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Early deadlines are in effect for Sept. 1 issue

WRIGHT, McLEOD, AND CARVER COUNTIES – Early deadlines are in effect for the Labor Day holiday due to the press schedule. Ads and copy for the newspaper are due at noon Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Offices will be closed Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1.

Heidi Hoks named new Carver County library director

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County has announced that Carver County branch manager Heidi Hoks is the new library director. Hoks emerged as the top choice following a statewide search.

Hoks has managed the Waconia, Norwood Young America, and Watertown libraries since 2007. Previously, she was Youth Service Coordinator for the Great River Regional Library, a six-county regional library system headquartered in St. Cloud, and Assistant Library Director at the Northwest Regional Library, a five-county regional library system headquartered in Thief River Falls. She has also served as the President of the Minnesota Library Association. Hoks holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Minnesota. She has been involved in community groups ranging from the Waconia-West Carver Rotary Club to library, educational, and theater organizations too numerous to list.

“I am both excited and honored to lead such an excellent and innovative staff as we, the Library Board, the various Library Friends, the Library Foundation, and the County strive to keep our libraries ever evolving in order to best serve the needs of our public,” said Hoks.

Hoks’ first official day as library director was August 18. She welcomes suggestions on library issues and directions for the future. For more information about Carver County’s Libraries, visit

PHOTO GALLERY: Lester Prairie pool floatie night

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie pool had a floatie night Aug. 14 and 21. Check out our photos here and in Monday’s paper!

PHOTO GALLERY: McLeod County Fair

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Click here to see pictures from the 2014 McLeod County Fair.

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Select photos will also be printed in the Monday, Aug. 18 edition of the Herald Journal.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winsted Summer Festival 2014

WINSTED, MN – Click here to see photos of this year’s Winsted Summer Festival! More photos will be added throughout the weekend!


PHOTO GALLERY: Carver County Fair

CARVER COUNTY, MN – To see photos from the 2014 Carver County Fair, click here

Select photos will also be printed in the Monday, Aug. 11 edition of the Herald Journal.