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Herald Journal office closed

The Herald Journal office will be closed Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1.

Free newspaper in digital format today

The Dec. 25 edition of the Herald Journal, published today, is in digital-only format and is available FREE to everyone, including non-subscribers.
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Free fresh food available Dec. 28

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Boxes of fresh produce and dairy products will be available for a drive-thru pick-up in the parking lot at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake Monday, Dec. 28 from 3 p.m. until gone.

All are welcome to the event, hosted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Therapeutic Foster Care information session – Tues., January 12

McLeod County – Membes of the public are encouraged to attend an informational meeting to learn about foster care in Minnesota.  Consider opening your heart and home by becoming a licensed foster family with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS).

The information session event is slated for Tue., January 12, 2021 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Information will be shared about our Therapeutic Foster Care program, the licensing process and how you can foster HOPE in the life of a child.

Registration and additional information is here:

Contact Jodi Raidt with questions at

For more information about foster care visit:

Santa to visit Lester Prairie Dec. 19

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Santa has informed the Lester Prairie Lions and the Lester Prairie Fire Department that he will be visiting town Saturday, Dec. 19, beginning at 3 p.m.

Santa will be riding a fire truck down every street in town, and through Prairie Ridge and East Park Estates.

The Lions and fire department will assist Santa on his route.

Watch for further details in next week’s Herald Journal.

Winsted Winter Festival events coming up

WINSTED, MN – Due to the pandemic, the Winsted Winter Festival has canceled some of their normal events. The medalion hunt is underway with new clues being posted each day. The hunt will continue until someone finds the medallion. The winner will be published once it’s found. The Winsted Winter Festival will also be having their residential lights contest. Participants are asked to turn on their lights by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16.