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State, local health officials offering free COVID-19 testing in Glencoe August 20

GLENCOE – In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in McLeod County, the State of Minnesota is partnering with the City of Glencoe, and McLeod County Public Health, to offer free COVID-19 testing Thursday, Aug. 20. Testing is free, and available to anyone who wants to be tested.

With the increase in cases in the county, this testing will offer critical insight into the degree of spread in the area. While many who contract COVID-19 experience mild or even no symptoms, some suffer life-threatening complications. All who contract the virus are contagious. The results of this testing will provide data to guide future efforts to combat COVID-19, and protect those who are most vulnerable to serious complications.

Date:         Thursday, August 20
Time:        2 to 9 p.m.
Location: Glencoe City Center
1107 11th Street East

Anyone who wants to be tested is encouraged to come, even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19. No insurance or identification is needed. Residents of McLeod and neighboring counties are eligible to be tested. Those who live farther away are encouraged to be tested at their local clinics.

Pre-registration is advised. Visit McLeod County Community COVID-19 Testing: Schedule Your Appointment for more information, and to sign up for an appointment.  People may also call 855-612-0677 for assistance with signing up for an appointment.

HLWW, LP, DC, other area superintendents react to Walz plan, discuss school year ahead

Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced state guidelines for schools for the upcoming school year.
Walz and his staff released the Safe Learning plan, which allows district administration to choose which of three learning models with which they will start the school year.
Those models are in-person learning, distance learning, or a hybrid model of the two.
Families of school age children, teachers, school staff, bus drivers, and everyone else impacted by the school calendar are now awaiting news from their respective districts about which model will be followed.
Area superintendents answered questions about the issue yesterday after Walz’s announcement.
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW)
Superintendent Brad Sellner said an email went out to all district families at approximately 8 p.m. yesterday evening.
“HLWW Public Schools will be working with county health officials over the next several days and weeks to evaluate the current data in our area, as well as reviewing other important information and guidance, in order to make the best decision for opening our schools,” Sellner said.
The email sent to families reminded them variables are constantly changing, and that district staff appreciates everyone’s patience.
Sellner said his district’s school board will meet Monday, Aug. 10 to review final plans for each of the three learning models.
He said he hopes to share the final plan with families after that meeting, and said the plan will include details about all three learning scenarios; COVID-19 program coordinator; social distancing and minimizing exposure; food service/cafeteria; school aged care (SAC); face coverings; protecting vulnerable populations; hygiene practices; cleaning and materials handling; monitoring and excluding for illness; handling suspected/confirmed positive cases of COVID-19; water and ventilation systems; transportation; support of mental health and wellness; technology/internet access; classrooms; office spaces; communications/contact information; special education/504 plans; use of facilities for non-school activities; activities and athletics; attendance; grading; media Centers and libraries; assessment and learning loss; physical education and music classes; future guidance; and appendices – forms and MDH/CDC guidance.
Sellner said he knows families around the state may be looking at open enrollment options, but thinks that might not matter much in the current education climate.
“Open-enrollment is always an issue, but if every public school is held to the guidance and working with their department of health, there may not be a whole lot of difference between what HLWW is doing and the other schools around us are doing, so I don’t know what open-enrolling to another district is going to provide for a student other than if there is a special program that another district has,” he said.
Lester Prairie
Superintendent Melissa Radeke said her district has been working all summer to prepare for the three different learning scenarios.
The district has purchased Chrometablets for kindergartners and first graders; and ChromeBooks for students in grades two through twelve, so that the district will have better tools to provide instruction in all three scenarios.
“School districts will determine their Safe Learning model by monitoring county level data related to COVID-19, and working with their Regional Service Cooperative to consider the localized situation,” Radeke said. “The county level data will include 14-day case rates per 10,000 people.”
Lester Prairie has also implemented a Reintegration Advisory Committee. Members include teachers, paraprofessionals, the school secretary, the counselor, the nurse, the dean/athletic director, and administration, who are working on a preparedness plan for safely returning to learning in each of the learning models. That team will continue to meet regularly.
The Lester Prairie School Board will approve the preparedness plan at its August meeting.
Radeke said she intends to send information to district families later next week, and noted she appreciates their patience and understanding. “The safety of our learning community remains our top priority,” she said.
Dassel-Cokato (DC)
Superintendent Jeff Powers said the Dassel-Cokato district has been working all summer to prepare learning models for in-person learning, distance learning, and hybrid learning.
Administration and faculty have three separate plans, and are ready to communicate those plans soon.
The DC district does have a virtual learning option for students who are prevented from being able to join classes in-person this year.
Holy Trinity – Winsted
Father Matt Wiering said Holy Trinity, along with other Catholic schools in the Diocese of New Ulm, have every intention of opening for school at the normal time, in person and every day.
“Dean of Students Wes Kapping is leading a committee to determine what the safety protocols will be for the school year,” Wiering said. “This is definitely a work-in-progress, and we have not nailed down concrete specifics at this point.”
He said Holy Trinity will be applying the recommendations established by the Diocese of New Ulm, and the other Catholic dioceses of Minnesota. “We will be publicly announcing these plans by the middle of August,” he said.
Mayer Lutheran
Executive Director Joel Landskroener said his school has already announced that it will open Wed., August 26.
“Our Board of Directors, as early as the June 8 meeting, decided that we would open for regular on-campus school August 26 as planned,” he said. “Since that time, our leadership team has developed plans and protocols in consultation with the Carver County Department of Health, and the recommendations from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.”
Distance learning will be an option for Mayer Lutheran students. “Our teachers will live-stream their classes in case a student is unable to attend school,” Landskroener said, “Those classes will also be recorded if the child is too ill to watch them live. We have the equipment to make it happen,” he said.
St. James Lutheran – Howard Lake
Pastor Mark Loder said St. James has already communicated with its families that school will open as normal Tuesday, Sept. 8.
He said families could expect communication about specific protocols and a COVID-19 preparedness plan as early as today, Friday, July 31.
“Our school board has already done the discussion necessary to move forward,” Loder said. “The teachers are prepared to offer distance education as needed during the year.
“We are not, at this point, anticipating having a all school closure. If a student or staff member becomes ill, we have a plan in place to ensure sanitization, so that we can continue to provide the in-person education our students need,” he said.
Matthew Schoen, superintendent of Delano Public Schools, said his district’s school board will discuss the governor’s guidance at its Monday, Aug. 3 meeting.
Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL)
GLC Superintendent Christopher Sonju said his district will communicate plans for the upcoming school year to families as quickly as possible following Walz’s announcement.
“We have a communication system in place that we’ve been using to help communicate with our families . . . we use this all the time. We are here to serve our families and students and will continue to do so.
No comments
The following school districts were contacted for comment but had not responded by mid-morning Friday, July 31: Watertown-Mayer; Waconia; Litchfield; and Annandale.
More information
For information about the State of Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, visit:
Watch Herald Journal, Delano Herald Journal and Enterprise Dispatch newspapers and websites for up-to-date information.

Local students selected to University of Minnesota – Twin Cities dean’s list

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL, MN – The following students have been named to the 2020 spring semester Dean’s List at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average.


Cokato, MN
John Busche, Senior, Carlson School of Management
Ryan Chvojicek, Senior, Carlson School of Management
Sophia Fitzpatrick, Senior, College of Sci and Engineering
Grant Johnson, Junior, College of Food, Agr & Nat Res Sci
Darwin, MN
Izabella Maher, Sophomore, College of Biological Sciences
Makayla Maher, Junior, College of Biological Sciences
Dassel, MN
Dannalee Johnson, Junior, School of Dentistry
Howard Lake, MN
Naomi Hinojos, Sophomore, College of Liberal Arts
Stephanie Peller, Senior, College of Food, Agr & Nat Res Sci
Gerrick Prine, Sophomore, College of Design
Olivia Silvernail, Junior, College of Educ/Human Development
Lester Prairie, MN
Andrew Jackson, Junior, Carlson School of Management
Abbigayle Schultz, Senior, School of Nursing
Mayer, MN
Kiron Crayton, Sophomore, College of Biological Sciences
Gregory Jansen, Sophomore, College of Liberal Arts
Casondra Snow, Non Degree, College of Contin & Prof Studies
Brady Solheid, Sophomore, College of Educ/Human Development
Watertown, MN
Charles Chadwick, Junior, College of Liberal Arts
Madyson Hoese, Junior, College of Food, Agr & Nat Res Sci
Alexa Lupino, Junior, College of Biological Sciences


Funeral notice: Paul Wroge, age 55, of Mayer

Paul Wroge, age 55, of Mayer,  passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  Memorial service will be Friday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 101 SE 2nd Avenue, in Norwood Young America, with interment at the church cemetery.  Gathering of family and friends will be at the church Thursday, July 23, from 4 – 7 p.m. and Friday, July 24, one hour prior to the service.  For the safety of family and friends, masks will be required.  Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

Mayer public hearing: capital improvement plan

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Mayer, Minnesota (the “City”) will meet on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., at the Mayer City Hall, 413 Bluejay Avenue in Mayer, Minnesota, in part to hold a public hearing concerning (1) the proposal to adopt a capital improvement plan pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 475.521; and (2) the proposed issuance of general obligation bonds (the “Bonds”). The Bonds will be in an amount not to exceed $4,250,000 and will be used to construct a new structure to house the fire department for the City.
If a petition requesting a vote on the issuance of the Bonds, signed by voters equal to five percent of the votes cast in the City in the last general election, is filed with the City Administrator within 30 days after the public hearing (i.e., by September 9, 2020), the City may issue the Bonds only after obtaining approval of a majority of voters voting on the question at an election.
A copy of the plan is available for inspection in the City Administrator’s Office, City Hall, 413 Bluejay Avenue, Mayer, Minnesota, 55360. Questions or comments may be directed to the City Administrator’s Office at 952-657-1502.
All interested persons may appear and be heard at the public hearing either orally or in writing or may file written comments with the City Administrator before the hearing.
Dated: July 13, 2020
/s/ Margaret McCullum
City Administrator
Published in the Herald Journal, July 24 and 31, 2020.

Mayer ordinance amendment: commercial/industrial district

Section 1.  Title XV: Land Usage, Chapter 152 Zoning, Section 152.060 (C/I) Commercial/Industrial District, Letter (B) Permitted Uses, of the City of Mayer Municipal Code, is hereby amended to read as follows:
(B)   Permitted uses. The permitted uses for the Commercial/Industrial (C/I) District are as follows:
(1)  Commercial establishments requiring large sites for outdoor display, sales, and storage (farm implement sales, motor vehicle sales, mobile home sales, and building material sales are examples).
(2)    Wholesaling all commodities except live animals.
(3)   Uses permitted in C-1 General Commerce District.
(4)    Offices and administrative facilities.
(5)  Commercial/industrial establishments used for fabricating, manufacturing, production, processing, and storage of materials, goods, and products.
(6)    Warehousing.
(7)    Mini-storage facilities.
(8)  Veterinary clinic, animal care, animal shelter, pet daycare, pet training, or animal hospital.
(9)    Funeral homes and mortuaries.
(10) Governmental buildings and structures.
EFFECTIVE DATE. This Ordinance shall become effective following its publication in the official newspaper of the City.
ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Mayer, Carver County, Minnesota this 13th day of July, 2020.
/s/ Mike Dodge
ATTEST: Margaret McCallum
City Administrator
Published in the Herald Journal, July 17, 2020.