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No football co-op this season at HLWW

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – A proposal to combine the football teams of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School and Watertown-Mayer High School fizzled late Monday evening, almost as quickly as it sprang up.

The HLWW School Board had a special meeting Monday to consider this proposal. At the same time, 14 miles away, board members from Watertown-Mayer were discussing the same topic.

In order for the co-op to have moved forward, both school districts would have had to vote “yes.” It would also have needed approval from the Minnesota State High School League.

This ended up not being the case, because the original proposal was not approved by the Watertown-Mayer School Board.

The original proposal called for the co-op to be a 50/50 split, with half of the home games and practices taking place at HLWW, and half at Watertown-Mayer. Athletes would wear HLWW uniforms when playing games at HLWW, and vice versa.

The extra transportation cost for busing to practices was estimated at about $2,300 for the season.

The motion passed at HLWW on a 6-1 vote, with board members Paul Bravinder, Charles Bush, Dwayne Diers, Michelle Heuer, Joanie Lasiuk, and Jamie Wiech in favor, and Lacy Detlefsen opposed.

The motion failed at Watertown-Mayer on a 3-3 vote. After more discussion, the Watertown-Mayer board members voted on a different proposal, which called for all practices and games to take place at their school. Although this motion passed at Watertown-Mayer, the co-op won’t be established this year because this arrangement was not approved by the HLWW board.

Superintendent Brad Sellner said there are no “hard feelings” on either side, and both schools will now move forward with separate teams for the upcoming football season. It is possible that the co-op idea could be revisited in the future, he added.

For now, Sellner said HLWW will be focusing on what it can do to improve its program and increase the number of students participating in football.

The idea for a co-op was initially suggested as a way to alleviate low participation numbers. HLWW Activities Director Scott Berning noted that low numbers can be a safety concern, as there aren’t enough players to switch out during games. As a result, there may be more chance for injury.

Last school year, HLWW’s football program included six seniors, seven juniors, eight sophomores, 17 freshmen, five eighth graders, and 22 seventh graders.

Watertown-Mayer’s program had 14 seniors, eight juniors, five sophomores, five freshmen, 21 eighth graders, and 26 seventh graders.

Look for more information in the sports section of the Aug. 10 edition of the Herald Journal.

HLWW School Board meeting

HLWW School Board meeting

Free new publication connects senior citizens

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – The first issue of “Senior Connections” was printed last week, featuring an assortment of stories about local people.

The publication is distributed free at newsstands and targeted locations in the west metro area, from Chaska to Kimball, Rockford to Hutchinson.

The full version is also online at The website includes an email sign-up, for those who would like to be notified when the next issue is available.

The paper will be published monthly through Herald Journal Publishing. Stories may occasionally appear in both the newspapers and “Senior Connections” when appropriate.

To submit an idea for “Senior Connections,” email

For information about advertising opportunities, call 320-485-2535.

Who’s in the first issue

A few people featured in the August “Senior Connections” include:

• Marnie Glessing of Howard Lake, who went from teaching elementary students in her career to coordinating activities for senior citizens in Dassel.

• Twins George and Genevieve “Jean” Schaust of Delano, who recall growing up in the 1930s.

• Donald Becker of Kimball, who has raised and trained hundreds of horses in his 91 years of life.

• Audrey Litzau of Lester Prairie, who has spent many years volunteering in her community.

• Cathy Stifter of Mayer, who recently retired after 50 years of being a local newspaper columnist.

• Chuck Thiel of Lester Prairie, who organizes group day tours to places like the Minnesota State Fair.

• Evelyn and Jim Fowler of Winsted, who will be leading a series of cooking classes starting Thursday, Aug. 9 for people age 55 and older.

• Dale Kovar of Mayer, who has taken up running in his 50s.

Photo gallery from Watertown Rails to Trails is online

WATERTOWN, MN – CLICK HERE to see our photo gallery from the July 21 Rails to Trails festival in Watertown. Selected photos will also be published in the July 27 issue of Herald Journal.


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Funeral notice: Helen Hendricks, 95, of Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – Helen Hendricks, 95, of Watertown, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the Auburn Home in Waconia. A memorial service will take place Monday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, with interment at the church cemetery. There will be visitation at the church Sunday, July 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.; continuing Monday, one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

Candidates announced for Watertown’s new royalty program

WATERTOWN, MN – New to the Rails to Trails festival this year will be a Watertown royalty coronation, which will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21 in the Watertown Community Center.

Candidates are listed below. Photos of each candidate are on page 2A of the Friday, June 29 edition of the Herald Journal.


Watertown Ambassador candidates 

• Taylor Laumann, daughter of Matthew and Susanne Derner

• Mariah Guetzcow, daughter of Ryan Rodriguez and Megan Guetzcow


Junior Watertown Ambassador candidates

• Malori Derner, daughter of Matthew and Susanne Derner

• Anna Gilles, daughter of Howie and Beth Gilles

• Kendyl Olson, daughter of Jesse and Heidi Olson


Little Miss Watertown Ambassador candidates 

• Victoria Sprenger, daughter of Nathan and Julie Sprenger

• Abigail Lohmann, daughter of Ben and Amanda Lohmann

• Ruby Reinert, daughter of Chris and Kate Reinert

• Alayna Slack, daughter of Chris and Erika Slack

• Clara Wetterlund, daughter of Joe and Shannon Wetterlund