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New group is kickin’ chronic conditions

WINSTED – Instead of letting chronic conditions get the best of them, a new group is kickin’ sickness to the curb.

“It’s an open meeting,” said the group’s founder, Tish Kroeger. “All we’re trying to do is be a resource for people [who are suffering], and for those who love them.”

The official name of the group is “Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names.”  Currently, meetings are at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Crazi Coffee in downtown Winsted. Check the group’s Facebook page for updates.

People with any chronic condition – physical or mental – are welcome.

“We maintain confidentiality,” Kroeger said. “When I start the meeting, I remind everyone that anything said here doesn’t leave here. It’s a safe space.”

During the meeting (which usually lasts one hour), participants can share as much, or as little, as they’d like. Some meetings center on a specific discussion topic, while others feature an outside speaker. Speakers could be anyone from massage therapists, to acupuncturists, to physical therapists.

“The support has been phenomenal,” said Kroeger, who has also been contacting authors of books about chronic conditions.

Kroeger got the idea to start a support group after she was diagnosed with a chronic illness one year ago.

“I thought, instead of driving to the cities [to join a group], why don’t I start one?” she recalled.

Kroeger wrote to Amy Kurtz, an author and health coach who has learned to manage multiple health conditions. Kurtz donated copies of her book, “Kicking Sick,” which are now on display at Crazi Coffee.

Since then, a library of self-help books has been added to the shelf.

“People can take them as long as they want and read them,” Kroeger said. Also, anyone who has a helpful book they’d like to donate can contact the group for details.

To learn more about Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names, email, or find the group on Facebook.

Tish Kroeger has started a support group for people with chronic illnesses and their loved ones. The group can be reached at or through Facebook, under “Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names (Support Group).”

Tish Kroeger has started a support group for people with chronic illnesses and their loved ones. The group can be reached at or through Facebook, under “Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names (Support Group).”

Good Neighbor Days photo gallery is now online

Howard Lake’s Good Neighbor Days may be over for 2017, but you can re-live the memories at the photo gallery.  Click this link to check it out.

Congratulations to Howard Lake’s new royalty!

HOWARD LAKE – The City of Howard Lake officially crowned a new royal court this evening.  Shelbi Johnson (right) is the city’s New Miss Howard Lake, and Natelee Gillmore Is Howard Lake Princess.  For complete coverage of Good Neighbor Days 2017, see the June 30 edition of the Herald Journal.


Concern raised over dog kennel near Howard Lake

MIDDLEVILLE TOWNSHIP, MN – A dog kennel at 1297 County Road 6 SW north of Howard Lake was a controversial topic at the June 13 Middleville Township meeting.

On a 4-1 vote, township officials voted to authorize attorney Troy Gilchrist to write a resolution for a conditional use permit (CUP) that would allow no more than 20 adult dogs (6 months or older).

Voting in favor were Walt Barlow, James Raymond, James Jacobson, and Dan Kyllonen. Voting against was Judy Forst.

According to draft meeting minutes, the resolution would allow operation seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Barking noise would need to be well-controlled.

The business, Celebrity Roscoe/Raven Kennels, is operated by Colton Kruzel of Cokato and former Vikings football player Tyrone Carter of Minnetonka. The property is owned by Kruzel’s father.

Celebrity Roscoe/Raven Kennels began about three years ago, and Kruzel previously stated he was not aware of the need for a permit until recently. Kruzel also said he and Carter both visit the kennel daily in order to take care of the animals.

In the draft meeting minutes, Kruzel stated that he started with two dogs (American Pitbull terriers). As of the June 13 meeting, he had 14 adult dogs, nine 2-week old puppies, and five 6-day-old puppies.

Kruzel stated that he is raising the dogs as family pets, and customers go to the property by appointment, one at a time.

There was “much concern from the public about the large number of dogs,” the draft minutes stated.

Melissa Shelton of rural Howard Lake shared her concerns via email Wednesday, stating, “I personally do not wish for any sort of puppy mill activity to exist in our community. It does not matter if it were poodles or pitbulls. This sort of breeding operation, with this many dogs, is disturbing.”

Shelton is a holistic veterinarian whose career is currently dedicated to teaching, writing, and researching complementary medicine. Although active in the veterinary community, she does not take patients in the traditional sense at this time.

Shelton said she plans to work on a petition regarding the kennel operations in order to give more people an opportunity to be heard.

As a public service, Shelton noted that anyone who would like to issue a statement about the kennel (for or against) is welcome to contact the Crow River Animal Hospital at (320) 286-3277.

In an email earlier this week, Barlow stated, “Our responsibility is to make sure the operation has adequate measures in place for the cleanliness and health of the animals, environment, and township members. It is an operation that falls within approved businesses listed in our and the county’s planning and zoning regulations. Thus, it cannot be denied by innuendoes and supposition as to the end-use of the animals.”

Before a CUP is issued, the operation will be inspected, Barlow added.

A vote regarding the CUP will likely be on the agenda for Middleville Township’s Tuesday, July 11 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the township hall.

Editor’s note: This article was written with the use of draft (unapproved) meeting minutes.

Habitat 500 Bike Ride slated July 9 – July 16

VICTORIA, MN – For 25 years, the Habitat 500 Bike Ride has sent cyclists across Minnesota, biking 500 miles to raise funds and awareness to help Habitat for Humanity build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

This year, the ride will take place from Sunday, July 9 through Saturday, July 15.

Cyclists will begin in Victoria, with overnight stops in Hutchinson, Sauk Rapids, Forest Lake, and Cannon Falls before returning to Victoria.

The second day of the ride, Monday, July 10 will take riders through Mayer. Riders will stop at Zion Lutheran Church between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. to eat and rest.

For more details, see the June 23 issue of the Herald Journal.

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Good Neighbor Days Medallion Hunt Clue Number Two

Here’s clue number two:

Located in a public space,

An easy search won’t be the case,

Might be by water, might be by land,

You will be able to find it by hand.

If found call Cindy at 320-543-2209