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HLWW High School daily bulletin Thursday, April 23


LAKER BULLETIN – Thursday, April 23, 2015


ON THE MENU: Turkey/Gravy or Chicken Bites


SOFTBALL: The varsity and JV softball teams lost to Maple Lake last night. Today they play a double-header at Eden Valley-Watkins at 4:00. The bus leaves at 2:10, please excuse players at 2:00.


BASEBALL: The baseball team lost to Maple Lake last night. Today they have a home double-header against Eden Valley-Watkins at 4:00. Varsity plays at Memorial Field.


TRACK: The track team participates in the Maple Lake relay meet today at 4:00. The bus leaves at 2:40.


GIRLS GOLF: The girls golf team has a meet at Rockford (Shamrock Golf Course) today at 4:15. The bus will leave the middle school at 2:50.


SPRING PLAY: The spring play, Ax of Murder, will be performed this Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25th, at 7:30 pm at the high school auditorium.


YEARBOOK: The time has passed for Mr. Smith to order additional yearbooks if necessary. That means if you have not ordered your yearbook yet and want to guarantee you get one, you should order it today…EXTRAS CAN NO LONGER BE ORDERED. The remaining books will be on a first come, first serve basis and there are not many left. You can pay half now and half when the books arrive.


STUDENT COUNCIL DIAPER DRIVE: The student council is hosting a Diaper Drive this week, April 20 – 24th. Please bring in diapers, wipes and new pajamas to your 2nd hour class. All donations go to Wright County Crisis Nursery. The class that collects the most items will win “jungle” themed treats for Friday, May 1st! Bananas will be posted on the tree in the commons to reflect class collections throughout the week.


FFA: There is a meeting tomorrow during Laker Break in the Foods room for all FFA members.


METHOD TEST PREP CHALLENGE: All juniors are invited and encouraged to take place in the Method

Test Prep Challenge from now until April 27. Practice and prepare for the ACT test! Here are the specifics:

Junior Class Goal: Answer 15,000 questions at 50% accuracy (each question is worth a point)

Bonus/Deductions: Each 1% above 50% is good for 100 points; each 1% below 50% is a deduction of 100 pts

Individually: Answer 200 points to be eligible for prizes/drawings. For every additional 100 question

answered your name gets entered in to the drawing again.

Prizes: Fun, games and ice cream during advisory on May 5 and more to be revealed at a later date!

See Ms. Sperle-Berg or Mr. Moravec for more information!


TUESDAY, APRIL 28: Next Tuesday, April 28, the following is happening for the high school students:

Seniors: Senior Appreciation Day – non-attendance day for seniors

Juniors: ACT Test at the high school

Sophomores: Field Trip to Ridgewater Community College and tour of three local businesses

Freshmen: Field Trip to Dunwoody Institute


SENIOR QUILT: The senior quilt that is given away at After Prom is on display in the trophy case in the high school commons.

PROM: The prom committee needs help finding the following items for decorating grand march: 3 -4 nice benches and white Christmas lights. If you have any of these items that can be utilized in this year’s grand march, please contact Amanda Byrne at the high school ( Thank you!


PROM PICTURES: The sign-up for pictures with His Image Photography in now posted in the high school office. Picture forms are due by TOMORROW!


PROM COUPONS: There are coupons available in the high school office for tuxes, flowers and garters for prom.


SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarship information (available scholarships and deadlines) are available on Family Connection! Please keep checking there as new ones are added!


AFTER PROM COMMITTEE: This is a non-profit organization made up of volunteer parents that fundraise during the school year in order to provide a safe place for students to go after prom. Prom is May 2, 2015 this coming year. If you are interested in helping or being involved with this committee, please contact Nancy Decker-Miller (612-590-9287 or or Stacey Smida (612-203-9089 or


PARENTS/ACTIVITY PARTICIPANTS: Reminder that if a student will not be riding the bus to or from an event they need to have a “Contest Travel Release” form filled out, signed by the parent and on file in the activities office prior to dismissal of school on the day of the contest! This form is available in the high school office and online on the school’s Activity webpage.


ACTIVITY SCHEDULES: To find our activity schedules online go to the HLWW district website and click on “Activities”. Then in the middle of the page click on “Activities Schedule”. That will bring up the weekly schedule for all the activities. If you would like to view a season schedule for a specific activity, then find that activity on the right-hand side, check it and click “View”. There is also an “Activity Schedule Parent Guide” under the “Forms and Links” section of the Activities page for you to reference.


DAILY ACTIVITY LINE: For a voice message of the daily activity contests (high school and junior high), please call 320-543-3900 ext 7. This is will updated with any cancellations, postponements, etc as soon as they are known.


SUMMER STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING: The 2015 Summer Strength and Conditioning Program is for HLWW students entering 7-12th grade. The one-hour sessions will take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings in June and July at the high school track and weight room. More info and registration forms are located in the high school office and on the Activity page of the HLWW website. Session preference will be given in order of when the registration forms and payment are turned in.


FITNESS CENTER: The Fitness Center is closed due to remodeling.


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Thursday 4/23

TRACK @ Maple Lake



GIRLS GOLF @ Rockford

Friday 4/24

SOFTBALL @ Annandale


Sat. 4/25

SOFTBALL @ Maranatha




4/29/2015 Air Force Sgt. Gattis 11:30 am Commons

5/13/2015 Army Sgt. Batchman 11:30 am Commons

5/15/2015 Navy Irving Mendez 11:30 am Commons


Winsted Lake cleanup day May 2

WINSTED, MN – The public is invited to help beautify Winsted’s lakeshore at the spring cleanup event Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The group will meet at Mill Reserve Park (downtown near the lake), and will pick up debris and trash that has collected throughout the winter.

Afterward, a picnic lunch will be served at the park.

Look for a Center of Attention article about the Winsted Lake Watershed Association in the Monday, April 27 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

‘Nowhere to go but up’ for Winsted skydiving business

WINSTED, MN – Winsted officials are cautiously exploring the possibility of keeping skydiving in town under the ownership of Kristin Merritt, but they’re not jumping into a new agreement just yet.

Look for the full story in the Monday, April 27 edition of the Herald Journal. An excerpt is below:

Kristin Merritt (left) attended Tuesday’s Winsted City Council work session to discuss the possibility of operating the skydiving business at the Winsted airport under a new LLC and a new name – Skydive the Lakes.

Kristin Merritt (left) attended the April 21 Winsted City Council work session to discuss the possibility of operating the skydiving business at the Winsted airport under a new LLC and a new name – Skydive the Lakes.











At the April 21 Winsted City Council work session, Council Member Tom Ollig said that before approving anything, “We all want to see the new contract and what’s in it.”

He noted that he has no desire to put a local entity out of business because of what one person did, and that his aim is also to protect the city and the other hangar owners.

The “one person” he referred to is former Westside Skydivers owner Joe Johnson, who was indicted by a Colorado grand jury in March for his involvement in an extensive drug ring.

Merritt said she had been in a relationship with Johnson until about two years ago. After their relationship ended, she continued to be involved in Westside Skydivers, which has locations in Winsted and in Texas.

“I considered leaving, but I’ve been here since day one, and I’ve invested a lot of my own money into the business,” she said.

City Attorney Fran Eggert said Merritt has a restraining order against Johnson, preventing him from coming within 300 feet of her or the hangar where she works.

Council Member George Schulenberg noted he doesn’t want Johnson on the airport property at all, and Eggert responded that he has already e-mailed Johnson’s attorney, Brian Toder, to ask if this is a possibility.

Toder had also been representing Merritt, but Eggert said that is no longer the case. Eggert also noted that some people thought Merritt and Johnson had two children together. He explained that while Merritt does, in fact, have two children, they do not belong to Johnson.

Merritt said there were many things Johnson did that she did not agree with, and she hopes to start fresh.

For background on this story, see articles printed on page 1A of the March 30 and April 13 editions of the Herald Journal.

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Pork chop dinner at St. John’s Lutheran April 26

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Winsted will be hosting a pork chop dinner Sunday, April 26 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ponies and Popsicles Sat., April 25

TruHaven Ranch, Winsted will be hosting a fundraiser Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. – noon.

National Nursing Home Week May 10-16

WINSTED, MN – St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted will be celebrating National Nursing Home Week Sunday, May 10 through Saturday, May 16.

To see a Pet of the Month story featuring St. Mary’s “mascot” Lola, click here:

Pet of the Month is a series that runs in the last issue of Herald Journal each month. If you have an idea for a pet to feature, contact Starrla Cray at or (320) 485-2535.