Archive for New Germany

Shop small locally Saturday, Nov. 29

Small Business Saturday is the day that hometown businesses show the public why shopping local makes sense. Friendly service, convenient proximity, and unique options translate to sales in the frenzied rush of holiday shopping. Support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 29.

Two dead after icy crash near Waconia

CARVER COUNTY, MN – A mother and daughter are dead after an icy crash near Waconia Nov. 15, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Misty Petschl, 34, of Waconia had been traveling west on County Road 10 near 102nd Street just after 3:30 p.m. when she lost control of her 2005 Dodge Caravan on the icy road and skidded into a 2002 GMC Yukon driven by David Splettstoeszer, 59, of Waconia.

Misty and her 6-year-old daughter, Jazmine, died after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Misty’s 8-year-old son was listed in critical condition.

Splettstoeszer was traveling with his wife, Cindy, his 3-year-old granddaughter, and 80-year-old Jean Harms of Waconia. All four were transported to Ridgeview Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

At the scene of the crash, Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies were assisted by Ridgeview Ambulance, Waconia Fire and Rescue, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

All seven people involved in the accident were wearing seat belts or were fastened into appropriate child safety car seats.

Small Business Saturday featured business: Paws Inn Resort

CARVER COUNTY, MN – For a unique Christmas card idea, how about sending a photo of your pet with Santa? Paws Inn Resort in New Germany is offering a pet photography event Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for the photo session is a $10 donation, which benefits the Carver County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit.

For details, check out the Small Business Saturday section in the Monday, Nov. 17 edition of Herald Journal.

New Germany City Council to review right-of-way policy

NEW GERMANY, MN – New Germany City Council will review the Carver County right-of-way policy during its Tuesday, Nov. 18 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include resolutions certifying the election results and assessing unpaid utility bills, and review of a planning commission recommendation.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Veterans Day programs planned

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – Following is a list of local programs and events in observance of Veterans Day.

Winsted Legion

Winsted American Legion’s 63rd annual Veterans Day dinner will be Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Holy Trinity church basement beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. A program will follow. Cost is $12. The event is open to all veterans and their families (Legion membership is not required). RSVP Chris Otto, (320) 224-8024.

The guest speaker is Dr. Michael J. Thoennes, DDS, owner of Distinctive Dental Service, with locations in Winsted, Howard Lake, and Columbia Heights. Dr. Thoennes is the new owner of the club meeting place in downtown Winsted and benefactor of the club.

St. Mary’s Care Center, Winsted

Residents at St. Mary’s Care Center and guests are welcome TUESDAY, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in St. Mary’s chapel for a Veterans Day program. Holy Trinity fourth-graders will sing three songs.

Holy Trinity School

All-school Mass THURSDAY, Nov. 6 in observance of Veterans Day is at 8:15 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church. The American Legion members will process in.

Lester Prairie School

A Veterans Day program will take place at the Lester Prairie High School gym TUESDAY, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m.

Principal Jeremy Schmidt will open the ceremonies.

Legion Post 463 will present the Colors.

The Lester Prairie High School Band will play the national anthem.

Pastor Eric Nelson will provide the invocation and benediction.

Girls State and Boys State representatives, Rachel Stender and Caleb Sebora will each give a short speech during the program.

There will also be a Veterans Day slide show.

Lester Prairie American Legion Commander Chester Hoernemann will introduce the speaker, Kurt Lemke.

Lemke is a 1999 graduate of Lester Prairie High School, and a member of the Army National Guard.

The Lester Prairie High School choir will sing “Lean on Me.”

Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

HLWW High School

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School and Middle School will honor all veterans at both schools TUESDAY, Nov. 11.

The middle school program will start at 8 a.m. in the auditorium. The middle school band and choir will be performing.

There will be coffee and cookies for the veterans.

The high school program will start at 10 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.

The speaker will be Gary Schmidt.

All veterans are welcome to attend one or both of these programs.


The New Germany Legion, the city of Mayer, and Mayer Lutheran High School will sponsor a Veterans Program TUESDAY, Nov. 11 at 10:15 a.m. at the fine arts center at Mayer Lutheran High School. The public and all service men and women are invited.

The city of Mayer and Mayer Lutheran High School will provide a complimentary lunch for veterans and their spouses after the program. Those attending the lunch are asked to RSVP to Mayer Lutheran High School at (952) 657-2251, ext. 222.

The featured speaker will be Iraqi War veteran and MLHS alumna KariAnn Uecker.

Boys State representatives, Dustin Koehnen, Ryan Michaletz, and Neil Heldt will also speak.

The master of ceremonies will be MLHS Executive Director Joel Landskroener. Pastor Lucas Woodford of Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer will lead a prayer, and Mayor Mike Dodge will provide a welcome. The Colors will be posted by the New Germany American Legion. Veterans in attendance will be recognized.


Election results posted online!

WRIGHT, McLEOD, AND CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Unofficial election results for local races will be posted online as they become available. To see the results, click on the “election results” button on the Herald Journal home page,, or follow the link below: