Archive for Happenings

Fireworks over Winsted Lake Friday, Aug. 7

WINSTED, MN – A fireworks display will take place in Winsted Friday, Aug. 7.

Fireworks go off in the middle of Winsted Lake allowing a great show anywhere around the lake.

 Organizers ask the public to please respect social distance regulations and find a spot around the lake Friday night Aug 7. Start time 9:30 p.m. (In case of inclement weather, fireworks will be Saturday 9:30 p.m.)
The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce appreciates the sponsors who put on this show – AWI Manufacturing – Millerbernd Manufacturing and Security Bank and Trust.
The show will be visible from anywhere around the lake.

McLeod County Veteran Services offers free legal services for low income veterans

McLEOD County – McLeod County Veteran Services and Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans encourages veterans to participate in a free legal clinic. Assistance provided includes: housing, employment, benefits, debt collection, expungement, and family law including child support.

The event takes place Wed., July 29,  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McLeod County Environmental Services Building, 1065 5th Avenue SE, Hutchinson.

Anyone with questions about the clinic may call McLeod County Veterans Services at 320-864-1268.

Wright County Parks & Recreation offers Family Fishing Clinic Saturday, July 18

WRIGHT COUNTY – The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department will be co-hosting a Family Fishing Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 18, at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Monticello.

The clinic will be presented by Minnesota Trout Unlimited, which conducts similar clinics throughout the state. A limited number of spots are available and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Wright County Parks & Recreation at The cost of the clinic is $5 per person.

To learn more information about Minnesota Trout Unlimited, go to its website at

Wright County Sherrif postpones National Night Out

WRIGHT COUNTY – Due to the current situation with COVID-19, and with a recommendation from National Night Out administrators, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office announces that the National Night Out event that typically takes place in August, will be postponed until Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

The Sheriff’s Office strongly believes in the community-building opportunity that National Night Out provides. For more information on National Night Out, visit  Anyone who has questions about the Sheriff’s Office role in National Night Out is encouraged to contact Sgt. Brian Johnson at

New Germany Dutchmen playing ball all weekend

NEW GERMANY – The New Germany Dutchmen have three games slated for this weekend.

Tonight, Friday, June 19, the team plays at Cologne at 7:30 p.m.

The team takes the field at home against Hamburg Saturday, June 20 at 2 p.m.

The Dutchmen close out the weekend at home against Young America Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m.

Cokato City Swimming pool among few to open this summer

COKATO – The Cokato City Swimming Pool will open Monday, June 22.

In order to follow state guidelines regarding COVID-19, the City of Cokato is adjusting pool rules and operations,  and adjustments will be made as needed throughout the season.

Each day will be divided into “blocks” of time.  It will cost $2 per person, per each swim block.

Family and bonus passes are not available this year.  Cash and checks are the forms of accepted payment.

No toys, noodles, or floaties will be allowed.  Swim goggles and life jackets are permitted.

Social distancing of six feet between people will be observed, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s current guidelines.

Upon pool entrance, patrons will be asked to respond to a short COVID-19 symptoms questionnaire.

The maximum capacity of the pool facility is 40 people.

Safety breaks of 10 minutes will be required hourly.

Swim blocks are divided like this: Monday through Saturday: noon to 1:50; 2 to 3:30; 4 to 5:50; and 6 to 8 p.m.

Sunday: 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m.

All swimmers must exit the pool facility at the end of their swim block.  Pool area sanitizing will take place during swimming block changes.

After new waiting patrons are allowed to enter, if capacity limits allow, previous swimmers may re-enter once they pay for a second swim block.