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Wnsted Summer Festival photos are online

WINSTED, MN – A gallery of our photos from the Winsted Summer Festival can be viewed here:

Selected photos will also be published in the Aug. 13 edition of Herald Journal.

LP School Board schedules special meeting

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Board will conduct a special meeting Friday, Aug. 6 at 7:45 a.m.

Items on the agenda include a change order in the amount of $39,043 for JT Electric Service for the school building project and a presentation and discussion regarding the PA/bell system.

The meeting will take place in the school media center. A link to view the meeting via Zoom is available on the school’s website.

LP city administrator no longer employed by city

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – In response to questions from Herald Journal regarding the outcome of the Aug. 2 closed city council meeting, Lester Prairie City Council Member Sean Tritabaugh confirmed that City Administrator Mike Skrbich is no longer employed by Lester Prairie.

Tritabaugh was unable to get into specifics, but stated, “As of now, he [Skrbich] no longer works for the city.” The item will be on the agenda for the Tuesday, Aug. 10 city council meeting.

The Aug. 2 closed meeting was a continuation of a closed meeting that was originally scheduled July 27. It was continued to July 28, and re-convened Aug. 2.

The meeting was a follow-up from an April 2 closed meeting, during which the council reviewed Skrbich’s performance and considered allegations or charges against him. As a result of that meeting, the city council implemented a 90-day performance improvement plan for Skrbich. The council reviewed the results of that plan during the recent closed meeting.

Watch Herald Journal for updates as they become available.

UPDATE 2: LP City Council to conduct special closed meeting to evaluate an employee’s performance

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City of Lester Prairie City Council will hold a special closed meeting session pursuant to: Minn. Stat. Sec 13D.05, Subd. 3(a) to evaluate the performance of an individual subject to its authority.

The meeting will be held at City Hall, 37 Juniper Street North, Lester Prairie, MN 55354.

UPDATE 7-28-21 The July 27 meeting was called to order, however, due to an emergency and not all council members being present, the council will reconvene the meeting Wednesday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

UPDATE 7-29-21 The meeting has not concluded. It will be reconvened Monday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.

Winsted Airport Commission meeting postponed

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted Airport Commission Meeting scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2021 has been postponed. The seeding subcontractor is not able to attend on that date and in order to confirm his attendance at the meeting, we will reschedule for a later date. City staff will tentatively reschedule the regular Airport Commission Meeting for the first week in August to assess the condition of the runway and seeding plans with any other business that needs to be discussed. City staff intends to provide more information when available.

Winsted to implement emergency outdoor watering restrictions

WINSTED, MN – EMERGENCY OUTDOOR WATERING RESTRICTIONS With more than 50 percent of Minnesota experiencing severe drought and some areas experiencing extreme drought, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has determined that the state is now in a drought warning phase. With this designation, the DNR and the City of Winsted are taking additional steps, such as restricting some water uses. Significant demand reduction is achievable by restricting or banning non-essential outdoor water use, especially lawn irrigation, power washing buildings, car washing, and swimming pool filling.

The City of Winsted encourages residents and property owners to fix leaks, install water saving devices, and water-efficient appliances. Please think about how you might be able to reduce water use, especially during peak times. Excessive water use can put undue stress on the City’s water infrastructure. This type of stress can affect the City’s ability to provide quality water and capacity to effectively address potential fire suppression needs. The DNR specifies actions that the City of Winsted must implement once the state is elevated to a drought warning phase and appropriate restrictions contained in the City’s Water Supply Plan.

The City of Winsted will implement water use reduction actions, as needed, to conserve water during this phase. The City of Winsted will implement EMERGENCY OUTDOOR WATERING RESTRICTIONS, beginning JULY 26, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. for all properties until further notice.  If a property address is an even number, irrigation can take place on even-numbered days.  If a property address is an odd number, irrigation can take place on odd-numbered days.  No irrigation can take place between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on any day.  This restriction limits outdoor watering by mechanical or automatic means.  It includes all non-essential water use, including but not limited to: watering lawns, washing vehicles, power washing buildings, & filling pools.  Any person violating the provisions of these restrictions will be culpable and a fine may be imposed. Please note: new sod, newly seeded lawns, new trees, and vegetable gardens, are exempt from the watering restrictions. Please refrain from watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Properties utilizing Winsted Lake for irrigation purposes are governed by the DNR and are not affected by this restriction. These restrictions could be elevated to a ban at any given time. Please watch the City of Winsted website for updated information or changes to the restrictions. The severe drought conditions have created a critical situation and we are asking for everyone’s help to conserve as much water as possible.

 Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.  Avoid over watering your lawn and water only when needed.  Check the soil moisture levels with a soil probe, spade or large screwdriver. You do not need to water if the soil is still moist. If your grass springs back when you step on it, it doesn’t need water yet.  If your lawn does require watering, do so early in the morning or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler.  Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.  Water in several short sessions rather than one long one, in order for your lawn to better absorb moisture and avoid runoff.  Use a broom or blower instead of a hose to clean leaves and other debris from your driveway or sidewalk.  Avoid leaving sprinklers or hoses unattended. A garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours.  In extreme drought, allow lawns to die in favor of preserving trees and large shrubs.  Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects & similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.  Take short showers instead of baths. Turn on the water only to get wet and lather and then again to rinse off.  Avoid letting the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving.  Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water for watering plants.  Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are fully loaded. Use the “light wash” feature to use less water.  Hand wash dishes by filling two containers—one with soapy water and the other with rinse water containing a small amount of chlorine bleach.  Clean vegetables in a pan filled with water rather than running water from the tap.  Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Do not let the tap run while you are waiting for water to cool.  Avoid wasting water waiting for it to get hot. Capture it for other uses such as plant watering or heat it on the stove or in a microwave.  Do not rinse dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, just remove large particles of food.  Avoid using running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods.  Operate clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or set the water level for the size of your load.