Nowthen dedicating ball field to Koehler

The Nowthen Park and Recreation Committee will host an Ernie Koehler baseball and softball field dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on June 19 before to a 6 p.m. game at east Twin Lake Park in Nowthen.

The city of Nowthen and the Nowthen Park and Recreation Committee secured a matching Minnesota Twins grant to renovate the ball field. The playing surface was improved, new fencing and backstop were installed and the dugout areas received new benches.

Ernie Koehler was a 33-year Burns Township board member. He was the township fire warden for 10 years, a member of the St. Francis Lions Club for almost two decades and an active participant in the Knights of Columbus. Koehler also chaired the Upper Rum River Management Organization and the Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Services.  In 1986, he and his wife, Alice, were voted Outstanding Farm Family of the Year. In that same year, Gov. Arne Carlson declared March 12 Ernie Koehler Day.  He was a tireless community worker.

A representative from the Twins organization will be present  at the festivities as committee unveils a new Twins plaque to be permanently mounted at the field. Refreshments will be served by the Nowthen Lions Club.  All are welcome to attend.

The East Twin Lakes Park is open year around. It offer trails, volleyball, a swimming beach, tether ball, fishing dock, boat ramp, disc golfing, playground, soccer fields, picnic shelters with grills and a large pavilion.