Howard Lake Herald, January 12, 1998

1997: the year in review for Howard Lake (Part two)

By ANDREA VARGO

July

The powerful storms that hit the Wright County area left some farms and woodlands devastated July 2. Some of these structures are not yet rebuilt. . . One of the largest dog shows in the state was held at the Howard Lake Fair Grounds. It drew around 1,100 dogs from all over the United States. . .

Mitch Diers received the WCCO Radio ExCel award. It is given to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and are model citizens in their communities. . . The Howard Lake Orphans baseball team won the North Star West Division title with a 10-3 season record. . .

Al LePage was appointed councilman to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Myron Heuer. . . The Howard Lake Lions installed Mike Main as 1997-98 president. . . Marisa Hovlid was featured as reader of the month by Howard Lake Librarian Roberta Rott. . .

Jake Streich threw a no-hitter against Maple Plain, setting up a 5-0 victory for Howard Lake. . . Curtis Larson and Amanda Lauzer, both of Howard Lake, won bikes in the drawing held by Werner's Hardware and Home Center. . .

The Dutch Lake Woods housing development plans received final approval from the city council. . . Brian and Reine McIntosh lost their mobile home to fire. . . Wright County 4-H members worked on getting their projects ready for the county fair. . .

The feasibility study for the library expansion with city offices was published and showed several options. If it were to be built, it would provide more parking and handicapped access to city offices. . . Orphans' pitchers Shane Heber and Chad Gagnon made team history, throwing a no-hitter.

August

First place in the open division at the Wright County Fair talent contest went to the Howard Lake Jazz Band. . . The 12 and under girls Howard Lake-Waverly summer recreation softball team took second place at the state tournament in their first year of competition. The girls 14 and under team placed in the top eight. . .

Residents of Haywood Drive oppose a parking ban on their street. . . Andrew Sorsoleil and Rachel Bakeberg were two of the state fair trip winners at the Wright County Fair. . . The new Howard Lake guidebook was published. . . The Howard Lake Police Department was granted a new Gateway 2000 computer with monitor and software by the Wright County Drug Task Force. The money came from drug forfeitures by drug dealers in Wright County. . .

Sarah Fowler, president of the Howard Lake FFA, attended the Washington Leadership Conference. . . Fall sports practices got underway. Football had a new head coach, John Mikel. . . The first phase of the Hwy. 12 improvement project was submitted to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

September

The city's problem with the non-productive well number five brought together several state agencies for review of the project with the contractor. . . Harvey, Lester, and Eileen Mauk of Howard Lake turned 50 years old. . .

Wright County was declared a federal disaster area in the aftermath of the July storms. . . Wade Fowler was chosen to represent HLWW in the National FFA Band in Kansas City, Mo. . . Howard Lake City Assessor Ken Yager lost his truck to a fire while on the road from HL to Buffalo. . .

Curtis Johnson received a purple ribbon for his small engine project at the Minnesota State Fair. Alyssa Youngren of Howard Lake received a blue ribbon for her clothing project. . . School started at HLWW. . . Wright County Detective Brooks Martin of Howard Lake retired with more than 175 people attending the retirement dinner. . .

St. James Lutheran Church started work on the new parking lot adjacent to the school. Kubasch Excavating brought in heavy equipment to demolish two houses that needed to be removed for the project. . . The HLWW volleyball team with Head Coach Andy Grover took third place at the HLWW invitational tournament. . .

HLWW Elementary students win state music awards for composition. . . Ellen and Darrell Brandt and their children lost everything in a house fire. . . HL Maintenance Supervisor Tom Goepfert fell ill inside the water tower as fumes from chemicals cut the oxygen in the air. He was able to get out and call the ambulance. . . Homecoming King and Queen were Mitch Diers and Jenni Hirsch. . .

Wright County Drug Task Force officers burned more that 9,000 marijuana plants south of the Howard Lake-Waverly area.

October

Ken Antil, Wright County Deputy retired from the Boat and Water Patrol Division for Wright County. . Music teacher Dawn Kalvig was selected as Region 5 Representative for Minnesota Elementary Music Educators K-8. . .

HLWW teachers Kirby Klingelhofer, Jodi Sanken, Jane Stritesky, and Sue Winger were among the honorees at the sixth annual Leadership in Educational Excellence Awards Banquet. . . Lakers volleyball have a 9-1 record with half the season complete. . . Hwy. 12 construction in Montrose neared completion. . .

An antique pipe organ was restored and rededicated for the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. . . The Automatic Teller Machine at Gerry's Super Valu was burglarized. A suspect was apprehended. . . Farmers worked overtime to complete the grain harvest. Good weather continued throughout the harvest period.

November

HLWW Music Teacher Chris Starr was named music educator of the year. . . HLWW students attended the first career day sponsored by the Winsted Civic and Commerce Association. Close to 70 students were hosted by the organization. . .

Humphrey Elementary sixth graders visited the State Capitol . . . A dinner was offered for one Friday evening of the fall musical presented by the HLWW and Dassel-Cokato drama departments. It was sold out, as were all the performances of the musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.". . .

Emily Sorsoleil was highlighted by Coach Grover as a dedicated team player. . . HL royalty, Janet Marketon, Karen Marketon, Debbie Stoll and Julie Ringold, attended Anoka's Halloween celebration. . . Andrew Sorsoleil of Howard Lake received a $100 savings bond for the state fair livestock interview award at the annual 4-H awards night. . .

Galen Krummel of HL won the Minnesota state wristwrestling championship in the lightweight class. . . Wallace Schmidt was awarded the Silver Star Medal posthumously by the United States Navel Service. . . The HLWW school board begins looking for people to make up a task force to determine building needs for the district. . .

Ridgeview Medical Center committed to staffing the Howard Lake medical clinic building after some renovation is completed. . . HLWW graduate Stephanie Knott was selected to the 1997 NCCAA All-American volleyball team. Knott played for the Northwestern College Eagles.

December

Ruth Voight was hired as liquor store manager. . . City Maintenance personnel worked with Northern States Power to hoist the city's Christmas tree to its place over Hwy. 12. . .

Three public hearings in one evening brought out a spirit of cooperation on the Hwy. 12 improvement project. . . Nicolle Bergstrom and Evan Mahlstedt participated in a select junior high honors choir at Bethel College. . . Jessica Munson, Katie Fitzpatrick, and Jodi Kyllonen, the senior trio from HLWW's concert choir, sang the National Anthem at the state volleyball tournament. . .

Todd Anderson began his job with the HL City Maintenance Department. He will be in charge of buildings and grounds, as well as assisting with water treatment. . . The HL City Council hired Ehlers and Associates to develop a five year, financial plan for the city. . .

Howard Lake royalty participated in Santa Day at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center. . . Mary Robinson, Gilbert Duncan, Linda Bleth, and Connie Baumann won in the Howard Lake Business Association's $1,000 giveaway. . .

Tim Jenson won a $100 savings bond and Angie Gatz won a $50 savings bond in the labels for education drive. . . Katie Gruenhagen was chosen co-athlete of the week by the Central Minnesota Conference.


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