Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, January 4, 1999

1998 year in review - Journal

January

Dr. John Klobe retired from dentistry after 39 years . . . Martina McBride and The Mavericks were added to Winstock lineup . . .

Winsted took bids for the construction of a new fire hall . . . Brian "Woody" Langenfeld purchased Keg's Bar in Winsted . . .

Dale Woodbeck, owner and president of Formative Engineering Corporation, announced his company will remain and expand in Lester Prairie . . . Rev. Grant T. Bode was installed as new pastor for St. Paul Lutheran in Lester Prairie . . . Andrew Galles joined the Lester Prairie Police Department.

February

NordicTrack announced the closing of its Glencoe plant and estimates 200 employee layoffs . . . Winsted City Council approved the first phase to study the condition of the old city hall . . .

Mae Stifter was honored by the Winsted Civic and Commerce Association . . . Non-certified staff at Lester Prairie High School filed for unionization . . . McLeod County Sheriff Duane Kopesky announced he would retire after 30 years in law enforcement.

March

Quast Transfer relocated about 80 jobs to the Twin Cities . . . LP/HT wrestler Josh Eckstein, Tom Fiecke, Alek Halverson, Noah Werner, and Kyle Koch qualified to compete in the state tournament . . .

The Luce Line Trail through Winsted got a new Web site at http://www.luceline.com . . . Brian Anderson opened Handy Andy Repair and Construction in Winsted . . .

Doug and Joyce Quast, owners of Stamp Etc., were profiled . . . Littfin Truss donated roof and floor trusses for the new fire hall in Winsted . . .

A moderate fish-kill was investigated by the Department of Natural Resources at Winsted Lake . . . LP/HT youth wrestlers competed in the state tournament . . . Louis Stifter, instructor of the Winsted Karate Club, placed first in the kumite competition at the 26th Annual National Karate Championship in California.

April

The Winsted Lester Prairie Journal office relocated to the Bayerl building . . . Two new warning sirens were installed in Winsted . . .

Katie Fasching was crowned a dairy princess by the McLeod County Chapter of the American Dairy Association . . . Rev. Paul L. Wolf was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Church . . .

Holy Trinity student Peggy Lenz and math teacher Marv Ebensperger assisted in tornado damage clean up in St. Peter . . .

Lester Prairie agreed to be legal sponsor of a tax increment district to entice Formative Engineering to stay . . . State Rep. Tony Kielkucki announced his bid for re-election . . . Mayor Don Guggemos of Winsted proclaimed April 19-25 Volunteer Recognition Week . . .

Members of HLWW National Honor Society spent spring break in Hawaii.

May

Paula Fiecke and Elaine Gueningsman purchased the Pantry Cafe in Winsted . . . Donations to the McLeod Food Shelf were reported at 4,000 pounds less than 1997 . . .

Winsted hosted its Garage Sales Days . . . Mayor Ed Mlynar of Lester Prairie declared May 15 as Poppy Day in recognition of Veterans . . .

Formative Engineering Corp. held a ground breaking ceremony in Lester Prairie . . . Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District approached Lester Prairie School District about pairing and sharing of programs.

June

The Winsted City Council decided to begin a re-use study of the old city hall . . . Barb Parpart retired after 29 years as the business manager for Lester Prairie School . . .

TDJ Construction of Waconia won the bid for the new fire hall in Winsted . . . Dr. James Redfield spoke in Lester Prairie and Roger K. Olson spoke in Winsted at Memorial Day services . . . Kate Kallenbach directed a spring pops concert at Holy Trinity . . .

Winstock performers The Mavericks, Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Mary Sue England, and The Killer Hayseeds were profiled . . .

Republican delegates unanimously endorsed Tony Kielkucki for his second term . . . Winsted City Council entered into contract negotiations with Triax Cable . . .

Richard Segler sent an e-mail weather report from McMurdo Station in Antarctica . . . Sister Annella Fiecke and Sister Johannella Fiecke celebrated 80 years at the Convent School of Sisters of St. Francis . . . Winstock 1998 was held . . .

Chuck Thiel and the Jolly Ramblers released a new CD . . . Longhorn Days were held in Lester Prairie . . . Winsted Planning Commission began work on a comprehensive plan.

July

Elin Schoenfelder, Miss Winsted 1996, competed for Queen of the Lakes at the Minneapolis Aquatennial . . .

Winsted's Archery Club was profiled . . . The Court of Appeals dismissed SJ&F Enterprises' lawsuit against the city of Winsted . . . Holy Trinity appointed Fr. Paul Wolf as the schools new superintendent and high school principal . . .

The world famous Bratbusters announced their retirement . . . Lester Prairie City Council approved a decision to create comprehensive plan . . .

The Niro-Sterner building was bought by SJ&F Enterprises . . . The Lester Prairie School Board considered hiring a grant writer for long range planning for the district . . . Charlotte Bruns of rural Lester Prairie survived a collision with a Dakota Rail train on County Rd. 15.

August

Casey Wilder of Lester Prairie earned a gold medal in archery at the 18th annual veteran wheel chair games . . . First Presbyterian Church closed its doors in Winsted . . . Ralph Littfin was memorialized and received the Purple Heart, Asiatic Theater Pacific Ribbon, and two bronze stars . . .

County Rd. 1 construction was completed, but Winsted City Council unhappy with the results. . .

Quast Transfer was sold to Vitran Corporation of Toronto, Canada . . .

Sarah Behrens was selected as Miss Winsted at the Legion Festival . . . Lester Prairie Comprehensive Arts Planning Program sponsored its first Prairie Arts Festival . . .

Lester Prairie School Board tightened its policies on student absences and summer school . . . Jesse Ventura, Reform Party candidate, visited the Blue Note in Winsted . . .

SJ&F Enterprises asked the state supreme court to overturn an appeals court ruling on a lawsuit with Winsted.

September

Joey Kozitza was profiled for his work with the Minnesota Conservation Corps. . . . TDS Telecom announced that it would raise local telephone rates . . .

Shane Painschab of Winsted participated in a demolition derby at the McLeod County Fair . . . Volunteers assembled playground equipment at Winsted Elementary . . .

Holy Trinity High School hosted the 17th Annual Karate Invitational tournament . . . The state supreme court dismissed SJ&F Enterprises' lawsuit against the city of Winsted.

October

District 20B Minnesota House candidates and District 2 U.S. House candidates presented their views at a forum sponsored by the Winsted Civic & Commerce Association . . .

Winsted's planning commission distributed a land use survey . . . Lester Prairie approved a plan to extend water and sewer services to The Depot . . .

Winsted Mayor Don Guggemos announced that he would not run for another term . . . The state announced a delay in Highway 261 turnback project . . .

Helen Guggemos was profiled for her 38 years of service at St. Mary's Care Center . . . Winsted hired Aaron Reeves as the new city administrator.

November

The Winsted City Council announced plans to move its offices to the former theater building on Second Street and Main Avenue . . . Lester Prairie elected Eric Angvall as mayor, and Larry Hoof and Roland Bruckschen as council members by write-in . . .

Winsted elected Floyd Sneer as mayor and Tom Wiemiller as a new city council member . . . Veterans were honored in Winsted for Veterans Day . . .

The Lester Prairie Bulldogs football team ended its season as co-champions of the Tri-Valley Conference and Section 4-A champions . . . The Winsted Fire Department moved into the new fire hall . . . St. Mary's Apartments changed its name to Linden Woods Apartments and hired Sharon Pingree as the new service coordinator . . . Frank Habisch was profiled as owner of Frank's Gun Repair . . .

Greg Harwood was featured as new owner of Harwood's Winsted Body Shop . . . Both Winsted's and Lester Prairie's mayors declared Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day.

December

Winsted's Civic & Commerce Association sponsored the Winsted Winter Festival with a parade and other festivities . . .

Poet Diego Vazquez Jr. completed a residency with Lester Prairie High School . . . Lester Prairie finalized a street lighting project, but not without controversy . . .

Bailey's Tavern and Grill got the go ahead for its tailgate party . . . The DNR replaced the dam at Winsted Lake . . . The Lester Prairie Police Department placed first and the Winsted Police Department placed second in the 1998 Safe and Sober Challenge . . .

The Lester Prairie City Council asked McLeod County to assist the city in moving the Highway 261 turnback project towards completion . . .

Mark Ollig resigned from the city council and was replaced by Jeff Albers . . . Rob Heldt and Kevin Garlock purchased the Hollywood Ranch House from Bruce and Helen Johnson.


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