Howard Lake Community Guide 2016-17 - Page 21

h oward Lake GUIDEBOOK 2016-2017 individual. 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-WaverlyWinsted 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. 21 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, 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 Greater MN Communications