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Douglas Kugler Eco-Site in Watertown to Close Permanently Dec. 30


The Douglas Kugler Eco-Site, which serves as a year-round recycling and special waste collection facility in the city of Watertown, will close for good Dec. 30, according to a press release. Economic conditions have forced the Adult Training and Habilitation Center (ATHC) to close the Eco-Site as it focuses on cost-effective programs within the non-profit.

Read more in the Dec. 8 issue of Herald Journal.

Howard Lake’s Pit Stop million dollar lottery ticket winner claims prize

WAVERLY – A woman from Waverly has a lot of be thankful for this Thanksgiving after claiming a $1 million Powerball® prize.

The $1 million Powerball prize was claimed by Jean Davis of Waverly Nov. 22. Davis won a $1 million Powerball prize Aug. 23—the same drawing that the $758 million jackpot, Powerball’s second-largest prize ever, was won in Massachusetts.

Davis purchased her winning ticket at Pit Stop, located at 620 Dutch Lake Drive, in Howard Lake. The winning Powerball numbers  Aug. 23 were 6-7-16-23-26 and the Powerball was 4.

UPDATE from Howard Lake Police Department: Pete Drusch has been found safe

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake Police Department seeks help locating a resident. The department posted the following message this afternoon: HLPD is looking for assistance with locating Merlyn “Pete” Drusch who was last seen Monday morning about 10 a.m. traveling eastbound on US Highway 12 near downtown Howard Lake driving a blue Saturn. Drusch left his phone at home and nothing appears to be missing from his home. Please contact Wright County Dispatch at 763-682-7600 if you know where he is or have seen him since Monday morning. Dispatch will put you in touch with an officer or deputy who can best assist you. Please contact Howard Lake Police Department at 320-543-3670 or message this page if you have information that could help us locate Pete.

UPDATE 11-20-17 Howard Lake Police Department posted the following update: “Pete Drusch was found in another jurisdiction and is safe.. Local police made contact with him and he is fine. Thank you to everyone for your help with finding Pete.”




Three-vehicle accident in Winsted undergoing investigation

WINSTED – Failure of one driver to stop at a stop sign was the probable cause of a three-vehicle accident in Winsted yesterday, according to Winsted police officer Jim Lammers.  The crash took place at the intersection of McLeod County Road 1 and Main Avenue, around noon.

The people involved in the crash were Douglas Thaemert, Montrose, driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty; Christopher Schenhiet, Dassel, driving a 2007 Ford 500; and Patrick Schommer, Winsted, driving a county-owned John Deere tractor, according to Lammers.

The Winsted Police and Fire Departments, McLeod County Sheriff, and Ridgeview Ambulance responded to the accident scene.

Lammers reported there were minor injuries as a result of the accident, and the case is currently undergoing investigation.


Drivers take note: three-vehicle accident in Winsted blocking intersection of Hwy. 1 and Main Avenue

WINSTED – At approximately 12:02 pm today, three vehicles were involved in an accident at the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Avenue in Winsted.

At this time, Winsted Police, Winsted Fire, and Ridgeview ambulance are on-scene.

It is unknown at this time how the accident occurred, or if there are any injuries.

Watch Herald Journal online for updates.



Howard Lake couple hurt in Highway 12 crash

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Thursday evening crash on Highway 12 resulted in noncritical injuries for a Howard Lake couple.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2013 Ford pickup driven by Paul Nelson, 43, of Montrose, was eastbound on Highway 12 at 7:18 p.m. when it turned left toward Calder Avenue in front of a 2013 Chevrolet Express Van driven by Larry Miller, 70, of Howard Lake.

Miller suffered noncritical injuries and was transported to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Passenger Diane Miller, 66, of Howard Lake, also suffered noncritical injuries and was transported to Ridgeview.

Nelson was not injured.

All individuals involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.