Howard Lake Organizations

Howard Lake Orphans

The Howard Lake Orphans are an amateur baseball team that competes in the North Star League, and they have made  11 state tournament appearances.

Home games are played at Memorial Park. The game schedule begins the first weekend in May, and could last as long as the Amateur State Championship, which concludes Labor Day.

The Orphans have competed in the state tournament nine of the last 11  years, and they took third place in 2010 and 2015.

The Orphans’ organization shares maintenance responsibilities with the City of Howard Lake for the Memorial Park Baseball Field.

In 2013, the Orphans hosted the state amateur baseball tournament, along with Maple Lake and Delano. The city and the Orphans began preparations for the tournament at the Memorial Park Baseball Field in fall 2011, and upgrades were completed in 2012.

Some of the projects include a new 4-foot fence along the first base line to the outfield, a new 4-foot fence from the dugout to the outfield on the third base line, and a storage shed. The Orphans also added a batting cage and practice area in the right field out-of-play area. Seating has been upgraded, and new landscaping has been done.

In 2016, the Orphans finished the season 15-5 and barely missed another appearance in the state tournament.

The president of the Orphans is Mike Mitchell from Howard Lake, and team manager is Mike Gagnon from Waverly.

Visit the Orphans’ website at

American Legion Post 145

The American Legion was established in 1922, as a national organization of veterans of all wars to serve God, country, and their communities, to ensure the freedoms that were fought for do not get taken away.

The American Legion conducts Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances each year. It sponsors Boys and Girls State, Boys and Girls County, Legion baseball, high school programs, and scholarships.

The Legion also provides military funeral honors for deceased veterans.

The local post meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Current officers are Legion Commander Ed Johnson, Vice President Gary Schmidt, 2nd Vice President Gene Birkholz,  Finance Officer Gene Birkholz, adjutant Josh Harincar, and Membership Chairman Douglas Frykholm.

There are about 134 members. Membership dues are $30 a year. You must be an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces, who served more than 90 days during a specific period, to become a member. For more information, e-mail

Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary was organized in 1922, to promote patriotism. There are about 46 members who meet the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the American Legion.

The auxiliary’s annual events include Poppy Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances, volunteering at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud by doing monthly tray favors and collecting paperback books, and sending care packages to local Armed Forces enlisted personnel.

Officers are Deb Workman, president; and Gene Gilbert, treasurer.

Membership dues are $18. To join, call Deb Workman at (320) 543-2647. Members may be a wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, or great-granddaughter of a member of the American Legion.

Sons of the American Legion

The Sons of the American Legion was created in 1932, as an organization within the American Legion. Members include boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the US Armed Forces and are eligible to belong to the American Legion. The organization assists the American Legion with their programs, promotes American traditions and values, improves the quality of life for the nation’s children, and teaches the fundamentals of good citizenship.

The Howard Lake Sons of the American Legion Squadron 145 was chartered in 2000, and currently has 33 members. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Howard Lake American Legion hall. Kirk Jensen is the commander, Todd Anderson is the adjutant/secretary, and Ron Swanson is the treasurer.

Dues are $15 per year, or $7.50 for members under the age of 18 and those who belong to the American Legion. For more information, call (320) 543-2554.

American Legion Riders of Post 145

The American Legion Riders was formed to promote the aims and purposes of the American Legion as a family-oriented motorcycling activity for members of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of The American Legion.

Officers of the American Legion Riders are Gary Schmidt, director/secretary/treasurer; Philip Luhman, assistant director/safety officer; Darrin Blanchette, sergeant-at-arms; Art Jordan, road captain; safety officer, Shelley Pettit.

If interested in joining, or to check for eligibility, contact the American Legion at (320) 543-2554.

Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan Society Auxiliary was organized in 1972. The auxiliary meets quarterly at the Good Samaritan Society-Howard Lake Care Center. It supports the center’s mission to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “in Christ’s love, everyone is someone.”

The main fundraiser of the group is the root beer float stand at Good Neighbor Days each year. Money raised at fundraisers support various needs of the residents. Throughout the years, the Auxiliary has purchased a large-screen television, a beautiful gazebo, a Wii gaming system, and remodeled a room to use as a beauty shop. Most recently, money raised by the Auxiliary was used for a new front door with automatic openers for the building, a beautiful handmade wooden altar for the chapel. They continue to raise money for more upgrades to the chapel, including a podium and stained glass windows.

New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining, call Good Samaritan Society-Howard Lake at (320) 543-4403, e-mail Sara Fasching at, or write 413 13th Ave., Howard Lake, MN 55349.

Howard Lake Lions

The Howard Lake Lions Club was chartered in 1978.  As part of Lions International, the Howard Lake Lions are dedicated to service projects here in the community, across the US, and around the world.

The club currently has 44 members and meets at the Lions Hall at 625 8th Ave. the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m.

The club is devoted to drug awareness, diabetes awareness, conservation of hearing and sight, citizenship, education, environment, youth recreation, health, international and social services, and Lions Quest in the local school.

Some of our accomplishments include Silent Santa, high school scholarships, donations to various local youth sports organizations and youth groups and needy families in the community, as well as several contributions to other charitable causes.

A major project of the Lions is helping with the many events during Good Neighbor Days.

Current officers are Darren McAlpine, president; Denise Oberpriller, vice president; Terry Thorson, 2nd vice president; Judy Mattson, 3rd vice president; LaNette Thorson, secretary; and Debbie McAlpine, treasurer.

Membership dues are $55 per year.  Members are required to be involved in at least four Lions functions per year.  Attending meetings and/or participating in various Lions functions will meet these requirements.

To join, contact a Lions Club member, or visit the Lions website at

Senior Citizen Club

The Howard Lake Senior Citizens Club has been dedicated to providing seniors with a sociable and friendly place to meet since 1969. The group, which includes about 14 members, meets every Friday in the Howard Lake Community Center.

The group takes trips during the year, including visiting the county and state fairs. They also promote the Outstanding Senior of the Year program.

Officers are Millie Molnau, president; Harlan Adickes, secretary; and Holdrein Oelke, treasurer.

To join, you must be age 55 or older. There is a monthly due of $1.25. New members are always welcome. The group’s mailing address is Howard Lake Sr. Citizen Club c/o Millie Molnau, P.O. Box 784, Howard Lake, MN 55349.

Howard Lake City Hall Restoration Committee

The Howard Lake City Hall Restoration was formerly known as the Howard Lake Historical Society. One of its projects was updating the Howard Lake history book. A hard-bound version of the book is available, $38, and a soft-bound version is $22.50, which can be ordered and shipped.

The Howard Lake City Hall Restoration Committee meets on an as-needed basis. Membership is open to any interestedindividual. Dues are $25. Anyone interested is encouraged to join.

For more information, contact Marilyn Ringold at (320) 543-2141 or (320) 543-3630. The mailing address is PO Box 220, Howard Lake, MN 55349.

Education Minnesota HLWW

Education Minnesota Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted promotes and ensures that students in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District get the best possible education resources allow. One of its goals for the 2016-17 school year is to collaborate with the district in implementing the new teacher development and evaluation plan.

The association meets several times a year. Officers are Stephanie Dailey, president; Josh Westling, vice president; Christin LaMott, treasurer; and Karen Ready, secretary.

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.

Recently, the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valley merged the service units of Winsted, Howard Lake, and Waverly to better serve the girls and follow the school district boundaries. They 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 $12 registration fee. Registration begins in September, with one or two kick-off events.

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

For local information, call Evelyn Fowler, service unit manager, at (320) 485-4618; or Lisa Baumann, Girl Scout leader,  at (320) 485-7476.

Lake Mary Homeowners Association

The Lake Mary Homeowners Association was organized in 1987, to maintain and improve the water quality of Lake Mary, which is a spring-fed lake located a few miles southeast of Howard Lake. It is approximately 180 acres in size, and is 47 feet at its deepest point.

Each summer, the association meets for its annual meeting and potluck fish fry, where it studies new ideas offered and keeps members informed of existing projects. The association also conducts a yearly raffle contest guessing the ice-out date, with funds used to stock walleye in the lake bi-annually, in cooperation and with contributions from the Winsted Sportsmen’s Club and the Watertown Rod & Gun Club.

A newsletter and blog is used for membership communication, community interaction, and for publishing articles of interest.

Throughout the years, the Lake Mary Association has worked with the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), conducting various fish studies and water run-off filtering projects. Some projects include creating vegetation buffer zone areas, installing french drains, and constructing raingardens.

Volunteers also collect water samples, which are sent to Wright Soil & Water Conservation District monthly between May and September, to record water quality and phosphate levels. A secchi disk is used to record water clarity levels for the MPCA.

A few years ago, the association was awarded a $2,000 grant to participate in the Minnesota Healthy Lakes and Rivers Partnership program, sponsored by the McKnight Foundation. The association created a lake plan during the process, and was awarded a grant for a “Point Intercept Map” project in 2010. The point intercept map was completed by PLM Lakes and Land Management Corporation in September 2011. PLM used GPS technology to study and “map” the underwater vegetation growth in Lake Mary, which helps the association better understand the vegetative health of Lake Mary and guides future projects to improve Lake Mary’s water quality.

For membership information, contact association chairman Mike Ollig at 10932 Grunwald Avenue SW, Howard Lake, MN 55349;; or (320) 485-4242.

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. For more information about meetings or other information, visit Meetings take place in the commons area at the HLWW High School.

Lake Ann Improvement Association

The Lake Ann Improvement Association was originally incorporated in 1984. In 2003, it was newly incorporated and reorganized with new by-laws and board members. The objectives of the association are to protect, restore, and preserve the water quality of the lake and its watershed, thereby enhancing the watershed community. Lake Ann is located between Howard Lake and Winsted, east of Wright County Road 6. There are 74 property owners who own land surrounding the lakeshore.

In its efforts to preserve and restore the lake, the original association succeeded in establishing a public landing and the stocking of walleye in the lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Lake Ann Improvement Association alternate stocking the lake with walleye.

In 1996, the association participated in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency-sponsored Lake Assessment Program (LAP), which refocused the association’s lake management activities. As part of the LAP study, the association has been successful at bringing septic systems around the lake into compliance. Since 1996, the association has continued to monitor precipitation records and DNR lake levels, reporting them to the state.

The association helped initiate the Wright County Lakes Monitoring Program in 1999, now in its 13th year. It monitors water clarity and sponsors testing for algae and phosphorous in the lake.

Annual summer meetings and other events keep the community educated about association activities and goals. Wright Soil and Water received a grant to complete soil testing on watershed farmland in order to test variable fertilizer application which will reduce the mineral content of agricultural runoff. The Lake Ann Improvement Association has received additional DNR grants to control curly leaf pondweed in the lake for the last three years. Grant applications are being considered for other projects to control excess nutrients such as phosphorous which enter the lake from drainage ditches. The association has also designed and installed carp fences at the lake’s inlet in order to control the carp population.

The association has cooperated with the farmers and with the SWCD to install various french drains and other diversions to minimize agricultural runoff into the streams and lakes, which earned the association the Outstanding Wright County Conservation Cooperator of the Year award from the Minnesota Association of SWCD in 2000.

The association’s board of directors meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, or to become a member, contact association president Randell Smedstad at (320) 543-9498. Annual membership dues are $50.

HL Area Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Howard Lake Area Chamber of Commerce(HLACC) is to promote a thriving community in the Howard Lake area.

We seek to cultivate new opportunities to establish Howard Lake as the premier destination for businesses, customers, and families. We provide innovative solutions and resources through social networking and business development, to enhance the quality of life and economic growth in the Howard Lake area.

The chamber sponsors a business expo each spring, which attracts more than 1,000 visitors. Revenue from the business expo, an annual fall harvest fundraiser, along with membership dues, provides the chamber the financial resources to support community events, such as Good Neighbor Days, to provide new business grants and royalty scholarships.

There are currently about 60 members, and the 2016 officers are Jeff Schoess, president; Karen Mumford, vice president; Denise Cartier, secretary; and Bonnie Seegmiller, treasurer.

If you are a business owner or official, or potential business owner in Howard Lake area, you are encouraged to join the chamber; the first lunch is free.  We meet at the Howard Lake Legion every third Wednesday of the month.

The chamber provides a great outlet for networking, staying abreast of community issues, and opportunities to give back to the community.

For more information, contact Jeff Schoess at (763) 913-2822; our email address is or check out the chamber website at

Local 4-H Organizations

4-H is an organization that focuses on leadership, citizenship, and life skills, with a twist of fun.

The clubs around Wright County, 23 in all, are open to all youth, whether they live in town or in rural areas. City children mix with country children, demonstrating that the common belief that 4-H is all about agriculture isn’t true any longer.

Clubs are a part of the University of Minnesota Extension, so programming is based on university research about positive youth development, according to the 4-H website,

Local clubs include the Marysville Merrymakers, Sunrise, the Woodland Woodettes, and Handy Dandy. Club meeting times, dates, and locations may vary throughout the year, so it is best to call the club leader before attending to confirm the next meeting’s details.

The Marysville Merrymakers meet the first of the month at 7 p.m. in the community center at the Howard Lake Public Library. For more information, contact Nicole Karnes at (952) 500-0034.

The Woodland Woodettes meet at Oster Covenant Church the second Sunday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tracy Janikula at (763) 658-4677.

The Sunrise club meets at Victor Town Hall the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information about this club, contact Cindy Munn at (612) 210-4614.

Another area 4-H club, Handy Dandy, meets according to members’ schedules. For more information, contact Joy Decker at (612) 978-0296.

Five years ago, Wright County started a new 4-H club called the Wright Explorers for families who home-school. It meets at Silver Creek Township Hall the second Friday each month at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Roberta Lexvold at (320) 398-2287.

Whether it be shooting sports, engineering, fine arts, or 4-H camp, Wright County 4-H promises to have something to offer every family. For more information, call (763) 682-7394, (1-800) 362-3667, or find them on Facebook at


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.

Ducks Unlimited

The Crow River Chapter of Minnesota Ducks Unlimited supports Cokato, Howard Lake, Montrose, Waverly, and the Winsted area. The chapter hosts an annual Membership Banquet each spring which currently consists of 180 members.

Since 1990, this chapter has raised more than $664,000 for conservation and wetland habitat. Eighty-two percent of DU’s expenditures are converted directly to conservation work. Some local projects that have benefited from these dollars would include Smith Lake (located two miles west of Howard Lake on Co. Rd. 5), Malardi Marsh MWA (located one mile north of Montrose on Meridian Ave), Victor PWA (located three miles southwest of Howard Lake on Co. Rd 5. SW), and Shakopee Lake (located eight miles west of Winsted on Platt Ave. SW).

If you are interested in finding out more about your local chapter, contact Zone Chairman Scott Schmidt at (320) 543-2498, or You can also check out the chapter’s Facebook page (Ducks Unlimited-Crow River Chapter) or the DU website for more information.

Cub Scouts Pack 399

Through various scouting activities in Howard Lake, boys are able to be involved in their community and with other Cub Scout Packs while also having fun.

Pack activities include Good Neighbor Days parade, Waverly Daze parade, Memorial Day parade and services at the Howard Lake Cemetery, the Waverly Memorial Day event, singing Christmas carols at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center, Pinewood Derby, and field trips to various museums and parks.

The pack’s community service project each year is to clean up the lakeshore of Howard Lake before fishing season opens.

Boys in grades one through five are eligible to join. Council registration is $7 per year. There is an annual sign-up in September at the school. Sign-up information is published in the Herald Journal prior to the event.

Gary Dressel, is Cubmaster. Please contact him if you are interested in joining Cub Scouts at 612-205-4555 or email

HLWW Boy Scouts, Troop 399

Boy Scout Troop 399 serves the greater Waverly, Howard Lake, Winsted and Lester Prairie area.

Through its patrol meetings and troop activities, the Scouts work to develop the character, citizenship, and personal fitness of area youth.

The group has seen a steady growth in membership in the past eight years. As an active troop, they participate in spring and fall camporees, develop winter survival skills, ski, canoe, fish, and take part in area civic events.

Each summer they attend Many Point, which provides Scouts the opportunity for such activities as sailing, archery, tower climbing, obstacle courses, and fishing.

Annually, they sell ice at Winstock, malts at the Wright County Fair, Christmas wreaths, and popcorn.

Steve Goebel (612) 245-7157 is scoutmaster and David Groff (763) 233-8326 is the assistant scoutmaster.

Membership is open to any boy who has completed the fifth grade, earned the Arrow of Light Award, or is 11 years old, but not yet 18. The Scouts usually meet two to four times a month. There is a yearly registration fee of $11 and a small monthly fee for each boy.

Howard Lake Sportsmen's Club

The Howard Lake Sportsmen’s Club was formed more than 50 years ago, to protect and maintain the natural resources in the area. Meetings take place at the Howard Lake Legion. Dates and times of these meetings are announced in the Herald Journal.

One of the group’s most recent accomplishments was working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited to secure Legacy Amendment funds to restore Smith Lake, a shallow lake west of Howard Lake. A fish barrier was installed to keep fish from entering Smith Lake from its outlet, and a water control structure was installed to allow the DNR to control lake levels. The lake was drained during winter 2010-11. By fall 2012, it was attracting large poulations of migrating waterfowl, much as it did more than 50 years ago.

Other major accomplishments of the group include land development in the Fish and Wildlife “Victor” project, and providing materials and equipment for the Howard Lake rearing pond. Events put on by the club include the winter fishing contest, helping to run the summer fishing contest, and firearm safety training, and helping to fund Deep Portage.

The Sportsmen’s Club is a sponsor for Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever, as well as the NRA and the Deer Hunters Association. In addition, the club donates to the Cub Scouts to clean the lakeshore, and take care of the carp trap on the south side of Howard Lake, and the boat landing on the north end.

Officers are Dennis Decker, president; Ken Durdahl, secretary; and Keith “Erv” Luhman, treasurer.

Membership dues are $10. Contact Denny Decker at (612) 703-7824, or Joe’s Sport Shop for membership information. Write to the club at PO Box 805, Howard Lake, MN 55349.

Love INC - Heartland

Love In the Name of Christ-Heartland is a shared Christian ministry of 29 area churches working together to help people in need.   Since opening in 2005 Love INC – Heartland has served over 100,000 needs in our communities. Thrift Stores in Howard Lake, (801 Hwy 12) and Delano, (318 Railroad Ave), serves people in need and sells to the general public to support the ministry.

Volunteers are welcome to one of the stores or the 9 ministries and the transformational ministry, where families learn skills to become more self sufficient and successful.

Prayer, monetary contributions, and donations of items for the stores are always appreciated.

To volunteer, or for more information, call our main phone line 763-972-6547.

Dutch and Mallard Pass Lake Association

The Dutch and Mallard Pass Lake Association was organized in 2006, to work together to improve the quality of Dutch and Mallard Pass lakes.

It hosts annual cleanup days, has improved the boat landing, and conducts a water-testing program, among other projects. The association also hosts an annual ice fishing contest to raise funds for projects.

Mallard Pass Lake is located just east of Howard Lake on the south side of US Highway 12, and flows into Dutch Lake, which is just south of Mallard Pass Lake.

To join, e-mail any of the officers: Patrick Wilson, president,; Christie Wood, vice president,; or Jamie Wiech, secretary,

Howard Lake Watershed Alliance

The goal of the Howard Lake Watershed Alliance is to help protect, maintain, and enhance the waters of, and surrounding watershed for Howard Lake. The organization provides educational resources, activities, and tasks to achieve this goal. Information is shared through local cable television and newspaper articles, as well as meetings and newsletters.

The original lake association was deeply concerned with the water quality of Howard Lake. In early 2002, Howard Lake was accepted into a joint study venture with Wright Soil and Water Conservation District and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which took in the lake, as well as its watershed area. As a result of this broadening venture, the group’s bylaws and incorporation were amended in 2004, and the group was renamed the Howard Lake Watershed Alliance. This action promoted the group to become more focused on total lake and watershed management.

The lake has been monitored since 2000 for trends in clarity and nutrient loading. In 2003, a program to control nuisance aquatic vegetation was initiated. A grant from the Minnesota DNR was received in 2007, for a vegetation study to determine how invasive aquatic species are affecting the lake.

The alliance has a strong body of volunteers who work to achieve the goals of the organization. The board of directors meets quarterly, with an annual meeting in June. A newsletter is published two times per year. Contact Curt Forst at (320) 543-3736 for further information concerning the Howard Lake Watershed Alliance.

Howard Lake Friends of the Library

The Howard Lake Friends of the Library has been supporting library programs since 2004. There are about 30 members, and they work to bring public awareness to all the programs and services offered through the Howard Lake Library. Meetings take place the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the library. To join, or for more information, call the Howard Lake Library at (320) 543-2020.