By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Dale and Yvonne Maus are usually working behind the scenes for the Winsted Summer Festival, but this year, they’ve been chosen for the spotlight.
As the 2018 grand marshals, the Maus’s will lead the parade, which starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.
Dale has been part of the Winsted Summer Festival committee since 2001.
“I still enjoy the festival, even though I’m involved a lot,” Dale said. “Prior to being involved, when the Legion had it, we always tried to make it a point to go. When they announced they needed help and wanted to step away from it, I felt pretty strongly about getting involved and keeping it going.”
As committee president, Dale thinks about the festival almost year-round. Booking of bands starts about nine months in advance, and the committee starts meeting regularly early in the summer.
Dale and Yvonne have lived in Winsted more than 40 years, although both grew up on farms in other communities.
Yvonne is originally from Winthrop, and moved to Winsted to work at St. Mary’s Hospital. When the hospital closed, she transferred to the nursing home. Now, Yvonne is in the medical records department at Ridgeview Winsted Clinic, which is attached to St. Mary’s Care Center.
“People joke that I’m like Elvis I never left the building,” Yvonne said.
Dale came to Winsted for employment, too, after growing up in Morris. He started his career in computer programming at Sterner Lighting Systems, then moved into management in the IT department.
“I managed the IT division until Sterners closed,” Dale said. “I had a chance to go with corporate to North Carolina, but we decided we wanted to stay in Winsted.”
Instead of getting a different job, Dale went into “semi-retirement,” helping his brother with the family farm in Morris each spring and fall. This arrangement has been great for Dale, since he loves being outside and working with plants. Plus, going out to Morris gives him an opportunity to see his parents, who are both 93 and still live on the farm.
When they’re home in Winsted, the Maus’s enjoy serving on committees at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted, and they are also active in the Winsted Lake Watershed Association, with Dale currently in the role of chair.
In the past, Dale was involved in local sports, playing and coaching softball for a number of years. He was also on a men’s volleyball league in Hutchinson, where his team advanced to state several times.
Dale and Yvonne have also been involved with the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce, the Winstock Country Music Festival, the Linden Wood Apartments board in Winsted, and the Blandin Foundation’s “Community Leadership Program.”
The Maus’s said they feel fortunate to be in Winsted.
“Winsted is a progressive community with a lot of wonderful people,” Yvonne noted. “We are proud to call Winsted our home.”