Herald JournalHerald Journal, Aug. 25, 2003

Winsted's football field gets name

By Julie Yurek

The football field in Winsted has a new name: Weinbeck Field.

Winsted City Council approved the name Tuesday after it was proposed by park committee member Bob Mochinski at the meeting.

The field is were Henry Weinbeck's farm was located, Guggemos said. "It's an excellent idea."

A dedication ceremony will take place during Holy Trinity Schools homecoming Oct. 10, since it's the school that uses it most, Mochinski said.

City Administrator Brent Mareck and Mochinski will work together to pick a site for a sign.

Library to move

The Winsted Library will be moving this fall to 180 Main Avenue W., which is where the Herald Journal is currently located. The lease terms will be worked out by administrative staff as approved by the council, and are not finalized yet, Mareck said.

The new location is larger, 1,700 square feet compared to 1,100 square feet at the current location.

An exact move date is not set due to lease issues and completion of the Herald Journal's new building at the corner of Main Ave. and McLeod County Road 1.

Mailboxes allowed

The city does allow residents to have curbside mailboxes, contrary to what residents have been told by the Winsted Post Office, the council noted.

Mareck has heard from citizens that they've been told the city doesn't allow mailboxes, which is not true, he said.

There is no ordinance prohibiting mailboxes, he said.

The city will be working with the post office to clear up any misunderstandings, Mareck said.

The previous postmaster had input about the ordinance, which was last updated in 1994, said Mayor Don Guggemos.

Guggemos suggested that Katie Olson at the post office receive a copy of the ordinance and that the city get any opinions she may have about the ordinance.

The current ordinance states that property owners must approve having the mailboxes located on their property.

Bailey's ­ more talk about 2 a.m. closing

The council again revisited the issue of a 2 a.m. closing for local bars, with more input about the issue.

Neighbors gave reasons why a 2 a.m. closing time in Winsted is not necessary; they cited noise, debris, and vandalism as reasons.

Jeff Fuerstenberg, owner of Bailey's Tavern and Grill in Winsted, requested additional discussion for the later closing time.

The council approved to continue with the 1 a.m. bar closing at its Aug. 5 meeting. The council stayed with that position Tuesday.

"The door's not slammed; closed, but not slammed," Guggemos told Fuerstenberg.

Neighbor Betty Jepson cited disrupted sleep from noise in the parking lot that has gone on as late at 1:45 a.m., she said.

"When people leave, they don't leave quietly," Jepson said.

Gerald and Julie Heinen have had beer bottles left on their yard, lawn ornaments broken, and heard yelling after bar close, Julie Heinen said.

"I tell my customers all the time to keep it down," Fuerstenberg said.

This is the first he's heard of complaints from neighbors, he added.

"We're trying to be good neighbors," Jepson said. "I don't think we need the extra hour. Do we want that perception?"

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