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Free new publication connects senior citizens

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – The first issue of “Senior Connections” was printed last week, featuring an assortment of stories about local people.

The publication is distributed free at newsstands and targeted locations in the west metro area, from Chaska to Kimball, Rockford to Hutchinson.

The full version is also online at SeniorConnectionsHJ.com. The website includes an email sign-up, for those who would like to be notified when the next issue is available.

The paper will be published monthly through Herald Journal Publishing. Stories may occasionally appear in both the newspapers and “Senior Connections” when appropriate.

To submit an idea for “Senior Connections,” email info@seniorconnectionshj.com.

For information about advertising opportunities, call 320-485-2535.

Who’s in the first issue

A few people featured in the August “Senior Connections” include:

• Marnie Glessing of Howard Lake, who went from teaching elementary students in her career to coordinating activities for senior citizens in Dassel.

• Twins George and Genevieve “Jean” Schaust of Delano, who recall growing up in the 1930s.

• Donald Becker of Kimball, who has raised and trained hundreds of horses in his 91 years of life.

• Audrey Litzau of Lester Prairie, who has spent many years volunteering in her community.

• Cathy Stifter of Mayer, who recently retired after 50 years of being a local newspaper columnist.

• Chuck Thiel of Lester Prairie, who organizes group day tours to places like the Minnesota State Fair.

• Evelyn and Jim Fowler of Winsted, who will be leading a series of cooking classes starting Thursday, Aug. 9 for people age 55 and older.

• Dale Kovar of Mayer, who has taken up running in his 50s.

PHOTO GALLERY: Wright County Fair 2018

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Click here to see photos from the July 2018 Wright County Fair in Howard Lake. 

Select pictures will be printed in the Friday, July 27 edition of the Herald Journal, Enterprise Dispatch, and Delano Herald Journal.

https://photos.herald-journal.com/Wright-County-2018/Wright-County-Fair-2018/i-2mPhwtN

NOW HIRING at Mid-County Agronomy

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Mid-County Coop Agronomy Department is Hiring Multiple Positions!

Full-Time ⋅ Part-Time ⋅ Seasonal

Flexible positions with competitive pay in:

⋅ Agronomy Application

⋅ Yard Maintenance and Service

⋅ Seasonal Truck Driver (Class B CDL Required)

Full-time opportunities include excellent benefits package, paid vacation and much more!

To apply or for more information contact Scott:
Call: 952-466-3733 or email: scottn@midcountycoop.com

Mid-County Coop purchases Mark’s Service in Waverly

SPONSORED POST – After 43 years and seven months, Mark Karels is retiring as the owner of Mark’s Service in Waverly.

He sold the business – including a car wash, gas station, and convenience store – to Mid-County Coop effective June 21. Mid-County has been serving the Waverly area for many years, and General Manager Bill Reimers said he is looking forward to the coop’s continued community involvement.

Although much of the business is staying the same, customers may notice a few small changes. The new name, for instance, will be Mid-County of Waverly. Also, since the Tesoro brand is being phased out nationwide, the gas station will be rebranded sometime this fall.

“Compliments to Mark for running a good business,” Reimers said. “We plan to continue to operate as Mark did, as a successful convenience store. We’re keeping all the employees, and just building upon Mark’s successes.”

Karels has deep roots in the Waverly area. He grew up three miles south of the city limits, and currently lives in town, right next to his former business.

“Mark Karels has been and is a leader in the community, whether on city council, as fire chief, or as owner of Mark’s,” Waverly Mayor Connie Holmes noted. “You can always count on him to participate in every city event in a big way.”

Karels and his wife, Virginia (who goes by “Giny”), recently purchased 10.3 acres south of Waverly. They’re looking into either remodeling the home  that’s on the property or building a new one. Either way, Karels expects the project will keep him plenty busy for the first couple years of his retirement.

Although he’s excited about retirement, Karels said he will miss many of his customers, and he is grateful for their loyalty over the years.

“It takes customers to keep a business going,” he commented.

For Mid-County Coop, the opportunity to purchase the gas station, car wash, and convenience store in Waverly was an ideal fit. Mid-County already has a bulk fuel business in Waverly, having purchased Padden Oil Company in 2000 and Howard Lake/Waverly Oil in 2003.

“We are happy that [Karels] has sold the station  to such a reputable company,” Holmes noted. “Looking forward, we know that Mid-County will be an equally valued member of the Waverly business community.”

Mid-County Coop is locally owned and operated in Cologne, a community that’s similar to Waverly in many ways. They are both rural with strong agricultural districts, and they are similar in size. The 2016 population estimate was 1,598 for Cologne, and 1,412 for Waverly.

“Waverly is growing quickly, with nearly 80 new homes built in the last two years,” Holmes commented.

In 2019, Waverly will celebrate its 150th anniversary. The community has attracted many residents due to housing, schools, and recreational opportunities.

Mid-County of Waverly can be reached at (763) 658-4662. The business is located at 801 Pacific Ave. (just off Highway 12), and is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mark Karels recently sold Mark’s Service in Waverly to Mid-County Coop. Pictured are: store manager Missie Beckmann, Mid-County Coop General Manager Bill Reimers, Giny Karels, Mark Karels, and Waverly Mayor Connie Holmes.

Mark Karels recently sold Mark’s Service in Waverly to Mid-County Coop. Pictured are: store manager Missie Beckmann, Mid-County Coop General Manager Bill Reimers, Giny Karels, Mark Karels, and Waverly Mayor Connie Holmes.

Highway 25 Watertown-to-Montrose new detour begins June 25

WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Motorists who travel Highway 25 between Montrose and Watertown will encounter a new detour route as one segment of the road opens, and another closes, Monday, June 25.

Motorists should plan their travel, and expect the following beginning June 25:

·        Highway 25 between Highway 12 in Montrose and Wright County Road 30/90th Street will open.

·        Highway 25 between Wright County Road 10/Jefferson Avenue in Watertown and Wright County Road 30/90th Street, located north of Watertown, will close. Motorists should follow the signed detour along County Road 10, County Road 13, and County Road 30, or plan their own alternate route. Get map.

All lanes of Highway 25 between Watertown and Montrose will open by early-August.

The closures are needed as part of a project to improve Highway 25 between Seventh Street in Montrose and County Road 10/Jefferson Avenue in Watertown. The project will resurface or reconstruct segments of the road, replace three underground pipes and one box culvert bridge, install new LED stop signs at the Highway 25/Wright County Road 30 intersection, repair a slope north of Armitage Avenue, upgrade guardrail and install mumble/rumble strips. When complete, the project will extend the life of the road and improve the ride along eight miles of Highway 25, and improve safety and drainage in the area.

Highway 12 project begins mid-July

Wright County motorists should also be aware that Highway 12 between Cokato and Howard Lake will be resurfaced in mid-July. More information on that project and its required lane closures will be issued as details become available.

To sign up to have email updates for these projects sent to your inbox, including advance notice of future traffic changes, visit www.mndot.gov/d3/2018/h25 and click the “Email updates” icon in the right-hand column.

For more information and traffic updates on these and other MnDOT projects in Wright County and Central Minnesota, follow on Twitter @MnDOTCentral or visit www.mndot.gov/d3.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, check www.511mn.org.

PHOTO GALLERY: Breakfast on the Farm 2018

WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Click here to see photos from the 10th annual Breakfast on the Farm, which took place June 16 at Poppler Dairy in Waverly.

In previous years, Breakfast on the Farm always took place in Wright County. Now, organizers plan to switch locations between Carver and Wright counties. The new name for the event is Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm.

This was the first time the event was hosted by Harlan and Jennifer Poppler, along with their children – Brett, Halli, Dani, and Shayne. The Popplers operate the farm with Jennifer’s parents, Roy and Danita Marschall. They milk 300 Holsteins, employing milkers and other help throughout the year.

Select photos will be published in the Friday, June 22 edition of the Herald Journal.