Archive for Howard Lake

Holiday schedule for Herald Journal

WINSTED, LESTER PRAIRIE, HOWARD LAKE, NEW GERMANY, MAYER, WATERTOWN, WAVERLY, MN – During the holidays this year, the Herald Journal will be published as usual on Fridays. However, our offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25 as well as Tuesday, Jan. 1. Deadlines remain at Wednesday noon for inclusion in Friday’s paper. Due to the reduced workdays, there may be a lag in processing subscription orders and renewals; please allow extra time for these orders to take effect.

Check out ‘Last Minute Monday’ specials

WINSTED, LESTER PRAIRIE, HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, NEW GERMANY, MAYER, WATERTOWN, MN – It’s almost here – see the new local promotion for “Last Minute Monday” which will be Dec. 17. A number of local and area businesses are offering great deals for one final day to finish off your holiday shopping needs. See the large ad inside today’s newspaper. It’s also online at and available for sharing.

Data breach reported in Wright County

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The following news release was issued Wednesday by Wright County officials:

A Wright County employee was found to have transferred private data to his home without authorization and in violation of county policy.

Based upon the investigation conducted by the county, no evidence has been found that indicates there was any sale or distribution of the private data. The data was recovered and returned to the county by law enforcement.

Since government agencies are held to a high standard for data protection, Wright County officials notified individuals because they felt citizens had a right to know this transpired – even though the data is back in the county’s possession.

Employees are required to complete multiple trainings about protecting citizen data annually, and the county has several policies in place.  This unfortunate decision by one individual to not follow policy has triggered this notification effort.

While the policy investigation is complete, a criminal investigation related to this employee’s actions is ongoing.

A company that specializes in data notification has been hired by Wright County to handle notifications and requests. Citizens are asked to use these resources to request further information:

Toll free information line: 866-680-3212.


Address for information:

Wright County Data Incident-6354


Minneapolis, MN 55440-0044

Individuals who did not get a letter from the county did not have data accessed in this incident.

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.

Santa and Mrs Claus spotted at HL Lions Club Dec. 2

HOWARD LAKE – Little ones got a big surprise when they stopped at the annual Howard Lake Lions pancake breakfast Dec. 2. Santa and Mrs. Claus were upstairs waiting to greet everyone, and listen to Christmas wishes.  (All proceeds from the freewill donation breakfast, which featured pancakes, french toast, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, desserts, coffee and juice, were designated for the Silent Santa program.)

Check out pictures of the famous duo and area visitors in our photo gallery, located here:

Howard Lake City Council to approve budget and levy

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council will approve the city’s 2019 budget and levy during a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4. The city’s annual truth in taxation hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and the council meeting will follow. Other items on the agenda include an animal ordinance amendment pertaining to chickens, and an agreement with the City of Buffalo for liquor store operations.