Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, January 4 and 11, 1999

1998 year in review - Herald

January

Howard Lake: Dutch Lake Woods began its first stage of development with tree clearing and brush grubbing. This was the preliminary work to placing utilities and streets for the new housing development . . .

The medical clinic building got some much-needed repair work in preparation for the opening of the Ridgeview-Howard Lake Medical Clinic . . .Ground moving began on the gym and classroom addition for the St. James Lutheran School . . .

Citizens expressed the desire to have more clean-up work done in Howard Lake, according to the city survey . . . It's a family tradition. The Judd family, Dave and Jan Judd, with Dave's brother Dan, opened the Garden Spot Inn on Howard Lake . . .

Miss Howard Lake Julie Ringold represented Howard Lake in the St. Paul Grande Day Parade Jan. 29 . . .

Waverly: Hubert H. Humphrey was honored by over 150 people on the 20th anniversary of his death at the old Waverly Village Hall Jan. 10.

Former WCCO newscaster Dick Chapman played excerpts from the tape he did for the 10th anniversary of Humphrey's death and told humorous stories of his coverage of Humphrey as a political figure.

February

Howard Lake: The Ridgeview-Howard Lake Clinic opened for business Feb. 10 . . . Central Minnesota Conference All-Academic Team for HLWW were Greg Swanson, Tiffany Ogle, Sean Campbell, Beth Stueven, Stephanie Salonek, Andrew Gagnon, Rachel Bakeberg, and Kari Krohn . . .

Nancy Harrold took over as the new Howard Lake librarian . . . The Berube building next to Red's Family Restaurant was demolished to make way for a new parking area . . .Cartmakers, Inc., the oldest business in the country for building pushcarts and mall carts, went to a large trade show with totally new designs in their retail merchandising units this year . . .

The Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted a meeting for the public to ask questions about the proposed improvements to Highway 12 . . . HLWW Sno-Fest Queen Kelly Kozitka and King Travis Genty presided over the week of activities at the high school . . .

HLWW wrestlers took fifth place at the Meadow Creek Alliance Academy Wrestling Tournament Feb. 7. Luke Long and Trevor Berg won first place honors in their respective weight categories. They both qualified for the state tournament Feb. 26 . . . The mobile home park proposed expansion by 45 lots . . .

Waverly: Waverly ambassadors, Queen Shadow Decker, Princess Tiffany Ogle, and Miss Congeniality Margaret Grangroth, attended the Humphrey memorial observance Jan. 10 . . .

Maintenance Supervisor John Rassat had the sewer lines televised, but due to mineral deposits, the company could only go about 400 feet on the first go-round. The lines had to be cleaned and vacuumed before the job could be finished. Sewer lines proved to be in decent shape and only need lining during the Highway 12 improvement work in 2000 . . .

Waverly Queen Shadow Decker represented her city in the St. Paul Grande Day Parade . . . Carrie Paetow and Katie Fitzpatrick competed well in the St. Anthony Lucky Dog Speech Tournament Feb. 28 . . . Catherine Jackson, president of the Citizens State Bank of Waverly, was named 1998 Banker of the Year.

March

Howard Lake: The City Hall Restoration committee plans to raise awareness of the need to preserve the historic building for future generations . . . The HLWW Laker Booster Club hosted a celebration of music in recognition of the HLWW music department being named the most outstanding Class A music program in the state. A packed house watched, while over 200 students showcased their musical accomplishments and talents . . .

Setting a new record, over 100 booths and displays were available to the public during the Howard Lake Community Expo March 14 . . . St. James girls basketball A team took first place in the Mayer Lutheran tournament . . .

With a 93-82 victory over Marston Electric, Buffalo Bar and Grill clinched the Howard Lake Men's Basketball League title and a berth in the state amateur tournament . . . The HLWW 7th grade traveling team won the Minnesota Youth Association of Sports State Tournament March 13-15 in Columbia Heights . . .

During the unusual spring weather, a golfer went ice fishing in the morning and golfing in the afternoon at The Greens golf course . . .

Waverly: Humphrey Elementary students were recognized for compositions written on "Why school is important to me." They were Katie Jagodzinski, Jill Decker, Katrina Koppi-Kohn, Dustin Barney, Tina Horstmann, Jason Menden, Luke Gagnon, Rosa Diers, Tanya Merritt, and Brian Pettit . . .

Waverly royalty moms told of being a part of the adventure their girls are having as ambassadors for their city . . . The new building at the park will get windows and doors, as approved by the Waverly City Council . . . Waverly royalty attended the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Maple Lake.

April

Howard Lake: Third grader Pat Salonek took third place at the 1998 Northland Youth Wrestling Association state tournament in Rochester . . . Two bus loads of students from HLWW went to St. Peter to help with clean-up after the spring tornados tore through the community . . .

Burton and Marlys Horsch were awarded Wright County Farm Family of the year by the University of Minnesota . . . City Administrator Doug Borglund resigned to take a job in Bloomington as a city planner after only 16 months in Howard Lake . . .

HLWW FFA students competed in the nursery/landscape contest at Stillwater High School and captured first place with 1670 points. The next closest school was Anoka with 1519 points . . . St. James students won a free pizza party from Pizza Hut by successfully completing five months of required reading for the Book It program sponsored by Pizza Hut Restaurants . . .

Joe Painschab won the Howard Lake Lioness Easter Bunny raffle and got baskets of goodies . . . The Wright County 4-H senior dairy bowl team, Brittani Boehlke, Pat Bakeberg, Tony Bakeberg, Andrew Sorsoleil, and Nathan Diers took second place at the regional competition in March and finished sixth in the state bowl in April at the U. of M. . . .

The Howard Lake Lions Club celebrated its 20th year of service to the community . . . The long range facilities task force that was charged by the HLWW School Board with the job of investigating the need for a new high school came to a consensus that there is definitely a need for such a facility . . .

Katie Padden was chosen to the All State Mixed Choir and Wade Fowler was selected to the All State Band for the coming school year. Both students were selected from over 2,000 auditions . . . Corben Johnson placed third in his all-around score at the United States Association of Gymnastics state meet March 21 . . .

Thomas Goepfert was awarded a certificate for excellence in operations from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency . . . The HLWW FFA landscape team finished fifth in the state at the Minnesota State FFA Convention . . .

Howard Lake hired a new city administrator, Christina Frankenfield from Mankato . . . HLWW High School graduated 75 seniors. Jodi Kyllonen was 1998 valedictorian, and Jessica Munson was 1998 salutatorian . . .

Waverly: HLWW senior Christina Mosh of Waverly exhibited her native American beadwork at the University of Minnesota Goldstein Gallery . . .

Waverly queen candidates Joanna Padden, Carrie Paetow, Jennifer Borrell, Katie Fitzpatrick, and Mary Bakeberg attended an orientation at the village hall . . . The Hubert H. Humphrey Museum was awarded a $1 million grant through the state bonding bill to fund the beginnings of the work on the museum . . .

HLWW Drama Club presented "Arsenic and Old Lace" . . . John Rassat, wastewater treatment operator for Waverly, was awarded a certificate for excellence from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

May

Howard Lake: Business association members had a strategy meeting to address the problems facing businesses during the Highway 12 construction, this year and in 2000 . . .

Prior to the May 3, season home-opener game for the Howard Lake Orphans, the American Legion Post 145 dedicated the new center field flag pole to the memory of the Dahlberg brothers, Timber, Chuck, and Jim, former Orphans baseball players. A plaque was also installed . . .

HLWW basic skills tests improve again, up eight percent in reading and 11 percent in math . . . Jenni Hirsch and Matt Montgomery received were honored as athletes of the year . . . HLWW seventh grade softball team had a perfect year, 13-0 . . . Straight-line winds barreled down on Howard Lake, snapping trees and putting power lines on the ground . . . Jodi Kyllonen and Mitch Diers gave the youth addresses at the Memorial Day Service.

Waverly: The Junior Livestock Team from Wright County did well at state after receiving the championship at regionals. Team members are Rosa Diers, Joelle Strandquist, Tim Strandquist, Curtis Johnson, and Patrick Swartzer . . .

The HLWW Jazz Band entertained the Waverly Booster Club at its annual banquet . . . Shadow Decker was part of a dance trio that won the high-point award at the Challenge Cup Dance Competition, April 4, at Jefferson High School in Bloomington . . .

Warner Hohag was honored by the Waverly Area Visionary Enrichment committee for his contributions to the organization and the community . . . Tiffany Ogle, 1997 Girls State representative, read the poem, "Flanders Field," at the Waverly Memorial Day service.

June

Howard Lake: HLWW School Board was told by Bob Buresh, Facilities and Organization Division of the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning, that good programs and new buildings draw families. He suggested the high school would make a good middle school . . .

Crystal Jones, six and a half, found the medallion hidden by the Howard Lake Lions in conjunction with the Good Neighbor Days celebration, June 25-28. The youngster won $300 in Howard Lake Bucks . . .

Orphans set home run record against Litchfield . . . Jessica Munson was awarded a National School Choral Award . . . Louella (Sutherland) Johnson was one of the past Howard Lake royalty to attend the Good Neighbor Days celebration . . . .

Sarah Fall was crowned Miss Howard Lake with Emily Sorsoleil and Alicia Painschab chosen as her princesses during the Good Neighbor Days celebration.

Waverly: Tom Borrell and Jennifer Borrell attended the American Legion's Boys State and Girls State programs . . . The old Waverly Bank building was renovated and opened as What Next?*! by Angela Lachermeier . . .

The Howard Lake-Waverly Cub Scouts Pack 594 graduated Dan Claussen, Zach Swanson, and Josh Pehl into the Boy Scouts . . . Dan Glessing, Waverly, a student at Ridgewater College, won a dairy award and an award of merit in career planning . . .Sean Campbell received the John Philip Sousa Award . . .

Many adult volunteers help make the Joe Woitaila Memorial Fishing Expo a successful event for Humphrey Elementary fourth grade students . . . Fourth grade Humphrey Elementary teacher Joan Johnson was awarded a Golden Apple Achiever certificate from the Ashland, Inc, Teacher Achievement Awards program.

July

Howard Lake: Tom Painschab of Corpus Christi, Texas and Joan Kottke of Howard Lake cashed in on the Good Neighbor Days raffle . . .

The largest northern pike (6.87 pounds) in Howard Lake's GND fishing contest was caught by Jacob Barth of Howard Lake . . .

The Wright County Fairgrounds were invaded by over 1,000 purebred dogs for the annual two-day Wright County Kennel Club dog show . . .

City council members signed a cooperative agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) for the park and ride lot construction . . .

Julie Ringold, Miss Howard Lake for 1997-98 attended the Minneapolis Aquatennial as a candidate for Queen of the Lakes . . .

Work started on Highway 12, July 13 . . . Luckys Tiny Bit won the breeders futurity at Canterbury Park for owner Lowell Schrupp of Howard Lake . . . Sallie Fall and Phil Vieau attended Girls and Boys State.

Waverly: Rachel Bakeberg won first place with her grade Holstein yearling in the Region VII dairy show at the Waconia Fairgrounds . . . The first tree was planted in the new park space on the east side of Pete's Grocery. It is slowly starting to take shape . . .

Kelly Doroff was one of 13 winners out of 6,000 entries that will have her artwork in the 1999 Northern States Power energy safety calendar . . .

Miss Waverly Shadow Decker attended the Minneapolis Aquatennial as a candidate for Queen of the Lakes . . .

The 1998-99 Waverly Queen Mary Bakeberg and Princess Carrie Paetow took over the reins July 12 . . . Mayor Charlie Bush awarded a certificate of appreciation to Angela Lachermeier and husband, Ken Kutz, for their efforts in renovating the old Waverly bank building into a working art studio, antique shop, and office . . .

Waverly Daze first place in the fishing contest for a northern pike (5.4 pounds) went to Bob Bomen of Waverly . . .

The Citizens State Bank was honored for corporate giving as part of the Minnesota Keystone ProgramSM. .

August

Howard Lake: Renee Oliva received a blue award in her dog obedience project for 4-H and was eligible to attend the regional competition . . .

A settlement was reached on well number five with the Reike Carroll Muller Associates, Inc. for the well that never produced any water . . .

Miss Howard Lake Sarah Fall, Princesses Alisha Painschab and Emily Sorsoleil attended the Wright County Fair and Pola-Czesky Days . . . Orphans pitcher Shane Heber pitched a complete game four-hit shutout Aug. 7 against Maple Plain in the opening game of the Region 11C tournament . . .

Florida vacationer Ralph Lewis of Punta Gorda, Fla. and his dog were rescued from drowning in Howard Lake by Lowell Schrupp, Melmer Lahr, and LeRoy Schauer . . .

The Howard Lake Orphans advanced to the state baseball tournament.

Waverly: Miss Waverly Mary Bakeberg and Princess Carrie Paetow attended the Wright County Fair . . . Keith Fasching and Alyssa Youngren both had cows that delivered calves at the Wright County Fair . . .

Doug Determan of Waverly shot a hole-in-one during the Waverly Classic Golf Tournament Aug. 15 . . . The Humphrey Museum was awarded a $25,000 Multi-Community Project Grant by the Central Minnesota Initiative Fund.

September

Howard Lake: Stained glass windows were designed and created by Shirley Klammer for the new addition to St. James Lutheran School . . .

The park and ride lot was started on the north side of Highway 12 behind the Posey Patch and other businesses . . .

The Parade of Homes appeared in Howard Lake for the first time with an entry at Dutch Lake Woods . .

Winsted Elementary School completed its playground . . . Improvements were started on Highway 12 and the detour was put in place . . .

Waverly: Dave Larson and Gary Olson helped with excavation and painting the side of Pete's Grocery to continue the volunteer work needed to help complete the park space . . . Wright County's junior team placed first in their age division at the 1998 State Wildlife and Shooting Sports Contest quiz bowl. Team members included Terry Dongoski, Craig Marquette, Evan VanBeusekom, Charlie Wozney, and Michelle Zachman . . .

Intermediate team members Aaron Marquette, Kacy Suckow, Chad Vliem, and Eric Zachman also took first in their age division . . .

October

Howard Lake: Valerie Westerman of Howard Lake donated her long hair, when she had it cut, to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces for children with medical hair loss . . .

HLWW homecoming royalty were King Luke Long, Queen Katie Gruenhagen, and Princess Sallie Fall . . .The Howard Lake Lions installed new members Paul Schmitz and Don Danford . . .

Ground was broken for the new Howard Lake Auto Center . . .

Katie Gruenhagen was named to the Minnesota Preseason Top 100 Player Rankings by the Minnesota Basketball News . . .

HLWW elementary students received the greatest number of top awards given to a single school district at the Minnesota Elementary Music Educator's composition contest . . . FFA members collected $3,891 for Camp Courage in their 1998 corn drive . . .

The landscape project was finished outside the main entrance to the HLWW High School . . . Howard Lake candidates took part in the first political forum . .

Waverly: Sarah Larson and Angela Larson of Waverly participated in the State 4-H Horse Show . . . Bill's Grill opened in Waverly . . .

A tree was planted in memory of Muriel Humphrey-Brown at the Humphrey Elementary School . . .

Downtown beautification continued as flower boxes were installed on many of the main street buildings through efforts by the Waverly Area Visionary Enrichment Committee . . . Members of the Waverly Gun Club came home with second place in the open class and club division at the national competition . . .

November

Howard Lake: Except for a final wear coat, the park and ride lot was finished . . . Andrew Sorsoleil was recognized as a 4-H youth representative for the Extension Committee . . .

Howard Lake Lions donated $2,000 to the Wright County food shelf . . . John Custer was presented a plaque commemorating 50 years of membership in Howard Lake Legion Post 145 . . .

The detour sign came down and traffic flowed freely on Highway 12 . . . Howard Lake received a grant for $10,852 from the Minnesota Historical Society . . .

Gerry Smith resigned as chairman of Good Neighbor Days to devote time to his new job as mayor of Howard Lake in 1999 . . .

Sean and Linda Groos were recognized for outstanding contributions to 4-H . . .

Waverly: Moy's Custom Painting and Collision, Inc. opened . . . Karen Fadden of Waverly won a Satellite TV System from Startech Satellite TV of Waverly as the second prize in the newspaper's baseball contest . . .

Jim Vrchota was installed as the new president at Citizens State Bank of Waverly . . .

Mary Bakeberg, Rachel Bakeberg, and Tiffany Olson attended the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Mo. . . .

Hope Horstmann and Clark Ostvig were chosen from the Humphrey Elementary School to participate in the American Choral Directors Association Elementary Honor Choir . . .

December

Howard Lake: The Rev. Lisa Rossi was ordained at the First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake and installed as the new spiritual leader for the congregation . . .

Old and new city council members toured the Howard Lake fire station . . . Junior varsity and girls basketball teams win openers . . .

The city maintenance department was directed to purchase a new payloader to move snow . . . Katie Gruenhagen reached 1,000 points in her basketball career . . .

Waverly: The courtyard got its clock as a close-to-finishing touch before winter closed in . . . Target Stores gave a $1,000 grant to the Humphrey Museum.


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