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Rec-Tech Outdoor Solutions Updated COVID-19 Statement







Dear Valued Customers,

At Rec-Tech Outdoor Solutions, our top priority is the health and safety of our customers and employees. We have been paying close attention to this ever-changing situation, and we are proactively adapting and creating policies to address concerns surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Our Plato, 200 4th Ave, SE, retail location will be temporarily closed due to Governor Waltz’s Emergency Executive Stay at Home Order 20-20 and all of our efforts to keep people, including our staff and customers safe. We will continue to accept and answer customer calls and emails during this time. Our retail location will reopen for customers when official notice regarding changes or removal of the order is given.

We are following local, national, and federal health recommendations to help slow the spread of the virus and keep those at increased risk safer. We are following specific recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.


State of Minnesota:

We will continue to evaluate this situation and provide updates as things change. We thank you in advance for your business and understanding during this time of fluidity, and we look forward to continuing to serve your needs. Simply visit to stay up to date with any further changes.


Rec-Tech Outdoor Solutions


Zero incidents of COVID-19 transmission from print surfaces

According to Earl J. Wilkinson, Executive Director and CEO of the International News Media Association (INMA) there has never been a documented incident whereby the COVID-19 virus has been transmitted from a print newspaper, print magazine, print letter, or print package, according to the world’s top doctors and scientists. Follow the link below for more information.

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200 4th Ave SE, Plato, MN 55370
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Hwy. 123 opens after flooding

WATERTOWN/MAYER – Effective today, Monday, March 16, Highway 123 between Watertown and Mayer has been opened to traffic.  It had been closed since March 12, due to flooding.

Statement from Watertown-Mayer School Superintendent Ron Wilke regarding COVID-19 plan

WATERTOWN, MAYER, MN – Coronavirus COVID-19 Update, 03-15-2020 To All Watertown-Mayer Staff & Families

On March 15, 2020, Governor Walz issued a mandatory order stating Minnesota Schools must be closed by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020 for the purpose of staff planning to prepare for distance learning for our students for what could be an extended period of time beginning Monday, March 30.

Our District Leadership team has been meeting throughout the day (Sunday), in consultation with state officials and area school districts to prepare our district’s response. ​At this point, Watertown-Mayer School District’s plan in response to the Governor’s order includes the following:

  • ●  All schools are closed for students, including all before school, after school, and evening activities beginning​ ​Monday, March 16, extending through a minimum of Friday, March 27,
  • ●  All district staff (teachers, paraprofessional and all support) will report to work Tuesday, March 17 through Friday March 20.
  • ●  Schools will be opened at some point in the coming week to parents/students to retrieve educational materials and personal items. Please watch for additional information on specific times and details.
  • ●  All Community Education, school age and infant & toddler childcare, early childhood family education, and preschool classes are canceled until further notice.
  • ●  Beginning Monday, March 16, Kids Company School Age Childcare will be offered for healthcare and emergency workers as per Governor Walz’s order. Healthcare and emergency workers include, but may not be limited to, area hospital and clinic healthcare staff, firefighters and first responders/EMTs. Proof of employment credentials for emergency workers may be required to access the Kids Company service.
  • ●  Kids Company will also be offered for school district staff when required to report to work.
  • ●  All staff and students will be on spring break the week of March 23 as per the existing school district calendar.

    This continues to be a rapidly changing situation. It is our goal to keep families and district staff informed as events continue to evolve. Please watch closely for additional updates through the district’s regular channels of communication as we continue to communicate information on what could be an extended period of time of distance learning and school closure beginning on March 30.

    As always, the Watertown-Mayer District maintains student safety as a priority in our schools.

    Ron Wilke
    Superintendent of Schools

Highway 123 closed due to flooding

WATERTOWN/MAYER – Effective today, Thursday, March 12, Highway 123 between Watertown and Mayer will be closed due to flooding. During the road closure, drivers won’t be able to travel north of Highway 7 on Highway 123. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, such as Highway 25 or Highway 21.


Flood travel tips:

  • Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
  • Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
  • When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. If travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will also apply.