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Chickens ok to go to HLWW, per Howard Lake City Council

HOWARD LAKE – The Howard Lake City council recently considered an ordinance amendment that would allow FFA students at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School (HLWW) to keep chickens and a coop on school property.
The ordinance dictated approval of chickens under the following considerations:
• The property shall be occupied by an accredited educational institution.
• The property shall be 10 acres or greater in size.
• Chickens must be kept in a separated, enclosed accessory building, or fenced outdoor containment area at least 50 feet from any adjacent residentially-zoned property.
• No more than 10 total hen chickens may be kept on the property.
• The keeping of roosters or adult male chickens is not permitted.
• The slaughter of chickens on-site is prohibited.
City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller informed the council that the city’s planning committee held a public hearing on the matter earlier in the evening, which no members of the public attended.
Resident Joy Shockley spoke briefly about the chicken issue. She said if chickens were to be allowed at the high school, they should be allowed within the city limits, in general.
Haggenmiller pointed out the ordinance on the table was site-specific for the high school, and was not transferable or applicable to the greater community.
The council adopted the resolution amendment to allow a chicken coop at the high school, as well as a resolution approving a modified conditional use permit (CUP) to allow chickens at the school as part of the agricultural program

Howard Lake City Council hears police chief’s report

Howard Lake Chief of Police Dave Thompson told the city council that the number of incidents his department responded to was up sharply in 2016.
Thompson quickly added the caveat that the increase, from 1,600 calls in 2015 to 2,200 calls in 2016, could be directly credited to Officer Daniel Schmidt, who excelled at traffic stops. Schmidt is no longer with the department.
Thompson, as part of his annual report, noted the department now has a community service officer, Derek Boese. He also said the department has seen some significant personnel turnover.
For the remainder of this story, please see the April 24 edition of the Herald Journal.

HL man arrested for drug possession

Michael Neumann

Michael Neumann

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Michael Richard Neuman, 24, of Howard Lake was arrested April 11 around 12:06 p.m. in Buffalo on a felony charge after violating probation on a Wright County warrant for fifth degree drug possession of a controlled substance, according to the criminal complaint.

The probation was the result of an earlier incident in Feb. 2016 in which a sheriff’s deputy had pulled Neumann’s vehicle over for driving 36 mph in a 30 mph zone on Pulaski Road near Douglas Drive in Buffalo.

While conversing with Neumann, the deputy noticed some marijuana in the front passenger seat. In searching the vehicle, the deputy also found a plastic bag containing 35 pink tablets, identified as Oxycodone, in a space under the gear shifter.

Oxycodone is a schedule II controlled substance.

It appears Neumann did not have a prescription to process the pills lawfully, according to the formal complaint.

A maximum sentence of five years, a fine of $10,000, or both is possible for the offense.

New urgent care hours at Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Beginning Saturday, April 29, urgent care services at Hutchinson Health will be available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days per week.

Urgent care is ideal for dealing with minor injuries and illnesses quickly, without having to wait for a regular clinic appointment. Walk-in, extended-hour access is often convenient for patients with sprains, sore throats, earaches, minor injuries/cuts, fevers and other urgent – but non-emergency – conditions.

If a problem appears to be life-threatening (such as severe or sudden chest pain), it is best to go to an emergency room or call 911.

Hutchinson Health is located at 3 Century Avenue in Hutchinson, MN. The clinic can be reached at (320) 234-3290.

Student council to present at HLWW meeting April 24

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – At the Monday, April 24 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting, one item on the agenda is a report from the student council.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the high school media center. Look for coverage in the Monday, May 1 edition of the Herald Journal.

Waverly city, business owner, disagree over hall cleaning

WAVERLY, MN – The April 11 Waverly City Council meeting got off to a contentious start, with City Maintenance Supervisor Jim Woitalla and business owner Judson Meyer vehemently disagreeing with each other about the reported cleanliness of the city’s Village Hall.
Meyer, who has owned the Uptown Bar & Grill in Waverly for a decade, rented the hall for an event earlier this year. Woitalla said the hall needed to be cleaned up the Thursday or Friday following Meyer’s event due to beer tracks being left on the floor by a two-wheeled cart.

See the April 17 edition of the Herald Journal for the full story.