By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, MN Look around Howard Lake today. What are some of its strengths? Its weaknesses?
Now, imagine what it could look like in five, 10, or 20 years. What opportunities are there for the future?
Many community members have ideas for what they would like to see in Howard Lake.
Some share the same visions, and some have very different visions.
Imagine bringing all those ideas together into one shared vision for the future, and being able to make that vision a reality.
The Thriving Communities Partnership Program and the Minnesota Design Team are striving to do just that.
The Thriving Communities core team has completed its first three training sessions, and is now preparing for the Minnesota Design Team visit, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 27 to Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Minnesota Design Team is a volunteer group of design professionals.
The most important part of the design team visit is a community pot luck and meeting that will take place Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School commons.
“They would like to hear your thoughts on how to make Howard Lake an even better place to live, raise a family, or own a business,” said Thriving Communities core team member Randy Heuer.
“It’s important that all community members participate in the community meeting to get their ideas heard,” said Bailey Krumwiede, an HLWW student on the core team. “I know a lot of kids have a lot to say about how to change the community.”
Before the community pot luck and meeting, the design team will spend time meeting with business leaders, and leaders of different community organizations.
Saturday, after the community meeting, the design team will spend the day compiling the community’s ideas and the other information it has gathered.
A community gathering will then take place Saturday evening at 7 p.m at the HLWW Laker Theatre, where the design team will present and explain its drawings, which represent its ideas for tackling the design, planning, and development issues suggested by the community.
The Thriving Communities core team, and the Minnesota Design Team, are relying on the input of all community members to create a shared vision for the future of Howard Lake.
It is important that the people of Howard Lake come together to generate ideas to improve their comunity and create a sustainable future.
Host families are still needed to accomodate design team members during their visit to Howard Lake.
They do not need their own room, and most of their time in Howard Lake will be spent out in the community, so they just need a place to sleep.
Those interested in being a host family can call Heuer at (763) 439-8698