McLEOD, WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Nintendo’s Pokémon Go dropped in the App Store Wednesday, July 6. Immediately, it picked up popularity around the country – including local communities.
This game makes players physically move around in order to capture animated creatures in “Pokéballs.”
“It’s a lot of fun, and I’ve gone outside a lot more,” said Donavon Decker of Howard Lake. “It’s also a way to meet new people.”
Some may believe this game to be a great motivator for people to get exercise, but others have seen some safety issues arise when players become unaware of their surroundings.
The Winsted Police Department, for example, has recently observed several people playing Pokémon Go and nearly walking into traffic, and trespassing on private property.
“The police department would like to remind people who are playing these games that they cannot go onto private property without permission, and if they do so, they may be charged with a crime,” Police Chief Justin Heldt noted. “Please pay attention while walking up to – and across – roadways, to avoid being struck by a vehicle.”
Donavon Decker and Dylan Borrell were spotted playing Pokémon Go in Howard Lake a week after the game was released. They said they are careful to stay safe while playing, always using sidewalks and staying on public property.
HENDERSON, MN – Have you tried zip lining? Kerfoot Canopy Tour in Henderson, MN is a neat place to go.
I (Starrla Cray) went yesterday with my husband and sister, and it was the best day ever. Make sure your sound is up when you watch the video – My sister is a little bit scared at the beginning, and it’s pretty funny!
Look for a feature story about our experience in the “Fall Destinations” section of the Monday, Aug. 29 edition of Herald Journal.
WAVERLY, MN – Phyllis Lundeen, the Wright County Heart Safe Communities coordinator for Allina Health at Buffalo Hospital, presented a Heart Safe Community designation to the City of Waverly at Tuesday’s council meeting.
This award was created in 2010 at Allina Health as a way to work with communities to help them become better prepared for cardiac emergencies.
Waverly’s initiative in this work was led by Waverly Firefighter Chad Engler. He was assisted by Anthony Bury, also with the Waverly Fire Department.
Engler organized donations from local businesses, non-profit organizations, and community members to add five more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which are used to restore regular heart rhythm during a cardiac arrest.
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Wright County Community Action (WCCA) Emergency Food Shelf located at 411 Elm Ave, Waverly is getting a face lift. WCCA is hosting community work days Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are welcome for a couple of hours or the whole day. Individuals and families are welcome to join WCCA for building painting Sunday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (320) 963-6500 or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend the Community Service Day for further details.
HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Several area girls who were recent ambassadors for their hometown will be attending the Minneapolis Aquatennial, Wednesday, July 20 thorugh Saturday, July 23.
The Aquatennial Ambassador coronation will take place at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 South 4th Street in Minneapolis, Saturday, July 23 at 4 p.m.
Local girls planning to attend include Destine Butturff, Grace Nelson, Maria Jaros, Kassandra Scherping, and Maria Zaske.
During the coronation, each of the 56 candidates for the 2017 Minneapolis Aquatennial Crown will introduce themselves.
Other events the girls may be involved in are the Senior Ambassador Coronation, Commodore’s Dinner, and Community Luncheon.