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Litchfield, the county seat of Meeker County, is a welcoming community of almost 7000 residents located at the intersections of highway 12 and 22 in central Minnesota that has much to offer people who visit or live in this city. Litchfield has many small, medium, and large businesses, manufacturing, and industries that offer a wide variety of employment to many of its residents in and around this community. Litchfield also has many options for dining and shopping. Our city has a wonderful school system, both public and parochial, and along with their public education has an excellent community education program that provides recreation, art, theatre, music, and education possibilities for young and old. Meeker Memorial Hospital and the two medical clinics nearby provide wonderful health care whether you are young or old. Our state-of-the art critical access hospital offers a full medical menu for inpatient and outpatient care. We have a large nursing home campus that is available to all levels of care for the elderly, disabled, and surgical recovering citizens in our area. We also boast many other health related businesses. Recreation provides a wide variety of sporting opportunities and relaxation activities you may desire. We have an abundance of lakes in our area along with our own Lake Ripley which is an esthetic attraction for our community. The city has many groomed parks with family shelters, tennis courts, softball fields, a huge children’s playground, splash park, and two beautiful campgrounds on or near our Lake Ripley that individuals and families can use for pleasure. Litchfield has a beautiful 18-hole golf course with an adjoining clubhouse/supper club for dining both casual and formal. If you are spending time in our city, stop by and visit our historic buildings downtown, our historic Opera House, and the Grand Army of the Republic building. We love our Central Park, Memorial Park, and Anderson Gardens by Lake Ripley. We have many churches to choose from if you are looking for a church to worship and attend. The residents of Litchfield are wonderful people and living in this community offers many opportunities for a good quality of life. When you visit our community, we hope you enjoy your time and someday consider leasing, building, or owning a business. Another option would be to rent, build, or buy a home and become a part of us. As Mayor of Litchfield, welcome to our town and for those who live here, thanks for making this community a great place to call home.

Keith Johnson Mayor, City of Litchfield, MN

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Downtown Litchfield was blanketed in snowfall.

ATTRACTIONS Attractions Parks Recreation Festivals Memorial Park Splash Pad Litchfield Historic Homes

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GOVERNMENT Government City of Litchfield Litchfield City Council Meetings Public Utilities Library Ordinances Meeker County State and Federal Leaders Meeker County Board Other Elected Officials Courthouse Offices U.S. Postal Service Transportation Airport Conservation District Agriculture

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Economic Development Public Health Services Licenses Family Services

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HEALTH Health 33 Health and Wellness 34 3D Mammography comes to Meeker County 36

LEISURE Leisure Athletic Organizations Clubs and Organizations

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LIVING Living Education Senior Citizens Support Services Worship Directory

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MARKETPLACE Marketplace Local Media Municipal Liquor Store Map Business Directory

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2019 - 2020 Litchfield Discover Guide Publisher: Brent Schacherer \ Editorial content: Cam Bonelli Photography: Litchfield Independent Review \ Cover Design: Rachel Larivee Editorial Design: Rachel Larivee \ Advertising: Kevin True, Sarah Evenson Special thanks to the city of Litchfield, Litchfield Chamber of Commerce, Meeker County and Litchfield School District for their contributions. Every effort has been made to provide an accurate directory, but if errors have occurred please let us know about them. Published by Crow River Press, 170 Shady Ridge Road, Hutchinson, 55350. Copyright 2019. Printed in the U.S.A. To submit additional information call 320-593-4802 or send an email to

Cover photo: File photo Child enjoyed the new splash pad at Memorial Park.



Above —Owner of Mimi’s Cafe John Braun hand paints the sign for his downtown shop. Below — At Turck’s Trees on Black Friday, Thomas Gaisbauer, left, watched his grandfather Greg Donovan cut a Christmas tree, while his mother, Charity, held back some of the branches.


elcome to the Litchfield Discover Guide 2019. This publication offers a directory of information and resources used by Litchfield area businesses and residents, especially those who are new to this area. The information contained in this guide is also available and regularly updated year-round on the new bigfishlifestyle app. Discover Guide is a compilation of important information — a single source for lists of services, names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Keep it handy; use it often. Our apologies for any omissions or for changes that occur after publication. Please notify us of information that needs to be updated so it can be kept current throughout the year. If you would like additional copies of this publication, call our Circulation Department at 32 0 - 693 -326 6 . S en d information for the Discover Guide to Cam Bonelli at bonelli@



ith age comes a number of things – wisdom, wrinkles and even wonderment. As the city of Litchfield marks its sesquicentennial in 2019, it offers a time for reflecting on the past, appreciating the present and looking forward to the future. Litchfield has seen its share of changes during the past 150 years, from its founding fathers staking claims along new railroad tracks to a flourishing city that is home to more than 6,000 residents and prospering businesses. The city, which early on was named Ripley and later was known as Ness, was eventually surveyed, platted and recorded as Litchfield in July 1869. The city’s name and prosperity is tied in part to one monumental event that was influenced by three brothers from England. These men – Electus Darwin Litchfield, Egbert E. Litchfield and Edwin Clark Litchfield – helped finance the construction of the railroad through Minnesota, Meeker County and, of course, the town that now bears their name, Litchfield. This new form of transportation changed the dynamics of Meeker County, which was still in its infancy at the time. ESTABLISHING MEEKER COUNTY The seventh Territorial Legislature of Minnesota ordered the organization of Meeker County on Feb. 23, 1856. In March 1856, John Huy and Thomas Skinner had Forest City surveyed and platted. The area, while inhabited by the Dakota, was still new to white settlers, and it would be two more years before Minnesota would even become a state. The county was named in honor of Judge Bradley Meeker of St. Anthony, who was one

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A photo from the archives of the Meeker County Historical Society reveals Litchfield’s main street circa 1930.

VISIT A MUSEUM: Members of Litchfield’s Frank Daggett Post and Drum Corps stood at attention in front of the G.A.R. Hall on Memorial Day, May 31, 1886, one year after it was built. Learn more about its history by visiting the G.A.R. Hall and Meeker County Historical Museum. See listing for more information.

of the first associate justices of the Territory of Minnesota. He served on the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court, was a charter member of the Minnesota Historical Society, and was one of the first board of regents of the University of Minnesota.

Gov. Willis Gorman appointed Huy, Skinner, D.M. Hanson and Dr. Frederick Ripley as commissioners of Meeker County to complete its organization with Forest City named as the county seat. The first county commissioner meeting was set for May 5, 1856, at Skinner’s home in Forest City. However, Ripley died before the first meeting. He froze to death in a blizzard in March 1856 near a lake that now bears his name on the south end of Litchfield, Lake Ripley. For 13 years, Forest City was one of several thriving villages in Meeker County. It was an exciting time in the county, as pioneers embraced the area as home, established businesses and made plans for their new homeland. From 1856 to 1869, the trading centers of the county in order of importance were Forest City, Kingston, Greenleaf, Manannah and Collinwood. They were home to flour and feed mills that not only served local settlers but a considerable area outside the county, as well, according to “Condensed History Meeker County, “ by Frank B. Lamson.

RIPLEY, NESS, THEN LITCHFIELD Meanwhile, south of Forest City, a group of men — Ole Halverson Ness, Henry Halverson, Ole Halverson Thoen, Amos Nelson Fosen, Nels Hanson and Colberg and Gunder Olson — settled in Ripley Township in 1856. Two or three years later, the township’s name was changed from Ripley to Ness, in honor of Ole H. Ness. Ness Township was beginning to prosper, with John Blackwell teaching the first school in 1858. Also that year, the first religious service was held at the Ole H. Ness home by the Rev. William Frederickson, and Heindrick Halverson built the first house, a log cabin. In 1861, the first school district was organized, and a school house was built. In addition, Ness Church was organized. By 1862, construction of the first school house began in the summer on the farm of Ole H. Ness. However, it was not completed until after the U.S.-Dakota Conflict ended. The small town of Ness was growing.

ITS SESQUICENTENNIAL SUMMER OF ‘69 By the late 1860s, the St. Paul and Pacific Railway (Great Northern) established its right-ofway through Minnesota, including Meeker County. The railway decided to lay tracks south of Forest City and through the town of Ness. A railroad station was erected and named in honor Electus, Egbert and Edwin Litchfield. They were contractors and heavy stockholders in the railway company at the time. The three men helped finance the construction of the railroad through Minnesota with Electus Darwin being the main contributor. George B. Waller was the owner of what became the original townsite. He deeded a one-half interest of the selected tract to the railway company and joined the company in platting the portion as the first unit of the county’s present city. The plat was filed July 16, 1869, establishing the town of Litchfield. The coming of the railroad brought new opportunities for some and changed the course of history for many. Thus, the paramount issue on the Nov. 2 election ballot in 1869 was which city should be the county seat. Forest City had served the role for 13 years. Yet, now people were debating whether to keep it in Forest City or change the county seat to Litchfield or Darwin. The three cities competed for the right and left the decision to the voters. The total vote of the county was about 900, and Litchfield won by a majority of about 80 votes. The change of Meeker’s county seat from Forest City to Litchfield caused a rapid influx of residents and businesses to Litchfield. Many Forest City residents put their businesses and homes on skids and had horses haul them to

Above — Litchfield Central Park circa 1874. Left — Businesses were open along Litchfield’s main street in 1870, a year after the city was established. ARCHIVE PHOTOS

Litchfield. Among the enterprising businesses that contributed to the early growth and development of the village during 1869 included a general merchandise store, hardware store, photo studio, livery, hotel, railway land office, physician, lawyers, flour mill, newspaper and the U.S. Post Office.

Litchfield was eventually incorporated in 1872, and through the years, the population has grown from 353 residents in 1870 to more than 6,500 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In these past 150 years, much has changed in Litchfield. Yet, a common thread that was woven in the fabric of this city

remains today — a strong sense of community. The residents, businesses and government are appreciative of their past, are committed to the present day and — like the city’s founding fathers — are looking ahead and making plans for the future. Sources: “Meeker County Memories,” Independent Review May 1976

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Litchfield Golf Course


Nelson Farm



American Legion Post #104


Litchfield Eagles Club #3424


Natural Food Co-op



City of Litchfield


Dassel Area Historical Society


Litchfield Chamber of Commerce


Litchfield Visitors Bureau


Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association


Meeker Council on Aging


Meeker County Administrator & HR


Meeker County EDA


Meeker County Veteran Services






Litchfield Veteran Tom Westrum played “Taps” for Lake Ripley Elementary School students.

MARKETPLACE AEM Mechanical Services Inc.




Binsfeld Tire


Litchfield Family Dental


Center National Bank

Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics


Davis Motors Inc.


Patten Chiropractic Center, P.A.


Home State Bank


Jason Tibbits Agency - State Farm


KMG & Co.


Litchfield Independent Review


Litchfield Liquor



Insurance Solutions


Litchfield Area Mentorship Program


Litchfield Watercade






Litchfield Oil & Propane


Mary’s Jewelry




Parts City Auto Parts


Precast System


Quality Autowerx


Anderson Insurance




Center Insurance Agency


Runnings of Litchfield


Central Community Transit




Ed Olson Agency, Inc.


Schlauderaff Implement Co.


Farm Bureau - Kevin Christoffers


Shears to You


First Evangelical Lutheran Church


Steve Truck


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Stockmen’s Greenhouse & Landscaping


Litchfield Early Childhood Programs


Tim Cook


Litchfield Public Schools




St. Paul’s Lutheran Church


TTouch Dog Training


United Methodist Church


ValleyView Electric, Inc.


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High School Graduate or higher, 25+



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WORK TRAVEL TIME Mean travel time to work workers age 16+ 2014 - 2016

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Above — Ava Gabrielson, 6, of Litchfield and Mallory Terning, 8, of Litchfield enjoyed vanilla ice cream cones provided by the Meeker County Dairy Association. PHOTO BY CHAD NEWMAN

Right — A monarch butterfly took flight in Anderson Gardens in Litchfield.


Adventures and getaways close to home


n Litchfield, residents and visitors don’t have to look far to find an opportunity for fun. The city has 20 parks as well as facilities such as an archery range, basketball and tennis courts, hockey rinks and a golf course. Memorial Park and Lake Ripley in Litchfield are the site of many events during Watercade, the city’s summer celebration, including a fishing contest, beach party, sand-castle building contest, a 4-mile run around the lake and a fireworks display. The south shore of Lake Ripley is also the site of a popular

The city has 20 parks of all different shapes and sizes, as well as facilities such as an archery range, basketball and tennis courts, hockey rinks and a golf course.

RV campground, which lures both residents and non-residents to its site to enjoy life on the lake. Through a partnership between the City of Litchfield and the Litchfield Rotary Club, Lake Ripley obtained a brand new attraction. The city-owned splash pad, the newest addition to the shores of Lake Ripley, opened July 2018. The concrete pad, open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the summer through the fall, features tropical-themed jets that spray water. Litchfield is also home to many historic houses that reflect various architectural styles.


Nelson Family Farm Litchfield, MN Five Fun Weekends + MEA Sept 28-Oct 27 Weekends and MEA Sat.: 11:01am-5:01pm; Sun.: 12:01-5:01pm; MEA: 11:01am-5:01pm Admission: $8.00 per person; 2 & under, Free FILE PHOTO

From left, Anita Runik of Vero Beach, Florida, and Julie, Sydney and Steve Garcia of the San Pablo, California, posed for a photo in front of Darwin’s own World Record Twine Ball.

PARKS Anderson Gardens North of Memorial Park on Lake Ripley, just off Highway 22 Anderson Gardens is a miniarboretum park located on the northeastern corner of Lake Ripley with a picturesque gazebo. Archery Range and Dog Park Across Lake Ripley Drive from Memorial Park Litchfield’s Archery Range and Dog Park located across from Memorial Park on Lake Ripley — has eight acres for dogs to run free as well as picnic tables and garbage cans. Next to the dog park is an archery range, which features targets at 10-yard intervals up to 80 yards. Becker Park One block south of East Paul Street, between Gilman and Chandler avenues Located on South Chandler Avenue, Becker Park is an openplay area with a swing set and a small hill perfect for sliding and sledding in the winter. Central Park Off Sibley Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets The heart of Litchfield, Central Park and its bandshell are home to activities throughout the year, including outdoor music, an Easter egg hunt, a farmers market and community meals. It is in downtown Litchfield along Sibley Avenue. Crescent Park Off North Crescent Lane, near Litchfield Sports Complex This playground is located in

the Crescent Lane development and has a swing set and playground equipment.

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Disc Golf 901 North Gilman Ave. The disc golf course at Litchfield High School has eight holes.

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Jaycee’s Park Between Memorial Park and Lake Ripley Campground on Lake Ripley Situated between Memorial Park and the Lake Ripley Campground along Lake Ripley, this park is ideal for a day on the lake or packing a picnic: Jaycees Park has a picnic shelter, playground equipment, dock, boat launch and ice fishing access. Lake Ripley Campground Off Lake Ripley Drive between Lake Ripley and East Lake Ripley The municipal trailer campground has 32 sites, 12 with sewer, water and electric, 20 with water and electric, as well as permanent restrooms and showers. All sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.




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Legion Memorial Park Near 551-593 Lake Ripley Drive Built in 1994 this park is dedicated in memory of all veterans of all wars. Lion’s Park Off West Pleasure Drive west of Highway 22 Located on the north shore of Lake Ripley, Lions Park has a playground, fishing docks, walking/bike path and large picnic shelter that may be reserved through Litchfield Community Education. 2019 |





ty Stockade, which visit the Forest Ci to er th ga le op Pe er, for its Pioneer y during the wint opens for one da tion . Christmas celebra Laura Shoutz was crowned the 2018-19 Litchfield princess. Also pictured were 2018-2019 Miss Litchfield Brianna Larson; Miss Litchfield 2017-18 Maddy Larson; 2018-19 Miss Congeniality Kristina-Marie Christopherson; 201718 Princess Hannah Schacherer; and candidate Shelby Nelson, who received the formal gown award. FILE PHOTO

Litchfield Sports Complex Between the armory and the high school on Gilman Avenue Located near Litchfield High School on Gilman Avenue, the Litchfield Sports Complex features a variety of athletic facilities, including four softball fields, four tennis courts, a horseshoe court, two outdoor hockey rinks, basketball court, soccer area, skateboard park, two Little League fields and Optimist Park – home of the Litchfield Blues amateur baseball team. The complex is also home to Litchfield Public Schools’ athletic facilities. Memorial Park East edge of Lake Ripley, just off South Sibley Avenue The location for many Litchfield Watercade activities, Memorial Park lies along the east edge of Lake Ripley. A new playground and restrooms were constructed at the park in 2013. The park

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has 175 feet of beach, swimming docks, lake overlook, bike/walking path, an Army tank and field cross memorial, sand volleyball court, lake access and a large picnic area. Ness Park On North Miller Avenue between sixth and seventh streets A large park located off North Miller Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets, Ness Park has a swing set, picnic tables and volleyball court. North Casey Park Near Shell and Davis Motors off North Sibley Avenue This park is an open play area with a swing set located on North Miller Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets, with Jewett Creek along the east edge. In the winter there is a small hill for sledding. Optimist Baseball Park Near North Gilman Avenue and Tenth Street


Rid Riders from across Minnesota and even out of state strapped on their chaps to take a wild ride on a bull the str 2018 rodeo. 20 This ballpark has a full-sized baseball field with seating and two smaller fields.

300 block of Miller Avenue South is home to two tennis courts, play equipment and a volleyball court.

Pleasant View Park Off Willmar Avenue, near West Fifth Street Off Willmar Avenue in the northwest section of the city, Pleasant View has playground equipment and play area.

South Street Playground North Davis and East South Street South Street Playground is an open lot at the corner of North Davis and East South Street with playground equipment.

Prairie Park Between East Butler Street and East Quail Drive, northwest of the cemetery Along Butler Street, Prairie Park is a 40-acre nature park, featuring 2.5 miles of walking and cross-country skiing trails, playground equipment and a picnic shelter provided by the Rotary Club. South Park West Ripley Street and South Swift Avenue This square-block park on the

Sunrise Terrace Park Off East Second Street, near North Gorman Avenue The park, located along Sunrise Drive in eastern Litchfield, has updated playground equipment and a small, man-made sliding hill. Thompson Park South Chandler between East Ripley and East St. Paul streets An open play area and swing set mark Thompson Park, located on South Chandler between East Ripley and East St. Paul streets.

ATTRACTIONS MEEKER COUNTY PARKS Clear Lake Park Off Clear Lake, south of Watkins on County Road 2 Located three miles south of Watkins on County Road 2, the 34.4-acre park includes a picnic area and shelter, boat landing and a short hiking trail. Darwin-Dassel Park Between Darwin and Dassel on Highway 12 Meeker County’s largest park features 160 acres of activities. There are 6.5 miles of hiking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding trails. Shelters and picnic tables are on the lookout hill – a popular sliding hill in the winter. The park extends south of U.S. Highway 12 with additional trails and picnic area. Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area 17980 640th Ave., Litchfield This new, 365-acre recreation area has water access to two lakes, a fishing pier, trails for hiking and cross-country skiing and special season archery hunting. Visitors can see portions of Greenleaf and Sioux lakes, along with several wetlands. For more information call 320-7962161 or visit greenleaf. Finnish Memorial Park Just west of Kingston on Highway 27 Ideal for canoeing down the North Fork Crow River, Finnish Memorial Park sits just west of Kingston on County Road 27. The 17-acre park has a canoe landing, tennis court, shelter and playground equipment. Koronis Regional Park 14076 Bluefield Road, Paynesville On the southwest shore of Lake Koronis, this 62-acre park, which is jointly owned by Meeker and Stearns counties, offers overnight camping with electricity and water hookup, bathrooms and showers. It also has a swimming beach, playground equipment, boat landing, lookout tower, picnic shelters with kitchen facilities and several recreational facilities. A

walking/biking trail encircles the lake. To make shelter or camping reservations, call 320- 276-8843. Lake Manuella Park 21239 County Highway 9, Darwin Known for its swimming beach, the park has picnic facilities, bathrooms and a changing house. It is located on County Highway 9, five miles south of U.S. Highway 12. Shaw Memorial Park 31577 County Highway 1, Litchfield Located in Forest City along Crow River, the 10-acre park has picnic shelters, playground equipment, a softball field, basketball court and ice skating rink in the winter. Spring Lake Park 72599 240th St., Dassel Situated between Spring Lake and Long Lake one mile north of Dassel, the 13-acre park offers fishing opportunities with a boat landing and fishing dock, as well as picnic shelters, playground equipment and a popular Little League field. A new trail connects the park to Dassel. Thompson Park 13099 525th Ave., Cosmos Located on 525th Avenue one mile west of Cosmos, 22acre Thompson Park has picnic shelters, playground equipment, ball field, volleyball court and fishing dock. West Ripley Park 25288 County Highway 1, Litchfield Located just south of Litchfield on County Highway 1, West Ripley Park has a boat landing, fishing pier, playground equipment, sand volleyball court, bike path and large picnic shelter. The 5.6-acre park lies is located on the western shore of Lake Ripley. Woodland Park 27299 MN Highway 15, Dassel Woodland Park boasts a total of 80 acres for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and bird watching. It is located between Kingston and Dassel on Minnesota Highway 22.

RECREATION Grand Army of the Republic Hall & Meeker County Museum 304 N. Marshall Ave., Litchfield Built in 1885, the Litchfield Grand Army of the Republic Hall is one of very few left in the nation and is the only authentic one remaining in Minnesota. Designed by one of the members to look like a military fort, the GAR Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The brick is local from the Henry Ames brick yard which was just north of Litchfield. The GAR Hall was almost immediately given to the city of Litchfield with the understanding that it would be kept in its original condition. This hall also served as the first public library in Meeker County and was one of the main gathering places for community events. Civil War roundtables, featuring speakers who have expertise in war history, are at 1:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The Meeker County Historical Museum is attached to the rear of the GAR Hall. Several photos and information about Civil War veterans can be found here. This historical attraction is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3. Litchfield Civic Arena 900 North Gilman Ave., Litchfield The Litchfield Civic Arena hosts Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato boys and girls hockey games and also offers open skating every Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for free. The arena also features skate sharpening, community room rental, meeting rooms, table and chair rental and dry floor activities — business expos, auctions, banquets, family reunions, physical-education and dance classes — through March until the end of September. For more info, call 320-693-2679. Litchfield Golf Club 405 West Pleasure Drive, Litchfield The Litchfield Golf Course is

located on the beautiful shores of Lake Ripley. With four sets of tee boxes, ranging from 6,400 yards to 5,000 yards, Litchfield Golf Club has 18 uniquely challenging holes. The Par 70, Championship layout will be sure to give the most accomplished golfers a true test of golf, yet allow for the novice to enjoy their round and have fun. For more info, call 320693-6059. Litchfield Bowling Center 1227 Sibley Ave., Litchfield The Litchfield Bowling Center offers numerous leagues for all ages and open bowling on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to close, Saturday from noon to close and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Lanes at the bowling center are available for rent, and a “pizza and pop party” package is also available. The kitchen offers a variety of food, including fresh-made pizza, chicken dinners, appetizers and nachos, and a full bar is also available. For more information, call 320-693-9077. Meeker County Off-Highway Vehicle Park South of Darwin, north of Hutchinson, at 18738 County Road 9 Meeker County’s only OHV Park opened to the public in 2015 and welcomes OHV riders of all ages. The 40-acre Meeker County OHV Park features fives miles of ATV trails, six miles of off-highway motorcycle trails, a picnic shelter and a youth ATV training area. The park is open seven days a week from dusk ‘til dawn, depending on weather conditions. For information about the condition of the park, visit and click “Current Conditions.” Driving from Darwin the park can be found by going west on Highway 12, turning south on to County Road 9 and continuing for approximately six miles; the entrance is on the east side of the road. For more information, visit www.dnr.state. or call Alvin Bertram at 320-587-9505.

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ATTRACTIONS Darwin Rod and Gun Club 27902 668th Avenue, Darwin The Darwin Rod and Gun Club is a sportsmen’s club that offers year-round range shooting to members (membership is $20) and trap shooting on Wednesdays between late May and August. The club’s clubhouse — complete with full commercial kitchen and beer on tap — is also available for rental for weddings, birthday parties or other events. For more information, call Ken Porth at 320-693-8722.

FESTIVALS Manannah Daze To be announced The small village of Manannah kicks off its annual summer celebration with a variety of activities, including volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, tractor pulls and a street dance. The parade Saturday is followed by a pageant, where Manannah men dress in drag to compete for the title of Miss Manannah. Eden Valley’s Valley Daze June 21-23 Eden Valley celebrates every June with a parade, carnival, live music, food stands, a tug-a-war tournament and an annual youth fishing contest. This year’s event will feature new attractions, which will be announced via its website. Litchfield Watercade July 11-14 Litchfield hosts a weekend of fun, food and festivities. Activities planned each year include a fireworks display, golf tournament, Grande Day parade, Art in the Park, medallion hunt, 4-mile run, fishing contest, kiddie parade and a Little Crow water ski show. Watercade’s finale is the annual queen coronation and includes the crowning of the new Miss Litchfield and princesses. Cosmos Space Festival Third weekend of July The annual get-together features a Little Miss Universe and a Man in the Moon coronation, softball tournament,

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To the delight of the audience, Lily and the Hound Dogs brought Elvis and crew to life at the Litchfield Watercade lip-sync contest. meals in the park, a Space Festival parade, fireworks, pancake breakfast, pork chop dinner, church in the park, music entertainment, crafters, pedal tractor pull, volleyball and more. Meeker County Fair Aug. 1-4 It’s the annual “Fairest Days of Summer” for Meeker County residents. It features traditional county fair activities, such as exhibits and the showing of livestock, carnival rides, live music and demolition derbies. Watkins’ Kraut ‘N’ Wurst Day First Saturday in August This event consists of a parade, Little Miss Watkins Pageant, Cow Drop Raffle and an evening street dance with beverage/food stands located in McCarthy Park. Darwin Twine Ball Celebration Aug. 10 It’s one of Minnesota’s unique landmarks — Darwin’s big ball of twine. Dubbed the World’s Largest Twine Ball Collected by One Person, the spherical collection is celebrated with a parade, mini-rod races, craft fair and pork chop dinner. Grove City Windmill Days (formerly AugustFest) May 31 - June 2 Grove City is planning to celebrate summer with the a tractor pull, mud volleyball,

During the 2016 Litchfield Watercade celebration, fireworks dazzled the sky over Lake Ripley. horseshoe, trap shooting and softball tournaments, a kiddie parade, talent show and parade. Forest City Thresher Days Aug. 17-18 Thresher Days include displays of antique tractors and other farm equipment, along with threshing and corn shredding demonstrations. A tractor parade also is a favorite annual event. Forest City Stockade Rendezvous Aug. 17-18 Step back in time for the annual Rendezvous. The Forest City Stockade, a replica of a fort built by Forest City residents during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, is home to a variety of old fashioned activities, demonstrations and food. Dassel Red Rooster Days Sept. 1-3 Labor Day weekend is time to

celebrate, with an ambassadors coronation, parade, Minnesota’s Largest Chicken Barbecue, and other activities. Harvest Madness October Shop Litchfield! Enjoy shops, restaurants and community market. Enjoy a hayride, scarecrow contest and more fun activities for families. Forest City Pioneer Christmas Dec. 7 The Forest City Stockade switches gears after its Summer Rendezvous to a winter holiday theme during its annual Pioneer Christmas. Activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit with Santa, Christmas caroling and old-fashioned ornaments.


Make a splash FILE PHOTOS

Litchfield’s new splash pad opened in Memorial Park in 2018. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until it closes in the fall.

Splash pad newest attraction for area residents


itchfield’s newest family-friendly amenity opened with a splash in July 2018. The city’s first splash pad, situated on the shores of Lake Ripley in Memorial Park, opened just in time for Watercade. The new water-play amenity features tropical-themed jets that spray water onto a concrete pad. Families from near and far can run and play all summer long. Several families used the new water feature on its opening week with visitors giving positive feedback. “We are all very excited about the splash pad,” Mayor Keith Johnson said on behalf of the Litchfield City Council opening week. “It’s a very fun thing in our community.” Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during summer, the splash pad offers another attraction at the park. The splash pad remains open through the summer until fall after cool weather warrants shutting down for the season. Johnson said it’s neat to see parents using the splash pad with their children. He also noticed more people using Lake Ripley due to its close proximity. The project, a combined effort of the City

of Litchfield and Litchfield Rotary Club, took several fundraising efforts. The club committed to raising $150,000 for the nearly $400,000 project but, through its efforts, far exceeded its goal. Litchfield Rotary Club member Bev Mathwig, who spearheaded the fundraising project, said the Rotarians raised close to $170,000 to build the splash pad with the city contributing the remaining funds. The city will be responsible for the splash pad’s continued maintenance. Construction began in spring of 2018 with several businesses and individuals contributing to the project. In addition to standard donations, more than 400 pavers, bricks purchased by individuals and engraved with donors’ names that were placed around the splash pad, were sold for $50 each. “I was just so proud and happy that the community got together and got this done,” Mathwig said. Johnson said the partnership between the city and the Litchfield Rotary was a worthwhile use of donations and city taxes resulting in a family friendly amenity that will be used for years to come. The project, he added, would not have been possible without this collaboration and the generous support of local businesses and organizations.

Just hours after it opened July 11, kids enjoyed the splash pad, a water play amenity featuring tropical-themed spraying jets.

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Homes Take a walking or driving tour to see the many historic homes in Litchfield that reflect various architectural styles


alk down a Litchfield street and you’re likely to find countless monuments to the city’s early history, dating back to the late 1860s. Some of the town’s most impressive historic homes stand along four streets: Armstrong, Holcombe, Marshall and Sibley avenues. The homes were built from the 1869-1920 Victorian Era. This time showed change and growth on the Northern Plains. NORTH SIDE 518 Armstrong Ave. N. This home was built in the late 1800s by Erhardt Lenhardt. This family built the Litchfield Brewery and owned the Lenhardt Hotel and many of the first lots surveyed in Litchfield after the town was laid out. 506 Armstrong Ave. N. A two-story house with a large porch, this home was built in 1908. It is an excellent example of Victorian architecture, featuring a

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dignified home with a wrap-around veranda porch, artistic windows and a large, quiet yard. 413 Armstrong Ave. N. This large red brick house was built by Peter Hanson as a wedding gift to his daughter, Nellie, when she married Mr. March in 1905. The home has a ballroom on the third floor, and the light oak woodwork throughout remains impeccable. There is a servants’ staircase, a fireplace in the master bedroom and a large beautiful dining room with 10-foot ceilings. 405 Armstrong Ave. N. Completed in 1904, local folks call this home “the Red Castle.” Peter E. Hanson, the original owner, had the home built while he served in the Minnesota Senate from 1895-1898 and as secretary of state from 19 01-19 07. At the time Hanson’s home was in construction, the state Capitol in St. Paul was as well. The original tile roof of this home (some of which you can see on the turret) was the same color

405 Armstrong Ave. N. and design as the tile used on the roof of the Capitol building. The house has five fireplaces, a grand stairway, an oak dining room, and cherry woodwork throughout. The outside walls are quadruple-brick for insulation. It was the original owner of this home, Hanson, who built the neighboring home for his daughter, Nellie. 406 Armstrong Ave. N. This home, built 1888, was

where John T. Mullen, a wellknown Litchfield merchant, lived. 326 Armstrong Ave. N. B uilt a b o u t 1910 , t h e architec ture of this home is untouched since construction. 320 Armstrong Ave. N. This home was constructed between 1910-1915. Its turret is an example of the Victorian Era. The home was once owned by Fred Richter, a former Litchfield mayor.


307 Holcombe Ave. N. 518 Armstrong Ave. N. 307 Holcombe Ave. N. Built about 1895 by a prominent banker named O.H. Campbell, this house was once known as the “Raven’s Nest.” From 1920 to the late 1940s, it was used as a nuns’ conservatory, and many people in Litchfield remember taking piano lessons there. It remains unchanged and a stark example of the fortress style of Victorian homes of the 1890s. It is built of yellow brick produced in Litchfield during that time. 503 Holcombe Ave. N. D i s t i n c t l y V i c t o r ia n a n d originally the Morrison House, this home is an excellent example of a st yle referred to as the “Painted Lady,” or Queen Anne. 421 Marshall Ave. N. Built about 1915, this modest house has strong connections to a remarkable person and the origins of a locally significant industr y. Creamer y operator Alfred Anderson used the basement to begin his business, Anderson Chemical. The firm p ro duce d a ba c terial flavor enhancer to the dairy industry a n d e v e n t u a ll y m o v e d i n to cleaning and sanitizing products. The Anderson Chemical Company grew into a major corporation with a natio nal ma rket a n d business in international locations. Alfred Anderson has an intriguing Swedish immigrant story and made important civic

co ntrib u tio n s to Litc hf ield , serving a term as mayor. 425 Marshall Ave. N. This house is a rare example of the Art Moderne style in Litchfield. Art Moderne and other related modernistic styles, such as Art Deco, were commonly used for public and commercial buildings between 1920 and 1940. Art Moderne emerged as the most prevalent form in the 1930s. Never a commonly used residential style, scattered examples can be found throughout the country. Constructed after 1941, this house is a particularly late example of the style. 611 Marshall Ave. N. Mary Jo Smith has turned this early 1920s Tudor-style home into a beautiful bed and breakfast called The Marshall Estate. The home features four bedrooms, hardwood floors, built-in china cabinets with leaded/beveled glass, a charming fireplace, and indoor and outdoor porches. 705 N. Miller Ave. This is one of the few houses in Litchfield that displays the character-defining features of the Italianate style. The Italianate style was a popular domestic style in the United States from about 1840 to 1885, and it was particularly common in the towns of the Midwest experiencing large growth during this period. The house was also the home of Ole Ness, an early pioneer and a founding father of Litchfield.

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406 Armstrong Ave. N. SOUTH SIDE 215 Sibley Ave. S. “Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota” (1977) describes this home as an “Eastlake style frame clapboard house with extensive turned work on the Queen Anne porch.” It was built in 1890 by Mr. McClure, a Litchfield banker. It remains close to its original condition with the original oil cloth wallpaper still on the dining room walls and tin ceilings in the kitchen and bath. 700 Sibley Ave. S. This lovely home was built in the late 1920s and is a perfect example of what is known as Craftsman Architecture. Litchfield encompasses several homes of this style from the early 1920s era. 304 Sibley Ave. S. This two-story red brick office building was once a lovely home built in the late 1880s. It was the home of Erhardt Lenhardt, a wellknown, successful brewer who operated a brewery on the north shore of our Lake Ripley. Not to be outdone, his brother founded St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Litchfield. 310 Sibley Ave. S. This lovely Victorian home was built in 1899. This house cost $2,000 to build. There have been few changes to the original floor plan. In the dining room of this home is one of the most beautiful fireplaces. It is artistic from floor to ceiling with several different types of woodwork combined with copper inlay for a spectacular mantle. The house has five original

ornate windows and a maplewood mosaic on the entryway floor. 316 Sibley Ave. S. This historic home has been the location for Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home for several years (the business moved into a new facility along U.S. Highway 12 in 2018). Built by B.P. Nelson in 1903 as a family residence, the residence had a tennis court on the south side of the home and a three-stall carriage house on the north. The third floor was a ballroom with dance parties still being held there in the 1930s and ‘40s. 724 Sibley Ave. S. The Rosemary Home was owned by Dorothea Kopplin and her family. Mrs. Kopplin lived from 18981970. She was a mother, teacher, homemaker and author. She was Minnesota Mother of the Year in 1949. In accordance with her will, her home became a home for nursing students, nurses and business women. This was done in memory of her daughter who died of leukemia at age 6. Her daughter’s bedroom is a small room at the front of the second floor and is still furnished as it was when she lived there. Mrs. Kopplin’s daughter’s name was, of course, Rosemary. Mrs. Kopplin wrote “Something to Live By” in 1945 with all royalties being donated to the Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs for nursing scholarships. The home was built in the late 1890s and has a permanent caretaker living on the grounds.


705 Miller Ave. N. 805 Sibley Ave. S. This large, English Tudor style home was built in 1910 and was once the home of Dr. Karl Danielson. Dr. Danielson is remembered for swimming in Lake Ripley nearly every day of his life, even in winter. He lived to be 90 years old. 806 Sibley Ave. S. This lovely home was built in 1906. The garage replaces what was once a livery barn which had room for two horses and one carriage. 910 Sibley Ave. S. This Victorian home was built in the late 1800s and the first house in Litchfield to have running water. It was built by Mr. Sweetman who had an oil business. The property includes a windmill, which was used to pump water into a storage tank in the attic and provided running water to the house. The interesting garage behind this house was built in 1940 to replace the large, old barn which had to be torn down. This property once extended five blocks to Swift Avenue. The house retains its distinctive Victorian appearance. 403 Armstrong Ave. S. Built in 1889 by C.W. Wagner, then owner of the Litchfield newspaper and the man for whom Wagner Elementar y School is named, his wife Emma Chandler Wagner, and their only daughter, H a r r i e t , li ve d in t h is h o m e . Following the deaths of her parents, Harriet lived in the house for part of each year, spending the rest of her time traveling abroad. The

215 Sibley Ave. S. house remains close to its original state. Some of the changes are the addition of a fireplace in the front parlor, partial enclosing of the front porch and an upstairs enclosed back porch. The interior has been restored to much of its Victorian glory. 326 Donnelly Ave. S. This house has been the home of two famous Meeker County residents. It was built in 1893 and stood on the corners of Swift and Ripley avenues. Many years later it was moved here to Donnelly Avenue. One well-known resident was Gale Sondergaard. Sondergaard was an Academy Award winning actress and starred in many movies including: “Maid of Salem,” “The Letter,” “The Cat and The Canary,” “Anna and The King of Siam” and “Anthony Adverse,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1936. She also starred on Broadway. She lived in this home with her family during early childhood. Later, this was the home of Bernie Bierman, famous football coach of the University of Minnesota Gophers. He played football for the Litchfield High School team and went on to play left end for Minnesota. He coached at Tulane Universit y an d in 1932 to ok his team to the Rose Bowl. He returned to Minnesota to coach the Gophers and brought on what was to be known as the “Golden Era” of Minnesota football. This home is an example of the Victorian design.

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Above — Buffalo stew cooks over an open flame at the Forest City Stockade. Right — Vendors make traditional fry bread.

ALL IN GOOD TASTE Litchfield has something for every taste bud


itchfield has a variety of local cuisine, everything from Chinese and Mexican to classic American comfort food with a handful of new eateries open in the last year in Litchfield. Area residents enjoy eating at special events in Central Park throughout the summer months, whether it is brat feeds, pancake breakfasts or ice cream socials. Downtown features Mimi’s Cafe, the Parkview Grille and the Tavern on Main. You can grab a pastry, coffee or meet with friends for lunch at Mimi’s, or if you’re in the mood for classic bar food, head on over to the Tavern. Daily specials and soups plus breakfast all day is served at the Tavern. Parkview Grille features a bar, breakfast, soups and salad and paninis, sandwiches and burgers. A Litchfield favorite, Pie In The Park, features many types of delicious homemade pies — and all proceeds go toward

supporting local nonprofit organizations. Another popular attraction is the ice cream social during the Watercade. Farmers markets are also popular from May through October. Litchfield has two markets featuring local produce and baked goods. One market operates at Central Park, and another one sets up at the VFW Post 2818 on East U.S. Highway 12. And don’t forget about the Meeker County Fair at the fairgrounds on North Armstrong Avenue in Litchfield in early August. There are all sorts of treats, such as cotton candy, and deep-fried foods to enjoy, along with beer at the fair’s beer garden.

FOOD Rick DeSmith, owner of Litchfield Pizza Ranch, poses with a pizza. DeSmith will give away 12 Days of Pizza to 12 families.

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Above — Veterans Mark Schumann (left) and Richard Holtz shook hands with Lake Ripley Elementary School students after a Veterans Day presentation. Right — Veterans file out of the Veteran’s Day program at Lake Ripley Elementary School.

A FULL-SERVICE COMMUNITY Litchfield has state-of-the-art facilities to serve residents


itchfield serves as the hub for Meeker County government. Home to both the courthouse and law enforcement center, Litchfield is the place to go for many licensing and motor vehicle needs, building permits and birth, death and marriage certificates. Litchfield’s more than 6,700 residents can bring city-related questions to City Hall at 126 N. Marshall Ave. City government includes of a mayor and city council, which are responsible for adopting and enforcing ordinances, establishing public and administrative policies, appointing staff positions, boards and commissions. The city provides numerous services to residents, such as providing a secure, clean water supply. The city has invested in state-of-the-art facilities, including a fire and rescue station and upgraded wastewater treatment plant. Litchfield’s historic downtown was designated as a Commercial Historic District by the National Park Service and placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1996. The district encompasses 48 properties, including 36 “contributing”

Litchfield’s downtown is considered historic and was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1996. buildings. The Historic Preservation Commission assists in overseeing development within the district to ensure exterior construction meets historical guidelines. Litchfield is also home to a National Guard unit, the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company. The unit returned to Litchfield in 2014 after spending a year deployed in Afghanistan carrying out Operation Enduring Freedom.



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LITCHFIELD CITY COUNCIL The city of Litchfield is governed by six council members and a mayor. City Administrator Dave Cziok is responsible for day-to-day operations of the city. The mayor and council members serve four-year terms. Staggered elections take place every two years in November.

Keith Johnson Mayor Term ends Dec. 31, 2022

Ron Dingmann At-large Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

MEETINGS Litchfield City Council meetings are hosted in Council Chambers at City Hall, 126 N. Marshall Ave. For information, call 320-693-7201. First and third Mondays Litchfield City Council, 5:30 p.m. Council meetings are open to the public unless it is in a closed

Eric Mathwig Ward 1 Term ends Dec. 31, 2022

Darlene Kotelnicki Ward 2 Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

session. Meetings are televised Mondays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Cable Channels 8 or 13. First Tuesday of each quarter Airport Commission, 6:30 p.m. Fourth Monday Heritage Preservation Commission, 6:30 p.m. Last Tuesday of each quarter Library Board, 5:30 p.m.

Betty Allen Ward 3 Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

PUBLIC UTILITIES ELECTRICITY City of Litchfield 320-693-7201 Report an outage after hours 866639-6108 Energy Star rebates Meeker Cooperative Light & Power 320-693-3231

Vern Loch Jr. Ward 4 Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

Sara Miller Ward 5 Term ends Dec. 31, 2022

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Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze spoke to Litchfield City Council members during a 2018 meeting. CenturyLink 800-244-1111 BEFORE YOU DIG Gopher State One Call 800-252-1166 WASTE DISPOSAL Waste Management-Twin Cities West provides residential garbage pick-up in Litchfield. Garbage is collected once a week. Recyclables are collected every other week, and Waste Management uses a singlesort recycling container. All recyclable items can be mixed in the container. Payment drop box for garbage bills is at 5 E. Second St. For more information, call 800-450-9378. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mailing address is 490 Industrial Blvd., Winsted, MN 55395. West Central Sanitation of Willmar provides commercial

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The Litchfield Public Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. garbage and recyclable pick-up in Litchfield and the surrounding area. For information, call 800246-7630.

LIBRARY Litchfield Public Library 216 N. Marshall Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2483 Litchfield Public Library is home to 45,000 books, 1,200 audios and 2,100 videos. Twelve staff members serve more than

GOVERNMENT 10,000 registered borrowers. In 2015, library users checked out almost 70,000 items, not including downloadable e-books or audios. Litchfield Library is a member of Pioneerland Library System. It is one of the largest of the 31 libraries in the regional library system. Any borrower can order books and other items from any library in the system and even from libraries throughout the state. Deliveries of requested materials arrive three times per week. The library catalog is available at www.pioneerland.lib. Pioneerland offers downloadable e-books, audiobooks and digital magazines for loan through its Overdrive service at pioneerland.lib. The library has a collection of almost 4,000 downloadable books plus 41 magazine and newspaper titles available to Pioneerland cardholders with new books added all the time. The Litchfield Library offers 17 public desktop computers, two laptops, an iPad and a computer-based microfilm reader to use with historical newspaper microfilm. The library has Wi-Fi, a copier/printer, a wireless printer and a scanner available for public use. DVDs are also available for checkout at the Litchfield Library. A large public meeting room and two study rooms are available for groups to use. Storytimes are offered twice a week, plus one Saturday a month. Book clubs and other activities are offered throughout the year for people of all ages. A summer reading program for children and teens and a winter reading program for adults are offered every year.

ORDINANCES Detailed information about City of Litchfield ordinances is available by visiting the city’s website at Some common issues affecting residents are addressed

in this list. Direct any questions about ordinances or permits to City Hall at 320-693-7201. General Residential Setbacks All residential structures and accessory structures, which include sheds, outbuildings, play structures and gazebos, are subject to specific setbacks from a lot line based on the zoning district. All structure setbacks are taken from the property line. The setback from a front, rear or side yard may vary based on the zoning district. To find out what a property is zoned for and what the required setbacks are, call City Hall. Building Permits Building permits are required for many types of projects. A permit application is available on the city’s website under the Code Enforcement department page. City Hall staff can assist and complete permits for small utility sheds, fences, reroofing, siding, central air/furnace installation or replacement and other such maintenance permits. Rental Property Registration All rental properties are to be registered with the City of Litchfield by June 30, 2019, to avoid registration fees. The city intends to use the information collected to quantify the amount of rental housing available in the city, and to track the needs and availability of rental housing. This information is also intended to be used to enforce city ordinances that relate to the safety and condition of the rental units. Lawn Maintenance All grounds in a residential zoning district not covered by a building, patio or driveway must be covered in grass or ornamental landscaping including rock material. Ground cover may grow to a height of 6 inches. Once growth exceeds 6 inches, city code requires cutting. Should you identify a property in which grass is over 6 inches in height, contact the city’s code enforcement officer at 693-7201, ext. 1012.

Snow Removal There are no hourly restrictions on the operation of snow removal equipment. Property owners are required to keep all snow and ice on their property. City code prohibits placing snow or ice in any right-of-way, roadway, street, sidewalk, walkway, bike or trail way, easement, park or other public property. The city of Litchfield is responsible for the removal of snow and/or ice from sidewalks or trails abutting some streets, but the majority of owners or occupants of one- or two-family dwellings that are abutting a sidewalk or trail are responsible for removing the snow and ice. This removal must be accomplished within the first 24 hours after the cessation of the precipitation. Yard Waste All yard waste must be disposed of within one week unless it is being composted in an approved composting area/container. Yard waste is solid waste generated from landscaping and lawn care activities, such as mowing, trimming, gardening or raking. Yard waste materials consist of grass clippings, twigs, tree and brush clippings, straw, pine needles, tree branches, soft vegetative garden waste and leaves. City residents may take yard waste to the city’s compost site on 615th Avenue. Hours of operation during the spring, summer and fall are Monday

through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. The site closes Dec. 1. Acceptable materials include leaves, grass clippings, brush, trees, dirt (small amounts only, must be clean with no sod). Household Garbage Waste Management, a commercial hauler, provides garbage pick-up services for Litchfield residents. Garbage must be stored in durable containers with with close-fitting, fly-tight covers. Garbage cannot be stored on public or private property for more than two weeks without written approval from the city of Litchfield. Waste that is suitable and sorted for recycling may be stored for up to 30 days, so long as recyclables are stored in an appropriate manner. Parking At Residences No more than four vehicles per dwelling unit may be parked or stored anywhere outside on residential property, except otherwise permitted or required by the city because of nonresidential characteristics of the property. The maximum number does not include vehicles of occasional guests who do not reside at the property. It is illegal to keep any vehicle not in operating condition or partly dismantled, except if that vehicle is enclosed in a building and/ or kept from view and does not foster complaints from neighbors.

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MEEKER COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER 325 Sibley Ave. N., Litchfield, Minnesota 55355


STATE AND FEDERAL LEADERS The city of Litchfield and Litchfield Township are within Minnesota Senate District 18 and House District 18A. Sen. Scott Newman (District 18), 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Capitol Building, Room 301, St. Paul, MN 55155-1606; phone: 651-296-4131; email: sen.scott.newman@ Rep. Dean Urdahl (District 18A), 571 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther

King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155; phone: 651296-4344 or toll-free 800-920-5861; email: M e e ke r C o unt y is p a r t of th e 7th Congressional District, which is served by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (District 7), 2211 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515; phone: 202-225-2165; Regional office: 324 3rd Street, SW, Suite 4, Willmar, MN 56201; phone: 320235-1061

Scott Newman

Dean Urdahl

Collin Peterson

Mike Housman 4th District Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

Steve Schmitt 5th District Term ends Dec. 31, 2022

MEEKER COUNTY BOARD Meeker County’s governing body consists of five commissioners, each representing a district within the county. Elections for these seats occur every two years in November. The Meeker County Administrator is responsible for day-to-day operations of the county. The County Board meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Meeker County Courthouse, 325 N. Sibley Ave. For information, call 320-693-5200. Beth Oberg 1st District Term ends Dec. 31, 2022

Joe Tacheny 2nd District Term ends Dec. 31, 2020


Brian Cruze Sheriff Term ends Dec. 31, 2022

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Brandi Schiefelbein County Attorney Term ends Dec. 31, 2022

Bryan Larson 3rd District Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

COURTHOUSE OFFICES Administrator 320-693-5200

Elections 320-693-5212

Auditor 320-693-5212

Planning and Zoning 320-693-5290

Attorney 320-693-5220

Probation 320-693-5260

Assessor 320-693-5205

Recorder 320-693-5440

Detention Center 320-693-5415

Treasurer (property tax payments) 320-693-5345

GOVERNMENT U.S. POSTAL SERVICE Litchfield Post Office The Litchfield office is at 35 E. Second St. The win dow is op en from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Residents can access their postal boxes from 5:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 5:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The post of fice also of fers passport services; call to make an appointment. The phone number is 320-693-6252.

TRANSPORTATION Meeker County transit The purpose of Central Community Transit is to offer affordable transportation to the citizens of Meeker County. The bus transports people of all ages and abilities — from young children going to preschool, to senior citizens going to doctor and hair appointments. A U.S. Highway 12 route from Litchfield to Willmar operates in partnership with Kandiyohi Area Transit and Renville County Heartland Express. Riders can purchase a one-way ticket, roundtrip ticket or a bus pass. Buses are handicap accessible and equipped with a wheelchair lift. They are airconditioned and have seat belts for passengers. The bus will pick up riders up to 15 minutes before the pick-up time and up to 15 minutes after the designated pick-up time. T h e b us is available from 6:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; from 6:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays; and from 8 a.m. to noon Sundays. To make an appointment for a ride call 693-7794 or 800-5137433. ROADS AND BRIDGES Meeker County Highway Department and MN Department of Transportation Facility 320-693-5360

Getting around McLeod and Sibley counties is easy with Trailblazer Transit. The bus service offers fixed fares and features such as handicap access.

AIRPORT Open to the public, the Litchfield Municipal Airport is located 2 miles south of Litchfield on Highway 22 S. The runway is 4 , 0 02 feet long and 100 feet wide asphalt construction. The elevation of the airport is 1,140 feet. Fuel is available 24 hours a day by self service. A courtesy car is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Airport lounge has internet access, food vending and bathroom facilities. Call 320-693-6832 for more information.

CONSERVATION DISTRICT The Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District is celebrating its 70th year of service to Meeker County and recently relocated to a new facility. The Meeker SWCD assists land owners in implementing a wide range of conservation practices, f l o o d p reve ntio n m e a s u re s , farm forestry, wetland, wildlife improvement, recreation and rural area development within the 17 townships of Meeker County. The Minnesota Soil

Conservation Districts law was enacted at the 1937 legislative session. The first district in the state was organized in Winona County in 1938. The Meeker County Soil Conservation District was formed 11 years later, on Oct. 28, 1949. At that time it included the townships of Kingston, Darwin, Dassel and Collinwood. Elwood Edling and Evert Pousi, both of Dassel, were appointed as the District’s first Supervisors. In 1950 Ray Haapala and Albert Swanson, both of Dassel, and Henry Hagen of Darwin filled out the Board of Supervisors. Ellsworth Township was added in 1951, and the District was expanded to include the balance of Meeker County townships in 1953. All cities in the county were added in 1972. The name was changed in 1958 to the current Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). The mission outlined in the program established in March of 1950 stated, “The Meeker County Soil Conservation District has been organized for the purpose of dealing with problems of soil erosion, land use and agriculture in general, as they pertain to soil and water conservation. The District is an organization through which farmers may cooperate with each other or with any local, state or federal agency in solving their

problems.” Five supervisors represent different parts of the district, and these elected officials set overall policy and long-term objectives for their district and work with the district staff to ensure that policies and plans are implemented. The board of supervisors for the Meeker County Soil and Water Conservation District sets policy, hires employees, and is responsible to see that the operations of the District are run effectively and according to law and rule. Supervisors meet the first Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. in at 522 S. Johnson Dr. in Litchfield. Contact the office at 320-693-7287. DISTRICT 1 Greg Jans Grove City DISTRICT 2 Robert Schiefelbein Kimball DISTRICT 3 John Haffley Dassel DISTRICT 4 Fred Behnke Grove City DISTRICT 5 Dan Barka Litchfield 2019 |



DASSEL HISTORY CENTER AND ERGOT MUSEUM on the National Register of Historic Places

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Litchfield Public School District Superintendent Beckie Simenson presented an update on the school’s referendum and bond plan for 2019 to the Litchfield City Council.

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GOVERNMENT AGRICULTURE U of M Extension Farm Information Line 1-800-232-9077 Meeker County Extension educator 320-693-5275 Meeker County 4-H coordinator Cassidy Martin, county 4-H program coordinator 320-693-5275 Meeker County USDA Farm Services Agency 320-693-2854

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Meeker County Economic Development Authority 320-693-5272

Litchfield Area Chamber of Commerce 320-693-8184

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES Information and assistance regarding the list of programs below can be obtained by calling Meeker County Public Health at 320-693-5370. Public Health is located at Family Services Building, 114 North Holcombe Ave., Suite 250, Litchfield. Adult/Disabled/Senior Health Adult Health nurses assist individuals over 65 to live safely and independently within the community. Adult Health works with other depar tment s and providers to help meet goal of independence, safety and overall well-being. Assessments completed for waiver programs to help individuals pay for services so they

can continue to live independently in their community. Breastfeeding/Lactation Consultation Any mom encountering problems at any time while she is breastfeeding can get help from an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Family Planning Family Planning Services are for anyone who wishes to plan, postpone or prevent pregnancy. S er vices include counseling , referral to resources, physical exam, provision of contraceptive methods, testing and treatment for curative sexually transmitted diseases. Eligibility for services is income based. Pregnancy Testing Meeker County Public Health offers free pregnancy testing services on a walk-in basis during office hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Child and Teen Checkups Child and Teen Checkups is the name for Minnesota’s Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Program. The program assists children and teens from newborn through the age 20 who are enrolled in Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care. Family Home Visiting A nurse will visit to help support the family by providing information on topics such as growth and development, discipline, nutrition, safety and community resources. Maternal Child Health Visits from a nurse to help a mom reach her goal of having a healthy pregnancy, a safe delivery and a happy baby. Follow Along Program A free program to determine if a baby or child is playing, talking, growing, moving and acting like other children the same age.

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Veterans Allen Knutson, David Higgins, Marland Meyer and Don Dufner served as colorguard during a Veterans Day presentation at Lake Ripley Elementary School.

MORE HHW DISPOSAL OPTIONS FOR MEEKER Meeker County residents have two options for disposing of Household Hazardous Waste: McLeod County HHW Dropoff & Reuse Center in Hutchinson, AND Kandiyohi County HHW Facility in Willmar. This is a FREE service to Meeker County residents. Contact the facility nearest you for complete list of services, or call the Meeker County Administrator OfďŹ ce at 320-693-5200 with any questions.

McLeod County HHW Dropoff & Reuse Center: 1-800-335-0575 or

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GOVERNMENT Project Harmony This program serves pregnant women and women parenting a child under 8 years of age who have been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Using a case management model, women and their families are assisted to find a path of recovery to be able to live a life free of chemicals to become self-sufficient and to reach their highest potential. Lead Program Meeker County Public Health collaborates with Minnesota Department of Health for followup of elevated blood lead levels in children . Families receive information about sources of lead, assessment of homes to find lead source problems and education on how to remove lead sources Radon Meeker County Public Health of fers information on radon testing, along with radon test kits for a small fee. Access radon information online at www.radon. com or Water Quality Meeker Count y Public Health of fers water test kits and instructions for well water testing. Free well water tests are available to pregnant women and families with children one year of age or younger. Contact Public Health at 320-693-5370 for more information. Vaccinations/Immunizations Immunizations/vaccinations for individuals that need to start or complete their vaccine schedule to provide protection against diseases. Contact Public Health at 320-693-5370 with any questions. Who is eligible for immunizations? • Infants, children and students if they have no insurance or their health insurance does not cover the vaccine • Infants, children and students under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by parent or guardian or have proper written consent. • Post-secondary and adults


Returning council members Betty Allen, and Sarah Miller, Mayor Keith Johnson, and new councilmember Eric Mathwig, took the oath of office during the first Litchfield City Council meeting of 2019

if they have no insurance or their health insurance does not cover the vaccine • No appointment needed • S h ot s are p rovide d at a reduced fee and no one is turned away due to inability to pay. WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Supplemental nutrition program to provide families with nutrition education and food vouchers. Eligible individuals include pregnant, postpartum or breast feeding moms, and children from newborns to age 5. Call 320693-5370 to apply. Office hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays of the first and third week of the month. Litchfield Area Rural Partners in Prevention Group focuses on preventing alcohol use among youth through community partnerships. The group meets the third Tuesday monthly from noon until 1:15 pm.

Are you aware of your benefits? Federal and State Benefits May Include:

We offer rides to VA medical appts at the

• Compensation • Pension • Dependent’s and Survivor’s Benefits • Medical Care • Burial Benefits • State Dental and Optical Care

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Minneapolis (even days) and St. Cloud (odd days) VA Medical Centers. To schedule a ride call 320-693-5445

Don Dufner Veterans Service Officer


Please call Don or Linda Meeker County Family Services Bldg. 114 N. Holcombe Ave. Suite 120 Litchfield, MN 55355 2019 |


GOVERNMENT LICENSES The Meeker County License Center closed in November 2016. This service has been privatized. The Litchfield License Center is located at 702 N. Sibley Ave. Can be reached by phone at 320-5935932.

FAMILY SERVICES CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY New Beginnings at Litchfield 320-693-2461 EMERGENCY SERVICES Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf 320-693-7661 EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Meeker County Social Services Department 320-693-5300

FOOD SAFETY U of M Extension AnswerLine 800-854-1678 JOBS AND TRAINING SERVICES Litchfield Workforce Center 320-593-1056 SOCIAL SERVICES Child care assistance 320-693-5300 Child support 320-693-5334 Food assistance 320-693-5300 Medical assistance 320-693-5370 VETERANS Meeker County Veterans Services 320-693-5445


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LIVE, WORK & PLAY For more informa on contact: The Litchfield Visitors Bureau 219 North Sibley Avenue | Litchfield, MN 55355 320.693.8184 | Website:

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Above — Tiffany Picard, left, held her hours-old son, Ryatt Picard, the first baby born at Meeker Memorial Hospital in 2019, while husband, Julian Picard, holds their oldest son, Thor Picard, 2. The Picards welcomed Ryatt into the world Jan. 2 at 6 a.m. Right — Litchfield resident and mom Tiffany Picard touched the cheek of her newborn son, Ryatt Picard.

VIBRANT COMMUNITY Wellness a primary community theme


itchfield offers many initiatives focusing on healthy living, including the annual One Vegetable, One Community campaign that seeks to improve overall community health by healthier eating. The initiative, sponsored by Meeker County Public Health, features a new vegetable each year — previous years have included tomatoes, squash and kale — as part of its healthy-eating promotional campaign. Each spring, community members can pick up free plants and attend events with local master gardeners, dietitians and other wellness experts throughout the year. Litchfield and Meeker County boast some of the state’s happiest and healthiest citizens, according to the nationally released study, County Health Rankings. Since the inception of the study in 2010, Meeker County has consistently ranked in the top one-third of Minnesota’s healthiest counties. County residents also report feeling happy and healthy with Meeker County being ranked ninth out of Minnesota’s 87 ranked

The city of Litchfield and Meeker County boast some of the state’s happiest and healthiest citizens, according to the nationally released County Health Rankings. counties in the “quality of life” category. The community is served by a hospital and clinics, as well as a number of chiropractic, dental, eye care, hearing care and mental health care providers.


ASSISTED LIVING/SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES Ecumen of Litchfield 200 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430

HOSPITAL Meeker Memorial Hospital 612 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-4500

Bethany Assisted Living 203 N. Armstrong Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430

MEDICAL CLINICS East and West clinics 520 S. Sibley Ave., or 611 South Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-3233

Bethany Memory Care 203 N. Armstrong Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430

Meeker Memorial Clinic 740 Parker Ave., Dassel 320-275-4330

Emmanuel Home 600 S. Davis Ave., Litchfield 320-693-6228 www.

ADULT DAY SERVICES Ecumen of Litchfield 200 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430 www.

CHIROPRACTIC CLINICS Kinsella Chiropractic Clinic 407 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-593-4494 www.


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Litchfield Chiropractic Center 126 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-3655 www.litchfieldchiropracticcenter. com Patten Chiropractic Center 1455 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-693-3612 DENTISTS Litchfield Family Dental 715 N. Sibley Ave. #101, Litchfield 320-693-2228

HEARING CARE Connect Hearing 338 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-593-0885 Harmony Center For Hearing 32 E. Second St., Litchfield 320-693-4210 Litchfield Hearing Aid Center 517 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-434-1285

Lorenz Richard G. DDS 329 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-693-8939

HOME CARE AND HOSPICE Divine Home Care — Litchfield office 201 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2580

Sibley Dental Suite 623 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-8131

Ecumen of Litchfield Hospice 218 N Holmcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7367

EYE CARE Fischer Laser Eye Center 517 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-593-2020

Ecumen of Litchfield Home Care 218 N Holmcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7367

Litchfield Eye Center 135 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-593-3100

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Litchfield Family & Psychological Services 236 N. Sibley Ave. Litchfield 320-693-7708

Primary Eye Care 520 E. Highway 12, Suite 106 320-693-9333

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Meeker Memorial Hospital Radiology Manager Melissa Freeman demonstrated how the 3-D mammography machine moves in an arc to capture X-rays. The machine takes a photo per millimeter of tissue, resulting in a series of photographs.

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Meeker Memorial Hospital technologist Alex Carlen positioned a silicon test block on the 3D mammography machine. The test block has deposits that mimic tumors or irregular tissue so patients can see how the 3D technology works.

3D MAMMOGRAPHY COMES TO MEEKER COUNTY Advances to imaging technology prove more accurate BY CAM BONELLI

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21st Century. Meeker Memorial Hospital recently purchased a 3D mammography machine to better serve its patients and installed it in mid May. Mammography, traditionally performed

with 2-D digital technology, is a technique that uses X-rays to locate tumors or irregularities in breast tissue. The new 3 D technolog y, also called tomosynthesis, allows for technicians to get more accurate and detailed images. In some cases, the new technology has provided a

HEALTH more cost-effective scan than the traditional 2-D mammography. “We’ve seen 40 percent less callbacks,” said Meeker Memorial Ra diolog y manager M elissa Freeman. “Callbacks are when a radiologist can’t see an image.” Freeman, who uses both the 2-D and 3-D technology daily, said patients can still have a choice between the two technologies. The difference between 2-D and 3-D is in the data. Freeman said so much data is supplied from a 3-D mammography scan. “It takes images in an arc motion,” Freeman said. “Say you have 6 centimeters of tissue. The machine takes an image for every millimeter of breast tissue, so that’s 60 images.” THE DIFFERENCE IS IN THE DATA Tomosynthesis takes multiple images in slices that are combined to create a three-dimensional image of th e entire b reas t . Traditional mammography takes two images of each breast, a sideto-side and top-to-bottom view. Freeman said this technology provides a beneficial service for patients who may have denser breast tissue. “Breast tissue can be really dense an d obscure c an cer,” Freeman said. “This leads to us offering more thorough care for our patients.” Freeman said the technology has been out for years, it’s just taken some time to acquire it. “It’s really made its debut this year in Greater Minnesota,” Freeman said. 3-D mammography was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011. According to a study at Lund University, 3-D mammography detected cancerous tissue at a rate of 34 percent more over a period of five years. The study screened more than 15,0 0 0 women and found a majority of the infected tumors were invasive cancers. The practice has grown more popular through its past eight years of existence. In January

Meeker Memorial Hospital technologist Alex Carlen showed the result from the scan of the test block. The 3D mammography machine takes photos in slices and compiles the images together to create a 3D image. of 2017, about 3,011 facilities offered tomosynthesis. As of Oct. 1, 2018, there were more than 8,704 facilities offering these ser vices, with Meeker M em orial as on e . T h e total number of annual mammography procedures given as of Dec. 1 have equalled more than 39.2 million. To accommodate the new technology, the hospital had to make upgrades to its internet net works within it s facilit y. Freeman said the hospital had to make these improvements to facilitate the data created by the machine and the speed at which it could be transferred. Fo r M e eke r M e m o rial to acquire the technology, more than $105,0 0 0 was given by donors to the Meeker Memorial Foundation. Marc Vaillancourt said these donors came from across the hospital’s service area. “We started this campaign in Aug. 2017,” Vaillancourt said. “Within excess of $106,851 was given to purchase this machine.

That speaks to the generousity of the people in this area.” WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SCHEDULING MAMMOGRAPHY EXAM Depending on the healthcare service provider, a referral may or may not be needed to get a 2-D or 3-D mammography screening. Women over 40 are encouraged to get screenings each year. If under 40 years of age, talking with a healthcare provider before scheduling a screening may be beneficial. The entire procedure takes no more than 20 minutes. If scheduling an app ointment , here are some tips to take into consideration for the day of the screening: • Do not wear antiperspirant, perfumes or deodorant on the day of the screening. These can show up as white spots on the x-ray. • During the scan, a patient will be asked to undress and put on a gown. A technician

will position and compress each breast between plates attached to the machine. Compression reduces exposure to the X-ray and produces a higher-quality image. The compression may last only a few seconds, but patients may experience mild discomfort. Notify the technician if there is pain. Sometimes, followup testing is needed, but should not c a us e a ny ala rm to th e patient. Sometimes a biopsy is needed to further investigate any abnormalities after a follow up mammogram. A technician will take a small sample of tissue with a a hollow needle. Contac t your insurance agenc y to learn about the cost of 2D or 3D mammography or your nearest healthcare provider.

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ALL ABOARD Recreational opportunities on land and lake


itchfield — the city “On Lake Ripley” as the water tower proclaims — lures residents and visitors to area lakes for fishing, swimming and boating. Whether it’s paddleboarding or simply soaking up the sun, the beach is just one of several places available to residents to enjoy recreation activities. Newest to Lake Ripley is the addition of a splash pad for summer fun, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during summer until fall. In addition to active recreational opportunities, Litchfield has a bustling library, a revamped opera house that hosts plays and open mic nights, and the only authentic Grand Army of the Republic Hall still standing in Minnesota. The G.A.R. Hall, built in 1885, is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and has been preserved as near as possible to its original condition and now houses the Meeker County Historical Society. Residents can also take part in numerous organizations, including many civic groups, lake associations and athletic organizations.



Above — Fishermen Joe Kottke and Eric Raiber sat in their portable fishhouse on lake Ripley waiting for fish to bite. Right — Wendy (Natalie Randt), left, helped sew Peter Pan’s (Raigen Miller) shadow back on.

LEISURE ATHLETIC ORGANIZATIONS American Legion Post 104 Baseball 222 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-9074 Darwin Drifters Snowmobile Club Katie Riehle 320-224-1720 Litchfield Baseball Association, Inc. 426 Brown Ave., Litchfield 320-593-8654 Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Youth Hockey Association

Manannah Sno-Blazers Snowmobile Club Donald Kelm Jr. 920-248-8342 Email:

Eagles Club 3424 389 S. County Highway 34, Litchfield 320-693-9008

Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, Litchfield

Friends of the Litchfield Public Library 216 N. Marshall Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7201

VFW Post 2818 Baseball 915 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-593-9064

Girl Scouts


Golden Fleece No. 89 Masonic Lodge 18 E. Third St., Litchfield goldenfleece89 GFWC Women’s Study Club of Litchfield

Boy Scouts

Greater Litchfield Opera House Association Inc. N. Marshall Ave., Litchfield 320-535-0829 Email: Kiwanis 420 N. Gorman Ave., Litchfield Facebook: Kiwanis Club of Litchfield Knights of Columbus PJ Casey Council 2029

Connecting Communities Together Public Bus Transportation Willmar Office Litchfield Office (320) 214-7433 1-888-750-7433

Litchfield Community Theatre 320-693-2354 Litchfield Christian Women’s Club Barb Werner 320-693-2504 Litchfield Lions Club 426 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-8735

American Legion 222 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-9074

Eastern Star 18 E. Third St., Litchfield 320-693-8213


Litchfield Area Community Foundation P.O. Box 123, Litchfield Litchfield Area Mentorship Program 1000 S. Sibley Ave., P.O. Box 82, Litchfield

Litchfield Public School Foundation P.O. Box 71, Litchfield Litchfield Watercade Board PO Box 217, Litchfield Litchfield Women’s CommUnity Club Teresa Hankins 320-593-8284 Meeker County Chapter of MN Citizens Concerned for Life Teri Buschette 320-593-2982 Meeker County Dairy Association 33266 700th Ave., Kimball 320-398-6091 Meeker County Fair Board P.O. Box 214, Litchfield

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Mark Lueders, left, helps a kid onto the 2018 Holiday Express to see Santa during his stop in Litchfield. Meeker County 4-H 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-5275 MEEKER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY G.A.R. Hall 308 N. Marshall Ave., Litchfield 320-693-8911

Meeker County Master Gardeners 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-5275 Ness Church Preservation Foundation 60079 230th St., Litchfield

Peanut Butter and Milk Festival P.O. Box 277, Litchfield 320-693-8184

Rotary Club P.O. Box 341, Litchfield

Relay for Life of Meeker County

VFW Post 2818 915 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-593-9064

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WATERCADE July 11-14, 2019

Fun For All Ages! For a complete list of events go to: Litchfield Public Schools Early Childhood Program

Awarded a 4 Star Rating from the MN Dept. of Ed. For the Parent Aware Program Early Childhood Family Education School Readiness Early Childhood Special Education Early Childhood Screening Kindergarten Round-Up • Kindergarten Readiness

Litchfield Public Schools Early Childhood Programs for children birth to pre-kindergarten Early Childhood Family Education - ECFE (Sept. - July) Early Childhood Special Education - ECSE (Sept. - May) School Readiness (Sept. - May) • Litchfield Preschool Early Childhood Screening (Offered throughout the year) Kindergarten Round-Up (April) • Kindergarten Readiness (August) Parents: Register your child(ren) on the school census upon birth and/or moving into the Litchfield School District and you will automatically be included in early childhood mailings, scheduled for Early Childhood Screening and Kindergarten Round-up when the child is age appropriate. To register on the school district census call Community Education at 320-693-2354. ECFE classes are offered throughout the school year and you can register through Litchfield Community Education. Special events are planned such as Come and Play Dates, Holiday Happenings and many others. You can find information on classes and special events in the Community Education program guides that are published and distributed in early August, December, and mid-May. These program guides are available on the website Call or email Early Childhood Programs Coordinator, Rebecca Warpula at 320-693-2354, for further information, questions or concerns about early education opportunities for your child!

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Learn, Lead, Succeed

Litchfield Public Schools serve 1575 students on grades E -12. We have four buildings including: Wagner- Early Childhood programs, Community Education and our District Offices. Lake Ripley Elementary School - serves Kindergarten through grade 4 students. Litchfield Middle School - serves students in grades 5 - 8. Litchfield High School - serves students on grades 9 - 12 as well as our ALP (Area Learning Program). Litchfield Public Schools is a 1:1 district providing students in grades K - 4 iPads and students in grades 6 - 12 macbook airs. We are an A.L.I.C.E. certified district. ALICE is a researched based approach to reacting to an active intruder situation. LPS has over 27 different athletic and activities for our students including Robotics, FFA, FCCLA, Band, Choir and a host of athletic opportunities. We have a full time SRO (School Resource Officer) who teaches DARE and serves as a proactive resource for students, staff and parents. LHS has 10 college in the schools classes that provide students the opportunity to earn 34 college credits while attending High School. We provide 31 C.T.E. (career and technology education) classes for our High Schools students to prepare them for careers in manufacturing and technical fields. Our Middle School has a comprehensive STEM lab for students. Lake Ripley Elementary School offers a LEO Program (Litchfield Enhanced Opportunities). Lake Ripley Elementary School offers Title 1 service to students in the area of Reading, has a Minnesota Reading Corp instructor and offers a Cribbage Club and Chess Club after school during the school year

“Improving our District, Improving our Community” Alternative Learning Program 340 E. 10th St., Litchfield • 320-693-2424

District Offices 307 E. 6th St., Litchfield • 320-693-2444

Litchfield High School 901 N Gilman Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2424

Litchfield Middle School 340 E. 10th St., Litchfield 320-693-2441

Lake Ripley Elementary School 100W. Pleasure Dr., Litchfield 320-693-2436

Wagner Education Building Preschool • Head Start • Adult Ed District Offices • Community Education 307 E. 6th St., Litchfield 320-693-2444

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Annual summer musical produc Holiday Showcase in December duction held Community Youth Theatre pro in the spring t the year Special performances throughou and ge sta on Unlimited opportunities behind the scenes


Red Cross Swim Lessons Open Swim Private Swim Lessons

Early Childhood Programs Early Childhood Screening School Readiness Preschool ECFE Birth-5 Census

Getting Together: Sharing, Growing, Learning.


Above — Residents packed the Dassel History Center to hear historian Melanie Stringer give a living-history presentation about Laura Ingalls Wilder. FILE PHOTO

Right — Dressed in sparkly pink, 2-year-old Willow Bremseth enjoyed the food provided at Community Education’s “Frozen Ball” Friday evening.

QUALITY OF LIFE A focus on lifelong learning


itchfield offers many educational opportunities that promote life-long learning. In fact, part of Litchfield School Board’s motto is “to promote a passion for life-long learning in an open and safe environment.” Litchfield School District, along with School of St. Philip, Early Childhood Family Education and Litchfield Community Education and Recreation, provides students of all ages with a strong academic environment and a variety of opportunities for growth. The Litchfield community shows strong support for school programs and events, such as band and choir concerts, local plays and musicals and athletic events. A source of local pride is the Litchfield High School marching band, which performs a sneak peek of its summer show each spring and a Pie in the Park event every June in Litchfield Central Park. Litchfield also has strong support systems for senior citizens and community members, including senior dining services and other support groups.

Litchfield School District, along with School of St. Philip, Early Childhood Family Education and Litchfield Community Education and Recreation, provides students of all ages with a strong academic environment and a variety of opportunities for growth.

LIVING EDUCATION SCHOOL OF ST. PHILIP Litchfield is served by School of St. Philip, a parochial school for students in preschool through fifth-grade. St. Philip’s School emphasizes a strong academic curriculum in a faith-filled environment and is open to families from all faith traditions. Principal Michelle Kramer can be contacted by phone at 320-693-6283 or email at For more information visit www.

LITCHFIELD ISD 465 Litchfield residents are served by Independent School District 465. Litchfield School District is comprised of three schools and a community education program that includes early childhood programs. Litchfield also offers an alternative learning program for students who struggle in the typical high school environment. The district serves about 1,680 students at Lake Ripley Elementary (grades K-4), Litchfield Middle School (grades 5-8), and Litchfield High School (grades 9-12). After serving as interim superintendent as well as principal for Litchfield Middle School,

Beckie Simenson was named permanent superintendent halfway through the 201718 school year. For more information, visit www.litchfield.k12. DISTRICT OFFICE 307 East 6th Street, Litchfield 320-693-2444 Superintendent Beckie Simenson Beckie Simenson

SCHOOL BOARD Litchfield School District is governed by a six-member board. Three board members are elected to four-year terms every two years during the November general election. The board meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in room 200 of Wagner Education Building, 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

Darrin Anderson Chair 320-593-1828

David Huhner Vice Chair 320-593-7635

Chase Groskereutz Clerk 320-241-3866

Julie Pennertz Treasurer 320-693-3437

Greg Mathews 320-693-8642

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Lake Ripley Elementary School Principal Gregg Zender 100 W. Pleasure Drive, Litchfield 320-693-2436

Dean of Students Stephanie Hansen

SCHOOL SERVICES Litchfield Alternative Learning Program Coordinator Tim Mackey 26 West 3rd St. 320-693-0633

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High School Principal Jason Michels

Litchfield Middle School Principal Chelsea Brown 340 E. 10th St., Litchfield 320-693-2441

Early Childhood Family Education 307 East 6th Street, Litchfield 320-693-2354

High School Activities Director Justin Brown

Dean of Students Craig McKechney

COMMUNITY EDUCATION Litchfield Community Education and Recreation Director Rebecca Warpula 307 East 6th Street, Litchfield 320-693-2354

LIVING FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS Adult Basic Education Instructor Jen Carl 320-535-0395 Activities Director Justin Brown 320-693-2424, ext. 4313 Business Manager Jesse Johnson 320-693-2444, ext. 8105

Litchfield High School students Peter Dinius and Julia Richardson acted out a scene from the one act play “Cry of the Peacock.” STAFF PHOTO BY CAM BONELLI

Dragons Kids Club 320-699-0041 Special Education Coordinator Jean Wirz 320-693-2441, ext. 3229 Technology Director Jennifer Ridgeway 320-693-2441, ext. 3164

SENIOR CITIZENS Throughout this guide there are many programs and activities open to all area residents, including senior citizens. This list, however, is a reminder of some specific programs senior citizens may need or use. AARP 1-800-OUR-AARP (667-2277) Website: ACC Midwest Transportation — service in Midwestern Minnesota 409 California St. N.W., Hutchinson 320-455-9200 Website: Ecumen of Litchfield 200-218 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430 Website: Emmaus Place Senior Community 200 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430 Website:

Gloria Dei Senior Community 218 N. Holcome Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430 Website: Central Community Transit 812 East Ripley, Litchfield 320-693-7794 Website: Lincoln Apartments for seniors 122 W. Fourth St., Litchfield 320-693-2104 Lutheran Social Services MidMinnesota Senior Dining 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday Litchfield Civic Arena, 900 N. Gilman Ave., Litchfield 320-693-6318 Website: Meeker County Council on Aging 218 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2718 Senior LinkAge Line 1-800-333-2433 Care Cab — 2600 7th St., St. Cloud, 56303 320-253-7729 Website: Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213

SUPPORT SERVICES AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meets Mondays 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays 7:30 p.m. Contact Deb 320-894-5599 Zion Lutheran Church 504 N. Gilman Ave., Litchfield Contact: Scott D 320-693-6787 ARC Arlene Groskreutz 320-693-6967 Gamblers Anonymous Meets 7 p.m. Sundays Meeker Memorial Hospital 612 Sibley Ave., Litchfield Minnesota WorkForce Center — Litchfield 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-593-1056 Narcotics Anonymous Meets at 7:30 Wednesdays at First Lutheran Church, Litchfield; Meets 7:30 p.m. Fridays at Litchfield Christian Church, Litchfield; Meets 7 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church, Litchfield

United Community Action Partnership 120 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7911 Litchfield Area Rural Partners in Prevention 114 N. Holcome Ave., Suite 250, Litchfield 320-693-5380 Lutheran Social Services 930 Capwood Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2677 Meeker County Community Homes 504 S. Marshall Ave., Litchfield 320-693-8836 Meeker County Public Health 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Suite 250, Litchfield 320-693-5370 Meeker County Social Services 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Suite 180, Litchfield 320-693-5300 Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf 118 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7661 New Beginnings 114 N. Holcome Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2461 2019 |



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owntown Litchfield continues to flourish, as new businesses open – selling local products and employing local people – adding to the existing mix of retail, restaurants and service businesses that are filling up storefronts. Tw o b u s i n e s s e s t h a t o p e n e d their doors to customers in 2018 are Ziegenhagen Meats and Mimi’s Cafe. High school sweethearts Brian and Angie Ziegenhagen opened Ziegenhagen Meats in June, selling a variety of meats and other specialty items. The meat shop, located at 25 Second St. W., just off of Sibley Avenue, “was a part of our five-year business plan,” Angie said. The Ziegenhagens also own and operate Hector Meats and Poultry in Hector, Minnesota. They bought that business in 2016 when the previous owner retired after 40 years. “We started talking to friends about doing it all over again (in Litchfield), and everything just fell into place,” Angie said. Brian grew up on a farm in Brownton with a lifelong dream of owning a business in the meat industry. He worked with the Hector Meats owner on weekends to learn the business. The scale in which Ziegenhagen Meats operates is a smaller production than that of Hector Meats. The Hector shop is one of a few chicken processing plants in the state and butchers about 30,000 chickens, according to Angie. “We didn’t really want to jump in all the way,” she said about bringing Ziegenhagen Meats up to speed in comparison to Hector Meats. “We wanted to take it step by step.” The Ziegenhagens are enjoying operating a business in downtown Litchfield. “The biggest thing has been reconnecting with people in the town,” she said. “It’s been a pretty good reception. We’re glad there’s a meat market here,” Brian said. Mimi’s Cafe — a coffee shop, bakery, cafe, and candy store — opened in

Litchfield sees a renewed interest in renovating downtown




Owner Peter Schnell painted the Hollywood marquee over the historic Hollywood Theatre in downtown Litchfield Thursday afternoon. December after an extensive interior renovation. John Braun of Minneapolis bought the building at 215 Sibley Ave. N., which had once been home to Doffing’s clothing store. The building had housed numerous businesses through the years, and sat vacant for a while. Braun had a vision for the building. He purchased The Sweet Depot from Bob and Nan Greenhow, who made and sold candy and bakery items at 217 Sibley Ave. N. Braun renovated the building at 215 to house Mimi’s Cafe in the front and the candy-making business in the back. Mimi’s Cafe offers coffee drinks, baked goods and a lunch menu. The building’s construction dates back to 1894, which Braun used to his advantage. He said the renovations consistently reflect turn-of-the-century architecture and design. Braun used original parts of the building, including the ceiling and the hardwood floor, to re-create the interior. Braun, who also owns the building at 202 Sibley Ave. N., was attracted to Litchfield because of his passion for old buildings and the potential for renovating them. “They were built to last and pass down

from generation to generation,” Braun said. “You just don’t see construction like this anymore. This building is more than 130 years old and is still as solid as can be.” Braun said he hopes the revitalization of Mimi’s Cafe will inspire others to do the same. “The downtown is well preserved and has the potential to be just beautiful,” Braun said. “This is all on the National Register of Historic Places. So it all should be preserved, conserved and revived.” In 2018, the Litchfield Heritage Preservation Commission, took note of those who showed effort to protect, promote and educate the community. Longtime barber Larry Ackerman, the Litchfield Independent Review and Watercade were recognized for their contributions to history. Person of the Year Larry Ackerman, has owned his barber shop business in downtown Litchfield since 1971. Ackerman has worked with the Heritage Preservation Commission to improve and restore the appearance of his shop, which included purchasing a new

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awning, thus adding curb appeal to not only his store, but to the community as well. Ackerman has also painted his store to revive its appearance. “The HPC got me going on fixing this place, and it turns out, I enjoy it,” he said. After 142 years in business, the Independent Review was named Place of the Year by the Heritage Preservation Commission. The oldest business in Litchfield’s historic downtown, the Independent Review first began business in 1876 under the name “Litchfield Independent,” and was

owned by H.I. Peterson. The paper moved to its current location on North Sibley Avenue in 1909, and in 1936, the paper merged with the “Litchfield Review” and would become known as the “Litchfield Independent Review.” It was then jointly published by John Harmon and C.W. Wagner. “Those of us who work here now take great pride in being one of — if not the — oldest businesses in Meeker County. We’re fortunate to be the latest group of community journalists to document Litchfield history,” said Brent Schacherer, publisher at the Independent Review.

LOCAL MEDIA Litchfield Independent Review Published every Wednesday and available online at www. To subscribe to the newspaper or to advertise in it, call 320-693-3266, stop at the office at 217 N. Sibley Ave. or e-mail KLFD-AM 1410/FM 95.9 The local radio station, KLFD-AM 1410/FM 95.9, offers local news, as well as state and national headlines. The office is at 234 N. Sibley Ave. For information, call 320-693-3281 or go online to

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