UPDATED – HOWARD LAKE – Jami Berg was an eyewitness on the scene of a truck fire at Munson Lakes Nutrition Monday night, and captured the image above. “I happened to notice it because the smoke was coming across Highway 12 and we thought it was fog at first, which seemed odd,” Berg said. Berg said his father, Joey, placed the call to 911, and the Howard Lake Fire Department was on-scene within three to four minutes.
Brian J. Yager, a Safety Compliance/Credit Manager for Munson Lakes Nutrition said Wednesday afternoon that the cause of the fire remains a mystery.
Yager confirmed the Munson Lake Nutrition-owned vehicle involved was a delivery van/truck used for the transportation of bagged animal food. Yager also indicated the vehicle was nearly a total loss, but said the lift gate might be salvageable. No one was injured during the incident, and Yager confirmed there was no further property damage.
Both Yager and Munson Lakes Nutrition General Manager John Zander expressed “high regard” for the fast action of the Howard Lake Fire Department.
See the Friday, Sept. 21 edition of Herald Journal for additional information.
LESTER PRAIRIE – ReMax Commercial Broker Douglas Harris confirmed today that the former Prairie Market grocery store building at 26 Juniper Street has been sold. Closing on the property took place Aug. 31.
Former owners Mark and Linda Detlefsen purchased the grocery store in 2008 from Dan and Shari Wagner, who had purchased the business in 2006. The Detlefsens operated the grocery store until early this year, closing it permanently Jan. 26.
Harris indicated the new owners, an investment group, allegedly intend to open a bakery in the building.
Lester Prairie’s Economic/Community Developement Coordinator Adam Birkholz knows rumors have been circulating about the building‘s fate. As of today, Birkholz said, no one has approached him regarding potential city Economic Development Authority (EDA) opportunities at the former grocery store building. No one has inquired about planning and zoning issues related to the property, either.
Watch this blog and Herald Journal for updates.
McLEOD COUNTY – A semi-truck and a passenger vehicle collided at the intersection of State Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 1/ Babcock Avenue at approximately 9:15 a.m. today.
The impact of the crash sent both vehicles onto the southeast corner of the Shadowbrooke Golf Course.
Street signs on the corner of the intersection were broken off and landed by the vehicles, and a nearby power pole was damaged.
The driver of the car – the lone occupant – was transported to an area hospital by Ridgeview Ambulance.
Lester Prairie Police and Fire Departments, Winsted Fire and Rescue, and the McLeod County Sheriff were among the departments responding to the scene.
Traffic was not stopped in any direction, however law enforcement was directing traffic through the area slowly.
More details regarding the accident will be published as they become available. Watch for them here and in the Aug. 10 edition of Herald Journal.
ST CLOUD – Motorists who travel Highway 12 between Cokato and Howard Lake will encounter daytime delays, including during rush hours, while segments of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning Monday, July 16.
The lane closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, up to seven days per week, while crews resurface the road. Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through work zones on the two-lane segment of Highway 12 located in Cokato.
Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected during peak travel times. Motorists should plan their travel, and consider alternate routes or staggering their typical travel times. Motorists approaching the daily work zones should slow down, be prepared to stop, and move over to give crews room to work safely.
All lanes of Highway 12 will open by Aug. 10.
When complete, the project will provide a smoother ride along five miles of Highway 12 between Seventh Street E in Cokato and 13th Avenue in Howard Lake, extend the life of the road, upgrade guardrail and restripe a short segment of Highway 12 east of downtown Cokato.
For information on state road projects in Wright County, follow MnDOT District 3 on Twitter @MnDOTCentral and visit www.mndot.gov/d3.
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.
Waverly Daze 2018 is in the books, but you can see or relive all of the fun by viewing our photo gallery.
Enjoy, and see you next year.
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HOWARD LAKE – The Howard Lake City Council announced it will convene at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at council chambers. Items on the agenda for the meeting include the consideration of a utility project for Golf Lake Estates; discussion about the historic city hall preservation and access project; and the consideration of the confirmation of four new members of the Howard Lake Fire Department. The meeting is open to the public.