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It’s back to school time in Mayer

MAYER - Schools in Mayer will begin during the next two weeks.

• Students of Mayer Lutheran High School will start classes Wednesday, Aug. 23.

There will be a new student orientation session Monday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information or to enroll, contact the school at (952) 657-2251 or visit

• The first day of school for students at Zion Lutheran School will be Monday, Aug. 28.

The first day of preschool for 3-year-olds is Tuesday, Sept. 5, and the first day of preschool for 4-year-olds is Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Zion will be starting off the year with its annual “Back to School Picnic” Sunday, Aug. 27 at noon at the school. For more information, contact school administrator Josh Baumann at (952) 657-2339.

• Watertown-Mayer Public School will start the school year Tuesday, Sept. 5, except for the kindergarten classes, which will start Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Kids Company registration is almost full. To learn more about Kids Company in Watertown and Mayer, contact Amy Dimmler at (952) 955-0283.

Albright Mill book nears completion

WRIGHT COUNTY – Local author Karen Erickson is nearing completion of her book about the Albright Mill in Wright County. A meeting is planned for Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Middleville Township Hall to discuss the completion of the book.

Erickson has been working on the book for several years, and is looking for any additional information or pictures that should be included. If you have pictures or information, it can be brought to this meeting, or please contact Erickson at (320) 286-6782 before the meeting.

Individual pictures will be taken at this meeting of everyone who is mentioned in the book, or has been a part of its creation. Dessert and refreshments will be served.

McLeod County Republicans to visit fair

MCLEOD COUNTY – The McLeod County Republicans will provide literature and information on the current issues from our legislators at the Republican Party booth during the McLeod County Fair Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 20. Stop by the booth for a free cup of water and sign up for daily drawings for adults and children.

State representative Glenn Gruenhagen (District 18B) will be at the booth Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.

State Rep. Dean Urdahl (District 18A) will be at the booth Friday, Aug. 18 from noon to 4 p.m.

Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club open for shooting tonight

Despite the heavy rains this morning and afternoon, the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club will be open for shooting tonight (Wednesday, August 9).

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McLeod County Fair to feature 4H accomplishments Wed., Aug. 16 through Sun., Aug. 20

In less than two weeks, more than 225 youth from McLeod County will showcase the learning and achievements they have accomplished in 4-H at the McLeod County Fair, which takes place Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 20 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

Everyone is encouraged to stop by the 4-H building and attend the following events scheduled.

Wednesday, Aug. 16

1 p.m. – All livestock must be in place.

1 p.m. – 4-H Rabbit Show in Show Tent.

4:30 p.m. 4-H Beef Show in Show Arena.

Thursday, Aug. 17

8 a.m. – 4-H Goat Show in Show Tent.

9 a.m. – 4-H Dairy Show in Show Arena.

10 a.m. – 4-H Horse Drill Team Performance in Horse Arena.

2:30 p.m. – 4-H Swine Show in Show Tent.

5:30 p.m. – 4-H Lamb Lead in Show Tent.

Approximately 6 p.m. – 4-H Sheep Show (immediately following Lamb Lead) in Show Tent.

Friday, Aug. 18

7 a.m. – 4-H Horse Show (State Horse Show qualifier) in Horse Arena. In the event of extreme wet arena conditions, show may be rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19.

9:30 a.m. – 4-H Poultry Show in Show Tent.

5:30 p.m. – Cake and refreshments for auction bidders in Show Arena.

6 p.m. – 4-H Livestock Auction in Show Arena.

 Saturday, Aug. 19

10 a.m. – Kids’ Day Bubble Activity with the 4-H Ambassadors.

10:30 a.m. – 4-H Horse Drill Team performance in Horse Arena.

2:30 p.m. – 4-H Horse Drill Team performance in Horse Arena.

5 p.m. – Round Robin contest in Show Arena.

Sunday, Aug. 20

1 p.m. – 4-H Fashion Revue.

About county 4-H

4-H at Minnesota county fairs are not just fun annual events. Every summer, tens of thousands of 4-H youth participate in county fairs to showcase the knowledge and skills they’ve gained throughout the year, and to continue their learning experiences.

4-H youth spend months working on projects designed to equip them with essential life skills, such as problem-solving, decision-making, project-management, communications, and public speaking.

4-H’ers then share their accomplishments and educate the public about their subject at their local county fair.

They also lead visitors on tours of the 4-H buildings and barns, and conduct workshops and hands-on demonstrations for the public.

4-H’ers who have completed sixth grade and up, who demonstrate the highest achievements, are then selected to participate in 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair.

County fairs not only make great memories, they help 4-H youth grow into successful adults.

“One of 4-H’s priorities is to provide learning and leadership experiences that guide youth in building relationships, developing communication techniques, and strengthening organizational skills,” explained Dorothy M. Freeman, Extension Center for Youth Development associate dean and State 4-H director. “Through these experiences, youth find the leaders within themselves and are able to make a positive impact in their club, home, school, or community.”

McLeod County youth have registered to bring more than 2,400 4-H projects to this year’s McLeod County Fair.

4-H general (non-livestock) exhibits will be judged Tuesday, Aug. 15; and 4-H livestock shows and other events will take place Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 20.

In addition to exhibiting projects, 4-H’ers are very actively involved throughout the McLeod County Fair with a variety of activities.

Happy 102 to HL resident


Beatrice Main of Howard Lake celebrated her 102nd birthday Monday. The year Main was born, 1915, is also the year the first tank was produced, and the year the British ocean liner Lusitania sank, according to The History Channel website.