Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Jan. 3, 2000

1999: year in review (Howard Lake-Waverly)

January

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted boys basketball team beat the Albany Huskies in overtime, 76-66, in the championship game of the 16th annual HLWW Boys Tournament.

Outgoing Mayor Mark Custer expressed his appreciation at the city council meeting to everyone he worked with the past eight years.

New council members, Mayor Gerry Smith, John Swanson, and Don Danford were sworn in by City Clerk Gene Gilbert.

The city placed a 90-day moratorium on new towers within the city limits in order to craft an ordinance on the placement and size of telecommunications towers being considered for the city.

A methamphetamine lab was shut down in Howard Lake. Jerry McDowell was arrested, as was Allen Stanley of Howard Lake.

Ortwin Ernst of Howard Lake died in a car accident.

Northern States Power declared itself ready for the Y2K challenge.

Emma Smith, daughter of Dean and Kelly Smith, was born.

Wrestlers Trevor Berg and Luke Long took home first place in their respective divisions at the Redbird Invitational. Berg was named most valuable at the Becker Invitational.

Howard Lake Fast Lube changed oil for its first customer, Mayor Gerry Smith. The new building at the east end of town is owned by Art Jordan of Cokato.

Laker boys varsity basketball team won its seventh game in a row.

Sarah Swenson, Jennifer Borrell, and Tabitha Smith, HLWW music listening team, took third place at the region A meet.

The Waverly Group Home opened its doors for young people in need. It is part of the Sheriffs Youth Programs of Minnesota.

Humphrey Museum received a $5,000 grant from Northern States Power.

Charlie Maguire, a former regular on "A Prairie Home Companion," performed at the community concept event for the Humphrey Museum and Learning Center at the Waverly village hall.

Pam Henry-Neaton took her place on the Waverly City Council as its newest member.

Virginia Cullen, long-time resident of Waverly, died in a house fire.

Knights of Columbus Waverly Council 1556 sponsored a free throw competition. Champions in the 14-year-old division were Suzanne Zander and Aaron Langehaug.

February

The HLWW School Board heard the recommendations of its Long Range Facilities Task Force on the needs of the district. It recommended a new 450-student building to be placed on at least 80 acres.

The HLWW one-act play got a star rating at the state.

Eighth grader Pat Salonek took home his first varsity wrestling championship at the Meadow Creek Invitational.

Ridgeview Medical Clinic signed a three-year contract renewing the services provided by the Ridgeview Howard Lake Medical Clinic.

Howard Lake City Council approved a 30 percent increase in utility fees to cover Highway 12 improvements in 2000.

Fishhouses started to come off the lake early, due to a warm winter and several rains.

A fishhouse on Waverly Lake held some surprises for the Wright County Drug Task Force. The fishhouse was the target of a search warrant and was found to be a methamphetamine lab.

Two Waverly men, Andrew Hausladen and Taylor Brummer, were arrested for manufacture of a controlled substance.

St. James Lutheran Church and School dedicated its fellowship hall and school addition.

Residents completed a survey for the Waverly council to help guide the land use plan for the city. People want the parks improved, according to the survey.

HLWW bus drivers joined union SEIU Local 284.

Michael Entinger won the HLWW spelling bee.

Herald column writer and long-time resident of Howard Lake Myron Heuer died.

March

A sidewalk utility bill, sponsored by Minnesota State Representative Tony Kilkucki, R-Lester Prairie, and created by Howard Lake City Administrator Christina Franken-field, passed its first committees, but eventually died. It will be reintroduced in 2000 . . .The City of Howard Lake presented four sites it felt would be good for a new high school to the HLWW Long Range Facilities Task Force.

Two sites were adjacent to the city limits, a third was north of the railroad tracks, and the fourth was south of the city on Wright County Road 6.

HLWW Lakers tied for the Central Minnesota Championship with Pierz.

St. James 7th-8th grade boys basketball team won their league championship.

Welton Zander and Joe Ostgulen continued to volunteer as drivers for people who need rides to the doctor and other appointments.

HLWW Lakers advanced to the Region 20 semi-finals with a win over the Annandale Cardinals.

HLWW seniors named to CMC all-academic team were: Kris Krohn, Amanda Mills, Krista Paschke, and Rachel Bakeberg. Also named was junior Beth Stueven. Sophomores Andy Gagnon and Kelly Brose, as well as eighth grader Tom Bobrowske and seventh grader Breanna Wastrup were also included.

St. James Lutheran seventh and eighth grade boys basketball team won the state title and traveled to Indiana to compete in national competition.

Victor Township had a record turnout with almost 200 voters taking part in the township election. Greg Bakeberg was re-elected 155-39 over Michael Ollig.

Howard Lake's community expo featured over 90 exhibits, including over 300 toy emergency vehicles, owned by Brad Droege of Hamburg.

State Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel and State Rep. Tony Kielkucki hosted a town meeting that was attended by about 20 people. Citizens expressed support for legislation to make it easier to carry a concealed weapon, and they wanted the Profile of Learning scrapped.

Waverly started the process to establish an Economic Development Authority to promote economic growth.

Angie Bakeberg took first place in the dairy specialist team contest at the National Post Secondary Agriculture Student Organization Conference in Joplin, Mo.

April

NSP, Reliant Energy Minnegasco, Sprint, and Wright-Hennepin Electric Cooperative sent representatives to update the Howard Lake City council on their readiness for the year 2000. They assured the council that January 1 would be just another day.

Silver Eagle boat company opened its doors in the new building on Highway 12, next to the Fast Lube. Owner Allyn Fitzherbert of Montrose builds custom fishing boats.

Rachel Bakeberg was crowned one of the Wright County dairy princesses.

The Howard Lake Fire Department spent its capital savings on a new ambulance.

Jill Decker and Uriah Nibbe won bicycles at the Howard Lake Lions' annual Easter Egg hunt.

Rachel Bakeberg of Waverly and Nic Workman of Howard Lake were both honored with Region IV Star awards at the state FFA banquet for their work in agricultural production and agribusiness, respectively.

Sixth graders displayed their exhibits on the life of Hubert Humphrey at the village hall in Waverly.

Sharon Feritig of Waverly and Lonna Rahn of Dassel received the highest scouting award for volunteers, the Silver Beaver.

A joint meeting of the HLWW and Lester Prairie School Boards addressed the possibility of consolidation to take advantage of a $6 million state grant. At a later meeting, the Lester Prairie board turned down the consolidation idea.

Waverly wastewater operator John Rassat was recognized for his outstanding job performance in 1998.

Girls 9-14 took part in the "girl power" celebration at HLWW, learning about respect and making choices.

May

The Howard Lake Legion Auxiliary collected over 2,000 pounds of stamps to benefit veterans in hospitals and veterans' homes.

A task force was formed to plan for the future use and restoration of the historic Howard Lake City Hall.

The HLWW Drama Club gave an encore performance of "Charley's Aunt" to benefit Kosovar refugees.

HLWW varsity baseball team captured the Maple Lake Invitational tournament. Andy Gagnon pitched a no-hitter against Big Lake.

Chiropractor Bill Kullberg started remodeling his rented offices and opened his business. He bought a home in Howard Lake and moved his family to town.

City auditor for Howard Lake Matt Mayer said the municipal liquor store had its most profitable year in the last five years, transferring $85,000 to the general fund.

Laura Williamson, HLWW softball pitcher, threw a history-making no-hitter against Holdingford.

HLWW golfer Sarah Swenson make a hole-in-one at The Greens golf course.

The Herald's Web site recorded more than 3,800 unique visits in one week.

Ben Shaffer was chosen valedictorian and Krista Gustad was chosen salutatorian for the HLWW graduating class of 1999.

The schedule for work on Wright County Road 7 was presented and an August 1 start was planned.

Full employment remained a problem in many cities. In Howard Lake there were more jobs than people who wanted them.

Male and female athletes of the year for the HLWW district were Luke Long and Erin Weber, respectively.

Tom Bobrowske achieved perfect scores in the Minnesota Basic Standards tests in reading and math.

Hometown hero General John O'Leary spoke at the Waverly Memorial Day Service.

June

A record number of 28 scholarships, totaling over $21,000 were awarded to HLWW graduating seniors.

Mobile home park residents gathered at a Howard Lake council meeting to discuss problems with the owners. The owners were not present at the meeting.

Vandalism was a problem at the new bathrooms in Lions Park, where windows and lights were broken, and a picnic table was demolished.

The 1999-2000 Good Neighbor Days Queen, Miss Howard Lake, was Kelli Foss.

Commodore awards were presented for community service to Millie Molnau and Dennis Entinger, during Good Neighbor Days.

A new city flag was raised for the first time over Howard Lake. It was designed by Tammy Reinke.

July

The Minnesota State Legislature rescinded a $6 million grant that would have been available for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District if it had consolidated with the Lester Prairie School District. The Lester Prairie school board declined the consolidation.

Commodore awards for contributions to the community went to Millie Molnau and Dennis Entinger. They were presented by Aquatennial Princess Jennifer Sedey and Aquatennial Vice Commodore Graig Brewster during Good Neighbor Days.

Tim Lammers, local entertainment reporter and former Howard Lake Herald editor, began a weekly movies column on five CBS TV affiliate Web sites nationwide.

Road construction began on Highway 12 and Wright County Rd. 139 east of Delano July 6.

A small park was created in downtown Waverly, next to Pete's Grocery, because of the dedication and hard work of the WAVE committee. The courtyard sports a clock and some benches to rest upon.

Howard Lake Orphans finished second in the Good Neighbor Days baseball tournament, losing to Kimball 4-3.

Lottery sales topped $2 million in Howard Lake this month.

Dan Graham, Sr. and Jim Franske were recipients of the Commodore Awards presented by Minneapolis Aquatennial President Denny Schulstad and Aquatennial Princess Jennifer Sedey for their contributions to the community of Waverly.

Sarah Swenson won best of breed with her Old English sheepdog at the Wright County Minnesota Kennel Club's annual dog show.

Two Sandy Koufax baseball teams from Howard Lake went to the state tournament.

A mural, designed and painted by Angela Lachermeier, graced the front of the building between Pete's Grocery and the new courtyard. It welcomes people to Waverly.

Howard Lake-Waverly won its first two games in the Mickey Mantle tournament.

Howard Lake utilities will increase by 30 percent, 15 percent now and 15 percent January 1, 2000, to pay for the Highway 12 utility improvements.

Bob Munson was all-around champion, and his son, Eric Munson, was overall champion, at the 89th Minnesota Trapshooting Championship.

Annie Munson, Bob's wife, took first in the women's singles championship and all-around.

August

Jason Rasmussen, an employee of Red's Family Restaurant, was brutally beaten by three men in back of the restaurant as he was taking out the garbage. The restaurant was robbed of two change bags.

A Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district was approved for the expansion of Dura Supreme.

Howard Lake team #1 defeated Howard Lake team #2 for the state championship Sandy Koufax baseball title.

Nathan Diers was over-all champion dairy showman at the Wright County Fair.

Gayle Karels took first place in the Saturday demolition derby at the Wright County Fair.

Dean Fenske of Howard Lake won a 1999 Mercury Cougar automobile at the Cokato Corn Carnival.

An $8,000 grant from US Cable financed a digital editing machine and other equipment for Howard Lake's public access channel.

The Garden Spot Inn got a new name, the Sand Bar and Grill, and new owners, Bruce Arnold and Larry Mattson.

FFA members put a new brick paver walkway in front of one of the entrances to the HLWW High School.

Artists showed off their creative side in an exhibition at the Howard Lake Community Center. Angela Lachermeier and Helen Mosher were among the local artists that participated.

Lachermeier also completed a coloring book she designed to be used to educate children on cancer. The book is a project of the Community Health Foundation of Wright County. It is dedicated to Nathan Kutz, a 12-year-old Winsted boy who died of cancer in 1996.

The Howard Lake Lions installed Judy Rohling as a member.

The Rev. Robert Ramphal of the Oster Covenant Church, Waverly, wrote in the weekly pastor's column of the suggestions of Saint Paul for living in harmony with our neighbors: Love each other as brothers and sisters; never give up; be patient; be sincere in your love for others.

September

Rosa Diers received a purple award for her beef cow and calf at the 1999 Minnesota State Fair.

Jeff and Tammy Amland performed at Murphy's Landing in Shakopee and at Puckerbrush Days in Forest City, Iowa with the Old West Society, this summer. They were also chairpersons for a celebration at the Annandale Pioneer Park this month.

Rod Miller of Howard Lake was chosen Canterbury Park's horse owner of the year.

The HLWW Site Task Force mailed a questionnaire to school district residents requesting their input on the need for a new school.

The Howard Lake City Council projected a tentative 46.9 percent increase for general operating funds for 2000.

A and B Construction was awarded the bid for the handicap accessibility and improvement project for the Howard Lake City Hall at a cost of $24,500.

Dura Supreme will benefit from the new TIF district at the rate of $10,000 per year for 10 years, decided the city council.

Laker football players defeated conference favorite Big Lake 27-17.

Turner and Joe Sawatzke received purple awards for their 4-H wildlife and fishing projects at the Minnesota State Fair.

Support for the Humphrey Museum project in Waverly would be supported in every way but financially, decided the Waverly City Council, as it turned down a request for $5,000 from Catherine Jackson, president of the museum.

Workers started the first half of a project to align Shoreline Drive on Highway 12 with Wright County Rd. 7.

The Howard Lake council distributed a survey to local businesses as one of the first steps in developing a capital improvement plan for the city.

Tony Bakeberg and Nathan Diers, both of Waverly, were among 15 4-H'ers selected statewide to attend the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Wisconsin.

Doug Borglund, former Howard Lake city administrator, was hired back, when Christina Frankenfield left that position to work as administrator for Renville.

Mobile home park residents expressed concern that the work that was supposed to be done before new homes could be occupied in the park was not finished, according to the contract the park owners had with the city. The council ordered City Engineer Brad DeWolf and building inspector Al Peterson to inspect the site and report to the council.

Howard Lake got a low-interest loan from the State of Minnesota for $287,662 for the construction of a 250,000 gallon water storage tank.

October

Homecoming king for 1999 was Jacob Fitzpatrick, and Liz Wynnemer was chosen queen. The Lakers lost their homecoming game to Eden Valley-Watkins by one point.

Howard Lake Industries West announced it was ready to purchase a parcel of land to the west of the city for an industrial park.

Permission was given by the HLWW School Board to Elementary Principals Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman to investigate the options for alternative types of schooling for some students.

Legion Post 145 got both a new entry and shingles on its roof.

Rose Barberg was injured in a one-car accident.

Laurie Klammer-Manecke, daughter of Kenneth and Shirley Klammer was inducted into the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Athletics Hall of Fame.

Laker football players finished second in the Central Minnesota Conference.

November

HLWW and Dassel-Cokato schools teamed up to offer a musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," for the entertainment of the public. Six evening performances were packed.

George Montgomery, HLWW varsity football coach, was named Central Minnesota Conference co-coach of the year.

A one-year time extension for a second access to the mobile home park was offered to Dennis Peterson and Paul Phillips, owners of the park. The contract the men signed over a year ago stated they must have a storm shelter and a second access to the park in place by January 1, 2000.

Humphrey Elementary received a $2,000 Excellence in Arts Education award.

Jim Fowler, Jim Raymond, Eugene Lorentz, Charles Weber, and Ken Zimmerman were re-elected to the five spots available for the HLWW School Board. Carol Fury was not returned, and Mary Pettit did not run.

Shoreline Drive received its first layer of blacktop, after several months of work on the first portion of the alignment of that street with Wright County Rd. 7.

HLWW students and staff honored veterans in a ceremony that included the presentation of a high school diploma to Winsted veteran Kenneth Conrad.

It was announced that Waverly will get a new area code Feb. 27, 2000. It will be 763.

The annual arts and craft fair drew its largest crowd ever, said Community Ed Director Margaret Marketon.

The Waverly and Howard Lake Lions and Howard Lake Legion Post 145 donated towards the purchase of new basketball shirts for the girls and boys fifth and sixth grade traveling basketball teams.

Pat Bakeberg of Waverly and Andy Sorsoleil of Howard Lake were among 17 Wright County teen leaders accepted to serve as Wright County 4-H Ambassadors for the year 2000.

Angie Bakeberg and Dan Glessing received the highest degree awarded to any FFA member, the American FFA degree.

Rob Hickman bagged a 192-pound, 10-point buck, Nov. 6.

St. James Lutheran School students spent a day helping clean up the neighborhood around the school.

Auditors told the HLWW School Board the district is in excellent financial condition.

Mobile home park owners sought a reduction in size for the storm shelter they need to build to fulfill their contract with the City of Howard Lake. The council refused to allow the reduction in size, citing concern for safety of the residents of the park.

The Uptown Bar changed hands and names. It is now Rocky's Bar and Grill and is owned by Mark and Nicky Sinnot of Howard Lake and Chris and Michelle Kieser of Long Lake.

Shoreline Commons Apartments, a new 24-unit senior apartment facility, opened this month.

The Rev. Michael Nirva of St. James Lutheran Church wrote in his column about the importance of using the word "thanks." It is too seldom heard, too rarely spoken, and too often forgotten, he wrote.

December

Becky Rockwell is the newly appointed administrator at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.

Sue Leaf opened Lakeside Salon in Waverly.

Howard Lake residents showed up at the Truth in Taxation meeting to tell the council they wanted budget cuts. The proposed 19.4 percent increase was not acceptable, they said.

Two Waverly men were arrested in a drug bust and booked for first degree manufacture of a controlled substance.

A tie vote by the Waverly City Council postponed the annexation of 46 acres to the east of Waverly. Several citizens argued against the annexation.

The Howard Lake council decided to make several large purchases in 1999 that would result in reducing the 2000 budget.

Pat Salonek and Joey Graczyk both recorded wins in the final round of the ACGC Classic wrestling tournament. Salonek remained undefeated at 7-0, and Graczyk was 7-1.

Kimball met defeat at the hands of the HLWW Lakers boys basketball team in the conference season-opener, 80-60.

Charlie Maguire was hired as artist-in-residence for Humphrey Elementary School through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board.


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