Community Events

Howard Lake Public Library

617 6th Avenue, Howard Lake, 320-543-2020



1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Fun for parents and children alike! Parents and children spend time reading together, and  children win prizes for achieving various milestones. This program includes an annual graduation for those who’ve completed the program and this celebration is open to all participants. Visit the library for more details and to pick up your materials! For ages 1 month to Kindergarten. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library. This program is ongoing throughout the year.


Tales from Italy and Tips for the Traveler
Monday, March 12; 6:30-7:30 pm
Local  resident, Karen Doroff, landed in Amsterdam and then travelled extensively through a number of the major cities and other interesting travel destinations throughout Italy. Enjoy the trip vicariously as she shares photos, travel tips and other tidbits and tales from her journey! For adults. No registration required. This event will be held in the Library. Sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library.
Secrets of the Congdon Mansion
Monday, March 26; 6:15-7:45 pm
Presented by Joe Kimball, formerly of the Star Tribune, and author of the Secrets of the Congdon Mansion, the best-selling chronicle about the Congdon murders in Duluth. This crime has continued to fascinate Minnesotans and others as what one described as  a “classic tale of murder, money and mansion”. The book has been regularly updated over the years, as crime has continued to trail in the wake of the original protagonists, and the book revealed many secrets not made public by investigators. For adults. This event will be held in the Community Room above the Library. No registration required. A Legacy event.
Author Christopher Valen
Thursday, April 12; 6:30-7:30 pm
Christopher Valen is a St. Paul resident and the author of the award-winning John Santana police procedural mystery series. The main character of the series is a Columbian-born Homicide Detective in the St. Paul Police Department. Christopher, himself, is a graduate of the Citizen’s Academy at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department. He will talk about his writing and teaching experience and the books in his series, with time for Q&A. For adults. This event will be held in the Library. Registration requested but not required. A Legacy event. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Howard Lake Library.

Planting Your Garden for Dehydrating
Monday, April 16; 6:15-7:15 pm
Good information for those who would like to dehydrate their produce: what to consider before ordering your seeds, and tips and tricks for dehydrating. Local gardener, Andrea Vargo, will address gardening and dehydrating do’s and don’ts, types of dehydrators, plus storage and food safety. Andrea will bring samples from her pantry. Bring your questions! For adults or anyone with a serious interest in dehydrating. No registration required. This event will be held in the Library. No registration required.

Mystery Lovers Book Club
Wednesdays, March 14, April 11, and May 9; 6:30-7:30 pm
A monthly gathering to share your thoughts, appreciations and/or criticisms for a variety of Mystery titles. Titles selected by members by voting or consensus, with room for both long-time favorites and new voices. For adults and teens. Meetings held on the second Wednesday of every month during the school year. This event is held in the Library.

Winsted Public Library

180 Main Avenue West, Winsted, 320-485-3909


Winsted Arts Council

141 Main Ave W, downtown Winsted, 320-485-3330

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Mid-Minnesota Concert Band

     The Mid-Minnesota Concert Band performs several concerts throughout the year. New members are welcome to join the band at anytime. Band members range in age from high school to 70+. Rehearsals are Mondays at 7:45 pm in the band room of the High School, 8700 County Road 6 SW, Howard Lake. For more information, call Kendell Kubasch at 320-543-2678 or Marshall Carlsted at 320-543-2633.

Free Concussion Training For Parents, Volunteers And Coaches

The Minnesota State Legislature has enacted a law requiring concussion training for all coaches, paid or volunteer, who work with youth ages 18 and younger. We can help athletes stay active and healthy by knowing the facts about concussion and when it is safe for athletes to return to play. Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion. This training takes less than 30 minutes. CDC Concussion Training Link: After you have completed the training, print a Certificate of Completion. If you are ever planning on coaching or volunteering to help with a Community Education activity our office must have a copy of that certificate before you can begin coaching. Please drop it off at the Community Education offi ce (Door A at the MS), mail it (HLWW Community Education, P.O.Box 708, Howard Lake, MN 55349), FAX it (320-543-4631) or scan and email it to: Please also keep a copy for your records. If you do not have access to a computer please call Stacy at 320-543-4670 and she will assist you.