Archive for Howard Lake

PHOTO GALLERY: HLWW homecoming coronation

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED – Click here for photos of the 2016 homecoming coronation at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. Select photos will be printed in the Monday, Sept. 26 edition.

HLWW homecoming court

HLWW homecoming court

Funeral notice: Vernon Yager, 91, of Waverly

WAVERLY, MN – Vernon Yager, 91, of Waverly, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at the Buffalo Hospital. His funeral service will be Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake; preceded by visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

City council meeting in Howard Lake Sept. 20

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council members will be discussing the 2017 preliminary levy and budget at the council meeting Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. There will also be a council work session at 5:30 p.m.

Other items on the agenda include the announcement and acceptance of Council Member Jan Gilmer’s resignation, as well as discussion of the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program.

Look for coverage in the Monday, Sept. 26 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Funeral notice: Lorren Glessing, 88, of Howard Lake

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Lorren Glessing, 88, of Howard Lake, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Good Samaritan Society of Howard Lake.  Funeral service will take place Monday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with interment at the Howard Lake Cemetery.  Visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with the Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted.

Freed from prison: Man convicted of murder released after serving nearly 11 years

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Terry Olson, 57, of Andover, was released from prison in Faribault Tuesday (Sept. 13), after serving more than a decade behind bars for a murder he insists he did not commit.

Olson was convicted in 2007 for the 1979 death of Jeff Hammill, 21, whose body was found on a rural road two miles north of Montrose that summer.

“Terry Olson has absolutely always maintained his innocence,” his attorney, David Schultz of Maslon’s Litigation Group, said the day after Olson’s release. Schultz noted that Olson was offered some “incredible deals” during the 2007 trial if he pleaded guilty, but consistently refused.

Olson was originally sentenced to 17 years in prison; he was re-sentenced Tuesday under the 1980 Minnesota sentencing guidelines, and immediately released from custody.

“In an agreement with my office, we agreed to re-sentence Mr. Olson to time served,” Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly noted. “. . . Being that Mr. Olson has already served more than what the sentencing guidelines called for in 1980, his conviction remains intact, and to bring finality to these proceedings we agreed to re-sentence Mr. Olson under the 1980 guidelines. Jeff Hammill’s family was brought into the discussion and agreed with the resolution regarding this matter.”

Kelly noted that “Mr. Olson wasn’t wrongfully charged, nor was he unlawfully convicted. He was convicted in a court of law by a jury of his peers.”

Schultz took a different view of the case, stating that he believes legal errors were made during the trial, which led to a wrongful conviction.

Look for the full story in the Monday, Sept. 19 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

HLWW property tax levy to go down

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Compared to last year, property owners in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District should see a decrease on the school portion of their taxes in 2017.

“Part of that is due to the reduction for asbestos,” Donna Wilson, SMS financial consultant, told board members at the Sept. 12 meeting.

She explained that the district levied almost $284,000 last year for health/safety, most of which was for asbestos removal in the old middle school.

This year, about $140,000 is proposed to be levied in that area, which will help complete asbestos work.

The school board certified the maximum preliminary 2017 property tax levy. Currently this number is $4,487,163, which is a $71,072 decrease from 2016.* The final levy will be set in December.

Look for more school board coverage in the Monday, Sept. 19 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

*The final levy number could be higher or lower than the preliminary levy. This post has been updated to reflect correct information regarding the levy process.