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PHOTO GALLERY: McLeod County Fair 2017

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Click here to see photos from the 2017 McLeod County Fair in Hutchinson. Select photos will be printed in the Friday, Aug. 25 edition of the Herald Journal.

What happened to the front page of the Herald Journal?

WRIGHT, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the newspaper industry in Minnesota.

We joined nearly 200 newspapers across the state in running front pages with no news this week to get attention and make the point: “What if there was no local newspaper?”

The media landscape is constantly changing, but new media does not replace what existed.

Radio did not replace newspapers, TV did not replace radio, and although the internet and social media significantly changed the game, the others are still in place.

Technology allows the new media forms to make many things instant, even to the point of livestreaming crimes in progress.

At the same time, it allows many people a voice, which can create problems, including:

• overload: there is such an avalanche of media messages coming at us every day in so many forms that one must learn to block much of it out and find ways to key in to those that really matter.

• abuse: anybody can say almost anything and present it in a manner to suit their purpose – thus “fake news” is born.

So what’s a person to do?

Well, when something important is taking place, who are you going to turn to? Whether it’s a foreign country launching missiles at us, or the city council preparing to raise property taxes, who are you going to believe?

It’s the trusted media outlets that have over time established their credibility by presenting the “true news” as well as possible.

By the way, the real front page and everything else you’d expect this week is in the paper, just not on the front page.

Minnesota "Whiteout"
Minnesota “Whiteout”

PHOTO GALLERY: Winsted Summer Festival 2017

WINSTED, MN – Click here to check out all our Winsted Summer Festival pictures so far. The gallery will be updated again after the royalty coronation Sunday afternoon.

Select photos will be printed in the Friday, Aug. 18 edition of the Herald Journal.

Winsted City Council workshop to start early Tuesday

WINSTED, MN – To allow enough time to for Winsted Police Chief Justin Heldt to present information about body-worn cameras, the Tuesday, Aug. 15 Winsted City Council work session will start at 4:30 p.m. in the Lewis Room of city hall. (Workshops normally start at 5 p.m.)

The regular meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

Look for coverage of both meetings in the Friday, Aug. 18 edition of the Herald Journal.



HLWW to approve contracts Monday

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Included on the agenda for the Monday, Aug. 14 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting is approval of the superintendent contract and evaluation, as well as approval of the activities director contract.

Other items to be discussed include paraprofessional staffing, a combined polling site, enrollment, and more.

Look for coverage in the Friday, Aug. 18 edition of the Herald Journal.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winsted Night Out 2017

WINSTED, MN – Click here to see photos of Kilo, the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office K-9, and other scenes from the Aug. 10 Winsted Night Out.

Select photos will be printed in the Friday, Aug. 18 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.