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Online edition available early Thursday, Feb. 23, print edition delayed by one day

Due to the impending weather, Herald Journal Publishing has decided to release the online versions of our weekly newspapers early Thursday, Feb. 23.

So if you subscribe to the Herald Journal, Delano Herald Journal, or the Enterprise Dispatch, you will soon be able to spend your time curled up at home with a warm blanket, reading all of the great stories we have for you.

Unfortunately, due to the weather, the print copy of the newspaper will be delayed by one day. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Our offices will be closed Thursday, Feb. 23, and reopen Friday, Feb. 24.


MNDOT announces winners of “Name a Snowplow” contest

Yer a Blizzard, Harry and Blizzo join the state’s snowplow fleet as winners of the 2023 “Name a Snowplow” contest, along with six other popular names, the Minnesota of Transportation announced today Wednesday, Feb. 8.

More than 64,000 voters cast a ballot in the contest. One newly named snowplow will be assigned to each of MnDOT’s eight districts.

The winning names, in order of vote totals, and their future homes are:

  • Yer a Blizzard, Harry – District 8 (Southwest Minnesota)
  • Blizzo – Metro District (Twin Cities)
  • Clearopathtra – District 1 (Northeast Minnesota)
  • Better Call Salt – District 3 (Central Minnesota)
  • Han Snowlo – District 7 (South Central Minnesota)
  • Blader Tot Hotdish – District 2 (Northwest Minnesota)
  • Scoop! There it is – District 6 (Southeast Minnesota)
  • Sleetwood Mac – District 4 (West Central Minnesota)

The agency invited people to submit creative ideas for snowplow names in December 2022. After receiving more than 10,400 name ideas, MnDOT staff narrowed the list to 60 finalists for the public to vote on. This is the third year that MnDOT has hosted the annual Name a Snowplow contest.

MnDOT now has 25 named snowplows statewide, including Plowy McPlowFace, Betty Whiteout, Duck Duck Orange Truck and The Big Leplowski. In addition to the 24 named snowplows selected through “Name a Snowplow” contests, staff in District 1 chose to add a named snowplow to their region in 2022. Giiwedin, the Ojibwe word for the North Wind, is stationed at MnDOT’s Duluth Truck Station and covers Highway 33 near the Fond du Lac Reservation.

MnDOT will share additional information on its social media pages once the new 2023 names are placed on the snowplows.


Mid-County Coop’s FALL/WINTER 2022-2023 Messenger is now available to read



Inside volume 42 of the Mid-County Messenger you will learn more about Mid-County’s different departments including Agronomy, Energy, the Auto, Truck & Tire Center, and more! There’s updates and information available for each department in the co-op containing information and updates on the successes and experiences or the last half year. READ NOW

CLICK HERE to see all the past Mid-County Newsletters too dating back to spring of 2006. Come see how Mid-County has grown over the years as well as all that’s going on now!

Montrose man injured in possible DUI crash

Two people, including 31-year old Michael Schug of Montrose, suffered life-threatening injuries during a traffic collision in Rockford Township Friday, Dec. 23.

Per the Minnesota State Patrol’s incident report, the crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 25 and 10th street southeast near Buffalo, where Schug’s Dodge Caravan collided with a Jeep Cherokee operated by 64-year old Fred Schimdt of St. Bonifacius.

Officers from the Buffalo Police Department and Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash.

The airbags of each vehicle deployed during the crash, and Schug and Schmidt sustained life-threatening injuries, prompting first responders to transport the individuals to hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

Schug was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, while Schmidt was taken to North Memorial Hospital. Their current conditions are unknown.

Both drivers were reported to have been wearing their seatbelts; however, the report indicated that Schmidt was under the influence of alcohol, which is suspected to have played a role in the crash that remains under investigation.


St. Boni man taken to North Memorial after Buffalo accident

The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) said the crash happened on Highway 25 at about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23.
The crash involved a Jeep Cherokee and a Minivan which collided at the intersection 10th Street Southeast in Buffalo.
Thirty-one-year-old Michael Schug of Montrose was taken to HCMC with life-threatening injuries.
Sixty-four-year-old Fred Schmidt of Saint Bonifacius was taken to North Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.


Mid-County Coop is now hiring a Full-Time Administrative Assistant


Mid-County Coop, a growing, locally owned, full service cooperative in Cologne, MN is seeking an administrative assistant. Office experience with Word, Excel and standard administrative skills is preferred. Full-time day hours, competitive wage and excellent benefits package.
Please contact Marsi Motschenbacher at
(952)466-3720, email cover letter and resume to or mail to:
Marsi Motschenbacher, Mid-County Coop
PO Box 177, Cologne, MN 55322
Mid-County Coop is looking to fill a variety of other positions in all departments immediately, visit to see all the openings.