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HLWW board to discuss graduation

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN — HLWW School Board will discuss the 2020 graduation during its Monday, April 27 meeting, which will take place electronically.

Other items on the agenda include a Holy Trinity activities request, a levy and consultant, the district’s long-term facilities maintenance plan and projects, and potential future building projects.

Paper drive in LP

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – There will be a paper drive at Bethel Lutheran Church parking lot in Lester Prairie, Monday April 27- Friday. May 8. Paper, magazines, shredded paper cardboard, hardcover books with covers removed, anything paper accepted. Participants are reminded to practice safe distancing. Only one person will be allowed in trailer at a time.

Red Flag Warning issued


Red Flag Warning issued

Extreme fire conditions today have resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a Red Flag Warning for the following counties:

Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Nicollet, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wright, and Yellow Medicine.

A Red Flag Warning means the area is experiencing critical weather conditions that are ideal for wildfire, including strong winds and minimum humidity values. Do not burn while the Red Flag Warning remains in effect and check any burning done recently to ensure the fire is out. Any spark could become a wildfire under Red Flag conditions.

The Red Flag Warning expires at 6 p.m.

LP and HT ending activities agreement

LESTER PRAIRIE, WINSTED, MN – Lester Prairie School Board, during its Monday, April 20 meeting, will consider dissolution of the district’s activities cooperative agreement with Holy Trinity.

LP School Board to approve construction contracts

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Board to consider approval of contracts related to the school building project during its Monday, April 20 meeting. Other items on the agenda include policy reviews and dissolution of the district’s activities cooperative agreement with Holy Trinity.

HJ deadlines have changed

WINSTED, MN – New printing schedule and deadlines

A new schedule is being put in place at the printing plant for our newspapers.

Previously, we prepared the newspaper layouts on Thursdays with printing overnight Thursday and distribution early Friday morning. With the new schedule starting next week, we will need to prepare the papers on Wednesdays for printing Thursday morning.

This means deadlines need to move to an earlier schedule. Overall, we will try to accommodate as many late items as we practically can, but each case will depend on what our staff is physically able to handle in the final push of getting your newspaper ready.

Tentatively, these are the new working deadlines:

• news item submissions, public notices, and “camera-ready” advertising by noon Tuesdays.

• classifieds by 9 a.m. Wednesdays

• display advertising needing graphic design/proofing by end of day Mondays.

• inserts: commitment to run by end of the day Mondays with physical copies in-hand at our office by end of the day Tuesdays.

Again, we will accommodate anything we are able to as late as possible, but each item is on a case-by-case basis of the format it is received in, the amount of time it would take to handle, and what other elements it would affect in the overall process. Thank you for your understanding.

For distribution, newsstand copies will now be available during the afternoon Thursdays as deliveries are made. Local subscription delivery will remain Friday mornings as usual. Out-of-town subscriptions should be received a day earlier as those copies will enter the mail system a day earlier.

As with any weekly cycle, there will always be cases of items that just make it in and those that are too late. We will do our best to adapt and include the most timely information for you. Of course, our websites are kept up to date constantly in between newspaper publication.

Offices open by appointment only

With the Minnesota “Stay at Home” order in place, our goal is to keep our staff healthy so we can continue to keep you informed through the newspaper and website.

Our offices are open “by appointment only.”

We encourage you to contact us by:

• phone: 320-485-2535

• email:

•mail: PO Box 129, Winsted MN 55395

• you may use the drop slot outside our office

• if necessary to see a staff member personally, please call for an appointment to 320-485-2535.

Some of our staff will be working in our offices; others primarily from home, depending on responsibilities, available technology, etc.

We will continue to provide the most complete, accurate, and current information to the best of our ability.

For businesses that need to reach your customers, we continue to have available newspaper advertising as well as direct mail, signage, and electronic distribution tools.

Keep a journal or diary

When the Coronavirus/COVID-19 threat has passed, we intend to do a special “Comeback” edition in some manner.

We ask that you as our local readers keep a journal or some notes along with any photos or videos of your experiences during this unprecedented time. We hope to gather them into a historical keepsake and celebration of returning to normal.