Archive for Waverly

HLWW special election cost nearly $5K

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Because of state law, the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District had to spend $4,866 to chose a new school board member last month, Superintendent Brad Sellner reported at last Monday’s school board meeting..

Since July 2015, Minnesota law has required a special election for vacancies with more than one year left on the term. The term of Jesse Tintes, who moved out of the area last fall for a new job opportunity, was set to expire in January 2017. He resigned in October 2015, a few months over the one-year mark.

HLWW’s special election took place April 19, and Lacy Detlefsen was elected to fill the vacancy, with 50 votes. Six-hundred ballots were ordered, and a total of 56 people voted (six were write-in votes.)

“There is a way the school board can do this without being forced to have an election and spend all that money,” Sellner said, explaining that it would have been more cost-effective for the board to appoint Detlefsen instead.

The current state statute notes, “If one year or more remains in the unexpired term, a special election must be held under subdivision 1. If less than one year remains in the unexpired term, the school board may appoint a person to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term, unless the vacancy occurs within 90 days of the next school district general election, in which case an appointment shall not be made and the vacancy must be filled at the general election.”

Look for more school board coverage in the Monday, May 30 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Local Memorial Day program schedules

McLEOD, WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Area Memorial Day programs are set for the morning of Monday, May 30, providing a variety of options for remembering fallen soldiers.


Martin Krueger American Legion Post 407 and its Ladies Auxiliary will begin Winsted’s Memorial Day observance with a Mass at Holy Trinity at 8:30 a.m.

A Naval tribute will take place at Mill Reserve Park at 9:30 a.m.

A program will take place at the cemetery beginning at 10 a.m.

Post 407 Commander Jeff Sterner will be the master of ceremonies, and Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko will provide a welcome message.

The invocation and benediction will be delivered by Fr. Paul Schumacher, Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Bruce Gatz will sing the national anthem, and Holy Trinity students will present musical selections.

Art Guggemos, a World War II veteran, will deliver the Memorial Day address.

Fifth grade essay contest winners, Lexi Karnes (HLWW) and Sarah Mendiola (Holy Trinity) will speak.

Sterner will read the honor roll, and Auxiliary President Margie Kritzeck will place a wreath on the war memorial.

Legion Post 407 will perform the honor guard salute, followed by the playing of taps by Joey Berg.

A potluck dinner will take place at the Legion Club at noon for Legion and Auxiliary members, their families and friends, and participants in the program.

Howard Lake

The Howard Lake Legion Post had not yet finalized the program, and information was not available at the time the May 23 issue went to press. See the May 30 issue of Herald Journal for information about the Howard Lake Memorial Day program.


Charles Claessens Legion Post 305 and Auxiliary Unit will observe Memorial Day with services Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. in Railroad Park in Waverly.

All veterans are welcome to march in the parade, which will assemble in front of the Waverly Village Hall at 10 a.m.

The keynote speaker will be Colonel Stephen Gulyas, US Army, retired, a member of Post 305 American Legion.

Patriotic musical selections will be played by the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School band under the direction of Stephanie Dailey.

“In Flanders Fields” will be read by 2016 Girls State representative Destine Butturff, and Maria Jaros, 2015-2016 Waverly Ambassador will answer with We Shall Keep the Faith.

Crosses will be decorated by Melanie Jetson, Rachel Jetson, Gavin Marquette, Madelyn Remer, and Jack Tuchtenhagen.

The public is welcome to attend the program to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom.

Post 305 will also be collecting new personal care items for patients at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.

A blue bin will be available at the fire hall before or after the Memorial Day program.

Suggested items include lip balm, deodorant, large print crossword or word search books, country music CDs, tennis balls for physical therapy, sewing kits, pocket notebooks, reading glasses (any strength), shower shoes (large or XL), and 30-minute phone cards (without expiration dates).

A collection box will also be available for proper disposal of tattered flags which are no longer suitable for flying.

Lester Prairie

The Ray Kirkpatrick American Legion Post 463 in Lester Prairie will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Service Member Memorial in Central Park.

Commander Chester Hoernemann will provide the welcome.

The Rev. Al Fiene, former Army chaplain, will provide the invocation and benediction.

The Legion Auxiliary will give a floral tribute, followed by the setting of the cross and a 30-second silent tribute to deceased veterans.

The Legion firing squad will fire a salute honoring the dead. The Lester Prairie High School Band will play patriotic music.

The Memorial Day address will be presented by Van and Leeann Karg of Hutchinson.

Van served in the Army from 1965 to 1967, including service in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. He received a gunshot wound Jan. 12, 1967 which made him eligible to be a member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He has served that organization in numerous capacities over the years.

He is currently serving as adjutant/treasurer for the Hutchinson Area DAV Chapter 37 and DAV State Judge Advocate for Minnesota.

LeeAnn and Van have been married for 48 years. LeeAnn is a life member of the VFW Auxiliary and has served as its president. She is a life member of the Military Order of Purple Auxiliary, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. LeeAnn just completed her year as the DAV Auxiliary National Commander, 2014/15. She is currently adjutant/treasurer of the local DAV Auxiliary Hutchinson Area Unit 37, state adjutant for MN DAV Auxiliary, and is the National DAV Auxiliary scholarship chairman.

The 2016 Boys State representative will recite General Logan’s Orders; and the Girls State representative will read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Taps will be played.

Legionaires, fire and police departments are welcome to attend a potluck at the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club following the program.

New Germany/Mayer

The New Germany American Legion Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Crow River Cemetery in New Germany, followed by stops at 9:20 a.m. at the Methodist Cemetery in Mayer, 9:30 a.m. at Zion Cemetery in Mayer, and 10 a.m. at St. John Cemetery in Hollywood.

There will be a program at St. Mark Cemetery in New Germany beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The speaker will be Pastor Leroy LaPlant from St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, who is also the chaplain for New Germany Legion Post 601.

No Processing Fees for Winstock Online Orders Ends May 31st


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HLWW to discuss senior class incentives

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Discussion about incentives for senior class students is one item on the agenda for the Monday, May 23 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting, which will start at 6 p.m. in the high school media center.

A few other topics include transportation, budget items, activity passes, iPads vs. Chromebooks, and special election costs.

Look for coverage in the Monday, May 30 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Princess Kay finalists selected

MINNESOTA – Twelve Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists were announced May 15 at St. Cloud State University, as follows: Kelly Berg, 20, Olmsted County; Haley Hinrichs, 18, Goodhue County; Makaila Klejeski, 18, Dodge County; Morgan Krause, 18, Wright County; Annette Kyllo, 23, Olmsted County; Kayla Leiding, 19, Fillmore County; Sabrina Portner, 19, Brown County; Kiersten Sabolik, 18, Douglas County; Kelly Schouviller, 19, Becker County; Meghan Skiba, 19, Isanti County; Emily Stocker, 18, Scott County; and Stephanie Sukalski, 19, Mower County.

Princess Kay Finalists 2016
Princess Kay Finalists 2016

PHOTO GALLERY: Waverly’s Woitalla Fishing Day

WAVERLY, MN – Picture-perfect weather made for a peaceful afternoon on Waverly Lake May 18. Fourth-graders from Humphrey Elementary and Winsted Elementary spent time learning to fish during the annual Woitalla Day event May 18. Click here for the photo gallery. 

Select photos will be printed in the May 23 edition of the Herald Journal.