Organizations

Information updated February 2019


American Legion, Martin Krueger Post 407

The American Legion is a national organization, established Aug. 27, 1920, for veterans of all wars to serve God, country, and community.

Locally, the Post sponsors the Winsted Boy Scouts, and youth delegates to Minnesota Boys State. Members visit and provide Christmas gifts for veterans in the area’s care centers and Veterans Administration hospitals, as well as donate to local charities and causes. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Legion has reintroduced the Blue Star Banner Program for families with a loved one in uniform, and the Post has distributed these banners locally.

Each year, the Legion conducts a public Memorial Day observance, a Veterans Day dinner, a pancake breakfast the first Sunday of each month, and dinners as announced.

Our Martin Krueger American Legion Post #407 welcomes the public to consider hosting their event or meeting at our renovated building with access to a large deck overlooking Winsted Lake.

To join the Legion, you must be an honorably discharged member of the armed forces who served at least 90 days during designated periods of conflict. Annual dues are $35. Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion club is at 161 1st Street North.

With present membership at 112, officers are: Commander Jeff Sterner, Finance Officer Chris Otto, and Adjutant/Membership Chip Guggemos.

For more information, contact Chip Guggemos at 320-485-4332; write the Legion at PO Box 360, Winsted, MN 55395; or post407@live.com. For club rental information, contact Dr. Michael Thoennes at 952-465-8293, or drmike@tds.net.

Find American Legion Post 407 on Facebook by searching “Martin Krueger Post #407 of the American Legion – Winsted, MN.”

Martin Krueger Post #407 of the American Legion is grateful to the people of the greater Winsted community for their decades of support and love for our veterans.


American Legion Auxiliary Post 407

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 407 was established to help support veterans, soldiers, and their families. It also helps other organizations within our community by volunteering hours or monetary donations.

Each year, the auxiliary sponsors a junior girl from the Winsted area to attend Girls State, a week-long event that teaches leadership skills and the importance of political values.

The auxiliary hosts several fundraisers throughout the year. These funds help VA hospitals and send care or supply packages to military men and women overseas. Our annual new clothing drive supports hospitalized and homeless veterans. In May, the ladies are busy handing out memorial poppy flowers for donations. All donations are used to directly support veterans.

The president of the American Legion Auxiliary is Ginny Schuelke. If you would like more information about the organization or membership, contact Karla Otterness at 320-420-8159 (membership chair). Meetings are at the Legion the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of January when there is no meeting.

Please remember that without our service men and women serving and protecting our country, we would not be enjoying the lifestyle that we have today.


HLWW FFA Alumni

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Alumni was started in 1980, to help support the local FFA chapter and the agriculture department at HLWW High School.

The group, currently numbering about 65 members, meets the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 p.m. in the high school ag room.

The group’s annual events include an annual auction in August, monthly meetings the third Wednesday of the month, and a picnic in July. The group has funded a variety of projects for the agricultural education department. FFA members benefit from their mentorship and from scholarships sponsored by the FFA Alumni.

Membership dues are $20 per year, $100 for Minnesota lifetime membership, or $150 for a national lifetime membership. Potential members must have a willingness to support high school agriculture.

To join, contact the officers, advisors Jim Weninger or Seena Glessing, or the high school ag department at 320-543-4614.


HLWW Laker Pride

Laker Pride serves as the promotional arm of the HLWW School District. During the 2017-18 school year, Laker Pride served refreshments during August open houses, and after the Community Concert program. Laker Pride contributes pictures and articles for the Herald Journal newspaper and the district website. We have also had entries in the summer parades.

We welcome you to join us on Facebook at “HLWW Laker Pride,” where you can view news, photos, and videos from district activities. If you don’t have a Facebook account, don’t worry. The HLWW Laker Pride Facebook page is open to the public for viewing. If you do have a Facebook account, we welcome any photos you would like to share with us. We also welcome your pictures, videos, and comments. Please feel free to post to “Laker Pride” as much as you like!

We encourage you to contact us with any comments or suggestions you may have. We can be reached at adamlakerpride@hlww.k12.mn.us, or through the district office at 320-543-3521.


HLWW High School After Prom Party

The HLWW After Prom Party organization was formed in fall 1988, to provide a safe form of entertainment for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School juniors and seniors and their dates on prom night. The first after-prom party was in 1989 and has seen a steady increase in attendance every year since then. The students enjoy an all-night party with food, fun, wonderful prizes, and entertainment.

This is a volunteer group that hosts many annual fundraisers, which include bingo during Good Neighbor Days, bake sales at the Howard Lake annual craft and art expo in November and the Business Expo in the spring, a concession stand at home football games, and an annual fall garage sale.

We welcome anyone who is interested in helping. Meetings take place in the commons area at the HLWW High School.


Jolly Juniors 4-H Club

The Winsted Jolly Juniors 4-H Club, established in 1946, promotes positive youth development experiences where youth design and participate in their own programs and activities. This unique, learn-by-doing model teaches kids essential, transferrable skills that they’ll use throughout their lives, such as problem-solving, decision-making, coping, communicating, and responding to the needs of others.

There are opportunities for everyone. Youth who live in both the country and town are encouraged to participate. Club members participate in a wide variety of project areas based on their interests and take pride in giving back to their community through service. Project areas include robotics, photography, woodworking, wildlife, gardening, computer animation, engines, Legos, and self-determined, which is anything they can think of and present. Community activities include caroling, park cleanup, ice cream social at the care center, bowling, sledding, petting zoo, parades in winter and summer, and the county fair – having fun and getting to know other people in the community through work and play.

There are presently more than 40 youth members. Membership is open to children in grades kindergarten through one year past high school graduation.

Meetings take place the first Monday of each month at 6:45 p.m. at the Legion in Winsted. In October, they host a fall party. Call if you do not receive email and want to join us.

For more information, call 4-H club leaders, Rita Quast at 320-395-2075 or 320-237-3894; or Melissa Dietel at 320-510-2887; or McLeod County Program Leader Darcy Cole at 320-484-4305.


Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus was established to help the needy and support religious vocations, while also promoting charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism within the order.

Its purpose is to speak out for the lives of the unborn, the aged, and the mentally-challenged.

Annually, the Knights conduct a pro-life breakfast and free-throw shooting contest in January, a fish fry the second Friday in March, and a rural life Mass in August.

The order was formed in 1882, and meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., with officers meeting the second Tuesday of each month. Membership dues are $25 per year, and membership is open to Catholic men 18 years or older and in good standing with the church.

Officers for the current year are: Grand Knight – Kevin Siepker Jr.; Deputy Grand Knight – Jason Blashack; Chancellor – Jay Sheehan; recorder – Ken Pelzel; financial secretary – Pat Schommer; treasurer – Andrew Meuleners; advocate – Roger Guennigsmann; warden – Mike Lester; inside guard – Travis Baldwin; outside guard – Eric Schommer; trustee third-year – Joe Casavant; trustee second-year – Roman Widmer; trustee first-year – Jim Condon; general agent – Joe Cauoette 320-224-7553; field agent – John Stifter 952-9942598. The Knights’ mailing address is PO Box 250, Winsted, MN, 55395. Also, email us at winstedkc@gmail.com.


Lake Mary Homeowners Association

Lake Mary Homeowners Association and all other lakeshore homeowners in the state of Minnesota have been challenged with addressing the threat of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).

Fortunately for Lake Mary, we have only been infested with one AIS weed, known as curly-leaf pondweed, and it is our goal to keep it that way. Past experience in Minnesota has shown that the elimination of curly-leaf pondweed from lakes is not realistic.

Therefore, the Lake Mary Homeowners Association is faced with very expensive methods of control and is teaming up with PLM Lake Management Corp. to determine the best and most cost-effective way to treat. With a limited amount of funding available from the state and government levels, we have gotten creative with different fundraising events. One-hundred percent of all money raised goes to lake improvements.

Thirty-five members of the Lake Mary Homeowners Association participated in training with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to be volunteers for the clean-in clean-out program. The training was put to good use this summer at the sportsmen’s landing on Lake Mary. The public and many cabin owners on the lake have been educated on how important “Clean, Drain, Dry” is to help prevent the spread of AIS. Our goal is to continue to educate the public on all recreational use of the lake. Experts have determined the best line of defense for AIS is inspecting watercraft at the landings. Please help do your part and remember to be “Clean In and Clean Out.”

We foster an increase in lake quality in an environmentally safe manner, and we monitor Lake Mary’s water quality.

For more information, contact Joe Hartung at joe.hartung@icloud.com.


Lake Mary VFW Post 9232

The commander is Don Bickman, and the quartermaster for the Post is Dave Gailey. The Post conducts monthly meetings the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion in Winsted.

The organization is trying to get the Post more active. If there are veterans who would like to join, contact Dave Gailey at 320-485-4306, or ljgailey@tds.net.


Lake Mary VFW Auxiliary 9232

The Lake Mary VFW Auxiliary 9232, chartered in 1963, supports many veterans projects, including the annual Troops Coming Home recognition event in McLeod County, Cancer Aid & Research, McLeod Emergency Food Shelf, four veterans hospitals, and five veterans homes. Its primary fundraiser is the chili feed, which takes place in January.

Meetings take place the second Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Winsted.

For more information, call President Judy Pease at 619-261-4809, or Secretary Mary Quast at 320-485-3831.


Lakes and Prairie Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts encourage girls to experience new activities, develop team-building skills, explore and develop leadership skills, and be service-oriented in their community, county, and nation.

In Girl Scouts, there’s a whole world of opportunities waiting just for you! You’ll always get to think big, try new things, and unleash your inner leader in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment.

The Lakes & Prairies Service unit encompasses the communities of Howard Lake, Lester Prairie, Waverly, and Winsted. Troops will be formed potentially in all communities or based on school districts.

We are served by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valley Council.

Girls meet every two to four weeks at the discretion of the troop leader and are welcome to join any time during the year by paying the $25 registration fee, or grant money will be provided on a no-questions-asked basis to cover all fees.

You can register at any point in the year, but typically it is in August/September timeframe.

Annually, the Girl Scouts participate in a Court of Awards ceremony, cookie sale campaign, and various service unit events, as well as other area and council events. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Program information is available at www.girlscoutsrv.org.

For local information, contact service unit manager Lisa Baumann at 320-582-2623, or lakesprairiesgirlscouts@gmail.com.


WHAT UP Committee

The WHAT UP (Winsted Holding Activities That Unite People) Committee, a youth and family council, was made an official volunteer committee of the city in May 2009.

This committee has created a dynamic program that provides activities for youth and family in the community, such as movies in the park, sports clinics, and game nights, among other events.

Members of the committee are: Jeff Campbell, Mike Henrich, Rose Heimerl, Amanda Zeidler, Madison Campbell, and Tyler Bruns.

The regular meeting is the second Tuesday of each month at city hall. The group hosts monthly activities. Watch Herald Journal for event notices, or check your monthly utility bill. You can also find them on Facebook.

To learn more about WHAT UP, be part of the committee, or volunteer to help for various activities, call Jeff Campbell at 612-554-7439.


Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce

The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission statement is, “To foster a stimulating atmosphere in which business can flourish, thereby adding to the economic and social well-being of our community.”

The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce was established more than 50 years ago.

The Winsted Winter Festival, winter lighting contest, The Women’s Expo, Brat Busters, Easter egg hunt, Business Trick or Treat, and the annual chamber banquet are some of the annual events sponsored by the organization. To find out more information regarding these events, visit www.winstedchamber.com. It also promotes business appreciation events and sponsors political forums.

Membership in the chamber is open to any interested individual or business. Members receive reminder e-mails prior to the meetings. For meeting times, visit the website listed below.

There are presently about 105 members. Officers for 2019 are: president, Sarah Fasching, Flagship Insurance; past president, Jeff Campbell, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate; vice president, Cody Cohel, Millerbernd Manufacturing; treasurer, Dawn Rodin, Security Bank and Trust; administrative assistant, Julie Heinen, Herald Journal; director, Chip Guggemos, Ameriprise Financial; director, Monica Hertzog, Avon; director, Glenn Weibel, resident; director, Michelle Harwood, Harwoods Body Shop; and director Emma Oglesby, Salon 210.

For more information or to join, contact any officer, attend any regular meeting, go to www.winstedchamber.com, call 320-85-2535, or e-mail info@winstedchamber.com. You can also find them on Facebook.

The Chamber of Commerce mailing address is PO Box 352, Winsted, MN 55395.


Winsted Arts Council

Housed in the old Hirsch Mercantile building, at 141 Main Ave. W. in downtown Winsted, the Winsted Arts Council is a community arts non-profit organization with the mission of making quality arts and culture opportunities available right here in our town.

Classes, exhibits, and events have included an after-school art club, summer art camp, photography, and fiber art exhibits, and musical guests, like Dervish, The Okee Dokee Brothers, the Benny Weinbeck Trio, and many others.

Volunteer-run and supported by memberships, the Winsted Arts Council welcomes all to participate in the future of this organization.

The Winsted Arts Council envisions an artistic community within Winsted that inspires a vibrant downtown with successful businesses and a culturally-engaged citizenry – its purpose is to provide artistic experiences for all ages – a voice and an outlet for the community; making the city an appealing location for families and businesses. Membership is tax-deductible.

Visit our website at www.winstedartscouncil.org, like our Facebook page, or email us at winstedartscouncil@gmail.com. Become a member today!


Winsted Lake Watershed Association (WLWA)

The mission of the WLWA is to provide a leadership role in improving and protecting the quality of Winsted Lake and its watershed for present and future generations.

The Winsted Lake Committee was started in 1979, and was in existence until Feb. 11, 1994, when the Winsted Lake Watershed Association was formed. A nonprofit organization, membership is open to anyone interested in contributing to the quality of Winsted Lake and its watershed. Annual membership dues are $25 per family/business.

The Lake Association encourages members to help with projects and/or events. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact one of the officers and/or send your membership dues to WLWA, PO Box 577, Winsted, MN 55395.

WLWA meetings are the first Monday of the month at Winsted City Hall at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Attend one of our meetings or contact one of the officers if you wish to share an idea or a concern.

The WLWA officers are; George Schulenberg, President; Bob Hamilton, Vice President; Terri Johnson, Secretary; Merrybeth Burkman, Treasurer.

More information is available by going to our WEB page located in the Quick Links section on the City of Winsted’s Website www.winsted.mn.us or go directly to our site at www.winsted.mn.us/pages/watershed.html.


Winsted Lions

Since becoming its own club in May 2010, the newly-formed Winsted Lions Club has been busy focusing on improving the community and world.

Internationally, there are a total of 45,000 clubs, with 1.3 million members serving in 205 countries. The motto of the Lions Clubs International is “to serve.” Lions Clubs do this by working collectively and individually to build stronger communities by addressing needs that are often not met in their communities. They also provide disaster relief and support programs for assisting the blind and visually-impaired, reaching out to youth through mentoring and educational programs and raising awareness of health care issues, such as diabetes, hearing loss, and vision impairment.

A few of the Winsted Lions’ projects are sponsoring the third grade dictionary project and the Lions Write-Off program, along with collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids for distribution among the needy.

Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at the Winsted City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m., with a dinner provided by one of the members, and the meeting follows. Everyone is welcome to visit and learn more about the Lions organization and join in the fun. Please call Lion President Daryl Kiefer at 612-718-4650.


Winsted Youth Baseball/Softball Association

The Winsted Youth Baseball/Softball Association promotes and organizes summer baseball and softball for area youth ages 4 to 18, focusing primarily on players age 4 to 10. However, the WYBSA is partnered with Laker Baseball and Laker Softball to also assist players ages 11 to 18 to play on teams in Winsted, as well. Approximately 150 children and more than 20 volunteer coaches participate in games, primarily in the months of June and July; baseball players ages 11 and up will start with games in May.

Membership is open to anyone interested in playing baseball/softball. Sign-up will be in early March of each year. A registration fee applies to cover the cost of hats, jerseys/shirts, umpires, and other association expenses.

Business sponsorship of the association is encouraged, to help defray expenses and keep the player fees lower. The association meets in the winter months, and into spring to prepare for the next year. Parents and volunteers are encouraged to help coach or be part of the association. Watch the Herald Journal for sign-up notices.

More information can be found on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/winstedyouthbaseball/; or by contacting Rick Baumann at 320-490-7006, or rbaumann@tds.net.


Winsted Sportsmen’s Club

The Winsted Sportsmen’s Club has helped to ensure quality hunting and fishing for area sportsmen since 1952.

Some activities the group annually organizes are a firearms safety course, stocking lakes, a lake cleanup, and the raising and releasing of pheasants. The group builds wood duck houses and wildlife feeders.

The club also owns and maintains boat landings at Dog, Ida, Mary, and Round lakes. In April, the club conducts its annual hog roast fundraiser at the Blue Note in Winsted.

There are presently 75 members. Membership dues are $10 per year. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. During summer months, it meets at the Lake Mary clubhouse, a few miles northeast of Winsted; and winter months in locations to be announced.

There are no membership requirements. To join, contact any member or attend a meeting or sponsored event. For more information, contact Tom Kieser at 320-224-3079. The club’s mailing address is 10895 Fetch Ave. SW, Waverly, MN 55390.