Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Dec. 24, 2001
A celebration to remember: 1976
By Don Danford
The year was 1976, the mayor was Mark Campbell, better known as "Hoot."
He was born in Howard Lake in the old Ritchie house which stood where the Munson feed mill stands now. He lived in Howard Lake all of his life except for 29 months he spent in the Army.
This was the bicentennial year, and I guess Howard Lake did it up right. Some of the activities were queen candidates, kiddie parade, dances, arts and crafts fair, quilts by the Howard Lake Legion Auxiliary were given out, lakeshore jog, community church service, picnic in the park, and of course, a grand parade.
The grand marshal was "Hoot" Campbell. The special guest was Hubert Humphrey, a senator at that time. The turnout was outstanding. As well as I can understand, there were over 100 floats in the parade.
Some of the names that caught my eye were Custer's Super Valu float, Howard Lake Fire Department, Howard Lake Legion Auxiliary, Security State Bank of Howard Lake, 6 Mule Team, Ittel's Meats, Broll Fertilizer, Munson Insurance, and much more . . . too many to list all of them here. Lee Ann (Haglin) Carlsted was queen and Margaret (Stoll) Marketon was the attendant.
The local newspaper was very involved in the advertisement of the celebration. I have many pieces about this event that were cut and saved. If anyone would like to see them, let me know and I will be happy to share them with you.
It seems the city put in a request to the state for some grant money to help defray the cost of the parade. The Howard Lake Historical Society has the letter signed by Rudy Perpich, who at the time was the honorary chairman of the Minnesota American Revolution Bicentennial Commission encouraging the city of Howard Lake for its efforts for the celebration.
Howard Lake-Waverly Herald & Winsted-Lester Prairie