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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.

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.

Hollywood Sports Complex to dedicate softball field June 16

HOLLYWOOD, MN – The ball fields at Hollywood Sports Complex will be named after Ken and Delores Thiesen, creators of the first field with lights at Hollywood, in a dedication ceremony Saturday, June 16.

More than 50 years ago, Ken and Dolores Theisen purchased The Hollywood Store. One of the first projects the Theisen’s thought of doing to increase business was to build a new softball field with lights. The sport of softball had been growing over the years, and the area players were excited about being able to play under the lights.

The Hollywood store had a field that was originally built for baseball in the 1940s, and in later years, became a place for Sunday softball games. Evening games were rarely played because the setting summer sun would shine directly into the batter’s, catcher’s, and umpires’ eyes.

In 1969, it was decided to flip the field, so home plate moved into left field, and lights, dugouts, and a concession stand were added.

Because the field was not a public park, meant that the cost of maintenance needed to be paid by the Theisens, themselves. The investment did pay off as they hosted more than 400 games the first year. The August tournament hosted 16 teams from all over the state. Later on, another field was added in order to get more games in.

The idea initiated by the Theisens led to the owner of Watertown Lanes, Mac McKittrick, moving his bowling lanes to Hollywood. The bowling alley, along with the baseball field, then became Hollywood Sports Complex.

Fifty years later, everyone is welcome to come celebrate with the Theisen family of the late Ken and Delores. The dedication will take place Saturday, June 16 at Hollywood Sports Complex at 4 p.m. There will also be a fastpitch softball tournament being played Saturday and Sunday.

(Article by Bruce Johnson, Herald Journal)

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