American Legion, Martin Krueger Post 407
The American Legion is a national organization, established Aug. 27, 1920, for veterans of all wars to serve God, country, and community.
Locally, the Post sponsors the Winsted Boy Scouts, and youth delegates to Minnesota Boys State. Members visit and provide Christmas gifts for veterans in the area’s care centers and Veterans Administration hospitals, donate to local charities and causes, and work to renovate the Legion building. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Legion has reintroduced the Blue Star Banner Program for families with a loved one in uniform, and the Post has distributed these banners locally.
Each year, the Legion conducts a public Memorial Day observance, a Veterans Day dinner, a pancake breakfast the first Sunday of each month, and dinners as announced.
American Legion Post 407 is excited to announce renovations to its club building, under the new ownership of Dr. Michael Thoennes. It welcomes the public to check out improvements and sit on the deck to enjoy its view of Winsted Lake.
To join, you must be an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces who served at least 90 days during designated periods of conflict. Annual dues are $30. Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion club at 161 1st Street North.
With present membership at 125, officers are: Commander Jeff Sterner, Finance Officer Chris Otto, and Adjutant/Membership Chip Guggemos.
For more information, contact Chip Guggemos at (320) 485-4332, or write the Legion at PO Box 360, Winsted, MN 55395 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For club rental information, contact Dr. Michael Thoennes at (320) 485-3849.
American Legion Auxiliary Post 407
American Legion Auxiliary Post 407 was established to help support veterans, soldiers, and their families. It also helps other organizations within our community by volunteering hours or monetary donations.
Each year, the auxiliary sponsors a junior girl from the Winsted area to attend Girls State, a week-long event that teaches leadership skills and the importance of political values.
The auxiliary hosts several fundraisers throughout the year. These funds help VA hospitals, and send care or supply packages to military men and women overseas. In May, the ladies are busy handing out poppy flowers for donations.
The president of the American Legion Auxiliary is Karla Otterness.
If you would like more information about the organization or membership, contact Helen Yager (320) 485-2172 (membership chair). Meetings are at the Legion the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of January, when there is no meeting.
Please remember that without our service men and women serving and protecting our country, we would not be enjoying the lifestyle that we have today.
Lake Mary VFW Auxiliary
Throughout the year, the auxiliary supports veterans by donating to the McLeod County Veterans Emergency Fund and the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf, providing gift baskets at Christmas, and more. Its primary fundraiser is a chili feed, which takes place each January.
Meetings take place at 2:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the American Legion in Winsted.
To learn more about becoming a Lake Mary VFW Auxiliary member, contact president Amy Gatz or treasurer Rhonda Decker at (320) 485-3831.
Cub Scouts Pack 399
The Cub Scouts program enables boys to be involved and active in their community and with other Cub Scout packs through various fun Scouting activities.
Pack 399 participates in the Winsted Summer Festival parade, the Winsted Winter Festival parade, summer day camps, the Pinewood Derby car race, and other activities and field trips to encourage growth and education.
Any boy in grades kindergarten through five is eligible to join. Meetings, which are for all dens, are scheduled once or twice a month, and locations vary, depending on availability and times. Each month there is plenty to do, with no requirement for attendance at all of the events.
Yearly dues are $50. Pack 399 is committed to serving every boy in this community; no boy interested in Scouting will be turned away for financial reasons. There are Scouterships available for those who desire.
Den leaders change from year to year, and parent involvement is encouraged and recommended.
To join, contact David Anderson at (612) 986-9461, or email@example.com.
The Crow River Chapter of Minnesota Ducks Unlimited has been raising funds for wetland conservation and waterfowl habitat since 1984.
The chapter, which has about 150 members, hosts a spring and fall banquet.
Since 1984, the chapter has raised more than $250,000 for conservation. More than 80 percent of that money goes directly to protecting natural resources.
If you would like to participate with the world’s largest wetlands conservation group, contact Scott Schmidt at (320) 543-2498.
Education Minnesota HLWW
Education Minnesota Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted promotes and ensures that students in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District get the best possible education resources allow. The association meets the last Monday every other month.
Officers are Duane Lichy, president; Stephanie Dailey and Josh Westling, co-vice presidents; Christin LaMott, treasurer; and Karen Ready, secretary. The membership fee is $120, and you must be a teacher in the HLWW schools to join.
Winsted Boy Scout Troop 399
Through its patrol meetings and troop activities, the Howard Lake, Waverly, and Winsted Scouts work to develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness.
The group has seen a steady growth in membership in the past four years. As an active troop, they participate in spring and fall camporees, develop winter survival skills, ski, canoe, fish, and take part in area civic events.
Each summer, they plan a campout at various locations, including Many Point, Camp Ripley, and Medicine Mountain (near Mount Rushmore), which provides Scouts the opportunity for such activities as sailing, archery, tower climbing, obstacle courses, and fishing.
Annually, they sell malts at the Wright County Fair, as well as Christmas wreaths, and popcorn.
Steve Goebel is Scoutmaster, and Steve Thisius is assistant Scoutmaster.
Membership is open to any boy who has completed the fifth grade or is 11 years old, but not yet 18. The Scouts usually meet two times a month. There is a yearly registration fee of $12. To join, call Steve Goebel at (320) 485-3552.
HLWW FFA Alumni
The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Alumni was started in 1980, to help support the local FFA chapter and the agriculture education department at HLWW High School.
The group, currently numbering about 40 members, meets the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 p.m. in the high school ag room.
The group’s annual events include the annual consignment auction, meetings, family night in February, a special meeting in June, and a picnic in July. The group has helped provide equipment for the ag shop, as well as curricular materials, and has acted as an advisory board for the agriculture department.
Membership dues are $15 per year, $100 for Minnesota lifetime membership, or $150 for a national lifetime membership. Potential members must have a willingness to support high school agriculture. To join, contact the officers, advisor Jim Weninger, or the high school ag department at (320) 543-4600.
HLWW Laker Pride
Laker Pride serves as the promotional arm of the HLWW School District. During the 2013-14 school year, Laker Pride served refreshments during August open houses, and after the Community Concert program. Laker Pride contributes pictures and articles for the Herald Journal newspaper, district website, and a bi-monthly mailer. We have also recorded elementary musicals, and have had entries in the summer parades.
We welcome you to join us on Facebook at “HLWW Laker Pride,” where you can view news, photos, and videos from district activities. If you don’t have a Facebook account, don’t worry! The HLWW Laker Pride Facebook page is open to the public for viewing. If you do have a Facebook account, we welcome any photos you would like to share with us. We also welcome your pictures, videos, and comments. Please feel free to post to “Laker Pride” as much as you like!
We encourage you to contact us with any comments or suggestions you may have. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the district office at (320) 543-3521.
HLWW High School After Prom Party
The HLWW After Prom Party was formed in fall 1988, to provide a safe form of entertainment for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School juniors and seniors and their dates on prom night. The first after-prom party was in 1989, and has seen a steady increase in attendance every year since then. The students enjoy an all-night party with food, fun, wonderful prizes, and entertainment.
This volunteer group hosts many fundraisers, including bingo during Good Neighbor Days, bake sales (at the Howard Lake annual craft and art expo in November, and at the business expo in the spring), a concession stand at home football games, and an annual fall garage sale.
The group welcomes anyone who is interested in helping. Meetings take place in the commons area at the HLWW High School.
Jolly Juniors 4-H Club
The Winsted Jolly Juniors 4-HClub, established in 1946, promotes positive youth development through support for communities, organizations, and families in the education of their children.
Each year, the Jolly Juniors are interested in helping with community pride projects. They carol at St. Mary’s each December, and exhibit projects at the McLeod County Fair. The group has had four county championships in Share-the-Fun since 1986, including winning in 2002, 2005, and 2007.
There are presently more than 30 members, with dues at $5 per year paid by the club.
Membership is open to children in grades kindergarten through 12. Meetings take place monthly in members’ homes, or in the cafeteria at Holy Trinity School in Winsted..
For more information, call Lori Anderson at (320) 395-2806, Kim Hausladen at (320) 485-2856, or the McLeod County Extension Office at 800-587-0770.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus was established to help the needy and support religious vocations, while also promoting charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism within the order.
Its purpose is to speak out for the lives of the unborn, the aged, and the mentally-challenged.
Annually, the Knights conduct a pro-life breakfast and free-throw shooting contest in January, a fish fry the second Friday in March, and a rural life Mass in August.
The order was formed in 1982, and meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., with officers meeting the second Tuesday of each month. Membership dues are $25 per year, and membership is open to Catholic men 18 years or older and in good standing with the church.
Officers for the current year are: Grand Knight Roman Widmer, Deputy Grand Knight Jim Condon, Chancellor Kevin Siepker, Financial Secretary Steve Ebert, Treasurer Tony Hausladen, Advocate Roger Guennigsman, Recorder Ken Pelzel, Warden Francis Schommer, Inside Guard Robert (Bob) Otto, Outside Guard Jason Blashack; and trustees, Bob Kutz, Pat Schommer, and Joe Casavant.
To join, contact any member, or contact membership chairman Pat Schommer at (320) 485-2810, or Grand Knight Roman Widmer at (320) 485-5211. The Knights’ mailing address is PO Box 250, Winsted, MN, 55395.
Lake Mary Homeowners Association
The Lake Mary Homeowners Association was organized in 1987 to maintain and improve the water quality of Lake Mary. Lake Mary is located a few miles southeast of Howard Lake and is a spring-fed lake. It’s approximately 180 acres in size and is 47 feet at its deepest point.
The association conducts an annual meeting and potluck fish fry picnic each summer.
At its annual meeting, the association studies new ideas offered and keeps members informed of existing projects. Our association has a successful yearly (ice out, date guessing) contest raffle. All of the monies from the raffle, along with contributions from the Winsted Sportsmen’s Club and the Watertown Rod & Gun Club are used to finance a bi-annual walleye stocking program. Our association also has a newsletter/blog for membership communication, community interaction, and articles of interest.
Over the years, the Lake Mary HomeownersAssociation has worked with the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) on various fish studies and water run-off filtering projects. These include vegetation buffer zone areas, French drains, and rain garden projects.
Our association is also creating a water sample data base through the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District. Volunteers submit lake water samples monthly from (May through September) to district offices in Buffalo. These samples are shipped in turn with other Wright County area lake samples to RMB Labs in Detroit Lakes to record water clarity and phosphate levels. Water clarity “Secchi Dish” checks are also done for the MPCA.
The Lake Mary Association was awarded a $2,000 grant for participating in the Minnesota Healthy Lakes & Rivers Partnership program. This is a program sponsored by the McKnight Foundation. A lake plan was made up during this process. Following this lake plan, a Point Intercept Map project was awarded in 2010. The Point Intercept Map was completed by the Minnesota PLM Lakes & Land Management Group in September 2011. PLM used GPS technology to study and “map” the underwater vegetation growth in Lake Mary. This helps the association better understand the vegetation health of Lake Mary and will guide it in the coming years for future projects to improve Lake Mary’s water quality.
Interested new members can contact Chairman Mike Ollig at 10932 Grunwald Ave. SW, Howard Lake, MN 55349, or by e-mailing him at email@example.com, or calling (320) 485-4242.
Lake Mary VFW Post 9232
The commander is Don Bickman, and the quartermaster for the Post is Dave Gailey. The Post conducts monthly meetings the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion in Winsted.
The organization is trying to get the Post more active. If there are veterans who would like to join, contact Dave Gailey at (320) 485-4306, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakes and Prairie Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts encourage girls to experience new activities, develop team-building skills, explore and develop leadership skills, and be service-oriented in their community, county, and nation.
Lakes and Prairie Girl Scout membership encompasses approximately 100 girls and leaders in Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted, and Lester Prairie.
They are served by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valley Council. Girls meet every two to four weeks at the discretion of the troop leader, and are welcome to join any time during the year by paying the $15 registration fee. Registration begins in September, with one or two kick-off events.
Annually, the Girl Scouts participate in a court of awards ceremony, cookie sale campaign, and various service unit events, as well as other area and council events. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in grades kindergarten through 12.
Program information is available at www.girlscoutsrv.org.
For local information, call service unit manager Evelyn Fowler at (320) 485-4618; or troop leaders Lisa Baumann at (320) 485-7476, or Rebecca Heimerl at (320) 395-2127.
WHAT UP Committee
The WHAT UP (Winsted Holding Activities That Unite People) Committee, a youth and family council, was made an official volunteer committee of the city in May 2009.
This committee has created a dynamic program that provides activities for youth and family in the community, such as movies in the park, sports clinics, and game nights, among other events.
Members of the committee are: Jeff Campbell, Mike Henrich, Rose Heimerl, Tim Dahl, Amanda Zeidler, and Peggy Mahlstedt.
The regular meeting is the second Tuesday of each month. The group hosts monthly activities. Watch Herald Journal for event notices, or check your monthly utility bill. You can also find them on Facebook.
To learn more about WHAT UP, be part of the committee, or volunteer to help for various activities, call Jeff Campbell at (612) 554-7439.
Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce
The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission statement is, “To foster a stimulating atmosphere in which business can flourish, thereby adding to the economic and social well-being of our community.”
The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce was established more than 50 years ago.
The Winsted Winter Festival, winter lighting contest, The Women’s Expo, Brat Busters, Easter egg hunt, Business Trick or Treat, and the annual chamber banquet are some of the annual events sponsored by the organization. To find out more information regarding these events, visit www.winstedchamber.com. It also promotes business appreciation events, sponsors political forums, and provides a welcome packet for new residents.
Membership in the chamber is open to any interested individual or business. Members receive reminder e-mails prior to the meetings. For meeting times, visit the website listed below.
There are presently about 90 members. Officers for 2014 are: President Jeff Campbell of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Vice President Sarah Fasching of Flagship Insurance & Financial Services, Treasurer Deb Boelter of the city of Winsted, Director Chip Guggemos of Ameriprise Financial, Director JoEllen Fasching of JoEllen’s New Image Salon, Director Joe Swanson of Jimmy’s Pizza, Director Dawn Rodin of Security Bank and Trust, and Director Glen Weibel, resident.
For more information or to join, contact any officer, attend any regular meeting, go to www.winstedchamber.com, call (320) 485-2366, or e-mail email@example.com. You can also find them on Facebook.
The Chamber of Commerce mailing address is PO Box 352, Winsted, MN 55395.
Winsted Arts Council
In 2008, a small group began meeting to discuss development of an arts organization in Winsted. Several attendees participated in the Blandin Community Leadership Program in October 2007, and returned with a vision for arts in Winsted. The group morphed, and in early 2010 officially formed the Winsted Arts Council (WAC), complete with articles of incorporation, bylaws, a board of directors and officers, a federal ID number, and 501©3 status. Membership is tax deductible and supports all the activities of the WAC.
The Winsted Arts Council envisions an artistic community within Winsted that inspires a vibrant downtown with successful businesses and a culturally engaged citizenry.
Its purpose is to provide artistic experiences for all ages, by presenting a voice and an outlet for the community; making the city an appealing location for families and businesses.
Highlights of the previous year include an after school art club, summer art camp, a photography exhibit featuring Winsted native Trudi Sexton; and musical guests like Dervish, Lehto & Wright, the Tex Pistols, and a Homecoming Concert featuring the incredible talent of Winsted area musicians. Please visit our website at www.winstedartscouncil.org and our Facebook page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winsted Area Community Choir
The Winsted Area Community Choir had its debut during Winsted’s 125th anniversary in 2012. Since then, it has grown to include about 30 singers from several communities in the area. A board of directors with staggered three-year terms was appointed in 2013. The choir not only enjoys performing and having fun in rehearsal through learning and fellowship, but enjoys serving the community through song. As a part of this community service, the Marsh Christenson Scholarship is being established, to award those interested in studying the arts.
All ages are encouraged to participate in the choir’s rehearsals and concerts. The group has two concerts planned for 2015, each with a unique theme. All are welcome to join the choir, no matter experience or talent level. If interested, contact artistic director Mark Loder at (320) 485-2522. Anyone who’d like to make a pledge, become a sponsor, or join the choir, please call the choir’s marketing director, Tom Ollig, at (320) 485-3987. More information can also be found at www.winstedchoir.com.
Winsted Karate Club
The Winsted Karate Club offers instruction in Shotokan karate for self-defense, competition, and personal development.
The club regularly competes in tournaments and performs various demonstrations throughout the year. Several members have made the US Karate Team and have competed in Japan, England, Ireland, Germany, and throughout the US. Club members have also appeared on KTCA TV, and Channel 2’s “Newton’s Apple.”
Organized in 1981, the club presently has 20 members and meets Mondays at the Winsted Public Elementary School at 6 p.m. The club is a non-profit organization. Dues are $30 per month, per individual; or $60 per month, per family. It’s a member of the American Shotokan Karate Federation (ages 7 and up).
For information, contact Brenda Diers at (612) 636-7733.
Winsted Lake Watershed Association
The mission of Winsted Lake Watershed Association is to provide a leadership role in improving and protecting the quality of Winsted Lake and its watershed for present and future generations.
The lake association was formed in 1979, and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Membership is open to anyone interested in contributing to the quality of Winsted Lake and the watershed. The only membership requirement is to pay yearly dues of $25 per family, and the group encourages members to volunteer their time on projects when asked.
To join, contact membership directors, Jan Cartwright at (320) 485-3747 or Cartwright@tds.net; or Mike Mahoney at (320) 485-7447. You may also mail your membership dues to WLWA, PO Box 577, Winsted, MN 55395. Learn more about the Winsted Watershed Association at www.winsted.mn.us/pages/watershed.html.
The 2015 officers include Dale Maus, president; Yvonne Maus, vice president; Terri Johnson, secretary; and Merrybeth Burkman, treasurer.
The group meets monthly, the first Monday of every month, at 7 p.m. at the Winsted City Hall, 201 1st Street North, in the Vollmer Room. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their ideas or concerns.
Since becoming its own club in May 2010, the newly-formed Winsted Lions Club has been busy focusing on improving the community and world.
Internationally, there are a total of 45,000 clubs, with 1.3 million members serving in 205 countries. The motto of the Lions Clubs International is “to serve.” Lions Clubs do this by working collectively and individually to build stronger communities by addressing needs that are often not met in their communities. They also provide disaster relief and support programs for assisting the blind and visually-impaired, reaching out to youth through mentoring and educational programs, and raising awareness of health care issues, such as diabetes, hearing loss, and vision impairment.
One of the biggest fundraisers for the Winsted Lions is selling food at the Winstock music festival. A few of the Winsted Lions’ projects are sponsoring the third grade dictionary project and the Lions Write-Off program, along with collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids for distribution among the needy.
Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at the Winsted City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m., with a dinner provided by one of the members, and the meeting follows. Everyone is welcome to visit and learn more about the Lions organization and join in the fun. Please call Lions President Roger Grotbo at (320) 485-4834 with any questions.
Winsted Little League Baseball Association
The Winsted Youth Baseball/Softball Association promotes and organizes summer baseball and softball for area youth ages 4 to 18. Approximately 130 children and more than 20 volunteer coaches participate in games, primarily in the months of June and July.
Membership is open to anyone interested in playing baseball/softball. Signup will be in early March of each year. A registration fee applies to cover the cost of hats, jerseys/shirts, umpires, and other association expenses.
Business sponsorship of the association is encouraged, to help defray expenses and keep the player fees lower. The association meets in the winter months, and into spring to prepare for the next year. Parents and volunteers are encouraged to help coach or be part of the association. Watch the Herald Journal for signup notices.
More information can be found at www.winstedlittleleague.com; or by contacting Rick Baumann at (320) 485-7476, or email@example.com.
Winsted Municipal Airport Commission
The city of Winsted has established an airport commission to serve as an advisory commission to the city council on all matters pertaining to the Winsted Municipal Airport.
Members of the airport commission are annually appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. The commission is composed of two registered voters residing within the city of Winsted, two Winsted Municipal Airport hangar owners, and one member at-large. In addition, the mayor appoints a city council liaison and a city employee to serve as ex-officio members. The airport commission currently meets the second Tuesday of each month in the council chambers at city hall at 8:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted. The commission meetings are taped for replay on the city’s cable station number 8.
The airport commission meets to discuss issues pertaining to the Winsted Municipal Airport, and makes recommendations to the city council regarding the operation and maintenance of the airport. To learn more, contact city hall at (320) 485-2366.
Winsted Sportsmen’s Club
The Winsted Sportsmen’s Club has helped to ensure quality hunting and fishing for area sportsmen since 1952.
Some activities the group annually organizes are a firearms safety course, a snowmobile safety class, stocking lakes, a lake cleanup, and the raising and releasing of pheasants. The group builds wood duck houses and wildlife feeders, and supplies feed for wildlife.
The club also owns and maintains boat landings at Dog, Ida, Mary, and Round lakes. In April, the club conducts its annual hog roast fundraiser at the American Legion in Winsted.
There are presently 75 members. Membership dues are $10 per year. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. During summer months, it meets at the Lake Mary clubhouse, a few miles northeast of Winsted; and winter months in locations to be announced.
There are no membership requirements. To join, contact any member or attend a meeting or sponsored event. For more information, contact Tom Kieser at (320) 224-3079. The club’s mailing address is 10895 Fetch Ave. SW, Waverly, MN 55390.