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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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McLeod County to Test the CodeRED Community Notification System

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – The McLeod County Emergency Notification System, CodeRED, will be tested on March 25, 2020 at 10:00am to validate telephone numbers in the McLeod County’s database. Here’s what you need to know:

  • There is no need to take action if you receive the call. Emergency personnel are merely testing the system to ensure it is operational as needed, and to encourage additional residents to enroll to receive future notifications.
  • This process helps us continually improve the system. Testing increases the efficiency of the system and speed at which notifications will be delivered during an actual emergency.
  • Visit our website to update contact information. If your phone number is not in the database, you will not receive a call when we do launch an important notification.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to visit our website and update their contact information, in particular those individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number,” according to Kevin Mathews, McLeod County Emergency Management Director. “The more residents who actively add or update their contact information in the emergency database, the better able we are to protect people and property.”

The CodeRED system allows McLeod County officials to effectively reach residents and personnel by using the system’s capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages and emails to inform residents and better protect life and property.

Mathews urges citizens to visit the McLeod County website at and click on CodeRED under the Quick Links section or text mcleodalert to 99411. Questions regarding signing up should be directed to Craig Rossow, McLeod County Emergency Management Deputy Director at (320) 864-1725.

Winsted council adjusts time, location for work session

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted City Council moved the time for its Tuesday, March 24 meeting from 5 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and changed the location from the Lewis Room to the Vollmer Room.

Agenda items for the work session include continuation of operations planning and an emergency declaration related to COVID-19; and a Phase II environmental assessment for 231 Main Ave. W.

The regular city council meeting will follow at 6 p.m. Agenda items include business financing for the Millerbernd Manufacturing redevelopment project; promenade improvements in conjunction with the Winsted Garden Club; and an organization report from the Winsted Lake Association.

March 20 statement from Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko regarding response to COVID-19

WINSTED, MN – Dear Winsted Community,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread around the globe, and efforts to slow its transmission and minimize its damage has caused significant impacts. Measures to slow its spread have disrupted residents’ ability to work, go to school, participate in activities and interact with friends.

These critical steps to maintain distance from one another are uncomfortable, but experts at the state and national levels have determined that they are our best means of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and preventing our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. We appreciate everyone’s commitment to working together as a city, and we assure you that your city leadership is committed to doing everything in their power to maintain the health and safety of residents and to provide essential services to the Winsted community.

A COVID-19 Response Team, comprised of Police Chief, Justin Heldt, Fire Chief, Troy Scherping, City Administrator, Adam Birkholz and Mayor, Steve Stotko, have been meeting regularly to review the situation and respond in coordination with county, state and federal agencies. At this point, the city will continue to operate and provide essential services to the Winsted community; however, some non-essential services could be modified or suspended in the future. The City will provide updates, should there be any changes.

City meetings that are considered essential will continue to be held, and those that are not will be postponed or canceled. Seating adjustments have already been made in the Council Chambers so that members of the public who attend meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission and other governing bodies can maintain a minimum six-foot separation. If you are unable to attend a City meeting due to illness or if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please submit your public comments in advance to the City Administrator, Adam Birkholz via telephone at (320) 485-2366 or via e-mail at

Again, we thank everyone for taking this matter seriously and being part of the effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19. Please stay safe and healthy, and most of all don’t panic. This is a dynamic situation, and City staff will continue to keep residents informed.

Steve Stotko Mayor