVID-19 Statement







Dear Valued Customers,

At Rec-Tech Outdoor Solutions, our top priority is the health and safety of our customers and employees. We have been paying close attention to this ever-changing situation, and we are proactively adapting and creating policies to address concerns surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Our Plato, 200 4th Ave, SE, retail location will be temporarily closed due to Governor Waltz’s Emergency Executive Stay at Home Order 20-20 and all of our efforts to keep people, including our staff and customers safe. We will continue to accept and answer customer calls and emails during this time. Our retail location will reopen for customers when official notice regarding changes or removal of the order is given.

We are following local, national, and federal health recommendations to help slow the spread of the virus and keep those at increased risk safer. We are following specific recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.


State of Minnesota:

We will continue to evaluate this situation and provide updates as things change. We thank you in advance for your business and understanding during this time of fluidity, and we look forward to continuing to serve your needs. Simply visit to stay up to date with any further changes.


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Funeral notice: Elda Westermann, 92, of Lester Prairie

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Elda Elise Agnes (Koerschen) Westermann, age 92, of Lester Prairie, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, at GlenFields Living with Care in Glencoe.  There has been private family interment, and a celebration of life will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at

City of Lester Prairie clears way for school expansion to move forward

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – After reviewing the situation regarding the school’s petition to vacate a portion of Second Ave. North to make way for a building expansion project, the City of Lester Prairie has approved the necessary permits to allow the project to proceed.

City Administrator Mike Skrbich issued the following press release on behalf of the city:

This notification is to communicate that the City of Lester Prairie School Expansion Project, the vacating of portions of 2nd Avenue North and the special use permits related to this project are all approved at this time.

Prior to approval, the city reached out to our attorney to determine the necessary votes needed to pass the petition for vacation. Our attorney often encourages us to utilize the League of Minnesota Cities Handbook to preserve city funds and utilize resources already available. The city did exactly that and made our determination on the information that we had. We assure all, there was no ill-intent or purposeful denial of the school’s petition for vacation. Furthermore, the petition was received on 1-6-20 and the city initially estimated a 3-4 month approval process. The process is completed within that timeline.

After our meeting, we reached out to our attorney and we had a lengthy discussion about the issue and are in agreement that there is an exception to the super majority vote and the petition should have passed. There was a simple majority vote at the meeting, and all requests are approved at this time.

NOTE: the press release was updated to reflect the correct date for receipt of the petition.

Zero incidents of COVID-19 transmission from print surfaces

According to Earl J. Wilkinson, Executive Director and CEO of the International News Media Association (INMA) there has never been a documented incident whereby the COVID-19 virus has been transmitted from a print newspaper, print magazine, print letter, or print package, according to the world’s top doctors and scientists. Follow the link below for more information.

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200 4th Ave SE, Plato, MN 55370
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McLeod County to Test the CodeRED Community Notification System

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – The McLeod County Emergency Notification System, CodeRED, will be tested on March 25, 2020 at 10:00am to validate telephone numbers in the McLeod County’s database. Here’s what you need to know:

  • There is no need to take action if you receive the call. Emergency personnel are merely testing the system to ensure it is operational as needed, and to encourage additional residents to enroll to receive future notifications.
  • This process helps us continually improve the system. Testing increases the efficiency of the system and speed at which notifications will be delivered during an actual emergency.
  • Visit our website to update contact information. If your phone number is not in the database, you will not receive a call when we do launch an important notification.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to visit our website and update their contact information, in particular those individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number,” according to Kevin Mathews, McLeod County Emergency Management Director. “The more residents who actively add or update their contact information in the emergency database, the better able we are to protect people and property.”

The CodeRED system allows McLeod County officials to effectively reach residents and personnel by using the system’s capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages and emails to inform residents and better protect life and property.

Mathews urges citizens to visit the McLeod County website at and click on CodeRED under the Quick Links section or text mcleodalert to 99411. Questions regarding signing up should be directed to Craig Rossow, McLeod County Emergency Management Deputy Director at (320) 864-1725.