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Spring load restrictions start March 6 in McLeod County

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – McLeod County Engineer John Brunkhorst has announced spring load restrictions will go into effect on all McLeod County Highways Tuesday, March 6, and will remain in effect until further notice. These restrictions protect the investments in our highways and help hold off costly pavement repair and unnecessary reconstruction. The restrictions limit the weight on any single axle to five (5) tons on unpaved roads and ten (10) tons on paved roads. Some paved roads will be reduced further and posted accordingly with signs indicating maximum allowable axle loads. Maps showing specific restrictions are available at the highway department office or on the McLeod County website: Any questions regarding specific route postings should be directed to the McLeod County Highway Department at (320) 484-4321.

Howard Lake Library closed March 5 due to weather

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Great River Regional Library has closed the Howard Lake Public Library today, Monday, March 5, due to weather.

Funeral notice: Pamela Arola, 70, of Litchfield, formerly of Dassel

DASSEL, MN – Pamela Jane Arola, 70, of Litchfield, formerly of Dassel, died Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. A funeral service will take place Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Dassel Church of Christ with Pastor Chris Halstead officiating at the service. The interment will take place at the Dassel Community Cemetery following the service.
There will be an hour visitation prior to the service Sunday at the Dassel Church of Christ

Carver County Sheriff’s Office investigating threat at Watertown-Mayer High School

WATERTOWN, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that sheriff’s deputies responded to a threats complaint at Watertown-Mayer High School March 2 at about 10:49 a.m. A student reported another student had made in-direct threats toward the student body sometime the previous week. School officials, when notified, immediately reported the matter to sheriff’s deputies for investigation.
Sheriff’s deputies investigated the matter. The subject of the investigation, a juvenile male, will not be allowed to return to school until the investigation(s) is complete.
Sheriff’s deputies were in and around the school most of Friday, March 2 and will be present Monday, March 5 as a precaution. Communicated threats of violence, even when the person is not serious, can be very disturbing, terrorizing to others, and disruptive. The Sheriff’s Office takes these matters seriously by investigating these allegations thoroughly and pursuing prosecution of offenders.
This matter remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Watertown- Mayer school officials.
Anyone who needs assistance from police, fire or medical personnel should call 9-1-1. Anyone with information related to this incident or any crime is asked to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at 952-361-1231or use the tip line 952- 361-1224. The tip form is at

Carver County Sheriff’s Office investigates report of school threat in Chanhassen

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that sheriff’s deputies responded to a threats complaint at Chanhassen High School Feb. 28 at about 3:15 p.m. A group of students overheard
another student making threats against the Chanhassen High School, which they reported to
school officials. The school officials immediately contacted the deputy who works in the school
as a school resource officer (SRO).

Sheriff’s deputies investigated the matter, including serving a search warrant at the subject’s
residence. A juvenile male has been detained in connection with this investigation.

Sheriff Jim Olson, in consultation with school officials, increased uniformed deputy presence at
the school on March 1 as a precaution.

This matter remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Eastern
Carver County Schools.

Lester Prairie school bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 28

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Bulletin
Feb. 28, 2018

Today’s Menu: Spaghetti with Meat or Plain Sauce, Garlic Bread, Cole Slaw, Carrot Sticks, Fruit, Milk

Tomorrow’s Menu: Mini Corndogs or Tuna Salad Sandwich, California Blend Vegetables, Carrot Sticks, Pears, Milk

Thanks to all the students who tried out for the LPHT spring play, The Cow Tippers.  There were a total of 37 students who tried out, but there were only 17 roles.  It’s exciting to know all these students want to be a part of the drama department. 

Here’s the cast of The Cow Tippers:
Mrs. Brown: Grace Jeurissen
Ms. Jennings: Paige Heimerl
Clyde: Rodrigo Medina
Deci: Sydney Sheehan
Charlotte: Zoe Edlund
Sheriff Drake: Myranda Hentges
Cloe: Olivia Sanders
Winston: Cody Roush
Elliot: Ethan Schultz
Wilma: Erynn Amundson
Skinny: Rodrigo Medina
Arena: Taylor Bayerl
Cowboy: Andrew Jackson
Jackson:  Logan Groff
Betty: Paige Bayerl
Vicki: Alexis Kubista
Mrs. Goodwin: Jasmine Stuber
Mr. Goodwin: Logan Roush
EXTRAS: Evan Amundson, Landon Groff, Ava Heimerl, Avery Heimerl, and Hannah Hollister,
Stage Crew: Michael Ruwersma, Max Vergin, and Shannon Wiederholt.

Again, thanks to all the students who participated in this year’s spring play, The Cow Tippers.  If you made the cast, please pay the activity fee before the first practice.  You may NOT practice until the fee is paid.  If you have questions, please talk to Kelly Elling.  

Play practice for the spring play begins next Monday, March 5th at 7:10 a.m. in Ms. Smith’s room, room 148.  If you haven’t  picked up your script yet, please stop by Ms. Smith’s room.  Read the play and your lines by Monday.  You will get a regular schedule by Monday, too.  Thanks. – Ms. Smith 

The LPHT drama department is looking for the following props for the spring play.  If you have these items or know of anyone who does, please contact Ms. Smith.  Thank you. Here are the following props needed:
3- 4 shoe boxes, 1 card table, pom-poms, a cowbell, an acorn,  small basket, a Barbie doll, G.I. Joe-type doll, overalls (3-5 pair), 3 dolls, wedding veil, bow tie, 3 black ski masks,  ladder, men’s muddy boots, small round table, checkered tablecloth, slingshot, FFA pin, spool of red ribbon, cow costume

Attention seniors: Graduation gown fitting is Thursday, March 1st during lunch.  Please come to the band room after you finish eating to be fitted for a gown.  If you are not in school during lunch, please see Mrs. Smith for an alternate time.

There is a track sign up sheet in the office. Please sign up if you are interested in participating in track this spring.

CHANGE: The Spring Sports Meeting will be on SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH at 7:00 pm at Lester Prairie High School.  Everyone who will be participating in a spring activity needs to attend.

Seniors- The Lester Prairie Scholarship Fund Applications are due to Mrs. Mattson on  March 6th. Please let me Mrs. Mattson know if you have any questions. Thank you!

NHS Candidates-Your NHS applications are due to Mrs. Mattson on March 7th. Please let Mrs. Mattson know if you have any questions. Thank you!

The LP PTO is sponsoring the spring carnival on Thursday March 22. from 5-7:30. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, games, food and clean up. Shifts are as follows:
Set up: 3:30/4:00-5:00
Games: 5:00-6:30 or 6:30-8:00
Clean up: 7:30-when finished
This event is not possible without volunteers!! If interested, please contact Cheryl Bayerl at or 320-420-4218. 

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are selling raffle tickets for the After Prom. Prizes are: $100 Prairie Dollars, $50 Garber Meats or $50 Cornerstone Hardware. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, March 7th.

Students in preschool through 5th grade will have spring pictures on Wednesday, March 7. Information is being sent home with students today.

Any student in grades 7-12 who missed the Trap team meeting and is interested in being on the 2018 team, should see Mr. Bjork immediately.

Firearm Training will be held at the L.P. Sportsman’s Club for age 11 to adult. The classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 27. Please contact Gregg Trittabaugh at 715-220-6257 to sign up for the classes.

Attn: Juniors and Seniors, College Representatives are beginning to make spring visits to our high school. Information on visiting schools can be found on my website or outside of my door. You must sign up outside my door to attend. This is an excellent opportunity to get information about different colleges.

LP Alumni and Families:  Teachers and community members are looking for info on our alumni.  If you have exciting news to share, please email it to  We are looking for anything to share: (birth of a child, marriage/anniversary, new promotion, retirement, etc.)  Let us know how you are doing!  Information will be shared on our Twitter/Facebook sites. Things you may include:  Graduation Year, Maiden Name, Present Location, Exciting News, Current Photo.

Census Forms:  If you have or know of any children from birth to 7 years, please be sure they are on our census report. The census information allows us to get valuable info to our school district families.  Please contact the school to be sure you are counted! 320-395-2521

Homeworkhelp is held with Jan Smith on Mondays and Jennifer Smith on Wednesdays.

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018
Hallway Walking  
Lester Prairie High School
Basketball – Practice 9-12 Girls  
Holy Trinity Gym
Basketball – Practice Boys Varsity Only 
Lester Prairie Gym
CE – Basketball  
Cafeteria, Lester Prairie Gym
Community Ed Play and Pizza Night: Game Times: 5:15 – 4th grade boys vs 4th grade girls 5:50 – 5th grade boys vs 5th grade girls 6:30 – 6th grade boys vs 6…