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Hutchinson Health Announces New President

Hutchinson, Minn. – Hutchinson Health announced today that James Lyons has been named president of Hutchinson Health. Lyons, who has been with Hutchinson Health since 1996, brings deep experience in hospital and clinic leadership.

Lyons has served in multiple roles in Hutchinson Health, most recently as the chief of clinic operations. In these roles, he has worked to integrate Hutchinson Health’s hospital and medical group, develop a culture of quality improvement and build strong partnerships in the community.

“We are excited for Jim to step into this new role,” said Andrea Walsh, president and CEO, HealthPartners. “In his 20-plus years at Hutchinson Health, Jim has been committed to improving the health and quality of life for the people of Hutchinson and the surrounding communities. He’s a great addition to a team of 26,000 colleagues working together to make care simpler and more affordable.”

Lyons is a past board member for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and continues to serve as a member of their audit and finance committee. He also spent eight years as a steering committee member for Heart of Hutch and has been a board member and Vice Chair of the I.J. Burich Family Foundation for the past 10 years.

Lyons will begin his new role on April 12. He replaces Dr. Steve Mulder, who announced his retirement from the position last August after more than 24 years with the organization, including the last 10 years as president and CEO.

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Winsted City Council to discuss emergency response training

WINSTED, MN – Winsted City Council will discuss emergency response training during its Tuesday, March 19 meeting. Other items on the agenda include repair of drains in the police garage, the Winsted Summer Festival, and an organization report from the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at city hall.

Prior to the regular meeting, the council will conduct a workshop meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Items on the agenda include a Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Relief Association pension request., a People Service agreement, and agreement with Skydive Twin Cities. and Winsted Summer Festival.


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Gymnastics 2018-19 Year in Review


Sports Editor

The 2018-19 DC gymastics season was an up-and-down affair.

The Chargers entered their second season under head coach Alex Halonen (nee Wente) with high hopes after a 2017-18 campaign that had no senior graduates.

Unfortunately, the team was bitten by the injury bug all season, impeding their team progress and scores.

However, a number of younger gymnasts stepped up to gain valuable varsity experience, which bodes well for future seasons.

The Chargers will graduate two seniors this season, in Marianna Aho and Megan Nelson.

DC will especially have a tough time filling the spot of Nelson, a four-year starter on varsity.

Nelson was the highest all-around finisher at the section tournament, finishing in 12th place. She also finished tops on the team in two individual events.

Nelson and eighth-grader Lauren Abfalter were both named All-Conference for the Wright County Conference.

The team also received the Section 6A Gold Award for the third straight year.

Wente provided the following comments for the 2017-18 season.

Season record: 4-6 in regular season. Placed 7th at sections out of 10.

We were pleased with this finish, as there was a wide spread of points between each place.


• Marianna Aho – will be continuing her education at Gustavus Aldolphus, where she will study to be a nurse. We will miss her free spirit in the gym, and we thank her for her years of commitment to DC Charger Gymnastics.

• Megan Nelson – will be continuing her education at Southwest Minnesota State, where she will study social work, as well as continue her diving career. We are grateful for her time competing as a DC Charger, and will miss her contagious energy!

Highlights this past season:

Overall the team had great depth on each event. The girls all added more difficulty into their routines and also satisfied more routine requirements.

Although our goal of breaking the team record was not accomplished, there was  a lot of improvement made this year in routines and performance. When adding harder skills in routines and fulfilling requirements to earn a higher start value, you also open the door for more deductions.


• Marianna Aho

• Megan Nelson

• Madeline Pokornowski

• Lauren Abfalter

• Randi Bayerl

• Kianna Anderson

Award Winners:

• All-Conference: Megan Nelson, Lauren Abfalter

• Section 6A Gold Academic Award (team)


• Megan Nelson

• Marianna Aho

Captains Next Season:

• Kianna Anderson

• Randi Bayerl

• Madeline Pokornowski

Looking Ahead to Next Year: Next season we hope to start off strong and come into the gym prepared. We will have the same goal as last year, beating the team record. We are hopeful that injuries will not be as prominent next year as they were this year. We are all  excited for what we can accomplish with out veteran gymnasts  and our first year competitors!

Final thoughts: We are very excited to continue adding difficulty into our routines on all events. We are also very pleased with the participants with DC Tumblers (our community ed program) and hope to continue to grow and make our DC Chargers as competitive  as they can be!

Luce Line State Trail closed to horses March 18 – May 15

WINSTED, MN – The horse trail along the Luce Line State Trail, from Vicksburg Lane in Plymouth to the city of Winsted, will be closed from March 18 to May 15. The closure is intended to prevent damage to the trail from wet conditions and frost coming out of the ground.

Signs will be posted on the horse trail notifying users of the trail closure. DNR conservation officers and local law enforcement officials will monitor compliance

The main track of the trail will remain open for permitted uses. Horseback riding is not permitted on the main part of the trail at any time.

The Luce Line State Trail is a 63 mile long former railroad grade developed for biking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and skiing. The limestone surfaced trail runs from Plymouth 30 miles west to Winsted, with a parallel treadway for horseback riding. From Winsted to Hutchinson, the trail is paved, from Hutchinson to Cedar Mills it is crushed granite, and from Cedar Mills to Cosmos it is a natural surface (mowed grass). Snowmobiles are allowed on the trail west of Stubb’s Bay Road.

Questions regarding the horse trail closure or any other trail-related issues can be directed to Rachel Hintzman, DNR area parks and trails supervisor, at 651-259-5875.

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LP School Board to discuss contract for superintendent search

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Board will discuss a contract with the Minnesota School Board Association for a superintendent search during its Monday, March 18 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include approval of an activities director/dean of students contract with Jeremiah Kramer for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, approval of the resignation of Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt effective June 30, and approval of the revised budget for the 2018-19 school year. The meeting will begin at 5:45 in the school media center.