Archive for New Germany

More than 1 mile of new trail territory to explore near LP

SPONSORED POST – Dakota Rail Regional Trail enthusiasts will have some new territory to explore Saturday, Sept. 12, when a 1.3-mile segment west of the Carver/McLeod County line opens to allow users to enter Lester Prairie.

Previously, the trail ended just over the county line, so travelers wishing to venture further west had to share County Road 23 with road traffic.

In the summer of 2014, the DNR closed a trail gap by upgrading and completing a bridge east of Lester Prairie.

In the spring of 2015, the DNR, working with the McLeod County Rail Authority, leased a 2-mile segment of the trail to the City of Lester Prairie. At that time, the Lester Prairie Trail Committee pursued obtaining estimates for constructing a path in the rail corridor. Fundraising efforts were supported very well, and in a matter of weeks, donations had exceeded the initial goal.

The initial plan was to connect with County Road 9 at the eastern edge of Lester Prairie, but funds allowed construction to continue west into the city to connect with the Pine Street intersection.

From the Carver County line to Lester Prairie, the trail is a packed class 5 gravel surface.

Opening the corridor will allow trail users expanded adventure opportunities. In the city of Lester Prairie, there are several beautiful city parks, one with a community swimming pool. A number of local businesses are available for food, refreshments, and supplies. The Crow River is a short distance south of the trail, and beautiful Sunrise Nature Park – with trails – is a short distance north, both on County Road 9. Perhaps the most attractive aspect for bicyclists is the direct connection north to the Luce Line State Trail via County Road 1 on the west edge of Lester Prairie.

Grand opening Sept. 12 for Dakota Rail Regional Trail

SPONSORED POST – The Lester Prairie Trail Committee is excited to invite the public to the Dakota Rail Regional Trail grand opening Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m.

The event will take place near the intersection of the trail and Pine Street, just north of the City Park in Lester Prairie. Refreshments will be available, and the police department will provide bicycle favors for children.

A short presentation will take place before the ribbon cutting ceremony. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to walk, run, or ride their bicycles in the Grand Trail Ride, which will officially initiate the new path linking Carver County with McLeod County and Lester Prairie.

The Lester Prairie Trail Committee is proud to have assisted the community in the development of this trail for everyone’s enjoyment, and committee members sincerely appreciate all efforts to make this happen.

Mid-County plot day Wed., Sept. 2

SPONSORED POST. Mid-County Co-op will host a plot day Wednesday, Sept. 2 at noon at the Bill and Cindy Schroeder farm, Hwy 212 & Zebra Ave., just east of Plato. For more information,  . . . .

Free fan bus for Princess Kay coronation; sign-up by Aug. 23

CARVER, WRIGHT, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – The 62nd annual Princess Kay of the Milky Way coronation will take place at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug.26 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds band shell.

Local finalists include:

• Kyla Mauk, 19, Howard Lake, representing Wright County, daughter of Chris and Harlan Mauk;

• Rachel Stender, 17, Lester Prairie, representing McLeod County, daughter of Allen and Lisa Stender; and

• Carley Vinkemeier, 18, Norwood Young America, representing Carver County, daughter of Jeff and Tina Vinkemeier.

The Carver County Dairy Association is hosting a free fan bus supporting 2015 Carver County Dairy Princess/Princess Kay Finalist Carley Vinkemeier. For more information and/or to secure a seat on this free fan bus, contact Barb Grimm at (952) 657-2476 by Sunday, August 23.



New pediatrician joins Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Hutchinson Health’s newest pediatrician, Dr. Tiffany Trenda, loves helping children get well and stay well.

Tiffany Trenda

Tiffany Trenda

She has generously shared her talents in many capacities, including serving as a volunteer pediatrician in medically underserved communities of Nicaragua and El Salvador. Her love of different cultures, especially Latin America, helps her relate to children and adults from all areas.

Dr. Trenda received her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, and earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her pediatric residency was completed through Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling both within the United States and internationally, salsa dancing, reading, cooking, hiking, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr.Trenda specializes in caring for newborns through age 21. To make an appointment with her, call (320) 234-3290.

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Funeral notice: Lila Quaas, 91, of New Germany

NEW GERMANY, MN – Lila Quaas, 91, of New Germany, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, at her home.  Funeral service will take place Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will take place at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a chapel service at 6:45 p.m. Further visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.