By Jennifer Gallus
HOWARD LAKE, MN - “Stemming” from last year’s initiative to beautify the City of Howard Lake, particularly for the 130th anniversary of the city, a flower basket design contest will again be offered to the city’s businesses and organizations.
Last year, baskets were designed by a variety of Howard Lake businesses and organizations, and then hung on the city’s decorative light poles along Highway 12, and along 8th Avenue during the summer months.
The baskets were marked as to which business or organization provided the arrangement.
Because of the positive response received from both businesses and residents, the Howard Lake Business Association will again sponsor a flower basket contest.
“We received a lot of compliments about the baskets,” Howard Lake City Administrator Kelly Hinnenkamp said. “It was fun.”
Baskets will be provided by the city at the time of registration. The business or organization is then responsible to purchase flowers for the basket, as well as plant them in the basket.
After the baskets are turned in to the city, city staff will maintain the baskets throughout the summer.
Registration begins today, Monday, May 4 for Howard Lake Business Association members, and Monday, May 11 for all other Howard Lake businesses and organizations.
Completed baskets must be returned to city hall by Monday, June 22.
The baskets will be judged on color combination, style, durability, and overall arrangement. The winners will be announced during the Good Neighbor Days coronation event Sunday, June 28, and will be posted at city hall.
First, second, and third place winners will be chosen, and will receive $50, $30, and $20 in Howard Lake bucks.
Last year’s first place award went to Cattail Corner.
For more information, contact city hall at (320) 543-3670.