Archive for Howard Lake

Herald Journal Offices Closing Early Friday, January 17

We will be closing our offices at 3 p.m. in Winsted, Delano, and Cokato today, January 17 due to weather conditions. Our offices will be open again on Monday, January 20 during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you need to reach any of our offices, you may call the appropriate number listed below and leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as we can on Monday morning.

Winsted Herald Journal office: 320-485-2535

Cokato Enterprise Dispatch office: 320-286-2118

Delano Herald Journal office: 763-972-1028

Thank you and have a great weekend and safe travels!

- Herald Journal Publishing Management

Governor Walz Orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of Fire Chief Daryl ‘Taddy’ Drusch

HOWARD LAKE, MN – In honor and remembrance of Howard Lake Fire Chief Daryl “Taddy” Drusch, Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, Jan. 17.

“Fire Chief Daryl ‘Taddy’ Drusch dedicated 30 years of exemplary service to the Howard Lake Fire and Rescue/Ambulance Service, serving as chief since 2014,” reads the proclamation from Governor Walz. “With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Fire Chief Drusch for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow citizens, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and entire community.”

Fire Chief Drusch died at home Jan. 13, of a suspected heart attack hours after responding to an emergency call. His death is Minnesota’s first line-of-duty fire service death of 2020. Fire Chief Drusch is survived by his wife, Julie; his son, Taylor; several siblings; and many fellow firefighters, friends, and community members.

A copy of Governor Walz’s proclamation, ordering flags to be flown at half-staff across our state, can be found here.

Zumba class in HL

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Zumba classes will take place Thursdays from Jan. 16 to March 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Walk-in fee is $6. Punch cards are available. No experience is necessary.

Funeral notice: Daryl ‘Taddy’ Drusch, 49, of Howard Lake

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake Fire Chief Daryl Todd “Taddy” Drusch,  49, of Howard Lake, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at his home. There will be a memorial service Friday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, 8700 County Road 6 SW, Howard Lake. Visitation will take place Thursday, Jan. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 1000 7th Avenue, Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; continuing Friday at the school, one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home;

VIDEO – Procession for Howard Lake Fire Chief Taddy Drusch

HOWARD LAKE – The City of Howard Lake Fire & Rescue/Ambulance Chief Daryl (“Taddy”) Drusch died in the early morning hours of January 13 at his residence from a suspected heart attack. Drusch had responded to an emergency call 12 hours prior.

A fire service procession started at 2 p.m. today, and  transported Drusch from the medical examiner in Minneapolis to Cokato; fire departments along the route will participated. Final arrangements and memorials will be shared as they are made available.

Video by Dan Birkholz.

While the family isn’t available to speak with the media at this time, Chris Parsons, president of the Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters, can be reached at 651-545-8100 and may be available for an in-person interview in the Twin Cities. Jay Wood, president of the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation, can be reached at 651-755-5037.

Howard Lake Fire Chief Daryl Taddy Drusch(1)


Community meal

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Everyone is welcome to enjoy a pasta buffet with a variety of toppings and sauces Thursday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake. This will be a free meal, but is open to donations to support.