Archive for Hot Topics

UPDATE: Cause of truck fire at Munson Lakes Nutrition Monday night a mystery

HL.fireFLAMES

UPDATED – HOWARD LAKE – Jami Berg was an eyewitness on the scene of a truck fire at Munson Lakes Nutrition Monday night, and captured the image above.  “I happened to notice it because the smoke was coming across Highway 12 and we thought it was fog at first, which seemed odd,” Berg said.  Berg said his father, Joey, placed the call to 911, and the Howard Lake Fire Department was on-scene within three to four minutes.

Brian J. Yager, a Safety Compliance/Credit Manager for Munson Lakes Nutrition said Wednesday afternoon that the cause of the fire remains a mystery.

Yager confirmed the Munson Lake Nutrition-owned vehicle involved was a delivery van/truck used for the transportation of bagged animal food.  Yager also indicated the vehicle was nearly a total loss, but said the lift gate might be salvageable. No one was injured during the incident, and Yager confirmed there was no further property damage.

Both Yager and Munson Lakes Nutrition General Manager John Zander expressed “high regard” for the fast action of the Howard Lake Fire Department.

See the Friday, Sept. 21 edition of Herald Journal for additional information.

 

 

 

Broker confirms sale of LP’s former Prairie Market grocery building

LESTER PRAIRIE – ReMax Commercial Broker Douglas Harris confirmed today that the former Prairie Market grocery store building at 26 Juniper Street has been sold.  Closing on the property took place Aug. 31.

Former owners Mark and Linda Detlefsen purchased the grocery store in 2008 from Dan and Shari Wagner, who had purchased the business in 2006.  The Detlefsens operated the grocery store until early this year, closing it permanently Jan. 26.

Harris indicated the new owners, an investment group, allegedly intend to open a bakery in the building.

Lester Prairie’s Economic/Community Developement Coordinator Adam Birkholz knows rumors have been circulating about the building‘s fate.  As of today, Birkholz said, no one has approached him regarding potential city Economic Development Authority (EDA) opportunities at the former grocery store building.  No one has inquired about planning and zoning issues related to the property, either.

Watch this blog and Herald Journal for updates.

 

Resurfacing project on Highway 7 begins Aug. 29

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – A resurfacing project on Highway 7 near Silver Lake is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 29. Paving will occur on Highway 7 from just east of Silver Lake to the junction of Highway 25.

The road will be reduced to one lane and a pilot car will be directing traffic. Motorists should anticipate delays. Benefits of the project include a smoother road surface and extending the life of the pavement.

The project is estimated to cost $3.1 million and to be complete by Oct. 12. Central Specialties is the contractor.

For more information, visit www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy7silverlake.

 

 

 

MnDOT asks motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zones. Remember, orange cones, no phones. Motorists who speed through a work zone or who disobey work zone flaggers face a $300 fine.

 

 

 

Plan ahead for your travel using 511. For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-14 or visit www.511mn.org.

 

www.mndot.gov

 

 

Missing Osseo man’s cell phone pinged in Waverly

WAVERLY, MN – The cell phone of a missing Osseo man pinged in Waverly. Family members put up flyers in the area asking for help locating the man, WCCO reported. See the story HERE.

Semi/car collision crashes onto Shadowbrooke Golf Course

accident89

McLEOD COUNTY – A semi-truck and a passenger vehicle collided at the intersection of State Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 1/ Babcock Avenue at approximately 9:15 a.m. today.

The impact of the crash sent both vehicles onto the southeast corner of the Shadowbrooke Golf Course.

Street signs on the corner of the intersection were broken off and landed by the vehicles, and a nearby power pole was damaged.

The driver of the car – the lone occupant – was transported to an area hospital by Ridgeview Ambulance.

Lester Prairie Police and Fire Departments, Winsted Fire and Rescue, and the McLeod County Sheriff were among the departments responding to the scene.

Traffic was not stopped in any direction, however law enforcement was directing traffic through the area slowly.

More details regarding the accident will be published as they become available.  Watch for them here and in the Aug. 10 edition of Herald Journal.

Letters to the editor policy

WINSTED, MN – Letters to the Editor policy 2018
Letters are welcome at Herald Journal (news@heraldjournal.com) and will be printed whenever possible. We may edit them for grammar, style, etc.
Letters should be 300 words or fewer.
Those referring to a previous letter may be edited to avoid embarrassment for the original writer. Please address the issue in question, but do not attack another writer.
Form letters sent to numerous newspapers, or from writers beyond our circulation area, may be rejected unless the letter significantly contributes value to the viewpoints page.
All letters must carry at least one writer’s name and city of residence. If it is on behalf of a group or organization, that may be stated, but the letter must be from a person(s).
Please include a daytime phone number (not for publication)  for verification when submitting your letter.
POLITICAL/CAMPAIGN LETTERS
Each person is limited to two letters of a political/campaign nature during the “political season” which is defined the opening of the filing period through Election Day.
We will not publish form letters that are political in nature, or endorse or condemn a candidate for office.
We do not promise or guarantee that all letters will be published.
Preference will be given to local letter writers. We typically do not publish letters from writers outside our core circulation area. Those from outside our core circulation area may contact our display advertising department and purchase an ad to get their message published.
We will publish one announcement when a candidate announces he/she will run for office, either at the time of the announcement or at the time the candidate files. These will run in the news section and will be limited to a maximum of 100 words and include a mug shot photo if provided by the candidate.
We may publish letters in the final issue before an election, but not late attacks or charges that cannot be responded to. The editor is responsible for preventing such occurrences, and will err on the side of safety when necessary.
“Legislative updates” from current elected officials will be considered separate from letters to the editor, provided they are issue-based, rather than political in nature.