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Lester Prairie Business Association

Established in 1995, the Lester Prairie Business Association’s primary goal is to promote a strong business community in Lester Prairie. For more information or for the location of the next meeting, contact association President Troy Feltmann at (320) 485-2535 or troy@heraldjournal.com.

AA

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at city hall.

American Legion Auxiliary

The purpose of the American Legion Auxiliary is to serve our veterans, to safeguard and nurture our nation’s children, and to educate all citizens, young and old, about the benefits, privileges, and responsibilities ofAmerican citizenship. It was established in Lester Prairie in 1925.

Currently, about 20 members strong, the group meets the first Thursday of most months at the city hall at 7:30 p.m. Normal meeting months are March, April, May, September, October, November, and sometimes in August and December, if needed.

Membership dues are $20 per year. To be a member, you must be a wife, mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, or grandmother of a member of the American Legion; a female veteran who served in any of the following conflicts (or the mother, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, or grandmother of a deceased veteran who served during any of these conflicts): Persian Gulf War, Panama, Grenada/Lebanon, Vietnam War, Korean War, World War II, World War I, or US Merchant Marines. Any questions about eligibility may be directed to the auxiliary president at the number listed below.

Some of the events in which the auxiliary is involved include:

• assisting with the bloodmobile when it is in town.

• sponsoring a flag coloring contest with the Lester Prairie Elementary students.

• each spring, sponsoring a fluff and puff pillow cleaning service

• Poppy Day in May, which supports local veterans.

• Memorial Day program

• sending a representative to the American Legion Girls State, which happens during June each year.

• during the Lester Prairie annual garage sale days, offering tacos-in-a-bag at a food stand downtown.

• Veterans Day program at the school

• honoring teachers and staff during the American Education Week in November.

• working with the Legion on a Blankets for Vets program

The auxiliary also donates to various veterans, and school programs in McLeod County.

For more information, contact any auxiliary member or Auxiliary President Audrey Litzau, PO Box 404, Lester Prairie, MN 55354, (320) 395-8488.

Bergen Busy Bees 4-H

The Lester Prairie Bergen Busy Bees 4-H Club meets monthly, and takes place on the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at Lester Prairie City Hall, or other locations to be determined.
For more information, or to join the Bergen Busy Bees, call club leaders Joy Bennett at 612-669-4346, or Eric Valen at 952-240-9846; or Darcy Cole at McLeod County Extension Office at 800-587-0770.

Early Childhood Family Education

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth and kindergarten.
For more information, contact Helen Lester at Lester Prairie Community Education at 320-395-2521; fax 320-395-4204; or write to 131 Hickory St. N., Lester Prairie, MN 55354.

Golf leagues

ShadowBrooke Golf Course, an 18-hole public course designed by Joel Goldstrand, is located at the intersection of Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 1 near Lester Prairie.
The course offers Wednesday and Thursday night league play.
Shadowbrooke is a great place for group or tournament outings. Driving range is available.
For more information on membership or joining a league, call the golf course at 320-395-4250, or visit their website www.shadowbrooke.com.

Junior Olympic Volleyball - Ace Hit Juniors

Serving Lester Prairie, Winsted, and surrounding areas. A great way to improve skills in the off season. Age levels 18 and under. Teams form in November. Season starts in January, and goes through April.
Contact Rebecca Heimerl at 320-237-3374 for more information.

Lakes and Prairie Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts encourage girls to experience new activities, develop team-building skills, explore and develop leadership skills, and be service-oriented in their community, county, and nation.
In Girl Scouts, there’s a whole world of opportunities waiting! Girls will always get to think big, try new things, and unleash their inner leader, in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment.
The Lakes & Prairies Service unit encompasses the communities of Howard Lake, Lester Prairie, Waverly, and Winsted. Troops will be formed potentially in all communities, or based on school districts.
We are served by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valley Council.
Girls meet every two to four weeks at the discretion of the troop leader, and are welcome to join any time during the year by paying the $25 registration fee, or grant money will be provided on a no-questions asked basis to cover all fees.
You can register at any point in the year, but typically it is in August/September timeframe.
Annually, the Girl Scouts participate in a Court of Awards ceremony, cookie sale campaign, and various service unit events, as well as other area and council events. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Program information is available at www.girlscoutsrv.org.
For local information, contact service unit manager Lisa Baumann at 320-582-2623, or rbaumann@tds.net.

Legion baseball

Sponsored by Ray Kirkpatrick American Legion Post 463 and established in 1982, the Lester Prairie Legion baseball team is made up of boys ages 15-19 and competes against other area Legion teams.

There are no fees to participate, and expenses are met through fundraising events conducted throughout the year. The members are provided full uniforms and catcher’s equipment.

For more information, call Mark Detlefsen at (320) 395-2813.

Lester Prairie Ambassador Program

The Lester Prairie Ambassador Program was established in 2001. This scholarship opportunity is for young women between the ages of 17 and 22. The Lester Prairie Ambassador Program serves the Lester Prairie Community through volunteerism. Young women gain experience in leadership, professionalism, and networking.
For more information, please email the program at lesterprairieambassadors@gmail.com, or call Mallory Feltmann at 763-691-5133.

Lester Prairie Area Cub Scouts

Kindergarten through fifth-grade boys in the Lester Prairie area can join Cub Scouts, an organization that encourages boys to grow into responsible adults with the ability to succeed in life, as well as teaching boys how to work together as a team.

The Scouts meet monthly at den meetings, which are small group meetings with planned activities including working on achievement badges. There are also once-a-month pack meetings for Scouts of all ages and their parents or guardians.

During the summer, the Scouts attend day camps and are active during the Prairie Days celebration in town. Other annual activities include Christmas wreath sales, the Blue and Gold banquet, and the Pinewood Derby. The Cub Scouts also recycle aluminum cans. Their can trailer is located near Casey’s on McLeod County Road 1.

For more information, contact Tracy Jackson at (320) 395-8303.

Lester Prairie Booster Club

The Lester Prairie Bulldog Booster Club has more than 90 family and business memberships. The group, whose purpose is to support fine arts, athletics, and activities in Lester Prairie Schools, meets monthly during the school year.
For more information, contact Craig Jackson at 320-395-8303, or the Lester Prairie High School office at 320-395-2521.

Lester Prairie Education Foundation/Lester Prairie Scholarship Fund

The Lester Prairie Foundation for Education is a group comprised of 16 members of the board of directors with ties to the local Lester Prairie community and school. The Lester Prairie Foundation has been in existence for over 20 years.
The mission of the group is to promote educational and extra curricular opportunities for the children in the LP school district. Money is raised to purchase items for LP school and to provide teacher classroom grants each fall.
Money is raised through direct donations from alumni, community members, parents and businesses.
Each year the foundation hosts an annual fundraiser, the “Bulldog Bash.” Close to $30,000 is raised each year with this event. To donate to the organization, or to learn more about the foundation, please contact Becky Kerkvliet at 612-419-6634.

The scholarship group has been in existence for more than 30 years, and gives out college scholarships to graduates of Lester Prairie High School.
The group has given out almost $400,000 since its inception.
In 2020, the group will be awarding 16 scholarships totaling $18,500 to Lester Prairie High School seniors who will be pursuing higher education. The awards are merit-based, and will be given out at the graduation ceremony in the spring.
Scholarship money comes from direct donations from individuals and businesses.
To donate money or to sponsor a scholarship in memory of someone, please contact Kelli Machemehl at 320-224-4368, or Christine Mattson at 320-395-2521.

Lester Prairie Lions Club

The Lester Prairie Lions Club meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month at Longhorn’s Burger House or city hall, as a business dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Lions secretary, Deb Lohse at 320-237-2567 or president Troy Feltmann at 320-282-6520. You can send emails to lesterprairielions@gmail.com.

Lester Prairie Youth Baseball and Softball

Lester Prairie Youth Baseball and Softball is a volunteer-based organiztion, with volunteer board members and coaches.
For more information, contact Jeff Engen at 320-395-9839 or e-mail him at engenjeff@hotmail.com.
For updates, go to www.lpbaseball-softball.org.

Little Learners Preschool

Little Learners Preschool, formed in 1993, is part of School District 424, Lester Prairie Public Schools. Little Learners Preschool is a Four Star Parent Award rated program. Preschool is open to children ages 3-5.
For more information about enrolling, contact Helen Lester at Lester Prairie Community Education, 131 Hickory St. N., Lester Prairie, MN 55354; or call 320-395-2521.

Prairie Archers Club

The Prairie Archers Club offers open shooting, league shooting, special events shooting, youth instruction (beginning), youth 14 or younger shoot free (when sponsored by an adult,) advanced bow instruction, instruction classes to groups, advanced bowhunter education, conservation projects, keys for access to facilities, and awards banquet, and insurance at our facilities and events.

Club meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 7 pm.  Call 320-395-2721 or
612-636-7214 for details.

Prairie Arts Council (PAC)

The Prairie Arts Council was organized in fall 1996, to increase arts opportunities available to students in the Lester Prairie Schools, as well as to increase support and appreciation for arts programs in the community of Lester Prairie.
The council meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m.
For more information, find PAC, listed as Lester Prairie Arts on Facebook, or e-mail lester.prairie.arts@gmail.com.

Ray Kirkpatrick American Legion Post 463

Open to any member of the service, currently active or honorably discharged.
Post members meet monthly, the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at city hall. There is no meeting in July. New members are always welcome. Membership is $36.
For more information, contact Post Commander and Post Membership Chairman Darvin Heldt at 320-395-4190 or 320-223-2603.
To have a veteran’s name engraved on the Veterans Monument, call Veterans Monument Chairman Ralph Machemehl at 320-395-2246. The only requirement to have a veteran’s name placed on the monument is an honorable discharge from active or reserve forces. The veteran can be alive or deceased. Check out the monument in Central Park.

Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club, Adult and High School Youth Trapshooting

The Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club is located one-half mile southwest of Lester Prairie on McLeod County Road 1, and is open from mid-April until mid-November.
The club offers clubhouse rentals for
graduation parties, and other small get-togethers. It also offers trapshooting for high school youth each spring and fall. This is its 52nd year throwing targets.
Programs include Wednesday evening league, individual 16-yard Lewis Class for youth and adults, doubles shooting, and practice shooting. DNR firearm safety training is also offered each spring.
Check out the Facebook page for more information: Lester Prairie Sportsmens Club.
For more information, contact Matt Tonn at 612-735-0970, or mattltlp@gmail.com.