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PHOTO GALLERY: Molasses making near Watertown/Delano

WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Steve Dahlman has been growing sorghum on about one acre of land south of Delano, and it’s now ready to be made into molasses. Click here to see the photos:

Dahlman and his friends showed the Herald Journal the molasses-making process Oct. 10. Look for the story in the December edition of Farm Horizons, which is mailed to rural property owners at no charge. To be added to the mailing list, call the Herald Journal office at (320) 485-2535.

Steve Dahlman uses the sorghum press to squeeze out the sweet liquid from the stalks.

Steve Dahlman uses the sorghum press to squeeze out the sweet liquid from the stalks.

Hutchinson Health helps protect against the flu

SPONSORED POST – Seventy-nine percent of Hutchinson Health’s employees received the flu vaccine in the 2014-15 season, helping to protect patient safety.

For this effort, Hutchinson Health recently received white ribbon status from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) as part of the FluSafe program.

Participating in this program represents the high level of commitment at Hutchinson Health. Getting vaccinated is the first step in protecting against getting the flu.

According to the MDH, unvaccinated health care workers pose a greater risk of passing highly contagious influenza to vulnerable patients, without even knowing it. The FluSafe program aims to get all health care personnel, except those with medical exemptions, at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota vaccinated against influenza each season.

To learn more about Hutchinson Health, go to

Dad’s Belgian waffles at New Germany City Hall Sunday, Oct. 11

Dad’s Belgian waffles will be sponsored by New Germany Commercial Club
Sunday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the New Germany City
Hall. Tickets are $8 in advance (5 and under free) or $9 at the door.
Meal includes waffles, sausages, toppings, and beverages.

Police search for gunman in Carver Co. shooting

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Authorities are continuing to search for 39-year-old Joshua Lee Gilpin of Jordan, who is suspected of shooting two people at a home in Chaska Thursday night.

The Chaska Police Department stated that the shooting was not random and all the people involved know each other, but people in the area are still advised to stay inside with their doors locked.

Officers were called to 3625 County Road 140 in Chaska at 9:31 p.m. Thursday. A caller from the residence reported that “two people had been shot by a man with a gun.” The alleged shooter was said to have left the residence on foot.

Gilpin is described as white, 5-foot-11, and about 200 pounds.

According to the Chaska Herald, a helicopter circled downtown area until the early morning hours.

Due to the search for Gilpin, the Jordan School District had a two-hour late start. According to CBS, all schools in eastern Carver County are on lockdown as a precautionary measure, meaning that classes are going on as normal, but no outside activities will take place.

The man and woman who were shot were both taken to Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska before being transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Their names and the extent of their injuries haven’t been released.

A stellar apple crop for Luce Line Orchard in Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – Although a tornado tore through Luce Line Orchard in Watertown in July, orchard activities are in full swing this season.

Luce Line Orchard in Watertown has apples galore.

Luce Line Orchard in Watertown has apples galore.

More than 200 volunteers helped bring the landscape back to a state of beauty, and even with the loss of 5,000 trees, there’s still 5,000 trees left – and plenty of ripe, red fruit to go with it.

“We have tons of apples – Honeycrisp, SweeTango, Harlson, SnoSweet, and Zestar!” said Abby Pawelk, daughter of owners Rich Pawelk and Terri Traen Pawelk.

Now, the only signs that a storm swiped the area are on the nature trail.

“We left some of the twisted trees for people to see, and we have markers out there so they can read about what happened,” Abby said.

Luce Line Orchard is popular for dates, and couples have been known to get engaged on the romantic nature trail.

Children love the orchard, too, with a u-pick pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, hayrides, food, and more.

A service member appreciation day is planned for Saturday, Oct. 17, and firefighters, police officers, and military personnel who display their badges will receive special discounts.

$5 off a peck of #1 apples!

Mention this blog post to receive $5 off a full peck of #1 apples at Luce Line Orchard in Watertown. Expires Nov. 1, 2015

For more orchard info, go to or check out the Luce Line Orchard Facebook page.

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(Content sponsored by Luce Line Orchard.)

Breast cancer benefit in Waverly Saturday

WAVERLY, MN – When Theresa Christensen of Waverly went in for her yearly checkup in July, the doctor discovered a suspicious lump in her breast.

A benefit for lifelong Waverly resident Theresa Christensen will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Waverly Village Hall.

A benefit for lifelong Waverly resident Theresa Christensen will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Waverly Village Hall.

An ultrasound was scheduled for the next morning, and a biopsy took place the following week.

Christensen found out it was malignant July 27, and underwent a double mastectomy for stage-2 breast cancer Aug. 19.

“She will be out at least eight months recovering from several surgeries,” noted Kathy Breault of Waverly, one of Christensen’s coworkers and friends who is organizing a benefit Saturday, Oct. 3 for Christensen.

Christensen is married to Rob, and she has two children – Miranda and Donevan. She has been a hairstylist for more than 18 years.

How to help

A benefit to help Christensen with medical costs and lost wages will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Waverly Village Hall (204 Fourth St.). The pork meal is $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 10.

Activities include a DJ, silent auction, cake walk, kids games, root beer floats, bean bag tournament, backyard bingo, and more.

Before the benefit, people can pre-order take-and-bake pies from Carlson’s Orchard in Winsted for $12 each, with all proceeds going to help Christensen. Pies can be picked up at the benefit, or delivered.

For details, call Dawn at (763) 658-6175.

For those who’d like to donate but aren’t able to attend the benefit, a “Theresa Christensen fund” has been set up at Citizens State Bank in Waverly.