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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”

PHOTO GALLERY: Carver County Fair

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Photos from the Carver County Fair have been uploaded to the Herald Journal photo gallery. View them at

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.

New Germany City Council looks at engineering issues

NEW GERMANY – Members of the New Germany City Council want a better picture of where their engineering dollars go. The council and representatives of Bolton & Menk, the city’s current engineering firm, discussed the issue at the council’s Aug. 2 meeting.

According to City Clerk/Treasurer Twyla Menth, Mayor Steve VanLith explained the city is looking at different options and price comparisons from other engineering firms.

Bolton & Menk staffers Sheila Krohse and Josh Eckstein were present to address council concerns.

Krohse gave the council an overview regarding how long Bolton & Menk has worked for New Germany, and how important the city is to the engineering firm. She told the council her firm’s staffers understand how tight city budgets can be, and noted that Eckstein lives nearby, and is always available to the council.  The council took no action on the matter.

Where’s the flow go?

Mike Barthel, with PeopleService, updated the council about the city’s water and sewer system. Barthel reviewed the quarterly report and answered council members’ questions.

VanLith suggested further investigation was needed in the alleys. Krohse interjected something appeared to be happening with the water flows in the area. Flows have increased over the past two years.

Maintaining the machines

VanLith told the council he had changed the oil in the new mower at 20 hours, as recommended by Bob’s Repair. The next oil change will be at 100 hours. He said the batteries were dead in the Bobcat and generator, and he replaced both. VanLith also told the council the City of Waconia had jet- vacuumed New Germany’s storm drains on Aug. 1.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• heard council member Ty Turnquist’s report about the city’s new message sign. The sign is slated for installation following the fire department’s ball tournament. Parks capital funds will be used to pay for necessary sign parts, and then the fund will be reimbursed by the city’s Commercial Club and fire department relief association.

• noted there were no new building permits or complaints to review.

Craft Beer Festival Sat. Sept. 9, 2017 – Winsted, MN

SPONSORED POST: For a chance to sample beer, wine, & spirits from more than 20 local and national vendors, look no further than the St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival in Winsted. In addition to the sampling, food will be served at the event including burgers, brats, pork chops, pizza, bottled water, & pop.


This 4th annual event will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Winstock Country Music Festival grounds. Gates will open at 2 p.m.

Only those 21 and older, with a valid ID, will be allowed to enter. Participants will receive a commemorative mug to use for the 2-ounce beer and wine samples, and they will be able to vote for their favorite beverage.


Tickets can be purchased online at, St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, or at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted.

Early bird tickets will be $25 through August 15, 2017. At the gate, tickets will be $35 each. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each, and include a mug and non-alcoholic beverages.

There is no charge for parking.

New Germany National Night Out delights many with prizes

NEW GERMANY – New Germany hosted a National Night Out event Aug. 1, which included a drawing for a variety of prizes.

The winners and their prizes are:


Dane Goenner – hat and T-shirt.

Nora Stienesser – backpack.

Anton Evans – T-shirt and cap.

Brock Lehrke – mug and hat.

Carson Coil – hat and T-shirt.

Kade Coil – hat and T-shirt.

Colby Henning – backpack.

Grayson Latzig – backpack.


Trenny Hentges – hat and mug.

Mary Fillbrandt – mug and hat.

Chuck Dahlke – mug and cap.

John Latzig – Carver County Fair T-shirt and passes to the fair.

Anders Turnquist – Carver County Fair T-shirt and passes to the fair.

Franklin Schoenke – Carver County Fair T-shirt and passes to the fair.

Scott Hazel – cap and mug.

Matt Roepke – Carver County Fair T-shirt and passes to the fair.