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Kids asked, we listened

McLEOD, WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Newspapers aren’t just for adults.

A while back, a few of our youngest readers sent a letter to the editor reminding us of this fact.

Part of the letter states, “Once upon a time, there was a girl and a boy who went to Wisconsin, and we only bought the newspaper for the comics, and the girl even separated the comics from the news. Then they went back to Minnesota and got the newspaper and looked for comics, but NEWS FLASH! There was none! The End.”

As a way to put more kid-friendly content in the paper, we’ve created a “Kidz Korner” featuring a question of the week, jokes, and games.

We hope children will enjoy reading this section, and we welcome your feedback. Send comments to or call (320) 485-2535.

Here’s a look at our first section, which is in the Monday, Aug. 22 edition of the Herald Journal:

Look for the children's section in each issue of the Herald Journal.

Look for the children’s section in each issue of the Herald Journal.


Benefit Aug. 27 for Liz Paetow

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Howard Lake will host a benefit Saturday, Aug. 27 for Liz Paetow. The country fair event includes a Mexican fiesta supper from 4 to 8 p.m. , and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. with theme baskets, gift certificates, and more. A bake sale and farmers market is included in the activities. Proceeds will defer Paetow’s medical expenses following a serious car accident.

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Head-on collision in Howard Lake causes serious injury

HOWARD LAKE, MN – When a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer was heading eastbound on Hwy. 12, it crossed the center lane, hitting a 2016 Volvo Tractor semi truck head-on. A Minnesota State Patrol report states that the crash took place about 12:32 p.m. Aug. 17, near Keats Ave. SE in Howard Lake.

The driver of the Trailblazer, Miriam Schmidt, 71, of Hutchinson, sustained serious injuries after the collision. She was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Schmidt’s husband Lyle, 75, as well as their relative Nohlen, 6, went to Glencoe Regional Health Services for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi truck, Devaughn Maranell, 59, also of Hutchinson, sustained no apparent injury.


HLWW FFA alumni auction Thursday, Aug. 18

SPONSORED POST. The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Alumni will host a consignment auction Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Wright County Fairgrounds beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Consignments will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Contact Dave at (320) 224-2728 or Allen at (320) 543-3702.

HLWW says ‘yes’ to small solar project

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – It’s likely that about 6 percent of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District’s energy use will be powered by the sun soon.

On a split vote Aug. 8, the school board approved installation of a 40 kilowatt solar array near the high school/middle school campus, contingent upon review by the school’s legal counsel. Board members Michelle Heuer, Jamie Wiech, Dwayne Diers, Lacy Detlefsen, Joanie Lasuik, and Paul Bravinder were in favor, while Board Member Charles Bush was opposed.

The panels are expected to generate about 60,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year for the next 25 years, according to Ryan O’Connor of Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH). In exchange for allowing WH to lease school property for this amount of time, the district will receive a 7 percent discount off its current commercial energy rate for the amount produced by the solar array.

Over the 25-year life expectancy of the panels, a total savings of $16,000 is expected.

“It doesn’t generate a ton of savings,” O’Connor said, but added that the arrangement is low-risk for the district, and doesn’t cost anything. At the end of the 25-year period, WH would cover the cost of removing the panels, if the school doesn’t want them anymore.

Superintendent Brad Sellner said the cost savings isn’t his primary reason for being interested in this project.

“It would be a great educational tool to have on our property,” he said.

Look for the full story, and other school board news, in the Monday, Aug. 15 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe in print or online.