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Family safe following house fire in Mayer UPDATE

MAYER, MN – The home of Brian and Sarah Grimm in Mayer caught fire during early morning storms July 28.
The family was sleeping when lightning struck the roof of the home, and started it on fire at 6:10 a.m., according to Mayer Fire Chief Rod Maetzold. “A neighbor saw their house on fire, and ran over to tell them,” Maetzold said. “Everyone made it out safely.”

Read more in the Aug. 3 issue of Herald Journal.

UPDATE 7-28-15: It has come to our attention volunteers are seeking donations for the family. See a request from volunteers below:

The morning of July 28, Sarah, Brian, Andrew (5th grader), and Lauren (2nd grader) Grimm of Mayer experienced a home fire. They are all safe but they have essentially lost everything.  Volunteers are asking the community to pull together to support this Watertown-Mayer family with donations. The Matertown-Mayer Elementary school will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, July 28), Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30.  Donations may be taken to the school and volunteers will sort them and take them to the family.  Donations can be dropped off in the foyer area along the wall.   Gift cards can be turned in to the office.

Items needed include:

Women’s size 12 pants and size large shirts
Mens 32×32 pants and medium shirts
Boys size 12 clothing (interested in all sports)
Boys shoes 9.5
Girls size 8 clothing
Girls shoes size 3-4
Toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc)
Toys – Andrew loves legos (all of his melted)
Gift Cards (these are often a great support because the family can use it for hotel stays, food, etc).

There is also a drop off point at Katherine Scotting’s house. 1216 Meadow Parkway, Mayer.

The public is asked to respect the privacy of the family during this time of need.

Mayer council to discuss laptop purchase

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council will consider purchasing laptop computers for council members during its Monday, July 27 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include renewal of the city’s contract with Kluver Consulting, a development review policy, and community center rules.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

Luce Line Orchard grateful for help after storm

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Although Luce Line Orchard near Watertown lost about half its apple crop the night of July 17, owners Rich Pawelk and Terri Traen Pawelk and their children consider themselves fortunate.

“It was horrible, but we are beyond grateful for the outpouring of support from the local community and volunteers; we had over 200 throughout the weekend,” daughter Abby Pawelk noted. “We are beyond blessed.”

According to KARE 11, an EF-1 tornado touched down late July 17, destroying more than 5,000 of Luce Line Orchard’s 10,000 apple trees, as well as a gazebo and other trees on the property.

The farm animals survived the storm, and the grapes were not damaged.

Many volunteers helped with cleanup throughout the weekend, cutting up trees, picking up apples, and supplying food. Among them was Blue Moo Ice Cream of Brooklyn Park, which brought free ice cream treats.

According to the Luce Line Orchard’s Facebook page, the orchard will still be open this fall, “better than ever.”

Thousands of apple trees toppled at Luce Line Orchard near Watertown during the overnight storm July 17.

Thousands of apple trees toppled at Luce Line Orchard near Watertown during the overnight storm July 17.


Beer Festival Sat. Sept.12, 2015 – Winsted, MN

SPONSORED POST: For a chance to sample beer, wine, & spirits from more than 25 local and national vendors, look no further than the St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival in Winsted. In addition to the sampling, food will be served at the event including burgers, brats, pork chops, pizza, bottled water, & pop.

st_marysThis 2nd annual event will take place Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Winstock Country Music Festival grounds. Gates will open at 2 p.m.

Only those 21 and older, with a valid ID, will be allowed to enter. Participants will receive a commemorative mug to use for the 2-ounce beer and wine samples, and they will be able to vote for their favorite beverage.


Tickets can be purchased online at, St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, or at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted.

Early bird tickets will be $25 through August 1, 2015. At the gate, tickets will be $35 each. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each, and include a mug and non-alcoholic beverages.

There is no charge for parking.

Photos of the 2015 Mayer Rising Community Festival

MAYER, MN – Click here to see our photos of the 2015 Mayer Rising Community Festival celebrations:

Miss Central Minnesota is seeking candidates for its second pageant

MCLEOD, WRIGHT, MEEKER, AND CARVER COUNTIES, MN – The Miss Central Minnesota Pageant, a local preliminary pageant to Miss Minnesota and Miss America, is currently seeking candidates. Since 1935, thousands of young women in the State of Minnesota have been beneficiaries of the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant and their local affiliates. Today, these women have become our leaders and volunteers in the community.

This is the second year of the program. Candidates are judged on talent, interview, fitness, evening gown and on-stage question. There is not an entry fee to compete; however, each contestant is required to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which is the Miss America National Platform. Miss Central Minnesota candidates must be between the ages of 17 and 24 and between the ages of 13 and 17 for Miss Central Minnesota Outstanding Teen.

The Miss Central Minnesota Pageant is also looking for individuals who are interested in helping make this program a success. The pageant will be held November 7th, 2015 at the Hutchinson Middle School auditorium. Please contact the executive director, Jodi Swaja, at