Howard Lake Herald, January 12, 1998

1997: the year in review for Waverly (part two)

By ANDREA VARGO

July

The July storm was the topic of discussion all over Waverly. Residents and firemen helped neighbors in the aftermath of the devastating winds. . . Tiffany Ogle represented Waverly at Girls State. . . Shadow Decker was crowned Miss Waverly. . .

Angela Ordorff attended the Aquatennial to compete for the Queen of the Lakes crown. . . Dale Decker released a six pound-three ounce northern back into Waverly Lake after the Waverly Daze fishing contest was over. . . Metro area calling was voted in by local residents. . .

Waverly Lions gave $3,000 for the Waverly royalty to represent the city as ambassadors to the surrounding towns and their celebrations.

August

After 24 years as Waverly City Clerk, Bonnie Young retired. She still works on a consulting basis occasionally for the city. . . Kent Jackson started work for the Citizens State Bank of Waverly. . . Susan Bayerl and Anthony Ratai were engaged to be married. . .

John Rassat became Waverly's Maintenance Supervisor. . . The Hubert H. Humphrey Museum was destroyed by fire in an early morning blaze Aug. 18. Hardworking firemen and volunteers saved much of the memorabilia, but most of it was water and smoke damaged.

September

Carrie Paetow received a blue ribbon for her cat entry at the Minnesota State Fair, and Turner and Joe Sawatzke each received a purple ribbon for their entries. . .

Dick Borrell of Waverly announced his candidacy for governor of Minnesota. . . Jim Woitalla started his maintenance position with the City of Waverly. . . A plant survey of Waverly Lake for a vegetation management plan was made for the Brainerd Department of Natural Resources.

October

Miss Waverly, Shadow Decker and Lions, Dale Lorentz and Tom McDonough participated in the Lion sponsored Funkley Days. . . The old Waverly Bank building started getting a facelift from Angela Lachermeier. . .

A school bus accident on the west edge of Waverly left students and driver shaken but uninjured. . . Waverly royalty Shadow Decker, Tiffany Ogle, and Margaret Grangroth each had a featured spot on the Waverly page this month.

November

Kelly Borrell had an essay featured in Mindworks, a feature of the Star Tribune. . . Rick Lammers, representing Waverly Legion Post 305, presented Humphrey Elementary Principal Dean Wessman with a flag at the Veterans Day ceremonies. . .

Planning and zoning recommended purchase of the Graham property as an industrial site, and worked on revision of the city's fee structure and zoning ordinances. . . Tiffany Ogle participates in the Minnesota teen pageant. . .

Irene Bender, director of the Humphrey Museum requested a vote of approval from the Waverly City Council for use of the old village hall as a permanent home for the museum. . . Hwy. 12 between Waverly and Delano opened after summer construction work.

December

A large crowd turned out for a town meeting to address the issue of using the old village hall as the new museum site. Also on the agenda was the proposal for the Graham property purchase. Feelings ran high on both sides of each issue, but the council had a chance to hear public input on the issues. At its monthly council meeting, the council voted to allow the use of the village hall, as long as the contract protected the city from any financial hazards. The Graham property purchase was deferred until a financial plan was available for the city. . .

Waverly City Councilman Don Smith resigned. . . The first certificate of appreciation from the City of Waverly was awarded to Jaylynn and John Newton for renovation work they have done on their older home.


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