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New Germany City Council to discuss Trophy Lake Estates property

NEW GERMANY, MN – New Germany City Council will discuss the Trophy Lake Estates property during its Tuesday, March 3 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include the city’s sanitation contract and staff reports.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

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Winsted to look at Campbell Field proposals March 3

WINSTED, MN – Campbell Field in Winsted will likely see some upgrades this year, and the Winsted City Council plans to look at two improvement proposals at its Tuesday, March 3 work session.

The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Lewis Room of Winsted City Hall. The regular council meeting will follow, beginning at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.

Items on the regular agenda include abatement of hazardous conditions at 121 Baker Ave. E., the purchase of a new street sweeper, and a police department update.

Look for coverage of both meetings in the Monday, March 9 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Citizen expresses concern to HLWW regarding employment action

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Ruth Dalbec, the mother of a paraprofessional who used to work with special education children at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School, attended the school board work session Feb. 23 hoping to address a decision the board made at its Feb. 9 meeting.

Dalbec distributed a letter to the school board, but a copy was not made available to the public.

According to draft meeting minutes, the school board denied Dalbec’s request to speak on the subject, but offered her the opportunity to express her concerns to Superintendent Brad Sellner the following day.

Dalbec’s concerns stem from the Feb. 9 school board meeting, when members met in closed session to discuss allegations made against an employee.

After the closed session, the board opened the meeting to pass a resolution “relating to the employment of the employee identified in the attachment hereto.”

The board did not provide the attachment or the name of the employee, but Herald Journal later received a letter to the editor from Rev. Mark Reiff, interim pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, defending the employee, whom he named as Shannon Dalbec.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office jail census, Shannon was charged with driving while intoxicated, and booked at the jail Jan. 19. Through a work-release commitment, she had been able to continue her employment at HLWW. The end of her sentence was listed as Monday, March 16.

In a phone interview Feb. 27, Ruth said the action taken against Shannon doesn’t make sense to her, and she thinks the vote would have been different if she could have spoken to the board on Shannon’s behalf.

“She’s had such high praise from parents and thank-you calls for the work she’s done with the kids,” Ruth said.

Ruth said Shannon requested to file a grievance with the teachers union, and the union has accepted her request.

Look for more coverage of the Feb. 23 HLWW work session in the Monday, March 2 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Don’t forget to vote – Township elections and annual meetings Tuesday, March 10

WRIGHT, McLEOD, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Victor, Middleville, Woodland, and Marysville townships will be electing new officials Tuesday, March 10.

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. An annual meeting will take place at each township hall following the election.

Victor Township

Where to vote: Victor Township Hall, 8718 90th St. SW, Howard Lake.

Who’s up for election:

David Hoover’s term as supervisor is up, along with Sean Groos’ term as treasurer.

Groos re-filed for the treasurer position, and David Glessing and Ryan Bakeberg filed for the supervisor position.

Middleville Township

Where to vote: Middleville Township Hall, 3014 Co. Rd. 6 SW, Howard Lake.

Who’s up for election:

Judy Forst re-filed for the two-year treasurer position, and Jim Jacobson re-filed for the three-year supervisor position. Both candidates are running unopposed.

Woodland Township

Where to vote: Woodland Township Hall, 9065 Clementa Ave. SW, Montrose.

Who’s up for election:

Woodland Township features two open seats, including the supervisor position of Dan Domjahn and the treasurer position of Paula Wood Lavigne.

Both incumbents re-filed and are running unopposed.

Marysville Township

Where to vote: Marysville Township Hall, 3733 Dempsey Ave. SW, Waverly.

Who’s up for election:

Jane Hurley is running for supervisor, to fill the remaining year in the position previously held by Dick Sawatzke. (Sawatzke passed away in June 2014, and Hurley had been appointed to his seat.)

The three-year supervisor position of Augie Riebel is also up, and Riebel has re-filed. There were no other filings.

Annual meetings without elections

Some area townships conducted their elections in the fall. These townships still have an annual meeting Tuesday, March 10.

• Bergen Twp. – 8 p.m. at the Bergen Town Hall, 16595 Babcock Ave., Lester Prairie.

• Hollywood Twp. – 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Town Hall, one block east of the Hollywood Sports Complex on County Road 122.

• Watertown Twp. – 7 p.m. at the Watertown Township Office, 3580 Co. Rd. 10 N., Watertown.

• Camden Twp. – 7 p.m. at the Camden Township Hall, 315 State Ave. S., New Germany.

• Winsted Twp. – 8 p.m. in the Vollmer Room at the Winsted City Hall, at 201 1st St. N.

HLWW FFA advances to national competition


Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA’s food science team has earned at spot at the FFA 2015 national competition this fall after placing first in the State Food Science Career Development Event (CDE) competition that took place at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) Feb. 20.

The team, made up of Abbey Weninger, Keith Lent, Maddie Weninger, and Lauren Painschab, was first assigned to create a new flavor for an existing product, an energy bar called Larabar.