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Howard Lake’s Pit Stop million dollar lottery ticket winner claims prize

WAVERLY – A woman from Waverly has a lot of be thankful for this Thanksgiving after claiming a $1 million Powerball® prize.

The $1 million Powerball prize was claimed by Jean Davis of Waverly Nov. 22. Davis won a $1 million Powerball prize Aug. 23—the same drawing that the $758 million jackpot, Powerball’s second-largest prize ever, was won in Massachusetts.

Davis purchased her winning ticket at Pit Stop, located at 620 Dutch Lake Drive, in Howard Lake. The winning Powerball numbers  Aug. 23 were 6-7-16-23-26 and the Powerball was 4.

Despite injury, Vietnam vet considers himself ‘lucky’

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – The horrors Ron Widel experienced in the Vietnam War are over – but he still carries the memories 50 years later.

“I wasn’t in Vietnam very long before I realized it was totally an insane environment,” he said during Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District’s Veterans Day program Nov. 10.

Early on, Widel served as a machine gunner. While he was out with a few other men, they were attacked. The driver was hit in the head by enemy gunfire and died instantly. The other machine gunner, George, pushed the driver out and took over the controls.

“I grabbed both machine guns and started laying fire in all directions,” Widel said.

Although they did their best to avoid enemy fire, George ended up getting seriously wounded.

“I had blood coming out of both ears and had difficulty hearing; otherwise I was OK,” Widel said.

Then, someone tripped an improvised explosive device (IED).

Look for the rest of the story in the Friday, Nov. 17 edition of the Herald Journal.

Public hearing Tuesday for Winsted airport project

WINSTED, MN – A public hearing will take place during the Tuesday, Nov. 21 Winsted City Council meeting to give citizens an opportunity to comment on the airport runway project. After the hearing, the council plans to officially change its plans to a reconstructed turf runway surface.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the council chambers. A work session will take place prior, at 5 p.m. in the Lewis Room of city hall, to discuss a lift station improvement project.

Look for coverage of both meetings in upcoming editions of the Herald Journal.

Winners announced in Winsted Winter Festival design contest

WINSTED, MN – This year’s Winsted Winter Festival button design (pictured below) was created by Emily Dressel.

The second-place winner was Taren Poulton, and third place went to Emily Guggemos.

Buttons can be purchased for $2 each, for a chance to win $100, $75, or $50 in Winsted Bucks. The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf will receive 50 cents for each button sold. Buttons can be purchased at Security Bank & Trust, Glenn’s SuperValu, JoEllens New Image Salon, Keaveny Drug, Pantry Café, Blue Note, Winsted Public Library, and from members of the Winsted Royalty.

The winter festival will take place Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2. Look for details in the Friday, Nov. 24 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

Winterfest Button

One hurt in multi-vehicle crash near Winsted

WINSTED, MN – One person was injured in a three-vehicle crash just east of Winsted yesterday evening (Nov. 16), according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office responded to the area of 245th St. and Zion Avenue at about 5:51 p.m. Also responding were the Minnesota State Patrol, Winsted Fire Department, and Ridgeview Ambulance.

The first vehicle, a 2011 Black Cadillac, sustained damage and the driver was transported to Ridgeview Hospital by ambulance, according to the sheriff’s office.

The second vehicle was a John Deere tractor pulling two grain wagons. After the crash, one wagon was found detached and sitting in the middle of the intersection with a broken frame; the second wagon was on the side of the road, still attached to the tractor. The frame of that wagon was also damaged.

The third vehicle, a 1991 White Chevrolet Corsica, sustained more than $1,000 in damage. The sheriff’s office reported that the driver and two passengers did not receive any injuries.

Names have not yet been released.


Counterfeit $100 bill found in Winsted

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted Police Department received a report of a counterfeit $100 bill passed at a local business this morning (Nov. 17).

Police Chief Justin Heldt said the counterfeit bill looks like the most recent version of a $100 bill, but the blue line through the center is a different hue of blue, and the front surface of the bill is glossy rather than matte. Also, when the bill is turned over, the back is upside down.

Heldt reminds businesses to be aware of the possibility of counterfeit bills, and to call the police department right away at (320) 485-2600 if they suspect that a counterfeit is being given to them.

The top bill is the counterfeit found in Winsted Nov. 17, while the bottom one is real.

The top bill is the counterfeit found in Winsted Nov. 17, while the bottom one is real.

The back of the counterfeit (pictured on top) is facing the wrong direction.

The back of the counterfeit (pictured on top) is facing the wrong direction.