Chamber Officers
The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce board members for 2014 are: pictured – Past President Tom Ollig (St. Mary’s Care Center), Director Chip Guggemos (Ameriprise Financial), Vice President Sarah Fasching (Flagship Insurance Services), Director Joe Swanson (Jimmy’s Pizza); not pictured – President Jeff Campbell (Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate), Treasurer Deb Boelter (city of Winsted), Director Angie Hertel (Holy Trinity Parish & School), and Director Glen Weibel (resident).

Winsted Organizations

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 attendance at 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.

To join, you must be an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces who served at least 90 days during a time of conflict. Annual dues are $30. Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion hall on 1st Street North.

With present membership at 135, officers are: Commander Jeff Sterner, Finance Officer Chris Otto, Membership Chip Guggemos, and Chaplain Rose Heimerl.

For more information, contact Chip Guggemos at (320) 485-4332, or write the Legion at PO Box 360, Winsted, MN 55395 or For club rental information, contact Rose Heimerl at (320) 224-8599.

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.

There are several fundraisers throughout the year. These funds help VA hospitals, send care or supply packages to military men and women overseas, and provide scholarships to a local student. 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.

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, 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.

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 one 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.

There is a bi-annual signup in April and September. 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

Ducks Unlimited

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.


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 is a Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Schools organization made up of school board members, teachers, school staff, parents, and students to support students and school activities, to promote a positive school image, and to provide effective communication. Its mission statement is “To provide timely and informative communication to district residents, promoting HLWW activities that build positive Laker pride.” Laker Pride is involved in many varying efforts around school, including open house, newspaper articles, a newsletter, school spruce-up, and more.

Volunteers are always needed, and appreciated, on the Laker Pride committee. If you are interested in participating in Laker Pride, either on a regular or event-related basis, please contact HLWW via e-mail at

HLWW High School After Prom Party

The HLWW After Prom Party was formed in the fall of 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. For more information about meetings or other information, visit 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 28 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 Brian Anderson, Deputy Grand Knight Joe Casavant, Chancellor Roman Widmer, Financial Secretary Steve Ebert, Treasurer Tony Hausladen, Advocate Roger Guennigsman, Recorder Ken Pelzel, Warden Francis Schommer, Inside Guard Robert (Bob) Otto, Outside Guard Jim Condon; and trustees, Bob Kutz, Pat Schommer, and Jean Kappel.

To join, contact any member, or contact membership chairman Robert Kutz at (320) 485-2407, or Grand Knight Brian Anderson at (320) 395-2806. 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 Association 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 Avenue SW, Howard Lake, MN 55349, or by e-mailing him at, 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

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, 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

For local information, call service unit manager Evelyn Fowler (320) 485-4618; or troop leaders Lisa Baumann at (320) 485-7476, Rebecca Heimerl at (320) 395-2127, or Michelle Lamphere at (320)-543-2281.

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 third weekend of the month. The group hosts monthly activities. Watch Herald Journal for event notices, or check your monthly utility bill.

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, and the annual chamber banquet are some of the annual events sponsored by the organization. To find out more information regarding these events, visit 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, past president Tom Ollig of St. Mary’s Care Center, director Chip Guggemos of Ameriprise Financial, director Angie Hertel of Holy Trinity Parish & School, director Joe Swanson of Jimmy’s Pizza, and director Glen Weibel (resident of Winsted).

For more information or to join, contact any officer, attend any regular meeting, go to, call (320) 485-2366, or e-mail

The Chamber of Commerce mailing address is PO Box 352, Winsted, MN 55395.

Winsted Arts Council

The Winsted Arts Council was officially established in 2010, with a board of directors, articles of incorporation, and bylaws. The council is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status, and can therefore receive tax-deductible donations.

Since inception, the Winsted Arts Council has sponsored several events including book and story readings showcasing local writers, an afternoon-evening event in the lakefront park, Books and Bars/Cookies events, classes, a square dance, quilt show, and a membership event. The arts council is looking forward to establishing a presence in downtown Winsted. The mission is to be an arts council for the Winsted area that will facilitate artistic opportunities in all facets of the arts to promote diversity, cultural enrichment, economic growth, regional sharing, and balance of life.

The council currently has more than 50 members and always welcomes more. Check out the arts council on Facebook and, or e-mail

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 is also establishing a scholarship fund.

All ages are encouraged to participate in the choir’s rehearsals and concerts. The group has three concerts planned for 2014, each with a unique theme. Anyone who’d like to make a pledge, become a sponsor, or join the choir can call the choir’s marketing director, Tom Ollig, at (320) 485-3987. More information can also be found at

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 e-mail her at; 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

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.

Winsted Lions

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 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 Paul Gatz at (320) 485-2463 or e-mail 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 5 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. Signups are tentatively planned for 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.

For more information visit, contact Rick Baumann at (320) 485-7476 or e-mail

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 appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council annually. 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 clean-up, 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.

Winsted Volunteer Fire Department

The Winsted Volunteer Fire Department was formed Dec. 3, 1889. The department’s first truck (chain-driven Oshkosh) arrived in 1927. In 1944, 33 feet of Meulener’s property was purchased for the construction of Winsted’s first fire station.

Over the years that followed, the bell was replaced by a siren and then by pagers, ambulance service was provided, fire trucks came and went, but one thing has stayed the same over the years – the dedication and devotion of the volunteers that truly make a volunteer fire department.

The Winsted Fire Department operates with a roster of up to 30 all-volunteer members, providing fire protection services to the city of Winsted, and portions of Winsted, Victor, Woodland, and Hollywood townships.

Current officers of the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department include: Fire Chief Chad Engel, Assistant Chief Brian Langenfeld, Assistant Chief Jon Davidson, Captain Troy Scherping, Captain Brent Mickolichek, Captain Shaun Bush, and Secretary Justin Hertzog.