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HLWW School District middle school to have secured entrances


Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District has made safety, security, and technology a priority for the new middle school building, currently under construction.

Entrances to the new building will include a secured vestibule, which will have an intercom system and surveillance cameras.

Visitors will be required to press a call button to request access to the building.

A secretary will have the ability to screen visitors and grant access remotely.

Visitors will be required to walk through the office during school hours.

HLWW staff will be issued swipe cards, which will be part of a system that will record who has accessed the building and when.

The district is looking into the possibility of also having swipe cards for community members who will be using the gymnasium or walking track, according to Sellner.

For full story, see Aug. 4 issue.

Wildcats will be in Region 7C playoff action today (Thur., July 31)

The Winsted Wildcats will play the first game of the Region 7C Tournament today (Thursday, July 31) in Brownton. Winsted will face the Young America Cardinals, game time is early at 5:30 p.m.

Luce Line State Trail paving planned for 2015

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – One year from now, it’s likely that paving of the Luce Line State Trail from Winsted to McLeod County Road 115 west of Hutchinson will be underway.

The plan is to seek bids in February, and start paving in spring/summer 2015.

Look for the full story in the Monday, Aug. 4 edition of the Herald Journal.

Joanne Kautz shares Holy Trinity preschool teaching memories

WINSTED, MN – When children step into Joanne Kautz’ classroom, any apprehension about their first day of preschool tends to melt away pretty fast.

“I do all kinds of special things for the kids,” said Joanne, who founded Holy Trinity’s preschool program in the mid-1980s.

Look for Joanne’s story in Monday, Aug. 4 edition of the Herald Journal.


HLWW fall sports eligibility meeting set for Aug. 7

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School fall sports eligibility meeting will take place in the auditorium at the high school Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Any student in grades seven through 12 planning on participating in a sport this year needs to attend, with their parents or guardian.

At this meeting, eligibility rules, insurance forms, and athletic fees will be addressed.

Parents and athletes should complete all paperwork required for the upcoming season at this time. They can also get forms online at the HLWW website at

Fall coaches will be available to meet and discuss practice times and distribute schedules.

Athletes will not be allowed to practice until all paperwork and fees are taken care of with the high school office. Students will then be given a participation slip to give to their coach.

Athletes who do not turn in the required paperwork and fees will not be allowed to practice.

HLWW Board considers adjusting MAWSECO lease


Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board agreed to begin negotiations with Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative Organization (MAWSECO) at its meeting last Monday, in regards to leasing the north end of the current middle school building after the new middle school is complete.

“The original plan was to keep the elementary side for MAWSECO, but now they want the newer end, with a long-term lease,” Superintendent Brad Sellner noted.

Following a facilities committee meeting, MAWSECO decided the newer end will fit its needs more appropriately, after some renovations.

“Special needs students need activity, so we looked into how to proceed most effective and efficiently,” MAWSECO Director Janelle Bullard said.

MAWSECO is proposing a flow-through type funding, in which HLWW School District will provide financing for renovations, and the financed amount will be billed to MAWSECO over a 10-15 year period through its lease.

For full story, see Aug. 4 issue.