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New doctor joins Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Dr. Noah Retka, Hutchinson Health’s newest family medicine physician, loves helping families get well and stay well.

He and his wife both grew up in rural Minnesota and are happy to return to a rural lifestyle.  They have two young children and are excited to raise their family here.

In his free time, Retka enjoys working on home improvement projects, wood working, and being outdoors.

Retka studied chemistry at St John’s University. He was then a laboratory technician at the Mayo Clinic for a number of years. Seeking challenge, he attended medical school at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. He participated in the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP), spending the third year of medical school in Duluth. He then did his residency in family medicine in St Cloud.

Retka enjoys caring for patients of all ages.  He does many in-office procedures, including vasectomies, joint injections, skin biopsies, IUD placement/removal, and Nexplanon placement/removal. Wellness exams for patients of all ages, as well as sports physicals, are some of the many aspects of his practice.  He has also been working in Urgent Care.

“I chose family medicine for the breadth and variety,” he said. “I enjoy caring for all members of the family and believe that an awareness of family relationships leads to more comprehensive care.  My philosophy is that patients are best served by being active participants in their care and that my role is to make recommendations to help my patients reach their goals; I am not here to nag, but want my patients to understand the recommendations that we make.”

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Dr. Noah Retka cares for patients of all ages at Hutchinson Health.

HLWW crowns homecoming royalty – photo gallery now online


HLWW – Homecoming royalty was crowned in a Wizard of Oz, “There’s No Place Like Home” themed celebration this afternoon.  Candidates and other students enjoyed goofy games, a slide-show retrospective, and the anticipation of seeing where the royal crowns were going to land.

Kaitlyn Decker, Chase Lange, Noah Bundrock and Jenna Benson will reign over tonight’s homecoming football game.

To see more pictures from the coronation, visit the Herald Journal photo gallery here:

Watch for the October 13 edition of the Herald Journal for more homecoming highlights.

LP City Council to discuss comprehensive plan and pavement management plan Oct. 10

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council will consider plans during its Tuesday, Oct. 10 meeting, including the city’s comprehensive plan and a proposed pavement management plan.

Other items on the agenda include an employee assistance program, a year-end pool report, snow removal, a historical society funding request, a zoning request, and a third quarter budget update.

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

Staff additions to be discussed at HLWW meeting Monday

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – The Monday, Oct. 9 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting agenda includes discussion about additional special education staff, as well as an FFA assistant and a KLKR assistant.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the high school media center. Look for coverage in the Friday, Oct. 13 edition of the Herald Journal.

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Howard Lake city-wide clean-up day Sat., Oct. 7

It’s time to clear out those basements and garages because it’s Howard Lake’s Annual Fall Clean Up Day.

Residents – including Middleville and Victor Townships –  can dispose of many items for little to no cost. Here is a list of accepted items and prices:

Major appliances – Free
Electronics – $10.00
Monitors and TVs (subject to change depending on size)  – $20.00
Couch – $10.00
Mattress/Box Springs (each piece) – $15.00
Misc. Items (Dumpster items) – Per load size – $10.00-$20.00
Recliner or Cushioned Chair (each piece) – $10.00
Rim – Tires – $1.00
Tires- $3.00 & NOTHING larger than a PickUp Truck Tire will be accepted.
Lawnmover/Bicyles tires (separate from metal) – $1.00
FREE:  Batteries, bikes, scrap metal, and lawnmowers.


Household hazardous waste can no longer be accepted during this event due to PCA requirements. Contact the Wright County Recycling Facility to dispose of household chemicals at little or no cost – 763-682-7338.

Elderly and handicapped residents may call the city offices prior to Wednesday, October 4 for free pickup. (320) 543-3670.

Winsted council to consider lake improvements

WINSTED, MN – Up for discussion at the Tuesday, Oct. 3 Winsted City Council work session are several possibilities for Winsted Lake water quality improvements.

The meeting will start at 5 p.m. in the Lewis Room of city hall. The regular meeting will follow, starting at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

Look for coverage of both meetings in the Friday, Oct. 6 edition of the Herald Journal.