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Fatal collision on Highway 25 in Buffalo leaves one dead

A fatal incident occurred earlier today at the intersection of Highway 25 and Catlin Street in Buffalo, leaving one person dead. The collision involved a westbound 2004 Chrysler Crossfire and a northbound 2020 Buick Envision. Authorities responded swiftly to the scene, but one individual succumbed to their injuries despite their efforts.

The accident occurred at approximately 9:52 a.m., catching the attention of local authorities and emergency services. Preliminary reports suggest that the Chrysler Crossfire and the Buick Envision collided within the intersection, resulting in a devastating impact. Details surrounding the circumstances leading up to the incident remain unclear at this time.

According to the available information, road conditions were reported as dry during the time of the collision. Multiple agencies, including the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Police and Fire departments, Allina Ambulance, and MNDOT, coordinated their efforts to provide immediate assistance to those involved in the accident.

The two vehicles involved in the collision were identified as a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire and a 2020 Buick Envision. Although the airbag in the Buick Envision deployed upon impact, the Chrysler Crossfire’s airbag remained undeployed. The driver of the Chrysler Crossfire, an 88-year-old male from Buffalo, Minnesota, tragically lost his life in the accident. Authorities have withheld the release of his identity until further notice.

Similarly, the identities of the Buick Envision’s driver, a 63-year-old female from Delano, and her passenger, a 53-year-old female from Howard Lake, have been withheld pending notification of their families. Authorities have announced that the details regarding the individuals involved will be released at 11:30 p.m. tonight.

As the investigation into the incident continues, local law enforcement encourages anyone with additional information or potential witnesses to come forward. They urge individuals to contact the case information hotline at 320-223-6666.

The article will be updated as more information becomes available.


Multiple vehicle accident in Winsted near Wildcat Ballpark

What appears to be a multiple vehicle accident occurred approximately at 12:20 p.m. in Winsted. The accident cause traffic to back up on both sides of the street. First responders from Winsted emergency  and Fire Department were on scene including  McLeod County Sheriff’s deputies. 20230601_121519

HLWW School Board selects Nate Walbruch as next superintendent

Completing its search for a new superintendent, the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board is pleased to announce that Nate Walbruch has been selected as the district’s next superintendent effective on July 1.

Current Superintendent Brad Sellner will be completing his term on June 30. Nate Walbruch and the Board are working on the terms of a tentative agreement which will be finalized at a public meeting in the near future.

“We were very excited to have an excellent field of candidates for the Superintendent position. We interviewed several candidates, and the field was narrowed to three finalists. We reference checked and invited the three candidates back to the district for a second round of interviews,” Board Chair Michelle Heuer said. “We liked all the finalists, but Nate Walbruch emerged as the right fit for our district.“

Nate Walbruch has been the High School Principal at Century High School in Rochester, MN since 2021. He has been a Principal in Plainview-Elgin-Millvile, MN and a Vice Principal in Porter Ridge Elementary in Indian Trail, NC.

He has an Educational Specialist Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from Winona State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Wingate University.

Winsted public hearing: planned unit development

All interested persons are hereby notified that the Winsted Planning Commission, acting as the Board of Adjustment and Appeals, will meet to conduct a public hearing on a request for variances under a planned unit development (PUD) in the SL Shoreland Overlay District for Grass Lake, a Natural Environment Lake, for Grass Lake Farm Third Addition to increase the density in Tier 2 by twenty-eight units from the seven units allowed for a total of thirty-five units in Tier 2; to increase the lot coverage for Lot 1, Block 1 and Lot 1, Block 2 Grass Lake Farm Third Addition over the required 25% lot coverage requirement; to reduce the open space dedication requirement of 50%; and to exceed the height requirement for a principal structure of twenty-five feet by four feet for a total height of twenty-nine feet in a planned unit development (PUD) in the SL Shoreland Overlay District on property with the following PID numbers 211260010, 211260020, 211260030, 211260040, 211260050, 211260060, 211260070, 211260080, 211260090, 211260100, 211260110, 211260120, 211260130, 211260140, 211260150, 211260160, 211260170, 211260180, 211260190, 211260200, 211260210, 211260220, 211260230, 211260240, 211260250, 211260260, 211260270, 211260280, 211260290, 211260300, 211260310, 211260320, 211260340, 211260350, 211260360, 211260370 and 211260380 and legally described as follows:
GRASS LAKE FARM SECOND ADDITION, according to the recorded plat thereof, McLeod County, Minnesota, less and except Lot 23, Block 2, said GRASS LAKE FARM SECOND ADDITION, and less and except Main Avenue West, as dedicated in said GRASS LAKE FARM SECOND ADDITION.
The variances, if approved, would allow for the consideration of a PUD and preliminary plat approval for Grass Lake Farm Third Addition.
The Winsted Planning Commission will hold the public hearing on Monday, June 12, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 – 1st Street North in Winsted. If you so desire, you may attend the public hearing, either in person or by agent or attorney, to make comments in opposition to or support of the request. If you would like to make comments but will be unable to attend the hearing, you may do so in writing by mailing comments to the City of Winsted, P.O. Box 126, Winsted, MN 55395 or by email by emailing Written and emailed comments must include your name and property address.
Adam Birkholz
Interim City Administrator
Published in the Herald Journal, June 2, 2023. |

Watertown-Mayer School Board minutes 4/24/23

Regular Meeting
April 24, 2023
I. The regular meeting of the Watertown-Mayer School Board in the Watertown City Hall on Monday, April 24, 2023 was called to order at 6:05 PM by Chair Hunter Feldt. Board members present: Feldt, Burns, Schultz, Danielson, Guetzkow, and Neaton. Board members absent: Onell. Administrative team members present: Superintendent Schuler, HS Principal Hennen, MS Principal Guertin, ES Principal O’Connell, SPED Director Gronseth, CE Director Dimmler, Director of Teaching & Learning Vieau, and Activities Director Szymanski. Absent: None.
II. Visitor requests and consideration of the agenda. Visitor MMS (Motion made
and Seconded by) Danielson and Neaton to approve the agenda as presented.
Passes 6-0.
III. Consent Agenda
MMS Burns and Guetzkow to approve the following consent agenda items:
Regular Board Meeting of March 20, 2023; Personnel Consent Agenda; Business Consent Agenda. Passes 6-0.
IV. Recognitions/ Presentations/ Showcase:
-Activities Director Szymanski introduced Mercedes Burmeister as the Athena Award
Recipient for 2023.
-Mr. Hennen introduced the WM Robotics team advised by Jeremy Bosquez. Four current robotics participants gave a program overview of their program including a demonstration of their robot. The WM Robotics group has qualified for state competition on May 6th.
-Finance Director, Lisa Raiter, presented to the board the COVID Funding Review for FY 23 which includes the COVID funds received, spending of the funds, and update on the abatement bond process, and legislative updates that might affect funding.
V. Action Items -
A. MMS Feldt and Schulz to approve Resolution 23.02 reducing education programs and positions including 1.0 FTE MS teacher and 1.0 FTE HS teacher. Roll call vote: Ayes – Guetzkow, Neaton, Danielson, Schulz, Burns, Feldt. Nays – None. Passes 6-0.
B. MMS Burns and Neaton to approve Resolution 23.03 relating to the termination and nonrenewal of teaching staff: Dakota Streifel, Craig Schaefer, Stacy Palmer, and Monica Goodrum. Roll call vote: Ayes- Guetzkow, Neaton, Danielson, Schulz, Burns, Feldt. Nays – None. Passes 6-0.
C. MMS Danielson and Feldt to approve donations, contributions, and Fundraising. Passes 6-0.
D. MMS Burns and Feldt to approve the Watertown-Mayer Athletic/ Activity Fee Schedule for 2023-2024. Passes 6-0.
E. MMS Danielson and Guetzkow to approve the Watertown-Mayer 2028 Strategic Plan. This is the new strategic plan that will begin for the 2023 school year starting July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2028. Passes 6-0.
VI. Review/ Information Items -
A. ICS Representative Chris Rear gave updates to projects across the district.
B. Chair Feldt presented to the board the request to negotiate by Education Minnesota representing Education Support Professionals.
VII. Administrative Reports -
HS Principal Hennen, MS Principal Guertin, ES Principal O’Connell, CE Director Dimmler, Teaching & Learning Director Vieau, SPED Director Gronseth, and Superintendent Schuler all gave verbal reports.
VIII. Board Member Reports or open comments by School Board Directors -
Treasurer Erika Schulz gave a verbal report regarding a recent SW Metro meeting she attended.
IX. MMS by Guetzkow and Danielson to adjourn for a closed meeting for purposes of
Contract Negotiations at 7:54 PM and is duly passed.
X. MMS by Neaton and Feldt to open a closed session for purposes of contract negotiation strategies at 8:03 PM.
MMS by Burns and Schulz to close the session at 8:51 PM and is duly passed.
**NOTE: These published meeting minutes are only a summary. Full text is available for public inspection at the Watertown-Mayer District Offices or via the Watertown-Mayer School website:
Published in the Herald Journal, June 2, 2023. |

Lester Prairie School Board minutes 4/17/23

The Monday, April 17, 2023, Regular School Board meeting of the Lester Prairie ISD 0424 was called to order at 5:45 pm by Chairperson Hentges. After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Hentges, Engen, Christen, B. Heimerl, R. Heimerl, and Stifter-Knoll. Also present were Dr. Melissa Radeke, Principal Mike Lee, Jenna Wolff, and Alice Daak and guests: Christine Mattson and Austen Neaton from Herald Journal.
Motion by R. Heimerl and 2nd by Engen to approve a revision to the 2022-2023 School Calendar to include a contractual make-up day for teachers on May 31. Passed unanimously.
Motion by B. Heimerl and 2nd by Christen to approve the Resolution of Withdrawing from the Little Crow Telemedia Network (LCTN) effective June 2024. Passed unanimously.
Motion by R. Heimerl and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve the Revised Bills for March 2023 from $120,857.86 to $120,648.16. Passed unanimously.
Motion by B. Heimerl and 2nd by R. Heimerl to approve the following fundraiser for the 2022-23 school year: Student Council- Ice Cream fundraiser. Passed unanimously.
Motion by R. Heimerl and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll  to approve the FY24 School Family Health Service Agreement between Lester Prairie School District and Greater Minnesota Family Services. Passed unanimously.
Motion by B. Heimerl and 2nd by Engen to approve the following contracts:
Kira Heimerl – Kids Depot Student Worker
Anah Lee – Kids Depot Student Worker
Julie Malady – Summer School Teacher
Taylor Bayerl – Summer School Teacher
Jan Smith – Summer School Teacher
Vote 5 for, 0 against, R. Heimerl abstained
For the full report, visit the district website at District-School Board-Bd Meeting Minutes or view a copy in the district office.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:07 PM by Chair Hentges
Published in the Herald Journal, June 2, 2023. |