Archive for New Germany

New Germany City Council to conduct special meeting July 28

NEW GERMANY, MN – New Germany City Council will conduct a special meeting at 7 p.m.Tuesday, July 28 to discuss solar panels, the Trophy Lake Estates property, and to discuss the 2016 city budget. The meeting is open to the public.

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.


Funeral notice: Robert W. Dalchow, 68, of New Germany

Robert W. Dalchow, 68, of New Germany, passed away Sunday, July 19. Memorial service will be Thursday, July 23, at 5 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, with interment at the church cemetery. Gathering of family and friends will be at the church on Thursday, July 23, from 3 – 5 p.m. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

Possible tornado touchdown reported in Carver County

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that on July 18, 2015 at 12:05 AM, his Office received a call from the National Weather Service of a possible tornado touchdown southwest of the city of Watertown traveling northeast.

The Sheriff’s Office received the first reports of damage on the 2900 block of Vega Ave. in Hollywood Township. Emergency personnel responded and determined damage had occurred in both Hollywood and Watertown Townships north of Highway 7. There were numerous buildings with structural damage, blocked roads with debirs, downed trees and powerlines. First responders conducted a door to door search and determined there were no injuries at this time.

The following agencies assisted: Mcleod County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management, Minnesota State Patrol, Winsted Police Department, Winsted Fire Department, Lester Prairie Fire Department, New Germany Fire Department, Mcleod County Public Works, Carver County Public Works, Hollywood Township Public Works, and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management continues to investigate this weather event.

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.

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