Archive for Watertown

New urgent care hours at Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Beginning Saturday, April 29, urgent care services at Hutchinson Health will be available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days per week.

Urgent care is ideal for dealing with minor injuries and illnesses quickly, without having to wait for a regular clinic appointment. Walk-in, extended-hour access is often convenient for patients with sprains, sore throats, earaches, minor injuries/cuts, fevers and other urgent – but non-emergency – conditions.

If a problem appears to be life-threatening (such as severe or sudden chest pain), it is best to go to an emergency room or call 911.

Hutchinson Health is located at 3 Century Avenue in Hutchinson, MN. The clinic can be reached at (320) 234-3290.

Cutest pet contest starts May 1

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – Do you have a cute pet? The Herald Journal and Enterprise Dispatch Cutest Pet Contest will let you show your pet off with the chance of winning a cash prize.
Registration will begin Monday, May 1. The contest is being presented by The Country Store in Howard Lake. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to an area humane society.
Watch for more information at, and the May 1 editions of the Herald Journal and Enterprise Dispatch.
Pet Contest 2017

Pet Contest 2017

Funeral notice: June E. Borrell, 93, formerly of Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – June E. Borrell, age 93, formerly of Watertown, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at New Perspectives in Waconia. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 109 Angel Avenue SW, in Watertown, with inurnment at the church cemetery. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the church Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home of Watertown and Delano.

Funeral notice: Joseph A. Traen, 59, of Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – Joseph Anton Traen, 59, of Watertown, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. at the Watertown-Mayer High School Gymnasium.  There will be a gathering of family and friends from 3 to 6 p.m. in the gym, prior to the Mass.  Memorials preferred. Arrangements are with the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

Several departments respond to grass fire

Smoke billows from a Tuesday evening swamp fire behind the residence at 1495 110th St. SE between Watertown and Delano.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A discarded cigarette led to a large grass fire in a swamp between Watertown and Delano Tuesday, according to Watertown Fire Chief Wade Stock.

His department was called to the fire at 1495 110th St. SE in Franklin Township around 4:25 p.m.

Fire departments from Delano, Montrose, Mayer, St. Bonifacius, and Victoria provided mutual aid, as did the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources helicopter.

Smoke from the fire was reportedly visible from as far west as Hutchinson and as far north as Maple Lake, just one indicator of the size of the blaze.

“It was 60.5 acres,” Stock said. “I only know that because the helicopter took GPS footage. It’s hard to tell when you’re standing on the ground. We had the DNR helicopter out there, so it was taking GPS of the whole burn area. They did water drops with it. That’s what put out the majority of it.”

Nearly 70 firefighters responded to the scene, with some going on foot or by ATV to attack the fire with blowers and water, while others parked fire engines on neighboring properties and stood by to protect them.

No injuries, property damage, or property loss was reported.

Stock said the scene was cleared at 7:41 p.m.

He used the incident to remind residents of the current fire risk.

“Everybody just needs to be cautious with the dry conditions out there,” Stock said. “It will be a busy spring until we get rain and things green up. We encourage no burning whatsoever. It wouldn’t take much to get away from you.”

He believes official burn restrictions will be in place soon, noting that the DNR helicopter, based in Princeton, responded to five fire calls Tuesday alone.

Funeral notice: Virgil L. Hecksel, 71, formerly of Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – Virgil Lyle Hecksel, 71, formerly of Watertown, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. His funeral service will take place Monday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township, New Germany, followed by interment at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday, March 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continuing Monday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;