Archive for Winsted

Plant sale in Winsted May 14-16

The Winsted Lake Watershed Association will host a plant sale in the Koch building across from Holy Trinity High School in Winsted Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 from 8:30 am to 6 pm; and Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 am to noon.

Winsted council to consider airport items

WINSTED, MN – Winsted City Council will consider a bond sale, award of a bid for parking lot improvements and a turf taxiway, and a bond sale related to the Winsted Municipal Airport Tuesday.

Other items on the agenda include plans for a pond at the industrial park, an audit report, and a bond sale for the McLeod Ave. project.

Workshop items include the city parking ordinance and extension of the waste removal contract.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting is not open to the public in person, but residents are welcome to watch via public access cable.

Roundabout in the works for Hwy. 7 between Winsted and Lester Prairie

WINSTED, LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Planning to improve safety on Highway 7 and McLeod County Rd. 1 between Winsted and Lester Prairie is underway, according to Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt, director of public engagement, MnDOT District 8

Thist is a joint project between MnDOT and McLeod County.  Both groups worked together to submit the project for funding with federal safety dollars, and they have been notified that those safety funds were awarded for this project.  ”This intersection has been the site of a number of crashes, with some that resulted in serious injuries.   Over a five year period between 2013 and 2017, there were 18 crashes at the intersection which is more than what would be expected at this type of rural intersection,”  Lighthizer-Schmidt stated.

Roundabouts show an 86 percent decrease in fatal crashes, an 83 percent decrease in life-altering injury crashes, and a 42 percent overall decrease in the injury crash rate at intersections.

“Design for the roundabout at County Road 1 is just getting started, so we don’t yet know the exact size and configuration of the design, but expect it will generally look and work the same as the other roundabouts on Highway 7.  It will be a single lane roundabout.  As part of the design process, we review the types and size of vehicles that use the intersection and design it so that the roundabout can accommodate those vehicles.   We know there are larger trucks that use County Road 1 going to and from Lester Prairie, Winsted and beyond.  We also evaluate past permits that have been issued for oversize vehicles that have traveled on Highway 7 to inform our design of the roundabout.

“After we work this summer on the preliminary design, our current plan is to bring information to the public,” she noted.

Watch future editions of Herald Journal for more information as this project develops.






McLeod County Board of Commissioners to host Tues., April 28 special meeting

MCLEOD COUNTY – The McLeod County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Tues., April 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the McLeod County Fairgrounds Agribition Building, located at 840 Century Avenue SW, in Hutchinson. The meeting will also be available via Zoom.  To join the Zoom meeting, visit:; or dial by phone: 1-312-626-6799. The Meeting ID is: 960 5707 9723.
Discussion at the session will be about the potential of abatement of property tax penalties due to COVID-19.
Due to the current public health emergency, attendance at this meeting in-person is not encouraged.
Participation is encouraged via the video conferencing. Those who must attend this meeting in-person must practice social distancing during the meeting. Attendance guidelines may be adjusted based on recommendations by governing agencies.

McLeod County Board requests end to stay-at-home order

MCLEOD COUNTY – The McLeod County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution requesting Minnesota Governor Tim Walz officially end the state’s stay-at-home order at its meeting Tuesday.

The resolution reads, in part, “The County of McLeod Board of Commissioners requests the Governor of Minnesota, Timothy Walz, end the Stay-at-Home order for Minnesota on May 4, 2020 in an effort to resume activities and operations that contribute to the economic recovery of McLeod County, Minnesota, and the United States of America.”

Commissioners expressed gratitude for the time given to prepare the medical industry for the impact of COVID-19, and for educating citizens to slow the infection rate through social distancing.They also indicated a need to proceed with caution.  “I would caution the public to remember that should we have another recurrence of this pandemic, an emergency break out, we need to be smart about handling this,” Board Member Rich Pohlmeier said. “It will take time to figure all this out.”


Book drop now open at Winsted Library

WINSTED, MN – The book drop at the Winsted Public Library is now open for returns. However, the library remains closed at this time.