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Camper loses roof after striking bridge in Howard Lake

HOWARD LAKE, MN – The 11-foot-7-inch bridge on Wright County Road 6 in Howard Lake claimed another victim the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 18 when a camper struck the bridge, causing the camper’s roof to be peeled off. Submitted photos courtesy of Thom Bogdan.
































What happened to the front page of the Herald Journal?

WRIGHT, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the newspaper industry in Minnesota.

We joined nearly 200 newspapers across the state in running front pages with no news this week to get attention and make the point: “What if there was no local newspaper?”

The media landscape is constantly changing, but new media does not replace what existed.

Radio did not replace newspapers, TV did not replace radio, and although the internet and social media significantly changed the game, the others are still in place.

Technology allows the new media forms to make many things instant, even to the point of livestreaming crimes in progress.

At the same time, it allows many people a voice, which can create problems, including:

• overload: there is such an avalanche of media messages coming at us every day in so many forms that one must learn to block much of it out and find ways to key in to those that really matter.

• abuse: anybody can say almost anything and present it in a manner to suit their purpose – thus “fake news” is born.

So what’s a person to do?

Well, when something important is taking place, who are you going to turn to? Whether it’s a foreign country launching missiles at us, or the city council preparing to raise property taxes, who are you going to believe?

It’s the trusted media outlets that have over time established their credibility by presenting the “true news” as well as possible.

By the way, the real front page and everything else you’d expect this week is in the paper, just not on the front page.

Minnesota "Whiteout"
Minnesota “Whiteout”

HLWW to approve contracts Monday

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Included on the agenda for the Monday, Aug. 14 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting is approval of the superintendent contract and evaluation, as well as approval of the activities director contract.

Other items to be discussed include paraprofessional staffing, a combined polling site, enrollment, and more.

Look for coverage in the Friday, Aug. 18 edition of the Herald Journal.

Red Cross Disaster Action Team needs volunteers

HUTCHINSON – The Red Cross Disaster Action Team is looking for volunteers in our area. A training event is planned for Saturday, Aug. 26  from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the  Hutchinson Public Library.

At this event, you will meet other volunteers while training to help your community by bringing healing and hope after a home fire or other disaster as a Red Cross volunteer. Lunch will be provided.

The Hutchinson Library is located at 50 Hassan Street SE in Hutchinson. For more information, or to reserve your spot, email, or call (507) 387-6664, ext. 1504.

HLWW schedules early childhood screenings Friday, Aug. 18

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District has scheduled early childhood screening for 3-and-one-half- to 5-year-olds Friday, Aug. 18 at the HLWW High School  media center.

The screening will begin  at 8 a.m. at the high school, located at 8700 Co Rd 6 SW, Howard Lake.

Early childhood screening is a wonderful way for children to have possible health or learning concerns identified early, and get help before starting school. During the early childhood screening, qualified staff will check your child’s vision, hearing, growth, immunization status, and assess thinking, communication and language, large and small muscles, and social/emotional development. All of this information is important for your child’s continued learning and readiness for future school success.

After the screening, you will be given a report of your child’s learning and growth, parenting tips, and developmental information.

If your child has been previously screened through Head Start, at another location, or by your healthcare provider, this screening is not necessary.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 121A.17, subdivision 1 states that every school board must provide for a mandatory program of early childhood developmental screening for children at least once before school entrance, targeting children who are between 3-and-a-half to 5 years old. This screening is a mandatory requirement for a student who will be attending a public school, and it is free.  The children also have a fun time doing it.

If your child is age 3-and-one-half to 5 years old, and needs screening, contact District Licensed School Nurse, Jolie Holland, RN at cell/text: 763-219-2469 or email:  to schedule an appointment.

Howard Lake Farmers Market flourishing in second season

HOWARD LAKE - The Howard Lake Farmers Market resembles a hearty tomato plant in the Minnesota sunshine: it is vibrant, packed with nutrition, and beautiful to behold.

Howard Lake’s farmers market is sponsored by the Howard Lake Chamber of Commerce.  The market is open the first and third Saturdays of each month, from June through September, and is located in the city’s Memorial Park. The market is open from 8 am to noon.

The market’s coordinator is Myra Laway. “I was wanting an outlet for fresh and local produce,” she recently said.   “Along with that came an outlet for my own passion, canning,  preserves and baked goods.”

All of Laway’s ideas came to fruition when the Howard Lake Farmers Market opened for business in 2016.

Items for sale at the market do change as the growing season progresses, and as more artisans jump on board to show off their wares.

Typically, the Howard Lake Farmers Market offers selections of garden-fresh produce, jams, BBQ sauce, honey, specialty breads, baked goods, farm fresh eggs, fudge and cupcakes, local artists’ paintings, soaps, wood working, fishing lures, and jewelry.

Different produce comes into  the market as the growing season moves along, and so do new and natural products.  Free popcorn and coffee are part of the deal, as well.

Presently, the season is ripe to receive the local harvest of sweet corn, cucumbers and zucchini.

The Power of Produce Club was also started this season.  It is a farmers market incentive program for children, offered at farmers markets throughout the nation.  Each week, children ages 4 to 12 receive a $2 token to spend on their choice of fresh fruits or vegetables.

The intent of the POP Club is to engage young people, and assist them in discovering good food choices for themselves.

The market always welcomes new vendors. Laway indicated there is a nominal fee for vendor participation, but it goes down dramatically the more markets the vendor attends.

“There is a fee of $15 for the first market,” she said, “or a break for multiple markets at $55 to attend four markets, or $100 to attend all nine markets in the season.”

The rules for inventory aren’t very hard. “We accept all produce vendors, along with homemade and  handmade items from crafters and artisans,” Laway said.  “Direct sales are also welcome.”

For more information about becoming a vendor, see the Howard Lake Farmers Market Facebook page.

The next Howard Lake Farmers Market will take place Saturday, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon, at Memorial Park.