Archive for Watertown

Mid-County plot day Wed., Sept. 2

SPONSORED POST. Mid-County Co-op will host a plot day Wednesday, Sept. 2 at noon at the Bill and Cindy Schroeder farm, Hwy 212 & Zebra Ave., just east of Plato. For more information,  . . . .

Book your holiday party

SPONSORED POST. It’s not to early call B’s on the River, Watertown (952) 955-2223 to book your Holiday Party.

Free fan bus for Princess Kay coronation; sign-up by Aug. 23

CARVER, WRIGHT, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – The 62nd annual Princess Kay of the Milky Way coronation will take place at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug.26 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds band shell.

Local finalists include:

• Kyla Mauk, 19, Howard Lake, representing Wright County, daughter of Chris and Harlan Mauk;

• Rachel Stender, 17, Lester Prairie, representing McLeod County, daughter of Allen and Lisa Stender; and

• Carley Vinkemeier, 18, Norwood Young America, representing Carver County, daughter of Jeff and Tina Vinkemeier.

The Carver County Dairy Association is hosting a free fan bus supporting 2015 Carver County Dairy Princess/Princess Kay Finalist Carley Vinkemeier. For more information and/or to secure a seat on this free fan bus, contact Barb Grimm at (952) 657-2476 by Sunday, August 23.



New pediatrician joins Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Hutchinson Health’s newest pediatrician, Dr. Tiffany Trenda, loves helping children get well and stay well.

Tiffany Trenda

Tiffany Trenda

She has generously shared her talents in many capacities, including serving as a volunteer pediatrician in medically underserved communities of Nicaragua and El Salvador. Her love of different cultures, especially Latin America, helps her relate to children and adults from all areas.

Dr. Trenda received her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, and earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her pediatric residency was completed through Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling both within the United States and internationally, salsa dancing, reading, cooking, hiking, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr.Trenda specializes in caring for newborns through age 21. To make an appointment with her, call (320) 234-3290.

For information about all the services available at Hutchinson Health, visit

Chine B1 now open

SPONSORED POST. China B1, Watertown offers Chinese food. Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mayer cows in Kemps commercial

MAYER, MN – Have you seen the new Kemps commercial? Cows from Curt and Joni Hedtke’s dairy farm in Mayer are the stars, singing “The secret of Kemps, it’s the cows.”

“I had that song stuck in my head for two weeks,” laughed Curt and Joni’s son, Chris, a 2006 Waterown-Mayer High School graduate who helps run the farm.

Curt Hedtke of rural Mayer, his son, Chris, and neighbor, Cole Thaemert, pose with Cameron the cow, who was the star of a Kemps commercial recently. Three other cows on the Hedtke farm were also featured.

Curt Hedtke of rural Mayer, his son, Chris, and neighbor, Cole Thaemert, pose with Cameron the cow, who was the star of a Kemps commercial recently. Three other cows on the Hedtke farm were also featured.

The Hedtkes were contacted about the commercial opportunity in April, by Debi Pool of Animal Talent Pool.

“They were looking for cows that were halter broken, and for a red barn,” Curt said.

The family sent Pool photos of their cows, which have been shown at the Carver County Fair and Minnesota State Fair. Not long after, a representative from Kemps’ production company, Blue 60, traveled to see them in person.

“Then, they came out a second time with the film crew,” Chris said.

The Hedtke cows made the cut, and on filming day (May 13), about 30 to 40 people showed up at the farm.

“The people were really nice and easy to work with; they took care of everything,” Curt said, noting that by 6:30 a.m., teams were out setting up equipment.

A half-black, half-white Holstein named Belinda was selected for still shots, and a temporary studio was set up in the Hedtke’s shed. For two hours, Belinda was photographed in various poses against a 20-foot screen backdrop.

Cole Thaemert, who is in the 4-H leasing program, kept Belinda company during the process. (Cole is the son of Cary and Heidi Thaemert, who live down the road from the Hedtke family.)

Belinda’s photo is now on a billboard on Highway 494, and is being used for other promotional materials, such as “photo bombing” people’s pictures on the Kemps Facebook page.

Look for the rest of the story on page 7A of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.