Archive for Waverly

HLWW community concert Wednesday, Oct. 24

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – HLWW Public Schools invite all senior citizens from the area to a free choir and jazz band concert at 1 p.m. at the high school.
Also, there will be some special performances from the cast of the musical “Honk,” as well as some ensembles.
Refreshments will follow in the commons area. For more information, call (320) 543-4600. The event is sponsored by Laker Pride.

HLWW School Board to discuss Wright Technical Center

WRIGHT, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – One item on the agenda for the Monday, Oct. 23 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting is discussion about the Wright Technical Center in Buffalo.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the high school media center.

Look for coverage in the Friday, Oct. 27 edition of the Herald Journal.

Wright County Sheriff issues scam warning

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has issued a scam warning to retailers throughout the county, stating in a press release that fraud, scams, and identity theft continues to be a growing problem, evident by reports being filed in the county and surrounding communities.

Many people reporting scams to the sheriff’s office have either fallen victim to or have been targeted by scammers. Many other victims do not report becoming a victim of a scam because they may be embarrassed that they fell for a scam in the first place.

Suspects committing these crimes are many times not only outside of Wright County, but outside of the United States, making the investigation into these crimes extremely difficult. Suspects often use untraceable phone numbers and email addresses, and have become more and more creative in covering their tracks.

These scams have many commonalities. One of the most common ways a scammer requests to be paid is via gift cards because they are not easily traced and can be used anywhere, including online. These cards can vary between prepaid debit cards to cards for online merchants such as iTunes, Amazon, and Google. Many victims of scams will often be directed by the suspect to purchase several thousands of dollars worth of gift cards and then send the gift card numbers as payment. The use of gift cards is not just limited to scams but also the most common form of purchase by persons utilizing fraudulent credit cards. Many times suspects utilizing fraudulent or stolen credit cards will purchase large amounts of gift cards using several different cards until one is accepted.

The sheriff’s office is asking all retailers to remain aware of these criminal activities and to report any suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office or local police department. If retail employees notice someone purchasing a large amount of gift cards, they may be dealing with a victim of a scam. Oftentimes, victims are members of the older population. Many of the victims do not realize they are victims until after they have made payment to the suspect and, by then, it is often too late to help them get their money back.

Members of the public should not be afraid to ask questions or call law enforcement if needed. All employees should be given this information and reminded they may be able to help a victim of a scam by simply asking them if their purchase of gift cards is being made willingly or directed by someone else. If an individual feels there may be a victim or a scam in a store and is not comfortable asking them these questions, he or she may call the sheriff’s office or local police department.

The sheriff’s office appreciates the public’s assistance regarding this very important matter.

New doctor joins Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Dr. Noah Retka, Hutchinson Health’s newest family medicine physician, loves helping families get well and stay well.

He and his wife both grew up in rural Minnesota and are happy to return to a rural lifestyle.  They have two young children and are excited to raise their family here.

In his free time, Retka enjoys working on home improvement projects, wood working, and being outdoors.

Retka studied chemistry at St John’s University. He was then a laboratory technician at the Mayo Clinic for a number of years. Seeking challenge, he attended medical school at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. He participated in the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP), spending the third year of medical school in Duluth. He then did his residency in family medicine in St Cloud.

Retka enjoys caring for patients of all ages.  He does many in-office procedures, including vasectomies, joint injections, skin biopsies, IUD placement/removal, and Nexplanon placement/removal. Wellness exams for patients of all ages, as well as sports physicals, are some of the many aspects of his practice.  He has also been working in Urgent Care.

“I chose family medicine for the breadth and variety,” he said. “I enjoy caring for all members of the family and believe that an awareness of family relationships leads to more comprehensive care.  My philosophy is that patients are best served by being active participants in their care and that my role is to make recommendations to help my patients reach their goals; I am not here to nag, but want my patients to understand the recommendations that we make.”

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Dr. Noah Retka cares for patients of all ages at Hutchinson Health.

HLWW crowns homecoming royalty – photo gallery now online


HLWW – Homecoming royalty was crowned in a Wizard of Oz, “There’s No Place Like Home” themed celebration this afternoon.  Candidates and other students enjoyed goofy games, a slide-show retrospective, and the anticipation of seeing where the royal crowns were going to land.

Kaitlyn Decker, Chase Lange, Noah Bundrock and Jenna Benson will reign over tonight’s homecoming football game.

To see more pictures from the coronation, visit the Herald Journal photo gallery here:

Watch for the October 13 edition of the Herald Journal for more homecoming highlights.

Staff additions to be discussed at HLWW meeting Monday

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – The Monday, Oct. 9 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting agenda includes discussion about additional special education staff, as well as an FFA assistant and a KLKR assistant.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the high school media center. Look for coverage in the Friday, Oct. 13 edition of the Herald Journal.

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