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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Watertown-Mayer boys claw back, fall short to Dragons

LITCHFIELD — Trailing the Dragons on the road 41-31 midway through the second half, John Mueller and the Watertown-Mayer boys basketball team knew it would be an uphill battle to come out on top Friday. They put together a 15-5 run in the final few minutes to tie the game, but Litchfield’s timely three-pointer to break the stalemate 49-46 couldn’t be matched on a final Royal possession.

“Being down 10 points to Litchfield is really like being down 100,” Mueller said. “The timeouts Coach Janikula called really helped us down the stretch. It just helped us focus on what we had been doing well to that point — keeping up our ball movement. So we slowly worked our way back.”

The first time these two teams met, Watertown-Mayer embraced their best style of play — patient, halfcourt offense and gritty team defense. The Royals beat the Dragons at their own game that night, 42-31 in a grinder.

The first half of play Friday seemed like it would shake out the same way. Three-pointers by Mitchell Burns and Will Hensel put the Royals up 12-7 just seven minutes into the game, taking advantage of Litchfield’s collective tunnel vision guarding Mueller — something that many teams have attempted in the second half of the season. W-M is learning how to make their opponents pay for that decision with players stepping up into aggressive roles behind Mueller.

“That balance of scoring helps us stay in games,” Mueller said.

Now, the Royals aren’t a bona fide outside shooting team, and that’s no secret. Litchfield deployed a 2-3 zone at times and it forced the perimeter players to make tough decisions with the ball in spots they weren’t normally put in.

“I’m kind of surprised teams haven’t zoned us more,” head coach Kent Janikula said. “Kids have stepped up for us. Tonight they did everything they could to stop John, and they have the bodies to do it.”

Watertown-Mayer trailed at the break 25-21 thanks to a last-second triple from Dragon point guard Tyson Michels on a broken play — a play that was, pound-for-pound, the difference in the game. A strong opening to the second frame by Litchfield pushed the lead between seven and 10 points for a majority of the final 18 minutes.

After being hounded by two or three defenders when receiving the ball and not making a field goal in the first half, Mueller got into the teeth of the Litchfield zone and cashed in at the free throw line to kickstart his 10 points on the night, none more crucial than a wing three-pointer on a kickout from Albert Rundell that cut the Dragon lead from six to three with two minutes left.

Rundell then cut through the middle on the next possession and finished a three-point play to tie the game at 46 while the clock ticked under a minute. A strong defensive possession ended in a three-point make from Ben Alsleben to finalize the score at 49-46, Rundell’s last-second heave at the buzzer just missing.

“They made one more play than us. They have two really good players [in Avery Liestman and Michels],” Janikula said. “Some bounces didn’t go our way, but I thought we were light years ahead of Tuesday (a 36-33 loss to Rockford) in terms of our effort and competing.”

This matchup with Litchfield had its moments of opening up in terms of pace. When the Royals struggled to get clean looks against the zone, they used some Litchfield misses to run in transition and get a few points back. Knocking down six shots from beyond the arc added value to their scoring too. Being more comfortable in those aspects of offense will come in handy during the postseason, where it’s likely the Royals would face uptempo teams in Minneapolis North and Blake.

“It’s going to be quite the shift in the playoffs,” Janikula said. “We’re looking forward to opening up a little more now. It’s hard; our conference plays slower for the most part. A quick shot is basically a turnover against Litchfield. We have two more non-conference games left and I’m excited for those to see what we can do.”

The Royals will have to wait until next season to try for their first regular season sweep of Litchfield since 2017, but the grudge match this year is pretty likely in the Section 5AA quarterfinals; if the first two games are any indication, intensity and competition will be at peak levels.

“I’m really excited to hopefully play them again,” Mueller said. “I think they’re a great game for us.”

Burns scored a team-high 12 points, while Mueller added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rundell scored 11 with four rebounds and four assists, continuing to prove his playmaking ability at point guard with Wyatt McCabe slowly coming back to full strength off the bench.

Watertown-Mayer falls to 7-5 on the year with six games left, notably a rematch with Annandale sandwiched between non-league games against strong teams in Belle Plaine and Lester Prairie.

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DNR reminds anglers of fish house removal deadline March 1

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding area anglers that the fish house removal deadline is quickly approaching: it is Monday, March 1 for the southern two-thirds of Minnesota.
When you vacate the ice, remember: leave only an impression. Everything else is litter, and that’s not good for the water, the shoreline, or people’s images of ice anglers.
Please #BeGoodNATUREd and put your garbage where it belongs: in the trash.

Parks & Rec preparing for Monday, March 1 opening for campsite reservations

WRIGHT COUNTY – March 1 is the most active day of the year in the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department. It is the annual opening of reservations for campsites in Wright County parks, and most of the available spots fill up quickly. When the reservation portal of the Parks & Rec website will open at 8 a.m. Monday, March 1, the opening bell will go off and available campsites will start flying off the board.

Parks & Rec wants to get the word out to those looking to reserve campsites when the reservation period begins that it has a new registration software installed earlier this year that will render the old reservation policy moot. As a result, even those who have reserved the same campsites on the same weekends for years will have to create a new registration profile. There will likely be some who will be unaware of or struggle with the new system, so Parks & Rec has created a walk-through of the process, which is useful because anyone can fill out their profile now and be ready to go when 8 a.m. March 1 comes.

To learn more about the process, click here:

Anselment Honored for 33 Years in the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

WRIGHT COUNTY – In 1988, we were in the second term of the Reagan Administration, the Berlin Wall was still a year from coming down, fans of the Minnesota Twins were still celebrating their first World Series title in franchise history, the Internet wasn’t yet available to the public, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? dominated the box office and Guns N’ Roses topped the music charts with “Sweet Child o’ Mine.”

It was that same year that 22-year old Dan Anselment joined the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. At the Feb. 23 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, Anselment was honored with a retirement plaque for his 33 years of service to the residents of Wright County.

Sheriff Sean Deringer presented the plaque, saying that Anselment has forged friendships with and earned the respect of generations of his law enforcement colleagues over the years – leaving a legacy that has made a lasting imprint on Wright County.

“I think we as leaders in the organization recognize that the No. 1 asset of any business or organization is our personnel,” Deringer said. “Today we celebrate 33 years of Captain Anselment being present. I think that it stands as a testament that we have former sheriffs in the room, former members of the command staff, family and friends.”

Anselment is one of only two current members of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office that was hired by iconic former Sheriff Darrell Wolff, who died in office in 1989 and is the longest-tenured member of the Sheriff’s Office. Deringer said that every sheriff Anselment worked under has recognized his talent.

“Every sheriff (that followed) Sheriff Wolff saw value in Dan – what he was able to do and what he was able to accomplish,” Deringer said. “Sheriff (Don) Hozempa promoted him to sergeant. Sheriff (Gary) Miller promoted him to lieutenant. Sheriff (Joe) Hagerty promoted him to captain. I guess I’m the one that gets to kick him out the door.”

Deringer wasn’t the only one cracking jokes. Following the ceremony, Miller told Anselment why he promoted him, taking a page from Forrest Gump.

“The only reason I promoted you was so I was have a Lieutenant Dan on my staff,” Miller said with a chuckle.

While his colleagues affectionately kidded Anselment, there was a heartfelt friendship and respect that was reflected in the turnout at his plaque presentation. Deringer said it was because of the type of person Anselment has been in his professional life.

“Few people have the ability to really make others around them feel important,” Deringer said. “Dan’s always had that gift in our office. As I’ve talked about servant leadership, if you wanted to find it in a human and a leader, that’s always been Captain Anselment. He’s given a lot to our office and this is not going to be an easy position for us to replace and fill.”

With his 33 years in the Wright County Sheriff’s Office – the last 20 on the command staff – Anselment is twice the age of some of his newer co-workers, which has earned him the nickname of “Uncle Dan.” He has been a person just about everyone in the office could turn to with questions or advice because there wasn’t much he hasn’t seen over his tenure with the WCSO.

Anselment said he has been proud to work for Sheriff’s Office and fought to maintain his composure as he said his thanks for a work experience he wouldn’t have changed for the world.

“It’s been a good career,” Anselment said. “Living and growing up in a county that I got to serve for 33 years is amazing. Thank you for everybody allowing me to continue to work for Wright County. I love Wright County, I always will and I will always support the Sheriff’s Office. This has been my dream job.”

Hozempa joked that Anselment worked for five sheriffs in his tenure and was loyal to every one of them. But, at some point, he wants to find out which one was his favorite. But, he did get serious for a moment to express his gratitude for the extraordinary work Anselment did for the residents of Wright County and the equally extraordinary person he is.

“He was loyal – he bleeds brown, we all do in this room,” Hozempa said. “Dan you’ve done well. I’m proud of you and I know you’ll keep busy. You’re a talented, talented person outside of the Sheriff’s Office.”

Following a standing ovation from those in attendance, Anselment returned to the microphone to inform the commissioners, his soon-to-be former co-workers and his wife of his plans for retirement.

“The only promise I’ve made is that I’m growing a ponytail and getting a tattoo,” Anselment said with a smile. “We’ll see what happens.”

The retirement presentation can be seen here, starting at the 6:30 mark:

Lester Prairie school bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 24

Lester Prairie School Bulletin

Feb. 24, 2021



Today’s Menu:  Cheesy Bread or Pepperoni Cheesy Bread, Dipping Sauce, Steamed Green Beans, Applesauce, Milk

Tomorrow’s Menu:  Chicken Casserole & Buttered Bread or Bologna Sandwich, Broccoli, Pears, Milk

Important Notes and Reminders:

Lester Prairie School District children benefit every day from the hard work of our School Board.  February 22nd through February 26th is Minnesota School Board Recognition Week, so take the time to thank these dedicated leaders for spending countless hours away from their own families and jobs so all our children can get a good education.

Bus Driver Appreciation Week February 21st -27th

Thank you Bus Drivers 

for getting our children to and from school and activities safely every day!

 Remember children:


Be nice to your bus driver.  It’s a long walk home from school!


Congratulations to FLL team 42369 the LP BullBits on a great season!  They finished their season by winning an Engineering Excellence Award for their Conveyor Belt Delivery System!  Way to go!

Congratulations to the Snofest Royalty Candidates:

Princess:   Josie Alsleben, Anah Lee, Averi Tritabaugh

Prince:      Harrison Engen, Eric Vega, Eli Zebell

Queen:      Laura Amaya, Paige Heimerl, McKenna Kutz

King:         Jayden Alsleben, Riley Heimerl, Zach Jackson

MC’s:        Anna Litzau & Ozzie Lopez


Attention Seniors!  We will be fitting your graduation gowns TODAY from 3:00-3:30 pm,  in the band room.  If you are unable to come at this time, please email Mrs. Scoblic your height.  Thank you!!

Juniors are still selling fudge until March 15th. Questins, please contact Mr. Thode or Ms. Stender.

All students will be dismissed every Friday at 11:40 until further notice due to the Executive Order by the Governor.

The 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon will run from February 16-28, 2021 for the elementary students.  Turn in your reading tracker by Monday, March 1.  Prizes will be announced on Friday, March 5th.  Dress up days will be:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Wacky Wednesday – Wear something crazy, wacky hair, etc.
  • Friday, Feb. 26 – Fan Friday – Wear your favorite college/school or sports team gear



Activities and Sports:

Registration is now open for Summer 2021 Lester Prairie Youth Softball and Baseball for youth ages 4 to 18. Registration forms can be found in the school office. Any questions should be directed to Jeff Engen. Completed registration forms can be mailed in or turned in at the school office. The deadline to register is March 19.

Mid-quarter grade checks will take place at the end of the day on Thursday, February 25. Make sure all your work is turned in and you are passing all of your classes to maintain your eligibility to participate in activities.

The Lip Sync Contest will be Thursday, March 4, Signup sheets are in the office.

  • They must be turned in TODAY and is open to anyone in grades 7-12 and staff.
  • If you have questions, please see Cheryl Bayerl

Are you interested in coding or robotics? A Spring and a Summer session are available to students 5th grade and up. In each session, you will build your coding skills using real robots. Contact Mr. Teut if you have any questions.

Thu 2/25 – V/JV/C Boys Basketball players are dismissed at 2:15 for their games at PACT. The bus will leave from the elementary side at 2:30. Players must be dressed for the game before leaving.

Fri 2/26 – JH Boys Basketball players are dismissed at 2:30 for their games at Tri-City United in Le Center. The bus will leave from the elementary side at 2:45. Players must be dressed for the game before leaving.

Mon 3/1 – JH Girls Basketball players are dismissed at 2:40 for their game at St. Josephs. The bus will leave from the elementary side at 2:55. Players must be dressed for the game before leaving.

Tue 3/2 – The bus for V/JV/C Boys Basketball at West Lutheran will leave from the elementary side at 3:20. Players should be dressed for their games before leaving.

Tue 3/2 – Wrestlers are dismissed at 2:10 for their match at Tri-City United. The bus will leave from GSL at 2:45.

Thu 3/4 – JH Boys Basketball players are dismissed at 2:55 for their games at St. Josephs. The bus will leave from the elementary side at 3:10. Players must be dressed for the game before leaving.

Thu 3/4 – Wrestlers are dismissed at 2:40 for their match at New London-Spicer. The bus will leave from GSL at 3:15.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

3:20pm – 4:50pm    Basketball – Girls practice 9-12     Lester Prairie High School – Gym

5:00pm – 6:30pm    Basketball – Boys practice 9-12     Lester Prairie High School – Gym

6:40pm – 7:40pm    CE Boys Basketball Practice 4-6     Lester Prairie High School – Gym

7:50pm – 8:50pm    CE Girls Basketball Practice 4-6     Lester Prairie High School – Gym



Dear families,

The State of Minnesota has announced the launch of the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, which is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. This system is a proactive way for all Minnesotans to indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine, so that when they become eligible, they can be alerted and connected to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Should I complete the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector form?

All Minnesotans who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should fill out the form to ensure they stay updated on vaccination opportunities in their area when they become available.

Who can get vaccinated now?

Demand for vaccine far exceeds supply, and Minnesotans are encouraged to remain patient as more vaccine arrives in the weeks and months ahead. Minnesota is continuing to distribute vaccines using a phased approach to immunize for impact by focusing on populations with the highest risk of getting COVID-19, as well as those most at risk of severe illness and complications if they become infected.

In Minnesota, you are eligible now to get vaccinated if you are a:

  • Minnesotan age 65 or older
  • Health care worker
  • Long-term care resident or staff member
  • Prekindergarten through Adult Basic and Community Education school staff member, or contracted school staff member
  • Child care staff member at a licensed and certified child care center or program

How do I sign up?

  • Signing up for the Vaccine Connector is easy, safe and secure.
  • All Minnesotans 18 years of age and older should sign up, no matter their current vaccine eligibility status.
  • There will be no cost and no restricted time period for signing up.
  • Health insurance and personal identification forms are not required for signing up.
  • Go to to sign up.
  • Minnesotans unable to sign up online can have family or friends help them sign up online, or call 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone.
  • Translation is available by phone in all languages. Minnesotans can call the translation hotlines at 833-431-2053 and 651-318-0989 for assistance signing up over the phone.
  • All Minnesotans have to do to sign up is provide basic information such as contact information, demographic data, medical history, and employment to determine their eligibility based on state guidelines.
  • The State of Minnesota is committed to the equitable distribution of safe and effective vaccines for protection against COVID-19 and the Vaccine Connector form has included questions about gender identity, sexual orientation, race, cultural identification, and disabilities to help us track and measure equity and fairness throughout the vaccine distribution process. These questions do have the option to select “prefer not to answer” or “none of the above,” and selecting these answers will not prevent you from signing up for the Vaccine Connector.

What happens after I fill out the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector form?

As more vaccine becomes available, the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector will send you updates about your COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota.

In the months ahead as vaccine supply increases, the Vaccine Connector will help Minnesotans know where vaccine is in the state, find out when they are eligible to get it, and connect them to a vaccine opportunity near them — no matter where they live or their personal circumstances. Before and after you are vaccinated, it’s important to continue to take simple steps to slow the spread of illness by wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, washing your hands, and staying home whenever possible

For more information, please visit

The Vaccine Connector is open to all Minnesotans. Please feel free to share this information with your family, friends and others who may be interested.

Thank you,

Dr. Melissa Radeke,

Superintendent of Schools

Funeral notice: Glen M. Jorgensen, age 93, of Waverly

Glen Magnus Jorgensen of Waverly, MN, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021, at the age of 93. Funeral services took place Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Interment followed at Nylunda Swedish Lutheran Cemetery. The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made to