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‘No’ votes exceed ‘yes’ votes by a narrow margin in LP referendum, according to unofficial results

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – According to Lester Prairie Schools, the unofficial results of the May 14 referendum election included 465 yes votes and 470 no votes. Read more in the May 17 issue of Herald Journal.

New Germany seeks applicants for city council

NEW GERMANY, MN –  The City of New Germany is looking to fill a vacancy on the City Council. The person selected to fill the vacancy will hold the position until a special election is held on November 3, 2020, to elect an individual to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. A person interested in being appointed to fill the vacancy may choose to run in the election, but is not required to run for election.

Interested parties should submit council application packet and letter of interest by May 7, via email ( or deliver/mail to City Hall (P O Box 177, New Germany, MN 55367). In order to be appointed, applicants must be a resident of the City of New Germany, eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota, and be 21 years of age or more. Anyone who meets these requirements and is interested in helping to shape the future of New Germany, is encouraged to contact the city clerk-treasurer for a council application packet and submit a letter which includes why they are interested in the position, and why they think they would be a good representative of the residents of New Germany. Application packet and letters will be accepted until May 7,at 4:30 p.m. The council hopes to fill this vacancy at their May 21, 2019 meeting. Council applications may be requested by calling 952-353-2488, city office, Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by email.

LP administrator finalist withdraws his application

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council had a closed meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4 to meet with Scott Hildebrand, finalist for the city administrator position, to “discuss personal matters and negotiate an employment contract.” However, late that afternoon, Hildebrand withdrew from consideration. During the meeting, the council reviewed and worked on the employee agreement (contract) for the position, but no decisions were made. Consideration will be given to the second-place finalist for the administrator position. The council will likely discuss the matter further during its regular meeting Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

LP City Council schedules closed session to negotiate contract with administrator candidate

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council will meet in a special closed session at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at city hall “to discuss personal matters and negotiate an employment contract” with city administrator candidate Scott Hildebrand. This meeting is not open to the public.

LP School Board chooses MSBA to help with superintendent search

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Board, during its March 18 meeting, agreed to hire the Minnesota School Board Association to help with the district’s search for a new superintendent at a cost of $6,800. Read more in the March 22 issue of Herald Journal.

Lester Prairie recommends residents take action to avoid frozen pipes

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The City of Lester Prairie has received several reports of frozen residential water lines. The city recommends that residents monitor their water temperature, and if it is getting close to freezing UPDATE: IF THE WATER TEMPERATURE BEGINS HOVERING NEAR 45 DEGREES, they run a pencil-size stream of water running to help keep pipes from freezing. At this point, no water usage allowances have been approved. The city is recommending this action in the residents’ best interest to avoid damage and expense from frozen pipes.