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Mayer City Council approves site plan for Carver County Veterans Memorial

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council, during its Aug. 22 meeting, approved a site plan for the proposed Carver County Veterans Memorial. The memorial and associated parking lot will be located near the Dakota Rail Regional Trail along Highway 25. Read more about it in the Aug. 29 issue of Herald Journal.

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.


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PHOTO GALLERY: Classic fun for all at Carver County Fair

CARVER COUNTY, MN – The Carver County Fair in Waconia was a fun-for-all gathering from Aug. 10-14. From mini donuts to the animal barns to the Ferris wheel, there was something for everyone to do. CLICK HERE to see the photo gallery.


Local asparagus farm grows sustainably

DASSEL, MN – From the top of the hill, it may be hard to see the plants emerging from the ground. But with a closer look, it’s easy to see the hundreds and hundreds of asparagus that have changed the land they grow on.

“We have 16,000 crowns of asparagus planted,” Kevyn Herdklotz said. “The amount of asparagus each crown produces really varies. In full maturity, each one produces 2 to 4 pounds a season, depending on variety.”

Herdklotz plans to expand the farm in the future by putting in another 15,000 crowns of asparagus, as well as other plants.

“I’m going to be putting in garlic, and more fruit trees,” Herdklotz said.  “We’ve mostly just been working on getting all the asparagus in, which takes a couple of years.”

Herdklotz values keeping plants natural and growing sustainably.

“I like growing asparagus because it feels like it’s part of a natural environment, rather than something you’re forcing nature to do,” Herdklotz said. “I don’t weed the fields in order to keep plant diversity, which creates an environment for frogs, spiders, and other natural predators to the asparagus beetle.”

Read the full story, as well as many other farm-related articles in this month’s Farm Horizons. To subscribe, call our office at 320-485-2535, or click here.




Carver Co. man dies after being ejected from vehicle

CARVER COUNTY, MN – A 23-year-old man died after being ejected from his vehicle in Victoria Monday evening (Aug. 1), according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies determined that Austin Simenson of Victoria was traveling south on CSAH 11, just south of Hackamore Drive in Victoria, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the west ditch. The vehicle overturned, ejecting Simenson before coming to rest on its side.

Witnesses reported seeing Simenson’s vehicle swerving aggressively back and forth before leaving the roadway. The paved roadway was level, dry, and free of debris. Simenson was traveling alone, and deputies do not believe he was wearing his seatbelt.

Simenson suffered severe injuries during the crash, and was treated at the scene by Victoria Fire Department and Ridgeview Ambulance. He was transported to 212 Medical Center in Chaska, then to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.