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Highway 7 resurfacing project is complete

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – The Highway 7 resurfacing project that began Aug. 29 is complete.

The 15-mile project included the resurfacing of Highway 7 from just east of Silver Lake to the junction of Highway 25. Benefits of the project include a smoother road surface and extending the life of the pavement. The project cost $3.1 million. Central Specialties was the contractor.

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Multiple agencies search for driver after motorcycle crash west of Winsted

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – A search for a person who was in a motorcycle accident west of Winsted took place yesterday evening (Oct. 18). Law enforcement agencies have not confirmed if the person has been found.

The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident in the area of Falcon Avenue and 235th Street at 7:16 p.m. According to the McLeod County fire page, the motorcycle was on fire in a field. The page stated that it appeared the motorcycle had hit a pole, and the driver was not able to be located.

A helicopter was dispatched to assist with the search. Also responding were the Winsted Fire Department, the Winsted Police Department, Ridgeview Ambulance, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Silver Lake Fire Department, the Silver Lake Police Department, the Lester Prairie Fire Department, and the Lester Prairie Police Department.

According to Broadcastify (from the McLeod County Public Safety audio feed), law enforcement searched the area at and around the Winsted Municipal Airport, and checked some nearby residences. Traffic was re-routed near the incident, and the motorcycle was taken to a secure impound area.

According to a daily email update from the sheriff’s office, the investigation is ongoing. Attempts to reach the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office for more details were unsuccessful at this time.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.


Carver and Wright among ‘most generous’ counties

CARVER, WRIGHT COUNTIES, MN – In a recent study, residents in Carver County ranked first in Minnesota as “most generous.” Second-place was Washington County, followed by Scott, Hennepin, Dakota, Wright, Chisago, Anoka, Sherburne, and Olmsted.

Two factors were used to measure generosity: how much people donate as a percentage of their net income, and the proportion of people in a given county who made charitable donations.

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French Lake Township meeting rescheduled

HOWARD LAKE, MN – The French Lake Township Board will meet Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the township hall. The meeting date was changed due to the election Tuesday, Nov. 6.

HL seeks members for parks/planning

HOWARD LAKE, MN – The city of Howard Lake is seeking applicants for the parks and planning commission. Applications are available on the city website or at city hall, 625 8th Ave. Applications will be accepted until Monday, Nov. 5.

Cards in HL Oct. 25

HOWARD LAKE, MN – There will be 500/cards at the Lodge of Howard Lake Thursday, Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. The Lodge will provide refreshments. The public is encouraged to attend.