Howard Lake Herald, January 5, 1998

1997: the year in review for Howard Lake

By ANDREA VARGO

January

A plan for snow removal in Howard Lake has the cooperation of business persons and made the situation with all the storms much better, according to the residents at the first city council meeting of the new year . . . Dick Mattson was selected as Wright County Board Chair following an informal board policy to rotate the position each year . . .

Daniel Nass of Howard Lake toured Australia and New Zealand with the St. Olaf College Choir . . . Just south of Winsted, Floyd Hoover of Howard Lake lost a grain truck loaded with silage to fire . . . HLWW seventh grade boys basketball team won the Litchfield Snowball Classic Tournament. . . Area lakes were covered by more than a foot of snow with six or more inches for slush under that. A Chevy Suburban was frozen into more than 18 inches of slush and water on Howard Lake. Workers took several days to free the vehicle . . .

Sharon Birkholz of Howard Lake had the engine in her Mercury Sable destroyed by fire as it sat idling in a downtown parking lot . . . Miss Howard Lake Tanya Brose attended the St. Paul Winter Carnival, riding in the Grande Day Parade . . . Jamie Smith, daughter of Barb Smith of Howard Lake, was named to the Ripon college's fall of 1996 dean's list . . . New gymnastics records were set again by the HLWW tumblers at the Glencoe-Silver Lake meet, Jan 14,. The team set a record high score of 130.30. Joy Stueven scored a 9.15 on the balance beam for a first place and a new school record. Stueven got an all around first place and another school record high score of 34.70 . . .

HLWW wrestler Corey Knott took first place in the Central Invitational in Norwood Young America . . . New City Administrator Doug Borglund got Howard Lake into a state reimbursement program for snow plowing work the city does on Hwy. 12 . . . Mark Wackler joined American Express as a personal financial advisor and hosted an open house at his office Jan. 30 . . .

Michael Halvorson was chosen to perform an original piano composition at the Minnesota Music Educators Conference . . . Waverly Lions donated a large sign for the HLWW High School gym. It read, "Home of the Lakers" . . . Laker tumblers advanced to section 5A gymnastics competition . . . The HLWW jazz band performed at the minnesota School Boards Association Leadership Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

February

Female athlete of 1996, Stephanie Knott was honored at the Wright County All Sports Banquet . . . The Wright County compost plant made preparations to shut down . . . Sharon Gedeon, chef school graduate, took over the kitchen at American Legion Post 145 . . .

The St. James Lutheran Church congregation approved $750,000 addition to its school. Approximately 10,000 square feet will be added to the north end of the building. A new gymnasium, bathrooms, and four additional classrooms are proposed . . . The HLWW Schools reported a region first place for the one-act play and region "A" first and third places for the music listening team . . .

Lakeside Bakery opened under new management with Vivian Wright . . . Howard Laker Herald classified ads became a part of the AdQuest network, including the Internet . . . The Good Samaritan Center got a facelift in the north wing entrance area . . . Central Minnesota Conference athlete of the week was Katie Gruenhagen . . . While Governor Carlson closed schools across the state because of blowing snow and frigid temperatures, 56 Humphrey Elementary students, staff members, and parent chaperones continued with three days of outdoor adventures at Deep Portage . . .

The estate of Sadie Carnahan donated $15,000 to the HLWW athletic department . . . An old bison bone was found by Jenna Jones, daughter of Wes and Lori Jones of Howard Lake, in the Crow River by Albright's Mill . . . HLWW High School students gathered $586.86 in pennies for the Minnesota Chapter of the Leukemia Society . . .

Nine members of the HLWW Junior High Speech Team advanced to the final tournament at Elk River . . . Fifth grader Tina Horstmann advanced to the regional spelling bee. Joy Stueven advanced to the state gymnastics competition.

March

Tom and Jim Peterson of Howard Lake opened the doors of Lakes Area Realty . . . Jessica Munson and Valarie Pettit played with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies . . . Local organizations donated $1,500 for a new piano for the HLWW music department . . .

School board members discuss school age child care program for the HLWW School District . . . HLWW grapplers Corey Knott and Trevor Berg advanced to state wrestling competition . .Region 7 Dairy Princess Colette Diers returned from River Falls College to participate in the Howard Lake farm and home expo. Approximately 1,200 people ate at the pancake breakfast . . .

Stanley Diers of Howard Lake was elected to a three-year term on the Minnesota Holstein Board of Directors . . . Albert and Irene Holz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary . . . Alice Diers came home from Australia trip through the FFA World Experience in Agriculture . . .

Jeff Kyllonen, HL-W graduate, traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to play with the University of Minnesota Pep Band during the Sweet Sixteen competition . . . Marysville Merrymakers took second place in the share-the-fun competition at the Buffalo Jr. High School out of 12 clubs.

April

HLWW eighth grade boy hoopsters took second place in Waconia tournament . . . Mike Halvorson received second place in the composer's contest offered by the Minnesota Music Educators . . . Howard Lake Maintenance Supervisor Tom Goepfert was awarded a certificate of commendation by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for excellence in wastewater treatment . . .

Humphrey Elementary students Samantha Stenberg and Daniel Ollig performed their award-winning original songs at the MN Elementary Music Educators Composing Recital . . . HLWW band solos and ensembles were a hit with the judges and swept the ratings at the competition at Dassel-Cokato. Vocal students also did well under the direction of Chris Starr . . . HL City Council decided to purchase the building owned by Ken Durdahl for a parking lot . . .

Teacher Don Baumann was struck by a car in front of the high school and spent many months recuperating . . . Lakers junior varsity baseball team started its season with two wins . . . HL library displayed items made by patrons from books they had read. These ranged from origami animals to pictures of an earth home built from instructions found in a book . . . Jessica Munson won $200 for her essay as part of the 1997 TDS TELECOM National Essay Contest . . .

HLWW band and choirs toured Washington, D.C. . . . The Howard Lake Herald previewed its first Technology Today section as a special insert for customers . . . Flooding in the northwest part of the state affected Howard Lake residents' families and friends . . . Michele Marketon and Steven Skeim announced their engagement.

May

HL good neighbors send Jennifer Krogstad, Grand Forks, N. D., to the HL prom . . . The After Prom Party chalked up a successful event, according to committee member Jan Fitzpatrick, and provided entertainment and fun for 170 students . . .

The Central Minnesota Service Cooperative Students of Excellence Banquet honored Benjamin Hagemann, Robbie Bakeberg, and Heather Westling . . . The Neil Simon play "Fools" was presented by the HLWW drama club . . . Laker jv baseball had a 4-1 record with all their road games complete . . .

Randy Heuer and Richard Lammers ran for the two open spots on the HLWW School Board . . . Fritz and Mabel Mahlstedt celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary . . . Rok W. Shin, M.D. retired, and the Howard Lake Medical Clinic closed . . . Howard Lake Elementary School volunteer of the year was Mary Levang . . . Lakers girls varsity softball team clinches top seed in the Region 5A-District 20 tournament . . .

Holy Trinity Parish second graders celebrated their first communion, and 48 young people were confirmed . . . HLWW Superintendent Riley Hoheisel presented the Spotlight on Leadership awards to Luke Long, Amanda Decker, and Jenny Hirsch . . .Junior varsity baseball team finished the season at 11-1-1 . . .

New goodwill ambassadors for the Good Samaritan care center were Henry Fiecke and Hazel McKinley . . . Humphrey Elementary sixth graders visited the State Capitol . . .

June

Councilman Myron Heuer resigned . . . The 107th HLWW High School graduation was held. Valedictorian was Robbie Bakeberg, and co-salutatorians were Heather Westling and Ben Hagemann . . .Crystal Dangers and Mike Halvorson were youth speakers for the Memorial Day service . . .

Jon Hanson pitched a no-hitter in the first game of the HLWW ninth grade tournament, winning by a score of 4-0 over Big Lake . . . Heather Westling advanced to the sectional meet in track and field competition . . . The John Philip Sousa award went to Mike Halvorson, Jessica Munson was selected for the All-State Orchestra, and Myra Hirsch was the winner of the National School Choral award . . .

The HL City Council was given the bad news about the city's new well. It isn't any good . . . The Dustin Memorial on the west edge of Howard Lake will be moved back when Hwy. 12 is improved . . . Lakers fastpitch took second place in sub-section tournament play . . . Kathleen Michalicek planted flowers at the Wright County Fairgrounds near the old school house with the help of Jim Weniger and the HLWW FFA members. Gerry's Super Valu donated the flowers . . .

Award-winning author Sandra Benitez talked to a packed house in the Old Town Gallery at a reading and reception as part of the week's Good Neighbor Days celebration . . . Dutch Lake Woods housing development is in the planning stages . . . Jodi Kyllonen attended Girls State . . .

Joe's Sport Shop in Howard Lake reported that anglers have been getting walleye on Judd's Bar and the panfish bite has been very good on Lake Ann . . . Myron Heuer, accompanied by his wife, Betty, was grand marshall for the Good Neighbor Days parade . . . Construction on Hwy 12 between Delano and Montrose began . . . Julie Ringold is chosen Miss Howard Lake.

Part 2 next week


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