Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, January 5, 1998

1997: the year in review for Winsted and Lester Prairie

By MAGGIE SCHUETTE-VOSS

January

The third set of brothers to own the Blue Note, Craig and Jeff Campbell were featured . . . the Catholic Aid Council donated teddy bears to the county's emergency services . . . Nancy Krull joined the Lester Prairie school board . . . McLeod county approves a 2 percent salary increase for employees . . . Craig Millerbernd and his band "Don't Eat the Daisies" is profiled . . Tracy Lawrence was announced as the headline act for Winstock '97 . . . Kay Jepson joins the Lester Prairie city council . . . Claire Roufs and Rob Davidson were crowned Holy Trinity Sno Fest royalty . . . Molly Coulter won the school-level competition in Lester Prairie for the National Geography Bee . . . Robin Foss and Tom Issendorf were crowned Lester Prairie Sno Fest Royalty . . .

February

Sterner Lighting confirms it will move office functions to the metro . . . Francis Schommer received the Star Council Award from the Knights of Columbus . . . the McLeod County posse is 20 years old . . . the Journal joins the Adquest Network . . . three year old Jordan Remer, who has Wolf-Hirschorn Syndrome was profiled . . . the HLWW drama club won the sub-section 20 and section five championships and advanced to the state competition . . . Angela Thompson, a student at Lester Prairie Schools was the district spelling bee champion . . . Gordon and Lenora Kubasch were given the Outstanding Service award by the Winsted C&C . . . it is announced the first phase of rebuilding Highway 261 will begin in June . . .

March

Lester Prairie school board is told by its superintendent it needs to address issue of shrinking funding . . . Doris Luedtke and her many hats are featured . . . Rep. Dave Minge visits St. Mary's Care Center . . . a corrected levy lowered taxes in Winsted. The levy had mistakenly been submitted for $420,318 instead of $354,180 . . . Hubert Haekenkamp was elected as Winsted Township Supervisor, Shirley Quast was elected treasurer . . . Stanley Larson was elected Bergen Township Supervisor, Lloyd Larson was elected treasurer . . . The Chicken Barn restaurant opens . . . the city of Lester Prairie adopts the Uniform Building Code . . . a poem by Chris Cuadros is published in "A Celebration of Young Poets" . . . Crow River Genealogists begin collecting family histories . . . Patty Rud won two tickets from KDWB radio to see the Gopher basketball team play in San Antonio . . . the high water content of the snow melt threatens the area with flooding . . . Mid Minnesota Concert Band celebrates its 20th anniversary . . .

April

Officer Tim Langenfeld is assaulted when he stops to assist what he believed was a stalled motorist . . . digital phone equipment is installed in Lester Prairie . . . Ann and Art Mallak open "Unique Arts and Crafts" in Winsted . . . Don Splettstazer and John Strei are featured for making maple syrup . . . Internet access is installed at the Winsted Public Library . . . volunteers are sought to adopt segments of the Luce Line Trail . . . donations are collected locally for flood relief for East Grand Forks-Grand Forks area . . . an attempt to have a demolition derby in Lester Prairie is vetoed by the city council . . . the development agreement and bond sale were approved by the Winsted city council for the Winsted on the Lake housing development . . .

May

Author Maryann Weidt visits Lester Prairie school . . . six juveniles were charged with burglary and vandalism at Holy Trinity School. $1,500 in damage was done to a classroom . . . Officer Tim Langenfeld returns to work . . . state funding to rebuild Highway 261 from Winsted to Highway 7 is approved . . . one man is killed and eight are injured when an apartment building under construction collapses in Hutchinson . . . Lester Prairie Elementary principal Barb Kearn resigns . . . the second phase of Prairie Meadows addition in Lester Prairie is started . . . the Winsted American Legion dedicates a flag to the Adult Training and Habilitation Center . . .

June

Construction begins on Highway 261. It has been renamed County Rd. 1 . . . Pastor Bill Metzger returns to deliver the commencement address at Lester Prairie High School . . . Winstock returns to Winsted, as does Longhorn Days to Lester Prairie . . . Daryl Hoof of Lester Prairie was cited by the Star Tribune as the leading batter in the metro area. Hoof ended the season with a .596 batting average . . . the new Chilson Funeral Home has its open house . . . Lester Building Systems observes 50 years in business . . . Mary Wiemiller resigns as counselor at Lester Prairie Schools to take a position at Annandale schools . . . the waste water treatment plant must deal with 10,000 pounds of whey dumped into the system by Mid-Am . . . Steve Byrne is hired as the new principal at Holy Trinity High School . . . Jerry Bebo and his wind turbines are featured . . .

July

Several storms hit the area, knocking down trees and causing power outages . . . St. John's Lutheran Church in Winsted has 125th anniversary . . . the Minnesota Zoomobile visits the Winsted Library, bringing with it a porcupine and boa constrictor . . . fundraisers are set up for Chris Bahr of Lester Prairie, who had surgery to remove a non-malignant brain tumor . . . the senior dining site at the Winsted Legion club opens . . . Ralph's Oil in Lester Prairie observed 25 years in business . . . a house owned by the late Tillie Kohler is burned and used as practice by the Winsted and Lester Prairie fire departments . . . Quast Transfer receives a state safety award from the Minnesota Trucking Association . . .

August

Ben Weinbeck is the grand marshal of the Winsted Legion Festival parade . . . the Weibel family of Winsted was also honored at the Festival. Nine of the ten Weibel boys enlisted in the armed services . . . the Lester Prairie class of 1982 celebrated its 15 year reunion . . . local UPS workers join the national strike . . . the Lester Prairie boys baseball team wins the state class B championship . . . Kelli Fleischacker is crowned Miss Winsted. Jenny Marquardt and April Reitz are selected as princesses. Beth Ollig is Miss Congeniality . . . the late Bill Mahon was given the Honorary Commodore Award by the Minnesota Aquatennial . . . the city council begins to look for temporary space for the city offices . . . Richard Hartshorn is hired as the Lester Prairie Elementary School principal . . . the Hubert H. Humphrey museum in Waverly burns . . . Diane Templin of Lester Prairie won $11,000 from the Minnesota State Lottery

September

County Sheriff dispatchers file intent to strike. A strike is later averted . . . a Quast Transfer semi truck tips over on County Rd. 2, spilling sulfuric acid . . . several kindergartners are featured and talk about their first days of school . . . Triax Cable representatives get roasted at a city council meeting by customers upset with the company's poor service . . . Lester Building Systems announces it will open a satellite office in the western Minneapolis suburbs . . . Glenn's Super Valu has its grand reopening to show the new addition to the store . . . the Winsted city council agrees to move its offices to the Niro-Sterner building . . . Daryn and Daryl Hoof of Lester Prairie were chosen for the Class A All-State Baseball Team . . . Char Laxen of Winsted was the featured artist at the Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival . . . a committee to advise on the future of the city hall building in Winsted is appointed . . . Connie Kampsula of Lester Prairie went to Japan as a participant in the Fullbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program . . . Maryann Johnson and her Pugs are featured . .

October

Colleen Giesen and Dustin LaMott were crowned Lester Prairie homecoming king and queen. April Reitz and Mike Baird were crowned Holy Trinity homecoming king and queen . . . a minivan collided with a HLWW school bus. The only injuries were bumps and bruises . . . the fire department gears up for a referendum on a new fire hall . . . Pastor Robert Voelker and family leave Winsted for Canada . . . harvests are average or above despite the year's adverse weather conditions . . . Carlson's Orchard is featured . . . 13 gravestones were overturned at Oster Covenant Church cemetery . . . HLWW and Lester Prairie agree to pair track teams for 1997-98 season . . .

November

Lester Prairie Pastors Sherri Sandoz and Kay Welsh are featured . . . the Bulldogs football team wins the Section 4 football title over the Holy Trinity Trojans . . . a referendum on a new fire hall in Winsted is set for Dec. 11 . . . Winsted's web page is featured . . . Howard Schuette's experience during the Korean War at Chosin Reservoir is featured . . . Fred Blaser and Gene Starke are elected to the Lester Prairie school board . . . Spitz and Sophie Litfin celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary . . . Officer Gary King resigns from Lester Prairie to join the McLeod County Sheriff's department . . . Holy Trinity's Mike Baird racks up 5,086 career rushing yards, the number two record in the state . . . engineers determine the city hall building is structurally sound . . . the high turnover rate of county employees is profiled . . . Joe Caouette purchased Jimmy's Pizza in October and expanded the dining area . . .

December

Annie Evans and her art is featured . . . holiday celebrations are held in Winsted and Lester Prairie . . . voters approve a new fire hall in Winsted 248-61 . . . "Grandma" Opal Habisch starts publishing her stories in the Journal . . . controversy sparks in Lester Prairie over a rescue truck bid.


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