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PHOTO GALLERY: Winsted Winter Festival 2018

WINSTED, MN – Click here to see photos from the 2018 Winsted Winter Festival. Select photos will appear in the Friday, Dec. 14 edition of the Herald Journal.

Property taxes cause ‘sticker shock’ in Winsted

WINSTED, MN – “It’s just not right.”

This statement was heard more than once at Winsted’s truth-in-taxation public hearing Tuesday evening.

Nine residents shared their frustration over high property tax increases due to a stated increase in their property values. The assessed value of properties is determined at the county level, and the city does not have control over this.

Property owners had an opportunity to challenge their assessed values earlier this spring, at the McLeod County board of appeals meeting. In spring of 2019, McLeod County residents will have an opportunity to challenge next year’s valuations.

In Winsted, the property tax levy is increasing by 6.93 percent, from $1,274,600 to $1,362,889. The city council plans to finalize this at its Tuesday, Dec. 18 meeting.

With these numbers, a home worth $200,000 in Winsted would have paid $1,406 in city property taxes in 2018. Assuming no change in value, that home would pay $82 less in taxes this year.

However, many homes in Winsted are valued substantially higher this year, according to the county’s estimates.

Look for the full story in the Friday, Dec. 7 edition of the Herald Journal.

HLWW’s truth-in-taxation hearing set for Dec. 10

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – A truth-in-taxation hearing will take place during the Monday, Dec. 10 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the high school media center.

Another item on the agenda is discussion about hiring an additional paraprofessional position, and an extra speech position.

Look for coverage in the Friday, Dec. 14 edition of the Herald Journal.

Band, choir concert Dec. 13

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Members of the band and choir at Lester Prairie High School will host a concert at the school Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Cooking class in Winsted Dec. 13

WINSTED, MN – Friends in the Kitchen will be offered Thursday, Dec. 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Winsted. The free classes are 1.5 hours long and teach 3 recipes. Participants are provided recipe packets, shopping tips, and suggestions for preparing simple entrees, sides, or snacks.  Ongoing monthly cooking classes teach eating healthy on a tight budget and is open to anyone in the area over age 55.  The class meets the second Thursday of each month.

Winsted Lions chili feed Saturday

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted Lions will host a chili feed Saturday, Dec. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. at River of Life Church (next to Winsted Library) in downtown Winsted. Menu includes chili, cornbread, cookies, and milk or water. Goodwill donations will be accepted, with proceeds going to fund the Lions’ charitable activities. The Winsted Lions will also be collecting Toys for Tots at the chili feed.