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Our photo gallery from the Winsted Summer Festival is online!

WINSTED, MN – CLICK HERE to see photos from the 2019 Winsted Summer Festival. Selected photos will also be published in the Friday, Aug. 16 issue of Herald Journal.


LP council to host public hearing regarding infrastructure project

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council, during its Monday, Aug. 12 meeting, will host a public hearing regarding the city’s proposed 2020 improvement project. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m.

Other items on the agenda include discussion of storm sewer ponds, a trail agreement, a redevelopment grant application, trail funding, the city compost site, and the city’s preliminary 2020 budget. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Lester Prairie back to school open house will be Wednesday, Aug. 28

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Lester Prairie school tab that was published last week included conflicting information regarding the date of the school’s back to school open house. The open house will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Winsted Summer Fest is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10

WINSTED, MN – Winsted Summer Festival, hosted by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce will feature two days loaded with events for the entire family. Most events will take place at Mill Reserve Park. Two popular features are the fireworks display over the lake, set for 9:30 p.m. Friday, and the grand parade, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night. CLICK HERE for more details.

Highway 20 is open from Winsted to Hwy. 33

McLEOD, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Highway 20, from Winsted in McLeod County to Highway 33 in Carver County, which had been closed for a culvert replacement project, re-opened Friday, July 26, according to a release from Carver County. The east side of the project, from Highway 33 to Highway 25 near Watertown, will open in a few weeks. Until then, motorists are advised to follow the signed detour routes.

Weekend closure of eastbound Hwy. 212 August 2-5

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Starting this week, crews will begin construction on Hwy. 212 near Cologne in Dahlgren Township and will close eastbound Hwy. 212 from Cologne to Chaska to build two reduced conflict intersections, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, eastbound Hwy. 212 will close between Hwy. 284 in Cologne and Hwy. 41 in Chaska through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. Motorists should follow the signed detour on eastbound Hwy. 212 to Hwy. 284 to Hwy. 5 to Hwy. 41 and Hwy. 212.

Motorists should plan ahead and provide additional time to reach their destinations.

What to expect next

While crews build the two new intersections in Cologne at Co. Rd. 41 and Co. Rd. 36 from August to November, motorists can anticipate lane closures.

More about this project

Reduced Conflict Intersections are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. Studies show a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 42 percent reduction in injury crashes where RCIs are used.

For more details, visit the Hwy 212 in Cologne project website at: