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Luce Line Orchard grateful for help after storm

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Although Luce Line Orchard near Watertown lost about half its apple crop the night of July 17, owners Rich Pawelk and Terri Traen Pawelk and their children consider themselves fortunate.

“It was horrible, but we are beyond grateful for the outpouring of support from the local community and volunteers; we had over 200 throughout the weekend,” daughter Abby Pawelk noted. “We are beyond blessed.”

According to KARE 11, an EF-1 tornado touched down late July 17, destroying more than 5,000 of Luce Line Orchard’s 10,000 apple trees, as well as a gazebo and other trees on the property.

The farm animals survived the storm, and the grapes were not damaged.

Many volunteers helped with cleanup throughout the weekend, cutting up trees, picking up apples, and supplying food. Among them was Blue Moo Ice Cream of Brooklyn Park, which brought free ice cream treats.

According to the Luce Line Orchard’s Facebook page, the orchard will still be open this fall, “better than ever.”

Thousands of apple trees toppled at Luce Line Orchard near Watertown during the overnight storm July 17.

Thousands of apple trees toppled at Luce Line Orchard near Watertown during the overnight storm July 17.


Funeral notice: Patrick ‘Pat’ McDonald, 50, of Oak Park, IL, formerly of Watertown

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Patrick Michael McDonald, “Pat” age 50 of Oak Park, Illinois, formerly of Watertown passed away Friday, July 17.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Visitation will take place Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and will continue on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., all in the church.

PHOTO GALLERY of Watertown after the storm

WATERTOWN, MN – Organizers had hoped Saturday, July 18 would be a day for people to have fun at the annual Rails to Trails festival in Watertown. Instead, many residents spent the day cleaning up damage from storms that blew through the area the night before. The storm caused damage to trees and buildings, as well as power outages. All Saturday Rails to Trails events were cancelled, but residents turned out to help each other clean up after the storm. Check out our photo gallery of Watertown after the storm by clicking the link below:

Watertown photo gallery

UPDATE: ALL Rails to Trails events cancelled due to storm damage

WATERTOWN, MN – According to the Rails to Trails Facebook page, some events are cancelled due to storm damage and power outages in Watertown. The parade. wrestling tournament, and craft show are cancelled. 5K and Car Show are still on, as of the last report on the event’s Facebook page.

UPDATE 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18:

The Rails to Trails committee has announced that all events and activities related to the Rails to Trails festival in Watertown have been canceled due to the storms that occurred overnight.

Possible tornado touchdown reported in Carver County

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that on July 18, 2015 at 12:05 AM, his Office received a call from the National Weather Service of a possible tornado touchdown southwest of the city of Watertown traveling northeast.

The Sheriff’s Office received the first reports of damage on the 2900 block of Vega Ave. in Hollywood Township. Emergency personnel responded and determined damage had occurred in both Hollywood and Watertown Townships north of Highway 7. There were numerous buildings with structural damage, blocked roads with debirs, downed trees and powerlines. First responders conducted a door to door search and determined there were no injuries at this time.

The following agencies assisted: Mcleod County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management, Minnesota State Patrol, Winsted Police Department, Winsted Fire Department, Lester Prairie Fire Department, New Germany Fire Department, Mcleod County Public Works, Carver County Public Works, Hollywood Township Public Works, and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management continues to investigate this weather event.

Beer Festival Sat. Sept.12, 2015 – Winsted, MN

SPONSORED POST: For a chance to sample beer, wine, & spirits from more than 25 local and national vendors, look no further than the St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival in Winsted. In addition to the sampling, food will be served at the event including burgers, brats, pork chops, pizza, bottled water, & pop.

st_marysThis 2nd annual event will take place Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Winstock Country Music Festival grounds. Gates will open at 2 p.m.

Only those 21 and older, with a valid ID, will be allowed to enter. Participants will receive a commemorative mug to use for the 2-ounce beer and wine samples, and they will be able to vote for their favorite beverage.


Tickets can be purchased online at, St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, or at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted.

Early bird tickets will be $25 through August 1, 2015. At the gate, tickets will be $35 each. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each, and include a mug and non-alcoholic beverages.

There is no charge for parking.